Funfare’s Big Apple correspondent Edmund Silvestre (of The Filipino Reporter) said that he now knows why Jinkee Pacquiao needs to be at her best (i.e., hair, make-up, wardrobe, accessories) every time she accompanies her husband, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, in his travels abroad.
Said Edmud, “Whether she likes it or not, Jinkee shares the limelight with Pacman wherever he goes.”
The spotlight, for sure, will get even brighter at the Philippine Congress when Rep. and Mrs. Emmanuel Pacquiao become the powerhouse couple (Hollywood-style) alongside Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres and husband Richard Gomez, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado and husband Sen. Bong Revilla, soon-to-be former Pres. and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and husband Mike Arroyo.
Continued Edmund, “At the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) gala last June 4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan where Manny was honored with twin prestigious awards — Fighter of the Year and Fighter of the Decade — we witnessed how Jinkee was also swarmed by thrilled fans seeking autographs and Kodak moments with her husband. Thank God, she’s a good sport and she seems to enjoy the adulation. Those who can’t get close to Manny like me — no thanks to his burly bodyguards and fanatic fans, hmmmp!!! — would turn to Jinkee. She would oblige with a warm smile.
“Okey lang naman, basta masaya lahat, okey lang,” Jinkee assured “Nandito naman tayo lahat to support Manny.”
Businessman and Pacman supporter Rolly Velasco (of NYC’s Your Family Auto Service Center, who paid the $200 gala ticket)) likened Jinkee to Jaclyn Jose upon seeing her walk into the ballroom like a breath of fresh air.
Consul General Cecilia Rebong, who was present at the gala, noted Jinkee’s “simple yet elegant” style.