Cotto’s jabs connects in Round 1 and Pacquiao jabbs back. Cotto connects with a left hook, which throws Pacman back a bit. Cotto jabs again. Pacman tries to figure Cotto. Cotto jabs effecively while Pacman takes his time. Pacman connects with 1-2. Pacman tries to slip, attacks, but Cotto holds. Cotto presses attack, Pacman lands left hook which wobbles Cotto a bit.

In Round 2, Pacman jabs, throws a left straight. Cotto fights back. He seems to look faster than Pacman. Pacman keeps his hands up, defends self. The Filipino connects left straight, throws combinatons. Cotto appears to have thrown a low blow. Pacman rattles Cotto with big left hooks and explosive punches. Cotto seems a bit hurt. Cotto tries to trap Pacman in the corner but the Pacman escapes Cotto survives the knockdown in Round 3.

Pacman attacks again. Pacman presses the fight, Cotto recovers. Both fighters unleash big bombs. Pacman jabs in , connects with left, darts out. Cotto was told to keep his punches high, Cotto pushes Pacman’s head down.

In Round 4, Cotto jabs, throws big left, Pacman retreats. Cotto throwing body punches, Pacman throws 1-2, then upper cuts, cuts Cotto’s combo. Pacman throws assualt, Cotto’s knees wobble. The referee separates them. Pacman on the ropes waits for Cotto’s attack, slips and escapes. Cotto, who got knocked down, is saved by the bell.

Cotto presses attack in Round 5 as Pacman boxes from the distance, being careful. Pacman lands a combo again, forces Cotto to peek-a-boo defense. Pacman is boxing beautifully, stays on the ropes. Pacman gets hit a bit, moves to the center. Pacman jabs, connects. Cotto holds, both fighters wrestle a bit. A flurry of exchanges before the bell rings.

In Round 6, Cotto jabs, moves forward, Pacman throws hook, upper cut and connects with big right hook. Cotto seems affected, dances away. Pacman presses action. Cotto, whoretreats, gets hit with 1-2. Pacman throws a 1-2-3, Cotto holds. Cotto lands jab, uses it effectively. Pcaman attacks again. It wobbles Cotto a bit. Cotto taps Pacman’s cheek when the round ended as if to say: “Good round.”

Pacman throws a heavy right in Round 7. Cotto reels a bit. The Puerto Rican keeps his hands up, moves forward, throws a straight then a hook. But Pacman seems unaffected. Pacman moves forward, dictating the pace. Cotto tries to dance away, Pacman hunts Cotto and connects 1-2 before the round ends.

Round 8 ensues and Cotto now has bruises under the eyes. Pacquiao is getting confident. Cotto uses the ring to stay away from Pacman who is boxing beautifully. Cotto pecking away, Pacman traps him at the ropes. Cotto receives 1-2-3, before stepping away. Pacman stalks his prey, connects an upper cutand hook. He traps Cotto in the corner.

Cotto jabs in Round 9. Pacman hits his gloves together. He seems to say, “Come on, fight.” Cotto attacks with 1-2, Pacman fights back. Cotto holds. Cotto is trapped at the ropes. Cotto’s face is a mess, his right eye is swelling. Pacman’s face remains clean. Pacman stalks his prey again, Cotto retreats a bit.

Cotto attacks, tries to control the fight in Round 10. Pacman keeps his defense. Pacman attacks again. Cotto tries to hold but Pacman stays away. Pacman walks forward, hunts Cotto down. Cotto seems always to retreat, uses the ring and stays away from Pacman. Pacman sighs, seems tired from chasing. Pacman picks the pace again. Cotto’s face is really a mess after Round 10. His nose is bleeding, right eye puffed. He has a small cut in the left brow.

The Puerto Rican boxes away in Round 11. This fight has shades of the Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight when the Puerto Rican was trying to stay away from Margarito. Pacman connects with 1-2-3-4 punches! Pacman tries to trap cotto in the corner, Cotto moves away and jogs around. Cotto jabs with a “stay away from me punch.” Cotto counter punches, gets boos from the crowd. Pacman is just dominating Cotto, using ring generalship.

Pacman hunts Cotto down, Cotto throws a left hook, Pacman catches Cotto with 1-2. Pacman is relentless, 1-2, 1-2. Kenny Bayless steps in, waves off the fight just seconds over two minutes in Round 12.



KAISA- Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan  tomorrow will launch Her Time is Up, a forum series on the 2010 elections, with their first guest presidentiable Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero.

Aptly titled “Tatakbo ka ba?” , the forum will be from 1pm to 4pm and will be held at the Malcolm Theater of the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City. Expected to serve as reactors to Chiz are Dean Marvic Leonen, School of Economics Student Council Chairperson Inna Morillo and National College of Public Administration & Governance Student Council Chairperson Pebbles Sanchez.

