Sunday, March 14, 2010

Long Live Da King!

For all intents and purposes, the "Event" between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey ended at the 1:37 mark of the fourth round.
It was at this point that Pacquiao unleashed a two-fisted punch, reminiscent of the legendary Filipino action star Fernando Poe Jr. (video from Fire Quinito's vast FPJ collection, hehe) 

Never mind that the fight actually lasted 12 rounds. Years from now, after the PacMan has been enshrined in the Boxing Hall of Fame, and Clottey largely forgotten, people will remember this bout solely because of that punch. It might even evolve into boxing's version of a "finishing move", something that when you see, you can say: " It's over!". In basketball, this would have been the equivalent of leaping over your defender for a dunk, or grabbing the ball midway through the shot for a block.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Nothing's Gonna Change...

The Filipino love affair with karaoke/videoke is widely acknowledged in this country. As a matter of fact, one website ranked it as number one on its list of "Top 10 Ways to Know You're Filipino".  One of the so-called "anthem" songs, is this hit originally done by George Benson entitled "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You". It is played so frequently on the rotation of karaoke/videoke bars (especially those of the drunken variety) that it's a minor miracle it hasn't been used as the title for one of those cheesy local movies that features the latest showbiz love-teams.

In college, I was in this Spanish class where our professor introduced us to, yup you guessed it, this song in Spanish. Now the mere idea of having a Chinese-looking guy teaching the class a Spanish version of an English song was a surefire way for it to be remembered. And I was pretty sure this would be the oddest encounter I'd ever have with this song. 

Until a couple of days ago.. when I saw this: Manny Pacquiao doing his best Magic Sing rendition on US national television.