Disclaimer: The list you are about to see is a hypothetical and wild (but I believe is sensible) idea how I can spend PHP 576 million I just won if I were Manny Pacquiao:
If I were Manny Pacquiao….
1.) I will donate money to build a big airport in Manila. Infrastructure is the most essential tool to a country’s development. Our International airport is dilapidated and definitely cannot compete with most airports in Asia like Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok, Changi in Singapore, Chep Lap Kok Airport in Hong Kong. It desperately need a face lift or a total make over. Tourism and other industries will benefit and will generate millions of Pesos in receipts. Does Manny Pacquiao International Airport or maybe Jinky Pacquiao International Airport sound appealing to you? Lol.
2.) I will donate money to build a subway train in Metro Manila. Metro Manila is too populated, streets are jammed, mass transport is packed even during supposedly lax hour. What we need is a ultra modern, state of the art subway train system to address the ever growing need for mass transport of the Metro. Why a subway, we already have the MRT and LRT anyway? All major cities of the world have subway trains. They built subway not sky trains because they can maximize the space or roads where the subway line passes by. Of course it would build humongous traffic jam during the construction but we can all see the positive effect once it’s completed.
3.) I will help Build a large Stadium (similar or even better than the Bird’s Nest in Beijing) and a Centre for Sports Development focusing on various sports discipline (not only Boxing and Basketball!). Manny is a sportsman and will always be a sportsman. Building a large sporting facility would not only give credibility and recognition to Philippines as a major sporting destination (as we can host a big sporting event) but having a Centre for Sports Development would ensure we can build a nation of world-class athletes. It would mean our youth will have sports as a hobby and not think of drugs, alcohol, sex and other vices as their past time.
4.) I will donate money to help preserve our country’s Natural attractions such as the Banaue Rice Terraces, Chocolate Hills, Mt. Apo- these natural wonders may not be seen by our children and their children’s children if we don’t do anything to preserve it. Preserving it need some financial assistance which unfortunately, our Government cannot fully give and would need private institutions to sustain the conservation projects.
5.) I will buy big lands to turn into rice fields, animal farms, fruit plantations and sell it in the market at highly subsidized price– Not only will converting idle lands into these highly productive areas bring thousands of jobs to Filipino people, but by doing so it will help eradicate food shortage in our country. We will be a self-sustaining nation and can bring more income to the country’s coffers if we export these products once our production is over the demand.
You may say why most of the above suggestions are about donating or helping to support various activities considering Manny Pacquiao is a private individual, not a Politician even. But as a public figure idolized by millions, I think Manny has a social responsibility to fulfill. He doesn’t have to be a politician to fulfill these social obligations but by being the same humble but highly disciplined athlete that he is, he can help make our country a better Philippines..
On a separate note, as a normal human being– I have material desires as well….so if I were Manny Pacquiao, I will buy my own private jet to take me and my family to the best places in the world during my training break.