May 3, 2015, Manila – The Island of Bantayan witnessed for the first time the country’s boxing hero’s latest fight during a live public screening of the Fight of the Century on Santa Fe Bantayan Island, Northern Cebu. While the town was rooting for the ‘People’s Champ’, unfortunately the result left Manny Pacquiao defeated.
The first-ever public screening in Bantayan Island was made possible by British life insurance company, Pru Life UK in support of every Filipino fighter from all walks of life. Continuing their commitment to restoring the community after typhoon Yolanda, they aim to inspire locals as they continue to fight to restore their livelihoods and communities.. All municipalities of Bantayan Island come together for the first time to witness Pacman’s conquest over Mayweather live on Sunday, May 3.
Bantayan Island was one of the worst-hit islands in the country caused by the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda claiming the lives of more than 6,000 people. After almost two years since the destruction, the island together with the affected provinces in the Central Visayas region is still recovering through the joint efforts of charitable organizations and Pru Life UK’s Prudence Foundation. The Foundation has provided livelihood and rehabilitation to the people of Bantayan Island for the past year; aiding almost 90 per cent of the population with their substantial needs.
“We know how hard it was for the Bantayan people to get back on their feet when they have lost almost everything.” said Antonio de Rosas, president and CEO of Pru Life UK. “Pru Life UK and our charitable arm, Prudence Foundation, is committed to restoring the beauty of the island especially the locals who had to face tough battles in the past. This is why we wanted to bring the much-anticipated fight to the people of Bantayan Island, We strongly believe that this will inspire them to fight against difficulties and succeed in making life better, just as much as they inspire us.”
The live screening on Bantayan drew nearly 8,000 locals. Pru Life UK also brought live coverage of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in 10 communities in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Quezon, Albay, Aklan, and Northern Samar. In Bantayan Island, the match was aired in three municipalities of Santa Fe, Madridejos, and Bantayan.