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Dec 05th
Home Sections Humor & Satire Nevada Praises Filipinos and their Boxing Idol for Saving the Las Vegas Economy
Nevada Praises Filipinos and their Boxing Idol for Saving the Las Vegas Economy PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 08 December 2008 08:33

T he people and public officials of the City of Las Vegas and the Great State of Nevada are hailing Filipinos and Filipino Americans for saving their sagging, if not moribund, economy. The De la Hoya-Pacquiao bout last Saturday was like Manny, ops, manna from heaven. In this period of economic recession, where would Las Vegas be without Filipino boxing champs and their hordes of Filipino and Filipino-American fans?


More-than half of the boxing fans who trooped to the MGM Grand Garden Arena carried with them Filipino flags. The day of the bout itself became a grand Filipino Fiesta, as Las Vegas’ more-than 120,000 Filipino residents celebrated the expected victory of their boxing idol, Manny Pacquiao. All the casino hotels were fully booked, as more-than 100,000 Filipino-American and Filipino tourists came in to witness the bout, gamble and turn the city into a Grand Bayanihan Fiesta.


Oscar de la Hoya was heavily favored at minus 185, meaning a bettor had to wager $185 to win a hundred bucks. Without the Filipino and Filipino-American bettors, there would have been very few takers and casinos would not have made a killing. Filipino Americans are known by the gaming industry of Las Vegas to be among the patrons with high-disposable incomes. In fact, the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority has stated that for several years now, more-than a million Filipino-American and Filipino tourists visit the city every year.


Nevada tourism officials said that the economic windfall resulting from Mr. Pacquiao’s three fights in Las Vegas this year certainly boosted the coffers of the city, aside from boosting the economy, especially the bottom line of the gaming industry.


Even Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did her part in reinventing the Philippine Foreign Aid to the U.S.A.  She ordered the Office of the President and the Philippine Department of Tourism to make sure that Filipino tourists would “invade” Las Vegas for the De la Hoya-Pacquiao fight. Yes, more-than 200 Filipino congressmen, provincial governors and city mayors – along with their wives or girlfriends and their respective entourages – flew to Las Vegas and they booked solid the flights of the national flag carrier, the Philippine Airlines (PAL), which prior to the De la Hoya-Pacquiao fight, had been losing money. PAL Chairman Lucio Tan said that without the three fights of Mr. Pacquiao in Las Vegas, he would have been forced to cancel the airline’s flight to Las Vegas that come in from Vancouver, BC, Canada, three times a week.


P resident Arroyo justified her issuance of an Executive Order that mandated the giving of Philippine “foreign” aid to the Great State of Nevada. She cited an article written by this editor that readers can access at this hyperlink, Defending Filipino Congressmen and Politicians Who See Manny Pacquiao’s Title Bouts in Vegas


The Pay-TV industry benefited greatly from the more-than 700,000 Filipino households in the United States, nearly 90-percent of which buy the pay-per-view television coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s bouts. Without the Filipino-households’ patronage of the Pay-TV, the boxing promoters would have lost money in telecasting the fight. The worldwide television industry benefited greatly also, as there are more-than 9.0-million Overseas Filipinos and many of them bought Pay-TV coverage of the Pacquiao bout. In the Philippines itself, the country’s 92-million population was glued on Pay-TV sets. Even the Muslim and communist rebels declared an unofficial ceasefire, so that they too could watch the bout.


As of press time, British boxing promoters were reported to have tendered to Manny Pacquiao more incentives than Las Vegas could offer in fighting England’s Ricky Hatton in spring or early summer in 2009. They plan to hold the bout in the 100,000-seat Wembley Stadium in the London Borough of Brent in London, England. They said that they are expecting the fight to be sold-out, as there are more-than 200,000 Filipino contract workers in the United Kingdom. The British said that it is time for the Filipino people to send also Philippine foreign aid to them, as Great Britain is also facing a severe economic crisis. # # #


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