Pacquiao gets honorary doctorate for humanitary efforts


Posted at Feb 19 2009 11:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2009 09:03 AM

The boxer is now also a doctor.

National treasure Manny Pacquiao has received his Doctorate of Humanities (Honoris Causa) from Southwestern University of Cebu Wednesday, adding the honors to a long list of accolades he has garnered throughout his career.

He was conferred the honor at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel not only for his accomplishments inside the ring but also for his humanitarian efforts.

In his speech, Pacquiao said that no amount of books or level of educational attainment can indicate a man’s measure. Instead, he said the real measure should be based on good deeds, love for his country and fear of God.

The Commission on Higher Education, for its part, said that Pacquiao’s victories inside the ring have given him the opportunity to help the needy, which is why he was accorded the award.

He is now among a handful of boxers with honorary doctorates such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Mike Tyson.

Baptism of “Queenie” all set
Meanwhile, the christening of Pacquiao’s baby daughter Queen Elizabeth or “Queenie” is all set and seen to be an event fit for a queen.

The roster of godparents reportedly handpicked by Pacquiao reflects a cross-section of his friends in politics, the military, show business and the media.

The christening is set to be held at the Church of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage in Pacquiao and wife Jinkee’s hometown of General Santos City at 10 a.m. on Sunday, February 22.

Among the 48 personalities that will make up the list are Vice President Noli de Castro, Pacquiao’s close friend Armed Forces’ Chief of Staff Gen. Alexander Yano, Assistant National Security Adviser and former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, a collection of lawmakers headed by former Senate president Manny Villar and Bacolod City Rep. Monico Puentevella, ABS-CBN TV anchors Korina Sanchez and Alex Santos, political affairs lawyer Romeo Macalintal, actors Robin Padilla and Philip Salvador among many others. With a report from, Ronnie Nathanielsz, and Vilma Andales, ABS-CBN Central Visayas