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Pacquiao to fight Bradley in Las Vegas in April

Published in Sports

(Photo from Philippine Daily Inquirer)


MANILA — It's all set but the official decision and announcement of world boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.


This is the third fight and farewell fight of the Filipino fighting congressman against American champion Timothy Bradley.


And the fight is likely at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on April 9.


Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum made the disclosure on the likely Pacquiao-Bradley trilogy as he ruled out a fight with Adrien Broner, Amir Khan and Terence Crawford.


Pacquiao and Bradley had fought each other twice, scoring a one victory each. The first match was won with a controversial decision by Bradley but Pacquiao won a lopsided match in their second outing.


Veteran sports analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz reported on the Arum statement following his meeting with the Filipino icon’s adviser Michael Koncz at the promoter’s home in the United States.


According to the report, Koncz is expected to discuss the details of the fight with Pacquiao and a final decision is likely to be made within the next two days. “Mike was over at my house and he will let me know (Pacquiao’s response) to a possible trilogy with Bradley today or tomorrow,” Arum told The Standard/


It was gathered that arrangements have already been made with Bradley as he is also handled by Top Rank Promotions, Ronnie Nathanielz reported.


Only last Nov. 7, Bradley won by TKO over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in Las Vegas.  Rios has been defeated by Pacquiao in their first fight.


Dan Rafael of ESPN, meanwhile, reported the team up of Bradley and trainer Teddy Atlas paid big dividends in their first fight together as the American made one of the best performances of his career when he dominated Rios to score a ninth-round TKO victory to retain his WBO welterweight title.


“Bradley showed off nifty footwork, speed and a solid, accurate right hand that caught Rios, the crowd favorite time and again, before he finished him off with two knockdowns in the ninth round,” Rafael wrote.


Arum himself said: “That was the best Bradley I’ve ever seen and we had him for so many years.”


It will be Pacquiao’s first ring appearance after his unanimous-decision loss to undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their May 2 “Fight of the Century” at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.


Mayweather has since retired.


Immediately after winning over Pacquiao, Mayweather said he was giving the Filipino a rematch but later change his mind when controversy shrouded the fight as Pacquiao reportedly did not disclose a bad tendon prior to their bout.


The controversy led to nasty exchanges between the two great fighters, but lately Mayweather mellowed and even admitted that Pacquiao was indeed a good fighter and that he considered his victory over Pacquiao an important win in the ring.


Mayweather's statements led to speculation that Mayweather may yet get out of retirement and possibly fight Pacquiao again.


Bradley won a universally condemned split decision over Pacquiao on June 9, 2012 to grab the WBO welterweight title from the Filipino. But Bradley lost a lopsided unanimous decision to the Filipino southpaw in a rematch on April 12, 2014.


Boxing Scene quoted trainer Jeff Mayweather, the uncle of Floyd, who said Atlas won’t be a factor in the potential trilogy between Pacquiao and Bradley.


Jeff Mayweather noted: “I thought he (Bradley) got beat fairly easily both times. Teddy Atlas—or anyone else—can’t help him win.”


Speaking on the program “On The Ropes” boxing radio show,  Mayweather said Bradley “may do a little better, but at the end of the day Tim’s been in a lot of wars since the last time they fought . He may have more wear and tear on him than Pacquiao does.”

Philippines now has 415 classified caves

Published in Travel

Hinagdanan Cave (Photo from


QUEZON CITY  The country now has a total of 415 classified caves, which the government is required to preserve and ensure their sustainable use.


This developed as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has classified an additional 51 caves to guide communities on their responsible management. Prior to this, 364 caves had already been classified by the agency according to their characteristics.

“As with other natural resources, caves are natural treasures that we need to protect for the enjoyment of future generations, because they are important wildlife habitats and possess significant geological, cultural, historical and archaeological values,” DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said in DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2015-08.

“This circular will guide the DENR, particularly the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), and other concerned agencies and offices, including local government units on how to use our caves and cave resources appropriately,” he added.

The memo circular was pursuant to Republic Act No. 9072, also known as the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act. The law tasks the DENR to formulate, develop and implement a cave management program to conserve and protect the country’s cave resources.

