Manny Pacquaio is the The Pinoy’s Pain and Pride. Perfectly embodied by Manny Pacquiao, Filipino workers strives hard for the better. I Salute all the hardworking Pinoy !
Filipinos are known all over the world as diligent, hard workers who persevere and show strength even in the most difficult events. It’s one of the reasons why thousands of overseas Filipino workers excel at their jobs, enduring homesickness and fatigue to be able to provide for their families back home. It is also one of the reasons why Pinoys are able to adjust anywhere. Often likened to the bamboo, a Filipino is said to be as pliant as this perennial tree, overcoming even the most trying times: Filipinos don’t break, they simply bend and bounce back, wearing pain and hardships as battle scars that they can be proud of.
Alaxan FR recognizes this innate characteristic of Filipinos with its nationwide campaign, “Aray Ko Galing Ko,” which highlights the achievements of Pinoys all over the world and celebrates the Filipinos’ ability to wear their pain with pride and honor.
The Toughest of Them All
Being on call 24 hours a day is tough enough, but imagine what it must be like for someone thousands of miles away from home. Reynaldo Lachica has proven himself to be the toughest working Pinoy by coming out on top in Alaxan FR’s recent “Search for the Toughest Jobs Philippines.” As a power plant chemist for Centrica, the United Kingdom’s largest household energy supplier, Reynaldo (or Rey) is part of a team that is responsible for making sure that all equipment are running effectively, efficiently and are at par with eco-friendly requirements.
Rey’s job isn’t all just mental work, though. This diligent Pinoy adds that physical hardships can often hinder his work, but he takes all these in stride, because he knows that many people are dependent on his job to be able to enjoy electricity in their homes.
“Ang trabaho ay ‘di limitado sa laboratoryo,” he explains. “Kailangan ko rin libutin at inspeksyunin ang bawa’t bahagi ng makinarya ng planta. Hindi biro ang taas nito (150 ft.) at minsan, mahigit pa. Pagkatapos ng maghapon o minsan magdamag na trabaho, sakit ng katawan ay ‘di maiiwasan.”
He adds that this pain is all part of the signs of a job well done. After all, Rey knows that he is able to help many people enjoy a worry-free life because of his work.
Pound for Pound (and Pain)
No one else embodies the true Filipino spirit, diligence, and strength other than the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter. After all, Manny Pacquiao has had the humblest of beginnings before reaching where he is right now.
It isn’t a secret that this seven-division world champion has had to live through a tough life. Manny gave up schooling and left home so that his mother could focus on caring for his other siblings. And, although he is now considered one of the best fighters of the century, he started out doing barely legal brawls and matches as a young teenager, taking punches from life in and out of the ring.
It can be said that Manny has worn his pain with pride through all these years. With each hit he takes, with each punch he receives, Manny bounces back and hits harder—both literally and figuratively. A “never say die” attitude has propelled him to win boxing matches, even against those who people thought were stronger than he was.
The bruises he receives, the black eyes, the sore muscles: all these are just mini-trophies of sorts for Manny, who treats pain as he does his successes—as symbols of his hard work, perseverance, and strength. It’s no wonder that he has had Alaxan FR beside him through all the years of his career—15, to be exact.
“Ang bayaning nasusugatan, nag-iibayo ang tapang,” so goes an old Filipino adage. Translated, this literally means that a hero who is wounded becomes even more courageous. It is exactly this ideal that Alaxan FR promotes. It is also this ideal that is perfectly embodied by Manny Pacquiao, and Rey Lachica, as well as all other hardworking Filipinos who embody the true “Aray ko, galing ko” spirit.