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The Making of Ronda Rousey

Friday, 14 August 2015 | Written by


Ronda Rocks!

In her sixth title defense, UFC bantamweight women’s champion Ronda Rousey proved once again why she is the best in the cage. After a much publicized word war against undefeated challenger Bethe Correia, Rousey knocked out Correia in UFC 190 in just 34 seconds of the first round.


The fight became a personal vendetta for Rousey as she was furious over the trash talk Correia was giving her on Twitter which became too hurtful for Rousey. The Brazilian said that Rousey was a media creation and she is not as good as she thinks she is. Correia tweeted “Under pressure, she is proving weak. When her mom put pressure on her, she ran away from home. When she lost, it was because of drugs. That’s not a superhero. She is not mentally healthy; she needs to take care of herself. She is winning, so everybody is around her cheering her up, but when she realizes she is not everything that she believes she is, I don’t know what might happen. I hope she does not kill herself later on.”

Unstoppable. {Image from Rousey's IG)

Rousey’s father as she shared in her book, My Fight/Your Fight, committed suicide when she was young and it was a traumatic event that has changed her family’s life.  Rousey lashed back at Correia on Twitter saying, “suicide is no joke or selling point. My father will be with me the day I hand you the comeuppance you deserve.”


Despite Correia apologizing on twitter saying she didn’t know Rousey’s family history, Ronda was obviously furious to get back at her in in their fight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She finished Correia in just 34 seconds and takes her issues with Correia settled after she beat her up. “I’m not going to have to think about her ever again after this day,” Rousey said in their post-fight conference. As far as I’m concerned, it’s over and done with.”


Ronda Rises

Rousey continuously proves to her fans that she is becoming a versatile fighter as she has amazingly stepped up her game from her signature arm bar finishes and now to knock out punches.  She finished her last three challengers in a combined 64 seconds in the Octagon (34 seconds, 14 seconds and 16 seconds, respectively).


Prior to joining the MMA, Ronda was a decorated judoka Olympian and her technical excellence has made her unbeatable in the sport. Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, Ronda’s judo coach during her teenage years believe that what makes Rousey rise above others is not only her skill but also her attitude towards what she does.


Rousey believes that she could beat anyone.


Ferguson recounts one time when they were training together and Ronda started to cry. “What are you crying about?” Ferguson asked Ronda, to which the athlete replied, “I can’t do anything.” Ferguson said, “Ronda, I’m a 100-kilogram male.” Ronda answered, “Yeah, but I don’t feel like you’re supposed to beat me.”


Ronda is a determined fighter and she never stops until she gets the victory she deserves. This attitude of hard work and determination has been Ronda’s key to her undefeated success.


Ronda Rules

In just four years as a professional MMA fighter, Ronda has not only given women a face in MMA but she has also proven that she is one of the most dominant and most dangerous athletes in the world.  Aside from being the undefeated UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion, she was also named as the Best Female Athlete and Best Fighter of the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) for 2015. She has also released her autobiographical book, My Fight/Your Fight this year. Her controversial fight with Correia in UFC 190 received the most pay per views for 2015.


Aside from being a fighter, she also dabbled in entertainment with brief appearances in Expendables 3, The Fast and The Furious 7 and Entourage.  An autobiographical movie based on her book is also in the works.


After her sixth title defense, people have been talking who would be Rousey’s next challenger. Fighter Cris Cyborg has been teasing Rousey on Twitter to finally face her at 135 lbs. division.  She tweeted “Stop being a do nothing bitch! Let’s do this for the FANS now (December 12) not later/ don’t worry it will be your last fight.” Cris Cyborg is a top veteran MMA fighter who has notable victories over popular fighters like Marloes Coenen, Shayna Baszler and Gina Carano. She is currently fighting in Invicta. She had a drug issue before being the reason she was not taken in the UFC roster for women fighters.


Rousey has answered back Cyborg’s feisty challenge and told a radio station that she is just asking “to be offered enough money to get her ass kicked. “Cyborg tweets back that there hasn’t been any offer so how could she ask for money?”



Rousey is also engaged in a bitter feud with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and she refuses to back down. “In a no-rules fight, I believe I can beat anyone in this planet,” she said in a recent Reddit AMA. “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once. I’d like to see him pretend to not know who I am now,” she said after she won the Best Fighter award in ESPY wherein Mayweather was also a nominee.


Mayweather known for his monicker “Money” has replied, “Call me when you can make over $300 million in 36 minutes.”


Indeed, Ronda Rousey is on fire and at only 28 years old, there is nothing that can stop her from climbing an even higher pedestal. For sure, fans will continue to watch and admire Ronda Rousey, a determined and genuinely fearless fighter.



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Pinoy showbiz’s most doting dads

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 | Written by
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most lovable dads revised

Pinoy showbiz’s most doting dads: Robin Padilla, Ryan Agoncillo, Vic Sotto, Aga Muhlach and Doug Kramer

These celebrity dads show that you can have it all – a career and a happy family life – if you’re willing to go the extra mile. Busy careers and all, these dads continue to be role models to their kids and make them their top priority. Continue reading

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[Go Pilipinas] PH finished 6th in SEA Games

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 | Written by
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sea games openingTeam Philippines has finished sixth place among the 11 countries in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

As of June 15, the Philippine team has won 131 medals, which include 29 gold, 36 silver, and 66 bronze medals. The country sent 472 athletes to the event.

The Philippine Team flag bearer during the opening of the games was Alyssa Valdez of the Volleyball team, which sadly lost to Vietnam in the games.

Ma. Claire Adorna was the first Filipina who won the gold for this year. She competed in triathlon with a time of 2:13:08 despite having an ankle injury. Her teammate Kim Mangrobang finished silver in the same event.

