MANILA -- For teen star Julia Barretto, her upcoming party isn't just to mark her 18th birthday as she believes there is a bigger purpose for the celebration.
For her debut on March 10 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Barretto invited her aunts Gretchen and Claudine in the hopes that it might pave the way for their reconciliation.
"I want to believe that that's the purpose of my debut," the daughter of former actress Marjorie Barretto and comedian Dennis Padilla said at a press conference on Wednesday for her upcoming 18th birthday.
"I can't force anything to happen. Parang hindi naman tama na magpilit ng tao. It's my special day, I want everybody to be there. If that's the reason kung bakit magkakaayos ang lahat, then good," she added.
Over the past decade, Gretchen, Marjorie and Claudine -- who are the youngest siblings of seven, in order -- were estranged at different times due to conflicts within their family.
The rift between the sisters stems from Marjorie's support for the claims of Raymart Santiago, Claudine's estranged husband, that she is mentally ill and has a history of drug abuse. Marjorie, Gretchen and their brother JJ, also attested to Santiago's sworn statement in his legal feud with the actress.
Meanwhile, Barretto also spoke up on reports that her mother Marjorie and aunt Claudine have patched things up.
This after the former Kapamilya actress shared photos of her and Marjorie's sons together on her Instagram account.
"Wish ko 'yon, isa sa mga 18 wishes ko," Julia said.
Aside from Claudine and Gretchen, Julia also invited her grandparents to her debut.
"I personally invited all of them. Some of them said that they (are going). Hindi ako mapilit. Basta alam nila na I want them to be there," she said of her birthday, which will be filmed as a TV special "Just Julia, Beautiful at 18," which will air on March 29.
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