The newly elected mayor of the hinterland town of Candoni, Celot Borromeo is an ardent supporter of sports. His most loved sports are softball and boxing.
But aside from that, he has a passion for other sports like running, etc. In fact, this is the second time Celot was elected to the position. When he was elected for the first, he has changed Candoni into what it is now. But he failed to complete his term (nine terms) when he was defeated by former Jechonias Manzano. It was when Celot has suffered stroke. But he came back to win again the position.
Knowing his passion for sports, I know the reason why his town refused to host the 6th District Gov. Cup Boxing eliminations, which will put his town into the map of the province’ sports tourism. Mr. Richard Sabadopia, whom I had an interview over "MassKara Channel Sports in Action" was there to assist. In fact, there is no question if Mr. Sabadopia was made to be responsible of managing the hosting since, I know very well he can handle it. Mr. Sabadopia has a boxing stable in the town, the Troyce Boxing Stable aimed at giving chances for Candonians to excel in the sports and follow the footsteps of Olympic bronze medalist Leopoldo Serrantes. I was surprised that as days near, Candoni sent a message that they are refusing the hosting for unknown reason. I was told that mayor Celot allegedly has made up his mind not to host the boxing eliminations which gave me more surprises. I can imagine Mayor Celot nodding his head for the sports he loved first. Sipalay City has accepted the hosting.
The launching of ALA promotions "IDOL 1" was a success last Saturday. An estimated 6,000 more or less spectators’ witnessed how the launching was acceptable. The Big Dome Square of Escalante City can accommodate 3,000 seating capacity, but last Saturday’s "IDOL 1" launching was overflowed with spectators as some crowded the entrance of the stadium.
The basketball court where the ring was installed was also overcrowded and in the stage where City Mayor Melecio "Biboy" Yap, Jr., and the rest of the VIP’s stayed with ALA patriarch, Antonio "Bidoy" Aldeguer, his son Michael, the ALA Promotions President; and Dennis Cañete, Vice President and General Manager.
Majority of the bouts ended in a knockout that elicit acceptance from spectators. The city’s native, Melvin "Top Gun" Gumban, also knocked out his Indonesian opponent John "Geli" Bajawa in the 7th round with a left cross to the head. The 8-round bout between Mark Bernaldez and Indonesian Marangin Marbun also ended in the first round after the Indonesian absorb a wicked shot in the bread basket.
Escalante City Mayor Melecio "Biboy" Yap, Jr., echoed that his city and the people here with are so fortunate and proud to be the launching venue of "IDOL" pitting its professional boxer son Melvin Rosales "Topgun" Gumban against an Indonesian, John "Geli" Bajawa come Saturday at the city’s Big Square Dome.
Yap admitted though that his office has nothing to do about the promotions but thankful that ALA has selected Escalante City as partner and official venue of the launching of "IDOL", which aims to inspire locals and in other parts of the country to search more potential and promising amateur and professional boxers to the follow the footstep of Manny Pacquiao. No other boxing outfit that did that but only ALA. He urged the boxers to play fair and expressed them good luck.
Yap said that Escalante City also plays an important part having the advantage to any other Local Government Unit as "boundary" of Ilonggo and Cebuano cultures. The residents can talk fluently and understand both languages. He said, the city holds two previous fights of Gumban with excitement but this one is different with full of thrill as this is considered as an international fight held in Escalante City.
Bodybuilding is considered the sports for everybody with much positive impact on a person. For males it is "self-esteem", said Boyet Andaca, a college professor and martial arts experts who said bodybuilding is his favorite sports. It is self-esteem, because you have confidence when in the midst of huge crowd and many female beauties surround you. It also develops discipline within oneself. A former police officer, who turns to bodybuilding, even recommends to his peers to undergo the sports to be healthy and loss some poundage and bulging stomach. He is now 65 years old but looks young of his age.
The view we got from these people who acted as judges in the 13th National Physique Championship, Mr. & Ms. Philippines, the first to hit Bacolod City really interesting. The sports, while many could be elite sports because you involve too much of your spare time and vitamins got negative answer from them especially Dennis Delgado, Fitness Director and International Event Organizer of Workout Fitness Center in Cebu. He narrated that the perception is not true. Instead when one got involve in bodybuilding, he spend lesser cost of all- and still healthy. The bottom line is your health. When some would like to spend million of pesos to stay healthy, this sport caters the same but less expenditures. It is only the presumption that it is costly when you buy vitamins during competitions, but to sum up this cost lesser that expected. Delgado explained that when into bodybuilding, you avoid smoking and other vices in order to stay healthy and you also observe proper diet and nutrition and need not spend money for expensive foods, etc. One that involve in bodybuilding in the absence of a gym, could replaced a makeshift equipments to continue practicing the sports. To sum it all it is less expensive because you are away from any hospitalization because you are healthy and which is more expensive when it happen to you. Their recommendation; when you are involve in many other vices, make it a habit to be in a gym as your vices.
We have so many sports activities this month of August, a busy one for the city and the province of Negros Occidental.
Just for today and tomorrow, the 13th National Physique Sports Championship, Mr. & Ms. Philippines 2013 will be held at Sea Breeze Hotel in downtown Bacolod, for the first time to be hosted here. Thanks to the organizer, Mr. Sam Solon of Sam’s Slim Gym for bringing the event here that could create sports tourism environment and generate revenues for the city. Today, at 1:30pm, participants, judges and organizers will answer queries from the press on the outcome of hosting and their involvement in the event.
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Also today, a lone participant joining the RP Team to the Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China will leave for Manila this afternoon to join other delegation. Mary Anthony Diesto of Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) will try her luck in two events; triple and long jump. Mr. Mario Amaca, principal of NOHS is all smiles as his school was well represented and also the province of Negros Occidental. Let’s unite and pray that Diesto could make it among the athletes from the Philippines, especially Negros Occidental competing with other athletes from Asian countries.