Philippine Gold medalists this year include Nikko Bryan Huelgas (Men’s triathlon), Philippine Men’s National Rugby Sevens Team (Men’s Rugby Sevens), Daniel Parantac (Wushu), Carlo Biado and Warren Kiamco (Men’s 9 Ball Doubles), Kiyomi Watanabe (Judo), Elvie Baldivino (Shooting), Caleb John Stuart (Men’s Hammer Throw), Chezka Centeno (Women’s 9 Ball Singles), Reynald Capellan (Gymnastics), Eric Shauwn Cray (Men’s 100 m), Kaye Anise Richardson (Women’s 100 m), Josie Gabuco (Boxing), Dennis Orcollo (Men’s 9 Ball Pool Singles), Ian Clark Bautista (Boxing), Mario Fernandez (Boxing), Junel Catancio (Boxing), Eumir Felix Marcial (Boxing), Eric Shauwn Cray (Mens 400 mH), Philippine Men’s Softball Team, Philippine Women’s Softball Team, Marella Salamat (Cycling), Dustin Jacob Mella, Raphael Enrico Mella and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. (Taekwondo: Men’s Team Poomsae)and Christopher Ulboc, Jr. (Men’s 3000 m Steeplechase).


Our Silver Medalists include Justine Gail Tinio (Fencing), Harlene Raguine (Fencing), Richard Gonzales (Table Tennis), Marion Kim Mangrobang (Women’s Triathlon), Norlence Ardee Catolico, John Keithly Chan and Daniel Parantac (Wushu: Men’s Duel Event-Weapons), Mary Joy Tabal (Women’s Marathon), Harlene Raguin, Hanniel Abella, Anna Gabriella Estimada and Keren Pangilinan (Fencing: Women’s Team Epee), Nathaniel Perez, Wildred Richard Curioso, Brenan Wayne and Louie Emerson Segui (Fencing: Men’s Team Foil), Daniel Parantac (Wushu), Elvie Baldivino, Carmelita Guillermo and Francette  Shayne Quiroz (Shooting: Women’s Precision Pistol Team), Francisco Solis (Wushu), Thornton Quiwnwy Lou, Sayan Alieson Ken Omengan and Spencer Bahod (Wushu:Men’s Duel- Barehand), Rubilen Amit (Women’s 9 Ball Singles), Ernest John Obiena (Men’s Pole Vault), Ava Lorein Verdeflor (Gymnastics), Anna Clarice Patrimonio, Katharina Lehnert, Khim Iglupas and Denis Dey (Women’s Tennis team), Ridgely Balladares, Rommel Chavez and Richly Magsanay (Sailing), Irish Magno (Boxing), Nesthy Petecio (Boxing), Rogen Ladon (Boxing), Jesson Ramil Cid (Men’s Decathlon), Mervin Guarte (Athletics), Edgardo Alejan,Jr., Archland Christian Bangsit, Ryan Bigyan and Joan Caido (Athletics: Men’s 4 x 400m Relay), Joshua Hall (Athletics: Men’s 50m Breastroke), Jessie Lacuna (Athletics: Men’s 400, Freestyle), Rinna Babanto (Taekwondo), Irene Therese Bermejo (Taekwondo) and Lester Troy Tayong and Emerson Villena (Sailing).



Our Bronze medalists are Nathaniel Perez (Fencing), Hermie Macaranas (Canoeing), Hermie Macarans and Ojay Fuentes (Canoeing), Philippine Women’s Boat Team (Traditional Boat Race), Jayson Valdez (Shooting), Helen Dawa (Judo), Gilbert Ramirez (Judo), Willhelmina Lozada, Keren Pangilinan, Justine Gail Tinio and Anna Gabriella Estimada (Fencing: Women’s Team), Lamberto Espiritu, Jerome Jovanne Mrales and Mar Udan (Shooting: Men’s Precision Pistol Team), Philippine Women’s National Rugby Sevens Team (Women’s Rugby Sevens),  Rachelle Arellano, Sofia Isabel Gonzalez, Elizabeth Leduc, Ma. Cristina Onofre and Ava Lorein Verdeflor (Gymnastics Women’s Team), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming: Women’s 200m Freestyle), Roxanne Ashley Yu (Swimming), Joshua Hall (Swimming), Clement Tabugara, Jr. (Wushu), Efren Reyes (Billiards and Snooker: Men’s1 Cushion Carom), Michael Angello Mengorio (Men’s Snooker Singles), Riza Pasuit (Boxing), Francisco dela Cruz (Billiards and snooker: Men’s 2 Cushion Carom), Jesson Patrombon, Treat Conrad Huey, Francsico Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales, Jr. (Men’s Tennis Team), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming), Wilfredo Lopez (Boxing), Jessie Lacuna (Swimming), Hermie Macarana (Canoeing), Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes (Canoeing), Carlo Biado (Men’s 9 Ball Singles), Alvin Barbero and Michael Angelo Mengorio (Men’s Snooker Doubles), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming: Women’s 200m Freestyle), Roxanne Ashley Yu (Swimming: Women’s 100m Backstroke), Jemyca Aribado (Squash: Women’s Singles), Lara Posadas, Alexis Marie Sy and Maria Arles (Bowling:Women’s Team Trios), Riezelle Buenaventura (Women’s Pole Vault), Patrick Unso (Men;s 100m Hurdles), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming: Women’s 50m Freestyle), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming: Women’s 100m Freestyle), Lara Posadas, Alexis Marie Sy, Maria Arles Liza Clutario, Liza Del Rosario and Krizziah Tabora (Bowling: Women’s Team of Five), Eric Ang, Hagen Alexander Topacio, Miguel David Laperal (Shooting: Men’s Trap Team(, Ricky Espinola, Robert Garcia and David Pelino (Squash Men’s Team), Jenar Torillos (Taekwondo), Mark Howard Griffin (Men’s Wakeboard), Maiquel Jawn Selga (Women’s Wakeboard), Jeson Patrombon (Tennis:Men’s Singles), Katharina Lehnert (Tennis: Women’s Singles), Edgardo Alejan Jr. (Mens 400m), Donovant Arriola, Jr. (Men’s Long Jump), Jessica Lynn Barnard (Women’s 3000m Steeplechase), Narcisa Atienza (Women’s Heptathlon), Francisco Casey Alcantara and Treat Conrad Huey (Tennis: Men’s Doubles), Alshamier Ibnohasim (Pencak Silat) and Clyde Joy Baria (Pencak Silat).


