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HERO'S WELCOME AWAITS PACQUIAO DESPITE LOSS


MAY 7 ---Manny Pacquiao
– Despite coming up short against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest fight ever, Manny Pacquiao will still be received by his countrymen like a conquering hero when he returns to Manila next week.
Pacquiao, who underwent successful surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday in Los Angeles (Thursday in Manila), is set to arrive on Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City with his entourage. The Filipino icon will grace a press conference upon his arrival before proceeding to Makati City for a breakfast, where he will be met by the team that made possible the free TV coverage of his bout with Mayweather last Sunday in Las Vegas. Leading the team who will receive Pacquiao is Solar Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Wilson Tieng, who will be joined by representatives of ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, SkyCable and CignalTV. The fighting congressman will then be paraded around Makati and Manila via a motorcade starting at 9 a.m. Pacquiao’s float will traverse Pasay Road, Makati Ave., Ayala Ave., Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Taft Ave., Quirino Ave., Roxas Blvd., and Edsa Ext., before returning to Makati. “Pacquiao may have lost a lot in Las Vegas but his head remains unbowed,” Tieng said in a statement. READ MORE...

ALSO: Open to rematch; Pacquiao welcomes Mayweather’s offer for Megafight II


MAY 7 --Floyd Mayweather Jr. hugs Manny Pacquiao after their welterweight unification bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AP photo
LOS ANGELES – Floyd Mayweather Jr. added to the tumultuous aftermath of last Saturday’s Fight of the Century with Manny Pacquiao when he offered a rematch possibly next year when the Filipino champion shall have fully recovered from his right shoulder injury. The offer was accepted by Pacquiao, providing a new twist to the post-event controversy triggered by the Filipino camp’s disclosure that he was not 100 percent in shape due to a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder suffered during training. The disclosure has virtually made Pacquiao a target for lawsuits, with one filed yesterday morning at the Federal Court in Nevada. The world eight-division champion accepted Mayweather’s challenge while he was resting in his Larchmont mansion in Los Angeles. “Rematch! Fight ako diyan (I’ll take it),” said the 36-year-old Pacquiao when told of Mayweather’s offer. READ MORE...

ALSO: Aquino off to Chicago, Canada


MAY 6 ---BON VOYAGE President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. review honor guards during a send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday. The President will be on a working visit to the United States and a state visit to Canada. MALACAÑANG PHOTO
President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday left for a working visit to Chicago in the United States, and a state visit to Canada from May 6 to 9. The President and his party left at 8:20 a.m. on board Philippine Airlines Flight PR 001. He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Presidential Management Staff Secretary Julia Abad, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario. In his pre-departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, the President noted that his trip aims to promote a more open and stronger trade relations between the Philippines and the US and Canada. “We will take this opportunity to strengthen our efforts to achieve our common objectives as well as entice businessmen in the US and Canada to invest in our country,” Aquino said in his departure speech originally delivered in Filipino. During his one-day working visit to Chicago on May 6, the President will meet with leaders of large companies grouped in the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Business Council. READ MORE...

ALSO: PNoy meets with Pinoy community in Chicago; urges them to support admin bets for 2016


MAY 7 ---President Benigno Aquino III receives a warm reception from the members of the Filipino community in Chicago on Thursday, May 7, at J.W. Marriott Hotel. Aquino is in the USA for a working visit. Gil Nartea
President Benigno Aquino III has urged Filipinos in Chicago to support the administration's candidate in the 2016 elections to ensure the continuation of the country's “transformation.”  “Tiwala po ako: Tulad noong 1986, at noong 2010, pagdating ng 2016, ay nariyan pa rin kayo upang siguruhing maipagpapatuloy ang mga nasimulan natin,” he said in his speech. “Ang ating hangad: Huwag nang bumalik pa sa bulok na sistema; bagkus, magtuloy-tuloy ang mabuting transpormasyon ng bansa,” Aquino added. Although he has been tightlipped on his chosen successor, Aquino has dropped hints in past interviews on how he will choose whom he will support in the 2016 presidential race. He has repeatedly said he will anoint someone who will continue his reform programs, and someone who “treads the straight path.” Aquino also earlier said he wants to relinquish his post to a friend. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pinays among sexiest nationalities – website survey


