Pacquiao’s Fight: The Best and Worst of the Filipino

Yesterday saw the best and worst of the Filipino.

It was a glorious moment as Manny “the Pacman” Pacquiao defeated Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. The fight lasted for 12 rounds, and in each of those rounds, everyone watching was glued to the screen. As he takes his seventh World Championship title, he uplifts the hope of the whole Filipino nation – a country recovering from the onslaught of several typhoons these past two months. That championship belt not only adorns the waist of the 145-pound boxer, but also each Filipino no matter what his status in life may be.

With the good comes the bad. And this is in the form of ad loading during the whole fight. I timed it and it was about seven to eight minutes of commercials per gap. That is not right. As a friend replied to my tweet, with that loading, the Filipino cannot enjoy the fight anymore.

I’m thinking (and this is my opinion), instead of putting all these ads that bores viewers to hell, why not just increase the rates? It’ll be like our own version of Superbowl, where a few seconds of ad would cost millions of pesos. It’s a win-win situation: the viewers won’t get bored, the ads get viewed attentively by people, and it lessens the spoilers.

Anyway, I’d like to congratulate Manny for a job well done. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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