Barriga vows to come back for 2016 Olympics

FILIPINO amateur boxer Mark Barriga has expressed his willingness to avenge his heartbreaking loss last Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics. Barriga was ahead 10-8 after two rounds, before two controversial deductions late in the third and final round gave his Kazakhstani opponent, Birzhan Zhakypov, the victory by one point, 17-16.
In his live interview on State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, Barriga confirmed that he plans to return to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Pwede pa po ako. Kasi I think hanggang 32 ang olympics sa boxing. Nineteen pa ko so sa susunod na Olympcs, 23 na ko nun so kailangan nalang namin maglaro nalang sa qualifying. Pag nag-qualify, laro ulit sa Olympics,” said Barriga.

Julaton looks for next challenge after Ramos

ANA “The Hurricane” Julaton, the former women’s super bantamweight champion of the world, bucked a last minute opponent switch to keep her hopes of getting another title shot alive, making short work of her replacement opponent Abigail Ramos (3-4-0, 2 KOs) in her third fight in Yucatan, Mexico, Saturday, PHL time.
Julaton was supposed to face a far tougher opponent in Magali Rodriguez (7-4-1, 4 KOs), but a few days before the fight, Team Julaton decided to find a replacement for their first choice of opponent as the Rodriguez camp failed to communicate with them.

Filipina long jumper fails to make the cut

FILIPINA long jump bet Marestella Torres failed to qualify for the medal round, achieving a best distance of 6.22 meters on her last attempt, Tuesday (early Wednesday, PHL time), good for 22nd place out of a field of 28.

She notched just 5.98 meters on her first attempt, followed by 6.21 meters on her second try, before winding up with her best distance of 6.22 meters.

Blazers name Stotts as new head coach

THE Portland Trail Blazers named Terry Stotts as their new head coach Tuesday, injecting fresh blood to revive their stagnant franchise.

Stotts replaces interim coach Kaleb Canales who finished off the season for the Blazers once seventh-year coach Nate McMillan was fired in March.

“Terry is one of the elite offensive minds in the NBA, has extensive experience with multiple organizations and was instrumental in the Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Championship,” Blazers general manager Neil Olshey.

Make the holidays more meaningful

By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

HOLIDAYS are special, usually happy days, because they are occasions for some celebration that are either civil or religious in character. They afford us to take a pause, and together with it, a chance to reflect on the significance of the event celebrated.


By: Alger O. Inocencio

THE RECENT launching of Cebu Pacific’s new routes – Kalibo to Davao City and Davao City to Puerto Princesa City was quite memorable as it represented one company’s aspiration to connect people, families and loved ones from one place to another formerly separated by time and space, too long and tiring to travel.

DPWH urged to admit flood control is destructive

By: Tara Yap

A HYDROLOGIST urged Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) to admit that the P5-billion flood control project that was supposed to ease flooding in Metro Iloilo has proven to be destructive.

Engr. Edgar Mana-ay warned there will be no concrete solution to the erosion of riverbanks and creeks in Pavia, Iloilo and nearby towns if DPWH-6 refuses to recognize that the root of the problem is the Iloilo Flood Control Project (IFCP).

Mana-ay explained that rivers are winding in nature and never straight. The curves serve as natural deflectors that slow down the river’s current.

Landslide, flood hit Iloilo anew

By: Tara Yap

TORRENTIAL rains continued to batter yesterday the city and province of Iloilo displacing thousands of residents due to flood and landslides.

As of August 7, the City Social Welfare and Development Office disclosed that 4,555 people have been displaced due to flood.

The most affected was Sooc village in Arevalo district with 2,720 people who had to evacuate with floodwaters reaching waist level.

Other affected areas are Mandurriao villages of Calajunan, Navais, Pali-Benedicto, Sta. Rosa, and Taft North.