Sunday, January 22, 2006

A hero to look up to

I attended a mass earlier today. Our parish priest gave an interesting sermon that started by expressing his happiness as Manny Pacquiao won a big boxing match earlier against Morales. Aferwards, he said, the reason why Manny Pacquiao has captured the hearts of Filipinos all over the world is our society's yearning for true heroes that we can look up to and be truly proud of.

That made me think and realized that Manny Pacquiao has not entered into any conflict with anyone. Although there were minor issues that got attached to him, they were easily forgotten and forgiven I guess.

His humility, determination, religiousness, patriotism, helpfulness, and dedication made every Filipino, regardless of stature, an admirer of this great boxer.

I've worked with great men and women for the past 16 years. Indeed, heroes can't be easily found. The last one I met are ladies - Taiwan's Yue Chane Hsing and USA's Yvonne San Andres - who inspired me to organize the Philippine Schools CyberFair Competition (

Locally, it is hard to mention one. More often than not, inconsistency (theirs or perhaps mine) results in a fall-out, sooner or later. Very rare would you find people these days who has enough loyalty and shall stick to their principles through thick and thin as they lead.

May Manny Pacquiao's virtues inspire us, our leaders, and enlighten them too. It is who you are, how you manage your life, how you lead, how you care, how you love beyond yourself, how much love you have for your country, and be willing to fight for it. All of this done in the spirit of humility and fairness. Indeed, very hard to find these days and could hardly mention any one possessing these qualities.