Filipino-American actor, filmmaker and art curator Nelson Datu Anderson and Jermaine Abrantes of Los Angeles-based ROK (Rain of Kidlat) Films recently released on YouTube a very interesting reedit of the 2008 music video, “Pambansang Kamao” by D-COY & Beatmathics, Artsrong, E.S.P., and Nathan-J. Below is Datu’s story behind it:
“The idea for the video began by way of discussions between myself and Jun Aquino (award-winning Filipino artist who is known for his Pacquiao paintings http://www.junaquinogallery.com/#!the-artist) , in regards to an autobiographical tribute to Manny Pacquiao. Jun showed me all the different rappers, and hip hop artists from the Philippines, and “Pambansang Kamao” by D-COY & BEATMATHICS, Artstrong, E.S.P, Naythan-J, hit a nerve. I realized instantly that this was the anthem, lyrics and beats that would usher the indomitable Manny Pacquiao into the ring, in his epic face-off against Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
“Hooked on the tune, I gathered footage of Manny, from his fledgling bouts to his battles as a champ, and cut it, incorporating the artwork of Jun Aquino as well. What really spurned me to do this tribute to Manny was a statement Mayweather made, that he was the greatest boxer of all time, better than Sugar Ray Robinson – better than Muhammad Ali! I felt a statement as arrogant and as disrespectful as that had to be counter-punched. Being a filmmaker, I could only hit back in the only way I know how, through my art!”
For the “Fight of the Century,” Filipinos in the Middle East can finally watch the much-awaited fight on May 3 at 4 A.M. in KSA and 5 A.M. in UAE via Pay Per View on TFC live, with English annotations.
For kabayans who will not be able to watch the fight from home or from partner establishments, they can still enjoy the fight from anywhere in the Middle East, online via TFC.tv or via the following cable partners, OSN, Du and E-vision only USD 34.
Big screen fans can also catch the fight at Novo Cinemas across the UAE; Laila Theater in Kuwait; Cineco in Bahrain; and Grand Cinecenter in Qatar. TFC also partnered with sports pubs, bars and hotels in the Middle East to provide more avenues to watch the fight.
For more information on the platforms to watch “Pacquiao Mayweather: Fight of the Century,” visit http://mayweathervspacquiao.me