Friday, November 24, 2006

A monument for Pacquiao?

Okay, I am not totally surprised. PacMan is a political hotcake, a bonanza, a supernova. Politicians call him a hero. People in the boxing world called him People’s Champ. Some may call him, “Manny the Great.”

I call him a boxing champ. Number 1 pound for pound king in the boxing world. The most exciting and entertaining boxer in the world at the moment…. and I like him.

But a monument for Manny? Whoaa… This must be too much. Sorry PacMan fanatics, it’s just too much for me.

Let me say, a monument for Gat Jose Rizal was built years after he was martyred. A monument for Gat Andres Bonifacio was built years after he was martyred. What else? Ninoy Aquino’s monuments were built years after he was killed. What’s common in them? Their imprints in Philippine heroism had been established. They were killed for a patriotic cause. Became rebels for a patriotic cause… Manny maybe have a patriotic cause, but there are still some issues that need to be settled for Manny and some are questionably personal ones. It was in the news…

Does being an inspiration to the Filipino people deserve a monument? Does winning boxing match deserving of a monument? Okay, who inspired us before Manny? Billiards king Efren Reyes; I’m not sure if a monument was built in his honor. 4-time world cup bowling champ Paeng Nepomuceno… Flor Contemplacion, an OFW who made a mark on Filipino’s hearts when she was sentenced and hanged in Singapore in the 90’s… .to mention a few. How about the OFW’s. How about building a monument for the so-called “Bagong Bayani”? OFWs maybe more deserving, they are one of the drivers of Philippine economy.

I have doubts in my mind, as I have always been doubtful about all this madness. It’s just all about politics and one can’t think of a justification of using Manny as a bait to what really this politicians are up to… political nonsense. Sadly, Manny is just being used… but it doesn’t really matter for him anyway, he has good intentions.

Manny inspired us, no doubts about it. But let’s just go back to reality. He may have united us Filipinos to cheer for a Filipino fighting for money and country’s for less than 15 minutes… And days after all the victory parades and cheers and handshakes and celebrations and congratulations… did we ever think that all these are temporary? Did he really unite the Filipino people?

Come on guys. Let’s go back to our senses.

Read the news clip here from MB online.

9 comments:

ade said...

A monument?! No. Friggin'. Way. That's too much.

Jay Lagat said...

ade.. yeah its too much.

here is the link from the news today...

http://www.mb.com.ph/MAIN2006112480543.html

manilenya said...

heheheheheh dapat monument na lang para sa aking isang "bagong bayani" diba? :)

Jerome said...

Well...Rocky has a monument in Philidelphia. He's not even a real person. Why shouldn't Manny "PacMan" Pacqiao?

It's just the way the Filipinos think. Everything is instant.

So he's not dead yet and have yet to prove what he can do for the country or the people. But the people (read politicians) wants a hero to attach their name with.

Instant idol...
Instant star...
Instant hero...

Jay Lagat said...

Sorry guys, my schedule hinders me from blogging. Huli man daw at magaling, huli pa rin...

Ate Melai, monumento kamo sa bago mong bayani? lol!

Jerome, thanks for dropping by. Sadly, Philippines' culture can't be equated to the Phillies. Rocky may not be real and deserved a monument...Pacquiao is real and maybe deserving of a monument but should not be built by rotten, stinky politicians. Thanks!

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