Pacman shows support to CPDRC boxers

_IGP6503Boxing champ and Saranggani Representative Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao visited the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) to show his support to CPDRC’s Supermax Boxing Team.

CPDRC inmates warmly welcomed Pacman with their loud cheer when he arrived at the CPDRC quadrangle. The dancing inmates also prepared performances, specially choreographed for the boxing icon, using the songs of Pacquiao like “Para Sayo ang Laban na to” and a remix of Pacquiao’s other songs.

The Supermax Boxing Team presented three sparring exhibition games with three rounds each. Pacman was often seen smiling and delighted while watching the sparring exhibition.

Aside from expressing support to the Supermax Boxing team, and watching the performances of the dancing inmates, Pacquaio also lead the praise and worship program wherein he shared the words of God with the inmates.

Pacman expressed his admiration to the CPDRC Supermax Boxing team and promised to return and donate boxing equipment.

The CPDRC Supermax Boxing Team has 47 boxers and was launched last November 2013 as part of their rehabilitation program.


Capitol consultant on jail matters, Marco O. Toral, said that Pacman’s visit to CPDRC had a huge impact to the inmates and specifically to the Supermax Boxing Team. Toral stressed that more than any donation, it’s his (Pacquiao) presence that is more important.

“The biggest impact of his visit is that he gave hope and inspiration to the inmates”. Toral said.

CPDRC dancing inmate’s choreographer Vince Rosales also narrates that the inmates were overjoyed beacuse of Pacman’s visit. He said that Pacquiao is the “idol” of the inmates. They did not miss watching a single fight of Pacman in the past. Rosales also observed that even a day after Pacman’s visit, the inmates were still talking about him. ” Samot sila naganahan mu praktis, mas daghan ang ni apil sa training, og mas ni daghan ang ni apil sa bible study”, Rosales said.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III, although unable to personally meet Pacquiao at the Cebu Provincial Capitol, extended his gratitude to Pacman for visiting CPDRC. Diane Higida