Saturday, May 09, 2009

‘Hatton’, ‘Pacquiao’ draw hits on YouTube

By Ephraim Aguilar
Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 20:53:00 05/09/2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Not many would know that a month ago, British boxer Ricky Hatton, whom Manny Pacquiao knocked out in a fight in Las Vegas recently, said in an interview that he would finish the Filipino boxing legend in just two rounds.

But the video of the interview, which has drawn over 54,000 hits on YouTube from the time it was uploaded on March 29 by YouTube user bingcherry06, is actually a comedy act featuring a tiny-voiced Hatton that speaks Bisaya.

The interviewer asks Hatton after how many rounds he thinks he can beat Pacquiao, to which the British boxer answers, “Duha ka rounds (Two rounds)!”

What makes this video funnier now is its contrast to the result of the actual fight, where Pacquiao defeated Hatton in a glorious knockout as early as the second round.

The video was created and uploaded a month ago.

“Duha ka rounds! Timing jud kaayo (Two rounds! How timely!) Bisdak rules!” a YouTube user posted a comment.

The funny YouTube video gained more than 25,000 hits just after the Pacquiao-Hatton fight in Las Vegas. It was also reposted on the social networking site Facebook.

The interviewer asks, “Dili kaha ka mahadlok ni Pacquiao? Ingon ra ba mga tawo nga naa daw kini banipas o agod-agod (Are you not afraid of Paquiao who, people say, has an amulet)?”

Hatton throws a strange answer, “Di na musalir sa akoa oi. Kay didto sa amo sa Siquijor, barang man uso sa amoa. Di mi mutuo og agod-agod. (He is no match to me. In our place in Siquijor, witchcraft is the 'in' thing. We don't believe in amulets).”

“Katong mga silingan namo sa una nga mga wakwak, wala na, gaboksing na sila kay para daw pud sila makasapi. (Our neighbors who were witches are no longer there; they are already into boxing -- to have money),” the Bisaya-speaking Hatton added.

The original video was an interview of Hatton after his fight with Paulie Malignaggi late last year.

The dubbed video has earned more than 250 comments from YouTube users.

Darnel Forro, an Ilonggo student based in Winnipeg, Canada, said he could not stop laughing while watching the video though he could not really fully understand it.

The way the Bisaya lines would match Hatton’s lip movements was amusing.

Forro ran to his father, who was formerly a military sergeant in Cebu province and the Mindanao region, for translation. He said his father laughed so hard before he could even translate it.

This is not the first time videos dubbed in a native language have gained popularity on YouTube.

One of the firsts was the Ilonggo version of a scene sliced from the film 300. It was titled “Benjo Kag ang Batalyon Pitbull (Benjo and the Pitbull Battalion). It has been reposted many times.

The Internet is also laden with funny photos of Pacquiao. These are digitally edited photos showing Pacquiao’s face attached to different bodies.

Several versions were uploaded on YouTube. One of them, which earned as much as 250,000 hits and 470 users’ comments, is a montage of photos showing Pacquiao as Superman, Michael Jackson, Gollum (Lord of the Rings character), Sergio (Dingdong Dantes’ character in the local version of Marimar), and many more.

Another video with more than 220,000 views shows boxer Emmanual Marquez II and Pacquiao dancing Hawaiian to the tune of Pearly Shell.

Forro said the videos would not have been as funny if not for Pacquiao.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Twitter, Facebook abuzz over Pacquiao win

‘Unbelievable,’ says Mariah Carey
By Ephraim Aguilar
Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 16:48:00 05/03/2009

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – On her Twitter page, popular singer Mariah Carey said Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao’s win over British Rocky Hatton was “unbelievable.”

Carey’s entries or “tweets” were announced by her Filipino fans on the social networking website Facebook.

The popular singer said: “This is quite violent.” Another entry read, “I can’t even know what to say.”

Towards the end of the fight, Carey, said Pacquiao was “unbelievable.”