MAY 8---Miss Earth-Philippines candidates pose during a press presentation at the Diamond Hotel in Manila yesterday. A total of 41 environmentally aware women will compete to represent the country in the Miss Earth beauty pageant on May 31. EDD GUMBAN 
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinas ranked eighth in the list of sexiest women in the world based on a survey conducted by a dating website. The 2015 Sexiest Nationalities survey, conducted by MissTravel.com, cited former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, whose father is Filipino, and Filipino-American actress Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” fame. The poll was based on the dating preferences of nearly 45,000 American men, it said. Topping the survey of sexiest nationalities is Kim Kardashian (Armenian), followed by Rihanna (Barbadian/Bajan), Beyonce and Kendall Jenner (American), Shakira and Sofia Vergara (Colombian), Rosie Huntington-Whitely (English), Margot Robbie and Elle Macpherson (Australian), Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazilian) and Scherzinger and Hudgens.  Occupying ninth place is Nina Dobrev (Bulgarian), followed by Amal Clooney (Lebanese). The website also listed the Top 10 sexiest men. This was based on the dating preferences of 66,309 American women, MissTravel.com said. They were Jamie Dornan and Colin Farrell (Irish); followed by Chris and Liam Hemsworth (Australian), Zayn Malik (Pakistani), Michael Jordan and Justin Timberlake (American), Charlie Hunnam and David Beckham (English), Calvin Harris (Scottish), Joe Manganiello (Italian), Tinie Tempah (Nigerian), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish) and Gerard Pique (Spanish).  READ MORE...


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Hero’s welcome awaits Pacquiao despite loss


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, MAY 11, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Dino Maragay - Despite coming up short against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing’s richest fight ever, Manny Pacquiao will still be received by his countrymen like a conquering hero when he returns to Manila next week.

Pacquiao, who underwent successful surgery on his injured right shoulder Wednesday in Los Angeles (Thursday in Manila), is set to arrive on Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 in Pasay City with his entourage.

The Filipino icon will grace a press conference upon his arrival before proceeding to Makati City for a breakfast, where he will be met by the team that made possible the free TV coverage of his bout with Mayweather last Sunday in Las Vegas.

Leading the team who will receive Pacquiao is Solar Entertainment Corporation President and CEO Wilson Tieng, who will be joined by representatives of ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, SkyCable and CignalTV.

The fighting congressman will then be paraded around Makati and Manila via a motorcade starting at 9 a.m. Pacquiao’s float will traverse Pasay Road, Makati Ave., Ayala Ave., Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Taft Ave., Quirino Ave., Roxas Blvd., and Edsa Ext., before returning to Makati.

“Pacquiao may have lost a lot in Las Vegas but his head remains unbowed,” Tieng said in a statement.

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Pacquiao lost to Mayweather via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas despite fighting with an injured right shoulder that he sustained in sparring three weeks before the bout.

“Once again, Pacquiao exemplified that the Filipino spirit is unbreakable, that it will not stop fighting against whatever odds,” Tieng added.

On Thursday, Pacquiao went under the knife to treat a torn rotator cuff. According to his spokesman Fred Sternburg, Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic clinic in Los Angeles performed the successful surgery.

Pacquiao’s publicist Fred Sternburg quoted ElAttrache as saying he could not be "more pleased with the results" and fully expects Pacquiao to make a full recovery.

Pacquiao is expected to sit out for nine months and will undergo rehabilitation in Manila, telling Filipino scribes the other day that his doctors are willing to travel to the Philippines to supervise his recovery.

Mayweather, meanwhile, said yesterday he is open to a rematch with Pacquiao next year after the latter’s shoulder heals.

"I will fight him in a year after his surgery," the undefeated American said in a text message to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.

