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KID KULAFU: Truthful Pacquiao Bio

Sardo (Cesar Montano) set up Manny (Buboy Villar) for impromptu match in his yard. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Sardo (Cesar Montano) set up Manny (Buboy Villar) for impromptu match in his yard. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Jude Bautista

They never really said who they were dozens of men with M16 rifles; they could have been CAFGU, the military or even the rebels. To the family of Manuel (Bon Andrew Lentejas) barely 5 years old all they knew was that they should be scared when they descended on their isolated nipa hut in the mountains. The children huddled together with their mother Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi) as the strange man (Alvin Anson) approached her. He asked for food and politely wondered if she had seen other armed men in the area. Although their own resources were scarce, Dionisia readily gave them even the fish she had been cooking for her own brood.

Alvin Anson (CHDF Leader); after KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Alvin Anson (CHDF Leader); after KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Everyone knows about the poverty in Manny Pacquiao’s childhood. But here in this latest biopic directed by Paul Soriano. We see that violence was something that surrounded him even as a child. Living in the remote areas of Southern Cotabato, the Pacquiao family was no stranger to armed conflict raging around them. They could have been one of the many people, victimized or lost their lives in the many battles between armed groups and the Philippine military (not unlike what happened with SAF 44 in Mamasapano).

Rosalio (Alex Medina) saves young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Rosalio (Alex Medina) saves young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Extreme poverty, violence these are just a few of the things People’s champ Manny Pacquiao had to overcome as a child. The film’s story highlights the many unknown people that have aided, molded him into who he is today. The difference between KID KULAFU and other biopics that have already been produced is that it never shirked from the difficult and painful past of Manny. It actually sheds light in even more adversities that he and his family faced.

from left: Manny Pacquiao & Director Paul Soriano; After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Manny Pacquiao & Director Paul Soriano; After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Credit should be given to writer director Paul Soriano and screenwriter Froi Medina. They sought out the many details and experiences that shaped not just the Greatest Filipino fighter but possibly the Greatest Boxer of all time. These are the seminal experiences that built his body, strength and most of all his character.

from right: Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi), Manuel (Buboy Villar), Ruel (Patrick Carrera) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from right: Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi), Manuel (Buboy Villar), Ruel (Patrick Carrera) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

That’s how KID KULAFU succeeds it brings us to that time and place when his life was hard. This is his humble roots and daily problems that millions of his countrymen experience to this day. That’s why he’s become a strong symbol of hard work, love of family, the Philippines and even faith in God.

Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dionisia (Alessandra De Rossi); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Struggling Parents: Alessandra De Rossi & Alex Medina

Rosalio (Alex Medina) for example has always been accused of being an absentee father to Manny and his brood in many articles. In this film however we see that he tried to be a responsible and even caring parent. Rosalio’s meager wage was never enough to provide for his family, which was a constant source of conflict.

Alex Medina is Rosalio. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Alex Medina is Rosalio. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Alessandra De Rossi’s performance as the very outspoken Dionisa was nothing less than powerful to the point of accurate realism. To call Aling Dionisia a nag would be an understatement. But considering the state they were in and her own efforts in providing for the family, you can hardly blame her for being that way too.

Before he could fight in the ring he had to fight for Aling Dionisia’s (Alessandra De Rossi) approval. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Before he could fight in the ring he had to fight for Aling Dionisia’s (Alessandra De Rossi) approval. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Due to their youth and long history of realistic portrayals in Cinemalaya you could see why Alex Medina and Alessandra were cast as Manny’s parents. Medina gave Rosalio an all too human face, especially when he could no longer bear the daily tirades and left the family. It wasn’t a justification for him leaving nor was it an attack on Dionisia but rather recognition of the dire situation they were in.

Dionisia beats Manuel (Buboy Villar) to make him stop boxing. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dionisia beats Manuel (Buboy Villar) to make him stop boxing. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One thing that Dionisia passed on to Manny in spite of all the poverty and ignorance was the gift of FAITH. She wanted him to be a priest, but even as a young boy helping feed his brood he knew that it was next to impossible. The Lord had other grand plans for him. So no matter the adversity Manny knew that the power of prayer was something he could rely on to overcome them.

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) was knocked down on his first amateur fight but still had enough courage to get up and win the fight. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar’s Steely Determination

Buboy Villar is the perfect age for Manny in KID KULAFU. He was young enough to be boyish and old enough to throw and take punches. He was on the cusp of manhood trying to survive in a very harsh and unforgiving world. Buboy was also in a boxing film in Cinemalaya that featured kids made to fight sometimes to the death by an underground syndicate. It was entitled: CHILDREN’S SHOW directed by Roderick Cabrido and written by Ralston Jover. More important than the physical preparation for that role, is the mental state of desperation that pushes someone to get into boxing or underground fighting.

from right: Dizon (Jake Macapagal), Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from right: Dizon (Jake Macapagal), Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar (left) really looks like teenaged Manny Pacquiao (right). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy Villar (left) really looks like teenaged Manny Pacquiao (right). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Buboy was actually a famous child star; he has a strong semblance to the Manny Pacquiao of that age, with pugilists’ nose and somewhat thick lips. His frame and body size is almost exact of the gaunt Pacquiao from old black and white photos at age 16. In spite of the not so intimidating physical features it’s the steely determination in the eyes that Buboy was able to replicate. The film rested on Buboy’s young shoulders and he more than lived up to expectations.

from left: Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Boxing Coaches: Cesar Montano and Jake Macapagal

Sometimes there are people in your life who change you, who set you onto a path. Usually you don’t even know it while it’s happening, you only realize it looking back. Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) is one of those people for Manny. He is Dionisia’s cousin and for Filipinos, at least one relative or extended family always have a strong influential role. Since Dionisia’s unofficial separation, she had to seek the help of her cousin in providing for her 4 growing kids: Isidra (Iris Sanchez), Manuel (Buboy Villar), Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan) & Ruel (Patrick Carrera). Buboy Villar’s younger brother Christian Dave played the toddler aged Ruel.

Pacquiao brothers from right: Ruel (Patrick Carrera), Manuel (Buboy Villar) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan) watch boxing intently on Tio Sardo’s TV. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Pacquiao brothers from right: Ruel (Patrick Carrera), Manuel (Buboy Villar) and Bobby (Niño Robert Bayungan) watch boxing intently on Tio Sardo’s TV. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo was obsessed with boxing. Manny’s first glimpse of the sport was through an old Betamax tape of an aging Mike Tyson about to be KO’d by Buster Douglas. Sardo’s passion was infectious and needless to say was fire in the eyes of an adolescent Manuel. Jake Macapagal’s role Dizon on the other hand was the very first real boxing coach whose son Abner (Jomari Angeles) became Manny’s teammate and close friend.

