Monday, November 23, 2009

Mayol New WBC Light Fly Champ By: James U. Sy Jr.

Rodel Bryan Generalao “Batang Mandaue” Mayol (B: 1981) of Mandaue City, Cebu,Philippines dethroned defending World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight champion Edgar Alejandro Sosa (B: 1979) of Mexico via 2nd round TKO last November 22, 2009 (the 23rd in manila) at the Palenque de la Feria, Chiapas, Mexico.

Mayol became the second Filipino to win a world western boxing title within the week after Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao of General Santos defeated defending champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico for the WBO welterweight title last November 14, 2009.

An accidental headbutt caused Sosa to fall to the canvas and open a cut above his cheek. The referee deducted a point from Mayol. Sosa was later hospitalized for the fractured cheekbone. Sosa said, “The only way Rodel Mayol could beat me was by intentionally fouling me. He should have been disqualified.” The camp of the Mexican boxer will be filing a protest with the WBC to change the decision to a no contest.

This was the fifth attempt by Mayol for a world title and the first successful one. Mayol improved to 26-4-1 20 KO; Sosa fell to 37-6 21 KO. Mayol was a 5 times Philippine amateur boxing champion before turning pro and joining the ALA Gym.

Sosa won the WBC light flyweight crown by beating then champion Brian Viloria via unanimous decision on April 14, 2007. He successfully defended his title eight times, the last one against Porsawan Popramook which he won via 4th round TKO on April 4, 2009.

Meanwhile, undefeated “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona of General Santos, 19, vacated his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior bantamweight crown after failing to make the weight for his bout against Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez. Sonsona weighed 117.6 lbs. on the day of the fight, exceeding the weight limit of 115 lbs. Hernandez was exactly 115 lbs.

The match, which was held on November 22, 2009 in Canada, ended in a draw and the championship was still vacant. The judges scored the fight 115-113, 113-115, 114-114. Sonsona is now 14-0-1 12 KO; Hernandez is 22-7-2 11 KO.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

UFC Heavy Champ Ill By: James U. Sy Jr.

The Scheduled title defense of 6’3”, 300-lbs. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Brock Edward Lesnar (B: 1977) against Shane Carwin on November 21, 2009 will be postponed with no clear new date yet. The champ is sick.

This was revealed by UFC President Dana White shortly after UFC 105 “Couture VS Vera” last November 14, 2009 in Manchester, England.

No specific have been given as to what is the champ’s illness. The UFC previously announced that Lesnar was suffering from mononucleosis but as it turned out that the sickness is more serious than that. Lesnar specified though that it is not cancer or AIDS. Lesnar reportedly had minor surgery last November 10, 2009 in Bismarck, N.D.

Lesnar started his fighting career in Amateur Wrestling, placing 2nd in 1999 and winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA) Championship at the University of Minnesota in 2000. He ranked the #1 heavyweight in the Big Ten Conference, also in 2000.

From Amateur wrestling, Lesnar shifted to Professional Wrestling. He joined the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where he became a 3 time champion and the youngest to hold the title that point in time. He was also the 2002 King of the Ring and the winner of the 2003 WWE Royal Rumble.

In 2004, he left WWE. The following year, he returned to Professional Wrestling via the New Japan Pro Wrestling and won the IWGP Heavyweight title in a three-way match on October 8, 2005 in the Tokyo Dome by pinning Masahiro Chono. Thiis made him one of a few American wrestlers to have held the title. He made a successful defense of his crown against former IWGP heavyweight champion Shinsuke Nakamura on January 4, 2006, former Sumo grand champion Akebono on March 19, 2006 at the Sumo Hall, and New Japan Cup winner Giant Bernard on May 3, 2006 in Fukuoka. He was stripped of the title in July 2006.

Lesnar made his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut on June 2, 2007 at the K-1 Dynamite!! USA where he submitted Min Soo Kim due to strikes in 1:09 of the 1st round. He trained with Minnesota Martial Arts Academy under Greg Nelson, and University of Minnesota Assistant Head wrestling coach Marty Morgan for the fight.

Lesnar made his octagon debut at UFC 81: Breaking Point, where he initially dominated then UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir before being caught in a kneebar, forcing him to tap at 1:30 of the 1st round. Since then Lesnar won his next three fights against Heath Herring on August 9, 2008 (UFC 87), Randy Couture on November 15, 2008 (UFC 91) via 2nd round TKO, and Frank Mir on July 11, 2009 (UFC 100) via 2nd round TKO. He captured the UFC heavyweight title in his fight with Couture and the undisputed crown with Mir. Lesnar now has an MMA record of 4-1.

Lesnar is the second man in Nevada's combat sports history to wear4XL gloves, next to Choi Hong-Man. He is married to former WWE star Sable.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tribe War a Success By: James U. Sy Jr.

Tribe W.A.R. (Warriors’ Art Rumble) V was held successfully by Tribu Hangaway Philippines of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr., 6th Degree Black Belt, in cooperation with the Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter and the Intercontinental Federation of Filipino Martial Arts Schools (IFFMAS) last October 17, 2009, at the Function Room (in front of Cinema 4), Gaisano Bacolod Supermall, Arantea St., Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod City.

Overall champion was Tribu Hangaway Philippines of Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. with a 3-4 win-loss streak. 2nd to 4th places were Affinity of Coach Chester Laquian (3-3), Submission Sports Philippines (SSP)-Bacolod Team under Adrian Hillana (3-0), and Tumbatsu Strikes and Submissions (Iloilo City) of Club Head Gilton Solis (1-2).

RESULTS: John Lacson of Affinity, 115 lbs., over Obrienne Vidal of TH, 105 lbs. Luigino Lacson of Affinity, 125 lbs., over Jasper Vidad of TH. Arnel Baldelovar of Tumbatsu over Inno Espende of TH. Alan Mario Facturan of TH, 130 lbs., over Robert Canlas of Affinity, 125 lbs. (Men’s gi). Nikki Dionela of TH, 120 lbs., over Solidad Alcuizar of Affinity, 110 lbs. (Women’s gi). Michael Regalado of SSP-BT, 155 lbs., over Archie Doroteo of Tumbatsu, 155 lbs., via tapout at 1:32 of the 1st round with an armbar. Rameses Aloro of SSP-BT, 128 lbs., over Gilton solis of Tumbatsu, 127 lbs., via tapout at 4:41 of the 1st round with armbar. Jojo Casilao of Affinity over Edmund Acosilo of TH. Richard Dulaca of TH over Gino Ledesma of Affinity (Men’s gi). Adrian Hillana of SSP-BT, 170 lbs., over Pierre Ponce of Tumbatsu, 160 lbs., via tapout at 1:40 of the 1st round with triangle choke.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Tapondo International Federation Inc. (TIFI)-Bacolod Chapter led by Mr. Jerry de la Cruz showed self defense techniques against various street attacks. Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, Founder of Sacred Ki Art of Filipino Foot Fighting, performed two Karate kata from Shuri-te and Goju-ryu. Founders/Masters James U. Sy Jr. and Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado of Conceptual Martial arts society (CMAS), Inc. demonstrated CMAS seated self defense techniques against the knife.

OFFICIALS: Founder/Master Roy R. Flores Sr. (Tournament Director), Founder/Master Narciso “Hansy” L. Alojado, Founder/Master Ricardo P. Filipinas, and Coach Chester Laquian (Referees), Founder/Master James U. Sy Jr. (Emcee), and Jerry de la cruz and Jessie Honor (Table Officials).

Tribe W.A.R. has been conceptualized by Master Flores for all those who wants to compete but are tentative in entering Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events. The rules being used is an eclectic blend of established grappling competition rules.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

AAC, TDI, & VICMICO Dunganon Awardees By: James U. Sy Jr.

Three companies of the Lucio Tan Group of Companies (LTCG), namely Asian Alcohol Corporation (AAC), Tanduay Distillers Inc. (TDI), & Victorias Milling (VICMICO), were recognized by the Office of the Governor of Negros Occidental as among the five Dunganon Awardees in the corporate category during the Cinco de Noviembre Cultural Show held last November 5, 2009 at the Provincial Park, Bacolod City.

The Dunganon Award is given to outstanding Negrense companies which have consistently responded to the province’s revenue generation campaign by paying their taxes religiously and promptly.

Monday, November 2, 2009

160 Murcia Tanods Trained By: James U. Sy Jr.

160 of Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) underwent the 2-day training "Professionalization of the Barangay Tanod sponsored by the Municipality of Murcia under Hon. Mayor Estaban “Sonny” Coscolluela and the department of interior and Local Government (DILG) on Oct 21-22 (1st batch) and 26-27, 2009 (2nd batch) in Murcia, Negros Occidental.

Dr. Raymund Antonio A. Maguad, PTRP, MD, Murcia Municipal Health Officer (MHO), and Lafayette “Laf” A. Diamante, RN, Public Health Nurse-Murcia, taught first aid and transfers, which are very important skills needed by brgy. tanods during rescue operations during fires and calamities. Dr. Maguad and Diamante are Chapter Heads in the Conceptual Martial Arts Society (CMAS), Inc.

Master Luciano “Nick” Montoya, 5th Degree Black Belt, Founder of the Murcia Martial Arts Center (MMAC), Arnis and arresting techniques to the brgy. tanods for the orderly and safe apprehension of violators of peace and order and suspected criminals.

Hon. SB Atty. Gerry Vera lectured on citizen arrest. Other topics covered include fire prevention discussed by the Bureau of Fire, intelligence by the Philippine national Police (PNP), and team building by the Local Government (DILG).

Officials present during the first day of the training were Hon. Mayor Estaban “Sonny” Coscolluela and his wife Mr. Judith Coscolluela, Hon. SB Atty. Gerry Vera, Hon. SB Gerry Roxas, and Hon. SB Rene Sanggoy.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

85 Laura Vicuña Trainees Finish M.A. Course By: James U. Sy Jr.

85 trainees from the Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) completed their self defense course in Adino (Eznite) Combat and received their certificates of training last October 23, 2009 in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

The training was conducted by Founder/Master Romeo G. Banas of Red Musang Self Defense Combat Sports, 7th Degree Black Belt, and Founder/Chief Instructor Ian Negrido of Bassdumas (Baston Sipa Sumbag Dumog Martial Arts Society), 5th Degree Black Belt, both of whom had been part of Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) in molding the youth into better citizens for the past 6 years. The training usually starts during the last week of August or first week of September until October before the First Semester ends.

