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Mayor Bascon lauds Bautista

Himamaylan City Mayor Agustin Ernesto Bascon said the city is proud of the silver medal won by 16-year-old Ian Clark Bautista in the 21st President’s Cup in Indonesia last week.

Bautista, who hails from Himamaylan, made his mark in the tournament by beating bigger opponents who are several years older than him, including European Champion Alexander Somoilov of Russia in the qauarterfinals.

“On behalf of the people of the City of Himamaylan, I wish to extend my sincerest congratulations and appreciation to Yan-Yan Bautista,” Bascon said in a statement sent to the DAILY STAR.

The mayor added his wish for more triumphs for Bautista in boxing, and his hopes to see the young pug shine in the future and continue to bring honor to Himamaylan and Negros Occidental.

Bautista and the other members of the PLDT-ABAP Boxing Team arrived in the country on Sunday after a successful stint in Indonesia.

Negros Occidental Boxing Association official Oscar “Dodong” Bascon, father of the mayor, forwarded to the DAILY STAR a message from Bautista thanking the people of Himamaylan for their support.

In his text message, the young silver medalist apologized for failing to win the gold. Moved by the humility of the young fighter, Bascon said he replied that they are proud and happy of what he had accomplished in Indonesia.

Bascon said they will continue to support the boxing career of Bautista and he hope that he will continue to remain humble and that he will be an inspiration to other local boxers.*NAB

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