Archive for November, 2008

Philippine Boxing: Can Manny Pacquiao Knock Out Oscar De La Hoya?

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Manny Pacquiao Training With Freddie Roach

Manny Pacquiao Training With Freddie Roach

The Filipino People are getting excited with the upcoming boxing match between WBC Lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya.

Oscar De La Hoya, who has won 10 world titles in 6 weight divisions, is a slight favorite to win against Manny Pacquiao when these two great boxers clash on December 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, while the odds makers are favoring Oscar De La Hoya to win over Manny Pacquiao, boxing critics and boxing fans are excited of the prospect that Manny Pacquiao can certainly knock out Oscar De La Hoya.

Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting at the 147-pound welterweight limit. Speculations by boxing critics are saying that Manny Pacquiao will be out of his comfort zone at 147 pounds since Manny Pacquiao is so used to fighting at 135 lbs. Meanwhile, Oscar De La Hoya should be able to dominate the fight, considering his size and reach advantage, plus the fact that he is comfortable fighting at the 147-pound welterweight limit.

However, Manny Pacquiao is also expected to knock out Oscar De La Hoya, who hasn’t had a professional boxing fight since May 5, 2007 when he lost a split-decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and also lost his WBC welterweight championship title in the process. Oscar De La Hoya doesn’t seem to have the steam he’s had during his younger years, and it might be difficult for De La Hoya to even keep up with the energetic Manny Pacquiao, who is at the prime of his boxing career.

Manny Pacquiao might certainly be able to knock down Oscar De La Hoya, but might not have enough power to actually keep De La Hoya down for a ten count. In his previous boxing fights against the likes of Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao was able to successfully send these boxers to the canvas, and it was only Erik Morales who really felt the sting of Manny Pacquiao and was not able to recover from getting up on time to beat the ten count.

Manny Pacquiao has been KOed twice earlier in his career but that was way before he gained enough experience to become the boxing champion that he is. Meanwhile, Oscar De La Hoya has already suffered one KO against Bernard Hopkins Jr., who tagged De La Hoya with a left hook to the liver which was just unbearable for Oscar De La Hoya to recover from. As seen in Pacquiao’s previous fights, he turns into a monster when he gets hit, and when he gets fired up, his frenzy of combo punches are very solid. In the fight, if Oscar De La Hoya gets to hit Manny Pacquiao with 2 to 3 punches, you can expect Manny Pacquiao to come back with 4 to 6 punches of his own, and that area of Pacquiao’s fight strategy might be difficult for a slower De La Hoya to fend off. Definitely, Manny Pacquiao will be throwing more punches, and if a lot of them get in, it won’t be a surprise if Oscar De La Hoya will be seen picking himself up from the ring.

In any case, The Dream Match between Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao will be underway on December 6, and bets are available for the fight! Tickets for the fight have long sold out, and the only place left to get them are here.

De La Hoya-Pacquiao Tickets Are Only Available Here.

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Opinion On Philippine Politics: Senator Manny Villar Starts Presidential Campaign For 2010 With A Crash

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippine Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Senators Manny Villar and Pia Cayetano as Wedding Sponsors ("borrowed" from vherpaulino2's Flickr account)

Senators Manny Villar and Pia Cayetano as Sponsors for Inah Revilla and Vince del Rosario Wedding ("borrowed" from vherpaulino2's Flickr account)

The 2010 Philippine Presidential campaign of Senator Manny Villar started barely a week ago, and it unofficially began with the resignation of Senator Manny Villar from his post as Senate President. Actually, Senator Manny Villar was about to be asked to step down when the majority of the Senate gathered enough signatures to petition for his ouster as Senate President. However, Senator Manny Villar jumped the gun and announced his resignation even before the move could be made to ask him to step down as Senate President.

When Senator Manny Villar was asked if his resignation had something to do with his campaign for the Philippine Presidency in 2010, Manny Villar eloquently repsonded, “Yup” before the elevator doors closed down, and he went off to the Senate floor to announce his resignation.

