For the Nanay Dionesia watchers/lovers but missed reading this article in yesterday's Inquirer, here is a reprint:
Nanay Dionesia embodies masses woes, triumphs
By Constantino Tejero
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:27:00 05/10/2009
MANILA, Philippines—Dionesia Dapigran Pacquiao, affectionately called “Nanay Dionesia” by Filipinos as if she were the mother of the nation, has a strong tolerance for pain. But there is one pain she herself admits she could hardly endure.
World boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s 60-year-old mother was said to have fainted away ahead of his nemesis Ricky Hatton by the second round last week in Las Vegas. And this without even having seen him fight live in the ring or on TV, as she was, like before, in the company of her prayer brigade saying the Holy Rosary.
It could be a joke, but it reveals a lot. A salient point shows how farcical a character she has become to many, but at the core of the joke is a more human one: How a mother could suffer for her child. In every fight, she is actually suffering with her son, blow by blow, as she feels his pain almost physically—so she has refused to see him trade punches live ever since.
In fact, she did not like him to become a boxer, as it would break her heart “just thinking how he could get hurt in the ring.” She wanted him to become a priest.
(In this, she could be a reflection of that mother of all mothers, Mary, birthing the Divine and contemplating the Crucifixion.)
Braver than champ
Yet she could be braver than the champ himself. Like Manny, she suffers from tonsillitis, but every time there is an inflammation she would just thrust her fingers into her mouth to squeeze the pus off her tonsils.
Blinded by her refracting precious stones, people forget that this once-simple and hardy woman from Barangay Tango, Glan, Sarangani, is an embodiment of the travails and triumphs of the Filipino masses, like her son.
She looked dignified enough, but her quest for fashion respectability was easily betrayed by the glistering stones on her fingers and the diamond-encrusted watch on her wrist, as she waved her hand à la beauty queen, saying, “I am now a celebrity, not only in the Philippines but all over the world.”