In all of the bouts Manny "The PacMan" Pacquiaohas fought, his wife has been ever-present and supportive. Jinkee Pacquiaoin the sidelines is what comes to mind whenever PacMan's wife is mentioned, but this July, she takes the solo spotlight on the cover of Good Housekeeping.
Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Jing Lejanosays, "When people found out that we were going to shoot Jinkee, they suggested we photograph her with Manny. But that is not our story. We wanted to shine the spotlight on Jinkee, and all the other women with husbands who've succeeded in their chosen careers. Without these tenacious women, these great men would not be where they are today."
Jinkee welcomes Good Housekeeping into their home in General Santos City and sits down to tell them about a life filled with people, a fact even her children have noticed.
"Minsan, sinasabi nila, 'Bakit ang daming tao? Bakit ang daming nagpupunta dito?' Maraming nakabuntot," she says. "Mahirap, pero 'pag si Manny, marami talagang tao. Hindi niya masabihan na 'di puwedeng sumama, pinapabayaan na lang niya. Ako lang ang nagrereklamo."
Jinkee admits she has become stronger and more outspoken. "Dati, wala akong ginagawa kundi isipin si Manny," Jinkee says, telling Good Housekeeping of a time when her life revolved around her husband's. Today, Jinkee is focusing her energies on her business ventures, product endorsements, and TV commercials. Plans to take up business classes are also underway.
"Gusto ko rin may ginagawa. Tsaka, kailangan magkaroon din ako ng sarili," she says. "Natuto na ko. Mas tumapang ako. Basta gusto ko, alagaan ko yung sarili ko para sa mga anak ko."
Read more about Jinkee in the July issue of Good Housekeeping, available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide