[PHOTO -Birthday girl Ruffa Gutierrez with the residents of Payatas, Quezon City during the ground breaking for the Habitat for Humanity houses]

MANILA, JUNE 21, 2012 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo - It’s been quite a while since Ruffa Gutierrez celebrated her birthday with the usual showbiz glam-and-glitz — you know, a party with her well-wishers dressed to the nines.

Last Saturday, June 16, a week in advance, Ruffa marked her birthday (June 24) still in starry style but this time with a twist: Together with her daughters Lorin and Venice, brother Tonton Gutierrez and close friends (Cristalle Belo Henares, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Miriam Quiambao, Jackie Forster, Assunta de Rossi, Kiray and Bebe Gandanghari), Ruffa broke ground for five houses at the Habitat For Humanity project in Payatas, Quezon City.

“I want to thank the residents of Payatas,” said Ruffa (who put up her own Roof-A-Child project back in 1993 when she finished Second Princess in the Miss World contest). “They were cooperative.”

It’s payback time, added Ruffa who didn’t mind getting soaked with sweat under the sun.

At her age (secret…daw!), Ruffa said that she has stopped making a birthday wish…too old for that. But she does hope that she’ll finally meet Mr. Right.

“Someone who will handle me with care,” she smiled.

[PHOTO -...assisted by her daughters Lorin and Venice, showbiz and non-showbiz friends (Jackie Forster and Sharmaine Arnaiz) with Crystalle Belo Henares, BB Gandanghari and Kiray, and Tonton Gutierrez.]

The 12 ‘most likely’ Miss World-Phl bets

One lucky lady out of the 25 official candidates will walk away with the 2012 Miss World Philippines crown come Sunday, June 24, at the grand coronation night at the Manila Hotel.

Last year’s winner Gwendoline Ruais finished first runner-up at the Miss World pageant in London, losing only by one point to Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos. The 2012 Miss World pageant will be held in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China on Aug. 18. Miss World-Philippines CEO Cory Quirino said that plans are also being finalized with the help of The Department of Tourism (DOT) for the country’s bid to host the Miss World Pageant in 2015.

Meanwhile, here are Funfare’s “beauty experts” Felix Manuel, Joey Cezeare, Gery Yumping and Francis Calubaquib’s traditional “most likely” (to win) choices (in chronological order):

• Kaye Wigand (No. 1), 19, of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro;

• Carla Jerina Lizardo (No. 5), 22, Pasig City;

• Maham Ahmed (No. 8), 17, San Carlos City, Pangasinan;

• Rizzini Alexis Gomez (No. 9), 21, Cordova City, Cebu;

• Paulina Eliseeff (No. 12), 20, Quezon City;

• Maryanne Ross Misa (No. 13), 23, Parañaque City;

• Brenna Cassandra Gamboa (No. 16), 22, Laurel, Batangas;

• April Love Jordan (No. 17), 23, Tondo, Manila;

• Rufaida Babudin (No. 18), 20, Palawan;

• Marie Loraine Dione de Guzman (No. 19), 24, Sta. Mesa, Manila;

• Mary Baliquig (No. 21), 20, Tagbilaran City, Bohol; and

• Queeneerich Rehman (No. 22), 23, Las Piñas City.

The Miss World Philippines 2012 pageant will be hosted by 1993 Miss World Second Princess Ruffa Gutierrez and Edu Manzano, aired live by TV5 starting at 8:30 p.m.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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