Taking Manny Villar‘s place as Senate President is Juan Ponce Enrile, who at age 84 is the perfect interim Senate President leading up to the Presidential elections. Why? Well, because Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile has no real plans of a presidential campaign, and his seniority (in age and experience) among the other Senators keeps him the most qualified Senator to sit as Senate President. Of course, Juan Ponce Enrile is also easier for the majority opposition to control. For one thing – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile doesn’t have a hidden agenda for 2010, and his concerns for the nation are much more objective than say 20 years ago when he was still an under-the-table mover and traditional politician – Yes, TRAPO!. But then, maybe a TRAPO is what is needed now with a whole bunch of Senators expected to campaign for the Philippine President in 2010. Basically, Juan Ponce Enrile might not have the energy for dirty back room politics anymore, and his seniority will make sure also that none of the younger Senators step out of line in respect to his seniority. Whatever.

The Senators who moved against Manny Villar and voted for Juan Ponce Enrile include Edgardo Angara, Rodolfo Biazon, Jose Estrada, Francis Escudero, Richard Gordon, Gregorio Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Lito Lapid, Loren Legarda, Ana Consuelo Madrigal, Ramon Revilla, Manuel Roxas II and Juan Miguel Zubiri.

Five Senators who abstained from the vote include: Francis Pangilinan, Joker Arroyo, Alan Peter Cayetano, Pia Cayetano, Benigno Aquino III and Aquilino Pimentel Jr.

Absent were Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Antonio Trillanes IV.

Manny Villar said, “The tenure of the Senate president, as everyone knows, depends on the number of members that supports him or her. I’ve been informed this afternoon that I no longer have the support of the majority members. I now, therefore tender my resignation.” (albeit not so tenderly)

“I congratulate the new Senate president, Honorable Senator Juan Ponce Enrile,” Manny Villar said. “You, Mr. Senate President, have my support.”

Manny Villar has admitted that while his work load in the Senate will be less since he no longer holds the post of Senate President, he will still be active in the chambers of the Senate in support of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, and that just because he resigned doesn’t mean he will keep quiet in the halls of the Senate. Of course, Manny Villar has also admitted that he will have more time to spend with his family and prepare for his campaign for the Philippine Presidential elections in 2010.

And while it may seem that Manny Villar resigned to prepare for his 2010 presidential campaign, the move by a majority of the Senators to oust Manny Villar as Senate President also has to do with the discrepancies involving Manny Villar with regards to the national budget. Apparently, Manny Villar made a double-entry on the budget for the expansion of the C5 highway, and there are also incidents that suggest Manny Villar pushed for budgets on public work projects that directly benefit his real esate interests.

Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada was rumored to be part of the Senate coup, but the majority of the Senators insisted that Joseph Estrada had no hand in the coup. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also said that Malacanang Palace did not have anything to do with the move against ousting Manny Villar. I don’t really see why they would want to have a hand in that anyway since it looks like Manny Villar went on self-destruct mode.

If Joseph Estrada were to have any involvement, it might have been as lending an ear as a caring father to his son Senate President Pro-Tempore Jose Estrada when the latter bitched about work during dinner and drinks. Former President Joseph Estrada may have also given his son Jose Estrada a double shot of Johnnie Walker Blue to aid in impairing the judgment of Senate President Pro-Tempore Jose Estrada. However, there is no real evidence to say that Jose Estrada was intoxicated or under the influence of Johnnie Walker Blue when he nominated Juan Ponce Enrile as Senate President.

In any case, Manny Villar has claimed – “I’m free!” Taken with a grain of salt and MSG, Manny Villar‘s exasperated sigh of relief might send the wrong kind of message to start of his campaign. What are you free from, Manny? Free from responsibility? How do you expect to make a good President for the Philippines when you are relieved when made free from any national responsibility?

