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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Legend of Flash Elorde

Flash Elorde KO'd Harold Gomes
Today is the 76th Birth Anniversary (March 25) of Filipino boxing legend, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde.

About a year ago, I read an article about the boxing legend and it fittingly opened with the statement: “Before the Pacman, there was the Flash”.

Who is “Flash” Elorde?

Elorde was arguably the greatest Filipino boxer of the 20th Century and would have been the all time greatest if not because of the recent triumphs of his 21st Century counterpart, Manny “The Pacman” Pacquiao. His career and his ring record may not be as impressive as the current pound-for-pound king (Pacquiao) but Elorde was the Filipino boxer that put the Philippines on the map of the boxing world in the 1960s. Before him, there was Pancho Villa in the 1920s and Ceferino Garcia in the 1930s, plus the Olympian medalists that followed them.

Elorde emerged during the time when the boxing world headlines were dominated by heavyweight boxers, such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman. It was also the time when the Philippines, particularly Manila, was a suitable venue for international sporting events, and frequently hosting international and regional championships.

Elorde was a southpaw and became professional boxer at the age of 16 in June 1951. At the age of 17, he won the Orient Bantamweight title but only made world headlines after defeating World Featherweight champion Sandy Saddler in a non-title match on 1955 in Manila. He then moved up to capture the Philippine and the Orient Lightweight titles before knocking out Harold Gomes to capture the WBC World Junior Lightweight title in the 1960 (again in Manila) and later the WBA Super Featherweight title in 1963. Elorde dominated that division for seven years with 10 successful defenses of his title from 1960 to 1967, becoming the longest reigning and undisputed champion of the junior lightweight division.

In 1974, the World Boxing Council (WBC) named him as the “greatest world junior lightweight boxing champion in history”. In 1993, he was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and later, in the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Ring Record: 116 fights, 87 wins (33 KOs), 27 losses and 2 draws

Philippine Boxing Legends: Pancho Villa, Flash Elorde, and Manny Pacquiao

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"End of the World" by Dead by Sunrise



"End of the World"
by Dead by Sunrise

When you read the news
Does it make you sick?
Murder, money, politics

Gonna fill you up
Get your bullshit fix
It's the end of the world
Grab your crucifix

And fall to your knees
And beg, "God, please
Have mercy on me, mercy"

When you turn on the TV
What do you get?
Sex, lies, scandal, violence

Like the end of a gun
Pressed against your lips
It's the end of the world
Grab your crucifix

And fall to your knees
And beg, "God, please
Have mercy on me"

When you can't buy gas
And you can't pay rent
And what you've got left
Is the Government's

No win, no future, no benefit
It's the end of the world
Grab your crucifix

And fall to your knees
And beg, "God, please
Have mercy on me"

Coming out of the hypocrisy
Coming out of the bureaucracy
Coming in to lead a war
They're a shame

You can ignore what you cannot see
You can believe in a lie
You can run away from anything
Until you open your eyes

No rest for the wicked
Yeah, they never quit
Watching, waiting
For the next trick

We won't be celebrating
When the atom's split
It's the end of the world
Grab your crucifix

And fall to your knees
And beg, "God, please
Have mercy on me"

Coming out of the hypocrisy
Coming out of the bureaucracy
Coming in to lead a war
They're a shame

You can ignore what you cannot see
You can believe in a lie
You can run away from anything
Until you open your eyes

Coming out of the hypocrisy
Coming out of the bureaucracy
Coming in to lead a war
They're a shame


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Believe We Can Rebuild" by Christchurch musicians (Christchurch Earthquake Tribute)

This song is beautiful and can bring tears in your eyes.. especially for Christchurch residents who endures six months of earthquakes and aftershocks.



From Clayton Hiku:

 This song was inspired by the devastation caused in CHCH after the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Feb22nd 2011 that brought the city to its knees.

My name is Clayton Hiku and while my wife (Lucy -Lead Vocals ) and I had taken off to templeton seeking refuge from the damage to our side of the city in avonside/linwood area I was inspired to write this song. We have a home studio setup that we record our own music in regualrly. But our house is located on the edge of the CBD cordon and near the avon river.

Once we got power and water back on we went back to our neighbourhood and started to put our house and studio back together. Our house survived the earthquake very well. We are very lucky.

I teach music at schools and with all the schools shut in CHCH I headed out daily with other teachers to help people to shovel the liquefaction off their properties. Then with the help of 9 other CHCH musicians I started recording this song in the evenings and put the music to the photos of our neighborhood. Linwood Village.

CHCH Musician and Photographer Duke Mule supplied the photos from Lyttleton.

