Senate honors boxing trainer Rachel Donaire
The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 honoring Rachel Marcial Donaire for becoming the first woman and Filipina to receive the World Boxing Council (WBC) honorary trainer belt.
sen. Pia Cayetano, sponsor of the measure, said Rachel Marcial Donaire is the woman behind the defensive strategies of famed Filipino boxer Nonito “the Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr., who is a four-division conqueror and three-time bantamweight champion.
“This put Rachel Donaire in an unprecedented position as she became the first ever female head coach to coach a world champion,” Cayetano said, adding that the WBC Trainer’s Belt is given to boxing coaches and trainers recognized for their valuable work alongside legendary boxing champions. .
Proposed Senate Resolution No. 983 honors Rachel Donaire as “a leading example of a strong Filipina as she inspires fellow women through her ability to efficiently juggle her roles as mother, wife, manager, strength and conditioning coach, and now as Nonito Donaire’s head coach.”
Majority leader Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri expressed support for the measure, saying: “We should have more women in all sectors, not just as fighters or as the athletes themselves, but as educators, trainers or sports specialists.”
Following his win last May 2021 for the WBC Bantamweight World Title against French boxer Nordine Oubaali in Carson, California, Nonito Donaire paid tribute to his wife and trainer, Rachel Donaire, whom he described as “the voice in the corner,” the only one he could hear on championship night.
“I am proud and honored to support this measure and to commend and congratulate Rachel Donaire on her own path, one that has been hitherto untrodden by women,” Cayetano said.