The Gutierrez Family led by Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama (clockwise from bottom left): Venice and Lorin with mom Ruffa, Richard, Ritchie Paul, Elvis,Rocky, Raymond and Rocky’s son David — Photos by MAU MAURICIO]

MANILA, OCTOBER 29, 2012 (PHILSTAR) FUNFARE By Ricardo F. Lo - The future “Loudspeaker of The House” has spoken.

“I’m ready,” declared Annabelle Rama, who’s running for congresswoman in the North District of Cebu, during a break at the recent pictorial with all members of her family. “There’s no more turning back.”

It’s the first time for the Gutierrezes to sit for a pictorial which was specially arranged for the 2013 Family Calendar.

“I’ve been going around Cebu and my constituents have been asking for a picture of our family,” said Annabelle. “So here we are,” all smiles!

It was A-list photographer Mau Mauricio who took the pictures, the same guy who takes those glossy portraits for Esquire Philippine Edition.

Okay, say “Cheese!” Click: Annabelle with husband Eddie Gutierrez, Ruffa and daughters Lorin and Venice, Rocky with son David, Elvis, Ritchie Paul, and twins Richard and Raymond.

[PHOTO -Annabelle, who’s running for congresswoman in Cebu’s North District, in ‘Team Rama’ outfit]

All members had tight individual schedules, Eddie with the ABS-CBN soap Ina, Kapatid, Anak; Richard with his GMA shows (Extreme Challenge, etc.), Raymond with his own GMA show H.O.T. TV (and as fashion consultant of Esquire), and Ruffa with her myriad activities.

It was Ruffa who nagged everybody to keep one Sunday morning free. As creative director, Raymond was in-charge of the “motif” (what clothes to wear, etc.). The photo session proceeded without any hitch. Everybody, smile and again say, “Cheese!” Click, click, click!!!

Morning of the next day, Annabelle flew back to Cebu where she has been staying for weeks now, not yet campaigning (the 45-day campaign officially starts on March 28 next year yet) but paying “my constituents” regular visits to check what their problems and concerns are. Cebu’s big businesses are found in the North District, such as SM Mall, Ayala Center, hotels, etc.

“I come to Manila only when I have to attend meetings and contract-signings for my talents,” said Annabelle. “I fly in in the morning and fly back to Cebu late the same day.”

A Sto. Niño devotee (who grew up with the nuns at the Asilo dela Milagrosa in Cebu), Annabelle prays and hears Mass regularly at the Sto. Niño Shrine. For years now, while based in Manila, she would go to Cebu purposely to attend Mass at the Shrine and then return to Manila.

When she filed her Certificate Of Candidacy (COC) first week of October, Annabelle and her entourage (including her friend-reporters from Manila like Ronald Constantino, Jun Lalin and Jojo Gabinete) first heard Mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and walked to the Sto. Niño Shrine before going to the COMELEC.

At the media briefing, the Cebu press asked Annabelle how she felt being called “The Loudspeaker of The House” (that is, if and when) and she admitted that she was proud of the “title” (given to her by Funfare).

If elected, she promised, “I will be the Loudspeaker of my constituents in Congress.”

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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