Mommy D’s ‘voodoo’ act

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


MILLIONS watched Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquaio’s second fight Sunday against American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas.

But what caught the attention of many on live TV was the terno-clad Mommy Dionesia holding her rosary and estampita, on one hand, and pointing a threatening finger at Bradley, on the other.

Post-fight banter over San Mig Light and Pale Pilzen centered on Mommy Dionesia’s supposed voodoo act against Bradley.

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Was she really casting a spell on her son’s opponent?

Mommy Dionesia’s voodoo act set social media ablaze, with her trending worldwide on Twitter. Jokes exploded from all over about her casting a hex on Bradley.

It doesn’t matter anymore whether it was a hex or not. It worked and his son defeated the American boxer, reclaiming the welterweight crown he lost in a controversial defeat to Bradley in 2012.

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It turned out Mommy Dionisia was merely praying to the Sto. Niño, imploring the Sto. Niño not to let Bradley knock out her son during their fight on Sunday.

That, my dear readers, is faith.

But Pacquaio’s coach was quoted as saying God doesn’t care who wins the fight and the guy who works the hardest wins the fight. Roach doesn’t know that not a single sparrow falls to the ground without His knowledge.

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But there are many believers in voodoo. Cebu Provincial Board Member Arleigh Sitoy once threatened to curse to death (ipabarang) those who ignore his campaign against cybersex.

It has been said that in the evening of Good Friday, after the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, voodoo practitioners will scour the graves searching for kneecaps and skulls to be used in the preparation of their deadly concoctions.

No, Mommy Dionesia won’t be among them. She hugged Bradley after the fight to lift the curse, right? No, she simply said sorry for his loss.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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