Free live screenings of Pacquiao match in Yolanda-hit areas

Posted at 11/23/13 6:45 PM

MANILA - SkyCable will hold free live screenings of the upcoming bout between Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios this Sunday (November 24) in areas affected by typhoon "Yolanda."

"We know how much of an inspiration Manny Pacquiao is to all Filipinos. We thought it was fitting that our kapamilyas who have shown a tremendous, resilient spirit in the face of great adversity, should see our national boxing hero in action," said SkyCable COO Ray Montinola in a statement.

The Sky viewing stations will be located in the following venues:

1. Tacloban, Leyte (2 locations)
a. Astrodome
b. Capitol grounds
2. Ormoc, Leyte - Town plaza, near old City hall
3. Guiuan, Samar - Town plaza
4. Estancia, Iloilo - Town plaza, near Municipal hall
5. Concepcion, Iloilo - Town plaza, near Municipal hall
6. Medellin, Cebu - Town plaza

Montinola said Sky viewing stations were put up starting November 15, "so people in the Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas will have access to information and entertainment, via ABS-CBN, ANC, and Cartoon Network, despite widespread power outages."

"Since then, we've received appreciative responses from the residents there, adults and children alike, as they're made aware of the ongoing relief efforts and also get to enjoy a much-needed respite from their difficult situation after the typhoon."

In its 8 a.m. update on Saturday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that the death toll from super typhoon "Yolanda" now stands at 5,235 and at least 1,613 remain missing.