Tokyo Olympic medalist Paalam returns to CdeO, receives P2-M more

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By JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
August 28, 2021

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The City's boxing pride, Carlo Paalam, has finally returned home and received his P2-million as promised by the City Government and approved by the City Council.

Paalam also received a merit of distinction from the City Council for his successful Olympic boxing that catapulted Cagayan de Oro into greater heights because of the boxer's winning of the silver medal.

In a virtual press briefing, Paalam thanked all the supporters in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental for their prayers that contributed a lot to the boxer's successful journey at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 held in Tokyo, Japan.

"Daghang salamat sa inyong suporta sa akoa ilabina kang Mayor Moreno ug sa akong coach kay nagmalampuson ang akong pagkuha sa medalya ddito sa Tokyo, Japan," the boxer said.

He said his life is ultimately changed now with the millions of pesos he received from both local and national government. "Karon makakaon na ug lami nga pagkaon ang akong pamilya ug makatulog nasab sa hotel."

Mayor Oscar Moreno also thanked the boxing coaches in the grassroots level that contributed to the success of Carlo Paalam.

"There will be more "Carlo Paalam" that we will create in the future," says Moreno, referring to the success of the Filipino boxer after he snatched a silver medal during the Tokyp olympics.

EARLY BEGINNINGS

The 23-year-old Paalam started his boxing career in Cagayan de Oro City when incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno opened the doors for budding athletes in boxing.

After the young boxer was mentored by the best boxing legends as a Philippine athlete, there is much improvement in Paalam's style and strategy in boxing.

Now, the young pug not only uses his agility, power, and body conditioning, but he also uses smartness in mind to read the movements and maneuvers of his opponent before he executes his punching powers.  

Decades ago in Cagayan de Oro, a very poor scavenger tried to salvage scrap metals, bottles, and all other garbage from the city residents at the city's landfill in Upper Dagong, Carmen, just to make a living and feed the empty stomach.

Now, that scavenger is about to change his entire life into something extraordinary AFTER he bagged the silver medal in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Carlo Paalam, has shown the whole world that he is a delta force to reckon with in boxing after he had successfully demolished boxing foes during the battle for supremacy in boxing, participated in by the 'best of the best' in flyweight division.

The 23-year-old Paalam started his boxing career in Cagayan de Oro City, when incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno opened the doors for budding athletes in boxing.


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