Petecio wins silver medal at the Olympics

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2021   •   582

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

At least 17 injured after knife attack on Tokyo train

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 1, 2021

A 24-year-old man dressed as the Joker character from the Batman comics attacked passengers on a Tokyo subway on Sunday (October 31), injuring at least 17 passengers and sending people scrambling to escape.

The suspect reportedly stabbed a passenger then attempted to set the train on fire. Some of the passengers  climbed through the train’s windows to get away from the attacker. The incident happened in Keio Line train near Kokuryo Station in the city of Tokyo.

Twitter posts showed a video of passengers running through carriages away from the fire. Media reports say the suspects was immediately arrested.

The incident was the the second knife attack on a Tokyo train in three months.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Japan confirmed that no Filipino was injured or affected by the incident. AAC

 

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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.

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