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Flag of Philippines  , Central Visayas,
Sunday, June 10, 2012

Finally, a day off from the internship - and for a very good reason. It was the day of the Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao fight, and if you're in the Philippines during one of them you'll notice it is a very, very big deal. I don't exaggerate when I say the whole of the Philippines basically shuts down on the day of a Pacman fight, and it's no different even on a small little island like this. What makes the experience cool in a place like this though, is there's only so many places that can even show it on a TV here, so no matter where you watch it, there's going to be a lot of people with you. Our destination for viewing: Malditos. With all the blinds pulled down, all the tables cleared out, and the big projector screen pulled down, it was time to watch the beginning coverage and undercard fights of the night -- err morning in the Philippines. We arrived at Malditos at around 9:45 a.m. to have breakfast, and the coverage began at 10. Next thing you know it's 10:30 a.m. and everyone in the place has decided to have Malditos famous double rum cokes, myself being no different. The undercard fights were good ones, although one did finish rather early due to a controversial decision to discontinue the fight. The Pacquiao fight was like nothing else I've ever seen (besides Spain winning the World Cup while I was there of course). The energy was brilliant, and every time he even landed a punch everyone would get up and start screaming things like "FINISH HIM!!!". The fight provided 12 rounds of sheer entertainment, and waiting for the judges decision was nerve wracking. Unfortunately Pacquiao lost 7 rounds to 5, but surprisingly peoples spirits weren't crushed. The place quickly emptied out, aside from me and the other dive masters in training. It was around 12:30 and all the entertainment was over, but we had the rest of the day off....and the double rum cokes were only 50 pesos....I won't go into too much detail about the rest of the hours in the day, but let's just say once they start feeding you complimentary pizzas for being "such good customers to them all day", you've been there too long. The night wound down at about 10....and lets just say I was eating cup noodles the next day due to my bill being 2 days worth of budget....woops (sorry dad). Overall it was a great time but not one that I'm looking to repeat again anytime soon.
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