Seven caves were categorized as Class I for their delicate and fragile geological formations and threatened species. These include the Nical Cave in Dasol, Pangasinan; the Sung Wan and Kaping Caves in Tayabas City, Quezon; and the Burial Cave in Caraga, Davao Oriental.

Class I caves are limited to mapping, photography, educational and scientific purposes, and are closed for ecotourism activities.

The memo circular categorized 36 Class II caves. These have sections with hazardous conditions and high quality ecosystems that are highly sensitive to human activities, making it necessary to close these sections either seasonally or permanently except for experienced cavers and guided tours or visits.

Class II caves include the Capilan Bat Cave in Sultan KudarTa, Licup Cave in Samal Island, Davao, and Guano Cave in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.

Class III caves have no known threatened species within them or significant archaeological, geological, natural history, cultural and historical values. Such caves are open to inexperienced yet guided visitors. They may also open to guano extractors and birds’ nest collectors, if any.

Eight caves were categorized as Class III, which include Balite Cave in Samal Island, and six Punta Diwata Caves in Carmen City, Agusan del Norte.

The distribution of the newly classified caves are as follows: six in the Ilocos region (Region I); nine in CALABARZON Region (Region 4A); 19 in the Davao region (Region 11); three in South Central Mindanao (Region 12); 14 in the Caraga Region (Region 13).

With the classification, BMB personnel in the respective DENR field offices will coordinate with the Protected Area Management Board, concerned local government unit or land owner in the preparation and implementation of a management plan on related activities within the caves.

Welcome 2016

Published in Editorial & Other Articles

Again we bid goodbye to an old year. And the woes, problems and challenges that went with it. It is a sad parting to many, especially those who enjoyed the year with much success and fulfilment as nothing is yet clear if the good fortunes will continue in the new year 2016.


One thing though is sure – the new year is another chance and another hope for a better future and another challenge to achieve what we aspire for. Yes, the new year is another chance to shape and define the next 12 months, another chance to get involved and make a difference, another chance to take a stand for and support positive change, another chance to defy stereotypes and another step to liberate ourselves from the grip of traditional politics. Yes, indeed, it is another chance to rethink our life dreams especially for those we love and hold dear. It is another chance to re-order our priorities and return to basics, to simplify and be truly grateful for what we have and don’t, to live within our means and boundaries. We have another chance to do the things we have always wanted but could not because there were other commitments or seemingly more important things to attend to.


Most of all, the new year is another chance to reflect on our failures and, learning from the experience, re-charge, correct the wrongs and chart positively better ways out of the quagmire that we are in.


So, with or without fear of what the future holds, we join our countrymen, family members and friends with hope and optimism in the celebration to welcome 2016 with the usual revelry and loud noise. Yes, we celebrate the start of another year, another chance, another hope and another dream.


The ongoing Metro Manila Film Festival has broken last year’s box office record with a gross sales of tickets of P380 million in only three days since opening on Christmas Day.


This was learned from Dominic Du, a member of the Metropolitan Manila Film Festival (MMFF) executive committee, who said that the three-day box office gross earnings of P380 million was higher than last year’s P364 million for the same period.


With the good showing, filmfest organizers and participants forecast box office earnings could surpass the P1 billion earnings last year.


Du disclosed that the top four movies of the eight entries are "My Bebe Love" starring Vic Sotto, AiAi de las Alas and the "AlDub" love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza; "Beauty and the Bestie" which stars Vice Ganda, Coco Martin and the love team James Reid and Nadine Lustre, also known as JaDine; "All You Need is Pag-ibig" starring Kris Aquino and the love teams of Jodi Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion and Nadine Lustre and Daniel Padilla; and "Haunted Mansion".

Du refused to disclose which of the top four movies was the highest grossing movie but reports from the Philippine Entertainment Portal and the top network GMA, indicated that “My Bebe Love” was the topnotcher as of December 27.


Du, however, revealed that there is a possibility that there will be changes in the Top 4 following the just-concluded MMFF Awards Night on Sunday held at the Kia Theater at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City. 


"No changes in the top 4 rankings, so far," Du said in an interview on the first three-day performance in the box office of the eight movie entries.


According to the PEP and GMA reports which they said was based on figures from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Emerson Carlos,  “My Bebe Love #KiligPaMore” led in the three-day box office tally with P159 million. The movie is a presentation of OctoArts Films, MZET, APT, MEDA, at GMA Films.


