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KRIS 'PROUD' OF PNoy, THANKFUL FOR MARY JANE'S TEMPORARY REPRIEVE


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 TV host-actress Kris Aquino expressed how proud she is of her brother, President Noynoy Aquino, after drug trafficking convict Mary Jane Veloso was granted reprieve by the Indonesian government on Wednesday, April 29. The whole nation prayed for Mary Jane, who is said to be a victim of human trafficking. Kris shared on Instagram that she prayed for Mary Jane, as well as for PNoy’s guidance from God. President Aquino met Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and appealed for clemency. “I kept quiet & just prayed. Left & right paulit ulit na walang ginawa, walang effort, walang malasakit, patalsikin, walang nagawa si Noynoy. (Thank You Manila Bulletin for the accurate front page.) Our whole family prayed, of course for Mary Jane and her family, but I prayed deeply for the Holy Spirit to guide my brother & his government to find a way to spare the life of a fellow Filipino,” Kris posted, along with a photo of newspapers. One Indonesian and seven drug convict foreigners were executed, but Mary Jane was spared at the 11th hour from the firing squad. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also appealed to President Widodo, who is known for his firm stance on death penalty for drug crimes. READ MORE...

ALSO: Covering Pacman a ‘mystical experience’


ABS-CBN TV host Abner Mercado in a ‘selfie’ with Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao and son Israel 
Just like other consummate journalists, ABS-CBN’s Abner Mercado no longer gets star-struck since interviewing celebrities has become part of his daily life. Apart from Pope Francis and Hillary Clinton, he considers Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao as the only figure in recent years to have captured his imagination. Abner qualified that his fascination with Pacman didn’t come in an instance but gradually took shape within the six weeks (often up to 18 hours a day) he closely followed Pacman in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for a special ABS-CBN documentary that he produced, Pacman: Laban Kung Laban, which aired last Sunday, April 26, hosted by Dyan Castillejo. “I flew to the US to cover Pacman’s training for the Fight of the Century,” Abner told Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre in a series of phone interviews from his hotel in Hollywood. “I initially looked at it as just one of those major coverage assigned to me before. I didn’t anticipate anything extraordinary out of it until I got to know Pacman up close and saw for myself that this guy is larger than life.”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao: Kapuso through and through


Certified Kapuso: Manny hosts the infotainment program MP Featuring Sports Science
Manny Pacquiao could easily lay claim to being a man of many parts — a world boxing champion, devoted family man and TV personality, to name a few. While cementing his status as one of the greatest boxers in history, Manny is often seen crossing over to the world of show business, carving a name for himself as a singer, actor and host. In the Kapuso Network, the Pambansang Kamao has had the opportunity to take on various roles and explore new territories outside the boxing ring. “Manny, as a TV personality, is credible. His sincerity always comes across in any program he does,” says Lilybeth Rasonable, GMA SVP for Entertainment, of the boxing icon. “His humility and his ability to laugh at himself despite his stature make one realize that until now, Manny sees himself as a ‘regular guy.’ This is what endears him to the audience,” Rasonable adds. A certified Kapuso, Manny was able to gain a wider audience as he built on his resumé as an artist, while revealing a side of him that many of us are not familiar with. Manny marked his debut as a host in 2007 in the infotainment program Pinoy Records. Two years later, he was enlisted to play one of the lead characters in Totoy Bato, a boxing-themed drama based on the graphic novel by Carlo J. Caparas. He continued to surprise viewers when he dabbled in comedy via Show Me Da Manny. Through the show, Manny proved that not only does he have a sense of humor, but he is also one who never lets success get into his head. READ MORE...

ALSO: Heart Evangelista stars in first series after marriage


Heart Evangelista will do kissing scenes with Rocco Nacino, who is the real-life partner of Lovi Poe. File Photo/ Philstar.com
 - Heart Evangelista is back to doing TV series after getting married with Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero in February. She will star in GMA’s upcoming series “Beautiful Stranger,” together with the real-life couple Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino. The three of them will be playing a love triangle, which Heart says is okay with her friend Lovi. “Hindi naman siya selosa or anything,” she said in an interview aired in GMA new program “24 Oras” on Thursday. “She just said, ‘don’t worry, just be comfortable.’ Pero tinutkso niya ako na, ‘awkward!’”  READ MORE...

