Manny Pacquiao vs Brandon Rios: By the numbers

Lots of Filipino fans out today. Boxing spectators line up to pick up their tickets hours befor


AS IT HAPPENS: Pacquiao vs Rios

MACAU – It’s make or break time for Manny Pacquiao as he faces off against up and coming boxer Brandon Rios for what could be the most important fight at this stage of his career Sunday, November 24 at the Venetian Hotel in Macau.

Coming off two consecutive losses, Pacquiao is out to prove he still is among boxing’s best fighters whileRios is looking to catapult himself to stardom by taking down the first and only eight-division world champion.

More than the vacant WBO International Welterweight title, what’s at stake is each fighter’s reputation and place in boxing history.

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

SPOTTED: Pinoy and international personalities at #PacRios fight                                                                                                                     SPOTTED: Pinoy and international personalities at #PacRios fight

Tacloban City, Philippines – While Filipinos are known for their resiliency and ‘bayanihan’ spirit, even and especially in the face of numerous calamities that continue to torment the nation, it is difficult to dismiss the encouraging support and help received from across the world, especially from those who volunteered to come and offer assistance, even as Filipinos struggle to rise on our own.

The recent disaster in Tacloban City and other Central Visayas provinces had proved that the world and humanity still cares for its own people, transcending race, color and ethnicity, and help is readily available when and where it is needed.

A lot of pictures showing volunteers from across the world doing their own share, to ease the plight of the typhoon survivors had touched the hearts of the many and won admiration from everyone.

But nothing can be more telling than these two pictures of foreign volunteers who braved the difficulties of the task, just to contribute in assuring that emergency relief is delivered to those who needed it.                                                                                                                   

The first photo showed a uniformed officer carrying a pack of relief goods, bringing it to shore. When it was posted in the Facebook page OFW World Family, the picture was immediately shared by Facebook users. It has so far received 54,000+ likes with 6,200+ shares,  with many greatly appreciative of the officer’s effort and thanked the unknown volunteer. One (name withheld) said, Another unsung hero…we salute you and we thank you Sir! God bless Visayas, God bless Panay, God bless the Philippines and God bless us all!’

While another, who can’t help chiding at Philippine government said, ‘We should thank all the foreign countries who volunteers who sacrifice their time to come to tacloban and other town to help us give us foods to eat and water to drink. While our very own country and specially the incompetent quote lamb president unquote.setting in the air on waiting for reports which his DILG sec. Roxas was in the city a day before and after did not even care to look what happen and what the people need after this horrible hurricane Haitian have done and everybody in the city are victims…’

She doing that for the victem off haiyan,

Takang-taka si YouScooper Danilo Deo Trinidad sa isang batang makailang-ulit nang bumalik sa donation box para sa mga nabiktima ng bagyong Yolanda. Sa bawat balik nito, naglalaglag ito ng P3.00, minsan P1.00.

Nang kinausap niya ito, napag-alaman niya na naglalako ito ng kendi sa tapat ng simbahan. Ang kaniyang mga inaambag na donasyon ay mula sa kaniyang napagbentahan at sa kanyang mga nalilimos sa mga sumisimba.


Megan Lynne Young

“Why should we donate to the Philippines so that they can arm themselves with warships and aircraft? Is the Philippines a country that understands gratitude? Didn’t we show our warm heart to the country? What did we get from that? Nothing,” Fu Yao, a popular maker of micro-films, wrote on his miniblog.                                                                                                                                                                      

The outpouring of international aid to the Philippines makes China’s contribution for typhoon relief look like a trickle: even Swedish furniture chain Ikea and beverage giant Coca-Cola have done more