Anggulo, TV5’s newest public affairs program, aims to give viewers a closer look at the lives of celebrities and newsmakers. The pilot episode aired last night, September 7, tackled the multi-faceted life of Jinkee Jamora-Pacquiao as a wife, mother, and businesswoman.
Anchored by veteran broadcast journalist NEWS5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdez and her team of senior reporters, Anggulo shared with its viewers the two mansions of the Pacquiaos in General Santos City and their current house in Laguna.
HOUSE IN FORBES PARK. For now, the Pacquiaos are comfortable living in their Laguna residence. Inside their home, not a shred of Manny Pacquiao’s boxing paraphernalia can be found.
Manny’s wife agreed to accompany correspondent Jove Francisco as he toured their houses in General Santos City. Jinkee said that the first mansion contains a lot of her husband’s boxing paraphernalia. She also bared their plan to renovate the mansion to make it more modern looking. They then headed to "Mansion 2" that already has very modern interiors.
The latest purchase of the Pacquiaos is a P388 million house with a 1,500 square meter lot located in Forbes Park, Makati City. According to Jinkee, the minute she set eyes on the house, she liked it at once.
The homemaker revealed, "Yung plano ng may-ari, ibebenta yung bahay...Bumabalik kami doon. Tinitignan namin...Naghahanap ako ngayon ng mga gamit..."
JINKEE AS A HOMEMAKER. In college, Jinkee took up a business management course but unfortunately, she was unable to finish her degree. She opted to work instead to help her family. Back then, she was a beauty consultant at a mall in GenSan.
This mall is the very same place where she met the man who later became her husband. Reynaldo Jamora, Jinkee’s uncle, was an assistant to Manny who was then just starting his boxing career. Reynaldo introduced her to Manny, who was smitten by Jinkee’s beauty and personality. Manny even broke off his engagement with his fiancée back then and pursued Jinkee. To date, Manny and Jinkee have been married for 11 years.
Jinkee and Manny had a civil wedding in May 2000 and their church wedding took place a year later. Their union has produced four children: Emmanuel Jr. (nicknamed Jimuel), Michael, Princess and Queen Elizabeth.
Manny is considered the only boxer in the world to earn eight world boxing titles in as many weight divisions.
In politics, he currently serves as Sarangani representative in the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
Jinkee is a "hands-on" mother to their four children. She describes her typical day thus: "Pag may pasok ang mga bata, hinahatid ko sa school sa umaga. Sa Congress kasi, bandang hapon. Unahin ko ang mga bata, tapos si Manny..."
Even though Manny is a champion boxer, she doesn’t want their kids to take up this sport. "Alam ng mga anak ko ayaw namin sila maging boxer. Kahit tatanungin mo sila. Naiintindihan nila..."
Jinkee highly values her family and becomes teary-eyed when she talks about them. She explains, "At the end of the day, pamilya mo pa rin ang kasama mo. Kahit anong mangyari sa buhay mo, sila yung malalapitan mo. Kumbaga, wala nang iba. Although you have friends, you have everything. Pero hindi sa material na bagay may pera ka..."
She adds: "Siguro nagiging emotional minsan pag may pinagdadaanan...sila yung nag-a-advise sa akin...pag may problema. Kailangan talagang may masandalan."
LUXURY BAGS. Jinkee admits she has a "girly" side and fancies bags. She has a huge collection of designer bags including her favorite Hermès brand. Jinkee has about 16 of these luxury items. When asked about the cost, she simply said, "Hindi naman umabot ng P2 million sa bag. Mga P1.2 million lang."
Being practical, she pointed out, "Nag-business ako ng boutique. Yung mga di ko ginagamit, inaabangan ng mga tao sa GenSan [General Santos City]. Binili ko ito as investment kasi. At para di magastos ito, balik agad yung perang ginastos ko. Binili ko ito as investment din. Gagamitin ng mga anak ko in the future..."
Apart from collecting bags, the congressman’s wife has invested in jewelry. "Jewelry ay investment kasi. Puwedeng gamitin ng mga anak ko in the future. Para sa kanila ito."
