Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley


Screengrab from the Vine video that has gone viral, showing Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia, uttering something in front of TV cameras while her son was trading punches with Bradley in a world welterweight title boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday.

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s mother Dionisia finally explained the secret behind her supposed voodoo act against American boxer Timothy Bradley.

Turns out, the welterweight champion’s mother was merely praying to the Santo. Niño – not casting a spell on her son’s opponent, as it would appear to be.

In a television interview on Monday, Mommy Dionisia said she was imploring the Sto. Niño not to let Bradley knock out her son during their fight on Sunday.

“Siya ang bida ng gabing ito (He is the star of the night),” the terno-clad Pacquiao matriarch said, pointing at the estampita or a small holy picture of the Santo Niño, who is said to be the child representation of Jesus Christ.

But it was Mommy Dionisia who became an instant hit that night, after she was shown on the live coverage of the fight holding her rosary and estampita, on one hand, and pointing a threatening finger at Bradley, on the other.

Mommy Dionisia set social media ablaze, with her trending worldwide on Twitter. Netizens joked that the Pacquiao matriarch was casting a hex on Bradley.

If it was indeed a hex, it worked, as the American boxer was defeated by Manny, who reclaimed the welterweight crown after a controversial defeat to Bradley in 2012.

But for Mommy Dionisia, it was her prayers to the Child Jesus that saved her son in the fight.

“Sabi ko, tulungan ko ang kuya mo na hindi mapabagsak ni Bradley (I prayed that he help Manny not to be knocked out by Bradley),” Mommy Dionisia said.

Asked about her reaction on the Internet frenzy over her act, Mommy Dionisia said many people “liked” her on social media.

“Okay lang, maraming nag-like. Lalo na sa HBO, ni-like nila ako (It’s okay, many people liked me. Especially on HBO, they liked me), ” Mommy Dionisia said, referring to the American cable channel which aired Manny’s pay per view broadcast of the fight.

And to end her act in a flourish, Mommy Dionisia was seen hugging Bradley after the fight – but not to lift the curse, as some netizens would like to believe.

Mommy Dionisia said she approached Bradley to say sorry for his loss.

Bradley then supposedly told Pacquiao’s mother, “No problem,” Mommy Dionisia said. “Natanggap na niya na talo siya (He has accepted defeat),” she added.


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  • RedRose_13

    Karamihan ng nagblo-blog dito naniniwala sa voodoo….haaaaayyyy naku! kailang talaga tayo uunlad!!!

  • Graymatter28

    Mayroon na tayong Pambansang Mangkukulam. lolz!

    • A_wonderer

      Huwag mo naman insultuhin si Mummy D(emonya).

      • RedRose_13


    • RedRose_13

      Baliw!!! Ipakulam kaya kita!

      • Graymatter28

        Gutom kasi tayo sa mga heroes, may pambansang kamao eh di may pambansang mangkukulam din diba? They prioritize something like this over our national interests and it can be reflected by our voting habits. Kaya pala nangungulelat ang Pilipinas samantalang yung ibang karatig bansa umuunlad. ;)

  • Robert

    dapat i voodoo nya si tsongo mayweather para matalo kaso nga lang baka di pagbilhan ng ticket hehe

  • Chameleon08

    This is just crazy! What voodoo are they talking about? Mommy D was just too earnest and over-eager in her prayer for her son to win. The millionaire mother was made a laughing stock of media for her less educated traits so their business will sell. So the poor readers are the victims and are made accomplice to media’s despicable gimmick. I’d rather enjoy watching her in her freedom and happiness. She’s really entertaining and witty – and ferocious too! Remember what was her answer and how she delivered this to Merriam Santiago? That was a bomb!

    • Gangplank Style

      Well, they liked her, I don’t think she’s a laughing stock. :)
      To each their own opinion of course.

      • A_wonderer

        How could someone be liked if she’s being laughed at unless she’s a comedian ?

      • Chameleon08

        Sometimes we are ignoramus ourselves because we find it too difficult to understand rural cultures and religious practices. Yes, you could have your laugh (as what you think) but certainly that wouldn’t make a better person in you. Mommy D is just enjoying being popular and global topic centerpiece without us knowing it thus she said many like her. As I observed in the provinces, they love simple but happy and gregarious life. They want to have fun with neighbors. When someone laughs at their antics as that someone tries to act or pretend as bourgeois, they enjoy it to the consternation of the “great pretender.” Certainly, Mrs. Dionesia Pacquiao has the last laugh. No worry. No problem.

    • A_wonderer

      Good you’re defending Mommy Witch. That’s the usual trait of someone from rags to riches. Worse, from ugly straight to ugliest.

      • Chameleon08

        After you’ve said that, is Mommy D now a problem? And maybe, after that shearing comment you will be considered now a splendidly educated bourgois you are seemngly trying to be? I would rather watch Mrs. Pacquiao enjoy than listen to BS Aquino narrate his sidetalk during his speech while damning the country as an “awful and poor manager” despite his schooling and advisers around.

  • gil castillo

    mommy D mapigilan.

    • A_wonderer

      Mommy ni Deniece.

  • makalaglag

    kung ganito mother in law ko, ikukuha ko ng ticket siya sa malaysian airlines, one way.

  • denzel_alfonso

    Pwede syang gawing bida sa isang drama series nang 2 basurang TV stations. Ang title ay “The Witch”

  • bok

    Kung meron kang mangkukulam na ina, PANALO KA !

  • strange banana

    /’/“Sabi ko, tulungan ko ang kuya mo na hindi mapabagsak ni Bradley (I prayed that he help Manny not to be knocked out by Bradley),” Mommy Dionisia said.//
    Nalito ako. Sinong “kuya”? At sino ang sinasabihan niya?

    • erica

      ganon po ang pagtawag nya sa sto. nino dahil bata ito, kaya kuya ang tawag nito kay pacman – accdng to mommy d.

      • Noel

        Oo nga ano, he he. Baka naman na-possessed ni Sto. Nino si Mommy D kaya natawag na “Kuya” ang anak.

      • strange banana

        Dati, hindi ko maintindihajn kung sino si sto nino. Hindi ko magets. Later, nalaman ko si jesus pala yun nung bata pa. Which made me confused even more. E di ba malaki na siya? Naiwan ba siya sa pagkabata? How about teen age jesus, or prepubescent jesus? No wonder sinasabihan ang mga bata na “Wag ka nga tanong ng tanong! Basta sumunod ka lang!”
        I’m sure many of us grew up thinking that asking questions is some kind of a sin, or something.

      • Philantos

        kaengot mo naman

      • strange banana

        Isa ka pa. Daming tapang na taong makadiyos dito, haha.

      • Philantos

        at ikaw sino ka ba para manghusga, engot.

      • A_wonderer

        Tangengot ka rin. May itim ngang Hesus.

      • strange banana

        Alam mo, I was confused as a child, dahil kung sino-sino ang sinasamba ng katoliko.
        Hindi lahat tinatanggap ang lahat ng sinasabi sa kanya.
        Wag kang siga dito, tapos magbabanggit ka ng hesus mo.

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