He is known as the eldest son of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee, but Jimuel Pacquiao is nothing but a typical teenage boy who juggles studies (he's in Grade 10) and sports (he is a varsity basketball player).
Photo by: Noel Orsal
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), along with other media reporters, was able to interview him during his reveal as one of the ambassadors of BlueWater Day Spa on July 7.
It's his first solo endorsement, following his and brother Michael’s advocacy campaign for a clothing brand.
How does it feel now that all eyes are on him?
“It feels a little strange since this is my first time.
“It’s always been my dad, my mom, even my lola [Dionisia].
“Everything is really new to me.
“Honestly, I just enjoy being a regular teenager—study, play, and have crushes.
“Since projects came like BlueWater Day Spa, my friends told me to try new things, to explore.
“So I’m very thankful that they chose me, even though there are a lot of famous teens.”
Does he have his parents’ blessings before getting this project?
“My parents were always supportive.
“They do give me advice since I’m shy type. They told me not to be nervous.
"They tell me to be just myself, and to just do the best I can.”
Senator Manny also expressed how proud he is as a father now that Jimuel is ready to try new things out.
“Yung suporta ko sa anak ko, andiyan palagi yan.
“His very talented at marami siyang alam na hindi ko alam.
“Kita niyo kung paano siya sumagot, kahit na first time niya pa lang.
“Even my wife, she’s very proud, and I can see it in her eyes and face, she’s so proud of our son.
“I’m proud also for my son now that he is growing with the fear of the Lord.”
Can this be taken as a sign that he’s going to enter the entertainment scene?
“Right now, no.
“Since I still go to school, I’ve always wanted to finish studies and go to college."
Lastly, he repeated, "Right now, I don't plan to do showbiz."
Photo from Jimuel Pacquiao Facebook Fan page