ALSO: Imminent confrontation


ROSALES. Needs to decisively reestablish control 
On “Bridges of Love,” the big deal currently is the imminent confrontation between the separated brothers, played by Jericho Rosales and Paulo Avelino, over Jericho’s ex and Paulo’s current squeeze, portrayed by the exceedingly “haba ng hair” Maja Salvador. Viewers could see this coming for weeks now, so it’s about time for it to finally happen. Given the travails Jericho experienced in the Middle East and Paulo’s “cruelly cold” depiction of his uber-wealthy character, the impending mano-a-mano confrontation will definitely not be pretty—but, isn’t that what sibling-rivalry theme-fixated viewers are raring for? To mitigate the expectedly explosive situation, Paulo’s cold and harsh character has been “softened” and humanized by his unexpected love for Maja—so, we can predict that, when the dust finally clears, the long-separated brothers will find a way to “forgive” one another for the real and imagined sins of the past. READ MORE...

ALSO: Kapuso stars rally behind Pacquiao


In a show of support for fellow Kapuso, Tom Rodriguez, Solenn Heussaff, Regine Velasquez Alcasid, Marian Rivera-dantes, Lovi Poe, Dingdong Dantes, Dennis Trillo, and Carla Abella give words of encouragent for Manny Pacquiao in his quest for another boxing title agains Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
In his upcoming battle against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on Sunday, May 3, Manny Pacquiao will have in his corner fellow Kapuso who along with millions of Filipinos have followed his journey to greatness. And as fight day draws near, various GMA artists voice out their support for their fellow Kapuso, friend and countryman. “Isa si Manny sa mga hinahangaan ko di lamang sa kanyang galing sa boxing kundi na rin sa kanyang matatag na pananampalataya at pagmamahal sa bayan,” says Dingdong Dantes. “This is one of the biggest highlights not just for Manny’s career but also for the history of the Filipino people. Sabay ng tagumpay ni Pacman ang tagumpay ng bawat Pilipino. You make us proud, Kapuso!” he exclaims.READ MORE...


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Kris ‘proud’ of PNoy, thankful for Mary Jane’s temporary reprieve


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MANILA, MAY 2, 2015 (MANILA BULLETIN)  by Karen Valeza April 29, 2015 - TV host-actress Kris Aquino expressed how proud she is of her brother, President Noynoy Aquino, after drug trafficking convict Mary Jane Veloso was granted reprieve by the Indonesian government on Wednesday, April 29.

The whole nation prayed for Mary Jane, who is said to be a victim of human trafficking. Kris shared on Instagram that she prayed for Mary Jane, as well as for PNoy’s guidance from God.

President Aquino met Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and appealed for clemency.

“I kept quiet & just prayed. Left & right paulit ulit na walang ginawa, walang effort, walang malasakit, patalsikin, walang nagawa si Noynoy. (Thank You Manila Bulletin for the accurate front page.) Our whole family prayed, of course for Mary Jane and her family, but I prayed deeply for the Holy Spirit to guide my brother & his government to find a way to spare the life of a fellow Filipino,” Kris posted, along with a photo of newspapers.

One Indonesian and seven drug convict foreigners were executed, but Mary Jane was spared at the 11th hour from the firing squad. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also appealed to President Widodo, who is known for his firm stance on death penalty for drug crimes.

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“To find a reason compelling enough for the Indonesian govt to give Mary Jane Veloso a reprieve, and it came because of testimony regarding the greater problem of HUMAN TRAFFICKING. I prayed for God to bless our relations w/ Indonesia… Australia, Brazil, Nigeria, and even an Indonesian died by firing squad. From the New York Times I quote: ‘Saying Indonesia had a right to exercise its drug laws, Mr Joko’s govt. rejected international pleas to cancel the executions, including from Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nation,’” her post continued.

On Tuesday, Mary Jane’s alleged recruiter Maria Cristina Sergio surrendered to police in Nueva Ecija, which was an urgent development in Mary Jane’s case. Sergio faces complaints on illegal recruitment, swindling and human trafficking.

Kris went on to say, “I firmly believe that we must respect the laws of each country, and as Filipinos we will take offense when other countries will dictate upon us… But we are a God fearing, faithful nation. And He heard our collective prayer.”

She ended the post with: “I kept quiet w/ the endless attacks against PNoy because that was his reminder to me, but today it is my right & my privilege to say, I AM PROUD of my brother. I AM PROUD OF MY PRESIDENT.”


