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DRAGON BOAT MEET: PHILIPPINE TEAM IS OVERALL 2016 WORLD CHAMP
[RELATED: History and culture: The Dragon Boat Race - A Very Special Chinese Tradition]


AUGUST 29 - The Philippine Embassy in China has announced that the Philippine Navy Dragon Boat team was the overall champion in the 2016 Ordos International Nadam Dragon boat tournament. The Philippine team, which is composed of 22 active Navy members and two civilians, competed in the international tournament held in Inner Mongolia from August 21 to 26.
The team was declared overall champion after winning first place in four categories, namely: the 300-meter full race, 500-meter full race, 500-meter mix race, and the 3,000-meter full race. The Philippine team came in second in the 300-meter mix race, while they made it to third place in the 3,000-meter mix race. As part of a celebration, the Embassy hosted lunch for the team last Saturday in Beijing. — BAP, GMA News  FULL REPORT. RELATED, The Dragon Boat - history and culture: The Dragon Boat Race - A Very Special Chinese Tradition...

ALSO: Pacquiao to ask Duterte to release PSC’s share of PAGCOR funds


AUGUST 30 -Senator Manny Pacquiao and officials of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Tuesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to release the PSC’s share of funds from the annual income of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) as mandated by law. Under Republic Act (RA) 6847 or the Philippine Sports Commission Act, “five percent of the gross income” of PAGCOR “shall be automatically remitted directly” to the PSC.
During the hearing of the Senate Committee on Sports however, PAGCOR explained that the five percent remitted to the PSC is computed from the deducted 15 percent of government share. PSC chairman William Ramirez said he intends to raise the matter with the President. “Based on the law, five percent of gross income of PAGCOR must be remitted to the Philippine Sports Commission. Nobody should change the law...We’ve been complaining that the law has been violated for so many years,” Ramirez told the Senate panel. “I will write the President to release that money, copy furnished to the chairman of PAGCOR, bago mag-Pasko,” he added. Pacquiao, chairman of the Senate committee, said he would also meet with Duterte regarding the matter. “Can you commit the five percent? Hayaan ninyo banggitin ko ‘yan, mag-set ako ng appointment kay Presidente. Sundin ninyo ang batas natin at sundin n'yo trabaho n'yo,” Pacquiao told PAGCOR representatives present at the hearing. PAGCOR Assistant Vice President for Community Relations Arnel Ignacio, for his part, said they would gladly remit to the PSC its rightful share of funds once they are directed by the President. READ MORE...

ALSO Report: Donaire to see action in Pacquiao-Vargas card
[RELATED: Pacquiao excited to have Donaire in his fight card]


AUGUST 31 -Nonito Donaire Jr.
Two of the biggest names in Philippine boxing history will see action in the same card. This after Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum announced that Nonito Donaire Jr. will fight Jessie Magdaleno as the co-main event of Manny Pacquiao’s return bout with Jessie Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas. The veteran promoter said the decision to include Donaire in the card is to attract more Filipino fans to the venue. “We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people,” Arum said in a report by ABS-CBN’s Bev Llorente. Arum said Donaire will likely defend his WBO super bantamweight title against Magdaleno (15-0, with 11 KOs), an undefeated prospect from Las Vegas, before Pacquiao takes on Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center. “When we made the fight, one of the reasons why we are in Thomas and Mack, it sets up so that we can have more than 6,000 seats that we are charging 50 dollars from, so that the Filipinos who come here who usually watch it on closed circuit can watch it for as low as 50 dollars,” he continued. Donaire is coming off a TKO win over Zsolt Bedak, defending his belt in front of a home crowd Cebu City last April. He will get to do it again, this time in front of Filipino fans in Las Vegas. “It (Thomas & Mack Center)’s gonna be packed with Filipino fans,” said Arum. THE FULL REPORT RELATED,
Pacquiao excited to have Donaire in his fight card...

ALSO:
Arum to showcase Pacquiao’s Senate work to promote fight


SEPTEMBER 3 -Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said his company will produce shows showing Manny Pacquiao's work as a senator to help promote the Filipino's fight with Jessie Vargas.
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum has accepted the fact that Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Jessie Vargas will be harder to market, that’s why he’s exploring unique ways of promoting it. That includes reminding boxing fans that Pacquiao is now a “fighting senator.” In an interview with RingTV.com’s Mitch Abramson, Arum said he plans to produce primers featuring Pacquiao’s work as a Philippine senator. “In other words, it’s like a ‘24/7’ but I think it’s going to be much more innovative,” Arum said, referring to the award-winning HBO show “24/7” – on which Pacquiao has starred before – that serves as primers for major boxing matches. Arum’s strategy comes as HBO, which has aired Pacquiao’s past fights, this time has shunned the Pacquiao-Vargas bout set on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Now, it has fallen to Arum’s hands to broadcast the fight himself, via Top Rank’s pay-per-view arm. “Just like most human beings, you go and accept the status quo,” the veteran promoter continued. Pacquiao currently juggles his legislative duties and training, working out at a nearby boxing gym after attending sessions at the Senate office in Pasay City. Arum, for his part, wants to highlight this aspect of Pacquiao’s busy life. “We’re going to do major pieces that have never been seen before. We’re going to take cameras right into the Senate, see him considering bills. I think it’s going to be fascinating,” he said. Arum said the primers will be shown on major US networks such as CBS, NBC and ABC. “They’re all very, very receptive to getting this kind of programming,” he said. THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Pacquiao revives a boxing classic


SEPTEMBER 2 -THE COUNTRY’S boxing icon will brush the dusts off a shelved classic that helped launch his career—this time with the aim of unearthing fighters who can achieve Olympic glory.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the world’s only eight-division boxing champion, and the Philippine Sports Commission will revive Go-For-Gold Boxing, local amateur boxing’s most successful grassroots program. Believing that boxing can win the country’s first gold medal in the Olympics, Pacquiao bared that he was a product of the famed Go-For-Gold, the program of the old Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines that catapulted him to national fame. “The Chairman (PSC chief William “Butch” Ramirez) and I have been talking about reviving the program,” Pacquiao said in Filipino during the consultative meeting organized by the PSC yesterday among top sports leaders at Century Park Hotel. Go-For-Gold was the brainchild of former Abap leader Mel Lopez and his son Manny. It was shelved when the group of tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan took over the leadership of the boxing association in 2009. “I fought there a couple of times before I turned pro,” said Pacquiao. “I remember that we produced a lot of boxing talents in Go-For-Gold.” Boxers who fought at Go-For-Gold represented their town, club, city or province in an Olympic-style competition. The winners in the regional tournaments reached the national finals where they went on to join the national pool. THE FULL REPORT.


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DRAGON BOAT TOURNAMENT PHL team is overall champ in int'l dragon boat meet

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 (GMA NEWS)  Published August 29, 2016 - The Philippine Embassy in China has announced that the Philippine Navy Dragon Boat team was the overall champion in the 2016 Ordos International Nadam Dragon boat tournament.

The Philippine team, which is composed of 22 active Navy members and two civilians, competed in the international tournament held in Inner Mongolia from August 21 to 26.

The team was declared overall champion after winning first place in four categories, namely: the 300-meter full race, 500-meter full race, 500-meter mix race, and the 3,000-meter full race.

The Philippine team came in second in the 300-meter mix race, while they made it to third place in the 3,000-meter mix race.

As part of a celebration, the Embassy hosted lunch for the team last Saturday in Beijing. — BAP, GMA News

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RELATED FROM THE IDBF ONLINE

The Dragon Boat - history and culture: The Dragon Boat Race - A Very Special Chinese Tradition



The Dragon has a very symbolic meaning for the Chinese.

A classic dragon has the head of an ox; a deer's antlers; the mane of a horse; the body and scales of a snake; the claws of an eagle and the tail of a fish. With its strength and power the Dragon rides the clouds in the sky and commands the wind, mist and rain.

The Dragon Boat is deeply embedded in China's 'Dragon' culture, with each Boat having an ornately carved dragon's head at the Bow and a tail in the Stern.

The Hull is painted with the Dragon's scales. The paddles symbolically represent the claws. In IDBF Sport Racing there are generally 18-20 paddlers per Standard size Dragon Boat and 8-10 paddlers in the Small Boat, plus a drummer and a helm (Steerer). In Traditional Festivals the boat designs and crew numbers can vary from 10 up to 50 or more paddlers, plus of course the Drummer and Helm.

The races are a colourful spectacle, with at least two boats competing against each other over distances from 200 to 2000 metres and above. Not only are strength, endurance and skill important but teamwork and harmony of purpose.