Following closely in second place was the entry “Beauty and the Bestie” with gross of P131 million.


Third placer was “Walang Forever” with three-day gross of only P36 million. The movie stars Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado who is the back-to-back best actress awardee.


“Haunted Mansion” was fourth with gross of P29 million. The movie stars Janella Salvador, Marlo Mortel at Jerome Ponce.


At press time, there were still no figures released for the entries “All You Need is Pag-ibig,” “Buy Now Die Later,” “Nilalang,” and “Honor Thy Father,” according to PEP and GMA in their reports.


During the awards ceremonies, the movie entry “Walang Forever” was declared the Best Picture and won five other awards including Best Actor for Jericho Rosales and the Best Actress for Jennylyn Mercado. “Walang Forever” is not in the top four but its win could boost its box office ratings.


A movie newcomer, Maine Mendoza, was adjudged the filmfest’s Best Supporting Actress for her role in “My Bebe Love” while Tirso Cruz III won the Best Supporting Actor award for the entry “Honor Thy Father” which earlier was disqualified for the best picture award.


The movie entry ‘Buy Now Die later” won the second best picture award while top grossing ‘My Bebe Love’ was third best picture and also got the Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural award.


Another movie in the cellar four, “Nilalang,’ and ‘Honor Thy Father’ got five awards each.


Maine Mendoza, known for her Kalyeserye role on GMA network's "Eat Bulaga" noontime show, said she was surprised with the award.


In her characteristic humor, the Kalyeserye star stayed ahead of her bashers with a tweet. "Bago pa ako ibash ng sambayanan, mauuna na ako.. Bakit ako? Pero maraming salamat po! Magandang umaga sa lahat! — Maine Mendoza (@mainedcm) December 27, 2015"


Despite the overwhelming support of her fans, Mendoza said she was shocked by her win in the category where she competed against veterans Nova Villa and Iza Calzado. 


Mendoza received the award for her portrayal of Anna in the movie "My Bebe Love," which also stars the other half of the phenomenal love team AlDub Alden Richards, Bossing Vic Sotto, and Comedy Queen AiAi Delas Alas.


Former MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, who for several years headed the filmfest executive committee, was presented a plaque of recognition during the awards night.


Director Erik Matti was chosen as the Best Director for “Honor Thy Father.” Matti was not present at the awards ceremonies but sent a message in which he denounced the filmfest organizers for disqualifying his movie in the Best Picture category after allegedly failing to disclosed its involvement in the Cinema One Originals film festival last November.


Rep. Dan Fernandez, who co-stars in the movie “Honor Thy Father” has filed a resolution in the  House of Representatives seeking to investigate the controversial disqualification of “Honor Thy".


 “Nilalang” bagged the most number of awards for best editing, best film editor, best cinematography, best festival sound, and best festival musical score.


The complete list of winners for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival


Best Actor: Jericho Rosales ("Walang Forever")
Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado ("Walang Forever")
Best Picture: "Walang Forever"
Second Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
Third Best Picture:  “My Bebe Love”
Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza ("My Bebe Love")
Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimmer ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Director: Erik Matti ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Story: "Walang Forever"
Best Screenplay: Paul Sta. Ana ("Walang Forever")
Best Festival Editing: "Nilalang"
Best Film Editor: Jason Cahapay ("Nilalang")
Best Festival Cinematography: Pao Orendain ("Nilalang")
Best Festival Sound: Ditoy Aguila ("Nilalang")
Best Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten ("Nilalang")
Best Festival Original Theme Song: "Tao" by Armi Millare ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Make-up Artist: Ryan Panaligan ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Visual Effects: "Nilalang"
Best Festival Production Design: "Buy Now Die Later"
Best Float: "Buy Now, Die Later"
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: "Walang Forever"
Gatpuno J. Villegas Cultural Award: "My Bebe Love"

Short Film Best Picture: "Mumu"
Best Animation Film: "Momento"
New Wave Animation Special Jury Prize: "Lights Lights"
New Wave Full-Feature Special Jury: "Toto"
New Wave Full-Length Best Supporting Actress: Bibet Orteza ("Toto")
New Wave Full-Length Best Actor: JM De Guzman ("Tandem") & Francisco Quinto ("Ari")
New Wave Full-Length Best Director:John Paul Su ("Toto")


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