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Covering Pacman a ‘mystical experience’ FUNFARE By Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 30, 2015 - 12:00am


ABS-CBN TV host Abner Mercado in a ‘selfie’ with Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao and son Israel

Just like other consummate journalists, ABS-CBN’s Abner Mercado no longer gets star-struck since interviewing celebrities has become part of his daily life.

Apart from Pope Francis and Hillary Clinton, he considers Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao as the only figure in recent years to have captured his imagination.

Abner qualified that his fascination with Pacman didn’t come in an instance but gradually took shape within the six weeks (often up to 18 hours a day) he closely followed Pacman in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for a special ABS-CBN documentary that he produced, Pacman: Laban Kung Laban, which aired last Sunday, April 26, hosted by Dyan Castillejo.

“I flew to the US to cover Pacman’s training for the Fight of the Century,” Abner told Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre in a series of phone interviews from his hotel in Hollywood. “I initially looked at it as just one of those major coverage assigned to me before. I didn’t anticipate anything extraordinary out of it until I got to know Pacman up close and saw for myself that this guy is larger than life.”

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It’s Pacman’s “exceptional aura” that Abner first noticed in early March. He said that it might have something to do with the champ’s fortified faith, his aspiration to galvanize his countrymen, or his desire to leave a legacy destroying the record of his undefeated opponent.

“I saw Floyd Mayweather Jr. He has a very pleasant personality, good skin, good teeth, flamboyant,” noted Abner. “But Pacman’s exceptional aura, the serenity and energy he exudes, puts him on a higher level. ‘Yung tipo bang hindi mo siya maiisip biruin kahit feeling close ka na sa kanya kasi you have nothing but respect and admiration for the man. I even decided to address him as Sir Manny because of that.”


With Pacman, wife Jinkee and the other Pacquiao children

Abner claimed that he was a witness to Pacman’s deep faith and humility throughout the period he, along with Dyan Castillejo and ABS-CBN cinematographers Val Cuenca and Joey Romblon, stalked the boxer from GenSan for stirring footage.

During a testimonial before an over-crowded Shepherd of the Hills Church in L.A., Abner observed that Pacman was too humble to share not just the extreme poverty he and his family had to endure, but also his infidelities and vices some years ago that nearly destroyed his marriage and family until his new- found life in Christ saved him from self-destructing.

Like many other spectators in Pacman’s camp, Abner said that he was convinced that Pacman has attained the kind of faith every Filipino would wish for.

“Hindi na nga niya inaangkin ang fight na ito at wala nang halaga sa kanya ang eight division world titles niya dahil ipinaubaya na niya lahat sa Diyos,” Abner said. “You could sense that he’s really with God. He is the picture of contentment. He’s genuinely kind to everyone and he doesn’t come across as someone who sees himself as important. I never saw him na na-upset or nairita kahit konti. He finished the autograph-signing and he didn’t rush it. Hindi siya pirmang tamad na hindi mo na mabasa.”

Dyan told Abner that she saw Pacman’s evolution from being a boxer whose focus was just the title and money, to someone who has found profound meaning in what’s he’s doing.

“Here’s a man who has made something of himself out of nothing and on the threshold of becoming the world’s greatest boxer, along with Ali,” Abner added. “And I think Mayweather is pressured that he’s being challenged by a man who literally gets his strength and inspiration from God and is backed by a nation of 100 million people. Hindi ka ba mayayanig n’un?

“Didn’t you notice that Mayweather is not resorting to trash-talk in this match for the first time in his boxing career? Hindi ba dati lagi siyang mayabang at below the belt kung tumira. This time, bait-baitan siya kay Pacman. Parang kinakabahan siya kay Pacman ngayon.

“But then I saw something in Mayweather that made me worried about Pacman. Since Mayweather has everything to lose in this fight, I have a feeling that Mayweather is preparing something that might catch Pacman off guard. I just had that feeling when I saw Mayweather at his media day. Para siyang maamong kordero na may itinatago. I don’t know. I hope I’m wrong.”

At the Pacquiao home in L.A., Abner observed that Pacman’s wife Jinkee and their kids were in high spirits.

“They were very happy, especially Jinkee who believed that it was answered prayer ‘yung nangyaring malaking pagbabago ni Pacman. Jinkee told me that she prayed long and hard for it, to the point that she almost gave up on him.

“But then Jinkee said she and the whole family were praying that this will be Pacman’s last fight before retiring to a more normal life. I think Jinkee is worried about the effects of boxing to Manny’s health and future.”

