Pacquiao's next title? DOT's poster boy

After peace envoy, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s next title might just be tourism poster boy.

“Aside from brokering for peace, Pacquiao can help promote tourist spots in Mindanao,” Surigao del Norte Gov. Ace Barbers told reporters during the Daungan ng Balita sa Danarra Hotel in Quezon City yesterday.

Barbers said with Pacquiao’s popularity, he would make a good endorser for the country’s various scenic spots, such as those in his home province.

He added that negative publicity triggered by a series of bombings in several places resulted in the cancellation of tourists’ reservations for surfing in Siargao Island.

“Pacquiao’s popu­larity can help bring tourists back to the country,” Barbers said, adding that although they are still in the process of determining the number of tourists who withdrew from their planned vacation, their initial estimate is that the province will be losing several millions of pesos in potential revenues. – Perseus Echeminada, Philstar

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