Malacañang congratulates Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for defending his WBA welterweight belt against Keith Thurman on Sunday (July 21).
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud. Pacquiao won in a split decision and knocked down Thurman in the first round.
“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he said.
Meanwhile other lawmakers have sent their congratulations to the Pambansang Kamao.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) also joins the Filipino people in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.
“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country,” according to their statement. “Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work.”—AAC (With reports from Lea Ylagan, Rosalie Coz, Harlene Delgado, Grace Casin)
Fil-Am hip-hop artist Allan Pineda Lindo or most widely known as apl.de.ap will perform at the opening and closing ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The ceremonies will be held on November 30 and December 11 at the New Clark City in Pampanga.
Lindo said he is excited to perform onstage and be part of the SEA Games.
“[I want to perform] simply because I’m from Angeles City, Pampanga and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I wanted to be part of this historical moment. It only happens every 20 years. I’m really proud of my country and I just really wanted to share my talent and what I can provide for this event,” Lindo said.
He also added that his group, the Black Eyed Peas, will also perform alongside him.
The signing was held at the House of Representatives on August 20. Meanwhile, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano hopes more Filipinos will be inspired by the musician.—AAC
Margielyn Arda Didal finished in 5th place at the 2019 Street League Skateboarding World Tour in Los Angeles, California.
This is the highest finish by a Filipino national. Didal accumulated a total of 21.7 points which makes her closer into qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
11-year-old sensation Rayssa Leal from Brazil ranked first in the competition for scoring 23.3. Pamela Rosa, also from Brazil, finished second with 22.8 while American Alana Smith landed in third place, scoring 22.5 points.—AAC
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