Manny Pacquiao is a man of many skills. He’s one of the finest boxers on the planet, but has also proven his worth as a politician and senator. He also happens to be a big charity man, actively using his wealth and influence to help the less fortunate.
Manny Pacquiao might be preparing for his next fight in early November, but that hasn’t stopped him taking some time out to help the people of his country. Too often, we see sporting heroes and rich celebrities doing very little to help others, preferring to spend their millions on luxury cars and homes. Fortunately, guys like Manny exist.
A devout Christian and proud Filipino, Manny always tries to find new ways to give back to the world around him. Over in the Philippines, the poverty rate is particularly high, with more than 1 in 4 people living below the poverty line.
Incredibly, the capital city of the country, Manila, actually has the highest homelessness rate in the whole world, with over 3 million people forced to sleep on the streets. Tens of thousands of those individuals are just kids, with over a million homeless children spread out across the Philippines.
Fortunately, projects are being developed to help solve this problem. Recently, plans were laid out for the development of 1,000 news houses in the Sarangani Province area. What’s more, the construction of these houses is being fully-funded by Manny Pacquiao himself.
Pacquiao stated in a post on his personal Facebook page how he was so glad to be supporting this project:
I’m so happy giving this houses free to my constituents in Sarangani Province from my own pocket. More than a thousand families are the beneficiaries. And I’m still building more because I always believe what the bible says…
Pacquiao currently holds the position of Senator of the Philippines and is in charge of the Sarangani province. Prior to taking up politics, many people will recognize Pacquiao from his successful boxing career where he amassed 57 wins, 2 draws and just 6 losses.
Manny will return to the ring on the 5th of November for another clash, this time against Californian boxer Jessie Vargas.
In the meantime, back in his homeland, many citizens are wondering whether or not Pacquiao might someday run for the presidency. Many other senators have followed the same path, so it wouldn’t be surprising if we did someday see the 37-year old try to make a push to become the leader of his country. Already, Pacquiao has proven very popular with the people and has put forth some great ideas. He says he ultimately hopes to be involved in making education free for the people who can’t afford it.
In the meantime, these new houses are looking great and will surely make many people a whole lot happier. The homelessness crisis in the Philippines won’t be solved overnight, but projects like this one will go a long way to helping the country get better.
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