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MACAU, China  - Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 39 KOs) pulled out a masterful unanimous decision win, flooring the American challenger Chris Algieri (20-1-0, 8 KOs) six times in successfully defending his WBO welterweight title at the Venetian Macao, minutes earlier.

On the first round, Pacquiao showing his strength early with a left straight left an early bruise to the upper right face of the New York native. On the second, the Filipino fighter launched a left straight with 1:47 remaining which looked like a slip but ruled out by the referee as a knockdown. Pacquiao’s speed is apparent as he continues to stalk the younger Algieri.

On the third, Pacquiao continues his assault with much of his right cross landing on target. Algieri occasionally was able to hit the Filipino fighter with his lead right but with minimal damage. In the fourth, Pacquiao successfully landed a left uppercut with 1:55 remaining. Algieri continued to backpedal in order to get out of harm’s way.

In the fifth, a short right jab was unleashed by the fightingcongressman in the early ticks which landed on the undefeated Algieri’s left cheek. Another snappy right landed, 55 seconds remaining in the fight.

On the sixth, Pacquiao once again asserted his dominance with quick combinations to the agile Algieri. Hitting the American upstairs and downstairs, the Filipino fighter landed a strong right which led to the literal tumbling of Algieri for the second knockdown in 1:16. With forty seconds left in the sixth, Pacquiao was once again able to floor Algieri in the corner.
 
In showing resilience, Algieri was still able to stand up and continue for the next two rounds, although most of the time he refuses to engage with the 8-division world champion.

In the ninth, the Filipino boxer unleashed fierce combinations to the body and to the face of the undefeated Algieri. The American was once again floored with 1:17 remaining and :29 leaving him down and on his backside. Referee Genaro Rodriguez, however, stopped the fight momentarily, while Pacquiao was still punching. It led to a bit of confusion when after a couple of ticks, he resumed the fight . After being knocked down, the taller Algieri continues to backpedal wishing for a possible lucky punch as a last saving grace.

On the tenth, another Pacquiao left lead landed on unaware Algieri which sent him to the canvas for the sixth time. Algieri walks back to his corner with a look that says "I'm-still-in-this-but-I-don't-know-what-else-to-do". Further rounds ensued with not much sign of Algieri marching forward yet. And just before the final ticks in the twelfth, Pacquiao dominantly landing his signature combinations to the backpedalling Algieri.

"Manny is the best in the world at fighting like Manny Pacquiao", loser Chris Algieri reveals in the post-fight interview. While Bob Arum expressed optimism in the possibility of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight next year, the Filipino boxer leaves it to the negotiations but emphasized that he remains to be ready against anyone that will be pitted against him.

Scorecards: 119-103, 119-103 and 120-102.



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Lahat tayo ay namamatay. Isa ito sa mga katotohanang agad nating nalalaman habang tayo'y nabubuhay sa mundong ibabaw lalung-lalo na sa buwan ng Nobyembre. Hindi ako madalas na nagsusulat sa blog na ito ng mga personal na bagay nguni't hayaan n'yo akong ibahagi ang buhay ni Mylene D. Gonzales.

Si Baby Mylene ay kinupkop at inalagaan sa aming pamamahay simula noong walong buwan pa lang siya. Siya ang anak ng aking Tito na dahil sa, sabihin na lang natin na kulang sa kakayanang mapunan ang pangangailangan ng bata, ay inampon ng aking mga magulang sa South Cotabato. Siya ay anak sa labas ng kapwang mga magulang n'ya.
Si Baby Mylene: Madaldal at makulit.
Nakakatuwa ang bibong bata na ito. Sa edad na 2 ay naturuan siya ng mama ko na magsaulo ng mga salitang Filipino at ang kaukulang translation nito sa English at vice versa. Kunwari, kapag tinanong mo siya kung ano ang Ingles ng "kamatis", sasagutin ka n'ya agad ng "tomato", at iba pa - ayon sa notebook na kung saan nailista ang kanyang mga namemoryang mga salita, aabot ito ng halos 200 na bokabularyo. Habang lumalaki siya, dahil sa pagkahilig sa panonood ng TV, ay madalas umaarte ng impromptu; ala-Ryzza Mae.

