PALACE  READIES  HERO'S  WELCOME  FOR  MANNY  PACQUIAO

MANILA,
MAY 9, 2009 (OFFICE OF THE PRESS SECRETARY, MALACANANG) Opening Statement of Press Secretary Cerge Remonde:

Today we welcome back our returning hero Manny Pacquiao from his latest achievement, another one for the record books – the first boxer in history to wear the championship belt in five different weight divisions.

This achievement puts additional gloss on other good news that makes this week a happy one for the country – good news about continued growth in bank loans despite the global recession, building momentum on the stock market, confirmation of our credit ratings, expectations for OFW remittances to be even higher the second half of this year compared to the first, new diplomatic breakthroughs by the President during her latest foreign trip to Egypt and Syria. Even on the health front, we continue to be spared from the global outbreak of swine flu.

So when we celebrate Manny’s victory next Monday, let us take the opportunity to thank God for all the other good news that gladdens our hearts and fortifies us to carry on with the tasks of nation building. We too can compete and win on any playing field of our own choosing, provided we set our minds and hearts to it, work hard and persevere, unite and rally behind our heroes and our leaders.

Closing Statement

This Sunday we observe Mother’s Day together with the rest of the world.

We think of Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao as a mother of champions, who has so closely followed her sons’ achievement and played such a key role in all of them.

We celebrate our own individual mothers for the unconditional love and tireless support they put into the enterprise of raising each of us.

And we pray to Mama Mary that she will continue to intercede for our country and our leaders, and watch over us and protect us during the challenging times that still lie ahead.

Thank you. 

Malacanang readies hero’s welcome for world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao

Malacañang is readying a hero’s welcome fit for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao when he visits the Palace on Monday (May 11) that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had declared as a National Day of Celebration.

The signal honor for Pacquiao was revealed today (Friday, May 8) by Press Secretary Cerge Remonde who stressed that Malacañang appreciates the patience and consideration the boxing champion and his retinue demonstrated in observance of the proper protocol related to the raging swine flu issue.

At his regular weekly press briefing this afternoon in Malacañang, Remonde said: “Today we welcome back our returning hero Manny Pacquiao from his latest achievement, another one for the record books – the fist boxer in history to wear the championship belt in five different weight divisions.”

“This achievement puts additional gloss on other good news that makes this week a happy one for the country,” said Remonde.

The good news, he pointed out, refers to the “continued growth in bank loans despite the global recession, building momentum on the stock market, confirmation of our credit ratings, expectations for OFW remittances to be even higher the second half of this year compared to the first, and new diplomatic breakthroughs by the President during her latest foreign trip to Egypt and Syria.”

“Even on the health front, we continue to be spared from the global outbreak of swine flu,” Remonde added.

“So when we celebrate Manny’s victory next Monday, let us take the opportunity to thank God for all the other good news that gladdens our hearts and fortifies us to carry on with the tasks of nation-building,” the Press Secretary said.

Drawing on Pacquiao’s good example, Remonde stressed that “we too can compete and win on any playing field of our own choosing, provided we set our minds and hearts to it, work hard and persevere, and unite and rally behind our heroes and our leaders.”

On the proper swine-flu screening at the airport conduct by health authorities upon Pacquaio’s arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Remonde said the group “followed protocol that is why instead of the national day of celebration being held today, it has been moved to Monday,” thus fulfilling the “social-distancing” requirement.

“We cannot take it way from the ‘pambansang kamao’ that after a great victory, he would want to come home (immediately). Manny also feels safer at home than anywhere else. That’s something we should be proud of… In fairness to Manny, he followed all procedures and we appreciate that,” he said.

He added that “we cannot take it against him if gusto niya magsimba sa (if he likes to attend mass at the church in) Quiapo,” adding that Pacquiao, being a “true-blue Catholic,” would want to pay homage in thanksgiving for his amazing win in Las Vegas.

Remonde said the Monday luncheon for the boxer in the Palace will be held at 11 a.m.

Team Pacquiao is expected to arrive in Malacanang at 10:45 a.m.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita will meet and escort Pacquiao to the main lobby with honor guards lining both sides.

President Arroyo will bestow honors on Pacquiao at the Rizal Hall of the Palace, with ES Ermita reading the awards proclamation.  


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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