November 6, 2010

Should We Filipinos Be Embarrassed?

Before you proceed reading this blog post, I need you to watch first the following video.

Are you done watching? Okay. Here we go. Allow me to go straight to the point and throw you again this question: SHOULD WE FILIPINOS BE EMBARRASSED? Should we be embarrassed of Manny Pacquiao's most recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show? What are your thoughts on this issue?

If you are to go to Youtube and browse over the comments on the above video, you will be surprised how lively and passionate the discussion is. Some say it's embarrassing, some say it's not.

Please allow me to give you my own take on the issue. For people to be embarrassed of themselves, they should have or at least think that they have done or said something bad, stupid or inappropriate. Like getting drunk and causing a scene in a wedding party.

Now, if you are to watch the video above again, Manny Pacquiao did not do anything stupid or say anything that is offending for us to be embarrassed as Filipinos. He did not say or do anything wrong.

BUT, he did not do enough good things either. All he did was enter the show with his smiling face, saying something about his trainer Freddie Roach becoming a Filipino citizen then basically just smiling and laughing away Mr. Kimmel's questions on him. This is not the image of a Filipino congressman, a LAWMAKER that we want the world to see. So maybe we should be embarrassed.

Imagine for a second that you are an American, a Canadian or a Japanese who just watched the video. What will be your impression of the Philippines? That it is a nation ruled by competent and intelligent leaders like Manny Pacquiao? Not likely.

I'm not in any way questioning Mr. Pacquiao's intelligence here. People judge you by how you act and present yourself on TV. Manny did a good job of presenting himself as a happy, jolly, nice and likable guy. As a congressman, as a lawmaker for a country, it was just disastrous. He sounded and acted like someone unfit of his post. I really can't imagine what will happen if he appears in a David Letterman show. Mr. Letterman is known for grilling and making his guests uncomfortable.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not a Pacquiao-hater. I love the guy. I paid hundreds of hard-earned pesos just to watch him fight live on the big screen. Not only once, but most of his recent fights. I even bought video copies of his ring encounters. I could say I'm his number one fan. I'm just not a fan of his political endeavors and his recent appearance on the Kimmel show where he did nothing but make a fool of himself.

You can not be a Congressman and the world's best pound for pound fighter at the same time. I really pity his constituents in Sarangani. They are there left in the cold while their leader is somewhere hitting the mitts and soon to be making a few million dollars in cash.

As a bonus, here's a video of Manny Pacquiao singing with another celebrity I really like, the great comedian Will Ferrel. Enjoy. I love Manny Pacquiao.

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