Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pinoy is one of 12 newly-ordained New York priests

"Find a priest who understands English and doesn't look like Rasputin."
Aristotle Onassis

By Alex P. Vidal

NEW YORK CITY -- We recently had the privilege to attend the Mass officiated by a Filipino priest, Fr. Adolfo Novio, at the St. Patrick's Cathedral here. 
Novio was among the 12 newly-ordained priests in New York and members of the Filipino community were very much excited to welcome him in the Big Apple.
They were ordained by New York Archbishop, Cardinal Dolan, at the Cathedral on May 23.
Known as "members of the Class of 2015 at St. Jospeh's Seminary in Dunwoodie," Novio's fellow newly-ordained priests were Fr. James Benavides, Fr. Sean Connolly, Fr. Jose Cruz, Father Ricardo Garcis, Fr. Christopher McBride, Fr. Adolphus Muoghalu, Fr. Matthew Reiman, Fr. Stephen Ries, Fr. Elvin Rivera, Father Ignatius Shin, and Fr. Jean-Marie Uzabakiribo.  
Every young striver who has ever come to New York to make his way has experienced it, the exhilaration of their first glimpse of that celebrated skyline. 
“I arrived in Newark,” Father Adolfo Novio recalled. “Crossing the George Washington Bridge looking at the skyline of Manhattan, wow! You know, the excitement!”
According to the Catholic New York, Novio, 36, was not arriving in the Big Apple to try to “make it” on Broadway or to land a position at a prestigious Wall Street firm. He sought to make it in a more celestial sphere. He was hoping to become a New York priest.

COMBINATION
 
“It was a combination of fear and amazement,” he was quoted by the Catholic New York. “This was not my plan. I was really scared but I thought, what the heck, while I’m here I should enjoy New York!”
It was a long way from the orphanage he grew up in his native Philippines. Abandoned before birth by his father, he was raised in an orphanage operated by the Daughters of Charity. 
His mother went there to have her baby boy and to work as a cook.
“When you grow up with the Sisters you are exposed to all religious activities, prayers and especially the Mass,” he explained. “I was fascinated with the work of a priest.” When he was a young teenager his mother left him with the Sisters to seek employment in Manila. Deciding it was better for the boy’s development, they transferred him to the cathedral rectory, where he continued his education while serving as an altar boy and even played the organ and the guitar in the cathedral.
After seeing Pope John Paul II when he visited the Philippines for World Youth Day in 1995, he decided to act on his growing sense of vocation to the priesthood. 
“I saw this holy man. At that moment I said yes, this is my life. I will be happy in this life of a priest,” he told CNY. 
Raised in the Vincentian tradition among the Sisters, he decided to join the Vincentian community, serving in Palau, Micronesia. He began to discern a calling to the diocesan priesthood and asked his pastor what he should do. 

VISA

Because he had been working with American-run Catholic schools in Palau he held a U.S. visa, so his pastor recommended he apply to dioceses in the United States. He did, and soon heard from Father Luke Sweeney, then the archdiocesan vocations director, who invited him here for an interview. He arrived in New York Sept. 22, 2009. 
He found that while New York may be one of the most frenetic cities on earth his own immediate environment at St. Joseph’s Seminary would be quiet indeed. “My first two and a half years I experienced a huge building with nobody here,” he said, noting the limited enrollment when he first arrived. 
“Most of our time was just alone in the seminary. It was time for me to be able to discern. So it was a very prayerful transition for me as I began my new life in New York.” 
In late 2011 Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn and Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre signed a joint agreement making St. Joseph’s the site for the training of seminarians from the Archdiocese of New York, the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

START

On Sept. 5, 2012 the Mass of the Holy Spirit marked the start of the academic year with nearly 100 seminarians in residence. 
“When the merger happened, I said this is the real seminary where people interact,” he said. “The program here is just so excellent. We have seminarians from Africa, Europe Asia, Latin America, a mixing bowl of cultures.” 
Kind of like New York, the archdiocese he will soon serve. 
Father Novio celebrated his first Mass on May 24 at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Church, Manhattan. Msgr. Romualdo Sosing, pastor of Holy Name parish, Valley Stream, was the homilist. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Tale of two parking garages in Chicago, Iloilo City

"Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities." Lewis Mumford

By Alex P. Vidal

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The Iloilo City Hall in the Philippines merely needs a parking garage and has offered to buy the heritage building of Kerr and Company across the new city hall building for P35 million.
The City of Chicago, on the other hand, had to shell out $62 million to settle a dispute with the private operators of four city-owned parking garages downtown, records show.
The Chicago Sun Times reported May 23 that the payment last month ended City Hall’s long and unsuccessful legal fight against claims from investors in the four privately operated garages under Millennium Park and Grant Park.
"The dispute dates back six years. That’s when aides to former Mayor Richard M. Daley mistakenly approved a parking garage in the new Aqua building at 225 N. Columbus Dr.," reported The Chicago Sun Times.
It was learned that under the 2006 privatization deal, the Daley administration received $563 million to lease the parking garages for 99 years. 

COMPETITORS

As part of the deal, the city wasn’t supposed to allow any new competitors in a vast area surrounding the garages.
But less than three years after the Chicago City Council approved the deal, the Daley administration allowed the Aqua garage to open to the public just a block from the nearest of the privatized lots.
Arguing that that violated their deal, the operators of the garages filed a claim against the city, asking for at least $200 million.
The case went to an independent arbitrator, who ruled in 2013 that the city had breached the contract and should pay $57.8 million in compensation to the parking garage investors.
In Iloilo City, the building owners offered to sell the property for P50 million but the City Hall wants to buy it for P35 million as it plans to convert it into a parking garage, gallery and executive house, City Administrator Norlito Bautista revealed early this year.

ORIGINAL

City Hall has suggested to maintain the original structure of Kerr & Company building being the metropolis' heritage site.
The city government might reportedly resort to expropriation or the taking of private property for public use or in the name of public interest if Kerr & Company would not compromise on the final price.
But there is no need to initiate expropriation proceedings in order to acquire the property, clarified City Assessor Nelson Parreño, who explained that the negotiations will have to focus on the lot's  fair market value.
The lot's fair market value as set in the Schedule of Market Values is only P11,000 per square meter, according to Parreño, who stressed that with an area of about 3,000 square meters, it will cost only about P33 million.
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said once acquired by the city government, the property can be converted into an annex building for offices located outside the City Hall.
He envisions a one-stop shop where transactions will become easier for clients.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

We're luckier we never fled on boat

"The feat of surviving is directly related to the capacity of the survivor." Claire Cameron

By Alex P. Vidal

LOS ANGELES, California -- WE remember during the 1986 presidential snap elections in the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos' Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) ran a blitzkrieg in the mass media that if the communists will win, the Filipinos would end up as the next "boat people" of Asia.
Marcos' propaganda machine wanted to paint rival presidential candidate Corazon Cojuangco Aquino's UNIDO opposition party as left-leaning or "communist."
Many voters, out of ignorance and fear combined, swallowed the smear campaign hook, line and sinker.
The scuttlebutt was that Tita Cory and her vice presidential candidate Doy Laurel were backed by the communists that threatened to take over the reigns of the government if the pair defeat the tandem of reelectionist Marcos and vice presidential candidate Arturo Tolentino.  

VIOLENCE

Footage of "boat people" and other macabre violence that allegedly took place when the communists overran Vietnam in the 1970s were played up repeatedly on national TV.
Marcos and Tolentino "won" but were toppled by the People Power in the EDSA Revolution months later. 
The pre-election paranoia proved to be a hoax.
Filipinos did not become "boat people" when Tita Cory and Vice President Laurel ascended into power in a revolutionary government. 
The rest is history.
We have experienced so many catastrophes in the past, political, economic, etcetera, but we never left the Philippines on board dilapidated boats and seek refuge in other neighboring Southeast Asian countries,
In every crisis, Filipinos became stronger and united. We always survived.
We recalled the "boat people" episode when hundreds of immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar recently landed in Indonesia and the Philippines after floating for months on overcrowded boats.
Many of them were suffering from dehydration and they were weak and starving, it was reported.

