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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Great Bogohanons: GABRIEL "FLASH" ELORDE

Gabriel "Flash" Elorde (March 25, 1935 – January 2, 1985) was a Filipino professional boxer. He was born and raised in the town of Bogo, Cebu.

Many Bogohanons, especially the younger generations do not know that Gabriel "THe FILIPINO FLASH" Elorde was a Bogohanon.

I can still remember during my elementary years in Malalag, Davao del Sur how my elementary teacher talked about this man whom according to her has brought one of the greatest honor that a Filipino can give to this beautiful country the Philippines. (That was before Manny Pacquiao came to the picture). If I remember it right, I was in Grade Two that time.

From that day forward, I always admire FLASH. Until I moved here in Bogo on June 12, 1991. I spend my high school and college days in Bogo but never heard anyone talk about 'FLASH ELORDE'. I never knew that time that I am in the CHAMP's hometown. Until Manny Pacquiao of GenSan, South Cotabato rose to fame in the same field of sports and Gabriel Elorde was totally forgotten by the young generations of his hometown.

Until one day, the City Government's Committee on Culture and Heritage led by Hon. Belinda Rodriguez and Mayor Junie Martinez decided to put a special section of the Bogo Public Library and Museum exclusive only to GABRIEL FLASH ELORDE's Memorabilias. And from that day forward, young Bogohanons begun to acknowledge and appreciate Gabriel Flash Elorde's honor given to this Queen City of Norther Cebu.

Elorde was a former world super featherweight champion, title he originally held from 1960. In 1963, he was inaugurated as WBC and WBA champion. He still holds the junior lightweight division record for the lengthiest title reign, which spanned for seven years and almost single-handedly legitimized the division. Elorde is widely considered as one of the greatest Filipino boxers of all-time along with seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and flyweight champion in the 1920s, Pancho Villa. He was much beloved in the Philippines as a sports and cultural icon, being the first Filipino international boxing champion since Pancho Villa.

Here's a video of FLASH ELORDE's fight with SANDY SADDLER:

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