Facebook was filled with shouts on Pacquiao’s victory. Some said those who viewed it on pay-per-view did not get their money’s worth because Hatton “kissed the floor” as early as Round 1 and was knocked out on Round 2.

“Talo! Talo ang mga nanood sa mga malls. Round 2 lang [Losers! Those who watched in malls lost. The match ended in Round 2],” one user said.

Other Facebook users said:

“I feel bad for Hatton. He saw the whole milky way.”

“Asar si Aling Dionisia kasi naunahan siya ni Hatton na himatayin! [Aling Dionisia was irked because Hatton fainted ahead of her].”

“Ano kayang regalo ni Pacquiao kay Aling Dionisia? “Eskenejens? [What would be Pacquiao's gift for Aling Dionisia? Skinny Jeans?]”

Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia, has fainted on national television several times whenever Pacquiao had a fight.

“Mas matagal pa ang paghahanap ng parking kaysa laban ni Pacman. [It took longer to find a parking space than to watch the Pacman fight].”

"Panalo na naman si Chavit!” [Chavit is again a winner]," referring to former Ilocos Sur governor Luis Chavit Singson, a close supporter of Pacquiao.

“People forgot the H1N1 Virus over Pacman-Hitman fight,” another Facebook user said.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Lozada family in Albay worried, angry

By Ephraim Aguilar
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:07:00 05/01/2009

LIGAO CITY, Albay -- Even if they already knew that an arrest was going to happen, the family of Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada, the key witness to the alleged corruption in the scuttled National Broadband Network contract, could not keep themselves calm.

Roberto Vargas, 59, Lozada’s brother-in-law, said the whistleblower was constantly communicating with his family here in Bicol, mentioning about a possible arrest on perjury charges.

Watching news of the arrest on TV, Lozada’s eldest sister Carmen was “worried and angry,” said Vargas.

Carmen left Bicol for Manila Wednesday night to show support to her brother.

“Even though we knew about the arrest even before it happened, the family was still in shock. We felt disgust over the country’s justice system,” Vargas added.

He said the family considered the arrest a form of political harassment.

“Who would believe that the perjury case was filed only to protect Mike Defensor’s reputation? There is certainly more to it than that,” Vargas said.

“But it’s up for the public to judge. We just have to read between the lines,” he added.

Vargas also said the family supported Lozada’s refusal to post bail and honored his steadfast willingness to face the battle.

But Vargas said the family could not help but worry about Lozada’s safety.

“Baka may mangyaring masama sa kanya (Something bad might happen to him),” Vargas said.

The Senate has withdrawn the security it gave to Lozada but Vargas said the family was thankful for the nuns who have been guarding him and who have been holding vigils for him.

“The family needs everyone’s prayers for Jun’s safety,” Vargas said.

To the left of the city hall are small convenience stores owned by the Lozada family.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer tried to interview one of Lozada’s aunts in one of the stores but the old woman irately said, “I don’t care about him. I don’t know him!”

Vargas later apologized to the Inquirer, explaining that not everyone in the family had the courage to face Lozada’s battle.

He said Lozada’s aunt has always been afraid of people prying on family matters.

The Lozada family here is known to be private and religious.

When Lozada was still touring schools to give talks, he would visit his family here in Bicol.

Vargas said Lozada, who was once tagged “probinsyanong intsik (Chinese from the province),” would always tell them that he never regretted telling the truth at the expense of his freedom and safety.

He would always tell the family, “My soul is intact. I have no regrets.”

But Vargas said Lozada also admitted that it was hard explaining everything to his wife and children, who are now facing a new ordeal after the arrest.

Pastor Dan Balucio, secretary general of the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR) in Bicol, said Lozada’s arrest only proved the government’s continual “manipulation of truth and justice” in order to cover up the anomalous transactions involving high-ranking government officials.

Balucio said religious and civic organizations that supported Lozada at the height of the NBN deal controversy decided to launch the Free Jun Lozada Movement after the Labor Day celebration.

“We will conduct prayer rallies and mass mobilizations to call for Lozada’s freedom and the dumping of the case against him,” Balucio said in a phone interview.