The Philippine Basketball Team “Gilas” has beaten Thailand in the semi-finals and also faced Indonesia in the battle for the gold medal.


The competition ran from June 5 to June 16.  The Philippine government hopes that the Philippines will surpass its record of 29 gold, 34 silver and 37 bronze medals last year.


Others countries in the games are Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Laos, Indonesia and Cambodia.



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All About Mammography

Sunday, 31 May 2015 | Written by
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sculpture-495405_1280Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent sicknesses among women in the Philippines. In fact anybody can have it. My mother had it when she was only 34 years old, only six months after she gave birth to our youngest sibling.


According to the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology, in 2012, the Philippines had the most cases of breast cancer in Asia with 3 out of 100 Filipino women acquired the disease before they reach 75 years old. The Department of Health and the Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. has also reported that breast cancer is the most common cancer in the country with 80,000 new cancer cases in 2010.


Early detection in women is the best way to prevent fatality due to breast cancer.  A mammogram procedure is the most common way to check if there are cancer cells in the breast.


Mammography 101 

A mammogram is an X-Ray image of the breast to detect if there are cancel cells in both a person’s breasts. The images detect tumors that are not felt by a patient. Mammogram screenings can also find tiny deposits of calcium called “microcalcifications” which indicates presence of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is a more extensive procedure, which detects the changes of breast tissue, which is not seen in seen in a regular mammogram screening. It can take more pictures of the breast in different angles than the screening mammogram. Patients with breast implants usually undergo diagnostic mammogram to check changes in their breasts.


There are two types on how mammography or the images of a patient’s breast is stored. The first one is through conventional mammography wherein X-ray images are stored directly on film. Digital mammography, on the other hand, stores the image of the breast in a computer, making it easier to enhance, magnify and manipulate the image for further evaluation. Digital mammography is said to be more accurate because it is easier to take note of normal and abnormal tissues in the breast.


Women who have very high risk of breast cancer like those with family history of cancer and with a gene mutation of either BRCA1 or BRCA2 are recommended to get a digital mammogram instead of a conventional mammogram.  But despite the higher accuracy of digital mammograms, there is no claim that it could reduce the risk of death of women who have breast cancer.


There is also a more extensive procedure called a 3D mammography which can take thin slices of the breast in different angles and the computer is able to reconstruct the image of the breast through a software. This kind of mammography does not claim to be more efficient than the 2D version.


Benefits of mammography 

It should be clear that a mammogram is only a means to detect breast cancer in women. It does not necessarily mean it could save the lives of those with breast cancer. It merely detects breast cancer as early as possible helping patients get treatment immediately. According to, mammograms help lower the risk of patients dying from breast cancer by 35 percent over the age of 50 years old. And those between 40 and 50 years old had reduced risk as well.  Women who have been diagnosed early are able to keep their breasts in contrast to those who discover their cancer in later stages wherein their only resort is masectomy or breast removal.

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Preparing for a Mammogram

Women are advised to have their annual mammogram starting at the age of 40 years old while women with higher risk should consult with their doctors if they could have annual mammograms earlier. First timers may feel anxious to get their mammogram, so these are tips on how to stay cool during the whole process:


  • For women who are not having their menopause yet, schedule your mammogram screening the week after your menstrual period when the breasts are less tender.
  • Do not use any deodorant, powder or lotion before your screening because these chemicals could look like a breast problem in your X-ray. Set your screening early in the morning.
  • Wear two-piece outfits so it is only your top that you need to remove. Just like a normal x-ray, the technician will make you wear a gown.
  • Don’t forget your doctor’s order form so they could update your doctor on the result of the mammogram.


Mammograms usually take only 30 minutes wherein each of your breasts will be compressed for 20 to 30 seconds. The compression procedure is uncomfortable but is very important as it flattens and spread the breast tissue for easier detection. The compression gives the image a clear view of the breast and reduces the amount of radiation needed to take the image.


Mammograms range from P750 pesos in public hospitals up to P2,000 pesos in private medical institutions.


Critics against Mammography 

Many health advocates have started scrutinizing the process of mammogram screenings to detect breast cancer. They say it has a higher incidence of false results and the yearly exposure to X-rays becomes the cause of cancer cells in women. An international cancer expert stated that:


“The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.” “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.”


Mammogram screenings results may also lead to unnecessary treatments that may cause more harm than good to one’s health.  Authors of the 2009 Cochrane Database Systematic Review of breast cancer screening and mammography said that:

“Screening led to 30 percent overdiagnosis and overtreatment, or an absolute risk increase of 0.5 percent. This means that for every 2000 women screened for 10 years, one will have her life prolonged, and 10 healthy women who would not have been diagnosed if they had not been screened, will be treated unnecessarily.”


Many alternative screening procedures have aroused that are said to be more efficient and less harmful to a patient’s health such as CT Scans and thermography.



