LOOK: Exclusive photos from Isabelle Duterte's debut

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 21 2018 05:16 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2018 02:32 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte’s granddaughter Isabelle celebrated her 18th birthday at The Peninsula Manila last Friday. 

People close to the debutant’s heart graced the grand celebration in black formal wear. Isabelle, on the other hand, was stunning in a beautiful, royal blue Michael Cinco gown. 

During her speech, Isabelle turned a little emotional as she thanked everyone who made the effort to make her feel special on her birthday.

“Growing up, I’ve seen the value of family and friendship. To do things for people not because of who and what they are but for because of who you are as a person. And now, I see all of you. It is truly the greatest blessing to be surrounded by people who made me realize that family isn’t always blood,” she said.

Isabelle closed her speech by expressing how people close to her made her strong.

“To my mama and dada, thank you so much. I give you my biggest thanks. It’s been a challenging life for me but you made me strong. All of you made me strong so thank you. I love you all,” she said.

Below are some exclusive shots obtained by ABS-CBN News from photographer Lito Sy for a glimpse of what transpired during the debut, including the pictorial which Isabelle had prior to the event.

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy

Photo by Lito Sy