WORLD champion Jerwin Ancajas now considers Magallanes, Cavite as his second home.
The rising 26-year-old boxing star from Panabo, Davao del Norte was named an adopted son of the province on Monday during a motorcade held in his honor following his successful defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight belt in Fresno, California last week.
Also extended the same recognition by the local government of Magallanes was Olympian Mark Anthony Barriga, also a native of Panabo City and a stablemate of Ancajas under the famed Survival Camp of trainer Joven Jimenez.
Ancajas scored a dominant, 12-round unanimous decision over fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan for his second successful title defense this year.
The motorcade began at the Medina Welcome Arc and passed through Medina, Caluangan, Bendita2, Bendita1, Urdaneta, Kabulusan, Poblacion, and finally at the Magallanes Town Plaza.
The parade is the start of a two-day celebration in honor of Ancajas as a victory party will also be held for the champ on Tuesday at the Survival Camp.
Ancajas is taking things easy the past one week since his arrival from the U.S. following his title defense. He won’t be back in the ring again at least until October, as per the time table given him by international matchmaker Sean Gibbons.
Barriga meanwhile, has begun his conditioning program for his first-ever attempt at a world championship.
The 2012 London Olympian beat Gabriel Mendoza of Colombia last month to become the mandatory challenger against reigning champion Hiroto Kyoguchi of Japan for the IBF minimumweight crown.
A bidding is expected to be held on whether the title bout will be held in Manila or Japan.