After ABC TV5 guesting, Pacman's mother has been making waves these days (Feature)

July 21, 2009 9:18 am 

By Satur P. Apoyon

DAVAO CITY, July 21 –- After guesting in an ABC 5 television dance show about two months ago, Nanay Dionisia Dapidran-Pacquiao, mother of Philippine boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, has been making waves in many aspects to acquire folksy popularity and stardom in the entertainment world.

The show -– “Shall We Dance”– hosted by Lucy Torres-Gomez, the statuesque and beautiful wife of actor-sportsman Richard Gomez, should be credited for opening a new door of undreamed fate for a 60-year-old simple housewife and mother of a pound-for-pound king of the international welterweight division in the boxing world.

Nanay Dionisia gained her international exposure when she was tagged along by his son’s ring engagement with Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas last May.

ABC TV5 was very fortunate to have Nanay Dionisia guest in the “Shall We Dance” final segment toward the end of May. In that show, Nanay Dionisia was featured with a much younger dance instructor to do a special dance number she learned in the four months of ballroom honing mostly in General Santos City.

The vivacious mother of the “people’s champ” surprised everybody, including Davao and Gensan television viewers, for her captivating sway and fast steps of a tango and a sample of her favorite category, boogie.

Touched and somewhat mesmerized of her performance, Lucy extended a verbal invitation to Nanay Dionisia to appear again in the show come December.

Overnight, the former unknown personality in Kibawe and Gensan became the toast of both elite and ordinary households.

Common people in southern Mindanao were competing with other television networks in having Nanay Dionisia guesting in fiestas and public affairs programs, respectively.

Only recently, the TV screen has been flashing a beverage commercial having Nanay Dionisia delivering a punch line to a drinking spree presided by Manny Pacquiao himself.

Because of her growing popularity, Pokwang, a current hot comedienne co-hosting Willie Revillame’s “Wowowee,” was mimicking Nanay Dionisia for an episode in “Banana Split,” a weekend sitcom also of ABS-CBN.

Despite some intrigues that Nanay Dionisia, Manny and other members of the family were slighted of puns done on the new sensation of the country’s housewives, it turned out to the contrary.

“Tuwang-tuwa nga na ginaya-gaya ako, eh,” Nanay Dionisia said later in Tagalog.

Pokwang was even invited to Gensan recently by the Pacquiaos.

And the latest bang on Nanay Dionisia was her appearance in the middle of “Wowowee,” a top-rated ABS-CBN TV noontime show on Monday, July 20.

Willie Revillame was profused of his admiration and gratitude of Nanay Dionisia for honoring a drop-in for the populist show while en route to the top managers of the network at Quezon City’s Bohol Avenue, in Metro Manila.

Nanay Dionisia was game in doing a dance number with Pokwang or Marietta Subong in real life and later joined by Chokoleit (Jonathan Tabanag), a gay comedian from Davao City. The trio drew an applause from the audience that included foreigners and vacationing Fil-Americans, Japinoys, Chinoys and other Filipino half-breds.

After that, the Super Mom called on Charo Santos and Gabby Lopez, ABS-CBN moguls who later announced Nanay Dionisia’s maiden entry into the movies as mother of Sam Milby in an Erap-Ai Ai delas Alas upcoming flick under Star Cinema.

When Pacman, another nickname for the Champion, was asked about the latest development of the new career of her mother in showbiz, he declared: “Masaya ako. (I am happy.)

Adding, Manny, who is doing a movie come-back in Carlo Caparas’ “Anak ng Busabos,” said: “I am happy because she is happy and earning, too." (PNA Feature) scs/SPA/lvp

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