Top 5 Pinoy Reasons to Watch the Beijing Olympics

Top 5 Pinoy Reasons to watch the Beijing Olympics

by Leonard

The XXIX Olympic Games kicked off on 08/08/08 and President GMA was there to cheer on the 15-person Filipino delegation. She’s like a shitty marital partner, always going out to the parties but never cleaning the house. But really, what’s to see?

Never fear, here are FIVE good Pinoy reasons to watch the Beijing Games:

Special Participation by Manny

Here's FIVE good reasons the cheer us on... Number 1 -- ME...

1. Manny Pacquiao – “The Destroyer” is the official Flag Bearer for the Philippines. Well, this *seems* like a good reason to watch the Games, but it sucks as soon as you find out that Pac-Man isn’t actually competing in the Games, he was specially arranged by GMA to represent the nation in the Opening Ceremonies only and after that, doesn’t gotta do shit. This is sort of like your Mom forcing you to ask the tall mestizo doctor’s son to be your escort for your debut, even though you’re really dating the short dark chubby guy who gets to drive you and your Mom to the Oriental Market like a sucker. Silver lining? The Phils actually WON silvers for boxing at the 64 and 96 Games – so maybe flyweight Harry Tanamor can raise that to Gold at this year’s Games.

2. Mark Javier – Archer Mark Javier gets to look cool while competing for Gold. Shoot man – archery is an awesome sport. Reminds me of Rambo or Dukes of Hazzard or Green Arrow — only its Brown Arrow. Pretty good for a country that doesn’t grow apples, because what are you supposed to put on little kids heads for target practice?

Photos courtesy of Maida Montemayor (taken from brownnationculture.com)

Photos courtesy of Maida Montemayor (taken from brownnationculture.com)

3. Christel Simms – The teenage swimming dynamo is actually a Fil-Am from Hawaii, but she’s reppin’ for the Motherland. She’s not the first Fil-Am wearing a swimming cap to quest for the gold, that honour belongs to Vicky Manalo Draves, who actually won the gold in 1948 for springboard and platform diving.

4. Taekwondo – Filipinos fascination with all things Korean continues with Mary Antoinette Rivero and Tshomlee Go hopefully giving us a medal finish that is just as dramatic and compelling as a Korean Teleseyre. If not, cheering for Tshomlee Go will fun all by itself: GO! TSHOMLEE! GO!!!!

Way Yuckier than Balut

Worse than Balut!

5. Olympic TV Segments – The produced television spots that accompany the Olympics are just as good a the events themselves. Filipinos can breathe easy as NBC turns its attention to Beijing street delicacies such as bbq snake on a stick, deep-fried crickets, sea urchins and yak’s testicles. These street treats make our baluts seem like filet mignon!

Look, someone is grosser than us! YESSSSSS!

~ by Leonard on August 8, 2008.

3 Responses to “Top 5 Pinoy Reasons to Watch the Beijing Olympics”

  1. Im drawn to the Olympics everytime it rolls around. Kinda whack, but for a moment I can pretend that the world is united. Much must be said about China’s human rights abuses against its people, and its sad that alongside coverage of the games is a new war between Georgia and Russia. Nevertheless, Im keeping an eye out for the Filipino athletes. Ive read that most of the swimmers are Filipino-Americans, so gotta support our fellow hyphinated Filipinos!

    Wondering about the Philippine involvement in the Games, I found some interesting facts.

    Filipinos have competed in the Summer Olympics since 1924, with the exception of 1980. Something totally awesome is that in 1972, 1988, and 1992, Filipinos took part in the Winter Olympics! They were either in Alpine Skiing or in the Luge. Who would have thought we have our own “Cool Runnings” story of island people in winter sport, minus the jovial John Candy coach.

    Since 1924, The Philippines have won 2 silver and 7 bronze medals, but have never won an Olympic gold medal. El Presidenté, Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo however, hopes to change this. She’s offering 15 million pesos ($340,909 USD) for any athlete who gets a gold medal in Beijing, but the athlete who gets the first gold for the motherland gets an additional 4.5 million pesos ($102,272 USD)! To some, this may be absurd, but there are also pressures to have large cash bonuses for athletes here in Canada. Canadians get $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for a bronze medal. Relatively low amidst the huge payouts most countries are fronting these days.

  2. Any news on whether any pinoys have achieved medal status for this Olympics?

  3. Re: Mark Javier – Archer Mark Javier gets to look cool while competing for Gold. Shoot man – archery is an awesome sport. Reminds me of Rambo or Dukes of Hazzard or Green Arrow — only its Brown Arrow. Pretty good for a country that doesn’t grow apples, because

    what are you supposed to put on little kids heads for target practice?

    TIP: Just think GMA’s head as a target! We’ll have a gold!:)

    Juliet

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