PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan (The Adobo Chronicles) – In most other places around the world, boxing fans will have to pay a lot of money to watch the ‘Fight of the Century’ between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, in a sports bar or through Pay-Per-View on May 2nd (May 3rd in the Philippines).
Not the Filipinos. They get to watch the boxing fight live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on their television sets for free. Most Philippine television networks will broadcast the fight in real time.
But what if you are watching the second or third round of the fight and the power goes out?
That’s exactly what energy officials of the province of Palawan and other areas in the archipelago are afraid of.
Rante Ramos, the board secretary of Palawan Electric Cooperative, is asking residents of his island province to save power during the fight between Philippines native Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.”Truth is, come May 3, Palawan grid will still be 2-megawatt short of power supply,” Ramos said in a Facebook post.
“But collectively we can do something,” Ramos said, urging people to unplug as many appliances as they can. “If only 15,000 households would switch off their refrigerators, then the 2-megawatt power deficit is gone. Everybody could have the chance to watch live the fight of the century.”
That means Filipinos will have to drink their San Miguel beer warm as opposed to chilled. (Ice plants have also been asked to suspend their operation on fight day.)
Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, has been suffering daily power outages lasting two to three hours, according to Agence France-Presse. Similar outages are a regular occurence in other parts of the country.
Have warm San Mig or San Mig Light? Will watch the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Live.