Abner told Funfare he felt “honored and blessed” to have been given a chance to be “a fly on the wall” as history is unfolding leading to the May 2 (May 3 Manila Time) event, which sports fans will talk about for many generations to come. He even turned his L.A. hotel room into a war room with his notebook computer surrounded by drafts of scripts, newspapers, books about Pacman as well as mementos from the upcoming bout. In fact, Abner didn’t mind celebrating his 45th birthday on April 17 while covering Pacman, which only made his special day more memorable.

“Trabaho lang the whole day, then Dyan and Steve Angeles (of the California-based Balitang America of ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel) brought me a cake with two lighted candles, then trabaho ulit. I will always remember that day.”

Abner said he’s also thankful to have met a lot of Filipinos and non-Filipinos, including Hollywood celebrities such as Robert Duvall, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel and Mario Lopez, and football superstar Tim Tebow who showed up during Pacman’s training.

“There are Filipinos who even offer free water and donuts to spectators. And there were those who brought us (ABS-CBN team) food at nilulutuan pa kami ng adobo na miss na miss ko talaga. Parang People Power lang ang peg.”

Covering Pacman, of course, posed some challenges, what with the tight security that allows the press inside the Wild Card Gym only at certain hours in order to not disrupt the momentum of Pacman’s rigorous sparring and workout.

“I have a feeling that Pacman loves it when he is surrounded by people who cheer him up during his training that starts at 5 a.m. and wraps up at 9 p.m. Tipo bang sa mga tao siya humuhugot ng lakas at nabubuhayan siya ng loob kapag nakikita niya ang mga tao.”

Asked what he thought about Pacman’s chances of beating Mayweather, Abner said without hesitation, “Nakatakda siyang manalo. I think it’s his destiny.”


PHILSTAR

Manny Pacquiao: Kapuso through and through KAPUSO DAY By Butch S. Raquel (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 2, 2015 - 12:00am


Certified Kapuso: Manny hosts the infotainment program MP Featuring Sports Science

Manny Pacquiao could easily lay claim to being a man of many parts — a world boxing champion, devoted family man and TV personality, to name a few.

While cementing his status as one of the greatest boxers in history, Manny is often seen crossing over to the world of show business, carving a name for himself as a singer, actor and host.

In the Kapuso Network, the Pambansang Kamao has had the opportunity to take on various roles and explore new territories outside the boxing ring.

“Manny, as a TV personality, is credible. His sincerity always comes across in any program he does,” says Lilybeth Rasonable, GMA SVP for Entertainment, of the boxing icon.

“His humility and his ability to laugh at himself despite his stature make one realize that until now, Manny sees himself as a ‘regular guy.’ This is what endears him to the audience,” Rasonable adds.

A certified Kapuso, Manny was able to gain a wider audience as he built on his resumé as an artist, while revealing a side of him that many of us are not familiar with.

Manny marked his debut as a host in 2007 in the infotainment program Pinoy Records. Two years later, he was enlisted to play one of the lead characters in Totoy Bato, a boxing-themed drama based on the graphic novel by Carlo J. Caparas.

He continued to surprise viewers when he dabbled in comedy via Show Me Da Manny. Through the show, Manny proved that not only does he have a sense of humor, but he is also one who never lets success get into his head.

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“In Show Me Da Manny, never did Manny make his co-actors and co-workers feel that he is this international sports superstar whom you cannot joke and be silly with. He has the ability to leave that persona behind and wear a different hat when he is a TV talent,” says Rasonable.


In Show Me Da Manny, Pacman took on the role of Manny Santos, a gym owner who meets his match in Ella, played by Marian Rivera

When asked which of Manny’s shows she thinks has made the greatest impact so far, Rasonable replies, “I guess it would be Manny Many Prizes because Manny and the show were able to really help a lot of our less fortunate kababayan.”

In Show Me Da Manny, Pacman took on the role of Manny Santos, a gym owner who meets his match in Ella, played by Marian Rivera

Beyond just providing entertainment, the Sarangani representative used the show as a platform to share his blessings with the Filipino people, earning him the moniker ninong. Its success, and needless to say, Manny’s generosity in giving away life-changing prizes, was also extended to the provinces and even abroad as they aimed to bring the Manny Many Prizes experience to as many people as they can.


