Manny Pacquiao is arguably the most famous Filipino person in the world today. API Equality-LA Steering Committee member Noel Alumit said, “Mr. Pacquiao has uplifted the spirit of Filipinos all over the world, including mine. That’s why I was concerned by his comments on gay marriage. Young people look up to him.” API Equality-LA makes Marriage Equality and the fair treatment of LGBT people a priority in their advocacy work. The organization which focuses on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities has many Filipino and Filipino Americans among its membership. Leading community organization Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) is one of API Equality-LA’s supporters.