'MANO AMON' RUN FIRES OFF TODAY IN  DANAO CITY

MANILA, December 30, 2005 
(STAR) By Caecent O. No-ot Staff Member The Freeman - Tradition continues for runners and fitness enthusiasts as the silver anniversary edition of the Halad Kang Mano Amon Run fires off today in Danao City.

The event will start and finish in front of the Danao City Hall, in front of the monument of Ramon Durano Sr., who is Danao's grand old man.

Hundreds of runners are expected to join the action with some of Mano Amon's prominent grandsons namely Department of Tourism secretary Joseph "Ace" Durano, Rep. Red Durano and their father, Mayor Ramon "Nito" Durano III and councilor Oscar "Boying" Rodriguez,Jr. leading the cast.

This year's running competition marks the centennial birthday celebration of Mano Amon, making this a big event for the Danawanons and the runners loyal to the event.

The men and women's open will tackle the longest route covering a total of 10-kilometers while the executive class, the All-Danawanons, and the Danao collegiate and high school runners will go for five kilometers.

The elementary level, both for the boys and girls, will tread three kilometers and so as the other fun runners.

The top three finishers in each classes get to go home with cash prizes and trophies.

The premier men's open division is expecting Rogelio Reli to dominate the race again while the distaff side will be another rough battle between Leiszl Lumindas-Getaruelas and University of Cebu's Christy Sevilleno.

Those who don't make it to the winners' circle still has something to look forward to as there will be special awards to be given away by the Danao City Sports Commission, the organizing body.

The sidelights include the best individual constume, best in team costume and the best school delegation award.

Runners from outside Danao City will be picked up at the Cebu City Sports Center at 5 a.m. today. Other Stories • Bautista hopes to end year 2005 with a bang - By Emmanuel B. Villaruel Sports Editor • Merry Christmas! - FULL POINT By Nimrod Quiñones

Bautista hopes to end year 2005 with a bang By Emmanuel B. Villaruel Sports Editor The Freeman 12/24/2005

Still in cloud nine for his successful debut in the US mainland a spectacular defense of his title, ALA ring phenomenon Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista hopes to cap what has been a fruitful campaign for him this year with a big exclamation point when he takes on Mexican Gerardo "Locomotora" Espinoza today at the Sycuan Resort and Casino in El Cajon, California.

The two fighters weighed above the required 118-pound limit under the bantamweight division but it doesn't matter as Bautista and Espinoza will clash in a non-title bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Bautista scaled in at 118.75 pounds, while Espinoza weighed 120 pounds.

The 19-year-old Bautista is up for the toughest fight of his career as he battles the dangerous Espinoza, who has already fought top calibers fighters in the likes of undefeated highly Jose Miguel Aguiniga, former world champions Mauricio Martinez and Cruz Carvajal, and reigning IBF bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez.

But the WBO top bantamweight contender Bautista is unfazed by the impressive credential his Mexican foe brings heading into the battlefield.

"I saw footage of his last fight with Jose Miguel Aguiniga. Espinoza is a very strong fighter. I´m not worried about the experience edge he has on me because I´m well prepared for this fight and I feel I´m ready for this step up in competition," Bautista told Lee Bates of fightnews.com.

On paper, the youthful Bautista is the slight favorite with an undefeated record of 18-0 spiked with 14 wins via stoppage. Espinoza, however, is equally deadly with 26 knockouts out of his 28 victories in 37 fights.

Asked by Bates if Espinoza's proven knockout power is in the back of his mind, Bautista replied "Well, to my knowledge there`s no chin strengthening training. (smiling) I`ve been hit with some hard shots during my professional career and took them well. I´ve put in a lot of hard training for this fight and I`m look forward to putting on a good performance come December 23rd at Sycuan."

This will be the second time Bautista fights in the US mainland after knocking out Colombian Felix Flores Murillo in third round last September 19 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In his previous match, the Candijay, Bohol-native Bautista flattened Tanzanian Obote "Thunder" Ameme in the second round to keep for the second time his WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight belt in the historic "Binakbakay sa Tagbilaran' card witnessed by a record crowd of 25,000 at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City.

On the other hand, the 25-year-old Espinoza, who once held the WBA Fedecentro and WBO NABO super bantamweight crowns, lost in his last four fights including twice to Aguiniga and once to ex-world title-holder Martinez.

The last time Espinoza won was on April 17 last year when he stopped Juan Pablo Aboyte in the third round. Prior to that, Espinoza failed in his attempt to wrest the WBO bantamweight title, losing by eighth round TKO to Cruz Carbajal in October 2003.

Cycling champs join UCAP as volunteer officials

The Philippine Star 12/30/2005

Seven-time undefeated track champion Manolito Moring heads a list of volunteer officials for the United Cyclists Association of the Philippines’ cycling events.

The UCAP said Moring, a retired PNP officer, is making available his talent and ability in cycling to help the association as UCAP race director.

Among others in the roster of volunteers are Mexico Olympian Bert Roxas, Ben Evangelista, and Rolando Guaves, who will serve as finish line officials.

Asian Gamer Roberto Quirimit, Cesar Filosopo, 1991 SEA Games gold medalists Rufo Dacumos, Rey Esperanza , Rodolfo Plaza and Cornelio Baylon will handle road safety as motorcycle escorts.

Joining them are tour champion, Modesto Bonzo, Tranquilino de Vera, Lupo Alava, Francisco Melendres Calogcog, Ruben Ibay, Boy Las Puna, Elpidio Untalan and Armando Catalan.

"It takes a huge effort to unite all cyclists, old and new ones, under one roof ," said UCAP president Ricky Cruz.

"We have just celebrated our Christmas party (Dec. 18). Masaya lahat, at natutuwa ako na makita na masaya ang mga siklista," Cruz added.

Aside from the prominent names, UCAP is still accepting volunteers from the different cycling clubs nationwide as officiating officials. UCAP is also preparing for a cycling review class, to study further the rules and regulations for cycling competitions.


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