- Manny Pacquio - Who else to top the list by this inspiring Filipino boxer and current hero of the country. Who doesn't know this guy? He's even in the list of fighters of the featherweight division in the EA Sports Fight Night Round 2 Playstation 2 game (never mind his awful yet funny dance routine in the game).
- Boxers Brian Viloria and Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista for knocking out their respective opponents, on the same night hours before the Pacquiao-Velazquez fight. Were these signs of the impending victory for Pacman Manny? Joyous night indeed.
- While lamenting over the influx of too meztiza-looking and foreign blooded types of Filipina beauties, it's refreshing to note that a Filipina came victorious after being crowned Miss International 2005 in Tokyo. Our country sure has more supplies of beautiful women (inner and outer beauty).
- And hear this (or rather read this), the news reported of a little known victory of a Filipino winning an international essay contest. I downloaded his essay and shall read it later. He might have written something controversial yet creatively to catch the attention of the judges.
So you could already guess to whom my vote goes to (no, not with the two feuding female political figures Aquino and Arroyo - they're more of the country's headaches than inspiring Asians).
On the other hand...
I can't help but post my sentiments of the hitting incident that happened yesterday during the first game of the UAAP 2005 Basketball Finals between DLSU and FEU. The game was won by FEU. Losing is quite hard to swallow, but it is an unacceptable act to hit a player out of flared up emotions just for a game. I share the sentiments in the last paragraph of Tin Gamboa's news report.
This is a game where it is expected that someone would win and another would lose. This is a game between schools forged in a pact of sportsmanship and friendly competition in which everyone is expected to act chivalrous and accept whatever the outcome of the game with dignity. A friendly game that should never be mistaken as a do-or-die situation or winning is all that matters only.
We expect this from older individuals whose experiences with life make them think and act maturely unlike the younger ones. But no, this time someone did the mistake to act immaturely and let his heightened emotions control him.
Whatever apology was stated, the deed was done. The name of the school has been tarnished, with the media unstoppable in magnifying the issue (even if he is, as the forum stated, is totally independent from the school). For the moment, let's keep our mouth shut, relax a bit, loosen some muscle, cool some heads, and pick up the broken pieces.
Let this be a lesson in responsibility for any individual, a member or not, who represents the name of an honored institution.