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Manny Pacquio VS. Dela Hoya

Manny Pacquio VS. Oscar Dela hoya

Manny Pacquio VS. Oscar Dela hoya

Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao defied all the odds – bookmakers, height, weight class, experience and popularity — but one thing’s for sure, he brought with him to this fight — a fighting heart and the support of 90 million Filipinos, in upsetting Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya in their welterweight Dream Match (Dream Mismatch) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

The victory validated Pacman’s status as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.

There was no knockdown but a relentless Pacquiao gave De La Hoya all that he could handle, before the “Golden Boy” called it quits at the end of the eighth round, prompting referee Tony Weeks to declare the Filipino the winner by technical knockout.

It was only the second time in De La Hoya’s 16-year pro career that he was stopped in a fight, and it was made even more shocking because it came at the hands of a fighter who fought at just 129 pounds months earlier.

“You’re still my idol,” Pacquiao told him.

“No, you’re my idol,” De La Hoya said.

The jampacked MGM Grand Garden Arena was littered with celebrities from both sports and entertainment.

Among the athletic greats past and present who were part of the audience were NBA greats Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson and boxing superstars Juan Diaz, Israel Vazquez, brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Vasquez, Winky Wright, Monty Barret, “Iron Mike” Tyson, Thomas “The Hitman” hearns, Vernon Forrest, Shane Mosely, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Margarito and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.

From the entertainment world were singer Marc Anthony and wife, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, Usher, two-time Oscar winner Russel Crowe, Desperate Housewife co-stars Jesse Metcalf and Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez, comedian George Lopez and actor Mark Wahlberg, who had previously been stopped by the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles to watch Pacquiao train.

Two of the three ringside judges scored all eight rounds for Pacquiao, while a third gave De La Hoya only the first round. The Associated Press scored every round for the winner.

The stoppage came after a late flurry from Pacquiao in the eighth round, where De La Hoya started to show some signs of life after getting overwhelmed in the first eight rounds.

Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 knockouts) came up two weight classes to fight for his biggest purse ever, while De La Hoya dropped down to meet him at 147 pounds.

The four-division champion and current WBC lightweight king is expected to earn close to $15 million for this fight, which includes a guaranteed purse — reportedly $6 million — and his share of the pay-per-view pie.

“I think I did well tonight,” Pacquiao said. “I controlled [the] fight. We worked on my speed in the gym and I think that was the key in this fight.”

“Thank you God for giving me the strength. I don’t think he would last long. I was still careful even though I was in control,” he said.

“We knew we had him after the first round,” Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach said. “He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot.”

The 29-year-old Filipino, who won his ninth fight in a row, has improved to 20-1 since 1999, his lone loss a 2005 decision to Mexican Erik Morales. He raised his record to 48 wins, including 35 knockouts, three losses and two draws.

“He’s just a great fighter,” the 35-year-old De La Hoya conceded. “He fought a tremendous fight. He was the better fighter and he deserves this win. I give him all the credit all the world.”


New coral species discovered


A Filipino marine scientist cite the discovery of at least four new species of coral in the Philippines.

Dr. Edgardo Gomez, University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UPMSI) professor emeritus, said the continuous survey of coral reefs conducted in Philippine waters showed “about four to five new records of coral reef.”

“The total number of species of corals is increasing. Particularly, more coral diversity is being discovered,” Gomez said during a press conference on the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Conference held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Manila in Quezon City yesterday.

He also cited the discovery of a new species of coral called Leptoseris kalayaanensis, which was discovered by marine biologist Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan in the waters off Kalayaan islands in Spratlys a few years ago.

Gomez, who is currently the coordinator of the Center of Excellence for the Philippines and Southeast Asia under the Global Environment Facility/World Bank Coral Reef Targeted Research Program, where he also serves as co-chair of the Restoration and Remediation Working Group, noted there are about two to five metric tons per square kilometer of coral reef damaged annually.

American zoologist Dr. Kent Carpenter said corals are damaged usually because of sedimentation, poor land use, overfishing, and dynamite fishing.
However, Gomez said that with the protection and conservation of remaining coral reefs, about 25 to 30 metric tons per square kilometer of coral reefs yearly will reach its excellent condition.

