Does Manny Pacquiao own a hotel in Boracay?

by Rachelle Siazon, ABS-CBN.com

Posted at Apr 06 2010 05:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2010 02:08 AM

MANILA, Philippines - During the Holy Week break, rumors about Manny Pacquiao owning a posh hotel on Boracay Island, known as the West Cove Resort, have resurfaced.

In an exclusive visit of “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon” to the infamous hotel proved, however, that it is in fact owned by Manila-based businessman Crisostomo Aquino.

Aquino happens to be a good friend of Pacquiao.

Aquino was also quick to set the record straight when asked about the whole issue. “Ito yung paboritong place ni Manny dito. [Parang naging] signature namin na kapag nandito si Manny, napapagkamalang kanya ‘yong resort.”

He explained why a lot of people got the impression that West Cove is owned by the boxer.

“One time, tumawag sa akin si Manny na gusto niyang magbakasyon dito. Tapos noong blessing namin [back in 2007 pa] si Manny ang nag-sponsor. Nagkataong sinabi noong pari na kay Manny itong hotel kaya kumalat sa buong island na kay Pacquiao ito,” he said.

Aquino did not deny that the speculations have helped him boost his business. “Ok lang. Gusto ko nga matawag itong Pacquiao resort dahil sikat na ‘yong pangalan. Hindi mo na pasisikatin [kasi] sikat na.”

He also shared that he’s already looking forward to his next V.I.P. guest very soon.

“Hindi lang si Manny at Jinkee ang dapat abangan [nila dito]. Actually hinihintay ko nga si Mommy D (Dionisia). Dito ni’yo lang makikitang naka-two piece si Mommy D!” he said. -Rachelle Siazon, ABS-CBN.com