MIGRANTS

It was believed that as many as 8,000 migrants may be adrift in the Andaman Sea and Straits of Malacca, living in conditions so squalid that the United Nations has warned of an epidemic of “floating coffins.” 
Some governments in the region have reportedly turned away migrants.
The Los Angeles Times reported that "many of the migrants are fleeing desperate poverty in Bangladesh, while others are ethnic Rohingyas, a persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state who have been violently attacked, denied citizenship and confined to squalid ghettos at home."
It was in the 1970s and 1980s when the immigration of thousands of people from Southeast Asia impacted American-Vietnamese relations and gave rise to new communities of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and Hmong Americans in the United States. 
"Known as boat people for escaping Southeast Asia by sea, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Southeast Asians (predominantly Vietnamese) generated a political and humanitarian firestorm for the international community, the United States, and Vietnam," reported the New American Nation.

WAVE

It added that the first wave in 1975 included 140,000 South Vietnamese, mostly political leaders, army officers, and skilled professionals escaping the communist takeover. 
"Fewer than a thousand Vietnamese successfully fled the nation. Those who managed to escape pirates, typhoons, and starvation sought safety and a new life in refugee camps in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Hong Kong," added the New American Nation. 
For many, these countries became permanent homes, while for others they were only waystations to acquiring political asylum in other nations, including the United States.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Indictment of jail officials

"If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher." A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

By Alex P. Vidal

LOS ANGELES, California -- There is a parallel case in the indictment of jail officials in the Los Angeles County jails here and in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP)-Western Visayas in the Philippines for brutality and corruption.
High-ranking jail officials were hauled off to court in the cases in the Philippines and California.
Charged with plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Philippines was Chief Superintendent Ignacio Panti, the former director of the BJMP in Region 6 for the alleged double funding of the inmates’ food at the Iloilo District Jail (IDJ).
Panti and other jail officials included in the case allegedly amassed ill-gotten wealth through "misappropriation, conversion, misuse of public funds or raids on the public treasury,” their accuser, Valenzuela City Jail Inspector Angelina Bautista, alleged in her complaint-affidavit filed April 21.
Also charged were BJMP budget officers, disbursing officers and accountants from January 2011 to January 2013, and wardens of the IDJ during those years.
The provincial government of Iloilo was spending for the food of some 700 inmates of the IDJ located in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo but BJMP Region 6 also appropriated funds for it, Bautista further alleged.
Aside from the Ombudsman case, the BJMP again hogged newspaper headlines when several jail officers were recently sacked for the mysterious deaths of two inmates initially reported to have committed suicide.

MURDER

Follow up investigations showed the two inmates, allegedly involved in gangs that engaged in trafficking of illegal drugs, could have been murdered one after another inside the jail.  
In L. A,. Paul Tanaka, the former undersheriff of the Sheriff's Department, and a now-retired captain William "Tom" Carey, have been charged with conspiracy and obstruction of justice for allegedly concealing the whereabouts of an inmate who was working as an FBI informant.
"What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff's Department on Thursday (May 14), with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI," reported the Los Angeles Times on Friday.
The grand jury indictment, report said, "offers a portrait of a department adrift with senior officials responsible for investigation abuses working instead to undermine internal safeguards and ignoring repeated warnings of widespread problems in the nation's largest jail system."

PLOT

Prosecutors accused Tanaka and Carey of directing a group of deputies who were convicted last year of carrying out the plot to impede the FBI investigation.
The cases against them centers on events in August and September 2011 when the pair instructed several deputies to keep close tabs on an FBI inmate informant.
Report said the two met with some of the deputies on Aug. 19 to hear what information they had extracted from the inmate referred only as "AB" about the scope of the FBI inquiry.
The following day the same group  met again to discuss the fact that a cellphone deputies had confiscated from "AB" belonged to the FBI and had been used in a sting operation against a deputy who smuggled it into the jail to the inmate.
Days later, the report said further, Tanaka gathered in a parking lot with deputies who had gone undercover to pose as the inmate's cellmates in an attempt to glean information about the FBI's investigation.
Tanaka and Carey also reportedly went to great lengths to keep FBI agents from speaking with the inmate.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Superstition or coincidence?

