Quijano: A Trip to Tuna Town

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LAST weekend, the wifey and I traveled all the way to General Santos City to witness my dear friend Joy Denoga take Bobby Bautista to be her lawfully wedded husband.

It was a beautifully planned and wonderfully executed affair, and we had a marvelous time.

As most love stories go, theirs is a particularly interesting one, with each moment leading up to the one that mattered the most in the grand scheme of things.


Being a self-confessed gourmand, I was also looking forward to visiting the southernmost tip of our country’s archipelago to sample their culinary delights.

All my friends know how partial I am towards kinilaw or tartare and I of course, took every opportunity to gorge myself with my favorite dish every chance I got at the “Tuna Capital” of our country.

I even took a 500 peso taxi ride to their fish port just to witness first hand the wheeling and the dealing of the fresh tuna catch at the wee hours of the morning.

I espied one fisherman gingerly slice off a piece of fish and pop the bare, pink flesh with no sauces or spices- right in his mouth. He told me it was his breakfast.

Definitely way better than bacon, I say!

PACQUIAO. Boxing fans of course know that General Santos City is where Manny Pacquiao grew up.

It was in this city that he started engaging in street fights which would hone the feral fighting instincts that served him so well in his path for fistic glory.

Our hotel also happened to be located right beside Pacquiao’s own gym where he trained for the Brandon Rios fight.

Of course, the man himself was not in town as he is already in the Wild Card Gym in the thick of preparations for his rematch against Tim Bradley next week.

An interesting fact I gathered is that some locals are of different opinions when it comes to the “Pambansang Kamao”

While most deify him, others seemed distant, claiming that he hardly ever spends time there and that he is too busy with his boxing career to be an effective politician.

I never expected to get such polarizing views, and what came to mind was a biblical verse about prophets not being honored in their own towns.

But when it came to predicting the winner, there was hardly any dissent when I offered the proposition that Manny would dice up Bradley and turn him into tuna town sashimi.

BRADLEY. Speaking of Bradley, I read somewhere that Bradley is confident he’ll do better as long as his legs or feet hold.

We all know that Bradley attended the post fight press conference in a wheelchair as he broke his ankle in their first encounter and to this day, he insists he could do better if he did not suffer any injuries.

What came to mind when I read that was another Pacquiao victim- former world champion Shane Mosely- who rode on his bicycle the rest of the fight after sampling Manny’s left in the third round and getting knocked down.

Afterwards Mosely claimed that he also suffered leg injuries which affected his performance.

These fighters and their excuses never cease to amaze. Of course, Mosely forgot to mention that the reason his legs gave out was the fact that he did more backpedaling than punching.

As for Bradley, check out the replay on Youtube and you will see how he twisted his ankle when a Pacquiao combination hurt him and he had to twist and turn in order to regain his balance to prevent a knockdown.

LAST ROUND. It’s on a dear friend, Hazel Q. Ypil who recently celebrated her birthday. Cheers!


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 02, 2014.


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