Beyond Excellence

Manny Pacquiao and Charice Pempengco.  He is the Top Boxer in the World.  She is the Most Celebrated Young Singer in the World.  And They are both Filipinos.  In fact, They are The Pride of the Filipino Nation. 

They have gone Beyond Excellence.  They have superseded the bounds of Filipino ambition and imagination.  The Two are actually at the Top of the World, a place where our countrymen have gone only in their wildest, most impossible dreams. 

Go forth, Manny and Charice, you’re showing the world The Filipino at his Best!!!

Personally, I cannot even begin to describe the exultant pride and the consuming admiration I feel for your superlative achievements…

Manny Pacquiao and Charice Pempengco are THE FILIPINO DREAM come true!!! 

We are very, very, very proud of you two!!!   😀   😀   😀



  1. Jules said,

    August 22, 2009 at 3:38 am

    To Diego:
    Yeah! Oh well,
    the kids are now in Brent.
    I guess Aling Dionisia
    should be enroled too in a
    Finishing School,
    if not in Switserland maybe at
    RRLI* in Quiapo
    coz she seems like a Laughing Stock
    (but at least, she earns a living
    by being an Endorser and Showbiz celeb)

    LoLsssz ;P

    *Ricky Reyes Learning Institute


  2. palaginghuli said,

    August 5, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Why is Charice making birit? Simple. Because she can! For anybody to succeed in the US, she/he has to stand out. Do you know how many talented singers can “control” their voices? Even I, with proper training can learn how to do that. But natural talent? That is hard to come by. She sounds like she is always shrieking, because her voice can reach higher notes than most of her contemporaries. She controls her voice well, it is just that she has a wider range than most singers. But to highlight her talent, she is given songs that not many mortals can sing. How else will she get noticed?

  3. Cousin Paz said,

    July 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I agree with you Diego. At the rate he’s going, he should not even be ill-advised into entering politics. He will be spending millions of his hard-earned cash. And if he wins, he will be another liability in the long list of liabilities in congress!

  4. Diego Mqz y C. said,

    July 8, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I just hope Pacquiao spends a lot of his money on educating his children. Like FM & Imelda did by sending Bong-bong & Irene to England for school. My mother says that’s probably one of the few good things they did with their bounty.

  5. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Oyster Bravo, agreed. Charice is still in that “Look I can sing” stage. Well, you’ve got some competition coming up pretty soon, Charice.

    On “America’s Got Talent” last night, there was this Thea (Pagia, I think her last name was), a 14-year old Fil-Am from Tracy, CA, and boy can she sing with control AND ALL the right emotion WITHOUT OVER-DOING it. A tiny thing but a big voice — and she had all 3 judges agog. I was impressed by the absolute control of her performance — NEVER letting it get away into the shrieking sphere where Charice goes. I hope this Thea picks the right songs and goes a long way. And in a Charice-Thea showdown, the greener Thea would win hands down!!

  6. Oyster Bravo said,

    June 30, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Look, I’m sincerely happy for Charice. HOWEVER, I too am disturbed by her propensity to use the “birit” style of singing, which I never liked to begin with. I think she should stop showing that she can sing, because we already know that. It’s almost as if she’s telling everyone, “Hey people, look at me! I can sing and I can sing pretty darn well!!!” Wouldn’ t it be great if she sang to convey the emotion behind the song instead?

    And, in case someone accuses me of being a crab, I’m not a fan of the “birit club” members – Whitney Houston, Mariah and others of their ilk either. And, if it even matters, I gave up my green card long ago. I wear the uniform of an army soldier (Philippine Army – Hooooaahhhhh! only, if you please) and love my fishball and isaw.

  7. kurdapya said,

    June 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Geezzz….. some of you guys really could not shed off your haughty snobbish aristocratic ek ek even in the net. Trying to put down two excellent talents who have brought pride to us Pinoys??? I’ll choose Charice and Manny anytime over any of you snobbish elites.

  8. Babblefish said,

    June 22, 2009 at 4:19 am

    “Hmmm….. not bad for a former Doughnut Vendor, Pier Stevedore, and Construction Pajinante.”

    Amazing, indeed.

    Heeheehee. Reminds me of the time I overheard Joey C*ncepcion brag to a reporter that he started out as a clerk in the family company and worked his way up. I mean, really!

  9. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 20, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Just hope he trusts the right people and he’s not taken for a ride.