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) was obsessed with boxing and was an early influence on the young Manuel. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Given the limitations of running time we know that not all details could be included. Congressman Lito Atienza however is an undeniable figure and influencer in Manny’s life that was omitted. His youth boxing program as Manila mayor was one that saved him from the streets. Manny openly considers Atienza as a second father. Perhaps it could be rectified with the sequel.

Archi Adamos (Mang Ising); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Archi Adamos (Mang Ising); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The cast is actually composed of great character actors much loved on stage, TV, movies and the indie scene: Lou Veloso (Mang Polding), Ruby Ruiz (Midwife) Jess Evardone (Boxing Promoter), Garry Lim (Mang Boy), Flor Salanga (Miss Remy), Archi Adamos (Mang Ising), Leon Miguel (CHDF Soldier), and Mel Kimura (Mrs. Farcon).

Mang Boy (Garry Lim) is owner of the neighborhood Betamax Rental shop. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Mang Boy (Garry Lim) is owner of the neighborhood Betamax Rental shop. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Lou Veloso (Mang Polding); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Lou Veloso (Mang Polding); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Two distinguished film directors are also in this prestigious list, also as actors: Jun Urbano (Mang Emong) and Efren Reyes Jr. (Mang Ben).

Efren Reyes (Mang Ben); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Efren Reyes Jr. (Mang Ben); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

From his humble roots to one of the top endorsers in the country here’s an ad from Rexona Men. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rexona-Men/470852596347707?fref=ts

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IF only to witness the greatness that is to be Manny Pacquiao, fans should see this film. The information is accurate and detailed enough to be a resource for all sports writers and biographers alike.

KID KULAFU will also be distributed to theaters in CANADA and U.S.. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny Pacquiao as The Fighter of the Decade giving thanks to God. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny Pacquiao as The Fighter of the Decade giving thanks to God. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Eugene (Khalil Ramos); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Eugene (Khalil Ramos); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dizon (Jake Macapagal) trains Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Dizon (Jake Macapagal) trains Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Two directors: Jun Urbano and Efren Reyes Jr. are part of this very prestigious cast as actors. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Two directors: Jun Urbano and Efren Reyes Jr. are part of this very prestigious cast as actors. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Baste (Igi Boy Flores). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Baste (Igi Boy Flores). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

KID KULAFU will also be distributed to theaters in CANADA and U.S.. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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The real Manny Pacquiao in his teens. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The real Manny Pacquiao in his teens. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Digos teammate Abner (Jomari Angeles) also wins.  After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Digos teammate Abner (Jomari Angeles) also wins. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Manny (Buboy Villar) had to be part of the DIGOS team instead of his native Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manny (Buboy Villar) had to be part of the DIGOS team instead of his native Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Manuel (Buboy Villar) had a providential dream. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

The whole town watched Manny (Buboy Villar) win his first international belt on TV. Manny defeated Chokchai Chockvivat to earn the OPBF Flyweight title. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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1st victory in the amateurs by Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

1st victory in the amateurs by Manuel (Buboy Villar). After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One of the many biblical quotations that have inspired Manny Pacquiao. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

One of the many biblical quotations that have inspired Manny Pacquiao. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Buboy Villar captured Manny’s steely-eyed determination. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) takes a swig of KULAFU. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

Tio Sardo (Cesar Montano) takes a swig of KULAFU. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left: Eugene (Khalil Ramos) & Manuel (Buboy Villar); After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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Manny (Buboy Villar), Abner (Jomari Angeles) rode on top jeep to get from Gen San to Digos. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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from left: Abner (Jomari Angeles) and Manuel (Buboy Villar) jog in the hills of Gen San. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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One of Manuel’s (Buboy Villar) early victories in Manila. After KID KULAFU’s successful run in the Philippines it will also be released in the U.S. and Canada. Click on this link for cities and release dates: http://abscbnpr.com/untold-story-of-manny-pacquiao-revealed-in-kid-kulafu/

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ME SMASH HULKBUSTER!

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J.A.R.V.I.S (JUST A RATHER VERY INTELLIGENT SYSTEM): You have accessed the secret files of TONY STARK. Hulkbuster is the specially designed armor to combat The HULK. Their most anticipated battle can be seen on AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON with a premiere night in Shang Cineplex, Shang Rila Plaza Mall, sponsored by CNN Philippines this April 22, 2015.

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AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON: what’s new

From the trailer we see that the new suit has enhanced speed, movement and agility. In spite of 11 feet in height and the heaviest add on to the ironman suit, it moves quickly in order to anticipate the HULK’s attacks. Flight was also improved to counter the HULK’s leaping abilities.

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While the breastplate armor itself is rated for impact resistance of 175 tons, just as in the Mark 42, components also break apart and reassemble themselves. This is to augment whatever damage the HULK is able to dish out. The left arm was severely damaged and was still able to function. After being stabbed by a whole stoplight pole, the arm twisted itself and was able to punch the Hulk that was behind the Hulkbuster armor.

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Fresh components from a nearby drone flew in to replace the damaged ones. The special drone floats above the fight scene far enough to be safe from the attack and yet near enough to send parts immediately. They had to do so in a matter of seconds as the HULK comes charging in for another attack.

After getting stabbed by traffic light, arm detaches and waits for components to reattach themselves. Catch Avengers Age of Ultron at Newport Cinemas in Resort’s World, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

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In spite of blast HULK still charges at Buster. Catch Avengers Age of Ultron at Newport Cinemas in Resort’s World, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

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This time the HULK is coming in with a ‘superman punch’, and Hulkbuster receives it with a punch of his own. Although his fist is reinforced with shock absorbers, the strength and power of the HULK may still defeat him. The shockwave from a hulk clap is able to cause explosions and enemies come flying off. What more from two fists colliding? Would it be the force of a nuclear explosive? The trailer goes black after that.

top left: arm detaches, components latch on and Hulkbuster gets ready for battle. Catch Avengers Age of Ultron at Newport Cinemas in Resort’s World, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.top left: arm detaches, components latch on and Hulkbuster gets ready for battle. Catch Avengers Age of Ultron at Newport Cinemas in Resort’s World, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

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Hulkbuster and HULK’s punch impact creates a powerful shockwave. Catch Avengers Age of Ultron at Newport Cinemas in Resort’s World, EASTWOOD City Mall, Lucky China Town Mall and Shang Rila Plaza mall.

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Hulkbuster Armor (Modular Add-on)

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First Appearance: Iron Man (vol. 1) #304 (May 1994)

The Hulkbuster armor is a heavy-duty exo-frame (an add-on to the Mk. XI Modular Armor) designed for maximum strength amplification at the cost of reduced versatility and mobility. As its name suggests, it was specifically designed for hand-to-hand combat with the rampaging Hulk. The armor was rated with a lift (press) capacity of 170 tons. During its maiden run, the armor enabled Stark to hold his own in sustained physical combat with the Hulk

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History

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It was used when Hulk confronted Iron Man (Tony Stark) over the production of gamma bombs when part of Stane International. The two met at a production plant. Stark acknowledged that Stane had conducted many illegal and unethical operations, but explained that this news was nothing more than a smear campaign. The two were able to settle the dispute and dismantle the plant.

