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Congresswoman Custodio sponsors FREE LIVE “pay-per-view” Airing of Diaz-Pacquiao Fight in GenSan

I am featuring this poster designed by my good friend Jun Pilapil for the coming FREE LIVE TELECAST of the Diaz-Pacquiao World Lightweight Championship Fight (Lethal Combination)on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at the Lagao Gym here in Gen. Santos City.

This is an initiative of the Representative of the 1st Congressional District of South Cotabato, Honorable Darlene Antonino-Custodio in coordination with the City Mayor’s Office of GenSan to enable the “generals” to watch and cheer for their hometown champion on real time sans commercials on Pay-Per-View, a tradition which started way back in 2006.

Paying for this privilege is the kind congresswoman who will shell out P330,000 to Solar Sports, an amount which as far as I can recall is the largest fee asked by the sports channel from the city since the LGU started this more than two years ago.  In every fight, Solar kept on upping the ante for the rights to the live telecast.  Gosh!

As early as two months ago, the City Mayor wrote Pacman’s brother and now Barangay Apopong Captain Roel Pacquiao in the latter’s capacity as President of Manny Pacquiao Promotions to sponsor this live airing at the gym.  Roel in his response wrote back that they cannot acquiesce to the mayor’s request because they already turned over all the rights to Solar Sports and that they have no funds to finance it.

That gave the congresswoman the signal to pursue sponsoring the “live airing” herself.  As am writing this though, I have heard reports that “Lethal Combination” will also be shown “LIVE” at the Barangay Apopong Covered Court on Sunday sponsored by you-know-who.

Oh well, the more, the merrier….

Anyway, the Congressional Office through the City Mayor’s Office has already distributed 7,000 tickets among the city’s 26 barangays thru the Barangay Captains.

As with the past fights of Pacman, the Lagao Gym which has been the site of past PBA Games will open its gates as early as 8:00 AMNo food and drinks, bladed weapons, and the like will be allowed inside the airconditioned venue and everybody will be frisked at the doors.

Hope to see you all there!  I will be at the main door. 🙂


About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ – If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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  1. george says:


  2. bariles says:

    You’re right bro. george! Politics should be left out of this! Let’s just all together cheer him on and offer him our prayers!!!! 🙂

  3. Magandang araw po!

    Ako po si Oscar T. Serquiña Jr., 19, isang mag-aaral mula sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Diliman. Kumukuha po ako ng kursong BA Speech Communication mula sa Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura (KAL). Bahagi po ng aming kurso ay ang pagkuha ng isang subject na tinatawag na Filipino 50: Introduksiyon sa Panitikan ng Pilipinas. Nasa ilalim po ako ng klase ni Propesor Vim Nadera, isang tanyag na manunulat sa Filipino. Bilang parte ng aming pag-aaral sa iba’t ibang uri ng panitikan ng bansa ay ang paghahanap ng mga regional writers at ang kanilang mga akda (mainam kung nakasulat ito sa lenggwahe ng inyong rehiyon). Naitoka sa akin ang paghahanap ng mga manunulat mula sa Soccskargen. Subalit nahihirapan po akong maghanap ng listahan ng mga manunulat na ipinanganak, lumaki, o naninirahan sa kasalukuyan sa alin mang lugar ng rehiyon 12. Naway matulungan po ninyo ako sa paghahanap. Mainam na po ang makapagbigay kayo ng listahan ng mga kilalang manunulat mula sa inyong lugar. Ikagagalak ko po na pag-aralan ang literatura sa inyong lugar. At mas ikakatuwa po namin na sa aming paghahanap ng paraan para maisulong ang “regional literature” ay makasama namin kayo. Hihintayin ko po ang inyong tugon.

    Lubos na gumagalang,

    Oscar T. Serquiña Jr.

    oscar serquinas last blog post..Weekends and Other Randomness

  4. bariles says:

    hi oscar! whew! ang haba nun ah? 🙂

    puede mong isa-isahin ang mga bloggers mula sa listahan ko na nasa kanang bahagi ng blog kong ito sa ilalim ng heading na NATIVES OF SOCCSKSARGEN.

    purong-purong taga-rito ang mga iyan at sa pamamagitan ng pagbisita mo sa mga blogs nila ay doon mo makikita kung sino ang hinahanap mo.

    nawa’y makakita ka ng makakapasa sa iyong panlasa, kaibigan.

    ayo-ayo! 🙂

  5. Lionheart says:

    Grabe naman ‘yan! Hanggang ngayon pala may mga ganyan pang kalakaran… Parang election ah!

    Hehe 🙂

    Goodluck na lang kay Pacquiao!

    Lionhearts last blog post..Hugot Movie : Wala Talaga akong Mahugot! Promise!

  6. Kimberly says:

    Wow! I just watched the Pacman vs. Diaz fight live here in Kuala Lumpur. When our national anthem was sang…oh my, i had goose bumps! I felt so proud of being a Filipino!
    Kuya Avel, thanks for the text messages, it kept me alert or else i’d still be sleeping like a log! Hehehe! You know naman… lazy Sundays di bah!

    Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao for winning the WBC lightweight title!
    It’s such a great honor and pride for our beloved country Philippines and
    the hero of our city General Santos!
    What a fantastic fight! It was a knock-out! I’ve never seen my hubby Kenneth
    glued to the TV.
    Though’ i’m not an avid fan when it comes to boxing… coz i can’t take all the
    punchings, hittings and bleedings etc… when it’s comes to ‘Pacman’ fights
    i won’t miss it.

    Mabuhay ang Filipino! Mabuhay tayong lahat!


  7. bariles says:

    Hi Lionheart!

    Shocking ba? Well that’s Philippines politics for you. 🙂

    Thanks again for commenting my friend.

  8. bariles says:

    hi Kimberly!

    I also felt the same way inside the Lagao gym when all 7,000 of us watching the live telecast stood up while our National Anthem was being sung.

    For the nth time, Manny Pacquiao again united us all, one country, one people.


    Regards to Kenneth, Christian and all our friends there in Kuala Lumpur. Hope to see you again next year. 🙂

  9. george says:

    mabuhay and congratulation to our hometown hero MANNY PACQUIAO for winning his 4th championship belt and the only FILIPINO in fact ASAIN to have won such feat(4 titles in 4 differnt weigth classes) we heard it here in the U.K. that his next bout will be against RICKY HATTON who is based here in England sometime in November 2008. kuya avel do you have any updates on where the fight will be held?? once again congrats and MABUHAY !!!

  10. bariles says:

    Hi George!

    Did you watch it there in London? No updates re the Hatton-Pacquiao match, whether it will push thru or not. Once he comes back, will ask him during the Presscon which usually comes after the motorcade from the Gensan airport.


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