Actress Ruffa Gutierrez took to social media to share her birthday message for her daughter, showbiz newcomer Lorin Gutierrez.
In a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, August 3, Ruffa imparted life lessons to her firstborn child as the latter turned 18, reminding her to savor her youth, chase her dreams, and most importantly, "huwag muna mag-boyfriend."
"To my firstborn, @loringabriella. Today, you turn 18 years old. These are exciting times for you: just graduated high school, going to college, starting your career with @vivaartistsagency, the opportunities coming your way are endless," Ruffa began.
"Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. Savor your youth. Yes, you’re officially an adult, but that definition means being responsible with all aspects of your life," she said.
"Be a leader, not a follower. Chase your dreams, travel the world, pursue your goal of taking up law, be a good girl. HUWAG MUNA MAG BOYFRIEND (gosh, I sound like my mom). And if you decide to have one 10 years from now, CHOOSE WISELY. Be with someone who respects you and is GOD FEARING. Don’t just follow your heart Lorin, use your brain. Choose to be kind and use your platform to be an inspiration to others," she added.
To end her post, Ruffa wished her daughter a happy 18th birthday.
"Your family, @venicebektas and I will always be here for you throughout every facet of your life. We love you so much!!" she said.
Replying to her mother, Lorin simply said: "love you. thank you mommy!!"
Meanwhile, the showbiz neophyte marked her 18th birthday by sharing photos from her birthday shoot with celebrity photographer Shaira Luna.
Here's a look:
Lorin is the daughter of Ruffa with her former husband, Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektas.
Last May, she officially joined showbiz as she signed an exclusive contract with Viva Artists Agency.
“I’ve been waiting when’s the right time to finally do this and finally follow in my family's footsteps. And now that I’m almost 18, it just feels right. It feels like I’m comfortable finally," she said at that time.
When asked what made her want to follow in her mother's footsteps and become an actress, Lorin—who graduated from high school last June—said: “Even in high school when I was focused mainly on school, I already took part in plays. I would do drama classes. I’ve always had the passion for acting. It was genuinely something that I enjoyed and something I did on my free time. At that time, because I was so busy with school, I would only do it sa school setting.
“Eventually, because of the pandemic, I kind of realized na I am capable of doing more than one thing. Why should I limit my dreams to only one thing in life? I feel like if I’m responsible in managing my time, I can pursue multiple passions and multiple options for my what future should be," she added.