February 17, 2012 |
In a smoke-stained San Francisco hotel room, Felix Starro is making fake blood. Starro is the third in a line of hucksterish Filipino faith healers. Hunched over a plastic jug in the bathroom, he brews corn syrup, water and red dye for a grim ritual known as the Holy Blessed Extraction of Negativites. As he stirs, he remembers how "long ago, Papa Felix made it the same way; because my hands were small my job was to squirt the liquid into the tiny bags and knot them up. We'd stay up all night, diligent and silent, as though our work was truly blessed and holy.
January 19, 2012 |
Manny Pacquiao on Thursday selected his next opponent — that is, if he fails to reach a deal for a super-bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum said. Arum declined to unveil the name of the non-Mayweather opponent, but said that fighter will be announced next week if negotiations with Mayweather aren't productive. Mayweather has called out Pacquiao to fight him May 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, going as far as personally calling the Filipino superstar to discuss a proposed 50-50 purse split.
October 15, 2011 |
To Ingrid Cruz and Rolando Pascual, the offer was enticing. They could move to the United States from the Philippines, help fill a shortage of teachers in post-Katrina Louisiana and increase their wages many times over. But things didn't go as expected, the teachers said in a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles. Cruz and Pascual contend they were among hundreds of Filipinos who took teaching jobs in the U.S. since 2007, only to be forced to pay exorbitant fees to a Los Angeles firm that helped get them their jobs.
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June 26, 2011 |
Filipino immigrant Rudolph Ryan Hizon had been in the United States for only three months in 2008 when he decided to join the Army. The 19-year-old, who was living in the Glassell Park area of Los Angeles , dreamed of becoming a pilot. Hizon had just started classes at Glendale Community College, where an Army recruiter sparked his interest. "First I didn't want to let him sign up, because I wasn't ready for that," said his father, Rodolfo Hizon Jr. But two weeks later, he agreed.
May 17, 2011 |
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, heroes in their boxing-rabid home countries and world champions who have staged two prior classics in the ring, took a significant step toward their trilogy Tuesday. Mexico's Marquez has verbally agreed to all the key points of a contract that guarantees $5 million and secures a catch-weight limit of 144 pounds for an expected pay-per-view welterweight title bout against Filipino superstar Pacquiao to be fought Nov. 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank told The Times.
January 11, 2011 |
Nonito Donaire of the Philippines lacks the two world title bantamweight belts belonging to his Feb. 19 opponent, Fernando Montiel of Mexico, but he does have the awareness to recognize what the 118-pound bout at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas means. "The little guys have been deprived of getting big fights on HBO," Donaire (25-1, 17 KOs) said Tuesday at a news conference at the downtown Biltmore Hotel. "This is our shot. " The Filipino is riding the momentum of three 2010 stoppages, including a superb Dec. 4 fourth-round knockout of former world champion Wladimir Sidorenko at Anaheim's Honda Center.
December 2, 2010 |
Juan Manuel Marquez and two other boxers vying to become Manny Pacquiao's next opponent submitted term sheets to the Filipino star's promoter, it was learned Thursday, while the yearlong pursuit of a much-anticipated Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. super-fight remained bitterly out of reach. Marquez's promoter, Richard Schaefer, said he has turned over to Top Rank the financial terms and weight limit under which the lightweight title holder would agree to a third fight with Pacquiao.
November 12, 2010 |
Manny Pacquiao realized a few weeks ago his attempt to make the 150-pound catchweight limit for his Saturday night junior-middleweight title fight against Antonio Margarito would be detrimental to his brilliant speed. On Friday, the champion boxer who enjoys gambling publicly revealed the boldness of his belief as if he was announcing, "All in!" at the poker table. Pacquiao weighed in at a surprisingly low 144.6 pounds, and there's a good chance Magarito, who weighed in at 150 pounds, will step into the Cowboys Stadium ring at 160. "I'm not worried," Pacquiao said, walking off the stage at Cowboys Stadium.
August 31, 2010 |
Manny Pacquiao's promoter had just finished railing at those who continue to doubt the honesty of boxer Antonio Margarito, some 18 months after California revoked Margarito's license for nearly taking gloves loaded with plaster inserts into a January 2009 bout at Staples Center against Shane Mosley. "Antonio Margarito did not know those illegal hand wraps were there, and there's not one shred of proof he did," promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday at an event in a packed Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom to promote Margarito's fight against Pacquiao on Nov. 13 in Texas.
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August 26, 2010 |
Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye moved one step closer Wednesday to becoming the first minority California chief justice, winning unanimous confirmation by a state commission. The three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments heard nearly two hours of testimony before approving Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's nominee to head the state's $3.5-billion court system and the California Supreme Court. A total of 12 witnesses, including a representative of a bar evaluations committee, testified in her favor, and a community activist and an attorney spoke out against her. Members of the California Supreme Court sat in one front row during the hearing, and Cantil-Sakauye sat in another with her husband, a Sacramento police lieutenant, their two daughters, her mother and her in-laws.