"The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency." Bill Gates

By Alex P. Vidal

LOS ANGELES, California -- I talked to businessman Adriano "Rey" Golingan, Manny Pacquiao's spiritual adviser two nights before the Fight of the Century on May 2 at the MGM Grand, while we were at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Gen. Santos City-based Golingan, a friend of former San Joaquin Iloilo mayor Daisy Sibya, said he asked the 36-year-old eight-time world titlist if there was still a chance for them to pray the rosary a night before the bout against Mayweather Jr. like what they have been doing in the past.
"Pacquiao answered me that when he prays he goes directly to the Lord now," Golingan narrated.
"So there's no chance anymore for us to be praying again for the intercession of Mama Mary?" he allegedly told the people's champion.
Pacquiao did not answer him, he said.
On several occasions in the past, I saw Golingan lead the praying of the rosary at least two nights before Pacquiao's battles against Juan Manuel Marquez (second and third matches), Oscar De La Hoya, David Diaz, Joshua Clottey and Shane Mosley, which he had all won.
In 2010 when Pacquiao incurred back-to-back losses to Timothy Bradley and Marquez (in their fourth meeting), Golingan said Pacquiao did not anymore pray the rosary.
They did not pray the rosary before the Mayweather Jr. fight, but Pacquiao read the Bible several times together with his pastor friends.
I'm not insinuating something. 
The story was narrated to me personally by Golingan himself two nights before Mayweather Jr. scored a lackluster 12-round unanimous decision against Pacquiao. 
Was it a superstition or a mere coincidence?

****

IF  the system can be adopted in the Philippines, we can save a lot of taxpayers' money and finance social and health programs and activities for the poor.
Automation and paperless transactions.
The United States government has eliminated paperworks in most of their agencies, a move that enabled them to save money and reduce their expenses.
We learned this when we arrived on April 27 and when we recently went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew our driver's license.
Like other foreign visitors who arrive via air or sea, there was no longer need for us to complete paper Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record or Form I-94W Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure Record.
Our application or renewal of driver's license will not be accommodated if we don't bring the downloaded and printed copy of our I-94 Admission Number along with all of our birth date and legal presence documents.

PASSPORT

Several years ago, we only presented our passport and the forms we filled up in the DMW. 
Not anymore today. No copy of I-94 Admission Number, no identification card or driver's license.   
If we need to prove ourr legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—we can access our CBP arrival/departure record information online.
CBP now gathers travelers’ arrival/departure information automatically from their electronic travel records. 
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection explains that because advance information is only transmitted for air and sea travelers, CBP will still issue a paper form I-94 at land border ports of entry.
Meaning that if travelers need the information from their Form I-94 admission record to verify immigration status or employment authorization, the record number and other admission information they are encouraged to get their I-94 Number.

STAMPS

Upon arrival, a CBP officer stamps the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler with the admission date, the class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until. 
If a traveler would like a paper Form I-94, one can be requested during the inspection process. 
All requests will be accommodated in a secondary setting.
Upon exiting the U.S., travelers previously issued a paper Form I-94 should surrender it to the commercial carrier or to CBP upon departure. 
Otherwise, CBP will record the departure electronically via manifest information provided by the carrier or by CBP.
The automation has streamlined the entry process for travelers, facilitated security and reduced federal costs. CBP estimates that the automated process will save the agency $15.5 million a year.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Water crisis: Iloilo to California

"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out." Anton Chekhov

By Alex P. Vidal

LOS ANGELES, California -- Has the water crisis become a global phenomenon?
Barely two weeks since the Iloilo City Council in the Philippines declared the city under a "state of imminent water crisis" due to projected prolonged drought, California's State Water Resources Control Board (SWCB) announced the approval of an emergency 25 percent cut in the cities' water use May 5.
The Council declaration in Iloilo City came as a response to the Iloilo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (ICDRRMC), chaired by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, which made a resolution to allocate P3 million for possible water rationing.
It emphasized the need for funds "in preparation for long drought as brought by the prolonged dry spell has identified possible alternative water distribution mechanisms and alternative water sources."
This will enable metro villages to prepare their calamity funds now that many villages have reported that their wells have dried up, according to Mabilog.

PORTRAIT

California data released May 5 painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25 percent reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.
Reports said cumulative water savings since last summer totaled only 8.6%, according to the State Water Resources Control Board, far short of the historic reduction outlined in an April 1 executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown.
ICDRRMC said at the same time, most of the state's water suppliers issued 20 or fewer notices of water waste in March even though they have received thousands of complaints.
“It's a collective issue we all need to rise to. I keep thinking that we are in some stages of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,”Felicia Marcus, the water board chairwoman, told the Los Angeles Times, referring to the psychiatrist who wrote “On Death and Dying.”
“It's a collective issue we all need to rise to. I keep thinking that we are in some stages of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,” said Felicia Marcus, the water board chairwoman, referring to the psychiatrist who wrote “On Death and Dying.”

