18th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:22



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves…” (Romans 12:10, the Holy Bible).


ROLE OF FLASH ELORDE’S FAMILY IN RP BOXING, “SIMPLY AMAZING”: A more serious study of boxing in the Philippines will surely disclose the great contribution that the family of the late Gabriel “Flash” Elorde has given and is continuing to give to the development and success of this sport in the country today, inspiring the Filipino youth to become champions in different international divisions and categories through the years, with no less than Sen. Manny Pacquiao as the prime example.

As I see it, “simply amazing” are the only words that could describe the efforts of the Elorde Family, led by Mrs. Laura Elorde, the widow of the Flash, to give due recognition and honor to Filipino boxers who have been reaping international accolade for the country on account of their homegrown ability and determination to slug it out with any opponent in any boxing arena anywhere in the world.

On Sunday night, March 25, 2018, the Elordes once again earnestly pursued their tireless mission, through a glittering and colorful affair called the “18th Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde Boxing Awards and Banquet of Champions”, which highlighted three boxing bouts at the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Hotel Manila in commemoration as well of the 83rd birth anniversary of Flash Elorde.


18TH GABRIEL “FLASH” ELORDE BOXING AWARDS AND BANQUET OF CHAMPIONS: At the Okada ceremonies, District 3810 Governor (Rotary Year 2019-2020) Liza Villavicencio Elorde (a daughter-in-law of the Flash, she being the wife of Johnny, one of the Elorde sons) announced that three Filipino boxers were chosen as the “Boxers of the Year” after they became champions in 2017.

They are IBF world superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, IBF world light flyweight titleholder Milan Melindo, and WBO world bantamweight king Marlon Tapales.  Also honored were 39 international and regional champions and nine Philippine boxing kings, as well as those adjudged as best promoter, judge, referee, trainer, most promising boxer and best fight of the year, top amateur boxer.

Posthumous awards and special citations were also handed out to boxing personalities and institutions that have contributed to Philippine pro boxing in 2017. Liza told me this annual affair is now being spearheaded by the Johnny Elorde Management International and Gabriel Flash Elorde Foundation.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL FILIPINO BOXING GREATS: The “awards night” also featured the casting of fist of Sen. Pacquiao, who was the guest of honor and speaker that night. The “casted fist” of Pacquiao now forms part of an Elorde exhibit which is open to all at the lobby of the Grand Ballroom of the Okada Manila Hotel.

Among those honored on that night were: Jerry Tomogdan, Lester Abutan, Ryan Rey Ponteras, Eranio Semillano, Glenn Suminguit, Gretel De Paz (babae), Allan Vallespin, Jheritz Chavez, Dennis Padua, Roberto “Toto” Landero, Lito Dante, Mark Anthony Barriga, Randy Petalcorin, Jonathan Taconing, Edward Heno, Merlito Sabillo, Christian Araneta, and Vince Paras.

Recognized further were  Ronnie Baldonado, Cris Alfante, Robert Ongocan, JayR Raquinel, Jeronil Borres, Jonas Sultan, Rene Dacquel, Aston Palicte, Jade Bornea, Jake Bornea, Lolito Sonsona, Ryan Lumacad, Mark Jhon Yap, Mark Anthony Geraldo, Benjamin Ypon Manangquil, Jetro Pabustan, Carl Jammes Martin, and Liza’sown two sons, Juan Miguel Elorde (WBO Asia Pacific) and Juan Martin Elorde (WBO Oriental). Congratulations!


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