[Extreme Workout] 60 Days of Insanity

Sunday, 31 May 2015 | Written by


Tired of doing the same old fitness trends such as Pilates and Zumba?  Is your body looking for a more intense routine, which can give you maximum results?


Well, be careful for what you wish for!


Because now a convenient at home exercise DVD program named “The Insanity Workout” is here to challenge your overall strength and endurance that will surely give you a ripped and toned body.


What is Insanity Workout? 

Trainer Shaun-T, who is also the creator of the Hip-Hop Abs DVD, created the Insanity Workout.  Serious fitness enthusiasts have been raving about this 60-day program that could be done in the convenience of your home. Even Filipino celebrities like Angel Locsin have tried the workout and have documented the intensity of her Insanity routine on Instagram.


It is a program dubbed the “The Hardest Workout Ever put on DVD” that consists of 10 insanity workout discs including plyometric drills, non-stop strength sessions, power resistance, abs and core training exercise. It is the ultimate program for those who have advanced levels of fitness. It aims not only to help in weight loss but to also add muscle mass and enhance overall fitness.


The Max Interval Training used in the program burns 1000 calories in an hour. You will be able to shed a good amount of fat in only 60 days, which could also make you lose 10, 20 or even 30 pounds in that amount of time.


The Insanity Workout Schedule 

Once you do the Insanity program, you have to follow a strict workout and diet schedule.  Each workout is only around 35-40 minutes, but don’t underestimate the quantity of time you do for each workout. Shaun-T ensures you that every minute in the program will be worth it and will make your muscles work harder than it has ever done before. Workouts are short for the first month because Insanity is about High Intensity training meaning it should be brief, intense and infrequent. This makes your body work in its optimum level thus strengthening and increasing muscle size.


Sundays are off days to help in muscle recovery. Every Mondays are called the Insane Fit Test to evaluate and track the progress of your fitness level very week. All the other days of the week are the workout days with every day becoming harder than the previous one. Thursdays are dedicated to cardio and aerobic exercises that also involved a lot of stretching and balancing exercises. The second and final month of Insanity is longer (around an hour) and is definitely harder.


Part of the Insanity Program is the Diet Plan. Keep in mind that this is important to get maximum results.  The diet should be segregated to at least 40% protein, 40% carbohydrates and exactly 20% fats. The 40 % protein is important to aid in muscle recovery and for the muscles to size up.  The 40% of carbohydrates is essential as fuel for the hard workouts and the 20% fats is to ensure optimum energy and for other organs to function well even after the workouts.


What do you need before starting the Insanity Program? 

The good thing about Insanity is that all you need is the DVD and yourself!  You will be using your own bodyweight in training. Exercises during the first days will be cardio centric then when you start gaining endurance, the strength-oriented exercises will then begin. A lot of jumping is involved in the training and you will find it initially stressful for your joints. But this will be complemented by yoga poses and stretching.


Prepare yourself and your mind before doing the workout because it will ultimately test your strength and endurance.  If you have to rest, the creator recommends not stopping the DVD but just getting back on track after you catch your breath.  Again, Insanity is not for everyone and if you find the workout too intense and leaves you palpitating even just at the start (during the Fit Test), then the program may not be for you.


But for those who are fit and wanting to test their athleticism, then Insanity will be your ultimate challenge!


Expected Results from the Insanity Workout

Because the program is aggressive, you will be able to see results as early as one week after training. After the first month, there will be a complete transformation in your body. Your abdomen will be flatter. You will have shaped biceps and shoulder as well as leaner thighs.  Most stop after seeing the results in a month, but for your body to keep on evolving and attain optimum performance, you should finish the two-month program.


To know more about the Insanity program, check out this site.

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For the Love of MMA: A Homage to Mark Munoz

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | Written by
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fighter mark munozPinoys are MMA fanatics 

It has been two weeks since the historic UFC Fight Night happened in Manila but Filipinos still have the hangover from the event that we thought would never happen.

Filipinos are certified MMA fanatics; in fact the UFC Fight Night in Manila even surpassed the supposedly bigger UFC 187 event held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vega last weekend.

An estimate of 13,446 people attended the Fight Night that was headlined by ex-world champs Frankie Edgar and Urijah Faber. While only 12,615 attendees went out to see the two title fights in Las Vegas for the open light heavyweight title match against Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier and the middleweight bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

With the amazing attendance in Manila, having another UFC event in the Philippines is a great possibility and having more Pinoy fighters in the fight cards is something we all look forward to as well.


The legacy of Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” 

One of the reasons why UFC Fight Night in Manila was a huge success was because of Mark Munoz, one of the most successful Filipino fighters in the UFC. Mark was one of the early bets to become a middleweight champion during his early years in MMA and he was known for his ground and pound move as his finisher. He held a professional record of 14 wins, 6 losses and 0 draw.


Dubbed as the “The Filipino Wrecking Machine”, Mark was a decorated wrestler and a two time State Champion during his college days. He entered the world of Mixed Martial Arts only in 2007 but he quickly drew attention when he won two straight victories in the World Extreme Championship (WEC) against Chuck Grisby and Ricardo Barros.  He then lost his debut fight in the UFC in 2009 against Matt Hamil but proved he was worth to be among the best middleweight fighters when he earned a three-fight winning streak against Nick Catone, Ryan Jensen and Kendall Grove.  He has also beaten elite fighters with the likes of Aaron Simpson, CB Dollaway, Demian Maia and Chris Leben.  With such amazing victories, he was rooted to become the next middleweight champion.


