Today is indeed the big day for Manny Pacquiao. Now I'm not a fan of Pacquiao (or boxing in general) but one thing is certain, there will be a lot of Pinoys who treat it like a big deal WHENEVER there is a Pinoy athlete who is going to compete abroad. What is worse is that thse Pinoy Pridists have the tendency to force you to support Manny Pacquiao or ANYONE just because they are Filipino.
Let me get this straight... there is NOTHING wrong with anybody being proud of the countryman. What is wrong is when these Pinoy Pridists use the achievements of successful Pinoys to gloat they are the best race on Earth and claim it collectively for the nation. Why is that wrong? The achievement of successful Pinoys is theirs and theirs alone. To claim the success of another person can be considered as plagiarism and not to mention FREE RIDING!
The free riding on the success of a fellow Pinoy just drives a lot of Pinoys to be lazy and indifferent. The reason behind the indifference and laziness can be because they think just because one Pinoy made it big, they will all make it big. It can create the stupid message that, "We are Pinoys and anything we do, we are certain to succeed." Enlightened Pinoys on the other hand reject such stupidity and refuse to let Pinoy Pridists ride on them.
The success of Pinoy achievers was their hard work and talent. Talent is also needed in this way... I can improve as a writer but I cannot improve as a singer or architect. I suck at Math, I am tone deaf so it's clear I can't succeed in those areas but I can succeed in where I'm good at. What makes every enlightened Pinoy really different is that they are humble in spite of any greatness they achieve... unlike Pinoy Pridists who are arrogant in spite that most of them are Pinoys having no achievements.
Maybe one should remember the Michael Christian Martinez incident? He was that lone Pinoy in Russia. He had no government support. People may have been laughing at him. Sometimes I even hear how many successful Pinoys in working hard to make a name for themselves endured ridicule. If all they did was to take no part in the success of that Pinoy, it's just like the story of the Little Red Hen. Nobody will help her in making the rice but people were only willing to eat the rice. Seriously, get real Pinoys!