Better yet – how do you intend to become a good Philippine President when at this early stage of the ball game, you don’t have the support of the Senate majority? Well, good luck in building your slate for 2010. It looks like you might lack a few slots in the Senator category, but if you really need one more – I’m here for you! 30 million pesos lang, kaya ko na panalunin iyan! Kahit 3 gives.

Philippine Lifestyle: Rogue Magazine’s Art Issue Is Just Awesome!

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine Events, Philippine Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Christina Bartges on Cover of Rogue November Issue

Christina Bartges on Cover of Rogue November Issue

I had my misgivings about the October issue of Rogue Magazine, and felt that the guys at Rogue didn’t really come up with the meat-y, rogue-ish articles I had been accustomed to since the beginning of Rogue.
However, the November 08 issue of Rogue – The Art Issue – has got me back to giving raves and praises with what they put out. Of course, anything with regards to art is already very rogue to begin with, but then the perennial tug-of-war between the definition and bounds of art will always be a tricky subject, and one that won’t be a very easy pill to swallow. There’s just so much going on with art and its many expressions that make it difficult to conclude a sense of finality on the subject matter, but then it’s also a great reason to go nuts in pushing it to the limit, threshing out everything that can be said about it without having to exhaust oneself by saying too much.
I sincerely believe that Rogue has done well in tackling the subject of art, providing many substantial elements about Philippine art and artists and then some. The articles were well-conceived and the artists they featured give a fresh look to the Philippine art scene. Just when you thought the art scene was fading, Rogue gives a refresher on its vitality, and manages to capture the essence of the scene – well, at least Rogue has gone beyond the surface.

I read the magazine from cover to cover, and from the start of the issue with The Editor’s Letter of Jose Mari Ugarte, I was already grabbed by the balls. In a nice way. Jose Mari Ugarte did a fantastic job in explaining the process of piecing together the November issue of Rogue Magazine, and his insight to the orchestration of the process of magazine-making is a great story on its own.

I also enjoyed the piece on Kawayan De Guia written by Jay Abastillas. While I still think the transcription of interviews doesn’t really come up as an article, and looks like a style bludgeoned to death by FHM, there are times when it can work. I believe Jay Abastillas was lucky to have found such an awesome subject as Kawayan De Guia and he managed to string together great questions which really brought out the person and artist in Kawayan De Guia.
I also enjoyed the article on recyclable trash being turned into art, written by Audrey Carpio. Well, I might be a bit bias to favor Audrey Carpio since she’s been my Scrabble-mate before Scrabulous was taken away from Facebook, but she really does well in putting the piece together, giving the readers a sense of importance to how garbage and art contribute to our lives in the world. She gives that connection instead of just being subjective about the topic, and allows the readers to be connected to the subject because, at one point or another, we too are responsible for garbage. It’s really nice how Audrey Carpio fits it all in for her readers to understand what’s going on at a very personal level, and leaves the challenge to the reader to take part in the problem-solving of recyclable garbage and art without being too preachy about it. Very well-crafted words there.
I also got hooked on the awesome collage of Filipina artists – Nikki Luna, Lara De Los Reyes, Hanna Pettyjohn, Bea Valdes, Isa Lorenzo, Yasmin Sison, MM Yu, Bea Camacho et al, and at the very awesome piece on Rogue’s November cover girl Christina Bartges by Paolo Lorenzana. Of course, the pictures of Christina Bartges were just mind-blowing – just like what I would expect of Rogue.
Lastly, the best part of the November issue is the inclusion of my picture at The Wire section of Rogue. The picture was taken during the September wrap-party and birthday party of Rogue magazine’s marketing director Katrina Tuason. It was an unflattering picture, but I guess it’s my own fault for stinging out my tongue like that for the picture. After all, I should take full responsibility for my own actions (tongue-sticking and all) in front of any camera. At least, my kids thought it was really cool that everyone else was smiling and looking pretty, and I had my tongue stuck out.
“Dada looks like a rockstar!”
I can’t argue with that.
Anyway, grab the November issue of Rogue Magazine – out on stands now. For subscriptions, you may call M-Express at 852-0000.