But in 2012, Munoz seemed to have lost his magic as Chris Weidman, now the current middleweight champion, beat him down to the canvas.  His loss to Weidman devastated Munoz and caused him to fall into depression.  He did his best to stand up again, train and become in the fittest shape of his life after a year.  He then won his comeback fight against Tim Boetsch in 2013.  But Munoz’s victory inside the cage ended there. He then had three straight losses to Lyoto Machida, Gegard Mousasi and Roan Carneiro after. It was after that losing streak that he decided it was time to hang his gloves for good.


Mark’s farewell fight 

It was always Mark’s dream to fight in front of his countrymen. Even if he was raised in the States, he has had a few visits in the Philippines to be able to go back to his roots.  And so at the age of 37 years old, he took the opportunity join the UFC Fight Night in Manila to enter the octagon one last time in the  place he was born, in the Philippines.


He finished his MMA journey with an outstanding win against younger fight Luke Barnatt.  He officially retired from the sport that he loved in front of the people who have always supported him in his journey.


“Pilipinas, mahal ko kayong lahat. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong suporta at pagtitiwala sa akin,” said Mark after his victorious last fight.


“I will cherish these memories for a lifetime,” he said in front of thousands of his adoring Filipino fans that were all standing up and applauding him, giving him the grandest gesture of respect to a fighter who gave pride to the Philippines in the MMA international arena.  Emotional Mark took off his gloves and left them in the center of the Octagon, which signified the end of his MMA career.


Mark was not only good during his best times in the Octagon. He was loved and respected by his colleagues because he was genuine and kind person who never had any bad blood with anyone despite hormones raging and ego bashing in the combat sport. He was known to be a family man and a good Christian.


Now that he is already retired, he promised he would give back to the Philippines and develop a wrestling program for children. “I have a talent or a gift or ability – since I was 13 I’ve been wrestling,” he said during the post-fight press conference.


“In MMA, I think wrestling is a discipline where the Philippines needs. I can connect the dots for them. The striking is good, jiu-jitsu is good, but I think wrestling is deficient a little bit. I want to be able to come back and use my talents, gifts and abilities. I was a wrestling coach. I coached with Urijah (Faber) at UC Davis. We were just feeding off of each other. I just love coaching. I love taking a kid and seeing their skills and being able to add to their skills, not change them. Just add to their skills,” he added.


He also wants to spend more time with his family.


Other Filipino fighters to watch out for 

Mark Munoz has retired but there are still a lot of rising Pinoy fighters we should watch out for in the cage.


This includes Fil-Am Martinez Streigl, a 27-year old Bantamweight division fighter for ONE Championship who recently submitted Casey Suire, a former undefeated fighter with a Rear Naked Choke. He is an entertaining fighter with his beautiful exhibition of kicks and punches, but he is also an aggressive finisher who can finish his game on the ground just like what he did with Suire.  He has trained and fought in numerous countries and is now currently training in Baguio.


Eugene Toquero is also ano exciting fighter who comes from Cebu. He is an aggressive fighter who doesn’t waste time and tries to finish his opponent as fast as he could.  In his flyweight bout against Brianata Rosadhi, he mounted his opponent and ruthlessly beat him down on the canvas with sharp elbows and hammer fists. His opponent was helpless and could not defend his blows which forced the referee to stop the fight and making Toquero the victor.


Indeed Mixed Martial Arts is a rapidly growing sport in the Philippines. And there is a big chance that more Filipinos in the likes of Mark Munoz will soon be signed to the UFC. We sure can’t wait to cheer and watch for another Pinoy warrior who will be as a big or even a bigger star than the “Filipino Wrecking Machine”.


[UFC in Manila] A Fight Night to Remember

Friday, 15 May 2015 | Written by

fahar-edgar-ufc-poster-20150212_21A30B0C71D744FBA6450A239A10C4F1For the first time in the Philippines, the most prestigious international Mixed Martial Arts Organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is making its stop in Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City tomorrow,  May 16.


Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and Urijah “The California Kid” Faber will be headlining the event in a featherweight bout. Filipinos will be up for some action as these ex-champions who happen to be two of the most athletic and entertaining fighters in the octagon will battle it out not only for bragging rights but to have a chance to fight for a title shot possibly this year.


Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is hungry to win this bout as this will put him at the Number one contender position and will give him a chance to get the gold at 145 lbs. Jose Aldo currently owns the belt, the man that once beat Edgar in the division. “I want the belt. The fact that Jose’s beaten me before and he’s been at the top for so long, I’d like to be the one to take the belt,” said Edgar.


Edgar may be passionate to crush Faber for a promotional title fight in the future, but Faber is not an ordinary fighter to beat. The California Kid has also a few tricks up his sleeve and he has never lost a non-title bout in his career. Faber was a World Extreme Cage Fighting for two years and was only defeated thrice (once by Dominick Cruz and by Renan Barao twice). Faber is obviously very excited to clash with future Hall of Famer, Edgar. “Frankie and I will beat the crap out of each other,” says Faber in a presscon.


But Edgar will be in his top shape and make sure that he wins this match against Faber. “I don’t really envision a certain way I’m going to beat someone,” he said. “I just kind of go in there, put my head down and go to work.  I’m going to look for ground-and-poun, (and) I’m going to look for a submission. I’m pretty simple. That’s always my game plan,” he added.



Retirement match for Mark Munoz


Aside from the spectacle that MMA fans will be witnessing with Edgar vs. Faber, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz will be having his last UFC fight in his home country this May 16. He will be slated against Luke Barnatt for his finale match inside the octagon.


Mark Munoz is already 37 years old, and his three fight losing streak to Lyoto Machida (head kick), Gegard Moussasi (rear-naked choke) and Roan Carneiro (rear-naked choke) has signaled that his time inside the octagon is through. But when UFC decided to put up a show in Manila, the organizers knew they had to book Munoz for one last fight in front of his kababayans.  Munoz is excited and he knows he owes this one last fight to the Filipinos.