Siya ang nagsilbing bunso at naging anak-anakan ng nagkakaedad ko nang mga magulang. Dahil sa lahat kaming mga anak ay humayo na at nagkaroon na ng sari-sariling buhay sa iba't-ibang lugar; si Mylene ay itinuring na tunay na anak ng aking mga magulang. Kung kami nga ay hindi hinahatid sa eskwela; si Mylene ay hinahatid-sundo ng kanyang Papa Jessie sa school.

Siya ay pinag-aral ng kindergarten hanggang sa tumuntong siya ng First Grade sa Tupi, South Cotabato. Bibong-bigo si Mylene; hindi man siya honor student sa klase, siya ang tipong umiikot at daldal nang daldal sa klase. Lubos siyang mapagkaibigan. Ang tukso namin sa kanya ay "Big Eyes" dahil sa prominente niyang mga mata.
Mylene: Big Eyes. :)
Medyo nahihirapan din siya sa Math gaya ko; kung kaya't tuwing nakakauwi ako ng probinsya ay tinuturuan ko siya ng arithmetic. Ang huli kong naituro sa kanya ang pag-a-add ng double digits. Nagsusumikap naman siyang matuto. Ako at ang Ate Nini ko ang mga tutors n'ya sa tuwing nakakabakasyon kami sa Tupi. Siya ay sweet sa amin at paminsan-minsan ay magugulat ka na lang na nakayapos na siya sa iyo. Nasabi nga ng mama ko na ang batang ito ay hindi mahirap mahalin. Si Mylene din ang naging inspirasyon ko nang nakaranas siya ng pambu-bully mula sa kanyang kindergarten classmate dati kung saan nanalo ako sa isang international essay competition na iyon.

Tumagal si Mylene ng ilang taon sa amin nguni't noong kalagitnaan ng taong ito ay doon siya ipinatira sa isa pang kamag-anak namin dahil sa pagiging sobrang kulit at pasaway ni Mylene. Pagkaraan ng ilang buwan, 'di yata matiis at sa pag-aalala ng kalagayan n'ya, siya ay kinuhang muli at ipinatira sa amin. Medyo mahina kasi ang resistensya ng bata at medyo masakitin.

Malamang nag-ugat ito noong maliit pa siya, mga nasa 3 o 4 na taon siya noong naitulak siya ng kapwa bata sa loob ng simbahan. Tumama ang kanyang noo sa semento at pagkaraan ng ilang minuto ay sumuka siya. Simula noon, dahil din sa pagiging lampa niya ay hindi n'ya naaalalayan ang kanyang mga pagbagsak kung kaya't madalas ay nagkakabukol siya.
Mga munting ligaya ni Mylene: mga class fieldtrip... at ice cream.
Ika-tatlo ng Nobyembre, dumating ang araw na kinatatakutan ng pamilya; habang naglalaro ang mga Grade 1 students noong lunchbreak, bigla niyang niyakap ang isang dating classmate at halos ayaw n'yang pakawalan. Dahil sa ayaw sa kanyang ginawa ay naitulak siya ng kanyang dating kaklase. Aksidenteng tumama ang kanyang ulo sa shoulder ng fishpond - at siya ay nagsuka.

Dahil sa aksidente, sumama ang ina ng classmate ni Mylene sa ospital upang matingnan ang bata. Hindi kailanman pwedeng sisihin ang pagtulak sa kay Mylene dahil rin nga sa instinctive reaction ng isang bata kapag biglang itong nayapos at ayaw pakawalan.
Si Mylene; malalim yata ang iniisip.
Nagkaroon ng matinding lagnat ang bata hanggang sa siya ay isinugod sa provincial hospital upang mas lalong masuri. Masyadong malawak ang nagpagkabagok o ng traumatic brain injury sa kanya kung kaya't pagkatapos ng anim na araw - bumigay na ang kanyang mahinang katawan. Pumanaw siya eksaktong isang linggo ang nakakaraan sa ganap na alas-8 ng umaga.