Philippine Sports: Manny Pacquiao Striptease!

Posted in Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , on November 7, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Manny Pacquiao and fan Sofie Garrucho ("borrowed" from Sofie's Flickr)

Manny Pacquiao and fan Sofie Garrucho

It’s confirmed! Manny Pacquiao is involved in a striptease scandal!

Well, the big boys from the World Boxing Council (WBC) are getting all hyped up over Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, and have got Manny Pacquiao involved in a strip tease. The WBC is charging Manny Pacquiao $130,000 total to cover a $30,000 fighting fee or something, and another $100,000 for some other boxing fee. If Manny Pacquiao fails to comply with the request at a given deadline, then the WBC will have no choice, but to loosen the WBC Belts of Manny Pacquiao and strip him off it.

The WBC has made every effort to get in touch with Manny Pacquiao, who has been very busy training for the fight against boxing great Oscar De La Hoya, in what many boxing fans and boxing experts have dubbed as The Dream Match.

The Dream Match between Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar Dela Hoya is a non-tile fight, and takes place on December 9, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao-De La Hoya Tickets and Ringside Seats are still available, but they’re getting to be more expensive as the date grows nearer. Why is that?

Anyway, Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar De La Hoya may not be a title bout, but then if Manny Pacquiao doesn’t settle his bill with the big boys of the World Boxing Council, he may not even have a title at all. Certainly, Manny Pacquiao has the cash to afford the $130,000. That’s just about the same budget Manny Pacquiao uses for his poker bankroll, and just about the same amount he gambles with at the billiard tables.

Dear Manny Pacquiao – neighbor, idol, champ – please pay your bill to the WBC. On behalf of the Filipino people, we don’t want you to get involved in a Manny Pacquiao stripper, strip-tease scandal involving the stripping of your belt. Di ka na champ niyan? Baka maging chump ka na lang!


Philippine Lifestyle: Ruffa Mae Quinto Is Rogue Magazine’s Latest Cover Girl

Posted in Duke420 Articles, Philippine Lifestyle with tags , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by South Arts Festival
Ruffa Mae Quinto on Rogue's October Cover

Ruffa Mae Quinto on Rogue

Ever since the first Rogue Magazine came out, I was floored. I found Rogue Magazine so awesome that I read everything from cover to cover, and really took in the well-researched and well-written articles. The people behind Rogue Magazine, I must say, have been doing a very wonderful job at coming up with a great magazine that really differentiates and stands out among other men’s lifestyle magazines. However…

I must confess that I am pretty disappointed with the latest issue. No offense to Chad Rialp (you are a cool guy), but the piece on Gary Lising was very “on the surface.” In fact, I don’t even think it’s an article because it ended up just being a question and answer article. Where the hell is the creativity in that? I mean – that’s not an article – That’s just transcription! I’m sure Gary Lising had all these fantastic things to tell about people he met and the stories behind it, but to just put it out verbatim from the tape recorder is just not my cup of tea when it comes to writing. I’m sorry to say this to the guys at Rogue Magazine, but for a moment there you went down to the level of FHM.

Also, I didn’t learn anything new at all about Ruffa Mae Quinto except her long list of involvements, which just made Rogue Magazine look like a showbiz tabloid. Great actress blah-blah-blah, but that’s all been said and done even in other magazines. Earl Ignacio made a decent attempt at making a funny story out of it, but it ends up being all about him and nothing at all about Ruffa Mae Quinto, who just happens to be the cover girl. I mean – you should write something that focuses on the cover girl, no? Some high school essays are even better than that. Once again, I hate to say it, but it went down to the level of FHM.