DISCLOSURES

The paper reported that the disclosures came as board members May 5 night unanimously approved new conservation regulations set to take effect in time for summer, when outdoor water use traditionally accounts for 50 percent to 80 percent of residential consumption.
It quoted water board staff scientist Max Gomberg as saying that California residents and businesses used only 3.6% less water in March than they did during the same month in 2013, the baseline year for savings calculations.“We need to do more,” Gomberg told the LA Times. “Conserving now and over the summer is imperative.”
Despite the meager savings, some outside experts said it was still possible for the state to achieve the governor's goal in the coming months. 
Brown is seeking hefty fines for water wasters, and some local water agencies have been crafting tougher conservation plans in recent weeks.
In the Philippines, the P3 million fund can be mobilized once Iloilo City is declared under crisis, said Councilor Joshua Alim who blamed the Metro Iloilo Water Districs (MIWD)'s inability to supply sufficient water because of narrow pipes.
The fund can be used to buy water containers for water distribution in affected barangays and for fuel expenses in transporting the water.

***

EVEN in California, bettors who lost in the Fight of the Century continued to bemoan the lackluster performances of both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 2 in Las Vegas.
Many Hispanics claimed they were shocked when Pacquiao, who is now facing sanctions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his failure to disclose a shoulder injury before the bout at the MGM Grand Arena, performed below expectations.
"What happened?" Mario Sosa, a customer in a T-Mobile store in the City of Lake Forrest, asked this writer. "I haven't tasted a free dinner from my wife, who offered to give me one if Pacquiao would win."
"I expected too much from Pacquiao because videos released on TV before the fight showed he was prepared and very strong while training. But during the fight, he hardly threw punches and it was the defensive fighter (Mayweather Jr.) who was the one initiating the fight."
Former San Miguel, Iloilo councilor Reynalod "King" Uy said he and his fellow bettors in the Filipino community lost heavily believing that Pacquiao would beat Maywearher Jr.  "even only on points."
"Some of our kababayans lost their salary equivalent to one month," he revealed. "Others lost $5,000. Many of them are still shocked."
Las Vegas Filipino community leader Raul Sabido, who collected all the bets from his California friends for Pacquiao, said he is now convinced that Mayweather Jr. is the better boxer pound-for-pound.
"Pacquiao should stop giving excuses. Let's move forward na," said Sabido, president of the Central Philippine University Alumni Association Las Vegas Chapter.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rosauro and Dionisia

By Alex P. Vidal

LOS ANGELES, California -- At the Delano (formerly The Hotel, adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas) they met accidentally before May 2.
Rosauro was on his way down from the 67th floor with a lone male companion, while Dionisia was in the company of four boisterous females and a young-looking effeminate male holding plastic bags full of  what looked like shopping and souvenir items.
They pretended they didn't notice each other while their respective companions waved "hi" and "hello" using their heads and hands.
Rosauro was lame, inhibited and repressed while Dionisia appeared flashy, rambunctious and always conscious that people were watching as she waddled on the floor of the glitzy hotel.
Fans bowled over the high-strung matriarch of the most famous fisttoser in the universe for photo-ops and signature, while the bedraggled patriarch disappeared in the sea of humanity unmindful of the celebrity status achieved by the woman he jettisoned some 30 years ago when poverty couldn't bring together a large family to live under one roof.
There's no more love lost between Rosauro and Dionisia.
They may be "friends" in the eyes of their children, but the spark and glitter of the love they both once shared together were no longer visible. 
"Kanya kanya na sila ngayon. They have decided to move on with their respective lives. They are now happy, secured and satisfied materially," quipped a female relative, who refused to be identified because she was not authorized to say something about the estranged couple while emerging from a noodles restaurant inside the Mandalay Bay.
Rosauro was sometimes accompanied by his two sons in the casino area, while Dionisia had to evade a horde of shrieking fans waiting for a photo-op and a selfie ambush.
They both shed tears when their superstar son was subdued in a titanic duel in a square jungle witnessed by millions of people on a pay-per-view worldwide. 

