Dr Manny Pacquiao, I presume?

PacMan’s full name can now be written as Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PhD in Humanities. Southwestern University President Eldigario Gonzales (right) bestowed on the legendary Filipino boxer the honorary degree in conferment rites on Wednesday evening, 18 February at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Queen City of Central Philippines, where Southwestern is located. 

There had been a brouhaha about the conferring of a doctorate degree, even honoris causa, to Manny, as some vocal local critics claim Pacquiao does not deserve such an honor for his lack of intelligence. In reference to all that, in his acceptance speech, PacMan said, ‘Ang katalinuhan at kagalingan ng Pilipino ay hindi nasusukat sa dami ng librong nababasa.’ (The intelligence and talent of the Filipino is not measured by the number of books read.) Thanking the University, he said, ‘Sa kabila ng batikos sa Southwestern University, pinagpatuloy niyo pa rin ang pagtitiwala sa akin. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala.’ (Despite the harsh criticism Southwestern University received, your honor continued to have faith in me. Thank you very much, Sir, for your trust.) 

The University had originally planned to confer a doctorate in Human Kinetics, but the Commission on Higher Education disapproved it. Pacman received the honor for his boxing prowess and humanitarian efforts.

From local news sources, English translation by Frank A Hilario 

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