Even the dudes who wrote on Filipino humor and whatever – nothing new. That’s something we already know, and in fact has been written about several times over. Argh. I don’t want to complain anymore.

When I purchase an issue of Rogue Magazine, I’m always hoping to find something that stands out – pictures and especially the articles. I don’t even mind that the articles go for 8 pages because I love the fact that everything is talked about and nothing is missed. Refer back to the articles on Rene Knecht, BongBong Marcos, Mar Roxas, Shawn Yao, The Boracay Establishment and so many more. That’s the kind of writing I hope to find each time.

And of course the pictures! I love the fact that the pictures in Rogue Magazine give that edgy BOOM! Well, the ape stole the show, and I’m sure there are a lot of other pictures you could’ve considered, but I guess you decided to play safe.

Anyway, I hope you guys over at Rogue Magazine are not going soft! And I certainly hope the November issue of Rogue Magazine will be a lot better. With the stuff that I know it’s capable of churning out – edgy, meaty, gritty, controversial and notorious – you know, Rogue-ish!

PS- The midgets versus the gays – that was hilarious!

Philippine Sports: Philippine Girls Football Team To Play In Asian Football Confederation Qualifiers

Posted in All About The Philippines, Duke420 Articles, Philippine News, Philippines Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by South Arts Festival

I am a fan of football – the REAL football where you actually use your foot to control the ball – or what the Americans defined as soccer. Apparently, their brand of American Football has nothing to do with the foot.

Anyway, as a fan of football, I really sincerely hope that the Philippines would develop this sport because it could be something that we could be good at. Height is definitely not such a big requirement. After all, everything is equal when the ball is on the ground and at your feet.

Well I read an interesting article in the Manila Bulletin today that announced that the Philippines would be sending a Philippine Girls Team to compete in the Under-16 category for the Asian Football Confederation Qualifiers. The AFC is the Asian version of the UEFA Champions League, and it’s definitely a very prestigious football tournament that will be a great experience for the girls participating.

According to the reports in the Manila Bulletin, it will be the first time that a Philippine National Football Team for the Under-16 category was ever put up. Well, at least for girls. If I recall correctly, there was a point in the past when there was an Under-16 Philippine National Team for boys, which competed in the Gothia Cup and Helsinki Cup, and even won. But that’s another story.

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Kali Navea-Huff, Cara Abaya, Marie Navea-Huff ("borrowed" from Kali's Facebook Pics)

In any case, 25 girls were named to the
Philippine Girls National Football Team (Under-16). These talented girls are: Sabrina Nierras (La Salle-Zobel), Ina Palacios (Colegio de San Agustin), Marie Nicole De Leon (Colegio de San Agustin), Camille Rodriguez (Miriam College), Natalie Nisce (Assumption), Sharlene Constantino (Miriam), Cara Abaya (Assumption), Stephanie Bantoc (South Hill), Ira De La Cruz (Woodrose), Monica Manalansan (Colegio de San Agustin), Catherine Orsolino (St. Paul University-Pasig), Micaela Romero (Poveda), Kristina Vergara (Poveda), Paulina Abadilla (Rosehill), Kali Navea-Huff (Poveda), Marie Navea-Huff (Poveda), Patricia Punsalan (Woodrose), Dominique Scott (Miriam), Caira Tagbo (La Salle-Antipolo), Mariz Magdolot (Philippine Women’s College of Davao), Leah Cruz (La Salle-Zobel), Marie Cadayona (Ateneo de Davao) and Christina De Los Reyes (La Salle-Zobel).

The Philippine National Girls Football Team will participate in the AFC Qualifiers, which kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this coming November 8. The Philippine Team will be bracketed with the heavyweights Australia, Jordan, Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore in Group A.

National coach Casper Ian Ngo will be leading the Philippine National Girls Football Team.

Well, I certainly do hope that the girls will do well in the AFC Qualifiers. For sure, I’ll be cheering them on!

Go, Philippines!!!