Sanchez’s NCPAG-SC is also one of the co-presentors of the event together with the College of Science Student Council, the College of Home Economics Student Council, the Asian Institute of Tourism Student Council, the College of Human Kinetics Student Council, the College of Architecture Student Council, the Alliance of Concerned Dormitories, Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity and the University Student Council – Mass Media Committee.

According to the organizers, either Senator Richard Gordon or Former President Joseph Estrada will be their second guest presidentiable. They are also closely coordinating with the people of Senator Manny Villar, Former DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane and Senator Noynoy Aquino.

After the presidentiables, KAISA will also allow Vice Presidentiables and Senatoriables to present their platforms or what-have-you’s to the UP community.

Until now, I have yet to choose what to write on the field labeled as President on the ballot come May 2010. But as of now, it is a toss up between abstain and Chiz Escudero.

Hours before his supposed bombshell, my curiosity prompted me to call a friend who is working for a political marketing firm connected to Senator Chiz Escudero. I asked if they have any idea what would be in store for the said Senator’s press conference that morning. My contact said that they’re not anymore connected to Sen. Escudero. “But you are frat brods, ” I told him and he retorted, “I support him in my personal capacity but I really don’t know what he is supposed to announce today.”

That is very unusual as that person is very much willing to share political information to me as a quid pro quo to me sharing the things I know.

So while I’m at work, I took time to refresh three Philippine news sites (, and every now and then as I don’t want to be left behind about this. And then, the headlines graced Sen. Escudero’s shocking pronouncement that he is resigning from the Nationalist People’s Coalition, his party for the past 11 years.

At first, I don’t know how to react. Instead of dousing water on my curiosity, the information spawned more questions. Does Danding know? How about the NPC leadership? What would Chiz do now? If he runs, who’ll be his machinery?

That confusion continued until the evening news interview between Ted Failon and the senator. But that time, it wasn’t about Danding or the NPC any longer, not even about Chiz’s presidential plans (or the lack of it) or his machinery (or the lack of it again) anymore. My final confusion on the issue is why the senator, known for his courage, isn’t answering Failon’s questions in his trademarked bravery and straightforwardness. Is it because answering it frankly would hurt Danding and the NPC?

I am happy that Chiz, still my favored presidential candidate (Noynoy as far second and the others farther), is the first one to categorically state his position on critical working class issues like labor contractualization. It is way better than Aquino’s motherhood statements, Villar’s non-committal stance and Erap’s demagoguery.

But I’m still finding it hard to fully support him because there seems to be something hidden behind his evasion of Ted Failon’s questions. And when I chanced upon a well-known law dean yesterday, he informed me that his contacts are telling him that Escudero is still a presidential contender.

Yes, I believe that Chiz is still running but, for now, I’m still leaning to abstain. Not until he is courageous against Danding and NPC as he is against Gloria and Lakas-Kampi.

October 15, Thursday
Before You Know It – 2 p.m.
Gas – 4:30 p.m.
The Viceroys – 7 p.m.
Smalltown, Italy – 9:30 p.m.

October 16, Friday
The Fever – 2 p.m.
Mater Natura – 4:30 p.m.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 7 p.m.
The Heretic – 9:30 p.m.

October 17, Saturday
One Out of Two – 2 p.m.
What I’m Doing Here – 4:30 p.m.
The True Legend of Tony Vilar – 7 p.m.
Gas – 9:30 p.m.

October 18, Sunday
Caravaggio – 2 p.m.
The True Legend of Tony Vilar – 4:30 p.m.
Mater Natura – 7 p.m.
The Destination – 9:30 p.m.

October 19, Monday
The Heretic – 2 p.m.
The Fever – 4:30 p.m.
One Out of Two – 7 p.m.
What I’m Doing Here – 9:30 p.m.

October 20, Tuesday
Smalltown, Italy – 2 p.m.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – 4:30 p.m.
Caravaggio – 7 p.m.
Before You Know It – 9:30 p.m.

October 21, Wednesday
The Destination – 2 p.m.
The Fever – 4:30 p.m.
What I’m Doing Here – 7 p.m.
The Viceroys – 9:30 p.m.

I was drinking coffee with some friends (4 of us) at around 7 in the morning as the rain kept pouring. It continuously rained the whole evening, but, was becoming lighter in that morning of Saturday, September 26. As the horizon brightened, we saw the river suddenly becoming larger and in a few minutes, there was water in the covered court of Balubad. It came so fast and as I wanted to go to Bagong Sibol (about 30 meters away from our block – block 11) to inform the local organization members as well as KPML members of the situation.

I could no longer reach the place as the water has already reached Kabayan Road. I had to go back and inform my family. The water rose so fast in just about 5-10 minutes. When I reached the place where my motorbike was parked, water was already waist deep. Before I reached the house with my motorbike, the current became stronger and water was still rising. SO, I decided to let go with my motorcycle-or else I will die with it.

I had to swim fast and reached the rooftop of one of the houses in block 9. I felt so desperate, that I could no longer do anything but stay on the roof. I felt that the money I had to pay for my bike was all gone to waste.

