By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Jan. 30, 2014
NEWARK, NJ – With only three days before the biggest game day in sports, kababayans in America can’t wait until Super Bowl Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos at the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Jersey on Sunday.
Football fans or not, kababayans will be sure to watch because a Filipino wide receiver is playing and a Filipino star is performing at half time
That’s true definitely true for one mom whose daughter is getting a share of the spotlight as well.
“This is probably the most exciting Super Bowl, especially for Filipinos,” Violeta Mcgough said. “I’m not going to the Super Bowl but I’m following the NFL, especially my daughter who is one of the Jets cheerleaders. She’s half Filipino, obviously, and Doug Baldwin is also half Filipino, and Bruno Mars.”
Those coming to the stadium may have to bundle up because weather forecasts say Super Bowl Sunday will be chilly.
But Grammy-winning FilAm pop singer Bruno Mars will be bringing the heat during the Super Bowl half time show.
“Bruno Mars is a very proud Filipino,” Raul Estrellado said.
There’s no doubt many kababayans will be cheering for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Douglas Dewayne Baldwin Jr. is a Filipino-American football wide receiver for the Seahawks.
Born in Gulf breeze, Florida, Baldwin is a quarter Filipino. His grandmother is from Tacloban, Leyte in the Philippines.
Baldwin made the news when he carried an upside down Philippine flag at a November match to rally support for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Philippines.
“Obviously when the typhoon hit, her family was impacted,” Baldwin said. “Everybody’s safe though. I wanted to do something kind of to lift their spirits and lift the spirits of Philippines in general. I thought carrying the flag would be a nice gesture.”
In college, Badlwin led the Standford Cardinals in receiving yards and touchdowns, and he is hoping to do the same for his professional team this Sunday.
But the 25-year-old wide receiver says he plays with a chip on his shoulder having been signed up for the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted agent.
“It’s not a chip, it’s a boulder,” Baldwin said. “No, it doesn’t go away, because you will be continuing to doubt, whether it’s about me or about my teammates. So that adds motivation to the boulder. It’s not so much to prove others wrong, but it’s more proving ourselves right.”
Baldwin says he is living his American dream right now playing at the 48th Super Bowl this Sunday.
“It means a lot,” Baldwin said. “Obviously, it’s been a dream of mine since since I put on pads to play football. So to be here now, to be able to experience this moment, enjoy the game of football at the highest level, it means the world to me, but my family gets to enjoy it, as well. It’s an unbelievable ride for us.”
Baldwin has never been to the Philippines but he thanks his grandmother for keeping him connected to his Filipinos roots.
Baldwin says he plans to visit the Philippines soon with his lola.
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