By Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN North America Bureau Vancouver
It had all the makings of a great fight night: hundreds of people, free food, and a free viewing of the most awaited boxing match in history.
But it also had the conservative party’s team colors and posters of local candidates running in this fall’s election.
Kababayan Jojo Quimpo is one of them.
“Yung iba hindi nila kayang magbayad ng pay per view,” said Quimp. “I’m proud that the Conservative truly made an effort na maging part of something, na really big thing for the Fil community”.
“Whether it’s sponsored by NDP or liberal, we will come here because it’s free,” said Tom Avendano, President of the Multi-Cultural Helping House. “To me it makes no difference.
But come game time politics was all forgotten as everyone focused on cheering for the people’s champ.
From round one to the 12th, kababayans prayed and chanted for a win.
But with the loss came disappointment for Pinoy fans.
“Akala ko talaga si Manny nangungun, syempre di naman yan sila magpapatalo, Pilipino at Amerikano,” said Dominica Bagunu.
“Manny, next time you need to be more aggressive again. “young footwork, yung aggressive dapat balik niya,” said Arnold Bonifacio.
“I still congratulate Manny. He represented the Philippines very well. Manny pa rin tayo,” said Laarni Liwanag.
At the end of the night victory may have been Mayweather’s but Pacquiao’s guts, charm and humility brought many people together regardless of race and political party.