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Capabilities

The armor’s magno-hydraulic pseudo-musculature provided greatly enhanced strength rated at 175 tons. Sensors were adapted to focus on detecting gamma radiation. It had impact-resistant carbon composite plating and an anchoring system. As it was an add-on, the systems of the Modular Armor were still functional.

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From http://ironmanarmory.com/hulkbusterarmor.html

“The biggest Stark armor built to date, this is suit is not an actual model, but an auxillary module for the Modular Armor, Model XII, Mark I. An exo-armor, built of impact-resistant carbon composites with a magno-hydraulic pseudomusclature rated at 175 tons, this suit fits on top of the Modular Armor–it is an extension that Iron Man, in full armor, climbs into and plugs in.”

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J.A.R.V.I.S (JUST A RATHER VERY INTELLIGENT SYSTEM): Unbeknownst to the world after their first battle Tony Stark was a changed man. There was always a lingering fear of having to battle the green monster yet again hence the continued improvements on Hulkbuster. As he re designed it, he would have nightmares screaming from the top of his lungs in the middle of the night, “ME SMASH HULKBUSTER!!”

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Mei Magsino’s Voice of Truth

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Seeing the headline on PDI woke me up in a terrible way, the broadsheet was one of the first things I saw seconds after getting up from bed. Former PDI correspondent Mei Magsino was shot dead less than 50 meters away from her apartment Monday noon April 13, 2015 in Bauan, Batangas. The photo with it was a lovely face of a woman who still had a lot to do and express taken from her family and loved ones way too soon at the age of 40.

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The story noted that she had several investigative stories one of which was critical of Governor Sanchez in 2005. The Governor later on died of a heart attack in 2010. No one can really confirm who the perpetrators are as she had created a lot of enemies from her stories that often revealed the corruption and misdeeds of the powerful. The list is long of those who had motive and opportunity to have Magsino killed.

The article also mentioned she had moved on from being a journalist to a private herbal, health and wellness business with her partner. Although the writer in her, the crusader in her to fight for her beloved town of Bauan was a fire that could not be extinguished.

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This is where social media gives someone like Mei even more power. Even though she’s not necessarily Kim Kardashian or Kanye or Bieber she had something to say and she said it well. Her commentary, sometimes just a few lines long would resonate with her town mates who saw and experienced the same things she wrote about. Her words resonated with people for the simple reason they were true.

As a writer she also saw the importance of giving others of like mind the chance to express themselves as well. That’s why instead of creating just her own personal facebook or twitter account she opted to create a public group. This allows more users to air out their grievances in a free and open manner. If her concern was to write propaganda or disparage personalities then she could have had her own personal fb fan page where only she has control.

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And so the facebook public groups she created: Barako Batangas and Taga Bauan Ka Kung… have earned thousands of likes and views. More importantly ordinary citizens and townsfolk started to write and post their own articulate and valid thoughts on these pages. The most significant posts are from Igme Hernandez and Chito Mandanas who writes in a very eloquent form of Tagalog that is indicative of their Batangas heritage. There’s no wonder that the page has become synonymous with the voice of Bauan residents. Different media are also shared by users such as music videos: ELEKSYON NA NAMAN by Freddie Aguilar. There’s also Pinoy rap video BAYANG DI MAGILIW by Hambog ng Sagpro which spoke about the same anger and frustration the residents of Bauan feel about their leaders: “PROUD AKONG PINOY pero kinahihiya ko Gobyerno ko”

A very cursory perusal of these pages and a ‘rival’ fb page will give anyone especially police authorities a good idea of who may have motive to assassinate Mei. A rival page called Keep Calm and Love Bauan was created after the success of the two pages above as a ‘response’. But because their concept of writing or communication is confined to poorly spelled, text shorthand, so the page hardly has any following or ‘likes’. The posts can hardly be considered as legitimate commentary but sound more like rants of an illiterate bent on maligning Mei Magsino personally. The rival page itself is also a very strong clue as to the kind of people that were offended with Mei’s two successful fb public groups.

While none of us could really confirm who her killers are as of yet, what we can do as netizens, especially as Filipinos is to keep her causes alive. We should support people who want to find the truth in allegations of corruption against mayor Ryanh Dolor In Bauan. We should continue to ask the same questions that Mei Magsino was asking and shedding light on.

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By killing Mei the murderers did not silence her, they shone a light of national attention on what was supposed to be a local problem actually on everything she wrote about.

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The causes she fought for in Bauan is a very clear reflection of what’s going on in the whole country: the over pricing of Makati City Hall hospitals and public schools, the acres of accumulated land and mansion of the Binays in Sta Rosa. If we don’t hold all of our leaders accountable NOW what’s going to happen to our country?

This is what she wanted of us all. Don’t just like her pages or comments join the discussion, ask questions. Make your own research, seek justice, think and write truthfully. She had the courage to do so.

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Let’s not make Mei Magsino just another statistic in the long line of journalists killed. Let’s hold PNoy accountable not just for THIS killing but also for all murders of journalists during his administration. It’s been 6 long years since the worst massacre of media people in one place: The Maguindanao Massacre. We should ask why this has not been a priority for his administration just like his failure to bring true and real governmental assistance to Yolanda victims in Tacloban.

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These are all questions we should think about and ask questions to even after we’ve tried to act and help in our private capacity. This was how Mei Magsino lived her life and this is the best way to honor her.

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Donnie Nietes: A Thrilling Champ

Donnie Nietes lands vicious overhand right and snaps Parra’s head back. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes lands vicious overhand right and snaps Parra’s head back. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Last November Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes knocked out Carlos Velarde in the 7th round. With the win he surpassed the most legendary Filipino boxer of all time Gabriel Flash Ellorde as the longest reigning Filipino champ with 35 wins, 7 consecutive successful title defenses in 7 years.

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PINOY Pride 30 D-Dayheld at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015 yielded memorable victories for the Philippines. Nonito Donaire had a stunning 2nd rd TKO victory over William Prado of Brazil. Prince Albert Pagara Retained his IBF Inter-Continental Super bantamweight title against Rodolfo Hernandez via 5th round TKO. Both Nietes and Donaire were elevated to the Flash Ellorde Hall of Fame last March 25.

People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao is joined by Nonito Donaire Jr. & Donnie Nietes in the Ellorde Hall of Fame. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu.

People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao is joined by Nonito Donaire Jr. & Donnie Nietes in the Ellorde Hall of Fame. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu.

