Kira Balinger’s eighteenth birthday at Discovery Primea Makati last Friday (August 3) was an intimate gathering of family and friends, all dressed to the nines in formal Havana chic.
Given her busy schedule, it is a rare moment for the actress to have all her loved ones in the same room. According to the debutant a grand party was not top of her mind but seeing everyone dear to her in celebration of her big day was not something she wanted to miss out on.
Aside from her family, the event was also well-attended by Kira’s friends, especially the ones she made in the industry through the years. Instead of the traditional roses, Kira was offered tropical flowers and a slow dance for her Florecer, beginning with the main man in her life, dad Tony Balinger. Rumored boyfriend Ryle Santiago ended the Florecer with a serenade of his own.
Las Linternas, similar to the traditional eighteen candles, followed right after dinner. Her friends only had the warmest sentiments for Kira. Ylona Garcia, one of Kira’s closest friends in the industry, assured the young star of her friendship. “You are my best friend, and I’m here for you through anything. You can always talk to me, you can always call me,” she said during the program.
All of Kira’s friends echoed the same sentiments about her sincerity, openness, and friendliness. “Every time na nagkikita tayo, you always made me feel like I’m welcome,” Elisse Joson shared as part of the eighteen Linternas. “Parang ayaw mong may nale-left out. You’re always there to be with someone, to be there for the person,” she added.
In the showbiz industry such sincere friendship is definitely a rare find. Ashley Colet, another Star Magic artist, summed up their shared sentiments wonderfully when she said, “Name all the beautiful things in the world, butterflies and rainbows, and that’s you, girl.”
Kira also did a special song number, singing Camila Cabello’s hit “Havana.”