Taguig City honors Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr.
World Boxing Champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (second from right) flashes a fist and a smile as he is conferred “honorary Taguigeno” by Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano (second from left). The Taguig government is planning a grand welcome motorcade for the city’s adopted son in celebration of his spectacular 2nd round demolition of former bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel. Also in the photo is Donaire’s lovely wife Rachel and the mayor’s husband, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
The City Government of Taguig led by Mayor Lani Cayetano will fete boxing champ Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, Jr. for the honor and glory he has given to the Filipino nation in a grand welcome at 3:30 p.m. Friday (December 17) at the Taguig City Hall.
Donaire, 28, will be welcomed by Mayor Cayetano, members of City Council, different Taguig City Hall Department Heads, City Hall Employees, newly-elected barangay captains and officials, and students coming from private and public schools all over the city.
Because of what he has achieved in the field of boxing, Mayor Cayetano will confer the Honorary Citizenship of Taguig to Donaire.
“Nonito, the people of Taguig admires your hard work, passion and dedication to your sport. But most of all, we praise you for being a proud Filipino in and out of the ring, for defending and fighting for the flag with every punch.
‘That is why it is the honor of the city to call you one of our own. Thank you for inspiring us, Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. Isa ka nang Taguigeno!” Cayetano said.
The boxing hero’s motorcade will kick off in front of Taguig City Hall along Gen. A. Luna Street, wherein it will pass by Manuel L. Quezon Avenue and then stop at Cayetano Sports Complex in Bagumbayan for a press conference.
Mayor Cayetano ordered the Traffic Management Office (TMO) to map out rerouting scheme for the streets that will be affected by the motorcade.
Cheerful elementary and high school students from public and private schools in Taguig will greet the Filipino boxing star as the motorcade passes the streets going to Bagumbayan.
“Nonito is our pride and champion. He gives us hope especially to our youth that there is nothing impossible if we keep on dreaming and believing,” said Cayetano.
The Filipino Flash Donaire recently competed in the 118-pound bantamweight division wherein he won a one-sided technical knockout victory in the fourth round over Ukrainian Wladimir Sidorenko to win the vacant WBA bantamweight interim title.
Donaire, who has a record of 25 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws (17 wins by KO/TKO), also holds the WBC Continental Americas Bantamweight Title. He is the former WBA Super Flyweight Interim World Champion, IBF World Flyweight Champion and IBO World Flyweight Champion.
Donaire is considered as an elite fighter by most boxing scribes and aficionados. The Ring magazine, dubbed the “bible” of boxing, currently ranks Donaire as the number five best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.