"There is no Manny Pacquiao if it weren't for Aling Dionisia." This is what Manny Pacquiao declared in his lavish blowout for Aling Dionisia's 60th birthday celebration. Well-known politicians, celebrities and throngs of fans trooped to General Santos City just to greet Manny's equally famous mother.
But before fame and fortune came knocking at Manny's doorsteps, Aling Dionisia was the family's main provider. She single-handedly raised her children after her separation from her husband, selling rice cakes around the streets of Barangay Labangal to support her family's needs. Aling Dionisia's determination amidst the family crisis and financial problems is what inspired her son Manny to pursue boxing, a career that eventually brought affluence to the Pacquiao family.
With millions of pesos tucked under his son's championship belts, Aling Dionisia is now reaping what she has sown. The woven bilao that she used to carry before to sell rice cakes is now replaced with expensive designer bags and jewelries. Instead of walking, she now uses luxury car to go around the city, driven by her own chauffeur and watched over by two personal bodyguards. If she was known before only as the prayerful mom of Manny, now she can be seen on several TV programs showcasing her talent in ballroom dancing!
Join award-winning journalist Jay Taruc as he gets an exclusive glimpse on Aling Dionisia's life before and after Manny's boxing triumphs and discover how she produced the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in the amusing documentary "PAC-MOM." This I-Witness episode airs this Monday midnight on GMA-7 right after the late night newscast Saksi.
Jay Taruc interviews Aling Dionisia for I-Witness
by posted on June 29, 2009