Nalaman ko ang balita nang tinawagan ako ni Mama. Ako man ay 'di halos makapaniwala sa sobrang bilis ng mga pangyayari. Masyado pang bata si Mylene at mayroon pa siyang kaabang-abang na kinabukasan. Naluha ako sa nangyari nang ang lahat ay nag-sink-in na.

Subali't ito ang katotohanan sa mundo; kung pwede lang sana ay mapahaba natin ang buhay ng ating mga minamahal. Pero hindi ito posible.

Ang kamatayan ng ating minamahal ang nagbibigay sa atin ng pagkakataong magnilay-nilay sa limitasyon ng ating mortalidad. Kamatayan ang palaging nagpapaalala sa atin ng isa pang buhay maliban sa kung ano ang mayron sa mundong ibabaw.
Mylene D. Gonzales (May 7, 2007 - November 9, 2014)
Paalam, Mylene. Miss ka na namin. Salamat sa maikli mong buhay at napasaya mo kami sa maraming paraan. Hindi ka na tatanda pa upang maranasan ang marami pang paghihirap dito.

Enjoy ka lang dyan ha. maglaro ka na lang sa mga ulap.
Mahal na mahal ka namin.


Days after the bar, I would like to share this throwback article published in MSU Law Gazette, as written by law student Najieva S. Ibrahim.

Sukran, MSU Law Gazette!

His OSG Experience: A Wonderful Legacy*
by: Najieva S. Ibrahim

For some reason, experience is viewed in different ways. But for someone I know, knowledge is gained from experience. He is JR Lopez Gonzales. He is just like any other typical and dedicated law student who happens to be a good speaker, blogger, writer and above all a role model.
The 2013 OSG Interns with Associate Solicitor Karl Miranda and  SC Justice Roberto Abad at the Supreme Court of the Philippines
He was the first Mindanaoan law student who got accepted in the summer internship program in one of the prestigious offices in the country, the Office of the Solicitor General.

The OSG Summer Internship Program which took place last year is a structured seven (7) week program designed primarily to provide unparalleled legal training to qualified third and fourth year law students. This is a brainchild program of Justice Karl Miranda, an Associate Solicitor General, which started in 2008. The OSG is located in Makati City, and is composed of various justices divided in different divisions.

As an intern, he had to wake up early in the morning for office work which starts at 8 AM and ends at five. Every intern is assigned to different divisions and number of interns depends upon the number of solicitor-lawyers. He, in particular, was designated in the division of Sedfrey A. OrdoƱez, the largest OSG division. In SAO, there were 8 interns from various law schools, assigned for over 13 state solicitors. His fellow SAO interns are from UP, Ateneo, San Beda, San Carlos, UST, and San Jose Recolletos. Despite the diversity of backgrounds, the interns got to learn from each other’s distinct legal experiences.
With the SAO Interns.
JR considers his experience as life-changing. He also encourages other Mindanaoan law students to participate and apply for the internship which takes place every summer time, annually. The interns’ activities include the review of cases, drafting of pleadings, attending court hearings, participation to lectures, as well as visits to various legal institutions.


With the then-Solgen Francis Jardeleza.

Regarding pressures, he considers it as normal. In order to survive, he said that one has to have a good outlook. Having in mind that he represents MSU, he has to do well despite the standards included with the job – which meant even having to revise a submitted pleading five times!

But above all, as he related, was his deeper appreciation of what “public service” meant. He concludes that his experience has been one-of-a-kind, having the great privilege of interacting with solicitors and what it meant to work for the betterment of the Filipino people.

*Ibrahim, Najieva S. (20014, April 4) His OSG Experience: A Wonderful Legacy. MSU Law Gazette, p. 8.