Friday, November 16, 2018
Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held the official ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS Face-off and Open Workout at the Victoria Sports Tower in Manila. In attendance was reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines, as well as his opponent Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli of Italy. Co-main event participants Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and Amir Khan of Singapore also faced off.
Brandon Vera, ONE Heavyweight World Champion, stated:
“Thank you everyone for coming out here, it is an honor to be your champion, Philippines. I’ve been away for a while, almost two years, but don’t think for a second that I haven’t been training and keeping sharp. I’m stronger, faster, smarter, and better now than ever before. My team has made sure that I will be at my best by the time I step back into the ONE Cage. This is home for me. I really missed this and I am excited to perform in front of you all next Friday night. The belt is going to stay in the Philippines.”
Mauro Cerilli, ONE Athlete, stated:
“I am very honored to be here and to challenge your champion. Joining ONE Championship, I know the competition is fierce and I will be faced with the best in the world. Brandon [Vera] is a great champion, but he’s lost his edge. I am here to claim the ONE Heavyweight World Championship. When I step into the cage on 23 November, I will be in the best shape of my career and I’m looking to score the upset. Thank you for having me, Manila. It is an honor to be here.”
Eduard Folayang, ONE Athlete, stated:
“I am so happy for the opportunity to once again be fighting for the world title. As always, I feel motivated and encouraged to do my best. I want to prove to the world that I am not done yet in this sport, and that I can still be world champion. Losing the title for the first time, it was a very painful feeling. But in defeat, I have discovered my weaknesses and made efforts to improve certain parts of my game. Now I am ready to showcase my championship form once again. Amir [Khan] is a great young martial artist. He has shown tremendous growth since his very first ONE Championship bout. I cannot underestimate him because he is younger than I am. This bout is special because it’s taking place in front of my hometown crowd in Manila. It also represents a chance for me to redeem myself, because this is the same place I lost the title one year ago. I have worked very hard since then and now the opportunity was once again given to me.”
Amir Khan, ONE Athlete, stated:
“It has been a long journey for me. I've worked very hard for this. Ever since I started this journey, I have had one goal in mind and that's to be champion. Everything I have done so far has been to work towards achieving that dream. I have 13 bouts in ONE Championship and 11 of those are wins. I've won my last two in exciting fashion. It's only right that I am now challenging for the World Title. I'll be facing former champion Eduard Folayang, and I'm going to his hometown, so I know it's going to be a tough challenge. He has the home crowd advantage, but I am confident of victory. I hope to be able to bring this belt back to Singapore. I foresee that I'll be the Joseph Schooling of mixed martial arts.”
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You better watch out and better not pout, because a 30-foot Santa Claus has been
spotted at Mall of Asia – marking the start of the Christmas season in all SM malls
nationwide. Inviting everyone to celebrate #ChristmaSMoments with loved ones, SM
Supermalls is treating mallgoers with fun-filled events as Santa makes his rounds in SM
malls this holiday season.
“Christmas is not complete without Santa Claus. We’re sure that when you see him in
the malls, it will take you back to best-loved childhood Christmas moments,” said Jonjon
San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.
Alongside its giant Santa installation, the Mall of Asia is home to the Grand Festival of
Lights Parade that starts November 24 until December 25, and to the Grand Mascot
Parade on January 1, 2019. Both street festivals will feature Santa with an entourage of
Yuletide dancers and characters.
Not to miss is Father Christmas and his herd of reindeer at the Grand Magical
Christmas Parade in SM South Luzon malls. You can catch its launch on November 17
at SM City Bacoor! The parade will ring in new characters – a circus ringmaster and
snow ladies – to join its well-loved mix of holiday icons, including princes and
princesses, dwarves, fairies, and more!
Santa will lead the way as SM City Pampanga lights up its Ferris wheel-turned-Lantern
of Hope with a visual feast of lights, fireworks, and video-mapping on December 1.
Santa Claus will be making the wishes of 60 lucky kids come true this season! Simply
write to Santa through the #DearSMSanta mailbox at SM for a chance to get your
wishes granted. If you want to see Santa in person, you can spend
#ChristmaSMoments with your friends and family at Santa meet-and-greets happening
from November 30 to December 25 in all SM malls.
For more info about SM’s Santa-filled Christmas celebration, visit
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) assessed that Philippine merchandise exports rose 0.3% year-on-year (yoy) in the third quarter of 2018, a positive turnaround following its 1.3% yoy decline in the second quarter and 5.5% yoy contraction in the first quarter of the year.
PH’s third-quarter merchandise export performance was largely driven by positive yoy growth in the country’s exports of manufactured goods—led by electronics—with increased exports to the United States (US), China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In the third quarter, merchandise exports were up in July (+0.3% yoy) and also in August (+3.4% yoy) that combined outweighed its September’s fall (-2.6% yoy), which was partly induced by weakening of global manufacturing activity amid escalating trade tensions between US and China.
“The country’s merchandise export performance has been improving on a quarterly basis since the start of 2018. Its growth turned positive in the third quarter after registering negative growth in the first two quarters of the year,” said DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez.
Sec. Lopez added: “The PH government has long-term plans and roadmaps to help expand the country’s manufacturing and production base, and promote the diversification of merchandise exports. Through these policy initiatives and programs, merchandise exports will grow further and in turn will narrow the trade-in-goods deficit. We need to expand our manufacturing base to meet as well the growing domestic demand for both consumption goods and intermediate goods. In the short-term, we are trying to address supply chain issues and maximizing whatever limited budget given to promote our exportables in foreign markets through trade fairs and expos like the recently held China International Import Exposition (CIIE) that contribute to increasing our export sales abroad.”