Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Education of Manny Pacquiao


Now imagine Manny’s boyhood experience. His parents, like plenty others in the countryside, could be uneducated, and could not afford to send their kids to school. Poverty left Manny without a choice. He ventured to follow the footsteps of his idol, the former boxing champion, Rolando Navarette. The only qualification is the fist willing to slug it out with opponents on the ring.

The path to stardom was not easy for him. I saw a fight on TV when he was still an amateur. The way he threw punches was quite awkward. Punches flew everywhere like shooting a machine gun. But a coach, a mentor, who filled in the shoes of a classroom teacher, must have taught him well. Look at him now: A hero, a champion, and an aspiring congressman.

None less than the Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary himself announced that Manny Pacquiao passed the DepEd's Accreditation and Equivalency or A & E test for high school which Manny and his brother Bobby took last February 3 in General Santos City. So how’s that for an announcement?

Bobby failed (as reported on TV). And Manny was kind enough to encourage his bro to take the exam again. Sec. Lapus called Manny Pacquiao an "excellent model for out-of-school children, youth and adults who are determined to learn and are able to gain functional literacy skills outside of formal schooling." (quoted from this article)

But wait, when did he drop out from school? Some said he dropped out on his first year in high school. Why wasn’t his handlers enrolled him in a school while he was training in Manila? Perhaps, their camp thought that education is not necessarily an assurance for success. And it could be another distraction. He was still 16 when his boxing career started. Well, discussing about his stalled high school education is of no use now.

There are shortcuts. With all the money he got, he can surely afford a private tutor. Manny must be very good at multi-tasking: studying, training, billiards, politics, showbiz, family life, etc... I will cast aside any doubts on the possibility of DepEd’s leniency on Manny’s exam. Politics could not be behind this. He deserved to pass. And now, he can dream of a college degree. Who can prevent him from pursuing even a PhD?

10 comments:

phanyang balani said...

Hi Lazarus! I really like Manny for being a true and humble person.

mY words to Manny:


Go Pacman! You really deserve to have it!

Soar high!


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Thanks and have a good evening!

pam said...

grabe talaga si pacquiao.

bwahaha. pero let him be.:P

Vince said...

I can't get rid of my doubts about it... maybe that's for publicity? how about the children around metro manila? to name them? the kids at Asilo, or in some orphanages, aren't they recipient of government's services? naks naman... election na naman kasi e....

vernaloo said...

oh well...tingnan natin kung ano mangyayari :)

Sana hindi retokado ang results...

Lazarus said...

Manny was booed here in Cebu when his name was called out while he watched the boxing championship fight here in Cebu last Saturday. He's a hero alright. But it must be related to his decision to enter politics.

But then, he backed out from the congressional race, as reported in the news. This means that he'll focus on boxing once more. Many will cheer again for him.

zherwin said...

just when the news about him being booed in Cebu broke out and the news made it appear that the booing made him changed his mind on his political ambition, here comes Lito Atienza declaring that he talked to pacquiao before the bout about politics 101 and why he should just concentrate on boxing. yeah, like he should have done that ages ago.

Lazarus said...

another change of mind for manny. when will he ever learn? para yatang si GMA.

zherwin said...

the problem is not really with manny but with these people around him sweet talking him about things that are mostly self-serving.

Lazarus said...

ultimately, it's still manny's decision. let's support manny by keeping him in boxing and away from politics. thanks for the visit!

kendi said...

ummm.. is he REALLY running? i hope not.