Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao was treated to a hero’s welcome by his home network, GMA-7, on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after his courtesy call in Malacañang Palace.
GMA Network’s executive vice president and CFO Felipe Yalong led the warm welcome for the People’s Champ, along with GMA stars Mikael Daez, Miss World 2013 Megan Young, Iya Villania, and Ralph Fernandez.
Pacquiao expressed his gratitude to his fellow Kapuso for the warm reception and their continuing support: “Salamat at napakasaya ng pagsalubong ninyo sa akin. Maraming, maraming salamat at kayong lahat ay nagkaisa para suportahan ako at ipagdasal noong nakaraang laban ko.”
He added, “Masayang-masaya ako dahil una kong nabisita ang mga Kapuso!”
Later in the evening, GMA Network also held a special dinner for Pacquiao at Midas Hotel. Present during the event were GMA executives led by President and COO Gilberto Duavit Jr.
Pacquiao, the first and the only eight-division world-boxing champion, is still regarded by many as one of the best fighters in the world despite losing his last fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
A certified Kapuso, Pacquiao currently co-hosts the sports program MP Featuring Sports Science with actress and host Solenn Heussaff on GMA-7.