  10. zippo said,

    June 19, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Just saw the Forbes list of highest paid/richest athletes for 2009:

    1. Tiger Woods (American, Golf): $100 Million
    2. Michael Jordan (American, Basketball [retired]) $45 Million tied for 2nd
    2. Kobe Bryant (American, Basketball) $45 Million tied for 2nd
    2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finn, F-1) $45 Million tied for 2nd
    5. David Beckham (Brit, Football) $42 Million
    6. MANNY PACQUIAO (Filipino, Boxing) $40 Million Tied for 6th
    6. Phil Mickelson (American, Golf) $40 Million Tied for 6th
    6. LeBron James (American, Basketball) $40 Million Tied for 6th
    9. Valentino Rossi (Italian, Motorcycle) $35 Million
    10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (American, NASCAR) $32 Million
    (Rounding out the Top 20 are Roger Federer, Shaquille O’Neal, Oscar De La Hoya, Lewis Hamilton, Alex Rodriguez, Vijay Singh, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez, Vijay Singh, Kevin Garnett, Ronaldinho, Derek Jeter, and Jeff Gordon).

    Hmmm….. not bad for a former Doughnut Vendor, Pier Stevedore, and Construction Pajinante.

  11. zippo said,

    June 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm


    Elorde wasn’t the 1st Filipino international boxing star. The great Pancho Villa has this distinction. But do take note that Pacquiao: (1) has been hailed Boxer of the Year twice by American Sportswriters; (2) is universally recognized as the best Pound-for-Pound Boxer by International Sportswriters; and (3) is listed by Forbes magazine as the 6th highest paid athlete in the world — such achievements which have never been equaled by any Filipino, or even Asian, athlete is something to be proud of. I may not share his politics but he has my respect.

  12. sunny said,

    June 18, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Charice and Manny makes me truly proud to be a Filipino.

  13. larrylevi said,

    June 18, 2009 at 12:08 am

    The MANNY and CHARICE could be the POSTER MAN and WOMAN-CHILD for change.

    If we truly want REAL CHANGE, HOPE and pride in the country, jail all the corrupt MAGNANAKAWS and MAMAMATAY taos.

    Bring to trial and impeach the the president, her family, her minions.

    How can we be proud of two people while our whole nation is called the most CORUPT goverment in the WORLD.

    Charice and Manny, could reacher the GREATER heights by leading REFORM and purging.

    BUT that is only my dream. I don’t suffer from CRABS, got rid of that real quick. I DON’T TAKE people down, but I WON’T take this political quarmire SITTING DOWN either.

  14. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 17, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Ali was crap…nothing but a loudmouth. And the shame of it all, they picked him to light the cauldron at the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. What should’ve been a celebration of all that was youthful and vital and zestful in sport, was reduced to a mere shadow of a has-been, doddering and barely able to even light that wick. I thought that was one of the most embarassing moments in recent Olympic memory.

    Pacquiao? People shouldn’t forget Elorde, he was the first Pinoy pugalist to gain international fame. Whatever happened to him? I hope he didn’t suffer the same fate as that bag of wind Ali.

  15. Babblefish said,

    June 17, 2009 at 7:39 am

    No problem, Zippo. That war is too contentious to be discussed. My admiration for Ali is that he was brave enough to stand for what he believed in.

  16. jeremiah said,

    June 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    i’m no boxing fan, nor do i condone this brutal sport, but pacquiao, bless his heart, has given us something to celebrate. charice and pacquiao being lionized by the global media in glowing terms rubs off on my slowly depleting pinoy soul. they give me hope.

  17. jeremiah said,

    June 16, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    charice declaring to the whole world that she is pinoy is good enough reason for me to support her, and global movers and shakers believing in her “screaming” talent , are heroes in my book. those pinoys who nitpick
    and disparage her prove once again that crab mentality amongst us is alive and kickin…small wonder why we are in a rut as a nation. we are incapable of being happy for a compatriot’s success. it’s a curse we have to bear.

  18. jeremiah said,

    June 16, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    you hit it right on the head, issima. whether we are partial to the little girl’s way of singing or not IS NOT THE POINT!. it is who she is that merits our support, for giving pinoys a little bit of respect on account of her god-given talent. and my god, this waif of a girl with the big voice might just single handedly negate the whole world’s degrading assumption that we are a nation of servants and corrupt pols. let her voice, whether birit or not, silence those who look down upon us as a people!

