FYI — the title of ‘datu’ signifies a ‘chief’ in pre-Hispanic Filipino society. Manny Pacquiao has just been made one by the B’laan tribe in southern Philippines. See below from ABS-CBN News.
Pacquiao now a ‘Datu’
Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao was conferred the rank of “Datu” by the B’laan Tribe in Sarangani, southern Mindanao following his win over Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez.
According to Web site Philboxing.com, the B’laan Tribe has given Pacquiao the name “Datu Damfel Banwe” which symbolizes ability, courage and wisdom. The B’laan Tribe is the dominant indigenous group in Sarangani province. Pacquiao, garbed with the native costume of the B’laan Tribe, received the honor at the Malungon Gym. He was also given seeds of Duguan Tree, which was now renamed to Pacquiao Tree.
Pacquiao was earlier promoted to master sergeant reserve by the Philippine Army. He was also inducted to the Elorde Hall of Fame after winning the ‘Boxer of the Year’ honor for seven straight years.
Warm welcome in Gensan
Pacquiao was given a warm welcome at the General Santos International Airport Wednesday morning. The grand welcome was organized by Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. and Pacquiao’s former political rival Rep. Darlene Custodio. Pacquiao then greeted most of his fans through a motorcade around the city.In a press conference at the covered court of the Carlos Garcia Park, Pacquiao thanked his fans and at the same time sought their support for his scheduled bout with WBC lightweight champion David Diaz.
“Kapag nagkataon na makuha natin ang lightweight division, ako na ang pang-anim na tao sa buong mundo na may apat na itulo sa ibat-ibang division,” said Pacquiao.Pacquiao’s victory over Marquez made him the only fighter in history who has won the lineal crown (Ring Magazine) in three divisions: flyweight, featherweight, and super featherweight.
According to Philboxing.com, Pacquiao’s winning belts as a flyweight, super bantamweight and super featherweight pushed him to the company of only eight boxers in history to have won belts in three weight classes. The other boxers who have accomplished such a feat were Bob Fitzsimmons, Tony Canzoneri, Barney Ross, Henry Armstrong, Emile Griffith, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.