Filipino students access to free software


Filipino students access to free software

By Lynda B. Valencia

To unlock the country’s college students their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success, Microsoft Philippines today launched a software giveaway that provides them access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program ( makes available a broad range of development and design software for download. “Looking at the kind of technology that we have today, we expect to see bigger and better innovation to come, and our students today will play a major role in this,” said Tim Vergel de Dios, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Philippines. “Microsoft DreamSpark is our way of equipping the next generation of technology leaders with tools that will not only help them improve their skill, but also enable them to make use of technology in life-changing ways that will benefit the community and spur economic growth,” he said.

The program was initially offered to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. earlier this year. Now, Microsoft DreamSpark is also available to all Filipino student members of the Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS), the only national student Information Technology (IT) organization in the country. JPCS is open to all college students who are interested in IT and developing their technical and leadership skills.

The organization currently has over 4,000 members coming from universities and colleges around the country. According to Vergel de Dios, Microsoft partnered with JPCS to ensure that they can reach out to students focusing on technology, design, math, science and engineering. “Expansion of the program to include all tertiary students will continue throughout the coming years,” he said.

The following cutting-edge software will be available to empower students to unlock their ingenuity by building critical skills — Microsoft developer tools, designer tools, and platform resources. “Students today are very technical, and this can be seen in our lifestyle and interests, as well as in what is expected of us when we enter the workplace. Here is an opportunity for students like me to be familiar with the same professional tools that we will be using when we graduate and enter the industry,” said John Paul Sibug, President, Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS).

He added,”This gives us a real advantage as we start our careers. Microsoft DreamSpark lets us apply what we’re learning inside the classroom to gain new insights into software design and development. According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) study of the economic impact of IT across 82 countries and regions, technological innovation is a critical economic growth engine and is expected to generate 7.1 million new jobs in the global economy over the next four years. The IT employment base is also expected to grow to 42.5 million people.

On the other hand, John Gantz, chief research officer of IDC, said, “Technology is the ignition key for job growth, economic development and creating sustainable solutions to global problems.” “The emerging economies are forecast to drive over 25 percent of the new IT jobs over the next four years. These jobs will be driven by an evolving, highly skilled labor force,” he said.

Microsoft is working with academic institutions, governments and student associations around the world to ensure the necessary local identity-verification technology infrastructure exists to bring Microsoft DreamSpark to all students.

Story courtesy of PNA

Smart and SM to build new public schools


Smart Communications and the SM have pledged to build dozens of new schools to give education to many more Filipino children around the country.

Smart has announced the expansion of its Smart Schools Program to include an additional 30 public high schools and 30 public elementary schools nationwide this year.

The SM group of Filipino-Chinese shopping and banking magnate Henry Sy Sr. pledged seven two-classroom, one-storey school buildings to the Department of Education. Aside from the seven school buildings, the SM group – comprised of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and SM Foundation, Inc. – pledged an additional school building it will build in partnership with Deutsche Bank.

Under the agreement among Smart, the Department of Education and the Philippine Business for Social Progress, teachers of selected public high schools nationwide are provided training as well as access to the Internet and to educational content.

Some 8,000 public school teachers have been trained under the Smart Schools Program, which also supports the DepEd objective to achieve “Education for All.” The program is now on its fourth year.

“The success of the program lies in its integrated approach to information and communications technology in education,” Smart president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said at the signing ceremony last month.

He said the target was to further raise the number of Smart partner schools among the 44,000 public schools in the country.

As for the SM Group of Companies, the DepEd accepted the donation of the eight school buildings worth some P9.7 million under its Adopt-A-School program, which handles assistance from the private sector to help fill the shortages in school buildings, classrooms, school furniture, and teachers in public schools.

DepEd expects construction of the school buildings to start this month and be ready for turnover to public schools by January 2009.

The seven schools to get the school buildings – complete with furniture and equipment – are Mabalacat Community High School and Sapalibutad Elementary School, both in Pampanga; Irisan National High School and Pinsao National High School, both in Baguio; Vagres Elementary School and Mintal National High School, both in Bacolod; and Mintal National High School Tubok Annex in Davao.

