Another Reason to Rejoice

With the recent catastrophes (earthquake & typhoon) our country has experienced, we Filipinos, especially those in the Visayas, need an inspiration. And what inspiration could be sweetest to us than the victory of Manny Pacquiao.

On Sunday morning, once again the world stopped turning. Everything was on a standstill. Everyone’s eyes were glued on the screen, feeling every moment of the fight, and praying that our fighting congressman would win. And win he did.

To me, it is not only Pacquiao’s victory that is inspiring, but his life as well. A known womanizer & gambler prior to his conversion, Pacquiao now shows a life that is changed. His humility is astounding. He faith is such that his confidence is in the Lord.  He believes that his defeats were part of God’s plan, and his victories are not because of his strength, but God’s.

Springing back from his back to back losses against Bradley & Marquez, our ravaged nation now sees him as a symbol of courage, faith, hope and determination to overcome obstacles by God’s grace. At the same time, it showed everyone that God is indeed faithful, and really honors those who honor Him. We just have to put our trust in Him.

Thank you, Manny Pacquiao, for showing us what faith is; that it is not about winning, but about trusting the hand of God despite struggles & pain, and when things do not go our way. And in your victories and even in defeats, you never fail to give God the glory.

The Lord has given us another reason to rejoice.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny dominates Rios with speed and strategy
Photo: AP

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A Taclobanon cheering for Pacquiao with a sign:
“That was just Yolanda. We’re for Pacquiao. God bless Tacloban. We will rise.”
Photo: Bulilit Marquez, AP

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The jubilant Taclobanons after the announcement of Pacquiao’s victory.
Photo: Bulilit Marquez, AP

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