Julia Montes appeared on the morning talk show "Magandang Buhay" Monday thinking she would do a solo interview with hosts Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal, and Melai Cantiveros.
But the "Asintado" star was dumbfounded when, in the middle of a cooking segment, the hosts called on three of her closest friends in showbiz to "assist" her with the recipe.
Montes was surprised by Dimples Romana, Isabel Oli, Danica Domingo, and later Trina Legaspi, on the occasion of her birthday. She turned 23 on March 19, the actual air date of the "Magandang Buhay" episode.
The solo interview unfolded as a birthday party of sorts for Montes, who was moved to tears by her friends each showing and explaining to her their birthday gifts.
When asked what her wish is for her birthday, Montes answered: "Mag-ti-thank you na lang po ako, hindi na mag-wi-wish, kasi this year lahat ng pinag-pi-pray ko na sana mangyari, eventually nangyari. May mga pinagdadaanan lang, pero nangyayari.
"Thank you kay God and sa lahat ng involved sa nangyari sa buhay ko, kasi hindi iyon dahil sa akin... Gusto ko magpasalamat sa lahat-lahat ng taon, at sa lahat ng taon na meron pa ako sa buhay ko."