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Le Tour threads God-forsaken Edsa

FOR the first time in Philippine tour history, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue—or Edsa—will play a major role as the Le Tour de Filipinas kicks off its ninth edition along the country’s busiest major highway tomorrow.

From the Liwasang Aurora start inside the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, the 17 teams composed of 85 cyclists will pedal over the Elliptical Road and through Quezon Avenue before negotiating Edsa toward Monumento in Caloocan City for the race’s neutral zone that covers 9.5 kilometers.

Ably assisting the race entourage is the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), headed by Chairman Danilo D. Lim, whose men in blue vowed to control traffic flow without disturbing movement of vehicles.

The 157.50-km Stage 1 to Palayan City of the race copresented by Air21, Cignal and Cargohaus Inc. and organized by Ube Media Inc. will be flagged off at 8 a.m. The race column is expected to complete the Edsa neutral ride under 30 minutes.

“Edsa is historic in many ways, but with the traffic conditions on the highway, especially at rush hour—and the concerns over clean air—it would be a milestone for the Le Tour de Filipinas to expand its advocacy on the major thoroughfare,” said Alberto Lina, PhilCycling chairman and the acknowledged godfather of Philippine cycling.

The first of four stages of the International Cycling Union race will also tackle the McArthur Highway, where the major artery that connects Metro Manila to Central and Northern Luzon before the expressways, particularly the North Luzon Expressway, were built.

Once in Palayan City, the entourage will be warmly welcomed by the Nueva Ecija capital’s hospitality under Mayor Adrianne Mae Cuevas. 

Adding interest to the Le Tour de Filipinas are the nonbicycle and noncyclist components of the event. 

The entire race entourage consists of 416 personnel—from the cyclists down to the ground crew which takes care of the barriers and gantries—and 129 vehicles (44 motorcycles with a minimum of 400cc displacement, 36 cars/sedans, 39 SUVs/vans, nine trucks and one bus).

Stage 2 on Monday will bring the cyclists from Cabanatuan City to Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, covering 157.90 kms with a climb over Dalton Pass.

On Tuesday Stage 3 is the longest at 185.20 kms from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, to Lingayen, Pangasinan, and finally, Stage 4 will be 154.65 kms from Lingayen to Baguio City via Kennon Road.

Manny wants this one badly

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.

After a one-year hiatus from the ring, the 39-year-old has started training two weeks earlier than usual to bring himself up to peak fighting condition.

“I am not saying it will be the last, but it will be the basis for (me) to think about (whether) to continue or not,” Pacquiao told AFP after training in Manila on Thursday.

“So I am trying my best and doing our best in the training in this fight to show if I can still do it or not,” he added.

Pacquiao has won world titles across an unprecedented eight different weight classes, but critics — including Matthysse, who is four years his junior — question his ability to box at the top of his game due to his age.

The fighter, who won 38 of his first 47 professional fights by knockout, has not knocked out an opponent in nearly nine years.

The two will face off for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on July 15 in Malaysia.

The fight comes a year since the southpaw lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in a shock points defeat to Australia’s Jeff Horn.

In contrast, Matthysse won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand’s Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.

“(Matthysse) is a very aggressive fighter. I am not worried about his style. My worry is I need to get 100 percent conditioned — the stamina, the power and the strength to survive the 12 rounds,” Pacquiao said.

However, the challenger predicted on Thursday that his fans would see him on top form in Malaysia.

“A young Manny Pacquiao throwing a lot of punches, and more footwork, head movements, side by side (motions) — that’s my goal to achieve for this fight,” he said.

Pacquiao previously rejected criticism that his recent losses have tarnished his record.

On Thursday he hit the mitts with friend and compatriot Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez whom he chose to be his head coach for the fight over long-standing US trainer Freddie Roach.

Roach expressed hurt last month after saying ties had been cut.

“Buboy adapted the style of Freddie Roach and he knows what to do for this training so I am confident with Buboy,” Pacquiao said, refusing to compare the two trainers.

  • Published in Boxing

Tostones Eggs Benedict with Mango Salsa and Avocado Hollandaise

Ingredients

Mango Salsa:

1 large ripe mango, peeled and cubed

¼ cup minced red onion

¼ cup minced cilantro

2 Tablespoons diced red bell pepper

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 Teaspoon minced jalapeno

Avocado Hollandaise:

½ large ripe avocado, 4 ounces

½ cup lukewarm water

2 Teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice

½ Teaspoon sea salt

2 Tablespoons avocado oil

Optional: ½ cup baby spinach for extra color (you can’t taste it)

Tostones:

1 large green plantain, 12 ounces

2-4 Tablespoons coconut oil

4 thin slice of ham, 4 ounces

4-8 eggs for 1-2 per person

Directions:

* Mix together all the ingredients for the mango salsa and set it aside.

* Add all the ingredients for the hollandaise into a blender, and blend starting on low and working up to high. Blend until the sauce is completely smooth, and set it aside.

* Peel the plantain by slicing lengthwise through the skin, but being careful not to cut into the plantain. Peel the plantain using a spoon to help you peel back the tough skin. Slice the plantain on the diagonal into 1" slices.

* Preheat a 9" cast iron skillet over medium heat. When the pan is almost smoking, add two tablespoons of the coconut oil and the plantain slices. Fry for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the plantain slices are golden and slightly tender.

* Remove them from the pan and flatten each slice into a ¼”-1/2" thick disc. Place the flattened slices back into the cast iron pan, (adding the rest of the oil if necessary) and fry for 1-2 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy.

* While the tostones are cooking, bring a pot of water (3-4" deep) to a boil, then reduce the heat to a bare simmer. When the tostones are done, keep them warm in the oven, and poach the eggs by slowly lowering them into the pan one at a time. After they’ve cooked for about a minute, use a spoon to make sure they’re not sticking to the bottom of the pan. Continue to cook the eggs to your desired doneness.

* While the eggs are cooking, quickly sear each ham slice in a nonstick pan, about 30 seconds per side.

* Place 2-3 tostones per plate, top with the fried ham slices, poached eggs, mango salsa, and drizzle with the avocado hollandaise. Serve immediately.

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DoH asked to revise Dengvaxia fund plan

NOT satisfied with the Department of Health’s proposed allocation of funds, lawmakers yesterday asked the DoH to revise its proposal on the use of P1.16 billion supplemental budget for the Dengvaxia recipients.

The House committee on appropriations, chaired by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, has started looking into the proposed supplemental budget for 2018 particularly for the financing of the medical assistance for the children administered with the controversial anti-dengue vaccine.

Nograles particularly questioned some items in the proposal of the DoH which he averred cannot address the problem.

House Resolution 1724 filed by Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, vice chairman of the appropriate committee, proposed that the DoH budget should be given additional funds in order to assist the victims of Dengvaxia with their medical needs.

The P1.16 billion was the amount returned by the French multinational Sanofi, the medical company that manufactured Dengvaxia, which was proven not effective especially to those who have not been inflicted with dengue.

  • Published in Nation
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