It doesn’t take hatred when Gilas Pilipinas faced Chinese Taipei but only ‘play it safe.’ It doesn’t affect how two countries were not in good term after that fatal incident where the Philippine Coast guard reportedly shot dead a Chinese Taipei fisherman when they encroached in the Philippine Seas that angered Chinese Taipei. Not even when Chinese Taipei prevented the Philippines as defending champion in the last two-months during the Jones Cup held at their own turf. When that happened, Filipinos expected that Gilas Pilipinas would avenge that arrogant behavior shown by Chinese Taipei, in basketball. But it turns out that the Philippines was the one beaten by Chinese Taipei, 84-79 in Group A of the ongoing FIBA Asia in Pasay City.
The key to Chinese-Taipei’s victory was their excellent shooting. They converted 30 out of 56 field goal attempts for a high 54 percent while the Philippines could only make 28 out of 74 for 38 percent. But what ‘killed’ Gilas Pilipinas was from beyond the arc where they made 15 of 30 attempts for an amazing 50 percent while the Philippines converted 10 out of 28 for a 36 percent tally, according to Ronnie Nathanielz, an Indian-born sportsman who married a Filipina, basketball analyst.
Is the ball really round? China also absorbed defeat at the hands of Iran, 70-51 in Group C. We expect many changes in results as the tournament progress until the championship.
Many reacted to Filipino boxing icon, 8-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao’s pronouncement to run for president in the near future. They say, because of too many effects of punches on Pacquiao, he may have been thinking of running. But it is not possible for him to do so. In the Philippines, it is an ordinary happening where democracy reigns. Who would expect Pacquiao or his wife Jinky to win as congressman and vice governor, respectively, of Sarangani? It is because of popularity that only in the Philippines is acceptable to many, maybe in the thought that popularity could make a good leader in the government. Nobody expects that a boxer will become a congressman to make laws for the Philippines and a former promo of beauty products in a mall to become vice governor. Nothing is impossible in the Philippines. There is more fun here.
A former vendor, mason and errand boy who became famous in boxing and now earns millions out of it is planning to run for president. What will become of our country then? House Speaker Sonny Belmonte after learning of Pacquiao’s plan advised him to run first for senator. But Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said Pacquiao can run as long as he abides by the constitution requirements. The one point stated by Lacierda is because Pacquiao cannot make it in 2016 since he will then be less than 40 years old as required for a person to run as president of the Philippines.
Bacoleño WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight champion Genesis "Azukal" Servania proved himself ready for the big fights by retaining his title with a 9th round split technical decision over Japan’s former world title challenger Konosuke Tomiyama in a thrilling fight that had a total of four knockdowns, three in the very first round in the "Fist of Gold II" held at the Cotai Arena of the plush Venetian Resort Hotel in Macau Saturday.
I saw the replay of the match Sunday and personally, I liked Servania’s opponent style of fighting; his stance for that matter, and a very tough guy considering as former world challenger. But Servania, motivated by his desire to be on top, proved he can take it as he clearly knocked down the Japanese in the first round. However, Tomiyama countered and scored two knockdowns in the same round and some saw it as the end of Servania. I saw the first knockdown as a slip and the second a legitimate one. Servania stood his ground and another clear hit that knockdown Tomiyama with a jab and right straight that hit its target in the chest causing Tomiyama to fall on his knees in the third but was saved by the bell. But tough as he was, Tomiyama stood up and applied some dirty tactics making Servania like a bull under his arms several times and even motion of twisting the neck of the Filipino champ. The sweet-punching Filipino hurt Tomiyama in round four and connected with a good combination in round five when once again the Japanese challenger was saved by the bell. Servania ended round eight with a flurry of punches but when he suffered a bad cut from what Filipino referee Atty. Danrex Tapdasan ruled as a head butt, the ringside doctor ruled that Servania was in no position to continue and the referee called a halt which meant going to the scorecards.
I came to ask this question following a shake up in our national sports formation. Lately, about 20 national athletes set to represent the country in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar on December 11 to 22 were reportedly dropped. Marestella Torres was one of them.
Torres, a native of Romblon was dropped due to pregnancy, report disclosed. Four were cyclists who failed to participate in the just ended Philippine National Games. And Philippine Sports Commission has the authority to drop them and also stop their monthly allowances. Torres is the reigning SEA Games long jump queen. With her departure, hope there would be a likely replacement before SEA Games in December.
It seems that Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella is true to his pronouncement that when he is elected as chief executive "more sports" will flourish. It only needs organization and the right person to handle.
It started with boxing; amateur and professional. Thanks to both Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Juan Ramon "Monju" Guanzon and Bacoleño, now Cebu-based ALA Stable and Promotions patriarch Antonio Aldeguer. These two persons were so close with Puentevella, as Aldeguer was their basketball coach before.
Monju, whose love for boxing started when he headed the Negros Amateur Boxing Association (NABA) made it more realistic when he head the government agency that oversees all professional games and gambling in the country. He is behind the promotion of the first boxing held last Sunday at BAYS Center with Monico Amateur Boxing development program and ALA-Cobra "Tunay na Lakas" boxing tournament. Monju, for all you know, bankrolled the initial holding of the tournament Sunday. He made it a point that boxing will be held three times every month for three years. The GAB Chairman himself made this assurance; without doubt, he is in authority to do so both in amateur and professional boxing. MY ONLY REQUEST TO ORGANIZERS, TO SEE TO IT THAT the tournament can start early so it will end early and those going home can have access to transportation and for covering sports journalists to beat their deadline so that they will not be left HUNGRY.