He is obviously not the same pugilist than he was eight - ten years back  and with age and wear - tear his physique will eventually wane. Outside the ring he tries to be everything... everyone - politician, actor, singer, TV host, endorser and a businessman even with his obvious inadequacies.  Mannn!! With his mega-fortune I could even surmise that his bucket has been re-emptied and written a new list. What was the real cause of his last two defeats especially the shocking loss to 'El Dinamita' Marquez? Religion? Dishing the old ways --- sans sign of the cross; sans rosary beads clung around his neck; no more quick  prayer.  Go ask Mommy D. Age? Marquez was the older guy at 39 and has brawled with the best fighters in the ring. Over confident? Maybe, but the bottom line is Marquez  was the better prepared fighter and finally got his ultimate Christmas wish with a very convincing win and a closure despite trailing 1-1-2 record from this epic fight. Lucky punch?  Marquez is one of the intelligent counter puncher in the business and Pacquiao's brute force became his doom. What now? I believe he'll do best if he focus on just a career where he excels. He's 34 and he can't fight forever and win always. No doubt, he's the best Pinoy boxer ever, his  8 division title will take decades to break, his rags to riches story has contributed so much to the sport and boxing made him a very rich man. PAC-MAN KNOWS.

My version of Mayor Jesse ala Ninoy pose in remembering his 40th death day.  I am hoping that we continue living on his legacy given our tendency to forget important events in our lives.  I am so honored to have served under him and got to know him more (as all Nagueños does).  I maybe sounding like a broken record here but he was just like my father who devoted their lives in public service, Mayor Jesse was truly an inspiration for me, he and my father are my personal heroes.

The very first time I met him was in ’95 with my wife when we were donating to the Carmelite sisters.  I already knew him not because he’s the Mayor but often he visits my father on city related issues with PNR.  There he was at the other end of the bench and I was quite hesitant.  Perhaps sensing my autist personality he made the first attempt to approached and sparked up a small conversation because he noticed my brand new green espadrille.  The next time we’ll speak again will be 6 years later when I entered the government as a utility worker for the LGU IT unit. The 9 years under I’ve known him to be a hands-on leader, clear-sighted official, charismatic speaker, reformist servant leader, a true friend and very frugal with government money.

It’s been 40 days and at times I wonder if my thirteen years in government I should also call it quits … but this is my bread and butter now and life has to moved on wherever it may lead us.