Monday, March 17, 2008

Palm Sunday and an Awesome Boxing Match

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

Oprah Winfrey

Yesterday was a great day for every Filipino in the world. Why? Our Pambansang Kamao (National Fist, yeah I know that sounds cheesy and odd but that’s the rough translation of that term), he was called that because he brought our country great honor for his great boxing skills and ability. Probably you’ve heard of him Manny Pacquiao, the first Asian to hold three titles in the boxing world. Yesterday he got the Super Featherweight Champion of the World title after winning a hair-line against another great boxer Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. Their score is just 114 to 113. The winning factor of Pacquiao over Marquez was when he knocked-out Marquez on the third round.

Anyway, it was a wonderful day yesterday (technically it’s Monday here already but to other parts of the world it’s still Sunday night). Pacquiao’s boxing match is one of the only sports thingy I love to watch, there is something about him that entices me to watch his fight, all the time. I remember feeling his pain when he got the top of his right eye cut because of the blow from Marquez and I saw his blood flowing down his eye and he lost control over the fight for a couple minutes, I thought he’s gonna loose. Then gained momentum at round 11 where I saw the Pacquiao in his winning moments in the boxing arena. When the announcer said the new Super Featherweight Champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, I jumped for joy like everybody else did as shown all-over the news right after the fight. But Marquez was equally good, they are a good match! They finished all of the 12 rounds!

What I like most when Manny Pacquiao has a boxing match and a title to win, it’s a day when our country, according to authorities, virtually goes peaceful. During these days the authorities reported that we got zero crime and the bashing, bickering, clashing political scene seemingly in harmony. It’s called the “Pacman” fever.

It was also Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) yesterday, one of the highlights of Christianity when Jesus finally entered Jerusalem and his last moment as a man and the beginning of his passion. This marks the beginning of the Holy Week. Palm Sunday is one of the celebrated moments in Church where everyone, most especially the adults, brings palm leaves to be blessed and bring it back home to ward off the evil spirits. Some old people said they blessed palm tree leaves can also be used against manananggal and aswang, our local version of those blood sucking, flesh eating monsters in the West.

Palm leaves were significant during Jesus triumphant entry to Jerusalem because it was what the locals during that time waved around to welcome his arrival. It’s similar to waving banners or flags when someone important comes for a visit.

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