More than 200 invitations have been distributed, the P30million newly-finished Pacquiao Gymnasium which is the venue has been spruced up and decorated, her gowns have been delivered and fitted and it seems that Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao is now more than ready to celebrate her 62nd Birthday in style.
In so doing, without her knowing it, she will take a little bit of the limelight out of her son, Manny Pacquiao who is fresh from his defense of the World Welterweight Title from American Shane Mosley!
Yes Virginia! Mommy D, as she is fondly called these days is set to take centerstage again (just like her past birthdays)and will show to the world that she is indeed A RADIANT SUMMER STAR at 62, according to her simple yet elegant invitation card, delivered inside a blue mesh tied-up in a gold string and adorned with three gold flowers.
Bariles himself was able to talk to Mommy Dionisia at her two-storey mini-mansion in Labangal during the eve of the Pacquiao-Mosley fight where he found out that aside from her usual dance numbers (this time including a mean Spanish Tango), she will also be belting out some Tagalog love songs for her guests and for her son at her birthday party reported to cost Manny some P2,000,000.
He was also shown her new aqua blue gown designed by a local couturier which will make her look like a blushing debutante.
His son Manny just arrived early this morning of Saturday from the US of A and will be flying in either tomorrow morning or afternoon in time for her party. Some bigtime personalities have reportedly been invited like Ai-Ai de las Alas and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada, among others and since there is a great deal on flights from various airline companies, even though General Santos City is at the opposite end of the Philippines, we are certain that they will acquiesce to Mommy Dionisia’s invitation.
As for her birthday wish, she would like nothing than the retirement of her son Manny from boxing and focus on his political career. When asked if she would still want a HERMES Bag, reportedly costing almost a million pesosesoses (!), “Of course, MAGANDANG BONUS na din yan.”
Spoken like a hopeful and understanding mother. But of course, she deserves all the Hermes bags in the world for giving us one of the greatest Filipino sports heroes who has ever lived!