Thousands flock to Celso- sponsored Manny-Floyd show PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:46

By Jubels Santos

Thousands of people coming from all walks of life trooped to the two venues where District I Congressman Celso Lobregat sponsored the live showing of the Paquiao-Mayweather fight Sunday, May 3.

The two venues were the gymnasiums at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) in Baliwasan and the Southern City Colleges in Pilar Street where giant screens were installed that enabled boxing fans to watch the boxing bout as it happened and where it happened at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

The spectators included barangay officials- both from the mainland and island barangays, people from the academe and educational institutions, government agencies, police and Task Force Zamboanga, private groups, non-government organizations, religious groups, women groups, tricycle drivers, sky cab and numerous other sectors who were given complimentary tickets that allowed them admission to either of the two venues.    An island barangay official thanked Congressman Lobregat for the opportunity given to people from the barangays to watch the fight comfortably and with ease in the designated venues. “Ta rindi gayot yo gracias con Cong. Lobregat cay ya pensa ele man sponsor este live showing del fight di Paquiao y Mayweather.”

Former Councilor Rey Candido, who helped in the preparations for the Lobregat-sponsored Paquiao-Mayweather show said the presence of Cong. Lobregat and hands-on attitude were clearly evident all throughout the preparations and even during the live showing itself. Lobregat was seen making the rounds of the SCC gym and the WMSU gym until late in the evening of Saturday to see to it that the preparations went well. Early morning of Sunday, the congressman made a surprise visit to a radio and television stations where more tickets were distributed to callers who correctly answered trivia questions. Afterwards, Cong. Lobregat was shuttling between the two venues to ensure that everything was in place. Eventually, Cong. Lobregat watched the show at the WMSU gym.

Lobregat thanked WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho for allowing the use of the facilities which Lobregat paid for rental of said facilities. Lobregat also thanked SCC President Edwin Caliolio for use of the SCC gymnasium. The same gratitude was relayed to Sky Cable and GSAT for the live feed.

He was also elated at the turnout of people stressing that he sponsored the spectacle as on offering to the Manny Paquiao and to entertain the residents of the city.

Despite Paquiao’s devastating defeat to Mayweather, the spectators were happy for the comfort and convenience they were afforded through the Lobregat-sponsored live boxing show. — Jubels Santos