The historic boxing bout which ended on a TKO stripping Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto off his WBO welterweight title last Nov. 15, Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao has made a new world record in boxing history winning seven crowns in as many different weight classes.
The state of euphoria is high as we celebrate the glory of his victory, we jump, raise our fist and shout for joy as Pacman captured Filipinos' imagination and became one with national identity, for 36 minutes, we are united as a country.
We acknowledge Manny Pacquiao as as the hope for our battered nation. Press Undersecretary Golez said "his (Pacquiao) victory symbolizes that there is nothing a Filipino cannot do”. And President Arroyo greeted Pacquiao’s win over Cotto would show the Filipino youths that there is no limit to their capacity to succeed as long as they work hard and put their hearts and minds to achieve their goals.
His triumph has taught us to be a good fighter, to rise from the ruins of poverty we must endure pain and agony and learn from our mistakes and accept that there is no shortcut to victory.
It teaches us to learn the virtue of humility, to listen to our trusted Mentor and Counsel. To use our head, to think, to analyze and to train without any hesitation.
To recognize that the lack of height and reach is not always a disadvantage, to turn a disadvantage into an advantage, to be wise and take advantages of all the opportunities presented to us without being greedy.
And as we enter the arena of life's challenges, we will receive many punches as we embark on our slow journey to success, don't lose hope - through faith and determination we can win against all odds like what Manny did, let us set the tempo of our lives and not be underdogs anymore.
Let us show to the world that we are a nation of heroes, like Manny, he is not just a fighter, he is a symbol of possibility; and collectively, we can pull ourselves together to achieve as a Filipino people, may every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to make our country One Great Nation in the eyes of the world.