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By Jane Pacheco | Broker in Fremont, CA

Two Filipino athletes shine

In case you missed it, the sports world has been a-buzz lately in two arenas: boxing and baseball. And, alongside are two great Filipinos athletes whose outstanding achievements in these fields have brought joy, pride and honor to Filipinos around the world: Manny Pacquiao and Tim Lincecum.


At least in my books, they are the greatest athletes. My two “kababayans,” or fellow Filipinos, have brought a lot of sparkle in their respective sports, and have put the Philippines back on the sports map.


Tim LincecumWho hasn’t heard about the San Francisco Giants’ glorious win in the recently concluded World Series – the first such title in the history of San Francisco. I’m no baseball fan(atic) myself, but something as great and historic as this milestone is cause for celebration. And who doesn’t know Tim “The Freak” Lincecum, the Giants’ starting pitcher, who secured the team’s victory when he pitched 10 strikeouts in 8 solid innings of Game 5. But what not everybody knows is that Tim is half-Filipino, born to a Filipina mother, Rebecca Asis. To Filipinos here and abroad (and of course, to Bay Area residents), his accomplishments are celebrated with pride and joy.



Manny PacquiaoAnd what about Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer. Last November 13, he did it again –  beating Antonio Margarito to the junior middleweight title. He now has a record eight titles to his name. He can’t even wear those belts lest they cover his entire tiny body! Manny has his roots in the southern part of the Philippines, born to a very poor family, and had only his ambition to fill his empty stomach. Now everybody is in awe at his unmatched achievements. And yes, he is a congressman too, who is committed to helping his constituents where he came from. And yes, crime level is at zero (or near zero) during his fights!


And so, this is just a tiny post from a little Filipina, whose heart overflows with pride!




Tim Lincecum’s photo from Facebook



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