Pacquiao, for his part, welcomed the news.

“Pagalingin muna natin (let the shoulder heal first),” Pacquiao told scribes at his Los Angeles home the other day.

He said he isn’t keen on taking a tuneup fight before getting a possible second crack at Mayweather and his perfect 48-0 record.

“Diretso na agad (Let’s head straight to the rematch),” Pacquiao added. – With report from AP


PHILSTAR

Open to rematch; Pacquiao welcomes Mayweather’s offer for Megafight II  By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 7, 2015 - 12:01am


Floyd Mayweather Jr. hugs Manny Pacquiao after their welterweight unification bout on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AP photo

LOS ANGELES – Floyd Mayweather Jr. added to the tumultuous aftermath of last Saturday’s Fight of the Century with Manny Pacquiao when he offered a rematch possibly next year when the Filipino champion shall have fully recovered from his right shoulder injury.

The offer was accepted by Pacquiao, providing a new twist to the post-event controversy triggered by the Filipino camp’s disclosure that he was not 100 percent in shape due to a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder suffered during training.

The disclosure has virtually made Pacquiao a target for lawsuits, with one filed yesterday morning at the Federal Court in Nevada.

The world eight-division champion accepted Mayweather’s challenge while he was resting in his Larchmont mansion in Los Angeles.

“Rematch! Fight ako diyan (I’ll take it),” said the 36-year-old Pacquiao when told of Mayweather’s offer.

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The unbeaten American, who racked up 48 wins, counting his unanimous victory over Pacquiao Saturday, apparently reacted in a text message through ESPN’s Stephen Smith, who asked Mayweather whether he’s willing to meet Pacquiao in another showdown.

“I will fight him in a year after his surgery,” said Mayweather.

The Filipino boxing icon is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic within the week and will be out of commission for six weeks, although a Team Pacquiao insider said he could be out of action for as long as nine months to a year.

Pacquiao said he hurt the shoulder while training at the Wild Card Gym a month before the fight, and aggravated the injury in the fourth round.

“If you will remember, I was hitting Floyd with my punches when I suddenly backed off. That’s where it happened,” he said.

Pacquiao said it’s an old injury that had gone away for some time, and that it may have first occurred during a jetski accident in 2009.

He said he was riding the jetski at full speed when he was thrown off the machine.

“When it kicked back during the fight it really affected my game. I felt I lost the power in my right hand. It was different from thereon,” he said.

Pacquiao had requested the Nevada State Athletic Commission for medication two hours before the fight but was denied.

The NSAC said it could not give Pacquiao the medication he wanted because the boxer did not inform the commission of the injury ahead of the fight.

As a result, Pacquiao is facing disciplinary action from Nevada officials, considering that in a questionnaire that was filled out during the weigh-in he did not disclose the injury.

Pacquiao could also be facing charges of perjury. In Las Vegas, a couple of residents have filed a class-suit against Pacquiao.

They claimed that because Pacquiao climbed the ring with an injury and did not inform the commission about it, he denied the fans what they deserved.

Pacquiao did not comment on the issue.

The fight was the richest in boxing history, with Mayweather expected to earn as much as $180 million for a single night, and Pacquiao no less than $80 million.

The fans spent so much for fight tickets amounting to over $100,000 and those at home shelled out $100 each for a pay-per-view pop.

Pacquiao admitted that after the injury kicked in, he fought the rest of the way at only 60 percent of his ability.

Mayweather said he will fight again in September, and it will be his last.

But he did text Stephen Smith yesterday, according to an LA Times article, that he would want to face Pacquiao again next year.

Pacquiao said it may take him around six months to recover from the injury after surgery, but added that he can go straight into a rematch with Mayweather once he has recovered.

“Puwede diretso na sa rematch. But let me recover from the injury first,” he said.


