Saturday, November 13, 2010
Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight: Live Screening at Manila Ocean Park (Review)
Alright if by accident you opened this blog expecting that there will be no spoilers about the ongoing television cast of the Pacquiao-Margarito Fight then I'm sorry but I cannot promise you anything. On the other hand, what I can guarantee to you is that I will focus on reviewing what it is like to watch a Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito Fight.
When we arrived at the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito Fight at 9:00 am, we were greeted already by a long queue of guests.
The caterer which is handled by Makansutra were still preparing the chafing dish and food. The good thing is that there were lots of seats to choose from. What makes the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening different for me is that if you don't feel like watching the pre-fights first, you can just watch the sea animals peacefully swimming around the main tank of Manila Ocean Park. The reason I said this is because the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening Pacquiao-Margarito Fight was held at the area beside the main tank of Manila Ocean Park.
The venue of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito fight is held in two areas. The first one as I mentioned is beside the main tank and the other one is in a conference area facing the Manila bay.
I remember the main area of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening Pacquiao-Margarito fight is the same area where they hold the Mermaid shows.
Because guests were pouring in, the staff of Makansutra were very busy to serve the hungry viewers. This is to be expected since the advertisements said that buffet breakfast will be served for the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Naturally if your attending, all you need to do is leave your house and proceed to the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening to eat your first meal of the day and take advantage of the buffet meal.
What I know about some people is that they get grumpy when they are hungry and so it was inevitable to hear complaints about the speed of the food service. It was a good thing that the staff of Makansutra was able to minimize the chaos. Still an early preparation could have made the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight run more smoothly.
Since I was there at the very start of the event, the first things we saw were commercials from the paperview provider of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening Pacquiao-Margarito Fight which is Solar TV. The signal of the livestream was also intermittent causing fluctuations in audio and video feed. Fortunately, once the pre-fights started there were no commercials and interruptions anymore.
Again the purpose of this review is not so much as to report what happened to the fight. My intention for blogging this event is to assess whether watching the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight is a good family event and if it adheres to the values of consumerism. If you want to get the blow by blow account of a sports enthusiast who attended the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight with me go to www.pinoyfitness.com for their review.
Again, I will not pretend to be a sports enthusiast most especially a boxing enthusiast but rather my attendance to this event is mostly because I would like to support a fellow countryman who has constantly made our country "Proud to be Pinoy" in the area of boxing. And so in the next Pacquiao bout I would like to get an idea if watching a live screening can be a major family event where we as a family can share the value of patriotism and Filipino pride with other people.
I also assessed the kind of crowd who attended the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight. Honestly, for the guests of the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito fight I was not disappointed. The Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of Pacquiao-Margarito fight was attended by a great crowd who were there to have clean and wholesome fun. It also helped that there were several groups of families present in the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening. The family is complete with grandparents, parents, their children and even up to extended family. Many families were gathered to support Pacquiao in his fight with Margarito.
On the other hand, I think there were unnecessary stressors that could have been avoided. First, is the speed of service of the food providers. Second is the quantity of food since the advertisement said that the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight will include a breakfast buffet, guests were complaining about the insufficient food items readily available when they visit the buffet area. Good thing that Makansutra was able to address the situation by bringing out more food.
Third was the proximity of the comfort room. For me, I think this was something the management cannot really control because the restrooms are already in a fixed location. However, if your watching the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening from the main area you have to leave the vicinity to go to the other area where the restroom is located.
Lastly, the timing of the announcements of prizes was done quite late since the main event of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight was nearing already.
I would have preferred that they distributed the time of giving the raffle prizes before each pre-fight to build up the excitement rather than do it one block of time especially when the Pacquiao-Margarito fight was about to begin. I heard somebody saying if it was possible to turn off the microphone of the announcer because they cannot hear what was being said during the interviews before the fight. Hence, the announcement of prizes and the excitement of the Pacquiao-Margarito fight was competing against each other. Nonetheless, people were still happy to win prizes.
Overall, no matter what the boo-boos are during the Manila Ocean Park Live Screening, it didn't matter that much once the Pacquiao-Margarito fight started. It also has to be noted that this is the first time for Manila Ocean Park to host a live screening of a Pacquiao fight.
I can say that once the Pacquiao-Margarito fight started everyone settled and cheered in unison for every punch Pacquiao gave to Margarito. At the end of the day, I think that's what matters most - to see Pacquiao defend his boxing title.
On the 12th round, people were seated at the edges of their chair waiting for a knockout. Unfortunately it did not happen this time but nonetheless everybody gave a sigh of relief to see Manny Pacquiao without even a single scratch on his face. Congratulations to the People's Hero, Mr. Manny Pacquiao.