Manny Pacquiao finishes master’s degree

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Former Senator Manny Pacquiao (left), with his wife Jinkee, gradutes from PCU. (Source: Philippine Christian University/Facebook)
Former Senator Manny Pacquiao (left), with his wife Jinkee, gradutes from PCU. (Source: Philippine Christian University/Facebook)

While some people have yet to earn an official degree, the Philippines' boxing pride Manny Pacquiao received his second over the weekend.

The former senator earned his Master's degree in Management, Major in Public Administration from the Philippine Christian University (PCU) on Saturday (August 27).

Pacquiao earned his master’s degree along with 30 employees of the Philippine Senate.

PCU congratulated him in a Facebook post, “Congratulations, Former Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao! Master's Degree in Management, Major in Public Administration.”

In 2019, Pacquiao graduated from University of Makati with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Major in Local Government Administration.

Pacquiao posted on Twitter a powerful message, “Let us engrave this in our hearts: It is never too late to dream bigger dreams. It is never too late to accomplish our dreams. LIVE YOUR PASSION, not just for yourself, but for your family and for our country.”

Pacquiao was on the receiving end of criticism after a series of Facebook posts said that he finished his bachelor’s degree in three months. He actually finished his political science bachelor’s degree in 16 months under the University of Makati’s College of Continuing, Advanced and Professional Studies (CCAPS) program.

News anchor Karen Davila was even criticized for pressing Pacquiao about his college degree during an interview at her show “Headstart”. Pacquiao revealed then that he was pursuing a degree in a school in Manila during the interview. Pacquiao became elusive when Davila tried to get specifics.

While the legendary boxer dropped out of high school, Pacquiao hurdled a high school equivalency test in 2007. He pursued a business program at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City also in 2007.

Accompanying him in PCU’s 79th commencement exercises was his wife Jinkee. It was held in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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