For years, Manny Pacquiao has built up his reputation in the field of boxing.
He had become a professional boxer as young as 16 years old, and had touched the hearts of many with his passion. Filipinos are truly proud of his achievements as a boxer as he is for himself.
He once talked about his journey in becoming the legendary boxer he is known to be now.
While some people would think he was born with this skill, he explains that the journey he walked wasn’t as simple as some would assume. Pacquiao says he only had himself to depend on. Knowing he was skillful at boxing opened a path for him, to which he worked hard for and trained as much as he could to get to where he is now as a way to attend to his family’s needs.
Indeed, his hard work really paid off.
Boxing gave him a chance to start a new life, especially to rise from the poverty he and his family were experiencing. It was his passion that drove him to become one of the greatest professional boxers of all time.
He has been serving as a politician, a Senator of the Philippines to be exact, since 2016 and will continue with his term until the year 2022.
Despite the various responsibilities on his plate, Pacquiao had been able to do something a lot of people were not expecting.
Manny Pacquiao had dropped out of high school due to their family’s position. He had also left his home at the age of 14 because his mother could not make enough money to support the whole family.
However, he had passed a high school equivalency exam in February 2007, therefore allowing making him eligible for college education.
In 2008, he had enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in business management at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City.
Although even with these certifications, he didn’t stop learning from there.
Recently, on December 11, 2019, Sen. Manny Pacquiao graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Major in Local Government Administration, from the University of Makati.
He was able to achieve this through the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program of the Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy, which gives qualified Filipinos to complete a collegiate-level of education through an informal education system.
This system allows Filipinos who meet the required qualifications to receive an appropriate college degree as a way to gain more opportunities in the field they work in.
Pacquiao had posted on Instagram a short speech with photos of him in his robe during the graduation ceremony.
He expresses his thanks the people who have helped him and supported him during this short journey, as well as the lessons he had gained from this. He also mentions that “this will be the most meaningful” out of all the achievements he had received so far.
Many people are proud of him for choosing to complete his education as well as for being brave enough to make this step, regardless of his schedule and age.
Through this, Pacquiao is able to inspire others who had to drop out of school earlier for various reasons such as his experience of working as a way to support himself and his family. Whether it’s the age of 40, like Pacman himself, or even older.Like the way he taught his fellow countrymen that anyone can reach their goals with hard work, passion and dedication, he touches the hearts of Filipinos yet again by showing them it’s never too late to learn.