BEING AN ENDORSER. From being a simple "probinsiyana" wife to Manny Pacquiao, Jinkee can now be considered a celebrity in her own right.
She even has a number of endorsements of her own, and is seen on billboards and TV commercials.
Correspondent Ina Zara caught up with "Mrs. Pacman" at her photo shoot for Belo Clinic. Dolled up and wearing a figure-hugging ensemble, Jinkee exudes a sophisticated charm and quiet confidence.
Jinkee describes herself as "mahiyain." When asked how she presents herself as a congressman’s wife, she said with a smile, "Dapat ’hot mama’ pero hindi ako sobrang revealing. I’m just being myself."
Manny himself made a visit to the photo shoot location to show his support for his wife’s personal endorsements. The "pound per pound" Boxing King proudly said, "Laging maganda ang asawa ko since before pa." According to the report, Jinkee earned P1.2 million from the photo shoot alone.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS. Jinkee spent her growing-up years in Saranggani province together with her parents and siblings. They led a simple life back then. Jinkee’s mother points out, "Hindi naman po talaga mahirap...Nakapag-aral sila [her children] sa private school."
Jinkee’s dad says of his work, "May negosyo-negosyo rin ako...pangingisda, copra..."
Janet, Jinkee’s identical twin sister who is camera-shy, agreed to be interviewed for the TV5 late-night show. When asked about the differences between her and Jinkee, Janet admitted, "Sa ugali naman, ako ang mas pranka at mahiyain siya [Jinkee].
Head turners in high school, the popular sisters would often be voted as beauty queens. Jinkee recalled, "Parang vino-vote ng mga kaklase namin. Halimbawa, may mga search na ganyan, sinasama yung mga names namin. "
Janet said that it is Jinkee who provides for their needs. She said, "Lahat ng mga pangangailangan namin, ibinibigay niya."
BEING A BUSINESSWOMAN. Jinkee was put in charge of all the businesses in the Pacquiao "empire." She told correspondent Roices Naguit-Sibal that their first business venture was the Pacman convenience store put up at GenSan. It became successful and led to the establishment of eleven more branches within the city.
Every time she is at GenSan, she makes it a point to check each business venture.
She disclosed, "Mino-monitor ko mga supervisors kung magkano ang sales sa lahat ng businesses. Kung anong mga ideas na pumapasok sa utak ko na puwedeng ma-implement sa business, tinatawagan ko sila..."
Apart from businesses in GenSan, the Pacquiaos have business ventures in Manila such as Pacquiao shops that sell athletic gear, sportswear and trinkets.
One of their biggest investments is the 8-storey MP Tower located in Sampaloc, Manila. The building houses the other businesses of the family.
When Manny himself was asked about the way his wife runs their business ventures, the boxing champ pointed out, "Okay naman. Ayos naman. Maganda ang pagdala niya sa businesses namin. Nagsu-suggest na lang ako kung ano ang gagawin."
ON RUMORS OF INFIDELITY. Since she is married to a high-profile boxer-politician, Jinkee has had to deal with a lot of controversies. Through time, she has learned to toughen up and put on a brave front.
She thoughtfully remarked, "Di ka puwedeng basta-basta lang masasaktan ng mga ito. Kailangan matapang ka na. Tawanan mo lang kumbaga...Basta ako, ayokong nakikitang umiiyak ako. Parang nahihirapan lang ako sa sarili ko. Wala namang ikabubuti sa akin."
When asked to comment on rumors about her husband’s infidelity and siring a child outside marriage, Jinkee takes these issues with a grain of salt.
"Yung magkaroon ng issue uli siya ng anak sa iba...Di ba dati na-chismis na nagkaroon siya ng anak sa iba..."
She added, "Di ba na-intriga na ’yon? Tinanggap ko na dati kung ano ’yon. Di ko puwedeng sabihin na confirm ko o ano. Basta napag-usapan na namin. Alam na niya ’yon... Huwag lang maulit...yung respeto nawawala."
Does she have any plans of running for public office?
Jinkee replied, "Hindi rin. Sabi ko sa kanya [Manny], ayoko. Tama na yung suportahan ko siya."