Monday, March 21, 2005

Filipinos prayer for Manny's victory wasn't answered

I am an avid fan of Manny Pacquiao, and I'm really disappointed over his defeat. Amidst all the prayers by fellow Christian and Muslim Filipinos, Manny Pacquiao wasn't able to defeat Erik Morales on their 12-round bout, yesterday March 19, 2005 at Las Vegas, Nevada. Before the fight, Manny asked for prayers of all Filipinos as way of support. Manny a devoted Catholic like Morales, used to wear rosary and do sign of the cross before and during a fight, but neither of that was not able him to avoid the hard punch and head butt of Morales that resulted to Manny's severe cut on his eyebrow and swollen eye. Maybe the 115-113 unanimous decision is the will of Christian god, but how about the Muslim god, did they both connive too for the end result?

Chino Trinidad, one of the popular Filipino sports commentator even told Pacquiao that maybe god has more plans for him, that when he (god) closed a door he will open a new window. A lot of things are said about god and prayers before and after the fight, but neither seems to be effective. Days before the event, several problems arised, like the refusal of Manny to take an eyedrop for medical purposes, and seeing him on the casino.

To sum it up, does god really decides the fate of person or an athlete? I believed that if examined closely, the defeat of Manny is a result of untimely match, over confidence, lack of strategy and overlooking opponent's weak point. It has nothing to do with prayers and rituals, all we need to win is a strong and scientific fighter, like Erik Morales.

Monday, March 14, 2005

It's been a long time since I posted here in my blog, as I'm too busy with lots of things especially with the business I put up with my friend. It's closing in to one year but I felt I'm still getting nowhere. I just hope the internet cafe would push through next month. Lots of things happened now and then, and it seems not too good as it seems getting worse, at least not to myself but in our world (well, yeah, even me!). Tsunami killed thousands, unending crisis in the Mid East and just this week 27 children died of "kamoteng kahoy" poisoning. Where's justice? cruel world? end of the world? dang! prayers won't help, accepting the world what it is, will. Learning from our mistakes will. As Richard Dawkins puts it,

"In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won't find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference."