Donaire, Munoz pray for PH quake victims
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- With more than 150 dead and many still missing, kababayans in the US couldn't help but worry of their loved ones back home.
One of those anxious to get news from their relatives back home is three-time world division champion Nonito Donaire Jr., while UFC fighter Mark Munoz offered prayers and sympathy to the victims of the massive quake that hit the Visayas on Tuesday.
Donaire looked back at his childhood memories living in Bohol. Donaire was born in Talibon, Bohol, one of the locations severely hit by the recent earthquake.
"Doon ako nag-school from Grade 2 to Grade 4, so nung nalaman ko talagang na worried ako kase may mga relatives ako. They're okay naman. I haven't heard much anything na bad except for the calamity itself," said Donaire, whose mother hails from Bohol.
The boxer said Bohol is a special home to him because this is where he learned how to harvest rice before migrating to the United States to pursue his boxing career.
"Sa Loboc River ng mga lunch and nakikita mo 'yung Loboc Church palagi. They always tell you how historical it is, how old the church is, as well. For something na to fall like that with great history behind, parang you feel sad not only the tragedy, but lahat ng mga nakikita mo yung mga pictures, the roads, the crack on the roads," he said.
Donaire said that together, with his wife Rachel, they are planning a fundraising event to help the quake victims of Bohol and Cebu.
"I hope you guys are doing okay and we will do the best we can on our part," said Donaire.
His father and trainer, Donaire Sr., is also willing to help.
"Pag ka mayroon ako at maluwag-luwag talagang 'yun ang nakikita ko. Kung may pera na lang bakit hindi na tulungan. Saka sana ang gobyerno natin tutulong talaga hindi yung napunta sa di mabuti yung pera. Dapat ito talaga ang panahon na dapat makatulong ka sa mamayan," he said.
Meanwhile, despite his busy training schedule for his upcoming fight, Munoz took time to assure that earthquake victims in Bohol and Cebu are in his thoughts in this difficult time.
"My prayers to everybody and the victims in Bohol and Cebu. Maraming maraming dasal sa akin para sa inyo. I want to pray and lift you guys up to God and pray that you will find peace and comfort at this time. Although it's been very hard for you right now, we are praying for you back here in the States. We are just thinking about you guys right now," Munoz said.
Munoz headlines UFC Fight Night 30 on October 26 against Lyoto Machida in Manchester, England, while Donaire will face Vic Darchinyan for the second time in Corpus Christi, Texas, on November 9.