MANILA, JUNE 26, 2012 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricardo F. Lo - What a birthday gift it was!

Last Saturday, June 24, in the Bulong ng Palad segment of the TV5 show Paparazzi, the hosts passed a whispered question that ended with the one supposed to answer it — Ruffa Gutierrez, that is.

The segment, once a feature of the GMA show NUTS Entertainment, is calculated to keep viewers guessing what the whisper is all about. It must have offended Ruffa, who was being given a birthday “tribute” that day, because she quit after the show.

“It’s my last day on the show,” fumed Ruffa in a text message to Funfare Update.

Her mom, Annabelle Rama, revealed in her Twitter account that the bulong revolved around the actors romantically linked to Ruffa, asking her to, well, “compare notes” and to rate their performance.

Short of calling the show “trash,” in her Twitter entries Annabelle lashed out at the show’s writers (alleged to be responsible for the question) and bombarded them with unprintables.

The Buzz,” said Ruffa, referring to her previous show on ABS-CBN, “never treated me that way.”

TV5 PR girl Peachy Guioguio promptly sent Funfare Update this official statement:

TV5 management is seriously concerned about the turn of events today at Paparazzi and is now looking into the incident. We promise everyone that we shall take appropriate action.

Perci Intalan, the TV5 exec in-charge of entertainment shows, texted the following message: To be fair to everyone, we will first have to review the segment with management, then decide accordingly. We will have to discuss the matter.

Eric: It’s within our family

Not improving, not deteriorating.

That’s how Eric Quizon described the condition of his dad, Dolphy, who remains at the ICU of Makati Med.

But last Saturday night after a 30-minute procedure to insert a tube in his neck straight to his lungs make him breathe easier, Dolphy has improved a bit.

“Prayers helped,” added Eric after a Mass yesterday afternoon, also at the hospital, for Dolphy’s recovery.

The Comedy King, who’s turning 84 on July 25, is putting up a good fight after suffering from the 12th pneumonia that hit him in the past few years, even an internal bleeding has been detected and he has to undergo continuous dialysis that sometimes lasts for eight hours per session.

Incidentally, Eric wanted to clarify news reports that the family has requested “no resuscitation” in case Dolphy suffers another seizure.

“Yes, we did sign a waiver,” he said but refused to disclose what it’s all about. “Nasa amin na lang ‘yon; it’s only within our family.”

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