To the people who know of her, Pami is the official mascot of the upcoming South East Asian Games.

To those who have met her and gotten to know her, she is a happy pill and a true representation of every nation, sport, and person coming together and supporting each other at the Games. Most of all, she’s family. Because you can’t spell “pamilya” without Pami.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, Pami isn’t able to type about what a day in her life entails. It’s not easy being Pami (and also she doesn’t have fingers).  Mostly because not everyone loves the sight of her (she knows that she can’t please everyone either, so she’s way past that). But for her, putting a smile on people’s faces and seeing them cheer on their country or favorite athlete makes all the hard work, sweat, and tears worth it.

One of Pami’s gigs was the caravan tour, visiting awesome malls like the SM Mall of Asia, SM City Olongapo Central, and SM Tarlac. According to Pami’s handlers, the torch run and caravan tour served as her rehearsals before the SEA Games officially started in Clark. Needless to say that it has been an amazing experience so far!

Here she is, finally getting a chance to meet and take a pic with Aries Toledo and Janry Ubas of the Philippine Track and Field Team as well as the gals from Pinaco at SM City Olongapo Central.

After long days of bringing joy to various visitors, she can finally hit the hay and get a well-deserved rest.

She admits that she’s not perfect. She may not be a human being like everyone else. But the bottom line is, she does what she does because the SEA Games is important to her. Bringing diverse ASEAN countries together in one place for one event through one common interest isn’t something that happens every day. Which is why she implores each and every individual to take a step back and take the time to appreciate how groundbreaking it is.

Not only is the Philippines winning as one nation during the SEA Games, but it is also winning as one with the entire ASEAN region. Every single country in it is growing, thriving, and conquering challenges in their own unique ways without deterring ties with each other. People can have their own opinion about Pami all they want, but she points to what the Games symbolize in the bigger scheme of things: a strong, united, and victorious ASEAN nation today and for the years to come. And who can say no to that?

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