Manny is joined by his wife Jinkee (rightmost) and Dingdong Dantes (center) at the L.A. show which drew a crowd of 5,000

Manny went on to host another program on GMA titled Para Sa ‘Yo Ang Laban na ‘To, an inspirational talk show where he gave advice on overcoming challenges, often using his own experiences as an example. In his latest onscreen pursuit, MP Featuring Sport Science, Manny dishes out sports trivia and success stories of athletes.

Creating a show with someone as popular and accomplished as Manny does have its share of challenges but in spite of that, Rasonable considers working with the People’s Champ a rewarding and enjoyable experience. “It’s always a joy making a program with him because he is such a pleasant person. Ang gaan katrabaho, palabiro, parang bata minsan,” she enthuses.


Ninong Manny with Manny Many Prizes co-hosts Paolo Contis, Gladys Guevarra and Onyok Velasco

As he shares a different, more personal side of himself, one cannot help but have a deeper respect and admiration for the man that Manny Pacquiao is.

“In Show Me Da Manny, we saw the lighter side of him and we felt Manny’s enjoyment in trying to make people laugh with his program. In Manny Many Prizes, we witnessed his compassion towards his fellowmen and his desire to really help those in need. In MP Featuring Sport Science, we felt his confidence in delivering sports facts as his authority in this subject is, of course, unquestionable,” relates Rasonable.

Whether on or off cam, and in whatever role he plays, Manny embodies what it truly means to be a Kapuso, humble in all his ways and an inspiration to us all.

To our Kapuso, we are one with the entire nation in praying for your victory. Go, Manny! Proud to be Pinoy, proud to be Kapuso!


 PHILSTAR

Heart Evangelista stars in first series after marriage By Joyce Jimenez (philstar.com) | Updated May 1, 2015 - 9:51am


Heart Evangelista will do kissing scenes with Rocco Nacino, who is the real-life partner of Lovi Poe. File Photo/ Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines - Heart Evangelista is back to doing TV series after getting married with Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero in February.

She will star in GMA’s upcoming series “Beautiful Stranger,” together with the real-life couple Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino.

The three of them will be playing a love triangle, which Heart says is okay with her friend Lovi.

“Hindi naman siya selosa or anything,” she said in an interview aired in GMA new program “24 Oras” on Thursday. “She just said, ‘don’t worry, just be comfortable.’ Pero tinutkso niya ako na, ‘awkward!’”

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Lovi agreed with Heart and admitted it may feel awkward on their first few scenes.

Yet she added, “I’m looking forward to their kissing scenes. How Heart will see my face habang kini-kiss niya si Rocco!”

Meanwhile, Heart says her husband is very supportive of whatever project she chooses to do.

“Chiz is also very proud of me especially kapag nakikita niyang very driven ako sa buhay ko, and I love to work. Nai-inspire din siya kapag nakikita niya akong gano’n,” she said.

Joining them in the “Beautiful Stranger” are Benjamin Alvez and Christopher de Leon.


INQUIRER

Imminent confrontation Nestor U. Torre @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:46 AM | Saturday, May 2nd, 2015


ROSALES. Needs to decisively reestablish control

On “Bridges of Love,” the big deal currently is the imminent confrontation between the separated brothers, played by Jericho Rosales and Paulo Avelino, over Jericho’s ex and Paulo’s current squeeze, portrayed by the exceedingly “haba ng hair” Maja Salvador.

Viewers could see this coming for weeks now, so it’s about time for it to finally happen. Given the travails Jericho experienced in the Middle East and Paulo’s “cruelly cold” depiction of his uber-wealthy character, the impending mano-a-mano confrontation will definitely not be pretty—but, isn’t that what sibling-rivalry theme-fixated viewers are raring for?

To mitigate the expectedly explosive situation, Paulo’s cold and harsh character has been “softened” and humanized by his unexpected love for Maja—so, we can predict that, when the dust finally clears, the long-separated brothers will find a way to “forgive” one another for the real and imagined sins of the past.

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Before that happens, however, viewer expectations will have to be whetted by all sorts of “bloody” sub-skirmishes—especially because Paulo’s character believes that Jericho abandoned him in childhood!

Brotherly bruises

Actually, Jericho “sacrificially” gave him up for adoption to give him better chances in life (which is why Paulo became so filthily rich). —But, try telling that to an aggrieved and hurting bunso who has been nursing his brotherly bruises for decades!