Prince Albert Pagara successfully defends his IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Prince Albert Pagara successfully defends his IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nietes became Boxer of the Year as WBO minimum weight champion in 2008, WBO Straw weight titlist in 2009 and WBO and IBF light flyweight champion from 2010 to 2014.

Angeline Quinto sang LUPANG HINIRANG perfectly. She was certainly younger and prettier than the Mexican representative who sang MEXICANOS, AL GRITO DE GUERRA. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Angeline Quinto sang LUPANG HINIRANG perfectly. She was certainly younger and prettier than the Mexican representative who sang MEXICANOS, AL GRITO DE GUERRA. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Phil Star was able to interview Laura Ellorde about their criteria for Nietes’ Hall of Fame status, “The Elorde Hall of Fame is a distinction accorded to Boxer of the Year Awardees for seven straight years. We use seven consecutive years as the yardstick since Bai Elorde was world junior lightweight champion for seven consecutive years from 1960 to 1967.”

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The thing is Donnie plans to go way beyond that record and make his own mark in the world of boxing. Nietes plans to extend that record to ten years as WBO World Jr. Flyweight Champion. Pinoy Pride 30 D-Day held at the historic SMART Araneta Coliseum cemented Nietes’ legacy in the hearts of millions of his compatriots.

Gilberto ‘Parrito’ Parra had an impressive 80% KO record. 17 of his 22 fights were KOs. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gilberto ‘Parrito’ Parra had an impressive 80% KO record. 17 of his 22 fights were KOs. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gilberto ‘Parrito’ Parra of Sonora Mexico had a record of 19-2. He had a deadly 79% KO with 17. Although odds makers had Nietes ahead, one can never be too sure with the KO power and heart of a Mexican fighter.

from left: Parra clinches to stop the punishment. Nietes bobs & weaves under Parra’s jab, then slips to land the overhand right. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Parra clinches to stop the punishment. Nietes bobs & weaves under Parra’s jab, then slips to land the overhand right. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Trainer Edmond Villamor tells Donnie to be more patient. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Trainer Edmond Villamor tells Donnie to be more patient. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

From the very first round Donnie Nietes dictated the pace. Donnie’s punches weren’t necessarily rapid fire but more accurate and heavy. Parra would only manage to answer once in a while and would feel the impact of Niete’s punches, thus causing him to backpedal. An indication of the power of Nietes and damage it caused was Parra clinching as early as the first round. In round 2, Nietes had clearly tagged Parra but would answer with several hard body shots of his own.

from left: Parra lands body shot, Nietes returns w right cross and Parra tries to run away from barrage of heavy punches. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Parra lands body shot, Nietes returns w right cross and Parra tries to run away from barrage of heavy punches. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes lands brutal combo after combo. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes lands brutal combo after combo. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The third round saw Parra using even more of his footwork although he’d try to answer back he’d only do so with punches one at a time. Nietes’ stronger combos had him winning the round. Parra really started getting hurt in the 4th and 5th rounds. Nietes’ quick jab snapped his head back staggering him. By the 5th Parra was clinching more in an attempt to stop the barrage. You could also see the frustration building on Donnie having to contend with the now frequent clinches.

Parra clinches again after getting staggered. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parra clinches again after getting staggered. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parra did come back in round 6 with hard body shots of his own. A deadly right straight and hook visibly shakes Parra in round 7. The inevitable happened in Round 8, a hard right hook by Nietes puts down Parra but got back on his feet. At the end of round 9 Parra’s face was swelling and bleeding from a cut on the right eyebrow. It was no surprise the ringside physician looked at his face and decided to stop the fight. Officially it was 10th round TKO since Parra completed the 9th but was stopped before the start of the 10th.

8th round top left: Nietes lands right cross (top right:) Parra drops like a sack of potatoes. Bottom left: Ref Jack Reiss gives him ten count (Bottom right:) Reiss makes sure Parra can go on fighting. Physician stops the fight after 9th round to prevent further damage to Parra. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

8th round top left: Nietes lands right cross (top right:) Parra drops like a sack of potatoes. Bottom left: Ref Jack Reiss gives him ten count (Bottom right:) Reiss makes sure Parra can go on fighting. Physician stops the fight after 9th round to prevent further damage to Parra. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The strategy according to Nietes was to be more patient and be more tactical, “Sa lahat salamat sa suporta sa ALA promotion. First round pa lang sinabi ko kaya ko to. Pasensya talaga kelangan di dapat masyado i-pressure. Pinaplano talaga na wag biglain, dahan dahan lang.” (Thank you to ALA promotions right from the first round I knew I could win. I just need to be more patient not to pressure him too much and time my punches well.)

Dyan Castillejo interviews Donnie Nietes after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Dyan Castillejo interviews Donnie Nietes after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Trainer Edmond Villamor tells Donnie to time the overhead right perfectly. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Trainer Edmond Villamor tells Donnie to time the overhead right perfectly. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

When asked when he first hurt Parra Nietes said, “5 rounds siguro pwede ko na siyang tumbahin. Pinagalitan ako ni coach, relax ka muna hintayin mo yung timing. Pasensyoso muna nung 8-9 rounds tinamaan ko siya.” (5th round I thought I could put him down. My coach told me to relax and wait. By the 8th & 9th rounds I got him).

from left: Nietes’ jab penetrates defense, Parra comes back w body shot. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Nietes’ jab penetrates defense, Parra comes back w body shot. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parra tries to fight back w left jab; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parra tries to fight back w left jab; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nietes also believes that Parra was a good fighter, “Oo magaling magaling, na hirapan lang ng konti. Na tamaan ko siya ng malakas”. (He’s skilled, it was hard at first. then I got him with a haymaker) The 2 most important punches that finished Parra according to him was the straight and overhand right.

from left: Nietes’ lands vicious body shot and (right) overhand right follows left hook. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Nietes’ lands vicious body shot and (right) overhand right follows left hook. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes lands brutal combo after combo. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes lands brutal combo after combo. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nietes’ Manager & ALA Promotion Pres. & CEO Michael Aldeguer also explained the upcoming fights, “Right now he has a scheduled mandatory fight July 4 with Francisco Rodriguez. He’s gotta go through that first. Its gonna be a tough fight. He’s a former world champion, went up in weight. After that we have to sit down with him. He’s been talking about Juan Estrada. We started to discuss with Zanfer Promotions. That’s the direction we want to go for Donnie. But he’s (Juan Estrada) overweight he has to go 4 pounds of his weight down. We need to study the team and see what’s best for Donnie. Right now there are big names out there. Ramon Gonzales is one of them. Right now he has a tough fight ahead that’s Francisco Rodriguez on July 4th. We’ll go from there.”

from left: Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ), & ALA Promotions Pres. & CEO Michael Aldeguer. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ),
& ALA Promotions Pres. & CEO Michael Aldeguer. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Fighting at SMART Araneta and co headlining with Donaire was special, “Siyempre masaya dito ginaganap at kasama ko si Nonito so talagang masayang masaya ang pakiramdam.”

from right: Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ), Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ), Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ) and Coach/trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ), Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ), Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ) and Coach/trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Training for Nietes is always more brutal than the actual fight, “Grabe paghihirap ng training. So pagdating sa laban di na kami masyadong na hirapan. Pag training ang pinaka mahirap. Pag maintain ng weight. Grabe pagod namin, yon ang pinaka mahirap.” For the up and coming July 4th fight with Francisco Rodriguez he will be going to the U.S. for special strength and conditioning to improve his speed and power.