  19. zippo said,

    June 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Sorry, babblefish, I have absolutely no respect for Ali’s politics. He is a great boxer but why do bleeding leftist liberals hail him for dodging the draft? If one is called by one’s country to serve and fight, one should.

  20. Babblefish said,

    June 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Ali never deteriorated. He became sick, yes, but before he fell ill, he managed to become greater than a boxer. He refused to participate in Vietnam and in the process fought foes bigger than those he fought in the ring.

    Manny’s story is not over. He may yet prove himself (or might self-destruct, who knows). One thing I can say about him is that he is a TRUE SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE. He made his fortune without inheriting it, taking advantage of employees, marrying into it, or stealing it. That is why he can look those hangers-on (and pretty much everybody in last year’s 40 richest Filipinos list) straight in the eye and dare them if they can say the same thing.

  21. issima said,

    June 14, 2009 at 4:13 am

    As a Filipina, I am very proud of Charice Pempengco.

    It cannot be argued that she is extremely talented and that she has a remarkable destiny to boot. Have any of our talented singers had the fantastic fortune of being discovered through the Internet, on YouTube [ aside from Arnel Pineda who is now the lead singer of the band “Journey” ], being sent for by Ellen de Generes, then Oprah Winfrey, David Foster, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, et. al.???

    We Filipinos should be very supportive of Charice Pempengco. She should be at the top of our list! And that’s common sense. After all, the British would never rank her above Susan Boyle nor would the Italians ever rank her above Gianluca Ginoble.

    We should stop deriding our own fellow Filipinos and instead give them all the support we can muster. When we pull down, we get pulled down as well. When we push up, we get pushed up as well. It’s a law of the universe.

  22. Garganta Inflamada said,

    June 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Glad I wasn’t the first to say something un-complimentary of Charice. I mean she has the chops…but she is WAAYYYYYY misusing them. Why does she scream and go into lower range throat voice? To sound more butch?? And the puzzlement of it all is that she is supposedly under the wing of “star-maker” David Foster?? Yet, he allows her to carry on like that… I guess he’s not in the business of correcting his singers…just making money from them while their voices or their box-office power (whichever ones dims out first) last. I mean who corrects the likes of Andrea Boccelli and Josh Groban?

    She’s amazing for a few seconds but then afterwards, she sounds like a freak. I mean I didn’t get my “inflamada” throat from singing like that.

    BTW, girl, you are no longer the only ‘internet’-created sensation. The new queen on the block is Susan Boyle…and she’s Simon Cowell’s protege. And she doesn’t try to butch-it up the way you do.


  23. larry leviste said,

    June 13, 2009 at 2:16 am


    Why would Manny Pacquiao wish to self destruct by entering the BULL SHIT arena of dirty rotten Pinoy politics ?

    Why would the Pacman after reaching the peak of BOXING’S Mt. Everest decide to commit suicide. He was beaten miserably in the last elections.

    This proves how influential his best fiends are, Atienza and Chavit, to bilk him of his deep dollar reserves and squander it all on his ELECTION to the Congress which will turn into a Parliamentary House and then what, MANNY will be laughed at for his ineptitude on real political issues. And becoming a conduit for the perpetuation of the AYOKOS.

    MANNY will go down in HISTORY as arguably the BEST boxer in the history of global sports only to LOSE face and fortune to the seduction of the most CORRUPT goverment in the world.

    And a kind warning to CHARICE, be very careful of your BIRIT style or SCREAMING nay SHRIEKING your vocal chords. Many musical teachers and doctors predict you will wound, maybe lose your GIFT if you don’t scale down your style.

    Your OPRAH moments seem to be ovah, your CUTSEY staying a teen forever is betraying a young woman who could RE-INVENT and REDUX your style into a mature soulful DIVA.

    Don’t get me wrong here, I adore both Manny and Charice but wish them STAYING POWER and graceful transitions. BUT with instant SUPERSTARDOM, star doom may just as quickly follow if YOU CAN’T manage your FAME and good FORTUNE.

    At this juncture, there are only 2 kinds of STARS, the well-advised like Celine Dion and the ill-advised Whitney Houston. Both had terrific voices, one raked in Vegas, the other become a crack head and lost her looks, fame, fortune and voice.

    As for boxers, please refer to the rise and fall of Mike Tyson and slow deterioration of Muhamed Ali.

    One needs only to study your predecessors and LEARN.

    My secret of STAYING POWER, simply stay put.

  24. Jake de Asis said,

    June 12, 2009 at 8:22 pm


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