‘Kid Kulafu’ inspires youths to join boxing clinic

Gerry Plaza on Apr 13, 2015 05:14 PM
‘Kid Kulafu’ inspires youths to join boxing clinic
"Kid Kulafu" lead actor Buboy Villar and director Paul Soriano dropped by at one of the boxing clinics held at a mall..

“Kid Kulafu” is indeed inspirational.

The Paul Soriano-helmed Star Cinema movie, which opens in theaters on Wednesday, April 15, depicts the true, untold story of a youthful Manny Pacquiao facing and overcoming his early struggles to begin his career in boxing. Who would think that a struggling street kid who filed Vino Kulafu bottles in General Santos City would become the world’s first and only eight-division world champion in professional boxing?

This certainly inspired youths to gather in three malls on Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 to get pointers from professional boxers in their hopes of being the next Pacquiao.

Star Cinema simultaneously held the Kid Kulafu Summer Boxing Demo Clinic at the Fairview Terraces in Quezon City, SM City San Lazaro in Manila, and Pacific Mall Mandaue in Cebu to provide boxing aspirants the necessary techniques in improving their fighting skills.

MMA fighter Erwin Tagle was one of the clinic’s moderators.

On hand during the event were the film’s cast, led by Buboy Villar, who played the young Manny in the movie. Other cast members who attended were Alex Medina, Khalil Ramos, and Igi Boy Flores.  Direk Paul was also present.

For Buboy, more than the boxing skills the youths should learn in following Pacquiao’s footsteps are his traits and outlook in life, most especially his faith in God.

“Sipag, pagtiyatyaga, at yung pagiging madasalin. Ang nakita ko sa kanya na kahit na anong nangyari sa buhay niya, dinadaan niya sa itaas. Parang Siya lang ang kakampi niya. Grabe yung pananampalataya niya. Sobrang bilib ako sa kanya doon. Kasi di naman lahat ng tao ganoon eh. May mga tao yumayaman nakakalimot, siya kahit yumaman siya di siya nakakalimot.”

Khalil also revealed how Pacquiao inspired him since he was kid.

“I’m very, very sure a lot of Filipinos can relate. Growing up, Pacquiao is my hero. Every Pacquiao fight is a family gathering. I may not know him but Pacquiao has a huge impact in my life with whatever I’m doing syempre, hindi naman kailangan na boxer ka o famous ka to do your best. In my school, in my singing before when I was a kid, syempre I would want to make my parents proud. That’s what Pacquiao wanted. He wanted his mom, his dad, his brother to be proud. He wanted to make his family happy, his fans happy, of course all for God.”

“Kid Kulafu” is the untold story of Pacquiao every Filipino and the whole world should know, Khalil said.

“He deserves to have his story known. He has brought pride to our nation. And with his upcoming fight, he needs all his supporters, all his fans, and the Filipino people behind him.”

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