Grace in Defeat
The recent bout of Manny Pacquiao against Yordenis Ugas was witnessed by the entire Filipino nation and with bated breath, we were looking forward to Pacquiao’s winning the bout, despite the obvious advantage of the challenger Ugas because of his height and long reach. The disappointment came however when the judges ruled in favor of the Cuban fighter via unanimous decision on the 12th round. Some boxing analysts have it that the first half was Manny’s round, but starting the 2nd half Pacquiao started to slow down and falter. Manny later explained after the bout that he suffered cramped legs on the 2nd half of the event. What was obvious was that the judges were fair and the bout was fair. Challenger Ugas showed sportsmanship when he approached Pacquiao immediately after being declared the winner, hugged him and avowed that Manny is a great boxer and that he still had high regard for him. To us Filipinos, Manny’s defeat does not count.For many years in the past he has brought honor and prestige to our country and the nation in general by winning many events. Paquiao is the only boxer in history to win four of the original eight weight classes of boxing: flyweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. In the heart of many Filipinos Manny Pacquieo is still the champion. He is also a three-time ring magazine and BWAA Fighter of the Year.
Belated birthday greetings to Rev. Fr. Loan on the occasion of his Nth birthday last Monday August 22. He is has recently been assigned as Parish Priest of Haring, Canaman Fr. Loan together with Fr. Mario Gaite are the singing sensation of the Archdiocese of Caceres.
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:
“ A MAN CAN BE DESTROYED BUT NOT DEFEATED” ERNEST HEMINGWAY FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:
“ OUT OF HIS FULLNESS WE HAVE ALL RECEIVED, GRACE IN PLACE OF GRACE ALREADY GIVEN.” JOHN 1:16