MANILA TIMES

Aquino off to Chicago, Canada May 6, 2015 11:30 pm by JOEL M. SY EGCO SENIOR REPORTER AND WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL REPORTER


BON VOYAGE President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. review honor guards during a send-off ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Wednesday. The President will be on a working visit to the United States and a state visit to Canada. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Wednesday left for a working visit to Chicago in the United States, and a state visit to Canada from May 6 to 9.

The President and his party left at 8:20 a.m. on board Philippine Airlines Flight PR 001.

He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Presidential Management Staff Secretary Julia Abad, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario.

In his pre-departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, the President noted that his trip aims to promote a more open and stronger trade relations between the Philippines and the US and Canada.

“We will take this opportunity to strengthen our efforts to achieve our common objectives as well as entice businessmen in the US and Canada to invest in our country,” Aquino said in his departure speech originally delivered in Filipino.

During his one-day working visit to Chicago on May 6, the President will meet with leaders of large companies grouped in the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Business Council.

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“The US is our third major trading partner and we want to further intensify trade between our countries now that our economy is further booming. We will convey the country’s readiness in doing business with them and show them that the Philippines is more open for business,” he said, adding that he will also meet with the Filipino community in Chicago to convey to them the fruits of four years of reform carried out by his administration.

The President further noted that at the invitation of Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he will make his first state visit to the country on May 7 to 9.

During the visit, he will witness the signing of various memoranda of understanding and take the opportunity to thank Canada for its support to the Philippines, especially for sending military personnel and medical aid during the aftermath of super Typhoon Yolanda; for doubling its official development assistance to $111.95 million in grants in 2014; and for naming the Philippines as a “Country of Focus” for various forms of bilateral assistance from Canada.

The President is also scheduled to meet with Canadian businessmen and Filipinos living and working in Toronto and Vancouver.

The spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the President to convince the Canadian government to take back the hazardous waste it shipped to the country two years ago.

“To request Prime Minister [Stephen] Harper to take back their trash is not only a morally correct and just thing to do, but also diplomatically sensible. President Aquino will not be breaking protocols or jeopardizing our relations with Canada by defending what is good for our people and the environment,” said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee.

Pabillo made the appeal to the President on reports that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has agreed to local disposal of the waste shipment from Canada in deference to the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

Customs records showed that the waste arrived in the Philippines from Canada in July 2013.

The tons of waste, loaded in 50 40-footer container vans, were declared as “heterogeneous plastic scrap materials” but upon actual inspection, the cargo was found to contain mixed waste, including hazardous materials.

Customs Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno earlier said shipping of toxic waste is a violation of the Basel Convention, an international treaty.

“Signatory countries to the Basel Convention are prohibited to ship hazardous garbage from one country to another,” Nepomuceno explained.

The garbage-filled container vans are stored at Manila and Subic ports despite calls made by environmental health and justice groups, labor organizations and even by concerned lawmakers to return the illegal garbage shipment to Canada.

Pabillo said it is not fair for the garbage of other countries to be disposed in another country, stressing that “no community deserves to be a dumping ground for wastes and toxics.”

“I hope that President Aquino will have the courage to raise this matter and get it resolved during his visit to Canada, and I also hope that Prime Minister Harper will respect our people’s right to a healthy environment and order the immediate return of their garbage. The expense is not the issue for Canada, but the goodwill that the country cares for the good of its partner country,” he added.

Pabillo cited the CBCP Pastoral Exhortation on Climate Change issued in October last year that encouraged every person to conduct an “environmental examination of conscience” to reduce “individual carbon print.”

“In what ways have we been excessive in our own consumption patterns, buying superfluous items, or patronizing goods that are harmful to the environment? Do we carefully observe regulations that are meant to protect nature, such as waste segregation, reducing harmful emissions from vehicles, and the use of biodegradable products?,” the pastoral exhortation said.

“Having examined ourselves and our relation to the environment, we are then obligated to ensure that our response is not just on the individual, but also on the community level. We are called to explore ways to protect our environment as well as to propagate this environmental awareness. When necessary we should lobby our government for legislation and advocate causes that will help curb environmental degradation caused by the excesses of industry,” it added.


