Yes, it’s confirmed.  Other than the news reports announcing it, I was able to confirm from Pacman’s secretary Lianne herself that indeed, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be the Guest of Honor at what promises to be another star-studded Manny Pacquiao birthday party in General Santos City on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, a few days after the exciting Dela Hoya-Pacquiao Fight where he emerged victorious.

Pacquiao and GMA

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo (R) presents a glove-shaped cake with inscription “World’s Number-One Pound For Pound Boxer” to World Boxing Council lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao (L) in Manila on December 10, 2008. (PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pacquiao birthday party, which will have a LAS VEGAS theme, will be in celebration of his 30th natal day.

It will be held at the KCC Convention Center at the 2nd floor of the KCC Mall of GenSan on the evening of December 17.  Last year, his 29th birthday celebration was at the Family Country Hotel and Convention Center.

Other guests will include Mexican boxers David Diaz (from whom he wrested the World Lightweight Crown last June 2008), World Boxing Association super featherweight champion Edwin Valero , Marco Antonio Barrera, Cabinet Secretaries, Governor Chavit Singson, Freddie Roach and some Kapuso stars plus other entertainment and government personalities.

Right now, Manny’s staff are trying to figure out what to do with their guest list which has now ballooned to almost 2,000 people since only 1,500 can fit in inside KCC.

A lot of “prominent” people have been calling them at any time of the day, demanding for their “invitations” and a good number who have already received theirs, were requesting for additional invites, causing a lot of adjustments in the party’s seating arrangments.

It just goes to show that with the latest victory of the Philippines boxing hero over another Mexican-American, an Invitation to the Manny Pacquiao birthday party in Gensan is proving to be the hottest “must have” item in the country right now.

For those who are not invited, they may opt to go to the OVAL PLAZA where they can avail of FREE FOOD while being entertained by a leading band from Manila, most likely, BAMBOO at the stage, again as part of the city-wide Pacquiao birthday party in GenSan.

From all of us here at Bariles Republic, we can only say, “A MILLION MORE HAPPY BIRTHDAYS, MANNY!”

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