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A wedding in Las Vegas?

Ninfa Leonardia Shh, don't quote me, but I have this sneaking suspicion of the reason why Mommy Dionisia, the flamboyant mama of our Manny Pacquiao, has chosen that white gown to wear when she goes to watch Manny's fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas next month. Note that everybody who saw the outfit shown on TV commented that it looked like a wedding gown, with the beadwork and all. For sure she will look like a bride when she wears it.

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The suspicion came when it was confirmed to an interviewer that her boy friend – sorry, I can't remember the name – was going with her to Las Vegas. Now, isn't that the city where anybody can get married without any fuss, and literally at the drop of a hat? Wow, that will surely land in the news, if that happens. Really, Vegas is the Mecca for those who went to wed without a lot of paperwork and red tape. The very first time I ever went to that city, I was fascinated by the sight of so many couples, the girls in wedding gowns, veils and all, and their partners in formal suits, walking up or down the streets on the way to or from a wedding chapel, of which there are a lot there.

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Let's keep this from Pacquiao, as he might be disturbed at the thought of his beloved mom getting hitched to this young fellow, and possibly making her assets, and she has a lot on her own now, conjugal property. I remember a time when she was showing some visitors around her spanking new house in General Santos, and she underscored the fact that she had built it with her own money, that she had earned from her endorsements, and from her movie. Mommy D is now an independent lady.

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Who aired that story about Floyd Mayweather injuring his rib during his training? Someone from his camp promptly came out with a denial, but suspicious people like me could get the idea that someone may be building up towards an excuse not to go on with the fight of the century. Anyway, from what his apologist had explained, there really was no injury, and it's all systems go to May 2 (May 3 in the Philippines). I hope that someone on his camp will continue to remind Manny, like a mantra, what Juan Manuel Marquez had warned: “Don't rely on the judges”. He must know something about the relationship between Floyd Jr. and the judges who may be intimidated by the American blusterer.

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Mention of Las Vegas always brings to mind casinos and gambling which are the earmarks of that city. Really, gambling seems to be a national pastime there, and I found it funny that you can even bet as small an amount as one cent in some of the casinos there. My niece Pinky and I once had the biggest surprise when we, both unfamiliar with the games, decided to play at a slot machine, thinking the ONE sign meant one cent. How ashamed we were when it turned out to be one dollar! Our relatives had a big laugh, and until now they tell other kin about that incident.

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One thing I also found out was that even in the pre-departure area of their airport, there are slot machines all around, and passengers while their time away playing on them. Perhaps someday our airports will also set up slot machines? With all the frequent and lengthy delays, passengers could pass the time playing. By the way, we have you heard about the plans of a Chinese-American company that is putting up two big casinos in the Philippines, but not in Manila? They have reportedly chosen Cebu and Masbate. That probably means we are getting a reputation for being good hosts to gambling companies.

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For Bacoleños and their visitors from abroad – hurry up and patronize Manokan Country now because you are soon going to lose it. Don't think that it will be the same even with all the assurances that it will still be there. It will never be the same, and for those protesting, sorry na lang, there is a saying you must take to heart: You can't fight city hall, especially if it wants to sell. It may be our most authentic native offering, but who cares?

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But someone brought up a question that wants answers. He said the city mayor announced that SM, the giant, had made an “unsolicited” offer to buy the Manokan area. On the other hand, his city administrator told the media that it was the non-payment of rentals by the tenants that has prompted the mayor “to propose the sale or lease of the property” in the Manokan country. Which to believe? On the other hand, Negros Occidental Gov. Freddie Marañon has plans to buy more land to expand the Panaad area. One executive is buying, the other is selling.*

 

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