MANILA, Philippines - Actress Gretchen Barretto lived up to her image as a star and fashion diva at the launching of her own perfume label on Friday night.
Clad in a gown by Inno Sotto and wearing a multi-million diamond ring and earring set--a gift from partner, business tycoon Tonyboy Cojuangco--Barretto turned heads with her stunning look as she strutted the runway.
Barretto was all smiles as she revealed the plans of her home network, ABS-CBN, for the year 2011.
"My bosses just told me it's final! I will start my new teleserye with Angelica Panganiban. A lot of surprises sa casting!" she said.
The actress said she couldn't ask for more, especially since she was recognized many times for her acting skills in the hit teleserye "Magkaribal".
"This is the best year of my life! I really thank ABS-CBN," she gushed.
But when talk went to the reported gap between her and her younger sister, actress Claudine Barretto, she asked to be spared questions about the matter.
"I am at peace. Let's give her respect. Ayaw niya ng pinag-uusapan siya ng ganito. She's going through a rough time," Barretto explained.
The Friday night event also served as despedida for Barretto who is set to go to the US for a vacation this Christmas break with Cojuangco and their daughter Dominique. It is a well-deserved vacation after her hard work this year. -- Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News