VIDEO : Underdog Jeff blows horn, seeks Pacquiao knockout

By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) | 


Jeff Horn prior to his media workout. ABAC CORDERO
BRISBANE, Australia – At his training headquarters, in a boxing gym tucked inside the palatial home of his trainer and manager, Jeff Horn showed that he’s ready for the fight of his life.

On Sunday, before an expected live audience of 55,000, the newest pride of Brisbane faces Manny Pacquiao, the global boxing superstar and reigning WBO welterweight champion.

Horn arrived a little past noon Monday at the mansion of Glenn Rushton, an investment adviser and multi-millionaire who also dabbles as a boxing trainer and manager.

The unbeaten challenger faced members of the press, fielded questions in front of the cameras, and then showed off some of his boxing skills in a brief workout.

The first question thrown at him went like, “Are you nervous?”

“No. Fortunately, I’m not,” he said.

Horn, a former schoolteacher and veteran of the 2012 London Olympics, said he and Rushton have all they could do in training for him not to get nervous.

“The prep is basically finished now. I’m just sharpening the tools and making sure I don’t over-train.

“I think we can get the job done,” he said.

For the coming fight, Horn will receive a paycheck that would make his previous ones look like peanuts, but said it’s more than the money.

“If I become world champion on Sunday it will fulfill all my dreams and I will become a happy man,” said Horn, a young and decent fighter out to make it big.

Horn is eyeing a knockout win similar to the one scored by Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez over Pacquiao five years ago.

“The Juan Manuel Marquez bout is probably our main point. It’s something that we looked at a lot and to land the same big overhand right that Marquez landed is definitely what we’ll be looking for,” he said.

Of course, it’s easier said than done.

After speaking to reporters, Horn skipped ropes, climbed the ring, shadow-boxed and hit the mitts with his trainer, who looked more like a rock star than an investment guru.

They tried to impress those who were watching from outside the ring, where close to 20 trophies are displayed. On the wall are fight posters of Pacquiao’s recent fights.

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Lisa’s life in the balance

In a previous issue, Philippine News revealed the plight of  Lisa Marie Evangelista, a 31-year-old Filipina woman who lives in Sacramento, who is in a literal fight for her life.On Dec. 27, 2016, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare and aggressive blood cancer. She needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Lisa’s sister is a 5/10 or half match. However, doctors prefer Lisa find a 10/10-donor match. To find a perfect match, Lisa needs a stranger to step forward and help save her life.Lisa has partnered with the Asian American Donor Program to find a donor similar to her genetic makeup. A bone marrow transplant, which is needed soon, is Lisa’s only hope for her long-term survival. A committed 10/10 marrow-matching donor must be located to have a successful transplant. Since Lisa is of Filipino, a matching donor will also need to be of Filipino or Asian descent.Shortage of Ethnic/Multi-Ethnic DonorsApproximately  every  3  minutes  one person in the  United States  is  diagnosed with a blood cancer. An estimated combined total of 172,910 people in the US are expected to be  diagnosed  with  leukemia,  lymphoma  or  myeloma  in  2017.  New  cases  of  leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are expected to account for 10.2 percent of the estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases diagnosed in the US in 2017.Of  the  approximately  816,000  Asians  on  the  Be  the  Match®  registry, .5  percent are Filipinos, while Filipino Americans constitute 19.7 percent of Asian Americans (Source: 2010  Census).  The  Be  The  Match®  registry  recruits  hundreds  of  thousands  of  donors each year through an extensive network of more than 155 local and regional Community Engagement Representatives and organizations. You only need to join the Be The Match® registry once.“Finding a marrow/stem cell match can be like finding a needle in a haystack,” says Gillespie.    “Multi-racial  patients  face  the  worst  odds.    Those  diagnosed  with  a  blood disease need a marrow/stem cell transplant as soon as possible. Building the Registry with committed donors is what patients need. You could potentially match anyone in the world, this is truly a global effort.” How You Can Commit to Help• Findaregistrationdriveinyourarea.Goto• Registeronlinehere: must be 18 to 44 years old and meet general health requirements• Filloutaconsentformanddoacheekswab• Becommitted.Bereadytodonatetoanypatientinneed• Contactfriends/familyandencouragethemtogotoaregistrationdriveorregisteronline• Setupadriveinyourareaorformoreinformation,callAADPat1-800-593-6667or visit our website• VolunteertohelpatregistrationdrivesPlease take a few minutes of your time to learn more about how you can help save a lifeand register as a marrow donor.Upcoming Registration DriveSoy and Tofu FestivalSaturday, June 17 from 11am to 5 pmOpen to the PublicSaint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94109Malayan SF Outdoor FestivalPhilippine Independence DaySunday, June 18 from noon to 8 pmUnion Square, 333 Post St., San Francisco, 941025:30 pm Free ConcertThe Asian American Donor Program (AADP), with its offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, is dedicated to increasing the availability of potential stem cell donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a blood stem cell or marrow transplant. AADP  is  a  community-based  nonprofit  for  social  benefit  (501©3)  organization  and specializes  in  conducting  outreach  and  donor  registration  drives  in  and  with  diverse communities. AADP is an official recruitment center of the Be The Match® registry. To  learn  more about  scheduled  upcoming  marrow  drives,  visit

