Manny Pacquaio: What makes him a living inspiration to every Filipino

(This is an informal transcript of what I remember from Dianne Castillejo’s interview with Manny Pacquaio)

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Dianne: Manny, when you retire, how would you want to be remembered by your fans?
Manny: I just want them to remember that without God, there’s no Manny Pacquiao. He is the source of everything I have. I want them to believe that they can achieve their dreams as long as they have a strong faith in God and of course, hard work (tiyaga).

Faith. Everybody knows that Manny is a great boxer. He has been named as the People’s Champ, the Best Fighter. Aside from his talent in boxing, he not only has charm, a singing voice, and good endorsing skills but also, and more importantly, this man has a very strong faith in God. He never fails to pray before his fight and offers his victory to God and to the people who support him.

Humility. Despite his success and fame, he has remained humble. He admitted that he learned humility the hard way. There was a point in his life when he became so proud and he thought he can knock down anybody he’d fight on the ring. It really shattered him when he was knocked down and beaten by his opponent that he almost quit his boxing career.

Perseverance. It’s a good thing Manny didn’t quit. Instead, he pursued his passion. With the help of his trainers, he became better and better. He’s so determined to improve and be the best that he can be that he pushes himself to go beyond his limits. As what his trainer always says, Manny works and trains so hard for each of his fight.

We are so lucky to have a role model like Manny Pacquaio. A real living inspiration to most Filipinos, someone who went from rags to riches. From selling pan de sal, he is now a multi-millionaire, a singer, a congressman, an actor, an international endorser, and of course, the world’s best pound for pound boxer holding 8 titles.

I hope Manny will continue to be an inspiration to us. I admit that I was one of those who didn’t support him in his first quest to become a politician. It’s not because I didn’t believe in his capacity to be a legislator, but because I didn’t want his good name to be smeared with dirty politics. But now, I am glad that he conquered the Congress. I hope he will strive to protect his integrity and will really try his best to serve the people in his own way. With great talent comes great responsibility.

May all of us achieve our dreams with faith, (hard) smart work, and perseverance. Let’s all get inspired by our “Pambansang Kamao” and may he win against Mosley in his fight tomorrow. =)

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Be > U Imagined

Be greater than you imagined. (Accenture’s ad on newspaper)

I just completed my orientation at my new company. And I am happy because I feel that I have finally found what I have been looking for ( for the longest time) and I think I made a good decision to join this global company.

Before I made this career move, I sought the advice of Sacha, my role model whom I consider as my career mentor (through her awesome blog). She was very kind and she replied in her email saying that:

You can do incredible stuff wherever you live, but it’s easier to bump into people and opportunities when you’re where other things are happening. If you choose to stay where you are, you can still connect with people on the Internet, it’s just harder. =)
I know it’s scary, but I’d vote for giving it a try. Find a place close to where you work, if possible, or close to public transit so that you can get to work. Find a way to get through traffic – maybe read a book, or take the time to reflect. Find a way to keep in touch with home (Skype!), and find new friends. You’ll be okay.

She was right. I have always wanted to be a software engineer and the company has given me more than I thought I deserved. It really amazed me that I was given a position higher than what I expected. Just like what our ad says, “Be greater than you imagined.” I am really thankful that they saw my potential to contribute to the company because not everybody is given this chance – especially someone like me who spent almost my entire life with the academe. I am grateful that they took a risk in me and it makes me really excited.

It’s great to be a part of a company whose principles and values are aligned with mine. And this is indeed a fulfillment of one of my goals. I wish I can stay long enough to prove my worth and to be the best that I can be. Last year, I had a different vision for myself but maybe this is part of God’s greater plan for me to discover and reach my maximum potential – to be greater than I ever imagined. =)

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