“It means the world. It really does,” he said.  “This is where it all started for my family. I’ve been able to make a name for myself in this sport, and inspire and motivate Filipinos to get into mixed martial arts. It just means the world to me to be able to go back and represent the Philippines. It’s like a dream come true to go back and end my career there. It’s a chapter of my life I’ll forever cherish. Mixed martial arts, I will cherish that for the rest of my life. And to be able to end it in a country where it all started with my family…I love it. I couldn’t haven’t have asked for a better ending.”


After the fight, Munoz will be doing different projects, which include wrestling seminars and clinics as well as developing the wrestling program of the UFC.


Filipino fighters in the card


Filipino-American mixed martial artist Philippe Nover, an ex-contestant in the Ultimate Fighter, is one of the lucky Filipinos who will be fighting in the octagon this Saturday night. “It’s like a dream come true, I got the phone call on my birthday.” He will be taking on Korean fighter Yui Chul Nam, a fellow novice in the featherweight division. Nover is confident that he will be in his best form for this second chance to be in the UFC. “This is a new weight class for me, so I do have to lose a few pounds, “ he said. “I do understand my opponent will be cutting down to 145, because he’s originally 155 like me, so we’ll both be dieting for this fight.


Baguio City native, Mark Eddiva will also be head on with Levan Makashvili, a replacement opponent that was originally Alex White. Eddiva said he had second doubts when his opponent was suddenly replaced two weeks before the scheduled fight. But being in the UFC here in his home country was just too good to pass up. “May konting pag-alinlangan din, pero lahat naman napag-aaralan eh,” he said. “Nakapunta ka na, bakit hindi mo pa itutuloy? And this fight is very important kasi isang step uli ito to the top,” he added.  Eddiva knows he is ready to fight with his intense two-month holistic training but it is his game plan that he has to change for his new rival.  “Kasi hindi naman gaano kahirap basahin yung laro niya, kaya okay lang,” he added with confidence.


Roldan Sangch-an from Team Lakay in Baguio City will also battle Jon Delos Reyes from Guam.


A night to remember


Just like the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, UFC Fight Night in Manila is an epic event that MMA fans have longed to witness.  Fighters have already arrived in the Philippines early this week. The iconic announcer, Bruce Buffer and Octagon girl Arianny Celeste will also be gracing the event.


The 20,000-seater crowd at the Mall of Asia will surely be at the edge of their seats tomorrow night.








Beyonce Knowles

Celebrity mom-fitspirations

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | Written by
Beyonce Knowles

I confess, I am one of the hundred of mommies who enviously look at Instagram pictures of celebrity mothers who have slimmed down almost instantly after giving birth.

I ask myself, “What do these mothers do to regain their glorious pre-baby body back so easily?!” I blame my genes sometimes, telling myself I am really not among the gifted ones who are thin to begin with. Other times I excuse myself in saying, “Well, they need to slim down! It’s part of their job to look good on TV for crying out loud! If they don’t lose the weight, they will lose their jobs!”

I also lack the time. I tend to two kids at home and work full time so dieting is out of the question. Exercise is also not among my top priorities because honestly, the 24 hours in a day are not enough to squeeze in all the things I have to do in a day.

I already have a bank full of excuses for four years already and I keep packing on the pounds little by little everyday for ‘settling’ with my reasons. After years of excuses, I realized that I’m only trapping myself in a hole I made instead of pushing myself to be better, not only for myself but for my kids as well. With this, I am stopping the cycle and looking up to some celebrity moms as fit-spiration.

Upon further reflection, I came to a realization that celebrities, just like normal moms, would also want to get back into shape to become more effective mothers. Aside from needing to get roles and looking good on TV, they commit to slimming down and becoming stronger to have more energy for their children.

Here are some inspirational celebrity moms we could look up to and their secrets in getting back in shape after giving birth.


Beyonce KnowlesQueen B is not only the IT girl of all the women I know, she has also become an idol for mothers who want to regain their slim bodies back after giving birth. Beyonce is known for her bootylicious body even before having a baby. She gained 57 lbs. during her whole pregnancy with Blue Ivy but she was able to slim down after only five months.

She said in Shape magazine that she relied on hard work and dedication to get her body back. She focused on combined cardio and lunges everyday and had a diet full of veggies and lean meat to get back into shape. Because she is “not naturally very thin”, Queen B said 80 percent of her post-baby weight loss was because of cutting back on food. “I ate a very low-calorie diet. I stayed away from red meat and ate a lot of fish, replaced pasta and rice with quinoa,” she said. Her usual menu was scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, and whole grain cereal with low-fat milk for breakfast and fish and vegetables for lunch and dinner. She also stayed hydrated during the day.

Just like any ordinary human being, Beyonce also has her cheat meals every week. “I always treat myself to one meal on Sundays when I can have whatever I want,” she said. “Usually it’s pizza, which is my favorite indulgence.” 


Jennifer LopezJ-Lo is another alpha-female that everyone looks up to. Having twins at the age of 39 years old, there is nothing that Jenny from the Bronx can’t do- and losing weight is no exception! J-Lo gained 50 pounds with her twins Max and Emme, and she took her first four to five post partum months easy with only light walking workouts. By the sixth month, mommy J-Lo decided to have a fun goal to shed off the weight. She trained for a triathlon, which included a training regimen of 45 minutes to two hours a day, for four to six days a week. Her trainer Gunnar Peterson said she squeezed in training while she took care of her twins. For J-Lo’s diet, she took five to seven small meals a day with the biggest portion during breakfast, medium lunch and a small dinner.

