In the recently announced finalists for this year’s National Book Award, listed in the Nonfiction Prose (Filipino) category is a book written by Manny Pacquiao, the eight-division world champion for boxing. Truly, not only Manny had ventured in singing and political career, but also a career in writing.
The book entitled “Pacman: Kuwento ng Pag-asa, Tiyaga, at Determinasyon, published by Anvil Publishing is one of the five finalists in the said category. The other four is Aklat ng Ulat: Mga Sanaysay sa Dalawang Dekada ng Pamamahaya by Lamberto E. Antonio published by Ateneo de Manila University Press, Almanak ng Isang Aktibista by Rolando B. Tolentino published by University of the Philippines Press, It’s A Mens World by Beverly Siy by Anvil Publishing and Mga Pilat sa Pilak: Mga Personal na Sanaysay by Eugene Y. Evasco, published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House.
In an excerpt quoted by the book’s publishing company (AnvilBooks), they highlighted that “despite his fame and financial success, Manny is just Manny— a regular guy who still remembers his roots. During the holiday season, he personally passes out gifts to the poor. For his title fights, he gives over half a million dollars worth of tickets to his childhood friends so they can “join in” his fights”.
Moreover, they stressed that “Manny simply feels blessed to be able to give back, and nothing could possibly make him more genuinely happy than to help those who were a part of his roots and early suffering. So it is therefore not surprising that he has given himself to his fellow Filipinos by serving as a Congressman in the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing his home province of Sarangani. He is the first active professional boxer to become an elected public official, and Manny is certainly one of the most influential people in the Philippines today”.
For complete list of the finalists, visit the National Book Development Board website at http://nbdb.gov.ph.