Thursday, 19 May 2011

A statue for Pacman? Pwede!

Posted by chardyboy on Thursday, May 19, 2011 0 comments

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OSCAR dela Hoya has one in Los Angeles, Michael Jordan in Chicago, Joe Louis in Las Vegas and even Rocky Balboa, the movie character, in Philadelphia.

It’s about time for Manny Pacquiao to have one put up in the Philippines.

“He’s the symbol of excellence for every Filipino. So, it’s time for us to build a statue honoring Manny Pacquiao,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Monico Puentevella.

The POC official told yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s U.N. Avenue that it’s just appropriate to have a statue build honoring the current world champion and greatest Filipino athlete ever.

“In my capacity as POC chairman, and as friend to Pacquiao, I recommend that we build a statue like the one they build for Dela Hoya, Jordan, Joe Loius and Rocky Balboa,” he said.

“Never could I have imagined it would happen to the Philippines, to have someone like Manny Pacquiao. And I’m glad to witness all these,” said Puentevella in the public sports program sponsored by Smart, PAGCOR, Outlast Battery and Shakey’s.

“Everywhere I go, and once I mention that I’m from the Philippines, the name Pacquiao always comes next,” said the former congressman from Bacolod City.

He said the government will have the first crack at building the Pacquiao statue, which can be put up at the Luneta, the Cultural Center of the Philippines or the Folk Arts Theater.

“Because Manny Pacquiao is a public figure, the government gets the first option. We will give them enough time, but if there’s no response, then the private sector may come in,” he said.

Puentevella mentioned Jaime Zobel de Ayala who can help put up the statue in Makati City or the Araneta family, through George “Nene” Araneta, at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila will also be a perfect site for the statue to stand.

“If Oscar has it at the Staples Center, and he lost convincingly to Pacquiao or Joe Louis at the Caesar’s Palace or Michael Jordan or Sylvester Stallone’s movie character, then Manny deserves one,” Puentevella said.

This early, Puentevella is also recommending Pacquiao as the official flag bearer of the Philippine delegation to the 2012 London Olympics, an honor which the boxer held for the 2008 Beijing Games.

“I don’t think anybody can dispute that unless there’s an individual who can win five gold medals in the coming Southeast Asian Games,” he said.


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