The fact that the series’ two male leads are fiercely fighting over her adds to Maja’s importance, seductive power and allure. However, the actress fails to go to town with this sizzling scenario, because her depiction of her character’s “powerful” allure is predictable.

Focusing now on Jericho, he should decisively reestablish control over the series—but, that won’t happen if he continues to share too much focus and screen time with Maja and Paulo.


MANILA STANDARD

Kapuso stars rally behind Pacquiao By Isah V. Red | Apr. 30, 2015 at 06:20pm


In a show of support for fellow Kapuso, Tom Rodriguez, Solenn Heussaff, Regine Velasquez Alcasid, Marian Rivera-dantes, Lovi Poe, Dingdong Dantes, Dennis Trillo, and Carla Abella give words of encouragent for Manny Pacquiao in his quest for another boxing title agains Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

In his upcoming battle against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on Sunday, May 3, Manny Pacquiao will have in his corner fellow Kapuso who along with millions of Filipinos have followed his journey to greatness.

And as fight day draws near, various GMA artists voice out their support for their fellow Kapuso, friend and countryman.

“Isa si Manny sa mga hinahangaan ko di lamang sa kanyang galing sa boxing kundi na rin sa kanyang matatag na pananampalataya at pagmamahal sa bayan,” says Dingdong Dantes.

“This is one of the biggest highlights not just for Manny’s career but also for the history of the Filipino people. Sabay ng tagumpay ni Pacman ang tagumpay ng bawat Pilipino. You make us proud, Kapuso!” he exclaims.

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And in the biggest fight of Pacquiao’s career, Marian Rivera-Dantes, who co-starred with him in the comedy series Show Me Da Manny, expresses the sentiments of many. “Hangad ko, kasama ng buong sambayanang Pilipino, ang iyong tagumpay. Nawa’y gabayan ka ng ating Panginoon sa iyong muling pagsampa sa ring at patuloy ka pang maging inspirasyon sa marami.”

In a show of support for fellow Kapuso, Tom Rodriguez, Solenn Heussaff, Regine Velasquez Alcasid, Marian Rivera-dantes, Lovi Poe, Dingdong Dantes, Dennis Trillo, and Carla Abella give words of encouragent for Manny Pacquiao in his quest for another boxing title agains Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

His co-stars in the past have nothing but good word for the man who has shown heart, courage and loyalty in and out of the ring. “We are praying for your victory. As with all your past fights, we know you’ll make us proud to be Filipino,” says Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who starred with Pacquiao in the boxing-themed series Totoy Bato. “You have poured your heart in uniting the Filipino people, and for that, we are grateful. To God be the glory!”

Despite many years in the spotlight, Manny’s fellow Kapuso artists attest to the man’s humility, which has kept this man’s feet firmly on the ground.

“Manny is very easy to work with and treats everyone equally. He’s funny and likes to sing on set,” shares his MP Featuring Sport Science co-host Solenn Heussaff. “Manny is every Pinoy’s pride and I know he won’t disappoint.”

“I have nothing but praises for him,” says Lovi Poe, who also worked with Pacquiao in Show Me Da Manny. “He’s a very successful man who is idolized by almost everybody in the world yet he showed nothing but humility.”

While Pacquiao is known worldwide as one of the greatest boxers in recent history, in his home country, he is all that and more. Having shown great passion not just for the sport, but the country he represents, Pacquiao has truly proven himself to be a true Kapuso.

“Manny has been such an inspiration to each Filipino. Each time he faces an opponent in the ring, it is not just for a title but also for Filipino pride. We thank you, Manny and we support you all the way!” says Carla Abellana.

Dennis Trillo also extends his support for the Filipino boxing hero saying, “Kasama mo kami, Pacman, at ang buong sambayanang Pilipino sa laban mong ito. Sa bawat suntok at ilag na iaalay mo para sa ating bansa, nais din naming iparating sayo ang aming taos pusong paghanga at pasasalamat. Ipinagmamalaki ka namin, Kapuso!“

Truly the People’s champ in and out of the ring, Pacquiao has proven to be a unifying force for the nation.

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa ‘yo Manny for all the pride and glory you have given the Filipino people. And once again, we unite as one nation as we pray for you and give our all-out support. The Filipinos are all behind you,” expresses Tom Rodriguez.

And on Sunday, as Pacquiao proudly enters the ring to fight for the Filipino people, his fellow Kapuso will all exclaim in unison, “Go Manny!


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