Thea Tolentino spreads her wings at 18

The debutante with veteran actress and director Gina Alajar, who stood as her mentor in ‘Protégé’

The debutante with veteran actress and director Gina Alajar, who stood as her mentor in ‘Protégé’

GMA Artist Center star Thea Tolentino marked her metamorphosis into womanhood as she celebrated her 18th birthday on August 16 at Villa Morales Resort in Calamba, Laguna.

The debutante sparkled in a floor-length cut out black gown embellished with crystals created by no less than sought after international fashion designer Francis Libiran.

Thea’s butterfly-themed debut was attended by her close family members, friends, fellow Kapuso talents, as well as prominent showbiz figures.

For a night, The Half Sisters star wasn’t the mean girl she portrays in the hit Afternoon Prime drama series. Thea was every bit the opposite—a simple girl thankful and appreciative of her blessings.

This was attested by the participants of the 18 Wings, who didn’t only present their symbolic gifts to Thea, but also had praises and well-wishes for the celebrant. Among the participants were Gladys Reyes (whom Thea worked with on Pyra), and Maritess “Tessbomb” Maranon. It wasn’t long before Thea shed tears, overwhelmed by their love and support.

Even some of the Protégé Female Battle Champ’s guests couldn’t help but get emotional. During the 18 Candles, Thea’s fellow contestants Elle Ramirez and Zandra Summer held back tears of joy when they expressed how happy they were of their friend’s success. Direk Gina Alajar, who stood as Thea’s mentor in Protégé also shared her fondness for the budding kontrabida.

When it was time for the 18 Roses, Thea’s guy friends/co-stars got the chance to dance with the debutante. The participants included Teen Gen stars Juancho Trivino, Abel Estanislao, and Mikoy Morales (who was also part of Protégé), as well as Protégé Male Battle Champ Jeric Gonzales, and The Half Sisters stars Jomari Yllana and Derrick Monasterio.

All throughout the night, Thea was serenaded by her friends. Besides Derrick and Abel, Thea’s “special friend” Mikoy rendered a song he personally wrote for the birthday girl.

For Thea, her coming-of-age celebration was one for the books, to say the least.


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