March 21st, 2012News, Press release 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The Yuchengo Philippine Studies Program (YPSP) at the University of San Francisco launches From Pancho to Pacquiao: Philippine Boxing In and Out of the Ring, a book that examines the economic and social contributions of a marginalized…minority, Filipinos and Filipinas, to the history of boxing in the United States and the world.

The book is co-authored by the chair of the Philippine Studies Program, Jay Gonzalez, and adjunct professor and USF head boxing coach, Angelo F. Merino.

From Pancho to Pacquiao will be officially launched on Saturday, March 31, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Arkipelago Books in San Francisco.

From Pancho to Pacquiao is comprised of lucid and readable biographies of outstanding Philippine-born and Filipino American boxers, from Francisco “Pancho Villa” Guilledo to Manny “People’s Champ” Pacquiao.

Each story describes the rough roads these Filipino and Filipina boxers took to achieve global fame and glory. Vivid photos and personal interviews combine to make the narratives real and captivating.

“Besides Manny Pacquiao, there are many Filipinos who have made an impact on the history of boxing as a sport, including middleweight Ceferino Garcia, minimumweight Chen-Chen Abaniel, among others,” said co-author Jay Gonzalez.

“From Pancho to Pacquiao is the first and only compilation of world champion Filipino and Filipina boxers,” he added.

The book is inspired by young boxers, especially those in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Co-authors Gonzalez and Merino are known for their YPSP boxing courses that combine recreational sports, cultural diversity, and service learning.

Students learn the fundamentals of Filipino studies and are trained to teach boxing as recreational and self-defense activity to at-risk new migrant population in the Bay Area. From Pancho to Pacquiao is being used as a textbook for these courses.

Members of the Filipino community and boxing enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the book launch.

From Pancho to Pacquiao will be sold for $15 on March 31 at Arkipelago Books. Each book purchased at the launch will be signed and dedicated by both authors.

About the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program

The Maria Elena G. Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program was established through a generous grant from well-known Philippine diplomat and industrialist Alfonso Yuchengco.

One of the largest in the world, with 20 courses offered every year, the USF Philippine Studies program has allowed students from all colleges, majors, and disciplines to learn more about Filipino society, culture, history, and politics.

The courses offered through this program have attracted students of both Filipino and non-Filipino descent, whose interest in taking these classes is enhanced by their encounters of Filipino culture and of people of Filipino descent in California.

For more information about the book launch, please contact Elise Gonzalez at (PR)

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