IN PHOTOS: Duterte, China envoy, politicians attend Alvarez birthday

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IN PHOTOS: Duterte, China envoy, politicians attend Alvarez birthday
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez marks his 60th birthday in grand style

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s top officials gathered in Tagum City on Friday, January 12, to celebrate the 60th birthday of Speaker and PDP-Laban Secretary General Pantaleon Alvarez.

Among his guests? No less than President Rodrigo Duterte, former mayor of nearby Davao City, who had a special birthday wish for the celebrant.

WELCOME. Alvarez and his girlfriend Jennifer Maliwanag greet Duterte upon his arrival.

Alvarez and Duterte receive honorary jerseys from Davao Aguilas football player Phil Younghusband during the House Speaker's birthday celebration at the New Tagum City Hall in Davao del Norte. Malacañan photo

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua was also among Alvarez’s guests to the party, the culmination of a days-long celebration in Tagum City. 

Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during Alvarez's birthday party in Tagum City. Malacañan photo

Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev also headed to Tagum to celebrate with Alvarez. 

Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua (left) and Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev (right) pose for a picture with Alvarez during his birthday celebration in Tagum City. Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, whom Alvarez had publicly criticized days ago, also attended the party. He was seated on the same table as the birthday boy and Duterte. (READ: Pimentel denies factions in PDP-Laban amid word war with Alvarez)

PDP-LABAN OFFICIALS. Alvarez is the ruling party's secretary general while Pimentel is party president. Malacañan photo

Senator Gringo Honasan joined well-wishers during Alvarez's party. Malacañang photo

TV personality Boy Abunda was in the party as well, for a one-on-one interview with Alvarez.

'TALK SHOW'. TV personality Boy Abunda asks Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez some questions on stage, at the venue of his birthday bash. Photo from the Office of Pantaleon Alvarez

Members of the House shared pictures from the party on social media as well. 

 

Flower Power is in! Happy birthday @speakeralvarez.

A post shared by Miro Quimbo (@miroquimbo) on Jan 12, 2018 at 4:09am PST

 

Alvarez’s official Instagram account also shared this video for the Speaker’s birthday: 

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