Some of the trainees were awarded certificate of rank promotion and certificates of recognition.
Those cited for their performances were Manny Barcelona, Ayiene Jemcs Gumawa, and Joemar Perje (Best in Arnis), Medalyn Latoza (Best in Adino Combat), Christine Alvarez and Arlene Diacono (Best in Sparring), Mary Rose Ababon (Best in Gun Disarming), and Alles Florentino and Mia Gardoce (Best in Bladed Weapon Disarming).

The sisters, faculty, and staff who gave support to the youth’s training were School Directress Sr. Marilu Villanueva, FMA, Technical Directress Sr. Ma. Guia S. Asparen, FMA, School Treasurer Sr. Jacinta Inguillo, FMA, School Registrar Sr. Linda Villanueva, FMA, Marie Mae Jabatan-Ilisan, Ruby Ann Bayuran, Ruby Tupaz, Ma J V. Halea, Jonalyn Saludo, and Lendyl Seva.

The 85 graduates came from a total of 3 courses subdivided into 5 sections. Graduates for Commercial Cooking - Palomino were Sheilla Mae C. Aldas, Lourdes D. Alimon, Jenrose P. Almodiel, April Rose S. Alvarez, Ronald B. Ame, Johnna Mae B. Bedra, Valerie Ann G. Belandres, Elsie Q. Bustamante, Mariju Amor G. Ditchella, Arlene C. Espinosa, Ayiene Jemcs H. Gumawa, Junwin M. Junatas, Jeizon G. Pastor, Jessmar B. Perez, Michelle May F. Raboy, Rayzel A. Sadia, Gina P. Verbo, Kristine B. Villanueva, Rose Marie J. Villanueva, Elvy D. Villaruel, and Mylyn P. Zerrudo.

Graduates for Commercial Cooking - Morano were Cherry C. Aboyo, Chareza L. Alvarez, Rose An T. Beboso, Arlene C. Diacono, Riza A. Domogho, Nae D. Espinosa, Alles B. Florentino, Aira Mae B. Gulmatico, Rose Ann V. Lansangan, Angielyn S. Lobaton, Memcy D. Manong, Rose Ann S. Navarro, Johna M. Oquila, Christel Joy D. Pedrola, Joemar S. Perje, Joan O. Romal, Regie John E. Sermonia, Elizabeth P. Solatorio, John Carlo D. Tubida, Ben Henel B. Tumbaga, Jelyn C. Villanueva, and Lolita V. Villanueva.

Graduates for Office Technology - Valse were Ladel F. Absalon, Winona G. Beral, Lyzter Jun O. Castillo, Ricardo Cabrera, Ma. Melojane B. Dalmacio, Sherame A. Dumaicos, Elva A. Eballo, Mia G. Gardoce, Medalyn L. Latoza, Erlyn I. Maquilan, Albert P. Matrimonio, Meryl Marie F. Raboy, and Rachel Joy D. Tabanao.

Graduates for Office Technology - Romero were Mary Rose V. Ababon, Manny D. Barcelona, Ramelyn D. Belarmino, Micah Betita, Berlyn Joy Ann O. Castro, Shaira M. Detecio, Reah A. Dianala, Daina Rose A. Dumaicos, John Michael C. Francisco, Leslie Q. Jamandre, Jinx S. Mondejar, Romel T. Panggo, Ma. Althea G. Real, Jun Rey C. Reyes, and Catherine A. Tangayan.

Graduates for Garments Trade - Mazarello were Christine S. Alvarez, Ma. Nestlee S. Belgera, Cristina A. Camilo, Maricel B. Casama, Arjan Mae P. Castro, Rio Marie C. Copior, Dyna Joy D. Diadio, Lady Le P. Laurente, Mary Joy L. Libo-on, Bonna May A. Mapiscay, Pamela F. Monterde, Edna O. Recodo, Nilda O. Vargas, and Loreza N. Zaspa.

The Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center (LVWDTC) is a Tesda accredited institution catering primarily to the children of farmers in the nearby haciendas of Malihao, Victorias City, Cadiz City, Manapla, Sagay City, EB Magalona, Talisay City and as far as Bacolod City. The training center is offering one-year courses in Hotel and Restaurant Training Services which includes Competency Based Curriculum in Commercial Cooking and Housekeeping, Garments Trade - Dressmaking and Tailoring, and Front Office Services and Bookkeeping.

The Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Laura Vicuña Foundation work together in providing quality education through these courses which are the primary step to ensure immediate employment and upliftment of the students from poverty.

Laura Vicuña Women Development and Training Center is located at Hda. Malihao in Victorias City, an agricultural area surrounded by sugarcane about three kilometers away from Victorias Milling Company (VICMICO) and seven kilometers from the city proper. The center is now on its 10th year of operation.