After posting photos from her dreamland-inspired debut, actress Francine Diaz shared more highlights from her birthday this year with a recent upload on her YouTube channel last March 5 titled, “HAPPENINGS AT MY 18TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.” The video showed the highlights of Francine’s debut at Apogee events venue in Malate, Manila which included the cutting of her five-tiered cake, photos with her family while she recited a poetic verse describing her journey in life.
“Nagsimula sa isang panaginip ang pangarap na mukhang mahirap makamit. Buong buo sa aking isip tuwing ako’y pumipikit. Mangyayari ito, matutupad ito… Yan ang dasal ko. Kasama ang mga taong totoong mahal ko magkakatotoo ito. Minsa’y naiinip pero patuloy na kakapit. Kahit minsan tila bangungot. Kailan darating ang sagot? Baka hindi na maging katotohanan at talagang panaginip na lamang? Ngunit muling masusulyapan ang dahilan. Kaya ako’y napapaalahanan. Dinilat ko ang aking mata, lahat ito ay totoo na. Mayroon ng liwanag at ningning ang bawat paggising. At ngayo’y muling pipikit hindi dahil ako’y hihiling. Ako’y muling pipikit, nawa’y pasasalamat ko’y Iyong marinig.”
The five-minute video also shows a portion where Francine addressed her family and friends and shared her appreciation for those who attended the debut. “It’s my dream na yung mga nandito sila yung kasama ko sa dreams ko. Sa lahat po, alam kong meron kayong busy schedule pero yung pag-take time kayo for my special day sobrang na-appreciate ko yun kaya thank you so much and enjoy-in lang natin itong gabing ito.”
Among those who attended the event that were also featured in the video included Francine’s friends from showbiz also attended the event like her directors Erick Salud and Jojo Saguin, as well as celebrity friends land fellow Star Magic artists ike Krystal Brimner and Karina Bautista who shared the following birthday wish for her. “I wish you more blessings, more projects, because you’re really a good person. And yun, enjoy this day. It’s very special. It’s really for you. Love you, Francine!”
Watch the video here:
Also present at the event was Star Magic head and director Lauren Dyogi who also gave a message for the debutante and addressing her by her second name Carrel. “Happy happy birthday baby Carrel! You know I will always be here to help you in your career and to guide you sa aking makakaya. Alam ko namang may full support ang family mo pero asahan mo nandito pa rin ako para gabayan ka. And hindi man dumating ang BGYO ngayon, promise makakasama mo rin sila. Happy birthday. Stay young, humble, grounded, and beautiful,” he said.
After starring in the drama series Huwag Kang Mangamba last year, Francine is set to star in the upcoming iWantTFC Original series Bola Bola where she plays the role of a 220-pound late bloomer named Thea who falls in love with her older brother's best friend. The series is based on the book by Anna Geronga, and will be directed by JP Habac.