BOXING icon and incumbent Senator Manny Pacquiao turned 40 on Monday.
To celebrate his birthday, he gave away bags of groceries to around 4,000 people in Sarangani on Sunday, according to a report on GMA News’ Unang Balita by Mav Gonzales.
Residents of Sarangani and General Santos City fell in line outside the Pacman Beach Resort in Tinoto, Sarangani and ran inside the property when the gates were opened.
“Masaya dahil kahit papa’no, nakakatulong tayo sa kanila, ‘yung mga mahirap na tao. Alam mo, talagang siksikan sila. Pumila sila para magkaroon ng panghanda. (Happy, because I am able to help the poor. You know, they really line up to get something to share on the table.),” the WBA welterweight champion said.
Pacquiao added that his giving away gifts is a way to share his blessings.
“Yes, automatic ‘yan [sharing your blessings]. ‘Pag binigyan ka ng blessings, hindi lang ‘yun para sa ‘yo kundi para mai-share mo sa ibang tao. (When you are blessed, that’s not just for you, you have to share it to others.),” he said.
Some of the recipients sang a birthday song to thank Pacquiao for the gifts he gave, while others wished him good health, victory for his upcoming fight on January 19 against Adrien Broner, and many more blessings.
Many of the residents walked far just to have the opportunity to receive free groceries.
After giving away groceries, Pacquiao visited the super yacht he is having constructed.
The super yacht, named The Queen, has 14 rooms and three floors.
Pacquiao also gave away gifts to people at the super yacht. —KG, GMA News