“It’s my 16th birthday!”
This was what Tirso Cruz III consistently told his friends who attended his birthday party last night, April 1.
The award-winning actor refused to reveal his real age so he jokingly told everyone he just turned 16, which is actually his age when read backwards.
“Tiningnan ko kasi sa salamin ‘yong totoong birthday ko, 16 yung lumabas,” he jested while giving his thank you message to his family and close friends who remembered his birthday.
Tirso’s birthday this year was simpler but more intimate with important people in his life.
“Thank you very much for the friendship and the company for the past ‘16’ years of my life,” said the Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw actor to his guests.
He also made special mention of his close friend, Senator Jinggoy Estrada, who helped Tirso’s wife, Lyn Ynchausti, in organizing the party.
Tirso told Senator Jinggoy, “Of course, to the one person na talagang pinagkakautangan ko ng birthday na ‘to na biglaan po, walang iba kundi ang matalik kong kaibigan na mahal na mahal ko at napakabait, si Senator Jinggoy Estrada.
“Siya po ang naghanda ng lahat ng ito.
“Pare, maraming-maraming salamat.
“I’m very glad to be your friend.
“Of course, ang kanya ring butihing maybahay na si Precy. Maraming salamat for supporting.”
Tirso received birthday wishes from his other close friend in showbiz, Phillip Salvador, and former president and Manila mayoral candidate Joseph “Erap” Estrada.
His lady friends from showbiz also came to party, among them Lorna Tolentino, widow of his late best buddy Rudy Fernandez; Amy Austria, Gina Alajar, Sandy Andolong, and Laurice Guillen
Directors Edgar “Bobot” Mortiz and Wenn Deramas; TAPE Inc. executive and talent manager Malou Choa-Fagar; talent managers June Torrejon and Ethel Ramos; and entertainment columnist Ogie Diaz were also seen enjoying the party.
Meanwhile, the “celebrity kids” of the popular local actors gathered in one area to chit-chat.
Joining Tirso’s children—Bodie, Djanin, and TJ—were Laurice’s daughters Ana and Ina; Lorna’s sons Ralph and Renz; and Senator Jinggoy’s daughter Janella, who is running for councilor in San Juan this May election.
His nephews, Rayver and Rodjun Cruz, arrived in the middle of the party.
Tirso said he does not have a particular wish for his “16th” birthday.
In fact, when asked by one of the invited entertainment reporters about it, Tirso replied, “Wala na. Masaya na ako, kasama ko mga kaibigan ko, kayo.”
It must be the long-lasting friendship that Tirso wished for his birthday because he concluded his thank you speech with this message: “I do hope our friendship goes on and on and on until pinagbibigyan tayo ng Panginoong Diyos.”