Saab Magalona shares her thoughts on violence against women; Rocco Nacino gives self-defense tips

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Saab Magalona on her recent mauling incident: "Rest assured I will fight against violence — especially violence against women. Our lawyers are on the case and I hope we can prevent these people from doing further harm to myself and others," she wrote in her blog, spellsaab.juice.ph.


More and more people have fallen victim to thieves and snatchers while shopping in malls in broad daylight or taking the bus after midnight.

Rocco Nacino says learning the art of self-defense will not only protect you from danger, it will also boost your confidence. Martial Arts is a respected sport, it’s challenging and it can keep you fit.

“I started Jujitsu, until nagtuloy-tuloy na. Naging Muay Thai, naging Judo, and I learned to love the sport.

“Una, confidence booster siya. It also helps in keeping you discilplined and patient. I don’t know if you’ll believe me, pero mas magiging mahaba talaga ang pasensya mo,” Rocco shares.

With the right motivation, you could earn a black belt. It takes years of hard work, but starting with a positive mindset will reap great rewards.

“Don’t look at it as a way to maim people. Look at it as a sport. as a discipline. You have to respect the sport,” Rocco clarifies.

Watch out for Rocco Nacino’s basic self-defense tutorial in a PEPtalk episode, which will be released this June.

Go to the Police. When you encounter a snatcher or a thief, it's better to just give up your material possessions and not fight back. Remember, you can always buy another cellphone, but you only live once.

If you're a victim of a crime, report the incident to the nearest police station.

“Go to the police. I did all the steps necessary and I’m proud that I was responsible enough to wait for due process,” Saab Magalona told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) when asked about her recent experience.

“I was punched on the head several times by an intoxicated man,” she wrote in her blog (spellsaab.juice.ph) about being attacked by a drunk at a private party on May 31 in Capitol Commons, Pasig City.

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A report by Pia Guanio in 24 Oras's "Chika Minute" confirmed that the 25-year-old actress was beaten by a drunk guy, who was apparently a gatecrasher at the party organized by musician Ely Buendia.

In her blog, Saab wrote about the traumatic experience and assured everyone that she’s now doing fine.

“I do not wish to downplay nor overplay the events that happened so I will only tell you this: Yes, I was punched on the head several times by an intoxicated man. The unruly gatecrasher was part of a group of uninvited guests to an intimate and private birthday celebration.

“Despite the emotional trauma this has caused, I refuse to allow this incident to scar me. Instead, rest assured I will fight against violence — especially violence against women. Our lawyers are on the case and I hope we can prevent these people from doing further harm to myself and others.

“For now, I’d like to go back to my daily routine! Again, thank you for all your love and support!” she wrote.

In her interview with PEP at the recent Yahoo Celebrity Awards presscon in BGC, Saab shared her feelings about violence against women.

She said, “I don’t go to places where those things might happen. It can happen to anyone. It can happen anywhere. I just hope that women will not be afraid to stand up for their rights... justice must be served.

“The case is now with our lawyers. Their advice is not to give any detail to the public, but I’m hoping justice will prevail."


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