J-Lo actually got her pre-baby weight back just last year when she went Vegan. “I’ll be honest with you guys, since I had the babies about six years ago, I had that really stubborn 8 to 10 pounds on me. People are used to seeing me be kind of thickish, but when I started eating [vegan], right away I dropped like 8 to 10 pounds. It was a real change, but more than that I felt better and people were like, ‘Your energy’s better’… everything’s better,” she said in


Judy Ann SantosJuday was one of the ‘heavier’ TV stars in local showbiz and her successful journey to losing weight was once the talk of the town. After marrying host Ryan Agoncillo, she soon got pregnant and gained over 40 pounds again. Fans were worried if she could lose the baby weight after giving birth to Lucho in 2010, and she exceeded the expectations of fans when she appeared again on TV after giving birth. She was even slimmer than before!

Juday lost her first 27 lbs. through Cohen Diet- a rigid weight loss program based on a person’s unique bio-chemical blood profile in just three months. She claims that the diet was not easy especially for a food lover like her. But the real key to lose the weight is to focus and stick to the goal. “Ang key talaga to lose weight is discipline. Dapat talaga, kapag sinabi mong ‘magpapapayat ako’, there’s no turning back. Kailangan dire-diretsuhin mong gawin talaga siya.”, she said

She followed up her weight loss with exercise after her diet. She now does yoga, Zumba, cross training and cross fit. She has also competed in a duathlon joining his triathlete husband in his endeavors. She also works out at least 20-30 minutes a day to maintain her figure.


Ina RaymundoIna Raymundo is known as the “Sabado Night” girl in a popular beer commercial in the 90s. She always had a sexy image and until now this Mom of five (Erika, 9; Jacob, 7; Anika, 5; Mikaela, 3; and Minka, 2) is still a stunner at 36 years old! She claims her Canadian-Ukranian hubby Brian Poturnak is her fitness guru. She attributes her weight loss to breastfeeding each of her babies, and monitoring her diet and counting calories.

To stay in top form she engages in Zumba, which she claimed help her get her groove back. She also does TRX suspension training, boxing and working out at the gym.


Sunshine CruzAfter a controversial split with actor Cesar Montano, Sunshine Cruz did not have a hard time getting back into showbiz to work for her three daughters (Angelina Isabel,12; Samantha Angeline, 9 and Frances,8) because she was still in her gorgeous 24-25-34 form even after giving birth and being a stay at home mom for 13 years!

She said she was naturally slim to start with but she also gained 60 lbs. during pregnancy. She wore a binder for three months after giving birth to pull up her tummy. She also lost her post baby weight after a month because she was breastfeeding each of her babies and was hand on in taking care of them because she chose to not get a nanny.

She exercises whenever her schedule permits it and varies her workout from yoga, boxing and Zumba.

*Photos courtesy of Facebook. Collage by the author.

Kapamilya shows

Kapamilya shows to watch out for this 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Written by
Kapamilya shows

Kapamilya showsNew years are about fresh starts. This year, there are lots of exciting local TV shows that we could look forward to. Here are some of ABS-CBN’s upcoming offerings:

  1. Oh my G!

Janella Salvador has been known to many as the perky and sassy daughter of Ser Chief (Richard Yap) in the hit daytime series Be Careful With My Heart. This 2015, she has been given a break as the main star of a new romantic comedy entitled “Oh My G!” with fellow co-actors Marlo Mortel and Manolo Pedrosa. The new series is about a bubbly schoolgirl named Sophie Cepeda who loses her happiness when her dad gets killed in a car accident leaving her orphaned. She questions God after her father’s death and gets angry with Him for being so unfair in her life. And as she continues questioning the existence of God, a mysterious event changes her view of God forever. The series just started airing yesterday, January 19.

  1. Inday Bote

The classic story of a girl who finds a magic bottle will be relived in the comedy series Inday Bote starring Cathy Gonzaga. The original komiks movie was portrayed by no less than Maricel Soriano in 1985. In this new adaptation, Inday will be torn between two romantic interests played by Matteo Guidicelli and Kean Cipriano.

3. Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita?

Written by award-winning scriptwriter Ricky Lee, Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita has been adapted as a family drama series featuring upcoming stars from Pinoy Big Brother namely Jane Oineza, Joshua Garcia and Loisa Andalo. Drama actors Vina Morales, Denise Laurel and Christian Vasquez will play alongside the young actors.


The 2-minute trailer shows the background story of young Cecilia Macaraig (Sue Ramirez) as she searches for her father in Manila and finds out that the former already has a new family. As Cecilia matures (Vina Morales), she raises a family of her own and has two daughters (played by Jane and Loisa). She tries her best to have a happy family until her husband, Leandro (Christian Vasquez), cheats on her with Toni (Denise Laurel). What will she do to keep her family united? Will love truly conquer all?



  1. Flor de Liza

The Marvin-Jolina tandem is back in ABS-CBN with this touching drama series directed by Wenn Deramas. Marvin plays Capt. Crisanto Maristela, a soldier who has a family in the province but leads a double life as he also has a family when he is in Manila. One fateful day, he is attacked and incapacitated by rebels. He is then brought home to Manila, which leads to his separation from his other family in the province. Florida (Jolina Magdangal), his wife in the province, searches for him in the city and becomes his caregiver. She eventually gains the trust of Crisanto’s family and even brings her daughter to live in Crisanto’s home with her. Flor (Ashley Sarmiento) and Liza (Rhed Bustamante) become instant best friends until Flor realizes that her mother’s patient is her father.  Desiree del Valle plays Beth, Marvin’s legal wife in Manila.