In ancient China the Dragon Boat was used for religious purposes as a way of appeasing the rain gods. Later Qu Yuan, the great warrior poet, committed suicide in the river Mi Lo, as a protest against the politicalcorruption of the day. To commemorate this sacrifice the people began to organize Dragon Boat Races in his memory. Since that time over 2000 years ago, Dragon Boat Racing has become a major part of Chinese culture, representing patriotism and group integrity.

Dragon Boating today - A Modern Sport and Recreation too - the IDBF way

In the 1970s the Hong Kong Tourist Association (now Tourist Board) decided to stage an International Dragon Boat Festival to promote Hong Kong. In 1976 the first Hong Kong International Races took place, an event recognised today, by dragon boaters world wide, as the start of the 'Modern Era' of Sport Dragon Boat Racing.

The HKIR developed into an annual festival of enormous success and impressive press pictures of the Hong Kong Races went around the world. Until the International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) was formed in 1991, the HKIR were the 'unofficial club crew world championships' of the sport. Crews who competed in the HKIRthen went home and started their own Dragon Boat Associations, then the EDBF (European), the IDBF and the ADBF (Asian) Federations'. Three Federations who now govern Dragon Boating as practised in over 60 countries.

Since the formation of the IDBF, the sport has spread rapidly throughout the world. Today, 30 years after the first HKIR the numbers show the truly impressive development of modern Dragon Boat Sport. With nearly 50 million participants in China; over 300,000 in the UK and Europe, including Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia; 90,000 in Canada and the USA and many thousands in Australia and New Zealand and with the sport now spreading through the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific Basin; Dragon Boat Sport, under its governing bodies is a vibrant, effective and independent paddle sport.

Dragon Boat Sport - People Packed and Exciting!

Dragon Boat Competitions, under the IDBF and its Continental Federations (the ADBF and EDBF) have developed intoa serious, high-performance, competitive sport, with many Dragon Boat Associations producing National Teams of elite dragon boat paddlers. IDBF World Championships, EDBF European Championships and ADBFAsian Championships are well established, as are RegionalChampionships in North America. Championship Medals are hard to comeby and well deserved.

A whole new ethos and different set of racing values has developed from the Hong Kong International FestivalRaces. There is no other paddle sport in which 22 people work togetherto create a Team result rewarded through the efforts of the whole crew, rather than a few individual performances. This harmony of purpose can only be achieved through many hours of training in the boat, learning to be a complete crew and developing the team spirit and understanding necessary to work together, as one unit, for the common good. 30 years after the first HKIRs, the numbers show the impressive development of Dragon Boat Sport. 50 million Dragon boaters in China and the sport, through the IDBF, has now spread to all continents'.

Dragon Boating - the mass participation paddle sport for all ages and abilities.

As well as Sport Racing, Dragon Boat Associations have helped to develop the Festival Racing side of Dragon Boating too. Many Festival Races are successful due to the number of crews that enter just for the fun and excitement of the event. One of the advantages of Dragon Boating is that you can form a Festival Crew (or fun team, as they are sometimes known) and with little experience and knowledge, quickly become competitive in a Dragon Boat. A lot of Festival Crews come from the 'corporate market' and compete in Festival Dragon Boat Racing because it is also a social event and a team building activity in which the strengths and abilities of employees are soon apparent.

The growth in the Festival Racing scene is enormous. For example there are now event organising companies, world-wide whose sole purpose is to organize dragonboat festival races each year. This is particularly true in Canada and the USA, where Sport Racing Crews also race in the Festival Races. In Europe, the Malmo Festival in Sweden attracts many hundreds of crews from companies and the community and the races last for a week. Organised through the Swedish Dragon Boat Association and the Malmo Canoe Club, the Malmo Festival Races and other such races in Sweden and many more throughout the world, generate funds for the Sport too.

Dragon Boat Racing - the Modern Sport with Ancient Traditions. Serious Sport but Serious Fun Too!

Dragon Boating is the mass participation paddle sport of today, with an ancient past and a very brightfuture. Not yet an Olympic sport but heading that way fast,Dragon Boat Racing is a 'team sport'; a very social sport and great fun too! Attractive to the corporate market and as a 'community activity' it is also a high performance sport for elite standard athletes.