GMA NEWS ONLINE

PNoy meets with Pinoy community in Chicago Uploaded on May 7, 201512:23PM


President Benigno Aquino III receives a warm reception from the members of the Filipino community in Chicago on Thursday, May 7, at J.W. Marriott Hotel. Aquino is in the USA for a working visit. Gil Nartea

President Benigno Aquino III has urged Filipinos in Chicago to support the administration's candidate in the 2016 elections to ensure the continuation of the country's “transformation.”

“Tiwala po ako: Tulad noong 1986, at noong 2010, pagdating ng 2016, ay nariyan pa rin kayo upang siguruhing maipagpapatuloy ang mga nasimulan natin,” he said in his speech.

“Ang ating hangad: Huwag nang bumalik pa sa bulok na sistema; bagkus, magtuloy-tuloy ang mabuting transpormasyon ng bansa,” Aquino added.

Although he has been tightlipped on his chosen successor, Aquino has dropped hints in past interviews on how he will choose whom he will support in the 2016 presidential race.

He has repeatedly said he will anoint someone who will continue his reform programs, and someone who “treads the straight path.” Aquino also earlier said he wants to relinquish his post to a friend.

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Leaders of the ruling Liberal Party have been consistent in naming Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as their standard-bearer for the 2016 polls.

Gains

In his speech in Chicago, Aquino trumpeted the gains achieved by his administration, particularly in improving the economy and in the fight against corruption.

“Wala pong ibang paraan para matupad ito kundi sa pagtutulungan ng lahat ng Pilipino, saanmang bahagi ng mundo,” Aquino said.

Aquino said there has been a notable increase in foreign direct investments since he assumed office in 2010.

"Pagdating po sa foreign direct investments: Nang maupo tayo sa puwesto noong 2010, nasa 1.07 billion dollars lamang po ito; nitong 2014, pumalo na po ito sa 6.2 billion dollars. 479.28 percent increase po yan," he said.

“Good governance equals good economics, equals good quality inclusive growth. Kaya po sa usaping pang-ekonomiya, kalimutan na natin ang bansag na Sick Man of Asia; ang turing sa atin ng ibang bansa ngayon, Darling of Asia," he added.

Aquino arrived at the O'Hare International airport early Thursday (PHL time) for a meeting with the US Chamber of Commerce and the US ASEAN Business Council. He is set to fly to Canada next for a three-day state visit. —KBK, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Pinays among sexiest nationalities – website survey By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 8, 2015 - 12:00am


Miss Earth-Philippines candidates pose during a press presentation at the Diamond Hotel in Manila yesterday. A total of 41 environmentally aware women will compete to represent the country in the Miss Earth beauty pageant on May 31. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - Filipinas ranked eighth in the list of sexiest women in the world based on a survey conducted by a dating website.

The 2015 Sexiest Nationalities survey, conducted by MissTravel.com, cited former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger, whose father is Filipino, and Filipino-American actress Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” fame.

The poll was based on the dating preferences of nearly 45,000 American men, it said.

Topping the survey of sexiest nationalities is Kim Kardashian (Armenian), followed by Rihanna (Barbadian/Bajan), Beyonce and Kendall Jenner (American), Shakira and Sofia Vergara (Colombian), Rosie Huntington-Whitely (English), Margot Robbie and Elle Macpherson (Australian), Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio (Brazilian) and Scherzinger and Hudgens.

Occupying ninth place is Nina Dobrev (Bulgarian), followed by Amal Clooney (Lebanese).

The website also listed the Top 10 sexiest men. This was based on the dating preferences of 66,309 American women, MissTravel.com said.

They were Jamie Dornan and Colin Farrell (Irish); followed by Chris and Liam Hemsworth (Australian), Zayn Malik (Pakistani), Michael Jordan and Justin Timberlake (American), Charlie Hunnam and David Beckham (English), Calvin Harris (Scottish), Joe Manganiello (Italian), Tinie Tempah (Nigerian), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish) and Gerard Pique (Spanish).


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