Padilla: Pacquiao, Mathysse on world boxing centerstage

ON SUNDAY, July 15, 2018 boxing officials and aficionados including sports fans and tri-media from all over the world will have their eyesight on Pinoy Manny Pacquiao and WBA Welterweight Champion Argentinean Lucas Mathysse, when the two great fighters display their prowess at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia set at 7 p.m.

Records show that defending titlist Mathysse at 37 years old has a remarkable score of 36 knockouts in 39 wins since embracing pro-boxing as a career. On the other hand, our country’s boxing idol and superstar Manny Pacquiao, 39 has 37 KOs in 59 wins. Both protagonists would like to showcase their talent skills and boxing experience, to let the whole know who is who, this time around. Both boxers trained hard with dedication during their training period for the Sunday banner event.

Mathysse is known for his aggressive fighting style and devastating punches. He is known not to backtrack. Senator Pacquiao, is known for his speed on throwing left and right punch combinations and for his footwork. His target is to bring home the crown. Certaining that this will be a night of nights for the two great boxers, as it will also be for all sports fans and lovers from the north pole to the south pole and from the east and west hemisphere.

Sir Manny to say the least, is the adapted son of the Baguio Elderly Assembly (BEA) composed of the Federation of Baguio Senior Citizens Association, BARP Foundation, Philippine Government Retirees Association, Baguio Chapter; Veteran Federation of the Philippines, Baguio District and the United States Armed Forces of the Philippines, AFP, especially the World War Two Veterans from the famous 66 Infantry Battalion, in Northern Luzon. We are about 25,000 officers and members of the elderly organization who will be praying in unison for his success. We have high hopes, Apo Manny will be home with the honored and prestigious accolade.

Good luck and God bless you Senator Manny Pacquiao. Mabuhay tayong lahat!


We had a good number of friends, volunteers and supporters who contributed with the successful conduct of the Filipino-American Friendship Day citywide celebration especially in the Kultura-O-Rama presentation held at the FVR Sports Center, DepEd Baguio City School Division compound.

The special event was a climax feature of the days endeavour, hosted by the Baguio Elderly Assembly (BEA), City Social Welfare and Development Office and the National Correspondent Club of Baguio. Thank you to the officers and members of FBASECA, BARP Foundation, PREA, Baguio Chapter, Conrad Morgan from California, USA, the core of American guests, the Boy Scouts from the BSP Baguio Council and their counterpart from the GTSP Baguio Council for their active participation in the cultural undertaking.

The biggest palabas in the afternoon was in a nutshell was the presentation, the coronation of the Fil-Am Day 2018, putungan celebrities, Rosalyn Ann Johnson, an American Nursing student from the University ofthe Cordilleras who reigned as Binibining Lakambini and Filipino Stephen Loman, the reigning World Bantamweight Mixed Martial Arts under the Brave Combat Federation as the Ginoong Lakan. Stephen a warrior from Team Lkay, incidentally is a criminology graduate from UC who recently passed the Licensure requirements.

Thank you also to the coronation entourage led by the City Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Madam Solidad Go the charming better half of Congressman Mark Go, City Administrator Carlos Canilao and former councilor Betty Lourdes Tanda, incumbent President of PREA, Baguio Chapter. Mrs. Go also delivered the inspirational message for the occasion in behalf of Hon.

Go. Maraming salamat sa Saeng Ya Kasay – Torch and Shield Cultural ensemble from UC who gave added life and luster to the Kultura-O-Rama presentation. Their repertoire of highland Igorot songs and dances is world-class from any perspective. Again thank you to Ray Dean Salvosa for his bayanihan spirit.

Finally congratulations to all the winners of the free raffle draw which also highlighted the three-hour long cultural program. The grand prize winner of one cavan of rice was donated by the Philippine Society for Industrial Security. The other major prizes came from Madam Go Betty Fangasan, head of the CSWDO Department, OSCA and the City Tourism Office headed by acting City Tourism Office Joma Rivera.

Thank you to manong Gimmy Castro of PGREA as co-emcee of the program with yours truly.

God bless to one and all.


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