Petecio wins silver medal at the Olympics

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021   •   519

Nesthy Petecio is the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal after securing a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3) at the Kokukigan Arena.

Facing her long-time rival, Japan’s Sena Irie denied Petecio of winning the gold via unanimous decision, 5-0. The judges scored 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of Irie. This is the fourth time that the two boxers have pitted against each other in the international stage.

Irie opened the fight with her constant jabs gaining the advantage in the first few rounds. Petecio fights back in the next few rounds, however, it was not enough to regain the advantage from Irie.

Despite settling for silver, Petecio still made history by winning the Philippines’ first boxing medal in 25 years since Onyok Velasco won the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games.   AAC

Pacquiao announces retirement from boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao on Wednesday (September 29) said he will hang up his gloves for good as he announced his retirement from boxing.

With 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws, Pacquiao has become a boxing legend and has brought pride not just to his family but also to Filipinos.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, the 42-year-old said he has heard the final bell and will bid his final goodbye to boxing.

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement. Goodbye boxing,” Pacquiao said.

In a statement, the people’s champ said he is grateful for his accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire. He also expressed his gratitude for those who made sacrifices to help him in his boxing journey, especially to Zardo Mejia, who taught him how to box. He also thanked Freddie Roach who has been his trainer for years.

Pacquiao, in his boxing career, earned 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions. He also holds the record for being the only boxer to hold titles in four different decades, and become the oldest fighter to win a world welterweight title. Out of his 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision.

He thanked boxing for changing his life.

“When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over,” Pacquiao said. AAC

 

Team PH to fight for gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics starting August 26

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 25, 2021

Five Paralympians from Team Philippines will fight for gold beginning August 26 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

On Thursday (August 26), Gary Bejino will compete at the men’s SM6 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.

Ernie Gawilan and Jerrold Mangliwan will compete on August 27 for men’s SM7 200-meter individual medley, and men’s 400 meter T52, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jeanette Aceveda will compete at the women’s discus throw F11 on August 31; and on September 3, Allain Ganapin will fight at the qualification stage of the men’s K44-75kg taekwando.

Filipino Olympic medalists receive incentives from PH gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino athletes who brought home four-medal haul from the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics have received incentives from the government on Monday.

In a ceremony at Malacañan Palace , President Rodrigo Duterte gave the athletes their incentives as he congratulated them again for bringing pride to the country and uplifting the spirit of Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Your hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, even amidst the challenges in your training and competitions prior to the Olympics, are truly inspiring,” Duterte told the Olympians during the event.

“I am confident that you will get better and stronger in securing more victories in the future. Your success will continue to motivate many aspiring athletes and our Filipino youth to channel their energies into sports and other productive activities, keeping them away from the harmful vices,” he added.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first-ever gold medalist, received P15 million from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., a housing unit from the National Housing Authority (NHA) and P3 million from the Office of the President.

She was also conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit.

Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, who both clinched silver medals, each received P5 million from the PSC, housing unit from NHA and P2 million from the Office of the President.

Bronze medalist Eumir Marcial got P2 million from the PSC, a housing unit from NHA and P1 million from the Office of the President

The Filipino boxers were also conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kamagi. The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Other athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 and Presidential citations.

Boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco, who copped the Philippines’ first silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, also received P500,000 from the Office of the President during the event.

Velasco was given incentive after he revealed that he has yet to get the P2.5 million pledged by some lawmakers when he brought home the medal in 1996.

Duterte assured that the government remains committed to providing full support to Filipino athletes, as he urged the PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee and other sports bodies to continue providing much-needed assistance to keep the country’s athletes at the elite level and attain greatness.

“The strength and excellence of our athletes in the international sports arena demonstrate the Filipino spirit of resilience and determination to succeed,” he said.

“Our Tokyo 2020 medalists and Olympians truly embody our greatness as a people and as a nation,” he added.

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