The recipient of the eighth school building is Bacoor National High School’s Molino-Burol Annex in Bacoor City, Cavite.

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Bulacan’s Pastillas sets Guinness world record


Bulacan has once again captured the nation’s attention and imagination with a Guinness Book of World Records by making the World’s Longest Pastillas.

Stretching 202.6 meters long and measuring 5 inches in diameter, the record-breaking activity served as one of the highlights of this year’s Singkaban Festival.

The province chose the pastillas for its distinct and original ingredient–carabao’s milk–and because the product is one of the most famous and saleable Tatak Bulakenyo products.

Five hundred persons took part in making the world’s longest pastillas. These included representatives from different sectors of Bulacan.

In able to make the record-setting pastillas, the group consumed 12,800 liters of carabao’s milk and 1,600 kilos of sugar. The pastillas weighed over 4,000 kilos; its length is approximately equal to 500,000 regular size pastillas.

Aside from drawing thousands of fiesta goers, the Guiness attempt is part of the province’s efforts to aggressively market its products with the Tatak Bulakenyo seal, so as to increase distinction, preference, patronage, production, and profitability.

The week-long celebration of Singkaban starts every September 8, a day celebrated by the Catholic faithful as the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ends on September 15, which is the anniversary of the Malolos Congress and the day the first Philippine Republic was proclaimed at the Barasoain Church in 1898.

This year’s week-long celebration also featured exciting activities with cultural and historically relevant events. Marking the last day of the Singkaban festival was the 110th anniversary of the Malolos Congress which was followed by street dancing in the afternoon. The celebration was capped off with a grand aerial fireworks competition.

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Ploning is RP entry to 2009 Oscar Awards


A period film set in Cuyo, Palawan, beat a movie about caregivers in London, an indie film about Tondo gangsters, and a love story among contractual workers in the Oscars derby.

Ploning, a film produced by Panoramanila Pictures Co. has been chosen as the country’s entry to the 2009 Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film category.

The Board of Governors of the Film Academy of the Philippines approved the selection of Ploning.

The special committee members were Director Jose Carreon, secretary of the Directors Guild of the Philippines, Inc.; Director William Mayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association; Johnny Delgado, chairman of the Actors’ Workshop Foundation; Pablo S. Gomez, president of the Screenwriters’ Guild of the Philippines; and Manny Morfe, president of the Productions Designers Guild of the Philippines.

Also reviewed were Caregiver, Tribu, a Cinemalaya festival winner and Endo.

The Philippines Top 40 Richest People


Here is the list of the 40 richest Filipinos according to Forbes.

Got this list from Forbes.

1 Jaime Zobel de Ayala & family
2 Henry Sy & family
3 Lucio Tan & family
4 Andrew Tan
5 Manuel Villar
6 George Ty
7 Andrew Gotianun
8 Enrique Razon Jr.
9 Tony Tan Caktiong & family
10 Oscar Lopez & family
11 Vivian Que Azcona & family
12 Inigo & Mercedes Zobel
13 Eduardo Cojuangco Jr.
14 Emilio Yap & family
15 John Gokongwei Jr. & family
16 Enrique Aboitiz & family
17 Alfonso Yuchengco & family
18 Beatrice Campos
19 David Consunji & family
20 Luis Virata
21 Gilberto Duavit Jr. & family
22 Menardo Jimenez & family
23 Felipe Gozon & family
24 Mariano Tan & family
25 Ramon del Rosario Jr.
26 Ronaldo & Rosalinda Hortaleza
27 Manuel Zamora
28 Betty Ang
29 Tomas Alcantara & family
30 Frederick Dy
31 Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Sr.
32 Salvador Zamora
33 Oscar Hilado & family
34 Philip T. Ang
35 Magdaleno Albarracin Jr.
36 Jesus Tambunting
37 Antonio Roxas
38 Manuel Pangilinan
39 Marixi Rufino-Prieto & family
40 Lourdes Montinola

I want to be their daughter hehe..