-o0o-

FANS all over the United States continued to criticize the "lousy" welterweight unification fight on May 2 hyped as "Fight of the Century."
Our colleague from Recorder, Jayson Butynski, lamented:  "It’s Monday morning and I’m still being reminded of just how hyped up Saturday night’s welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao was.
"I walked into the office just before noon and sitting on my desk was Sports Illustrated, complete with its special double cover, one side featuring Mayweather, the other Pacquiao. One final bit of hype for a fight that had taken place about 36 hours earlier.
"Problem was that the most hyped boxing match in recent memory wound up being a dud. The fight went exactly how Floyd Mayweather drew it up and ultimately only cemented his status as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of this generation. 
"That didn’t do much to appease the casual fans, many of whom felt like they wasted money and time watching the fight."
Chances are that over the past two days we have fallen into one of three camps: 
1) We don’t usually watch boxing but ponied up the $100 and came away disappointed by the lack of action. 
2) We are boxing fans and ordered the fight hoping for more action than the defensive-fighting Mayweather generally produces but appreciated just how great a boxer Mayweather is. 
3) We didn’t order the fight, have heard how lackluster it was and are now calling everyone who did buy the fight a chump.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mayweather shows why boxing is called 'sweet science'

By Alex P. Vidal

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Instead of ribbing Floyd Mayweather Jr. for "running away like a scared rabbit", we must, in fact, credit him for giving justice to boxing's billing as the "Sweet Science." 
Daniel Petrov Bojilov exposed our ignorance when we lambasted the five-man jury for awarding the lightflyweight (48-kg) gold to the tall Bulgarian who reduced Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco Jr. into a homunculi during the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.
Like Mayweather Jr., who jabbed and bicycled his way to a 12-round unanimous decision victory against Manny Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Arena, Bojilov used science to the fullest to bamboozle the smaller Velasco.  
Some of us are again displaying utter ignorance if not lack of understanding why scientific boxers like Bojilov and Mayweather can be dominant when matched against sluggers or brawlers like Velasco and Pacquiao.
Mayweather Jr.'s mastery of the ring was a mixture of science,  skills, intelligence, size and reach.
Scientific fighters usually have long legs and a thin frame like Salvador Sanchez, Alexis Arguello, Aaron Pryor, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Hector Camacho in the lighter division; and Muhammad Ali, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield in the heavy category.

WINDMILLS

They throw punches like windmills and their movements synchronize with how their brains work while weaving and boobing.
Scientific fighters maintain springy legs which they use in order to stay away from danger zones. 
Mayweather effectively utilized his footwork and crisp hammer-loaded jabs to hold Pacquiao at bay and made the Filipino lefty eat the dust.
Scientific fighters look awkward when they avoid head-on collisions but that's how they are made of; they just can't dance in the tune of a brawler who demands a slugfest by enforcing their own program of works in the ring.
Scientific fighters flick a jab, display cunningness and a virtuoso of ability meant to confuse and befuddle a brawler.
Brawler Pacquiao wanted to come in on various occasions but hesitated for fear of being drilled by Mayweather's laser-laced left hook.
Pacquiao lacked activity. 
His work rate was dismal and timid.
There was no more fire in his belly and Pacquiao's eyes were no longer emitting volcanic fireballs. 
The stigma of a one-punch KO inflicted by Juan Manuel Marquez disturbed him?
Pacquiao was simply outshuttled, outgunned and outjabbed by a superior fighter who confirmed the dominance and mastery of scientific boxers with amazing amateur background.

MEDALIST

Mayweather was a bronze medalist in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He fought and swapped tongs and hammer vis-a-vis the best amateur simonpures in Europe, Asia, Africa before he became a prizefighter.
Pacquiao, "Kid Kulafu" in a brief amateur life that was never tested in the national amateur boxing championships or any AIBA-sanctioned tournament, never fought the best Cuban, Russian and Bulgarian amateur World Cup champions en route to turning professional in 1995 via a four-round scrapper.
In a nutshell, there's a whale of difference between a street-fighting slugger and brawler with no fundamentals like Pacquiao, who topples opponents on sheer guts and power, and a smart aleck, Olympic Games-cultivated, tall and fast titan like Mayweather Jr.
In the truest sense of the word, running or showboating is not an act of cowardice. 
It's science. 
It's brilliancy personified.