Manny Pacquiao and the Filipinos’ sense of a nation


I’ve watched the fight through a rerun made by Yahoo.  After watching the 2-minute summary of fight that was dubbed as the “Fight of the Year” I was at awe.  Manny Pacquiao won it in an almost surgical fashion, like a professional surgeon doing the incision on a sedate patient’s throat in a calm manner–punches that seemed to be instinctual but at the same time a result of years of experience as a professional pugilist.

Seeing Manny’s performance, who won’t be proud to be a Filipino?

The boxing event that prematurely ended in the eight round was a spectacle that will forever remain etched in the memories of Filipinos glued on their television screens despite the advertisements that ran longer than the main event itself. Nevertheless, Filipinos are a patient nation, so they waited, shouted, cheered as their hero from General Santos City exchanged punches with the Golden Boy.

De La Hoya, suffered irreversible injuries from the battering thrown by the Filipino champion in the third round that foreshadowed the grim conclusion for the Mexican. De La Hoya fell, the Filipinos all over the archipelago rejoiced.

This win will at least unify my country for a matter of three days. After which things will go back to how they usually are: disunity, discontent, people getting impatient with a government that has remained insensitive and acting blind to the plight of the Filipinos.

Manny will occupy half of the primetime news slot for three days or probably a week. The scene will be played and replayed until the viewers get fed up.

Politicians will flock around him, basking in the glory of the Champion boxer, in an attempt to take advantage of the media exposure, after all Philippine elections is not too far away.

Resident of General Santos, as in last year, will mob the gates of Pacquiao’s residence in General Santos City for the money the boxer will give away. Balato, an all Filipino concept of “redistributing” wealth or good fortune, will again be at play. Of course, the prize will add to the boxer’s financial coffer. It won’t be bad to share a little.


The Filipino sense of a nation is grounded on nothing but personalities, such as Manny Pacquiao, but this is better than nothing. At least for days, the sense of euphoria of Manny’s win will postpone political bickering, cause the economy to surge for a few points, rest the administration’s call to change the constitution.

If only a fight of this magnitude is staged everyday just so Filipinos realize that they are one nation. If only we can produce many Manny Pacquiaos who will let their faces be sacked, punched, made atrocious just so the Filipinos will realize that they are worth fighting for.
I can’t wait for the next fight.


7 thoughts on “Manny Pacquiao and the Filipinos’ sense of a nation”

  1. Mark,

    True. I agree with that, in the case of Philippine media, they have lost the drive to find other newsworthy issues.

  2. are we just a nation of boxers? i’m not a critic of pacquiao, but looking on how people glorifies him, makes me angry, we dont need a feast to welcome him home, or why cant we do this to other filipinos who bag awards from different part of the globe. i believe we are more than a nation of boxers.

  3. you know i get really nationalistic when i hear of this kind of news 🙂
    i also want to make my country proud whenever i hear regine velasquez’ name as mentioned by my singaporean contemporaries heheh you’ve raised some good points and i like them… i think the nationalism in the philippines is not as progressive as it should be… keep writing!!

  4. mabuhay, salamat na lang at may isang manny na patuloy na tumatayo sa gitna ng krisis na dinadaanan natin ngayon….kahit man lang sa paraan na yon ay maibsan ang hirap na dinadanas natin….

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