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Ruffa Gutierrez with daughters Lorin and Venice.


Reacting to her ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas offer to give her $2 million to have their daughters Lorin and Venice live with him in Istanbul, Ruffa Gutierrez vehemently said, “No deal. My daughters are priceless!”

A Quezon City Regional Trial Court last March handed down the decision that Yilmaz claimed in an e-mail to Funfare “is unfair to me because I wasn’t given fair treatment” under Philippine laws.

The decision stated that Yilmaz could have visitation rights and Ruffa said, okay, Yilmaz can see Lorin and Venice anytime — “In the U.S. or in the Philippines, welcome naman siya dito anytime, but not in Istanbul. Dapat pagdating sa mga anak ko, walang perang pinag-uusapan. If ever, there should be a written letter saying that they’d be gone for two weeks and then they’d come back. Okey sa akin ang ganoon.”

Asked if, just IF, a reconciliation between her and Yilmaz is (evenly remotely) possible, Ruffa said, “Matagal na siyang humihingi ng ganoon, but it cannot be naman na sa telepono lang. Besides, it has been four years; it’s too late. I’m okay now, I’m happily single. I also like that our relationship will be okay but first he should prove that I can trust him again.”

Beyond that, Ruffa didn’t want to say anything more.

“The reason why I’m meeting you (the media) is not to talk about my personal affairs but my charity bazaar for children, called Ruffa’s Red Carpet, which will be held on Aug. 19 and 20 (Friday and Saturday), 1 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Newport Mall (Resorts World Manila).”

Ruffa said that she’s inviting 25 of her celebrity friends to rent booths (P10,000 per day).

Donations are also welcome.

“I have so much stuff to sell,” said Ruffa.

“Dresses, shoes, accessories, etc. It will be a tiangge-style project. Idea namin ni Tim Yap. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do these past two years kaya lang palaging napo-postpone.”

On June 18, Ruffa kicked off her series of birthday celebrations with a visit to the Baseco Compound near North Harbor where World Vision runs a day-care center.

She was with her daughters and Royale Artists Management artists Ehra Madrigal, James Blanco and Bubbles Paraiso, and former beauty queen Reham Snow Tago, Azkals Simon Greatwich and James Rochlitz, and other friends.

Still active is her Roof-A-Child project which she put up in 1993 when she won Second Princess in the Miss World contest.

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