Another icon brings Pinoy pride to the world stage as Madame Tussauds Hong Kong announced its addition of a new Filipino wax figure, none other than boxing champ Manny Pacquiao!
“I’m very honored that they chose me,” said Pacquiao, whose 41st birthday also happens to fall on the same day as the announcement of the exciting news. “Masaya ako na maitataas ko muli ang bandera ng Pilipinas sa ganitong paraan. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong has many personalities including my fellow athletes and excited ako na makatabi ko sila doon,” he added.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Senior Marketing Manager BoBo Yu shared her excitement to have Manny Pacquaio as another Filipino wax figure in their roster of icons. “The Philippines continues to be one of our strongest markets and having Manny Pacquaio who is known globally for his achievements in sports is an honour for us. He is one personality that the attraction has been wanting to have and we cannot wait the Filipino fans to see the figure in 2020,” said Yu.
It took 6 hours to measure the boxer for his wax figure. However, Pacquiao stayed in good spirits throughout the afternoon, patiently cooperating with the team from UK to make sure they got every detail right while having fun with the staff on site. “It was a new experience for me,” shared Pacquiao. “Ganito pala ka-detalye gumawa ng wax figure kaya mas na appreciate ko yung mga staff.”
Pacquiao was also equally thrilled to share this news with his family. “Mas naging proud ako na maging dad nila. I can’t wait to bring them to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong to see my wax figure. Excited rin ako to see how it will look like and i-share ito to my Filipino fans,” said Pacquiao.