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PBA star Marc Pingris is mobbed by fans. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu. Photo by Jude Bautista

PBA star Marc Pingris is mobbed by fans. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Gilberto Parra lands jab; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Gilberto Parra lands jab; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Donnie Nietes lands hard combo, which forces Parra to clinch once again. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

From left: Donnie Nietes lands hard combo, which forces Parra to clinch once again. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Parra lands right straight round 9. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Parra lands right straight round 9. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nietes’ effective jab; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nietes’ effective jab; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Another heavy right hand lands for Nietes. Parra has no choice but to clinch to stop the onslaught. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Another heavy right hand lands for Nietes. Parra has no choice but to clinch to stop the onslaught. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Parra immediately clinches after knockdown. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fans shoot victory pic w Donnie. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ) & Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ). PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ) & Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ). PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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from left: Buboy Villar & Direk Paul Soriano was ringside to promote their boxing film KID KULAFU showing April 15, 2015 in cinemas nationwide. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after 10th rd TKO victory over Gilberto Parra. He successfully defends his WBO/IBF World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Donaire Rises from the Ashes

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Last October Nonito Donaire suffered a devastating defeat against Nicholas Walters. The younger more powerful Jamaican KO’d the Filipino Flash in the 6th round. In post fight interview Donaire considered retirement. Although it was painful for fans, he has done it all. No one would have to blame him if hung up his gloves. He was five-division world champion and the former WBA (Super) Featherweight champion. He was also a former IBF, WBO, The Ring Super Bantamweight, WBC, WBO Bantamweight, Interim WBA Super Flyweight, IBF and IBO Flyweight.

from left: Marc Pingris & Balls Channel Program Mktg Mngr Chris Wong. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Marc Pingris & Balls Channel Program Mktg Mngr Chris Wong. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito has also earned the WBC Diamond Belt ‘created as an honorary championship exclusively to award the winner of a historic fight between two high-profile and elite boxers’. The ultra elite names of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal and Sergey Kovalev have so far been the few who were awarded the prestigious Diamond Belt.

Nonito Donaire Jr used his jab more in this fight maximizing reach and height advantage. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr used his jab more in this fight maximizing reach and height advantage. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

So when the announcement for PINOY PRIDE 30 DDAY came with Nonito co headlining it with Donnie Ahas Nietes vs Gilberto Parra, everyone knew what the fight meant for Donaire. If he lost again, it would be difficult to justify having to go on in a brutal sport that favors speed, strength and a certain amount of youth. Boxing pundits especially in the Philippines would have been happy with just Donaire winning via a decision. Thoughts of retirement came again saying if he lost to Prado it may well be his last fight.

William Prado landed a few jabs that did not do damage. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

William Prado landed a few jabs that did not do damage. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

William Prado of Brazil had a 22-5-1 record. 15 of those 22 victories were knockouts. So you couldn’t be careless with Prado who had proven knock out power.

from left: Buboy Villar & Direk Paul Soriano was ringside to promote their boxing film KID KULAFU showing April 15, 2015 in cinemas nationwide. / center in striped shirt: Moymoy Macasero was part of the team that performed ‘Filipinoflash’ walk out song along with Bassilyo and Crazymix. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Buboy Villar & Direk Paul Soriano was ringside to promote their boxing film KID KULAFU showing April 15, 2015 in cinemas nationwide. / center in striped shirt: Moymoy Macasero was part of the team that performed ‘Filipinoflash’ walk out song along with Bassilyo and Crazymix. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015 seemed ready to explode as Nonito came out of the dug out to his own walk out music: Filipinoflash by Moymoy Macasero, Bassilyo and Crazymix.

Donaire’s jab gets through Prado’s defense. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire’s jab gets through Prado’s defense. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The first round exhibited the improved strength and conditioning of Nonito. He landed the more powerful hooks to the body and head. Although Prado was firing off punches they did not seem to be as heavy. The Filipino also used his jab more maximizing his superior height and reach.

(left) William Prado’s face starts to swell as early as 1st round (right) Donaire lands killer left hook. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

(left) William Prado’s face starts to swell as early as 1st round (right) Donaire lands killer left hook. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr used his jab more in this fight. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr used his jab more in this fight. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire pours on uppercuts as Prado turtles up. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire pours on uppercuts as Prado turtles up. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

After the first minute of the second round Donaire had visibly staggered Prado. Cuts and swelling were visible in the Brazilian’s face. Referee Bruce McTavish was closely looking at Prado’s glassy eyes. Then came a series of uppercuts that stunned Prado and had him turtling up unable to ‘intelligently defend himself’. McTavish saw that Prado was just out on his feet getting hurt and immediately stopped the fight at the 2:16 mark of the second round. The win earned Donaire the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt.

Prado’s face is cut and bloodied after barrage. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Prado’s face is cut and bloodied after barrage. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire lands brutal body shot while Prado no longer intelligently defending himself. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire lands brutal body shot while Prado no longer intelligently defending himself. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

More than Nonito earning the victory it was the convincing fashion with which he won. The powerful stoppage convinced everyone that Donaire still has the hunger and what it takes to win against the elite fighters again.

Ref McTavish has seen enough & stops the fight at the 2:16 mark of the 2nd round. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ref McTavish has seen enough & stops the fight at the 2:16 mark of the 2nd round. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

This time however, winning isn’t about just titles or belts. It’s about something deeper, something he wants for younger people as an example. He said, “It’s the beginning of a mission. The mission coming here is not just becoming a world champion its inspiring people out there, inspiring kids to work hard to be better. Impossibility is out of the question. That’s the mission I’m fighting for. For somebody who was put down, somebody who hit rock bottom depression wasn’t something in my mind but to rise. That’s one thing I have being Filipino in my blood in my veins that I will always rise no matter what. Take me down 7 times and I will rise 8 times, a hundred times.”

