Angelhouser | A Journal By Angelica Bautista Viloria

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

If Manny Pacquiao Were Your Child, What Would You Ask For?

After Manny Pacquiao won over Erik Morales last Sunday, there were several features on television about him. In one program, his mother, Manang Dionisia, says: "Bigyan mo naman ako ng sasakyan, kahit isa lang." (Translation: Please give me a vehicle. Just one.) This prompts, Korina Sanchez, one of the well-known broadcasters this side of the world to say: "Ay, kahit tatlo pa." (You can even ask for three.)

Manny Pacquiao then replies by asking who will drive the car. Give your mother a car, with a driver to boot?

Pacquiao won millions of dollars in his last bout but only a few days after, we read in the papers that he lost thousands of dollars while gambling. Pacquiao should hire a good financial manager to ensure that his earnings will be put to good use. I hope he does not go the way of other boxers who were popular then but nowhere to be found today.

Anyway, on to our daydreaming exercise. A friend of mine said if Pacquiao were family, he would ask for P10 million and put this in the bank and live off its interest. The money would still belong to the Pacman. It's just with my friend for investing and safekeeping.

As for me, what would I ask for? I would ask for a house and lot in a well-appointed subdivision; a trip around the world; and P20 million so I could live off the interest too. I bet Manny Pacquiao is glad that Manang Dionisia is his mom and that I am in no way related to him and you don't need to be anywhere near Las Vegas to figure that out.

Well, we wish the Pambansang Kamao (National Fist) the best. May he put his money to good use and in the future, may we hear about him supporting a worthy cause that will help the needy. To whom much is given, much is expected.

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