GABRIEL "FLASH" ELORDE (March 25, 1935 - January 02, 1985)
Gabriel "Flash" Elorde is widely considered as one of the greatest Filipino boxers of all time along with Philippine Boxing icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao and Flyweight Champion in the 1920s Pancho Villa. He was born and raised in the town of Bogo, Cebu. He was much beloved in the Philippines as a sports and cultural icon, being the first Filipino International Boxing Champion since 1920s boxer Pancho Villa. Elorde was the WBC Junior Lightweight Super-Featherweight Champion from March 20, 1960 until June 15, 1967 and WBA Super-Featherweight Champion from February 16, 1963 to June 15, 1967, making him the longest reigning World Junior Lightweight Champion ever for seven years and three months. He also outpointed all-time great Featherweight Champion Sandy Saddler in 1955 in a non-title bout. In 1956, he was given a rematch with Saddler, this time with Saddler's Featherweight title on the line, but Elorde suffered a cut and lost the fight on a 13th-Round Technical Knockout (TKO).
Elorde also challenged lightweight Carlos Ortiz for his world title on two occasions. He was stopped both times by Ortiz in the fourteenth round. Elorde retired with a record of 87 wins (24 knockouts), 27 losses, and 02 draws, and was named "The Greatest World Junior Lightweight Boxing Champion in WBC History" in 1974. After his retirement, Elorde remained in the Philippines within the public eye, prominent as a popular commercial endorser, especially of San Miguel Beer. In fact, his San Miguel Beer TV commercial (which he made with Bert Marcelo & Rico J. Puno) wherein he famously said the words "Isang Platitong Mani" (One Plate of Peanuts) was recently named as the #01 Filipino advertisement of all time. He also remained active in the field of Boxing. A "Chain Smoker," Elorde died of lung cancer at the age of 49. In 1993, he became the first Asian inducted into the New York-based International Boxing Hall of Fame. He was also enshrined into the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Elorde's father-in-law, Lope Sarreal, was also later inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.