MANILA -- Boxing champ Senator Manny Pacquiao said he will be joining the country in cheering for the Filipino contingent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where they will be competing for the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
Aside from wishing them luck, Pacquiao urged the athletes to show their Southeast Asian neighbors the kind of stuff Pinoys are made of.
“As our country’s ambassador of goodwill, let our tri-colors fly high in all the venues, not only in terms of engaging in battle, but, likewise, in once more showing to all and sundry what our country is and what kind of people Filipinos are in character and values,” Pacquiao told Philboxing.
The senator also encouraged the athletes to make the most of their time in Kuala Lumpur as they foster brotherhood with their foreign counterparts.
“Kapag kayo’y nandoon na at makikipagtagisan ng lakas at talino sa mga kalaban, generate lasting memories and bring about closer international relations sa ating mga kalapit bansa,” he said.
“Masuwerte kayo at kayo’y napili para maging kinatawan ng bansa sa isang malaking pagtitipon gaya ng SEA Games,” Pacquiao said.
“Kaming maiiwan dito sa Pilipinas will be following your exploits, praying for your safety, na kayo, minsan pa ang magiging catalyst of our nation’s unity. Gaya noon na kapag lumalaban ako sa ibang bansa, kasama kayo ng ating mga kababayan na hindi lumalabas ng bahay, nanonood sa TV, nakikinig sa radyo sa paghihintay ng resulta.”
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