And I know you are too. So come in, relax & enjoy this time as you listen to me talk or write my mind again about this little funny thing we call Filipino Time.
I just got back from my web-surfing daily excercise, you do know that you have to work hard at your wrist, your pointy finger & the two or three other fingers you use to type fast on your keyboard. You know, we have to keep them in shape. But a word of caution though, do not over work it as you know injuries such as the dreaded carpal tunnel, or the tendinitis, or is it the tendonitis & even arthritis & all the other wrist & finger injuritises-suses-suses. But don’t you ever hate it when you go see a doctor and complain about pain in your wrist, all they say is that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, without even doing a single test.
Okay I digress, so after my regular wrist/finger/web surfing workout, I got to see the first episode of the 24/7 Pacquiao-Patton HBO Show. Where HBO features the training being done of both camps for their East versus West Boxing Showdown on May the 2nd.
Well of course as always, I am always overjoyed to see our country & our people featured in a documentary that is seen worldwide. I might add that at the last 24/7 HBO Series of Manny (Pacquiao) it was titled Dela Hoya-Pacquiao 24/7. Now it is Pacquiao-Hatton 24/7. So now here, Manny has the top billing, rightly so as he is on the Top of the (Boxing) World, as the Philippines is on Top of the Boxing Map right now. Yes, Go Philippines. Yes even though Hatton is the rich White guy & the World Champion & only lost once, etc. etc. etc. Yes that is finally some real respect for the real minority.
Okay that is not what I wanted to talk about (I do not even want to talk about racism or discrimation or all that) but it is a good intro to this little topic that I am starting to do a mini-series on–Filipino Time. Yes, for in case you are not aware of it, boxing as a sport has always been big in the Philippines & for Filipinos. Big with a capital B. So wait, did you even try to figure out a good reason why the King of Philippine Movies, Fernando Poe Jr. was so popular in his day & even when he run for public office in his later days. Yes, he was known for his rapid boxing style of fighting plus the single arm lock & turn manuever, turning his opponent the other way & doing his patented semi-slow motion mini-uppercuts in the mid-section & the chin while the other arm is locking one arm of his sorry looking enemy, which seem to stand just a little bit too long before he finally falls down for the count. So did you ever figure that out? Yes his Pinoy fans loved him because they loved boxing.
And now there is a documentary that will come out or has come out, I’m not sure but it is about that most famour Heavyweight fight between Ali & Frazier in the early 70s. It was called Thrilla in Manila, it was to be I think the rubber match between the two giants of boxing.
And of course that famous fight was held in Manila.
Of course not. It was held in Quezon City. Okay technically Manila for any average non-Filipino. It was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City. I was about, I believe a reed thin 7 year old at that time. It was a school day I fully remember that. It was fever pitch, Ali Fever (if there is even such a term) in the entire Philippines at that time. Classes stopped so that we can watch the fight I think at the cafeteria or in many other common areas throughout our elementary school. And of course the Greatest, Muhammad Ali knocked out Smokin Joe Frazier in a looong fight. And it was just like what we have today when Manny climbs up the ring & knocks down his opponent.
And at that time, we commemorated that victory by giving Muhammad Ali a Shopping Mall named after him. It was the Ali Mall of course, which I believe is still where it is right now, about a couple hundred meters away from the Araneta Coliseum, one of the very first malls in Metro Manila, which we are now known for.
Yes, those where the days & that was the early 1970s. The Philippines was among the best in the East. I think the Philippines peso is about 7 Php to 1 US$, I think, but it could be as high as 2 Php is to 1 US$ or any amount in between, I just don’t remember now. But I do very well remember the Thrilla in Manila.
And now after all these years, what, some 35 long years later, the Philippines is again at the World Boxing Map. And once again getting some respect & recognition.
Especially now that our own Manny Pacman will be climbing up the ring with Manchester England’s most popular native, the Hitman Ricky Hatton, in a bout that is being called The Battle of East and West.
Yes that is Filipino Time for you. Always late, but yes better late than never.
So let the battle begin…