Jinkee Pacquiao was a disco diva on Preview.ph’s digital cover this August.
Clad in playful and vibrant high-fashion pieces, Jinkee briefly opened up about her life as the wife of boxing champion-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao and as a family woman.
“100 percent housewife na ako,” the former vice governor of Sarangani said.
After serving the Mindanao province for one term, Jinkee didn’t think twice about leaving politics.
“Mas happy ako ngayon,” the mother of five continued. “Mas less stress 'tsaka yung time din…
“Mas binubuhos ko yung time ko sa mga kids ko kasi before sobrang laki ng time ang nawala na para sa kanila dapat.”
Her children are Emmanuel Jr., Michael, Queen Elizabeth, Mary Divine Grace, and Israel.
“Binubuhos ko ang time ko sa mga anak ko…” Jinkee remarked, “Kailangan kakausapin mo lagi.
"Kasi natakot ako dun sa mga balitang nag-suicide na bata pa, mga ka-age nila na 17 to 21 years old.
“Pero yung mga anak ko, open naman sila sa amin. Ayaw kong mag-girlfriend."
The interview was held on August 8, a few weeks after her 16-year-old son Michael posted on Instagram a photo of Malaysian singer Yazmin Aziz, and commented, "Kami na officially haha."
Emmanuel, her eldest, is 17, and is said to be single.
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Jinkee added, "Merong parang hinahatid, sinusundo pero nagpapaalam naman sila sa 'kin.
“May respeto naman sila.”
LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Jinkee has also learned early on that it would be best to take herself out of the media circus and let her famous husband do the interviews and appearances.
“Mas gusto ko yun,” she said. “Ayaw ko yung parang pinapakita ako lagi… Naroon na lang ako sa mga kids ko…”
How do her five children deal with public attention?
Jinkee revealed, “Ang ayaw lang nila yung may mga nakasunod na bodyguards palagi, na parang wala silang freedom.
“Naging masaya sila nung nasa Korea kami kasi they felt like regular persons na walang nakabuntot.
“Sila sila lang pag nag-shopping or pumupunta sa maraming tao.
“That was their happiest. Mas gusto nila yung buhay na ganun.
“Pero dito, back to normal sila. Mahiyain talaga sila.
“Ayaw lumabas sa TV or magpa-interview.”
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