This band had collectively experienced many levels of damage and loss through the quake. Some lost their homes, some lost their business, some were in town when it hit, some had their guitars float out of their house in flooding and some worst of all lost mates. But all were eagerly keen to help with this project. They believed in the message of the song and we all hope that this message reaches you and inspires you to do whatever you can to help the people of CHCH. Please read the message at the end and send a donation to Red Cross or the CHCH relief fund.

Band Members
  • Clayton Hiku
  • Lucy Hiku
  • Arona Vaele
  • Ros Langton
  • Kate Taylor
  • Nicky Hiku
  • Michal Bush
  • Matthew Allcutt
  • Nanako Sato
  • Matthew Bush
  • Reuben Hiku


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Case For A Creator: The Scientific Proof of God

Well, I just finished watching this video thanks to a friend for posting the link in The Search for the Truth facebook page.

Anyway, you only need basic science, common sense, and open mind to understand what is the video talk about.

Its basically modern science challenging the atheistic worldview of Darwinism. Before you start squirming about why the father of modern-day racism (Charles Darwin) is right, please finish watching the whole video. Thanks!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Charity Games for Christchurch

Last night, two legends’ matches played in both Australian and New Zealand soils. The legends were the class of their own living up to the ANZAC spirit of both countries. Rugby and rugby league legends coming together to raised money for the people of Christchurch. Two of my favourite scrumhalves were playing in these games - Stacey Jones (Kiwis) and Justin Marshall (All Blacks).

The first match was the Legends of League Charity Match at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand between the New Zealand Kiwis Legends and the Australian Kangaroos Legends. The Kiwi legends won the game 32-22 in front of 6,114 crowds and raising more than NZ$100,000 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Fulltime Score:

New Zealand 32 (Joe Vagana, Ruben Wiki, Sam Panapa, Sean Hoppe, Dean Affleck, Jerry Seuseu tries; Olsen Filipaina conversion, Duane Mann conversion, Sam Panapa conversion, Richie Barnett conversion)

Australia 22 (David Myles, Scott Hill, Billy Peden, John Cornwell tries; Hazim El Masri conversion).  


Rugby League Legends Teams:

New Zealand Kiwis Legends: (starters) Richie Barnett, Sean Hoppe, David Kidwell, Ruben Wiki (captain), Sam Panapa, Olsen Filipaina, Stacey Jones, Joe Vagana, Monty Betham, Jerry Seuseu, Kurt Sorensen Tawera Nikau, Hugh McGahan; (bench) Gary Freeman, Duane Mann, Paul Rauhihi, Logan Swann, Dean Affleck, Quentin Pongia, Awen Guttenbeil, Dean Bell, Francis Leota.

Australia Kangaroos Legends: (starters) David Peachey, Hazem El Masri, David Myles, Tea Ropati, Nathan Blacklock, Scott Hill, Clayton Friend, Mark Horo, Ben Elia (captain), Craig Smith, Paul Langmack, John Hopoate, Kevin Campion; (bench) Jason Death, James Goulding, Bruce McGuire, Mark Bosnich, Billy Peden, John Cornwell, Jason Williams, Alex Chan.


The second match was rugby union’s Christchurch Earthquake Relief Game between the Classic All Blacks (New Zealand) and the Classic Wallabies (Australia) at Ballymore Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The Classic All Blacks won the game 58-20 in front of 20,000 strong crowds and raising NZ$400,000 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. 


Fulltime Score:

Classic All Blacks 58 (Jeff Wilson 2, Caleb Ralph 2, Glen Osborne, Jason Spice, Christian Cullen, Karl Te Nana, Reuben Thorne, Ian Jones tries; Jeff Wilson 2 conversion, Jason Spice conversion, Karl Te Nana conversion).

Classic Wallabies 20 (Garrick Morgan, Chris Latham, Tim Horan, Peter Jorgensen tries).


Rugby Legends Team:

Classic All Blacks: (forwards) Reuben Thorne (captain), Scott Robertson, Ian Jones, Kees Meeuws, Craig Dowd, Slade McFarland, Deon Muir, Kelvin Middleton, Thomas Maling, Hayden Scown, Charles Riechelmann, Justin Collins, Dustin Watts; (backs) Justin Marshall, Christian Cullen, Jeff Wilson, Glen Osborne, Caleb Ralph, Karl Te Nana, Frank Bunce, Ofisa Tonuu, Charles Hore, David Holwell, Jason Spice

Classic Wallabies: (forwards) Andrew Heath, Andy McIntyre, Dan Crowley, Richard Harry, Tom Lawton, Sean Hardman, Jeremy Paul, Garrick Morgan , Mark Connors, Sam Scott-Young, Toutai Kefu, Scott Gourley, David Croft, Duncan Hall; (backs) Greg Martin (captain), George Gregan, Tim Horan, Pat Howard, Nathan Spooner, Anthony Herbert, James Grant, Peter Jorgensen, David Campese, Nathan Williams, Paul Carozza, Chris Latham


Former All-Black prop Kees Meeuws summed up the event: "No other countries have what New Zealand and Australia have as a bond, a family bond in crisis. It gets lost for people sometimes, but it is reignited with nights like this."



