MANILA, Philippines - A star-studded entourage accompanied talent manager Annabelle Rama when she filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission of Election (COMELEC) office in Cebu City, Oct. 5, for her congressional bid in its North District.
Notwithstanding previous reports of initial hesitation among some members of the former actress' family regarding her political aspirations, the Gutierrezes came in full force to COMELEC. These include Annabelle's husband Eddie Gutierrez, and children Ruffa, Raymond, and Richard.
Ramon Christopher and Tonton Gutierrez, Eddie's sons to Pilita Corales and Liza Lorena, respectively, were also present, as well as Annabelle's talents under the Royale Era Entertainment and Artist Management, sisters Michelle and Ehra Madrigal and Arci Muñoz.
Raymond related via Twitter on Friday, "Just came from Comelec with Mayor Mike Rama and the whole family including my dad, @iloveruffag, Chard, @EL_Guti8 & the whole Rama clan!"
The TV host is grateful for the warm reception that their family received in her mother's home province.
"Felt your love Cebu! So many people showed up at the mass & outside Comelec! Never seen so much excitement,Thank u for supporting #TeamRama," said he.
Annabelle may be a newbie in politics, but she apparently hails from a clan of politicians, as seen in a photo Raymond posted on Instagram, which lists the several Ramas who ventured into the field.
"Couldn't be prouder to be part of this family! Road to Halalan 2013! #TeamRama," Raymond added.
Prior, Team Rama, including Annabelle's family and supporters, held a mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, GMA News TV's "News To Go" reported.
Meanwhile, Annabelle's cousin, Mayor Michael Rama, seeks for re-election in Cebu City.