Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said his office will favorably endorse to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the request of ALA Promotions, a boxing promotional outfit, for amusement tax exemption for the staging of the PINOY PRIDE 5: Battle of Champions on April 9, 2011 at the coliseum of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City.
Leonardia said, “Let us consider this event as a stepping stone to other big events. With all the attention that is being given to boxing, after the Pacquiao phenomenon, we are very happy that Bacolod has a share of the limelight.”
He said he and the SP are appreciative that WBO minimumweight world champ Donnie Nietes, who is a Bacoleño, has decided to have a major boxing bout in the city, and that will again put Bacolod in the boxing map.
“We like to project an image that, business-wise, this is a very vibrant city that is why it deserves to be the avenue of a major boxing event like this.” Leonardia said.
He said they gave Nietes a Banwahanon award two years ago and last year he was also given a citation.
Games and Amusement Board chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon said “We should be proud we have a Bacolod champ.” He said Nietes started his boxing career at an early age.*
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