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    Celebration of Pain and Pride (Unveiling the Pacman statue)


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sherbien says he's not a big boxing fan, but Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is a national hero in the Philippines. He says between 3,000 and 5,000 people came to the dedication.
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    Today the 10ft bronze image of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao together with the 8ft bronze statue of a nurse, carpenter, teacher and farmer all dedicated to hardworking Filipinos was unveiled in bay area of SM Mall Of Asia.


    The art installation is dedicated to hardworking Filipinos all over the world - men and women who take pride in their body pain, wearing it as a badge of honor  and embracing it as a proof of their passion and commitment to their families and chosen profession.


    At the center of the art piece is Pacman, the icon and living example of a Filipino to "no pain, no gain."


    I can say that this is the version of Thanksgiving in the Philippines.


    The images are sculpted by award-winning Filipino artist Fred Baldemor, and the event is commissioned by Alaxan FR together with SM Mall of Asia and SM Cares' Global Pinoy Program.


    After the unveiling, there's a free concert featuring Philippines' top artists.

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