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What those ‘basketbrawl’ players could learn from Pacman

By Nestor Garcia

Those Pinoy “basketbrawl” players gave a bad name to Philippine sports image and true to their team’s name, they are crude, untamed and needs rehabilitation.

Said in national language, one commented, “Talunan pa, sila pa ang pikon, nainis at nang-harassed, hindi sila professionals!”

Indeed they showed they are not and they should be taught a lesson on professional sportsmanship. Not only they cause shame and embarrassment no matter their childish alibis, they are a bad example to the generation of Filipino athletes, professionals and amateurs.

How sad they reflect the state of Pinoy’s competitive culture especially the so-called but misplaced macho culture with its showcase of brute force.

If one observes the Pinoy in general is never a good sport. Maybe it’s part of inferiority complex born out of the colonial mentality habit.

Being culturally contest-oriented-holding any contests even not necessary, relevant and fruitful, Pinoys have the messy and negative attitude of voicing the rude and unaccepted “lutong-makaw” reasoning or excuse and says ill to the winner.

Such a reflection mediocrity and lack of education.

The question is, why is the Pinoy has ignorant characteristics of a loser or one who refuses to accept his own weakness and capabilities. Maybe not all times but particularly at the level of low societies.

The answer: The Pinoy is indiscipline, unprepared and even lazy to put his heart and soul to the game. Most of all he is unaware of the ethical standards that should be practice and hold on to. It is the mark of a true sportsman or sportsmanship.

Thanks god there is a Manny Pacquiao for all Filipino athletes to emulate.

He used to be unschooled from the poor, struggling segment of society fighting to make life better through the sport he love and respected.  And he emerged as a man of strength and wisdom as well as acquiring the admirable principles of a true sportsman.

Win or lose in every bouts in the past, he remains humble and accepting of his fate (in times of defeat) and positively forward-looking.

How many Pinoys are like that? Here is the man who works hard, knows the value and gift of that work and reaps it but remaining humble who has proven his worth.

In Malaysia, he was honored and celebrated by a cultural institution as an outstanding athlete of Malay race. All others were Malay leaders and professionals in their fields, past and present. One can find this at Kuala Lumpur’s gallery/museum. The only other Pinoy is Dr. Jose Rizal.

Pacman, as he is commonly called, the true world-class sportsman-gentleman is a certified Malay, not mestizo, not even that educated in early life and upbringing but has proven his worth and respect to the world.

Photo courtesy of Francisca Collantes


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