Syjuco and Collins Team Up Again with Almost Sunrise

Syjuco and Collins Team Up Again with Almost Sunrise 
By Cristina Osmeña
Next month, it will be 30 years since the double rape and homicide of sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong in Cebu, Philippines changed the landscape of my family’s grief.  My second cousin, Paco Osmeña Larrañaga, was arrested and convicted of this crime and sentenced to death despite overwhelming evidence that he was enjoying the night with two dozen friends at a bar in Manila.  Yet, despite an extensive collection of relatives connected to government, some who were in positions to have spoken for him more proactively, it was Manila-born Marty Syjuco who decided to do something for his brother-in-law.  (Syjuco’s brother is married to Larrañaga’s sister.)
Marty Syjuco and Michael Collins (director) made a widely acclaimed documentary called Give Up Tomorrow.  The documentary won 10 film awards, including the Audience Award at the 2011 TriBeCa Film Festival, and received nominations for countless others.  While the film called much attention to Paco’s plight, it did not result in a revocation of the guilty verdict.  However, the attendant impact campaign, Free Paco Now, swelled public sympathy for his release and catalyzed the abolition of the death penalty in the Philippines.

New film warns: Hepatitis-B common among Asian Americans

New film warns: Hepatitis-B common among Asian Americans

Be About It by Christopher Wong screened on May 11 at University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, followed by a panel discussion.

Wong described his own lack of awareness of the disease and its prevalence before making the film: “The funny thing was that I was not aware of the disease myself. I didn’t know that it even had to do with the liver; that’s how uninformed I was. So when I started to dig deeper I was really shocked by the fact that over 50 percent of the cases are people of Asian descent. That really made me interested.”

Be About It is the story of two Asian fathers, their families and their reality of living with hepatitis-B, a potentially deadly disease that affects approximately one million Asian Americans.
Hep B, caused by the hepatitis B virus, can result in serious liver problems before symptoms become noticeable and is frequently referred to as a “silent killer.” Up to two million people are infected in the U.S., and as many as two out of three Asian Americans living with it aren’t aware they have it. Often stigmatized and misunderstood, hep B is the most common cause of liver cancer among Asian Americans.

Hep B is caused by a virus that is transmitted via blood and other bodily fluids. Hep B can be managed, and the disease can be prevented – but if left untreated, the complications of hep B can potentially be life threatening.

As Asian immigrants are projected to be the largest immigrant population in the country over the next 40 years, the need to call attention to this so-called “silent” disease is more critical than ever. The good news is that hep B can easily be detected with a quick and simple blood test. Everyone should talk to their doctor about getting tested – especially if you are of Asian descent.
If you test negative for hep B, there is a safe and effective vaccine that can prevent hep B, and it is widely available in the United States. If you test positive for hep B, talk to your doctor about whether treatment would be appropriate for you. Regular screenings to monitor the health of your liver are very important, and there are treatments that may potentially lower the amount of virus and decrease the risk of further damage to the liver – some are just one pill a day.
So on Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, join millions of Asians here in the United States and around the globe and get tested for hepatitis B.
Visit for information about chronic hepatitis B, and to learn about the documentary film short BE ABOUT IT, sponsored by Gilead Sciences, which chronicles the lives of two Asian Americans, Alan and AJ, as they battle chronic hepatitis B, and how their families cope with the impact of this potentially life-threatening disease. The film aims to educate, inspire and ultimately dispel myths about hepatitis B. BE ABOUT IT is subtitled in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese, and community screening kits are now available.

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