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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The "Other Left": Environmentalism

In politics, the term "Left" has always been associated with "progressives", "socialism", "communism", "Marxism", and "Maoism". In a very centrist society, a liberal can be considered a "leftist" just as a conservative can be considered as "rightist". For liberals, they think that they are the center of the political spectrum and anything that is opposite to their ideology is considered extreme right or far right. Same thing applies for the conservatives, they believe that they are the center of the political spectrum and anything opposite to their beliefs are bunch of socialists or commies. That is factionalism. Both needed to oppose one another in order to avoid tyranny from the other. Without the conservatives, the liberals will impose their ideology to the minority and without the liberals; of course, the conservative will impose their ideology to the minority. Therefore, they needed to oppose one another to protect the natural individual rights and freedom of the people.

Anyway, after the Cold War, a new "Left" or the “Other Left” emerged in what the silent majority called the tree-hugging eco-Nazis, the new communism. This green ideology slowly but effectively became part of the international norms with liberals in the forefront of it. Personally, I have no problem with green politics, I believe that it is our responsibility to take care of the environment and that endangered species must be protected from poachers and other uncivilized barbarians. However, when you mixed environmentalism with lies and taxes it becomes a corrupted ideology.

With the help of the liberal media, through the CNN effect, many delusional people and governments around the world today believes in mythical terms such as “Global Warming” and “Climate Change”. Thanks to Al Gore’s Oscar-winning Convenient Lie.

This lies where invented by the global elites to exploit the global concern for environmentalism so that they can make money out of people. Where do you think the money from those Tax Emission Schemes or or carbon taxes or whatever other countries called it will go? Will those taxes stop the ice caps from melting? Do you really think they will build a refrigerator the size of Mount Everest just to stop the damn mountain from melting? [some of those melting ice feed rivers that cultivate land in the plains for thousands of years]

Here are videos of Czech President Vaclav Klaus talking about the threat of Environmentalism to Individual Freedom:





Sunday, March 6, 2011

When people let you down - Psalm 27

Psalm 27 (The Bible, King James Version)

David's Song of Confidence
A Psalm of David

[1] The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
[2] When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
[3] Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
[4] One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
[5] For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
[6] And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
[7] Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
[8] When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
[9] Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
[10] When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
[11] Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
[12] Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
[13] I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
[14] Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Christchurch Needs Your Help!

At 12:51pm on February 22, 2011, New Zealand's second largest city, Christchurch, was hit  for the second time in five months by a severe earthquake...

 


TO DONATE

Internet Banking (NZ)
Account name: Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
A/c number: 03-0251-0039807-00


In Person
Donations can be made at any Westpac branch
Donations can also be made at any other Bank using the account number 03-0251-0039807-00


Text Donations
Telecom, Vodafone New Zealand and 2 Degrees customers can make an automatic $3 donation from their phone account or pre-pay balance by texting chch to 933



MISSING PEOPLE

Call 0800 733 276 or 0800 RED CROSS. For enquiries from outside New Zealand: 0064 7 850 2199
You can also check the Christchurch earthquake person finder

Photographs of missing people may help speed up the identification of bodies, the Chief Coroner's office says. 

A spokesman said worried family and friends should provide information to the main Red Cross number of 0800 733276 about:
  • distinguishing features, tattoos or marks on a person's body;
  • clothes they might have been wearing;
  • jewellery, especially distinctive pieces. 

Anything could be helpful, including a last known location


ASSISTANCE IN OTHER LANGUAGES
 
The following numbers can all provide assistance in 41 languages. Simply call the number and when it is answered, ask for Language Line and the language you require.
  • Red Cross - 0800 733 276 (from outside NZ call +64 7 850 2199 ) 
  • The Government Helpline - 0800 77 9997 
  • ACC Claims - 0800 101 996 
  • Christchurch City Council - 03 941 8999 
  • Work and Income - 0800 559 009 
  • Child, Youth & Family - 0508 326 459 
  • Housing New Zealand Corporation - 0800 801 601 
  • Earthquake Commission - 0800 326 243 
  • Inland Revenue - 0800 227 774 
  • Healthline - 0800 611 116 
  • Business helpline - 0800 424 946 
  • Federated Farmers helpline - 0800 327 646


PINOY TAYO

To help and provide assistance to Filipino residents affected in the Christchurch Earthquakes:

WestPac bank account, "PINOY TAYO"
Account Number: 03-0854-0832951-000


 
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