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Remember that movie "The Greatest Showman"?
In Spring 1904, when the World's Fair in St. Louis opened, people from faraway lands were an expected attraction. "Villages" from different nations were recreated including the Philippines.
The U.S. government spent $1.5 million to import 1,300 indigenous Filipinos from different tribes to show the Americans the backward ways of the natives. Fairgoers were both shocked and fascinated at the cultural practice of the Igorots of eating dog meat. In the words of then U.S. Secretary of War William Howard Taft, their "little brown brothers," were not ready to rule their island nation on their own. They needed guidance, they needed the Americans.
The Igorots soon became one of the most famous displays during the fair. The man in charge of keeping them in check was Truman Hunt, who served as a medical doctor during the war. Hunt stayed in the province after the way and soon became the lieutenant governor of Bontoc Province.
Hunt saw firsthand how the Igorots were a hit among the Americans. This was how he got the idea to bring them back the following year, and this time, for his own financial benefit.
#Igorrotte #StLouis #HumanZoo #Igorot
La Trinidad, Benguet's parbuster Luigi Paolo Wong won the Bridgestone Tournament of Champions held at the Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday (local time).
The 19-year-old member of the Philippine team closed with a three under par for a three-round total of five under 211 to win the games in Florida.
Wong, who saw action in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Malaysia had earlier rounds of two under 70 and even par 72 to take the crown of the event, which he had "accidentally" joined.
"(Paolo) was supposed to just visit his coach in Florida for some swing adjustments, but he took advantage of joining this tour(nament) which is (played just) an hour (drive) away from his coach's place," his sibling Da Net Wong told Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a conversation over social media platform "Messenger".
"He shot a total of 5 under for three days, a 2-under 70 (on the) first day, (an) even par 72 (on the) second day and a three -under 69 (on) the last day," Da Net Wong said.
"Dito na lang niya in-apply (ang) mga adjustments nila ni coach (He applied the adjustments made by him and his coach in the tournament)," Wong's sister added.
It added that "his (Paolo's) visit to his coach is part of his preparation for incoming big tournaments." This will include the SEAG qualifier on the first week of June at the Luisita Golf in Tarlac, Tarlac and the Toyota World Junior Team Golf Championship at Nagoya, Japan on June 14 to 22.
Wong is also scheduled to see action in the Future Champions Golf (FCG) International Tour at Sycuan, San Diego on July 2-6; the July 8-12 IMG Junior World Championship at the world famous Torrey Pines also in San Diego and the San Diego Amateur on July13-14, all at California in the United States of America.
Wong learned and honed his skills at the Baguio Country Club and John Hay golf courses here, some seven kilometers from his hometown of La Trinidad.
He returned to his home courses in 2017 to help Manila Southwoods sweep the Championship crowns, then for Royal Northwoods, which is near their Metro Manila residence, last year which lost to Southwoods.
Wong is the second Cordilleran to make good in national golf, the first is Baguio-raised Mars Pucay who was the best amateur golfer in the city and later became a top pro.
#Cordilleran #Baguio #LaTrinidad #Benguet #golf #parbuster #Wong
Undefeated Carl Jammes "Wonder Boy" Martin of Ifugao will battle the "dangerous" Rakesh "Battu" Lohchab of India on June 9 at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.
The 20-year-old Martin, with 12 wins, zero loss and 11 knockouts to his record, retired Pethchorhae Kokietgym of Thailand during the 3rd round of their fight on Feb. 16 at the SM City North EDSA Skydome, Quezon City.
Martin earlier TKO'd Hashimu Zuberi of Tanzania in the 2nd round to win the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Youth bantamweight title in the April 28, 2018 fight in Lagawe, Ifugao.
He knocked out Indonesia's George Lumoly to win the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia bantamweight title on June 21, 2018, in Lagawe.
Martin retained the WBO Oriental Youth bantamweight title by retiring China's Huerban Qiatehe in the 2nd round of the Aug. 28, 2018 fight in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.
He also kept his WBA Asia bantamweight championship by knocking out Moon Chul Suh of South Korea on Oct. 27, 2018, in Lagawe.
On the other hand, the 22-year-old Lohchab (6W-0L, 2KO) knocked out Ghulam Ghous on March 30, 2019 bout in India. He also won by a unanimous decision over Suredra Beniwal on Jan. 19.
#WonderBoy #Martin #Ifugao #boxing