Congressman and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao may just be the first-ever Filipino to be a guest speaker at the World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations. This year, the World Youth Day festivities will be held in Spain.
The Sarangani representative was one of the many personalities invited by the World Youth Council, based in Vatican, to partake in the grand gathering that takes place from August 16 to 21 in Madrid, related Eugene Alzate, a board member in the Mindanao province, as reported by Bomboradyo.
Pacquiao has not yet acceded to the invitation, the report added.
The eight-division world champion, a devout Roman Catholic, often credits his achievements as blessings from his Creator.
In 1995, the World Youth Day was held in the Philippines, the first time for an Asian country to be a host. To this day the five million-strong crowd that participated in the closing mass in Luneta Park holds the world record for the biggest Papal gathering in history.
via Manilla Bulletin