UNLIKE in the past, Manny Pacquiao opted for a simple birthday celebration when he turned 35 on Tuesday.
The boxing champion still hosted a traditional dinner party at the KCC Convention Center in General Santos City for some 1,000 guest and well-wishers.
But instead of giving away cash and other valuable items for raffle prizes, Pacquiao made everything simple by turning the birthday party a celebration of praise and worship.
The boxing icon said the amount intended to host a bigger birthday festivity was instead donated to the victims of super-typhoon Yolanda, whom Pacquiao visited last December 3.
Pacquiao earlier spent his day by feeding students at the Alegria Elementary School in Sarangani, before attending two separate Christmas parties of the Sarangani provincial government.
The former eight-time world champion is the congressman of the lone district of Sarangani.
Paquiao turned another leaf amidst the separate issues he faces with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) arising from alleged unpaid taxes from the year 2006-2010.
He is also three weeks removed from a successful ring comeback following a year-long hiatus when he decisioned unanimously American Brandon Rios in their welterweight showdown at the Cota Arena in Macau.