It has been almost three weeks since new WBC World Lightweight Champion Manny Paquiao arrived in his hometown General Santos City to another Hero’s Welcome and a few people have been asking about it.
As promised, I am posting some of the photos I took during that morning of July 7, 2008 when he arrived at the airport, during the motorcade and up until the victory dinner at night tendered by Mayor Jun Acharon and Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio, which I emceed with Ms. Gensan 1972, Cora Tito. 🙂
Since they are quite many, I am dividing the pictures into two sets, one set per post. This is the first set, taken during the motorcade from the airport.
MSU High School Dancers at the GenSan International Airport
Congresswoman Darlene Antonino-Custodio and Dionisia Pacquiao while waiting for the champ at the VIP Area
City Tourism Officer Cora Tito (extreme left) & City Sports Development Officer Ernie Nanali (extreme right)
Manny alighting a PAL plane
Mayor Jun Acharon meets the champ
Manny with Congresswoman Darlene and Mayor Jun Acharon
Pacquiao’s Parents (Rogelio & Dionisia) at the motorcade float
Pacquiao with his parents, Congresswoman Darlene & Mayor Jun behind him
Passing by a jeepful of supporters at the airport road
A shot of the motorcade convoy at the airport road
Students from Fatima High school cheer for the passing champ
Residents of Uhaw, Barangay Fatima wave at Manny
Students at Calumpang Central School
Onlookers along the Calumpang Highway
Fishermen aboard their truck pass by the Pacman motorcade
Labangal High School students near Manny’s former residence
Passing by the old Silway Mosque
That’s Sarangani Rural Bank at the Pioneer Avenue-P.Acharon Blvd. junction
Queen Tuna Park (formerly Lion’s beach)
Passing in front of the Central Public Market along P. Acharon Blvd.
Entering Magsaysay Avenue & passing by this colorful bldg.
Still at Magsaysay Avenue, corner Bañas Street
School kids from South Elementary School run beside the float
The Marieta’s Barbecue Bldg.
Pioneer Avenue and the RCBC Building at the back
Turning left to Pendatun Avenue with Sydney Hotel in the background
Pendatun Avenue and the RD Plaza at the background
TO BE CONTINUED… More photos from the Presscon and the Victory Dinner… SOON!!!
Ang galing mo talaga believe na ako sayo.I love you sana manalo kapa sa mga susunod mong laban. dito lang me to support you.
i am one of your avid fans.
kuya avel.. gwapoh lagi ang pagkuha nimo ug pictures??
Hi Sameer, Are you in Gensan right now?
Manny Pacquiao is indeed very famous!
hi very nice place and people in General santos
nice pic idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
god bless and more power p!!!
what will MANNY’s part be in the tunafest?
will he sponsor an activity/event? 🙂
Glengonz, Gensanite, RJ and Gulper, thanks for appreciating the pics. I was sitting at the back of the police car while shooting those pics.
Gulper, you noticed that too? Well, some of the generals must have gotten tired of doing it many times already, my wild guess. Every year, we give the champ at least 2 hero’s welcome every time he wins. Could be that there is no more thrill for them in doing it over and over again. But am pretty sure that his kababayans are still mighty proud of him.
agreed with the quality of pics. however, do you notice something????
d heavy crowds we experienced b4 are gone. bakit kaya????
ang ganda ng pagkakuha infairness,heheh,
nice pics, TUNA MAN…
pang-“sports illustrated” ang quality sa photos…
walang tf sa mga fabulosong pics na yan? gosh! pang national geographic ang mga takes. bakit wala ako? hehehe, ah ok sa presscon pa pala….