Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pacquiao statue going up in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao's Canadian friend and adviser has agreed to chip in some money for the immediate completion of his life-size bronze statue, which the city government plans to erect.

Michael Koncz did not say how much he was willing to pitch in for the statue, which will be put up in front of the General Santos City Hall.

"I don't know the cost. I still have to talk to the mayor," he said here on Friday.

Koncz said Pacquiao deserves the statue because "he has done great honor and glory for his country."

"Manny has taken the gold out of the Golden Boy. And I think he deserves a statue just like Dela Hoya, who has a 14-foot bronze statue in Staples Center," Koncz said.

Mayor Pedro Acharon Jr. said he was overjoyed at Koncz generosity.

Like the Canadian, Acharon said the statue was fitting because of the honor and prestige that Pacquiao has brought to the city and the country as a whole.

Pacquiao, sounding humble in a low tone, said he did not take away the gold from Dela Hoya. "Just the glitter," he said.

In a speech delivered during the grand welcome organized by the city government, Pacquiao reiterated that his victory against over Oscar dela Hoya was brought by prayers and support from his fans and associates.

Pacquiao also assured his thousands of fans here, who patiently waited for his arrival from Manila on Friday, that his next two fights will be equally exciting.

"After which, I will retire…. But not because of politics," he said. (By Aquiles Zonio; INQ.net)

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