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: ABS CBN Head Integrated Sports Dino Laurena, ABS CBN Sports Consultant/Head of MNL Radio Div Peter Musngi, ALA Promotions Pres. & CEO Michael Aldeguer, Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ), Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ), Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ) and Coach/trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from right: ABS CBN Head Integrated Sports Dino Laurena, ABS CBN Sports Consultant/Head of MNL Radio Div Peter Musngi, ALA Promotions Pres. & CEO Michael Aldeguer, Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ), Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ), Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ) and Coach/trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sportscaster Ronnie Nathanielsz during the post fight press conference put the night in its proper historic perspective, “I think we need to congratulate ALA promotions and ABS CBN for putting together one of the greatest boxing cards in living memory. And they did it at the home of boxing the Araneta Coliseum. This is where Gabriel Flash Ellorde won his first World title on March 16, 1960. This is where Mohammed Ali fought Joe Frazier. And this is where Donnie Nietes and Nonito Donaire put their opponents to sleep.”

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after he successfully defends his WBO World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes raises his hand in victory after he successfully defends his WBO World Jr Flyweight Belt for the 7th time. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donnie Nietes in turn successfully defended his WBO World Jr. Flyweight title against Gilberto Parra via 9th round TKO. Prince Albert Pagara Retained his IBF Inter-Continental Super bantamweight title against Rodolfo Hernandez via 5th round TKO. Both Nietes and Donaire were elevated to the Flash Ellorde Hall of Fame last March 25.

Prince Albert Pagara successfully defends his IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Prince Albert Pagara successfully defends his IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The strong support of his countrymen and fighting at the SMART Araneta Coliseum gave Donaire a boost, “They gave me a lot of energy. I think that’s why I knocked this guy out early. We’re trying to plan 4-6 rounds figure him out from that point on but because of the chanting because of the energy, I could feel that energy level going to my body. I had a lot of strength I was willing to go out there make it exciting for everybody. The chant was something truly amazing.”

Donaire pours on uppercuts as Prado turtles up. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire pours on uppercuts as Prado turtles up. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ref Mctavish sees the damage suffered by Prado. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Ref Mctavish sees the damage suffered by Prado. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Asked to make an assessment of Prado he said, “Thing is you can always belong in the ring until you get caught with something good. One thing I knew he had a menacing jab. He was throwing the punches except that I was countering him with the overwhelming power I had over him. Then he succumbed to my power therefore he was discouraged. He could not make any move to recover. I just overwhelmed him with my power. We knew we had a lot of power. We knew this guy was a tough guy. My dad was saying be careful what punches he’ll throw. With being first we took away all his weapons. But we didn’t expect it for him to be down as fast as he did. You saw how tough he was. He didn’t go down.”

right: Prado smirks as ref Mctavish prepares to raise Nonito Donaire Jr’s hand. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

right: Prado smirks as ref Mctavish prepares to raise Nonito Donaire Jr’s hand. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

With his own performance, Nonito thought he could still improve, “I trained myself in defense and power. Strategy wise there were still something missing for me. There’s still that lack of follow up. I was only doing one punch at a time. I rate my performance probably 7 out of 10.”

Nonito Donaire Jr used his jab more in this fight. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr used his jab more in this fight. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The win though proved his current abilities, “It was a statement where Nonito Donaire is at. Meaning if I had trouble with him I wasn’t at that level. And you could see the difference in talent. There are prospects and up and coming guys and give everything that I have. I did show I was above that level. I think I’m ready to step up again which is the elite level. My power was just incredible if I put it up. But mainly I had a good jab. That’s something we’re gonna develop. Usually you could hit me because I’m right in front of you. So that’s one thing we’re very proud of tonight. I’m not getting hit and being effective at the same time. ”

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Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu. Photo by Jude Bautista

Donaire has expressed interest in fighting either WBC Super Bantamweight Champ Leo Sta. Cruz or WBA, WBO Super Bantam weight Champ Guillermo Rigondeaux. “We got to see where I’m at in terms of my ability. I feel we are still at the elite level and we can compete with guys like Rigondeux, Sta Cruz. So it depends on where I rank and it depends on what my manager and promoter are willing to do. For now next week come back to the gym and get ready for the next fight.”

3 champs from left: Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ), Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ)  & Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ). PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

3 champs from left: Nonito Donaire Jr (NABF Super Bantamweight Champ), Donnie Nietes (WBO World Jr Flyweight Champ) & Prince Albert Pagara (IBF Intercontinental Jr Featherweight Champ). PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes selfie with Ring Announcer Ted Lerner. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

A fan takes selfie with Ring Announcer Ted Lerner. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

On a personal note it was the first time that wife Rachel was not able to accompany him for a fight. The couple is anticipating the birth of their second son. She had to stay home on doctor’s orders because of her condition: placenta previa. Although its not life threatening to mother or child, staying home was a precaution the doctors insisted on. Otherwise she would have been ringside just like Donaire’s previous fights.

Diane Castillejo interviews Nonito Donaire Jr after win. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Diane Castillejo interviews Nonito Donaire Jr after win. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

This was also the first time Nonito was away from his wife and child for more than a month. He felt a small measure of the difficulties according to him that millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) experience being away from their families. That’s why he dedicated this win for them along with soldiers who sacrifice so much for their loved ones.

Nonito confers w dad and Coach Nonito Donaire Sr. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito confers w dad and Coach Nonito Donaire Sr. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Thankful for the chance to fight at SMART Araneta Coliseum he added, “Being in front of everyone grabe. Just the chant, kaya sabi ng father ko na dala ako sa chant nila. I love the fact this is my home. I love the fact nandito mga taong nagbigay sakin ng support, prayers. So gusto ko ibigay lahat. Kaya nung nagchant sila I wanted to give it all and I did.”

PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY was truly a proud day for the Philippines. It was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY was truly a proud day for the Philippines. It was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr’s deadly right hook lands; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr’s deadly right hook lands; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Ref Mctavish looks at Prado closely; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Donaire’s killer left hook; PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Nonito Donaire Jr raises his hand in victory and earns vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Belt. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao is joined by Nonito Donaire Jr. & Donnie Nietes in the Ellorde Hall of Fame and as WBC Diamond Belt holders. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu.

People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao is joined by Nonito Donaire Jr. & Donnie Nietes in the Ellorde Hall of Fame and as WBC Diamond Belt holders. Rexona Men was one of the many sponsors of PINOY PRIDE 30 D-DAY. Their endorser PBA star Marc Pingris was ringside catching all the action. He can also be seen in ads for other Unilever brands such as Master Facial Wash and was part of Master Game Face Challenge along with Chris Tiu.