This ability range ina team sport full of tradition, culture and socialinteraction is highly desirable in today's world. Dragon Boating is a sport and recreational activity that can be pursued by everyone and anyone of all abilities and at every level of competition. That is the greatness of Dragon Boating

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GMA NEWS ONLINE

Pacquiao to ask Duterte to release PSC’s share of PAGCOR funds Published August 30, 2016 12:23pm By KATHRINA CHARMAINE ALVAREZ, GMA News

Senator Manny Pacquiao and officials of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Tuesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to release the PSC’s share of funds from the annual income of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) as mandated by law.

Under Republic Act (RA) 6847 or the Philippine Sports Commission Act, “five percent of the gross income” of PAGCOR “shall be automatically remitted directly” to the PSC.

During the hearing of the Senate Committee on Sports however, PAGCOR explained that the five percent remitted to the PSC is computed from the deducted 15 percent of government share.

PSC chairman William Ramirez said he intends to raise the matter with the President.

“Based on the law, five percent of gross income of PAGCOR must be remitted to the Philippine Sports Commission. Nobody should change the law...We’ve been complaining that the law has been violated for so many years,” Ramirez told the Senate panel.

“I will write the President to release that money, copy furnished to the chairman of PAGCOR, bago mag-Pasko,” he added.

Pacquiao, chairman of the Senate committee, said he would also meet with Duterte regarding the matter.

“Can you commit the five percent? Hayaan ninyo banggitin ko ‘yan, mag-set ako ng appointment kay Presidente. Sundin ninyo ang batas natin at sundin n'yo trabaho n'yo,” Pacquiao told PAGCOR representatives present at the hearing.

PAGCOR Assistant Vice President for Community Relations Arnel Ignacio, for his part, said they would gladly remit to the PSC its rightful share of funds once they are directed by the President.

READ MORE...

Ignacio explained that the issue had been raised before the Supreme Court (SC), and that former Fidel Ramos had reduced the PSC’s share to 2.5 percent during his administration. The rest of the proceeds then were channeled to the President’s Social Fund.

Possible graft charges

Former Pampanga representative Yeng Guiao had filed a petition last April before the SC against the PAGCOR and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for their supposed failure to remit what was due the sports commission under RA 6847.

“Kami sa PAGCOR, sinunod lang namin yung directive noon. At ngayon, we’re waiting for the directive from the President. We never had that...Hindi ito pinagmamatigasan. Kumbaga, nag-a-antay lang kami,” Ignacio explained.

Pacquiao said PAGCOR should have remitted five percent of its gross income after the Ramos administration as there was no amendment to the existing law.

“Ang batas ay batas. Iyan ang dapat sundin kung wala namang amendment,” Pacquiao said.

Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing III of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said PAGCOR risks facing charges under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for misinterpreting the law.

“Malinaw sa batas na five percent of gross income shall be given to the PSC. Wala nang iba. There’s no need to interpret this,” Densing said.

“This can be a violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act on the issue of negligence. Maari silang kasuhan,” he added. —ALG, GMA News


PHILSTAR

Report: Donaire to see action in Pacquiao-Vargas card (philstar.com) | Updated August 31, 2016 - 5:12pm 4 140 googleplus0 0


Nonito Donaire Jr.

MANILA, Philippines – Two of the biggest names in Philippine boxing history will see action in the same card.

This after Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum announced that Nonito Donaire Jr. will fight Jessie Magdaleno as the co-main event of Manny Pacquiao’s return bout with Jessie Vargas on November 5 in Las Vegas.

The veteran promoter said the decision to include Donaire in the card is to attract more Filipino fans to the venue.

“We are looking to do something really spectacular for all Filipino people,” Arum said in a report by ABS-CBN’s Bev Llorente.

Arum said Donaire will likely defend his WBO super bantamweight title against Magdaleno (15-0, with 11 KOs), an undefeated prospect from Las Vegas, before Pacquiao takes on Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“When we made the fight, one of the reasons why we are in Thomas and Mack, it sets up so that we can have more than 6,000 seats that we are charging 50 dollars from, so that the Filipinos who come here who usually watch it on closed circuit can watch it for as low as 50 dollars,” he continued.

Donaire is coming off a TKO win over Zsolt Bedak, defending his belt in front of a home crowd Cebu City last April. He will get to do it again, this time in front of Filipino fans in Las Vegas.

