BIGGER, BETTER AND BOLDER SEASON FOR GUTZ
Manila, Philippines – Filipino Showbiz royalty, the Gutierrez family, is back with a bigger, better and bolder Season 2 of their hit reality TV show, “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.” The 10-episode season, which returns to E! delves further into the lives of Ruffa, Raymond, Richard, Annabelle, Eddie and with their extended brood – Sarah and Zion plus Elvis and Alexa.
Filipino-Moroccan actress Sarah Lahbati was first noticed after winning the reality talent search Starstruck in 2009. In 2011, she won her very first FAMAS for the category, “German Moreno Youth Achievement Award,” proving that she has what it takes to stand out in the business. In 2012, Sarah confirmed her relationship with then matinee idol Richard Gutierrez, who she has an adorable son at recent.
Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahLahbati and on IG @sarahlahbati.
Zion Lahbati Gutierrez
Born on April 29, 2013, Zion is the first born of actor Richard Gutierrez and actress Sarah Lahbati. He has gained media attention because of his charming antics often posted by aunt Ruffa Gutierrez on Twitter. Since appearing in Season 1, Zion has turned into a social media star with legions of followers and accounts created by fans. Baby Zion likes Disney’s Mickey Mouse and toy cars. His favorite food includes raspberry yogurt and banana chips
One of the older Gutierrez brothers, Elvis grew up in the limelight. As a child actor, he was nominated twice in the FAMAS awards for “Best Child Actor” in the films Joaquin Bordado (1988) and Ipaglalaban Ko (1989). His most recent TV appearance for a series was a 2013 soap opera for GMA called, Makapiling Kang Muli. Currently, Elvis is busy being a property specialist for an established real estate developer.
Follow Elvis on Twitter @EL_Guti8 and on IG @el_guti8.
A graduate of Consumer Science and Merchandising from the University of Houston, Texas, Alexandra previously held managerial positions in top retail companies abroad. Since returning home to the Philippines, she now enjoys being a financial planner and consultant while managing a bed and breakfast hotel in Cebu City. Alexandra has been the long-time girlfriend of Elvis Gutierrez, and they are soon-to-be parents to baby girl Aria.
Follow Alexandra on Twitter @alexauichico.
Bringing together the whole clan and re-introducing them to media friends and other VIP guests, the exclusive press conference for “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez” Season 2 was held at the posh R Space Events in Bel-Air Village, Makati City. The venue reflected the new look for the second season with stylish black and a pop of pink – a refined new feel, upmarket styling yet relatable images of the family we love to watch.
NBC Universal Vice-President for Channels in Asia Pacific, Scott Mackenzie, opened the program by saying, “This family is showbiz royalty in the Philippines, yet many of the situations they face resemble everyday families’ challenges and this is what has made them popular with audiences in the Asian region. We share in their laughter, feel their pain and watch how they grow as individuals. Our viewers wanted more and now we are happy to usher in the second season of the show.”
Hailed as the family’s “boss,” Annabelle manages her time between taking care of husband Eddie and making sure her children are in touch with each family member. She was born and raised in Cebu City and in true Cebuana fashion, is fierce and firm in making decisions for the family as everyone’s talent manager. While her dreams in becoming a politician has been put on hold, Annabelle will definitely keep surprising everyone with her future plans.
Follow Annabelle on Twitter @annabellerama2.
Veteran actor and father of six, Eddie has been in the entertainment industry for over 50 years. He was one of the top matinee idols in the ‘60s and ‘70s, being the leading man of the biggest Filipino blockbusters like Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes and Pilita Corrales. He loves to sing and is often imitating his idol, Elvis Presley. Through the good times and bad, Eddie and Annabelle enjoy a life filled with love, warmth and happiness. They cherish their time together with the whole family and being grandparents to Ruffa’s daughters, Lorin and Venice and to Richard and Sarah’s son, Zion.
Born and raised in Beverly Hills, California, Raymond moved back to the Philippines as a teenager and has worked with his father and other siblings in the Filipino entertainment industry. He juggles being a TV host, editor, columnist, endorser and social media influencer in the Philippines. Most importantly, Raymond is coming into his own Gutierrez as he establishes himself as a serial entrepreneur.
Follow Raymond on Twitter @mondgutierrez and on IG @mondgutierrez.
Richard began acting as a child at a tender age of four, and he hasn’t looked back since. He has since appeared on the GMA-7 show Click and primetime soap Habang Kapiling Ka, which co-starred his sister Ruffa Gutierrez and half-brother Tonton Gutierrez. The soap was also shown in Malaysia via free-to-air network TV3. Since then he has played lead roles in other GMA-7 series, spanning genres such as fantasy (Sugo,Kamandag), science fiction (Codename: Asero, Captain Barbell), thriller (Zorro, Lupin) and romantic comedy (the Philippine remake of popular Korean drama Full House). He has also hosted internationally-acclaimed documentaries about the environment, which is a cause he believes in and has pushed him to partner with organizations like Greenpeace. Richard is an adventure-seeker by nature, enjoying the thrill of exploring the outdoors and riding his treasured motorbike. Together with girlfriend Sarah, Richard is continually discovering the joys of parenthood.
Follow Richard on IG @richardgutz.
Ruffa is a premier Filipino actress, model, television personality, beauty queen, commercial endorser and charity fundraiser. With a colorful career that spans over 20 years of being in the local and international entertainment industry, Ruffa’s showbiz experience covers five continents across multiple media platforms such as TV, movies, print and online. Truly a Filipino media and entertainment icon, she has starred in more than 50 film and television productions in a variety of roles.
Follow Ruffa on Twitter @iloveruffag and on IG @iloveruffag.
In addition to a refreshed look for the second season, NBCUniversal together with the Gutierrez family have invested in increasing the production value of the show by hiring accomplished Australian director, Karen Appathurai Wiggins, recognized for her amazing work in various international franchises of reality TV shows. Wiggins promises to deliver more with challenging the family members to talk about their most pressing issues:
“Everyone wants to know if Richard is ready to take the next step with Sarah and with Ruffa, she is a survivor who remains so optimistic about finding love. Raymond is a successful entrepreneur, happily single yet what will we learn about his relationships?” says Karen Wiggins “We hope to answer these questions plus we cannot wait to share with you new revelations and other surprises the whole family has prepared for Season 2,”
Season 2 promises to go deeper into the lives of all the family members revealing more drama, more family secrets and why it still Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.
“It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez” Season 2 will premiere on October 5 and will air every Sunday at 9PM. See it first on E!
E! Channel airs on Channel 57 for Sky Cable and Destiny Digital, Channel 25 for Cignal and Channel 33 on Cable Link. #GutzOnE is the official hashtag of “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.”