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Ronnie Nathanielsz moderates the post fight presscon. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Fans shoot Nonito w their i-phones and androids during post fight press con. PINOY PRIDE 30 D-Day was held at the SMART Araneta Coliseum last March 28, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Soothing Latté Scrumptious Pastries with Jazz

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Coffee can mean a lot more than just your regular pick me up. The perfect blend of bitterness, creaminess and slightly sweet drink is certainly pleasurable by itself. Drinking coffee has a host of health benefits such as improving energy levels, makes you smarter and even helps burn fat. A lot of serious people into the coffee mania have indulged themselves in buying the best possible machines out there.

from left:  D&K Kitchen Essentials Mktg Events Coordinator Angela Imperial, Espressamente Illy Sales Exec Joel Javate, Figaro Barista John Edison Villanueva, ASHA Grp Brand Mgr Kristina C. Mauricio, ASHA Grp PR Marie M. Dizon, RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, National Bookstore Shang Branch Mgr Sally Penilla, TRUE VALUE Branch Mgr Milani Castañeda, ASTROVISION Head Operating Mgr Yets Almario,  Breville Phil VP & Gen Mgr Cris Llamo and Powerbooks Shang Jr Asst Branch Mgr Keith De Jesus. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: D&K Kitchen Essentials Mktg Events Coordinator Angela Imperial, Espressamente Illy Sales Exec Joel Javate, Figaro Barista John Edison Villanueva, ASHA Grp Brand Mgr Kristina C. Mauricio, ASHA Grp PR Marie M. Dizon, RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas, National Bookstore Shang Branch Mgr Sally Penilla, TRUE VALUE Branch Mgr Milani Castañeda, ASTROVISION Head Operating Mgr Yets Almario, Breville Phil VP & Gen Mgr Cris Llamo and Powerbooks Shang Jr Asst Branch Mgr Keith De Jesus. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

No event has brought together everything that makes a coffee experience enjoyable than COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Even if you’re not in the market to purchase any of these machines it is a great way to sample the special lattés and espressos they can produce. Some brands will even allow you to taste them for free. D&K Kitchen Essentials will also be having celebrity Chef Mitchie Sison on March 28 to transform coffee into deserts.

BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Espresso Anyone?

There are quite a few brands of machines out there ranging from the sparkling Italian made Bugatti to the efficient Breville. Just hearing the name Bugatti harkens to supercars in Italy. But this brand name that has distinguished itself in utensils and appliances has actually made a more consistent and enduring legacy in quality and design. More than just a utilitarian piece they showcase a special Bugatti model studded with 14,000 SWAROVSKI crystals. The Diva model is designed by Andreas Seegatz and also has a luxurious price to boot. Bugatti, Bosch, Jura and Saeco can all be purchased at Rustan’s.

You can buy Breville & La Mill Coffee machines at TRUE VALUE- level 6 Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

You can buy Breville & La Mill Coffee machines at TRUE VALUE- level 6 Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Breville’s Barista Express distributed by TRUE VALUE was Winner of Best New Product from the Specialty Coffee Association of America in 2013. Espressamente Illy has both coffee shops and coffee machines. Their outlet at the Level 2 Main mall overlooks the entrance and has a spectacular view of the expansive interior. Apart from serving amazing coffee they have unique seating that shields overhead light and provides a little more privacy. Brands such as Delonghi, Krups and Bosch are actually rated by the UK Publication Independent as among the 10 best machines.

Espressamente Illy Café is at the 2nd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Espressamente Illy Café is at the 2nd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Figaro can be found at 3rd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Figaro can be found at 3rd level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Figaro allows you to customize your own flavors and blends for the reasonable price tag of P100 per cup. It’s every coffee lover’s dream to taste blends from Starbucks, Crabtree & Evelyn, 26th Bistro and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in one place. We also got a taste for Di Bella Coffee imported from Melbourne Australia. You can get a fantastic cup of Di Bella in any of the ASHA Group of companies such as CRAVINGS, EPICURIOUS and WICKED.

Di Bella Coffee is served in CRAVINGS, EPICURIOUS and WICKED. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Di Bella Coffee is served in CRAVINGS, EPICURIOUS and WICKED. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Delectable Pastries & More

An eye-catching array of pastries was served during the opening, almost like a best of hits: Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds, Fruit & Nut Cookies from EPICURIOUS, m&m cookies, Banana loaf, choco chip cookies from CRAVINGS. There’s Brookies, Apple Pie, Red Velvet Reeses Cupcake and Salted Caramel Macaroon from WICKED. All these shops along with Rustan’s and True Value can be found in Shang Plaza Mall.

Reese’s Cupcake & Red velvet Cupcake from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Reese’s Cupcake & Red velvet Cupcake from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Apart from the pastries is the special bite sized appetizers from SPATZLE located at the East Wing of Shang Mall. I ate them so quickly I was not able to photograph them. Arancini Balls is perfect for the Pinoy palate: risotto rice balls stuffed with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Their Carbonara was also bite sized; you can have their garlic breadsticks in Moutabal dip. SPATZLE gives a great taste of accessible European cuisine along with pastries such as Banana Bread Florentina, Red Velvet Cake and Toffee Pudding.

Spatzle at level 5 East wing Shang Mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Spatzle at level 5 East wing Shang Mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Powerbooks is at 6th level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Powerbooks is at 6th level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Café Literature

Long before the age of laptops and tablets, cafés were gathering places for the most notable writers, artists and thinkers. Hemingway wrote, “big principal cafes where people were lost in them, and no one noticed them, and they could be alone and in them and be together.” In the 1920s Ernest Hemingway met Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound as a young correspondent in Paris. The City of Lights’ cafes have inspired this event as well. What better accompaniment to coffee than reading their work or books in general? National Bookstore, Powerbooks have a selection of good reads on coffee. Astrovision displays its own collection of Jazz titles as well.

ASTROVISION is at the ground level main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

ASTROVISION is at the ground level main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Cara Manglapus will perform on March 28 at COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall which will run from March 20-29, 2015.

Cara Manglapus will perform on March 28 at COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall which will run from March 20-29, 2015.

Soulful Jazz

Perhaps what makes this event special is the combination of exceptional Jazz artists that are on hand to soothe you as you partake in the best java available. Cool voices like Cara Manglapus can be heard on March 28, rounded off by Vince Lahora on March 29. Bands like THE BRASS MUNKEYS, THE EXECUTIVE BAND and Moira Dela Torre have already crooned to audiences at the East Atrium the previous week.

The Executive Band from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Martin Macalintal (Keyboards) & Julius Sanvictores (Drums). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Martin Macalintal (Keyboards) & Julius Sanvictores (Drums). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

THE BRASS MUNKEYS featured their new vocalist Christopher Villanueva originally from Rockabilly/punk band HILERA. Villanueva along with former members of HILERA are also working on a project with Ely Buendia & PUPIL. During the opening THE BRASS MUNKEYS had a wonderful up-tempo mix of Beautiful Maria, Stray Cats Strut, In the Mood, Tequila, Mambo no.5 and King of Swing.

The Executive Band’s Ricky Quiogue. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Ricky Quiogue. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Last Sunday Listening to vocalist Ricky Quiogue of THE EXECUTIVE BAND is always a pleasure. Ricky has his own unique voice, which can be described as a cross between the raspy style of Louis Armstrong and subtle voice of Tony Bennett. They also have a new female vocalist in Marie Puyat.