I decided to go back to our house. I had to go through rooftops, just to reach the place. I found my family members in our neighbor’s house – at the third floor. I felt a bit relieved that they are still alive.

There were already 30 of us cramped in our neghbor’s house. We were a bit happy that we were alive. We had no food for 36 hours and I had crackers later. That was all as we couldn’t cook. There was no stove, no food to cook. My son had to use a small boat to buy some coffee and sugar. But, the price was beyond our reach as we also had no money with us.

All our belongings were damaged and gone. Our house had no walls, see-through and everything was all so muddy. We only had our clothes on. I had to borrow slippers and I had no underwear because it was all so wet.

In that 36 hours ordeal, we couldn’t rest nor sleep. We were worried. The children could not use the toilets as they were in the first floor of the neighbor’s house. I told the girl who kept on insisting to use the toilet, if you want to die get down to the first floor and use the toilet. I wanted to put some humor in this kind of situation. But, I also felt so helpless at that time and we prayed that these things will come to pass.

Now, some tears fall as I relate the story to my co-members at the KPML office. I realized that we really have to be prepared in any type of disaster.

*Danilo Afante is a member of the KPML National Executive Committee and Chairperson of its Marikina Chapter. He is a resident of Balubad, Marikina. KPML is Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralita ng Lungsod.

1. Before entering your home, be sure it is structurally sound.

* Make sure there are no live wires and electricity is cut off. Check for loose concrete on ceilings, plywood, or other fixtures that might collapse.

* Check with your power or water supplier first if electricity or water is safe to use in your area.

* Structural damage from storms and floods are not as bad as when earthquakes hit. However, in severe cases, there is a danger that soil underneath a house has softened from prolonged exposure to water that can result to erosion.

2. Check your utilities.

* Things that usually get damaged are electrical systems, plumbing, wooden or laminated boards, or cabinets. Some doors and walls can also collapse under intense water pressure.

* Inspect electrical outlets for damage, and call an electrician to check whether they are still safe to use.

* Mudflow could clog pipes, which can be remedied by power-hosing. Repiping jobs are called for when the mud hardens.

3. Clear and clean as much as you can.

* Make sure there are no objects lying around when you pump out water.

* Take out all the water inside the house using pails or water pumps. Prolonged water saturation can lead to many problems like carpet discoloration, warped wood, or even mosquito and pest infestations when water stagnates not only inside the home, but in surrounding areas.

* Flooded basements where generators are located are also at risk for oil spills. These can lead to foul-smelling odors that can be cleaned out by industrial chemicals.

* Clean up all the mud inside the house and do not allow mud to harden. If your floors are made of ceramic tiles, buy a bristle brush and remove water and mud.

* For houses with wooden flooring or carpets, professional help is needed, especially if these were submerged underwater.

* Sometimes, there is no water or power to facilitate cleaning or the use of electrical equipment like water pumps.

4. Assess the damage.

* Decide what to keep, what to repair, and what to throw away.

* Take note of your budget and prioritize which rooms or furniture you want to save. Take note that you can survive without a lot of things, so it might help to stick to the essentials. Sometimes it is cheaper to replace items than to repair them. It could also be cheaper in the long run to repair furniture en masse than if you do it piecemeal.

* If you need to seek a professional opinion on which possessions to save, be sure to get a second opinion from someone you trust.

* If something is swollen, such as laminated flooring, chances are they can’t be used again. Laminated wood is common in the Philippines because of an existing log-ban. These materials are spongy and get warped when they are saturated. Concrete houses, however, can withstand a lot of water pressure.

* Air-drying furniture is excellent but professional equipment can speed up the job. Carpets and upholstery are trickier to repair, but professional services can offer drying services.

5. Spot check.

* Address lingering problems like foul smell from festering fungi or bacteria, which usually form on moist surfaces. Grease, oil, and mud can also add to this problem.

* Consult with a serviceman which chemicals can best be used to address these problems.

6. Renovate when you need to.

* Consider constructing an attic or putting storage spaces on higher floors as pre-emptive measures.
* Renovate only after careful consideration or upon recommendation by a professional surveyor.
* Get a municipal permit for building renovations, only if the cost of renovation is more than P50,000.

Report based on ANC Shoptalk episode.

Are you tired of just ranting about your company rules?

My friend Nica Dumlao informed me that the Employees’ League in ICT-enabled Services (E-Lites) is sponsoring a Seminar-Workshop for workers in the Business Process Outsourcing industry this Saturday and Sunday (September 19 & 20) at Gems Hotel in Antipolo City.

She also said that the aforementioned event will be about the Philippine Labor Code, International Labor Standards, and Occupational Safety & Health. The event is entirely free of charge.

E-Lites is the group behind the free concert event for BPO employees at the Penguin Bar in Malate last year.

UPDATE: For those interested in reserving a slot, simply proceed to Chowking Cubao (beside Eurotel) 10am on Saturday and text/call me at 09167706376 or email me (