Mindanao pugs off to U.S.
MONDAY, 16 AUGUST 2010 00:00
by Moses Billacura
Four Mindanao boxers—three from Panabo and another from Calinan, Davao City are flying to the U.S. this week for a three-week training starting on August 19.
The Panaboans are setting their eyes for medals in the Tammer Cup in October in Finland while Nesty Petecio and other members of the women’s team will be competing in the World Boxing Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados.
But the big thing they are really after are the medals at stake in the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
We have high hopes that Laos SEA Games gold medalist Charly Suarez, one of the shining examples of how successful the Brgy. Una Boxing Program is, will stay fit and be smarter for the bigger tournaments. Brothers Rey and Victorio Saludar will also be on the plane along with Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.
So excited about the outcome of the training and crossing her fingers when the monitoring starts on the boys’ performance is Brgy. Una Boxing Program executive director Gene Rose Tecson, who handles the day-to-day administrative operation of the amateur boxing development program.
“We hope that they will be able to deliver the first Olympic gold for the country and it’ll come from Mindanao!,” said Gene Rose who got the additional job of taking care of the fighters when then congressman Tony Boy Floirendo created the program.
“Sir Tonyboy is committed to helping grassroots boxing and once again we will be calling on all the clubs in the Southern Mindanao region so we can help each other develop more talented boxers. We also wish to thank PLDT-Smart for their support of the Philippine Boxing Team,” she added.
As for Nesty Petecio of Calinan, the ABAP-Calinan Chapter officers led by Councilor Jose Louie Villafuerte hope, too, that their lady fighter will do well during the training and in the tournament.
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Happy birthday to Neil Bravo, who is currently on “sportswriting leave” to focus on a higher calling. He is at the Ateneo de Manila University which has been his “home” for months until he finishes his law review in preparation for the country’s toughest exam, the Bar.
The same warm greetings to my cousin Phobie R. Faranal and Philippine Star sportswriter Joey Villar, who helped us in the media coverage of the Mindanao Children’s Games, a sports for peace program cut short when the Philippine Sports Commission no longer had a Mindanaoan as its head.
Maybe, newly-appointed PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia of Bacolod and the Board of Commissioners will show some “concern” for Mindanao. What do you think, Joey?