“It (Thomas & Mack Center)’s gonna be packed with Filipino fans,” said Arum.

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RELATED FROM THE INQUIRER

Pacquiao excited to have Donaire in his fight card By: Bong Lozada @BLozadaINQ INQUIRER.net
11:46 PM September 1st, 2016


Manny Pacquiao. AP FILE PHOTO

Manny Pacquiao has welcomed the news that compatriot Nonito Donaire will be in the under card of his return fight in Las Vegas this November.

“Maganda yun, dahil maraming Pilipino,” said Pacquiao Thursday at Century Park Hotel. “Napakasaya nun kung madagdagan pa mga Pilipino.”

This will be the first time Donaire, the reigning WBO World super bantamweight champion, will be in the same card as Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, is returning to the boxing ring after announcing his retirement back in May when he beat Timothy Bradley.

Boxing’s only eight-division World champion will face WBO World welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in at Thomas & Mack Center.

Donaire is set to defend his title but an opponent is yet to be named.

“Mas okay maraming Pilipino,” said Pacquiao. “Hindi ako ibang tao na maiinggit o may grievance, gusto ko nga lahat tayo sama sama tayo.”

Donaire hit the pinnacle of his career when he was voted as Fighter of the Year in 2012 and in 2011 he reached the third spot in Ring’s pound-for-pound rankings.


PHILSTAR

Arum to showcase Pacquiao’s Senate work to promote fight By Dino Maragay (philstar.com) | Updated September 2, 2016 - 9:19am 5 353 googleplus0 0


Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum said his company will produce shows showing Manny Pacquiao's work as a senator to help promote the Filipino's fight with Jessie Vargas.

MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Inc. chief Bob Arum has accepted the fact that Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Jessie Vargas will be harder to market, that’s why he’s exploring unique ways of promoting it.

That includes reminding boxing fans that Pacquiao is now a “fighting senator.”

In an interview with RingTV.com’s Mitch Abramson, Arum said he plans to produce primers featuring Pacquiao’s work as a Philippine senator.

“In other words, it’s like a ‘24/7’ but I think it’s going to be much more innovative,” Arum said, referring to the award-winning HBO show “24/7” – on which Pacquiao has starred before – that serves as primers for major boxing matches.

Arum’s strategy comes as HBO, which has aired Pacquiao’s past fights, this time has shunned the Pacquiao-Vargas bout set on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Now, it has fallen to Arum’s hands to broadcast the fight himself, via Top Rank’s pay-per-view arm.

“Just like most human beings, you go and accept the status quo,” the veteran promoter continued.

Pacquiao currently juggles his legislative duties and training, working out at a nearby boxing gym after attending sessions at the Senate office in Pasay City.

Arum, for his part, wants to highlight this aspect of Pacquiao’s busy life.

“We’re going to do major pieces that have never been seen before. We’re going to take cameras right into the Senate, see him considering bills. I think it’s going to be fascinating,” he said.

Arum said the primers will be shown on major US networks such as CBS, NBC and ABC.

“They’re all very, very receptive to getting this kind of programming,” he said.


INQUIRER

Pacquiao revives a boxing classic By: June Navarro @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer
04:55 AM September 2nd, 2016

THE COUNTRY’S boxing icon will brush the dusts off a shelved classic that helped launch his career—this time with the aim of unearthing fighters who can achieve Olympic glory.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the world’s only eight-division boxing champion, and the Philippine Sports Commission will revive Go-For-Gold Boxing, local amateur boxing’s most successful grassroots program.

Believing that boxing can win the country’s first gold medal in the Olympics, Pacquiao bared that he was a product of the famed Go-For-Gold, the program of the old Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines that catapulted him to national fame.

“The Chairman (PSC chief William “Butch” Ramirez) and I have been talking about reviving the program,” Pacquiao said in Filipino during the consultative meeting organized by the PSC yesterday among top sports leaders at Century Park Hotel.

Go-For-Gold was the brainchild of former Abap leader Mel Lopez and his son Manny.

It was shelved when the group of tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan took over the leadership of the boxing association in 2009.

“I fought there a couple of times before I turned pro,” said Pacquiao. “I remember that we produced a lot of boxing talents in Go-For-Gold.”

Boxers who fought at Go-For-Gold represented their town, club, city or province in an Olympic-style competition.

The winners in the regional tournaments reached the national finals where they went on to join the national pool.


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