Archive for May, 2010

Philippine Sports: Manny Pacquiao Gets Fighter Of The Decade Award

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , on May 27, 2010 by JJ Duque

Manny Pacquiao Is BWAA Fighter of The Decade

Manny Pacquiao Is BWAA Fighter of The Decade

The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) will be awarding Manny Pacquiao as Fighter of the Year and Fighter of The Decade in an awards ceremony to be held on June 4 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York.

This award will be the third Fighter of the Year title from the BWAA for Manny Pacquiao, and will tie him with Muhammad Ali and Evander Holyfield. Certainly, those are some pretty big names in the history of boxing, and Manny Pacquiao is certainly in good company among the best in the sport.

But for now, Manny Pacquiao isn’t going to be busy in the ring. Apart from his TV sitcom called Show Me Da Manny, Manny Pacquiao will be busy as Congressman of Sarangani. One of his first tasks before sitting in the Philippine House of Representatives is to take a two-month course on Public Administration and Governance at the prestigious University of the Philippines Diliman. According to reports, Manny Pacquiao will be looking to learn about how congress runs and eventually what it will take for him to act as Sarangani’s representative.

On a personal note – I wasn’t really for Manny Pacquiao as congressman, but I’m really glad that he’s making great efforts in ‘training’ for his position as Congressman even to the extent of taking up a two-month course. It might not be much, but at least it’s a good way for him to improve himself in tackling the responsibilities in the Philippine House of Congress.

As far as boxing is concerned – yes, the Fighter of The Decade is well worth it. But more than that – I sincerely hope that we can watch the Fight of the Century with Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather.

Philippine News: Is The Philippines Ready For Noynoy Aquino?

Posted in All About The Philippines, Philippine News, Philippine Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by JJ Duque

Noynoy For President = Goodbye Kris Aquino

Noynoy Aquino is the 15th President of the Philippines. Well, depends from which point of history you start counting.

Lots of color in the recent May 2010 national elections, and as much as there was a lot of juicy tidbits to blog about, I sorta decided to keep the Philippines Funwall free from the mudslinging. Besides, I think I wouldn’t have many nice things to say. And if you can’t say anything nice, then better not say anything at all.

So Noynoy Aquino won by a pretty huge margin, and I guess everyone including me was surprised to even find former President Joseph Erap Estrada make it to second in the list, considering he wasn’t as noisy during the campaign period as other hopefuls like Manny Villar or Gilbert Teodoro.

If I had the chance to vote, I would’ve cast my vote for Dick Gordon, who I believe has a very respectful and dignified political record, and has the brins and political will to create positive change for the country as seen in how he brought Olongapo up from the ground after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. However, my name was missing in my precinct since I failed to re-register with the COMELEC. I didn’t even know I had to, considering my name wasn’t on the online list. Oh well – too late to complain, and too bad. Pretty surprising though that Eddie Villanueva actually led over Dick Gordon in the race, where he placed 6th. Sad. And I thought a tried and tested politician would’ve had a better placing than someone like Eddie Villanueva, who hasn’t ever held a political office. But what do we know about voters minds.  After all, Erap came out in second even after every survey showed him not even a consideration for the running.

Well, so Noynoy Aquino is there. His mother President Corazon Aquino was a former President, and certainly if his father Ninoy Aquino wasn’t assassinated, then he would’ve probably made a valiant run for the top post in the executive branch. Some say Noynoy doesn’t have the same political savvy as his father, or maybe even the big heart of his mother, and many say he isn’t even a great leader, except maybe his claim-to-fame of having such popular parents. But, that’s what everyone says when its not their candidate that wins.

In the meantime, two Aquino presidents says something about the makings of a political dynasty, or if you didn’t think they had one, well now you know they have one. There is indeed much to look forward to, and there are a lot of critics waiting to pounce on Noynoy when he falters.

Me – I’m more excited on the prospect that Kris Aquino has promised to leave the country lest she be a distraction and thorn on her brother’s reign as President due to her controversial and much celebrated personal life flaunted in showbiz. Do we really have to hear about every time Kris cries, or her husband James Yap has an alleged third party affair? And for sure, as the sister to the President, she’s just sure to get more media coverage, and well – let’s just hope she holds her end of her promise. If there’s anything certainly good about the Noynoy Aquino presidency – the exit of Kris Aquino is a good start.