A word is worth a thousand pictures-Jude B

Win or Lose Pacquiao is an Icon

Manny sings after his victory over Miguel Cotto, Nov 20, 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

Manny sings after his victory over Miguel Cotto, Nov 20, 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

Written and photographed

By Jude Bautista

For the first time, Pacquiao was caught on cam in tears and it wasn’t in the ring after being KOed by Marquez. It was in his hotel room after seeing the reaction of his countrymen to his loss against Marquez. Seeing the disappointment and collective frustration and pain by his countrymen hurt him more than any of the powerful punches that actually put him down the canvas.

Even when he was physically broken down he was still thinking of his countrymen more than himself. One of his priorities when he got home was providing relief goods to those who suffered from typhoon Pablo just days before the fight December 4. His province mates and the whole of Mindanao were battered. Places that never experienced a typhoon in decades were devastated. A total of 700 or more lives have been lost and billions of pesos in crops damaged. December 17, on his birthday he distributed relief goods to affected places like New Bataan, Compostela Valley. He also spent time with the inmates of Gen Santos city.

Congressman Manny Pacquiao kisses Jingky after his victory over Cotto Nov 20, 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

Congressman Manny Pacquiao kisses Jingky after his victory over Cotto Nov 20, 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

Critics can say that he’s just a congressman bolstering support from his constituents. Most Pinoys know better. A fighter easily considered the best of his generation wouldn’t be able to shed tears, if he didn’t feel the suffering of his people from his loss ADDED TO the natural devastation.

An artwork from the Anobayani exhibit showing modern heroes like Pacquiao, Dolphy, Francis Magallona and even Piolo Pascual. The exhibit was held at the Cultural Center of the Phil January 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

An artwork from the Anobayani exhibit showing modern heroes like Pacquiao, Dolphy, Francis Magallona and even Piolo Pascual. The exhibit was held at the Cultural Center of the Phil January 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

His mother Pac Mom, Aling (Mam) Dionisia to most of Pinoy’s, naturally wants to convince her son to stop boxing and retire for good. At 34 he’s not young but he’s not ‘old’ either. He shouldn’t retire at age 34 for the same reason Marquez who knocked him out, is still fighting at age 39. His retirement is his to determine. Let him go out in his own terms and his decision. No one should have to coerce him to make the decision, not even his own mother.

Congressman Manny Pacquiao on punching bag with his famous endorsements it is an artwork from the Anobayani exhibit showing modern heroes like Pacquiao, Dolphy, Francis Magallona and even Piolo Pascual. The exhibit was held at the Cultural Center of the Phil January 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Congressman Manny Pacquiao on punching bag with his famous endorsements it is an artwork from the Anobayani exhibit showing modern heroes like Pacquiao, Dolphy, Francis Magallona and even Piolo Pascual. The exhibit was held at the Cultural Center of the Phil January 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Aling Dionisia also made public her disagreement wither son’s conversion to Born Again Christian from Catholicism. They even had an on air tiff on GMA seven as the two argued about it. Born Again or Catholic, it is Manny’s right as a Filipino to choose his faith. He could convert to Islam if he wanted to the way “The Greatest of All Time”, Cassius Clay did and became known thereafter as Muhammad Ali.

Freedom to choose one’s religion is one of the hallmarks of a real democracy. Ali was praised by the world for it because it also became a political statement for the civil rights movement. We certainly cannot and should not deny our hero the right that we are supposed to give every Filipino.

Cong. Pacquiao with  host Arnel Ignacio. The Pacman went up the stage to make a surprise donation of P200,000.00 during a GMA network event last July 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cong. Pacquiao with host Arnel Ignacio. The Pacman went up the stage to make a surprise donation of P200,000.00 during a GMA network event last July 2009. Photo by Jude Bautista

Right now Manny Pacquiao is still easily one of the best fighters in the world. It would be a shame to make him stop. Cheering for a winner is expected. It is when our hero goes through tremendous adversity that real fans can show their devotion for him. He’s fought for us, sang for us and became the face of our nation to the world. This is the best time to carry Congressman Pacquiao and raise him up on our collective shoulders. How many times has he lifted up the Filipino spirit to incalculable heights? Too many to mention. This time he needs us.

Congressman Manny Pacquiao on Black and White Spray-painted wall by Pilipinas Street Plan. It is an artwork from the Anobayani exhibit showing modern heroes like Pacquiao, Dolphy, Francis Magallona and even Piolo Pascual. The exhibit was held at the Cultural Center of the Phil January 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

Congressman Manny Pacquiao on Black and White Spray-painted wall by Pilipinas Street Plan. It is an artwork from the Anobayani exhibit showing modern heroes like Pacquiao, Dolphy, Francis Magallona and even Piolo Pascual. The exhibit was held at the Cultural Center of the Phil January 2011. Photo by Jude Bautista

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4 responses

  1. would you mind very much if I reposted this on my blog bro? 😉 am doing it anyway, if you object, I will take it down. regards!

    December 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM

  2. Reblogged this on YLBnoel's Blog and commented:
    not only because i ran out of time today, but because it was such a great blog, I’m reposting it, thanks bro, and hope you enjoyed it as much 😉

    December 19, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    • Go right ahead bro thank you! Cong MP thanks you! Merry Christmas in advance to you and Haze!

      December 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      • thanks for that bro and thanks for the greeting from me and Mahal 😉

        December 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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