Inmates were filled with excitement as they gathered at the gym of Quezon City Jail to watch the live, uninterrupted broadcast of a Manny Pacquiao bout live for the first time last May 3.
This optimal real-time viewing experience was brought by ABS-CBN TVplus for free to areas with limited access to pay-per-view service, including Camp Crame, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Philippine General Hospital, and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
For inmates at the Quezon City Jail, having been granted the opportunity to watch the real-time action of the “fight of the century” also meant uniting in support of the Pambansang Kamao in the biggest fight of his career.
“We are thankful to TVplus because this is a first for the inmates. We were very excited to watch the fight,” said Jayrex Bustinera, the institution’s chief of public relations.
Meanwhile, members of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame initially raised funds to avail of the pay-per-view (PPV) coverage of the fight, but found it difficult to collect the required amount for payment. When they were granted free PPV coverage by ABS-CBN TVplus, they instead utilized the raised funds to provide free meals to the PNP members and their families during the fight.
Their digital TV experience did not end there, as ABS-CBN TVplus donated the Mahiwagang Black Boxes used during the screenings to PNP offices for their future use.
Cheers and screams filled the public screening venues as spectators saw the fight in crystal clear picture, which, historically, is only accessible to cable or pay TV subscribers.
Pacquiao may have lost the “fight of the century” but for those who attended ABS-CBN TVplus’ screenings, Pacman remains an idol and inspiration for his determination and persistence to overcome life’s struggles and making the Philippines proud.
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