GenSan’s de la Torre wins via KO in Pacquiao undercard.

COTAI ARENA. Thousands are in Cotai Arena to watch the Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios fight. Photo by Josh Villanueva/Rappler

MACAU – Fight day is off to a good start as the first Filipino boxer who entered the ring today comes off with a dominant victory.

Harmonito de la Torre of General Santos City disposed of his opponent, Indonesia’s Jason Butar-Butar in just 3 rounds. The 19-year-old de la Torre knocked out the 25-year-old Butar-Butar halfway through the 6-round Super Featherweight fight to advance his record to 11-0.

This is his 6th knockout win.

The undefeated de la Torre was dominant since the beginning, leading in two of three judges’ scorecards before he dropped his older opponent at the Cotai Arena here at the Venetian Hotel in Macau.

De la Torre was trained and advised by Renie Gabawa, Dexter Ran, Jim Claude Mananquil and John Ray Mananquil.

His was the first of 10 fights today.

Two more Filipinos are slated to fight today including super welterweight Pampanga native Dan Nazareno Jr, who will challenge British Liam Vaughan, and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao who will headline the Main Event against younger Mexican-American Brandon Rios.

Rappler is in Macau to bring to you the action as it takes place. Follow along on our live blog below orclick here for the full live blogging experience.

The aftermath of Yolanda: A 360º look

POSTED ON 11/24/2013 8:32 AM  | UPDATED 11/24/2013 5:05 PM

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – Thousands of images have been taken of the disaster zones of Tacloban City and Palo in Leyte, and Guiuan in Eastern Samar, among the hardest hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last November 8.

The scale of the calamity is most felt in the disaster zones – but for many of us, we can only imagine the magnitude of destruction caused by the typhoon.

Photographer Fung Yu brings us 360-degree views of scenes in Tacloban, Palo, and Guiuan. Yu took these images when he visited the areas earlier this week.

The 360-degree panoramas he took – a total of 44 – show not just destruction, but also the slow recovery in these areas.


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