As the nation, in fact the whole world, prepares for the most-awaited boxing match of the century, Filipinos all over the globe wait to see their champion, Manny Pacquiao, bring honor and glory to the nation.
As we do a countdown to this historic fight, allow the genealogist to also offer his small contribution to all this celebration.
The surname of Manny Pacquiao is one of the thousands taken from the Catalogo Alfabetico de Apellidos which accompanied Governor-General Claveria's decree of 1849.
As seen in above's photo, Manny's surname was originally spelled PAQUIAO (without the "c") in the Catalogo. The surname can be found on page 26 of the catalogo, first column, the 52nd surname in the column.