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Sunday, December 7, 2008

December 8, 2008 Major Newscast

Ninety million Filipinos saw their prayers answered and their dreams come true when ring idol and national treasure Manny Pacquiao put on a magnificent display of remarkable skill, blinding speed and awesome power to punish The Golden Boy Oscar de la Hoya and forced him to quit at the end of eight rounds in their Dream Match, which turned into a nightmare for the biggest name in boxing.  Boxing purists got it right from the start: the Dream Match between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar The Golden Boy de la Hoya was indeed a mismatch.  From the presidential palace to the rough-and-tumble slums, millions of Filipinos cheered Sunday after boxing hero Manny Pacquiao hammered legend Oscar De La Hoya in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao's punches too much 

MANNY PACQUIAO has been advised to use his speed - his primary weapon - to throw off Oscar de la Hoya. Statistically, Pacquiao's strength was just as critical to his overwhelming victory on Sunday.  Pacquiao landed 195 power punches, compared to a measly 51 connected by de la Hoya.
Overall, Pacquiao was able to tag De la Hoya with 59 percent (195 of 333) of his power punches. De la Hoya came in at a paltry 31 percent (31 of 164).


Pacquiao's Princess high-fives nanny

Two-year-old Princess Pacquiao gave her nanny a high-five as everyone around her broke into jubilation when Mexican 'Golden Boy' Oscar dela Hoya surrendered early in the 9th round to give up the fight to her dad, Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao ma euphoric over son's win

Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, was teary eyed as his son defeated Mexican slugger Oscar de la Hoya in their 12-round match at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, USA.

Palace lauds Pacquiao on victory

Malacanang cheered boxing hero Manny Pacquaio on his win over Oscar dela Hoya in Las Vegas on Sunday, saying it was a testament to the "resiliency and strength" of the Filipino, even when the odds are stacked against him.

Pacquiao keeps tourists off Bora

The allure of Boracay's famous white beach could not compete with the Manny Pacquiao's domination of Oscar de la Hoya as hundreds of tourists stayed off the famous white sand beach during the fight.

RP celebs in Pacman-De la Hoya fight

Filipino politicians and celebrities went to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to watch the much-anticipated Dream Match between Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and Mexican slugger Oscar de la Hoya.  Spotted were Vice President Noli de Castro, Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, House Speaker Prospero Nograles Jr., Ilocos Sur Gov. Chavit Singson and Environment Secretary Jose "Lito" Atienza.  Also watching the Pacquiao-de la Hoya fight were retired boxer Mike Tyson, NBA player Reggie Miller, and actor Mario Lopez.

Cebu City peaceful during match


Metro crime-free during Pacquiao bout

As expected, most parts of Metro Manila were relatively quiet and crime-free while the bout of Filipino boxing champ Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Oscar dela Hoya was in progress.

Clashes in Mindanao reported


2 die of heart attack while watching Pacquiao-De la Hoya fight - report

At least two people suffered fatal heart attacks while watching the historic bout of Filipino boxing champ Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya.  Lout Gary Ocot of Magsaysay town in Misamis Oriental suffered a heart attack while watching the bout with his wife at a mall.  Ocot seemed distressed while watching the fourth round of the bout.  In Cebu, an 80-year-old man, Santos Pangatungan Sr., also suffered a heart attack while watching the third round of the bout in Lapu-Lapu City.  PO1 Jomar Ortes of the Lapu-Lapu City police said Pangatungan was rushed to the Mactan Doctors Hospital but it was too late for doctors to save him.

Pacquiao win a 'saving grace' - Ermita

Malacañang on Sunday hailed the victory of Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao as a "saving grace" amid all the political and economic turmoil that has been beleaguering the country.

'You're my still my idol.'

Manny Pacquiao has always wanted to pattern his career after Oscar de la Hoya. That's why even if he mauled The Golden Boy, Pacquiao gave his props where it was due.

Ex-world champ blasts Dela Hoya


Pacquiao dominated match

The joke that went around the press room during the post-fight ceremonies of the "Dream Match" won in dominating fashion by Manny Pacquiao over Oscar De La Hoya was that the only rounds the Pacman failed to gobble up were the ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th.

"It ain"t over yet, folks, more to come"


Hatton: I'm the next big ticket seller


Tanod killed in Cebu landslide

Due to nonstop rainfall, a landslide occurred in the mountainous village of Pit-os in Cebu City which resulted in the death of 70-year-old barangay tanod.  Agustin Villaban was digging a small waterway outside his house when he was pinned to the ground by a 20-foot coconut tree.  Meanwhile, floodwaters also hit Barangay Opao in Mandaue City affecting more than 60 residents.

The residents blamed clogged drainage system and officials, who they said were "unresponsive", for the incident.


Climate change in curriculum urged


OFW recruiters seek special visa

In the name of employment, the local recruitment industry today pushed for the granting of a special visa for foreign employers abroad.

Woman charged for false Canada job


NDF withdraws offer over govt 'lies'

Claiming the government lied twice on the matter, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) is set to reject any ceasefire even during formal talks.

Soldier, cop in NPA captivity 'healthy'

The National Democratic Front (NDF) said the military officer and the policeman, who were captured by communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels during recent attacks in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, have been eating better than their own fighters.

Bayan Muna coordinator dies

Bayan Muna coordinator Isabelino Celing, 47, has died in a hospital in Tagum City, six days after he was attacked by gunmen in Sitio (subvillage) Samuag, Barangay (Village) Haguimitan, Monkayo town, Compostela Valley province on Nov. 30.

9 soldiers hurt in Sulu firefight vs ASG

Nine soldiers were wounded after a two-hour gun battle against alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu early Sunday morning.

Witnesses vs. Bolante


Mayors back LGU funds probe

Mayor Muslimin Sema backed Senator Francis Escudero's initiative to probe the unaccounted for P22 billion in unremitted collections of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), which should go to local government units in the form of internal revenue allotment (IRA) for 2009.

LGUs lose 20% from cut in cinema tax


Camiguin vice mayor disqualified


NATO trucks torched in Pakistan

Suspected militants attacked a Pakistan transport terminal used to supply NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, killing a guard and burning 106 vehicles on Sunday.

Afghan:  9 Taliban killed in gunbattle

A shootout between police and Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan left nine militants dead and three police seriously wounded, a government official said Sunday.

Economy worse before it improves


Dumaguete, Cebu to dispute title

Dumaguete and Cebu will dispute the Baseball Series IV title following victories on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Talk "N Text downs Coca-Cola, 90-82

Talk "N Text marched on to its third straight win Sunday, with a 90-82 beating of Coca-Cola in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Filipino shines in undercard


MTRCB thumbs down showing of 'Imburnal' for the third time

Cinema One Originals' Imburnal has suffered another setback after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) disapproved for the third time its showing.

Dawn pregnant with second child

Actress Dawn Zulueta-Lagdameo confirmed Sunday that she is five weeks pregnant with her second baby.

Karylle admits getting nervous

Actress-singer Karylle on Sunday said that singing the National Anthem in front of a packed crowd at the MGM Grand Hotel Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada made her so nervous.

Anne Curtis apologizes to KC


Obama:  I won't smoke in White House

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