It’s very difficult nowadays to get our countrymen to feel proud of being a Filipino, given with all that’s happening with the country, but yesterday, the impossible happened. The nation set everything aside (laundry, the jeepney route, yes, even political bickering – just for a moment) and cheered, jeered, cried, placed bets, and generally rallied behind countryman Manny Pacquiao as he slugged it out with Mexican Erik Morales. It didn’t matter whether they were boxing fans or not to begin with, it only mattered that a Filipino was fighting. It only mattered that there was national pride at stake.
By early morning or early afternoon (depends on which telecast you’re watching, the live or the delayed one), the whole country is rejoicing over the victory, and for a while, everyone was proud to be Filipino (or at the very least, proud of a fellow Filipino).
“Sana magkaintindihan na po tayong lahat (I hope we’ll all finally end our differences).” Pacquiao said after the fight, apparently referring to the almost constant discord racking the country.
Oh, Pacquiao, if only a super featherweight title is enough to make that happen.