Typhoon Frank damage
ILOILO CITY, Philippines -- The brief visit of Manny Pacquiao made thousands of flood-ravaged Ilonggos forget about their damaged and still muddied homes and streets as they wildly cheered for the Filipino boxing icon.
Men, women, children and the elderly lined the streets screaming and cheering as they struggled to get a glimpse of Pacquiao and his wife Jinky who went to Jaro District here to distribute food packs to victims of typhoon Frank.
With shouts of "Manny" and "Idol," Ilonggos mobbed the boxing champion along his route.
The Pacquiao couple and their party arrived at the Iloilo airport in Cabatuan town around 7:30 a.m. and proceeded to the residence of Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo where they had breakfast with the prelate and Iloilo City officials led by Mayor Jerry Treñas.
They then proceeded to the Jaro Cathedral for mass before distributing around 500 food packs to flood victims, assisted by Treñas and members of the Catholic Women's League.
After knocking out David Diaz last June to win the World Boxing Council’s lightweight title, Pacquiao promised to donate P3 million from his earnings to the flood victims in Western Visayas.
Manny always back up his talk with action. As I've said before the city and its people appreciates any help extended to them even more because it came from Manny Pacquiao. He is the undisputed national hero in the Philippines right now both in and out of the boxing ring.
As of yesterday, eight people died of Leptospirosis caused by wading through the flood waters at the height of Typhoon Frank's onslaught. There's still a lot to be done if you're interested to help but first check the details. In addition to, they also need more implementing partners.
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