What you do in private determines how you react in public.
If you want to win in this life, prepare in private when no one or even few see. So when crunch time comes, you know you’ve won the battle the very moment your impulse developed in private starts moving.
This blog, Resurgence 2.0, is subtitled “Theology. Technology. Politics. Whatever”. “Whatever” means sports, actually. So here’s my open letter to Mr. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. with regards to the recent controversy with Manny Pacquaio not giving in to his demand for random blood testing.
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Dear Mr. Floyd Mayweather,
Greetings from here in the Philippines.
The moment I heard about your dad’s accusations last September of Manny Paquiao using Performance Enhancement Drugs (PEDs) or steroids, I laughed because I know he’s missing the main reason behind Manny’s great strength. Then you followed through, and your uncle, the Golden Boy and then the rest of the sports media. You are all making me laugh really hard!
You’re all amazed. You thought it’s not natural to have extra human strength as this. So, as what a typical American will conclude, it must be some type of drug that does this.
Floyd, it’s not the PED, it’s the RICE!
You have to understand this. You see, I grew up in a province north of Manila, Nueva Ecija, considered as the rice capital of the Philippines. I have a first-hand knowledge of this. When I was a kid, I have some classmates who have extra-human strength. They run faster, jump higher. They would always win track and field events, or win huge amount of money bets on street basketball. Our elders would ask, “Anong bigas ba ang kinakain ng batang ‘yan?!” (What kind of rice does that kid eat?!) So you see, there’s different kinds of rice, and there are some types of rice that makes one acquire extra-human abilities. It is well known in our town that the darker the rice is, the better it is to provide strength. Floyd, it’s in the rice.
If only you’ll see the workers we call “kargador” or “pahinante”. These people, at an average height of 5″3′ to 5″5’ can carry 2 to 3 sacks of rice on their backs all at the same time. The meanest can carry 4 sacks! That’s around 150 to 200 kilos — super human strength. What you do not know is that the same rice that they carry gives them super strength!
We also have here in Los Banos, Laguna, in a university south of Manila, a laboratory that invents different kinds of rice breeds. You know what, they keep improving our rice! It makes our people stronger by the day.
So I can’t understand why you keep on accusing Manny Pacquiao of using PED when it’s actually the RICE that makes him strong. Stronger than fighters, including you sir, who are bigger than himself. In fact, it is typical here in the Philippines for smaller guys to beat up bigger guy. Anyone who’s well trained in the farms and eat plenty of our rice can beat up any bigger guys in school.
Instead of pointing to PEDs, I suggest you ask GBP to include in the contract a way to test our rice. Maybe the kind of breeding process our rice undergo is not normal, or against international practices and standards. Because it’s in the rice, sir! It’s in the rice.
Or better yet, start eating rice — FILIPINO RICE, so you and Manny can have a level field if ever you guys will still meet in the ring.
Oh, by the way, aside from FILIPINO RICE, it’s the FILIPINO PRIDE that makes Manny stick to what he believes is right. In my opinion, our pride as a nation is bigger than $40M. Some sports columnists couldn’t believe why Manny would let go of the biggest paycheck for that silly little blood test. You don’t get it — because you’re not a Filipino. For you it’s just all about the money.
Please read these 2 great articles written by an American writer married to a Filipina about Manny Pacquiao and the Filipino Pride — here and here.
I hope this letter reaches you. I know you guys won’t anymore meet come March 13. In any case, I hope you’ll try our RICE for your next fight.
Thank you for visiting, I know any blog with the word “scandal” wins.
And talking about how to be a hero, let me switch channels and talk about how to become a responsible “miron”.
“Miron”, in our street lingo means a by-stander, a watcher, somebody who are not actually part of the action although he may feel he is.
Much has been said about Manny Pacquiao, our boxing hero, and his rumored affair with a sexy star. I’m not going to join the fray.
What I’m alarmed of is our natural tendency to over analyze things at the expense of the people involved. We’re good commentators. We blog about anything. We tweet and facebook things as if we know the people involved. Who knows who were hurt by those comments?
FACT: things that we know are based on what the media feed us. The media feed us of what we want. The juicier, the merrier. None of us know the context behind the supposed pictures, or the supposed videos on YouTube. None of us know any personal knowledge about the lives of these public personalities. So unless you are Jinky or Krista or Aling Dionisia or Kris Aquino, stop over analyzing and stop the blogging, will you all? You’re not helping. You’re in fact destroying the lives of the people involved. Gossiping is a sin.
Watch their lives — their public personalities anyway. But be a responsible “miron”.
I’m not going to make a sports analysis of the up coming Manny Pacquiao mega fight this Sunday morning (Saturday night Las Vegas). There’s plenty around the blogsphere. What I’m planning to do, though, is to show us what is already obvious — that Manny Pacquiao’s power and influences goes beyond the ring.
– Over the weekend, a battalion of lawmakers will migrate to the US to catch the Pacman. That means, there will be no quorum to vote for bills and the impeachment complaint against the ombudsman.
– Everything will stand still Sunday morning.
– Even criminals on the streets will take a break.
– Restaurants, cinemas and even hotels will be packed not by customers who want to eat or watch a movie, but by people who want to catch the Packman live via satellite feed. They are willing to pay P500 to P800 for this experience.
– Speaking of hotels, we’re even displaced from Tiara Oriental Hotel where regular services of Grace Place take place every Sunday. All function rooms will be occupied for the show of the day. We have no choice but to move the services to 2 pm to give way to the Pacman.
– And, yes, speaking of church services, as Steve Murell often says, churches will be full packed in the afternoon services. Why? Do the math, dudes.
The Pacman’s power will be felt all over the country this weekend. Let’s just all enjoy the moments, then slip back to exactly where we are at right after. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, in any case, that’s exactly what it is anyway.
By now, you know that Manny Pacquiao is officially a legend of boxing via a TKO win over “The Golden Boy” Oscar Dela Hoya. People all over the Philippines were glued on their screens, either on delayed telecast free TV or on live broadcast on Cinemas. How did we watched it?
The cinema, with average P500/head, seems too much.
The commercial over-loaded free tv is boring.
SkyCable didn’t get the rights for a pay-per-view.
Is there another alternative? Looks like there was. MyTV+Handycam = free “Pirated DVD” quality pay-per-view.
Joy’s cellphone, N92, is still loaded with free-for-now myTV. It features Solar Access that would show the fight live. But what if I have a bunch of guys with me? Shall we just watch it though that small screen. No way! So, the work around: I got our handy cam, point it to the small cellphone screen and connected it to our TV set!
Another shot of the set up.
Here’s how it looks like on TV.
The happy viewers: family and a bunch of college buds.