Filipino boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree.
The news surfaced online after a document from the University of Makati was shared to the public last Monday, December 9. It shows the list of the University’s candidates for graduation for this school year, and Manny’s name “Pacquiao, Emmanuel Dapidran” was included in the list.
Based on the reports, Manny Pacquiao took a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Major in Local Government Administration and is scheduled to receive his college diploma on December 11 at the said University.
It can be recalled that it was on September 6 this year, when Manny Pacquiao proudly shared a photo of his UMak ID on his Instagram account with the caption,
“Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”
Many admired the 40-year-old athlete-turned-lawmaker as he was able to pursue his studies despite his hectic schedule both as a politician and a boxer.
In an earlier interview, Manny revealed that one of the reasons why he decided to pursue a college degree is to have a better understanding of the country’s situation.
“Nag-aaral ako, yes. Kailangan lang kasi, the most important thing is alam mo sitwasyon ng bansa natin,” he said.
(I am back in school, yes. I need it, the most important thing is you know the situation in our country.)
Before he enrolled in the University of Makati, Pacquiao also studied business management program in 2008 at Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City, but he failed to finish his studies at the said university.
This happened after he was able to earn his high school diploma in 2007 through the Department of Education’s alternative learning system (ALS), which is a parallel learning system that provides a practical option to the existing formal instruction in our country.