5. Pangako Sa’yo

The timeless classic, which was top-billed by Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa fifteen years ago is making a comeback and will be given new life by the hottest love team in television Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. Pangako Sa’yo is about the love story of Angelo Buenavista and Yna Macaspac and the unending feud of Amor Powers (Jodi Sta. Maria) and Claudia Buenavista (Angelica Panganiban). This series was not only a huge hit in the Philippines back then. It also made waves in Asia and was internationally franchised by other Asian countries. It is indeed one of the most influential Philippine series of all time and the new version also directed by its original director Rory Quintos will surely not disappoint.


  1. Nathaniel

With the tradition of giving family-oriented productions, ABS-CBN is releasing another original values-filled classic. Nathaniel, which stars Kapamilya newcomer Marco Pingol and The Voice Kids champion Lyca Gairanod, will tell the story of Marco, an angel who goes down to earth because he still believes in the goodness of man. The release date of the series is yet to be announced. Joining the cast of Nathaniel are Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao and PBB ex-housemates Fourth and Fifth Pagotan.

*Photos courtesy of Facebook. 



Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight in 2015

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 | Written by


A super fight is in the works. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (47-0-0) has publicly challenged Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2) to fight him on May 2, 2015. Boxing fans and enthusiasts are all looking forward to this super fight.

Ever since Manny Pacquiao became the world’s best pound-per-pound fighter, fans wished for him to come face to face with undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

For the past five years, fans have clamored for the fight, but Mayweather only came up with various excuses not to fight Pacman. From offering him $40 million for the fight that he said Pacquiao declined, to demanding random drug testing, up to saying that he doesn’t need to fight Pacquiao for his career.

In 2012, the demands for a super fight dwindled when Juan Manuel Marquez surprisingly knocked out Pacquiao in their 4th rematch. After recovering from the loss and winning in three comeback fights, fans are now again stoked for a super fight. They believe that Pacquaio can knock out Mayweather from his undefeated throne.

Mayweather is ready for Pacman 

Just this month, Mayweather declared that he is ready to fight Pacquaio and said that now is the right time to settle their rivalry as he announced a fight date — May 2. He claimed that it has always been Manny’s camp that was refusing to make the fight happen. 

“Manny Pacquiao, (promoter) Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years,” Mayweather said in a ringside interview in Showtime.

We’re tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics. Before we tried to make the fight happen and you guys didn’t want to take random blood and urine testing. So that’s why the fight didn’t happen. Then I offered you $40 million and you didn’t want to make the fight happen. Then you lost twice and now you’re coming back begging for the same money. That’s not going to happen. Let’s make this fight happen for the people and for the fans. Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 2,” he declared on TV.

Mayweather is certain that he could beat Pacquiao anytime. He brushes off criticisms that he is a coward for not fighting Pacquio before. I laugh about it. I really laugh about it because I say, you know, I don’t mind being a rich coward. I’m able to put my kids in the best schools. I was able to retire my mother. I’m able to put my dad in a comfortable position. Even with social media and everything, we don’t like Floyd, we hate Floyd, but we follow Floyd to comment on Floyd,” Mayweather said.

He said he makes wise decisions about everything, including his fight choices and his moves inside the ring. He said this strategy is the reason why he is the best fighter in the world. He said that Pacquiao only wants to fight him due to financial troubles. Mayweather believes that Pacquiao is not a threat to his undefeated career.

Sports critics are still not convinced that Mayweather will really fight Pacquiao despite the announcement. Tim Dahlberg said that Mayweather is putting on a show again and would eventually cancel the fight.  “The game has gotten old, even if Mayweather’s many yes men haven’t had the courage to let him know. His latest attempt to twist the story line about a possible fight next year with Pacquio was so dated and absurd that even the sycophants in his sizeable entourage had to be rolling their eyes,” he said in his article.  He said that the fight against Pacquiao is the only important fight that can legitimize his undefeated status as a boxing superstar.

Pacquiao is always ready for Floyd

Pacquiao responded to Mayweather’s challenge through social networking site Twitter. “Don’t be a boxing humbug. Let’s give the fans the fight they want. They have waited long enough” he tweeted. He said Mayweather would have no choice but to fight him next year.  “He (Mayweather) has reached a dead end. He has nowhere to run but to fight me,” the Filipino boxing champ said.

He is confident that he could beat Mayweather and he knows that Mayweather will not make the fight hard for him. “I doubt he’s gonna engage me in a slugfest. Most of his previous fights, if not all, induced us to sleep,” he said.

Pacquiao also denied rumors that he is delaying the fight because of money and profit-sharing issues. “Mayweather can get the amount he wants. As early as January this year, I challenged him to a charity fight. Until now he has not agreed to it. So, money is not the issue in our fight.”

Pacquiao emphasized that he wants to make the fight happen for all the boxing fans. “This fight is about legacy, this is about making the fans happy and, above all, this is for the good of boxing.”

Analysts say that if the fight will indeed happen, it would be the biggest fight in boxing history and may earn a gross minimum of $300 million.

Both boxers need this fight, as their moneymaking powers in their recent pay per view matches have been disappointing.  They are charging fans with premium-rate fights but are failing to give premium shows.

Talks for the super fight 

There have been solid signs that both sides are making initiatives to make the fight come true. CBS CEO and President Les Moonves is negotiating with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum. CBS is the parent company of Showtime that airs Mayweather fights.

Arum also told Daily News in an interview that Moonves is talking to him regarding Mayweather camp’s position and hopefully they will come up with a resolution.

“While there’s life, there’s hope,” said Arum. “As far as the Pacquiao side is concerned, we want to make this thing happen. As far as the Mayweather side, we’re still talking.”

Mayweather and Pacquiao both owe their fans a super fight that we can all look forward to in the New Year.

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