We were still reeling from our meeting with Manny and little did we know that it would get even better! Since we didn’t have a chance to give Manny the illustration that my sister had specially made for him, we decided to go back to the gym the following day. When we arrived, we realized that it was not an open training day but a media day; meaning open to the media only! WHOOPS! With the urging of our new friend Romy Medina, who we had met the day earlier, my courageous sister decided to go into the gym anyway carrying off her camera plus my camera in the hopes that it would give her a more “media” look.
After 10 minutes or so, my sister pops her head out and frantically tells me that she doesn’t know how to take video on my camera. I rush upstairs and luckily, security is busy with other things so we start taking pictures – double trouble style!!
Then, more wonderful luck! We see our new buddy, Buboy, who’s with Manny and motions to us to come closer! Like “Manny’s-jump-rope-is-almost-whipping-us” close! Like “I-can’t-focus-my-camera-because-he-so-close” close!
Then Manny moves to the ring! Again, we get primo spots and situate ourselves right in the front. Manny’s speed and agility are truly amazing! Trying to take clear pictures proves futile because he’s just too quick!
After Manny’s workout, security informed everyone that media day was over – which in security talk means “EVERYONE GET OUT!!!” We were collecting our stuff and heading towards the door, when we hear “SSSSST,SSSSST!!!” (Filipino way to get someone’s attention); low and behold it was Buboy! He knew that we still hadn’t given Manny the illustration/print that my sister had designed. So while everyone else had to file out, we got to go into the ring with Manny, take some more pics, and present him with print – a symbol of our appreciation to him – the Pride of the Philippines!!
No doubt that this experience is forever burned into our brains!!! I’m sure we’ll come up with artwork inspired by the great Manny Pacquiao. In the meantime, please visit our online store to get your Philippine-inspired tshirts to wear on Saturday, November 14th, 2009, during the Pacquiao-vs.-Cotto fight!
Stay tuned for more photos and videos of our Pacquiao encounter!!!