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

What comes across with THE EXECUTIVE BAND is their passion and enjoyment in playing the standards and classics, which translates very well in their sound. Quiogue did wonderfully in C’est Si Bon, Birth of the Blues and Just the Way You Are. Marie Puyat had that silky, sultry touch in Smooth Operator and Wind Beneath My Wings. This weekend promises to be an even bigger draw with Cara Manglapus and Vince Lahora as performers.

The Executive Band top level from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Bob Brillante (Alto Sax), Butch Silverio (Trumpet), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax), Mike Tan (Baritone Sax) 2nd level from left: Martin Macalintal (Keyboards), Marie Puyat (Vocalist), Ricky Quiogue (Vocalist), Rene Mamaril (Bass) foreground: Julius Sanvictores (Drums) . Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band top level from left: Francis Manglapus (Guitars), Bob Brillante (Alto Sax), Butch Silverio (Trumpet), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax), Mike Tan (Baritone Sax) 2nd level from left: Martin Macalintal (Keyboards), Marie Puyat (Vocalist), Ricky Quiogue (Vocalist), Rene Mamaril (Bass) foreground: Julius Sanvictores (Drums) . Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco Dipped Croissant topped with Almonds from EPICURIOUS lower ground level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

RUSTANS Events Mgr Malou Liu & RUSTANS Shang Branch Mgr Steven Mawdsley. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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National Bookstore is at ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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Jazz lover shoots The BRASS MUNKEYS w her I-phone. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Jazz lover shoots The BRASS MUNKEYS w her I-phone. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Marie Puyat jams with The Executive Band. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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Brookies from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Brookies from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Moira Dela Torre; COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Brass Munkeys; Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barkada fun in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Barkada fun in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

BUGATTI Diva studded with 14,000 Swarovski crystals available at Rustan’s. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Manila Standard Writer Malou Rosal, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas Phil Star Columnist Lai Reyes, Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, Shang Mktg Head Marline Concio Dualan and Manila Times reporter Euden Valdez. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

from left: Manila Standard Writer Malou Rosal, Shang Rila Plaza EVP & Gen Mgr Lala Fojas Phil Star Columnist Lai Reyes, Business World reporter Zsarlene Chua, Shang Mktg Head Marline Concio Dualan and Manila Times reporter Euden Valdez. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Breville rep demonstrates how to get the perfect cup of coffee. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Breville rep demonstrates how to get the perfect cup of coffee. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

M&M cookies from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

M&M cookies from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

The Executive Band’s Butch Silverio (Trumpet); Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Butch Silverio (Trumpet); Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Sultry Singer Marie Puyat shoots the Executive Band with her android. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Sultry Singer Marie Puyat shoots the Executive Band with her android. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Sax section from right: Mike Tan (Baritone Sax), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax) and Bob Brillante (Alto Sax). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Sax section from right: Mike Tan (Baritone Sax), Hector Sanvictores (Tenor Sax) and Bob Brillante (Alto Sax). Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Choco chip cookie from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Choco chip cookie from CRAVINGS 5th level Main wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015.

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Salted Caramel Macaroon & Choco Macaroon from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Salted Caramel Macaroon & Choco Macaroon from WICKED 5th level East wing. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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The Executive Band’s Ricky Quiogue. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

The Executive Band’s Ricky Quiogue. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Crabtree & Evelyn Tea Time Treat is on the 2nd Level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

Crabtree & Evelyn Tea Time Treat is on the 2nd Level Shang Plaza Main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Top brands Bugatti, Bosch, Jura, Saeco and Krups can be purchased in RUSTAN’S ground level Shang Plaza main mall. Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Try out designer coffee and listen to great jazz in COFFEE TEA AND ALL THAT JAZZ AT THE SHANG, East Atrium of the Shangri-La Plaza Mall from March 20-29, 2015. Photo by Jude Bautista

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Dear Alfonso

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You can’t imagine how proud I was attending your graduation in Xavier School with your Tita Miggie and your father. Your Lolo, Nana and your whole family, everyone is so proud of you. None of us your uncles attended Xavier, your uncles Tim, Noel graduated from St Jude, George and I from St Peter. Your father attended St Jude and later graduated from LSGH. They are all good, reputable schools none of them have the prestige and exclusivity of Xavier in terms of size and tuition.

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As I entered the sports complex I saw the array of classy vehicles from the well to do families that have their children graduating in Xavier. It reminded me of the many alumni who have become prominent in politics, industry and even sports. For someone of your age who is surrounded by success, wealth and people who can afford luxurious lives, however it’s easy to get lost.

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This is just a gentle reminder to ask yourself especially at your age; what is Xavier really about? Now that I’ve graduated are wealth, fame, luxury really the values they’re teaching? Are these my own goals?

The only person who can answer these questions is you.

IMG_5551I’m just a humble writer all I can give you are words. I’m just a photographer all I can give you are pictures. Words for me come and go they only become important when we as people give them power. We read them, believe in them and then put them to action. That’s when mere words become transformative and change our lives for the better. I’ll tell you now words I’ve written myself are not important enough for YOU to live by.

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But then just before all of you threw your caps to the air, all of you recited a pledge. When I heard them, I read them from the screen that’s when I realized what Xavier is supposed to be about. The pledge seems to be at odds with what you’re surrounded with. Surely following it is difficult, impossible and most of all self-sacrificial. The more I THOUGHT of them reflected on them I realized the pledge is not for God, for country or for others, it’s a path for YOUR own happiness.

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As far as I’m concerned you can forget all the academics. The one thing you can and should hold on to is your Xavier pledge. They are not my words, they were written long before you and I were born. They will help you find the answer on your own, the all-important question of WHY. So read them again, think about them, look around you. Not everything that shines is gold. You will find that just striving to follow the pledge you made will give you fulfillment.

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Grateful for my Xavier Education,

I,

do solemnly pledge to live faithfully

according to the ideals of Xavier School.

 

I shall value the heritage of my forefathers

and fulfill my duties

as a responsible Filipino citizen.

 

I pledge to uphold my humanity

and the dignity of every person.

 

In the spirit of Magis,

I promise to develop my God-given talents

and to share them with those most in need.

 

I shall work with others

to build a more just, humane, and Christian society.

 

I choose to follow Christ, our Lord,

as my Leader and Model.

 

It is He, the Light of the World,

who will make my light shine.

 

May I live as a “man for others,”

one who is “fully alive,

endowed with a passion for justice,

and the skills for development.”

 

In making this Xavier Pledge,

I ask only for this:

that I find greater meaning in my life,

and that I make a difference in the lives of others.

 

This I pledge before my school,

my family, and my God.

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