MANILA, Philippines -- FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrived in the Philippines Sunday evening, and was immediately greeted by a welcoming committee that included Philippine Football Federation President Mariano "Nonong" Araneta Jr., General Secretary Edwin Gastañes, and Senator and Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
Infantino even had a gift for Pacquiao in the form of a personalized kit.
The two-day visit to the country is one of the stops in an East Asian tour where in he had touched base with the football federations of FIFA-member nations. Infantino's stops included North Korea, Mongolia, Bangladesh, China PR, Laos, and Brunei.
The Philippines, currently ranked 127th in the world, remains one of the highest-ranked football nations in Southeast Asia, with the sport maintaining a healthy level of popularity, with the men's and women's national teams competing and performing well in the international stage.
This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.