Femme fa­tale


Some­times looks are de­ceiv­ing.Arob­ber found out too late when he tried to steal a mo­bile phone from a young pretty woman in Rio de Janiero. The mug­ger was rob­bing a mixed mar­tial arts fighter Polyana Viana, an Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pion (UFC) star­weight. The rob­ber went down with two punches and a kick un­leased by Viana, 27. Viana said the rob­ber pointed what looked like a toy gun and that she couldn’t take chances. The rob­ber suf­fered a bloody face and bruises on his neck. If he could speak Ce­buano, he’ll prob­a­bly say “Di nako mousab kausa na lang”. My niece Ka­t­rina UytiepoAr­mo­nio looks like a ramp­model with her frail look. But don’t mess with her as she’s a Brazil­ian Ju­jitsu world cham­pion win­ning the ti­tle in her age group in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia two years ago. When I first came to Cebu in the late Six­ties, a punk tried to ex­tort money from me. Lit­tle did he know that I was al­ready a first dan karate black belt, hav­ing trained un­der red-belt Latino Gon­za­les, fa­ther of Roberto Gon­za­les (re­mem­ber him in mar­tial arts movies like (“Har­ing Karate”?). Our club was known as the Com­mando Self-De­fense Karate Club. Mem­bers in­cluded Johnny Car­ranza, Tito Aquino and Bernard Belleza. Well back to that ex­tor­tion­ist, I par­ried his punch while de­liv­er­ing a solid shot of my own to his month, knock­ing his two front teeth. The next day, he apol­o­gized and I gave him money to see a den­tist. The les­son learned “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.

In my last col­umn, I men­tioned about the “Killer Side­walk” be­side the on­go­ing un­der­pass in Mam­bal­ing. I al­most broke my bones as I slipped in the gut­ter that was sloping. I warned the agen­cies con­cerned bet­ter do some­thing be­fore some­body gets killed. Well, “Wa jud pal­ibak”. The other day, Ba­lik­bayan doc­tor He­len Cabreros Gon­zaga from Or­lando, Florida, tripped and fell on the un­even sur­face of the of the side­walk, re­ceiv­ing a big bruise on her knees and el­bow. Her hus­band Dr. Mike Gon­zaga said his 75 year-old wife was lucky or it could have been a dis­as­trous va­ca­tion. Dr.He­len said if this hap­pened in the USA, they could sue the City. As I write this col­umn, some work­ers placed a slab on the sloping gut­ter but this is not the so­lu­tion. Please level the side­walk, be­fore “An­other one Bites the Dust”. “Anong say mo Fred­die Mer­cury?”.

MARK BEAU­MONT on Fe­bru­ary 15, 2008, ped­aled through the Arc de Tri­om­phe in Paris, 194 days and 17 hours after set­ting off in an at­tempt to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world. Mark smashed the Guin­ness World Record by 81 days. He had trav­elled18, 297 miles solo and un­sup­ported through some of the harsh­est con­di­tions one man and his bi­cy­cle can tol­er­ate, av­er­ag­ing 160 kilo­me­ters a day and suf­fer­ing from con­stant ail­ments, hunger and fa­tigue. Mark, 36, grew upon the foothills of the Scot­tish High­lands. When he was 12, he cy­cled across Scot­land from Dundee to Oban.

JOE LOUIS a box­ing leg­end, was a pas­sion­ate golfer whose great am­bi­tion out­side the ring was to win the am­a­teur divi­sion of the Na­tional and won it in 1951. After his de­feat to Ger­man Max Sch­mel­ing, his trainer thought that Louis ob­ses­sion with golf was af­fect­ing his fight­ing, so he im­pose a limit on the boxer’s golf­ing time while he was pre­par­ing for a bout.

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