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- Seeing action as a 126-pounder, Manny Pacquiao
took the first step in trying to become the first Filipino to
win titles in three weight divisions by stopping featherweight
Marco Antonio Barrera in 11 rounds in a non-title fight at the
Alamodome in Texas in November 2003. The victory over the flamboyant
Mexican catapulted the southpaw from General Santos City to superstardom
in the US. He would figure in a controversial draw in the featherweight
title bout in Las Vegas against another Mexican, Juan Manuel Marquez,
a few months later. CJ Suarez became the only
other Filipino to win in the FIQ World Cup.
- While Filipinos were shaking their heads after a sorry loss
by the RP basketball team to South Korea in the semifinals and
with just two gold medals-won in bowling and billiards doubles
events-on the medal table, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski
gave the Philippines a big boost by winning the show jumping event
on the last day of the Busan Asian Games in 2002. It was the country's
lone individual gold in the meet and a big surprise considering
the RP equestrian team almost missed the Games. The equestrian
team, spending its own funds for the event, bagged the team silver.
A near-flawless run by Cojuangco-Jaworski in the event jacked
up RP's medal tally to three, one shy of the PSC's predicted four-gold
haul. IBF super bantamweight champion Manny Pacquiao emerged
as the other star of the year after two convincing title defenses.
He stopped Colombian Jorge Eliecer Julio in Memphis, Tennessee
and also downed Thai Faprakorb Rakkiatgym in the first round in
- Dorothy Delasin proved her victory in Ohio
was no fluke 12 months later, successfully defending her Giant
Eagle Classic crown and winning the 2001 Samsung LPGA Championship
in Vallejo, California by four strokes to pocket $157,000 (roughly
P8 million). She was again named PSA Athlete of the Year, sharing
the spotlight with pool master Efren "Bata"
Reyes. Reyes topped four big tournaments - the US Masters,
LA 9-ball meet, Tokyo 9-ball tournament and the World Pool Invitational
in Warsaw, Poland - for a whopping P12.4 million in total earnings.
- Dorothy Delasin, born and raised in Texas of
Filipino parents, was named PSA athlete of the year in 2000 after
becoming the youngest player to win an LPGA event in 25 years.
The 19-year-old Delasin ruled the Giant Eagle Classic in Vienna,
Ohio, emerging as the youngest winner since Amy Alcott won the
Orange Blossom Classic in 1975. Delasin, who led the RP team to
the World Amateurs tourney in 1996 and won the individual gold
in the Jakarta SEA Games, was also awarded the Louise Suggs trophy
as the LPGA's rookie of the year.
- Efren "Bata" Reyes' victory in the
1999 World Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales triggered 9-ball
mania in the Philippines. Billiard halls started sprouting up
in shopping malls, even near offices, as Filipinos finally embraced
billiards, earlier considered as just a backstreet game, as a
true sports event. Reyes, known in the world pool circuit as "The
Magician," bested an elite field that included many-time
European Player of the Year Ralf Souquet of Germany and American
aces Johnny Archer and Earl Strickland. The PSA aso named several
other men and women, led by Paeng Nepomuceno
and boxers Pancho Villa and Gabriel "Flash"
Elorde, as Athletes of the Millennium. The other awardees
were Lydia de Vega, Carlos Loyzaga, Felicisimo
Ampon, Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco Jr., Teofilo Yldefonso,
Olivia "Bong" Coo and Eugene Torre.
- Pro golfer Frankie Miñoza won the Philippine
Open for the first time and was adjudged the Philippines' best
alongside boxer Luisito Espinosa who twice defended
his WBC featherweight title in the US. Espinosa downed Mexican
Juan Sanchez in El Paso, Texas in August before scoring a second-round
knockout win over American Kennedy McKinney in California three
months later. It was the Filipino champion's 24th KO win and seventh
title defense. Miñoza topped the Asian Tour's Order of
Merit for the second time and the native of Bukidnon booked a
respectable finish in the British Open despite brutal playing
conditions at Royal Birksdale. It was the second time the two
tied for the PSA award, sharing the limelight in 1990 with amateur
boxer Roberto Jalnaiz.
- In acknowledgment of his numerous worthy contributions to Philippine
Sports, Paeng Nepomuceno was elevated to the
PSA's Hall of Fame a year later in 1997. The Athlete of the Year
awardees were 13-year-old gymnast Pia Adelle Reyes
and pro boxer Gerry Peñalosa, the 24-year-old
WBC super flyweight champion. Reyes ruled the floor exercise and
beam events in the Jakarta SEA Games and became the youngest recepient
of the PSA award. Peñalosa had two impressive title-defenses,
including a 10th-round knockout of South Koean Young Choon-Joo
in hostile Sungman, South Korea after scrambling back from a first-round
- A fourth World Cup title enabled Paeng Nepomuceno not
only to rewrite the record books but also gave him his fifth PSA
Athlete of the Year award in 1996. The left-handed kegler, who
made it to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1992 after becoming
the first three-time winner of the FIQ World Cup, also gained
the PSA honor in 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1992.
- Finally getting out of the shadow of Lydia de Vega, Elma
Muros emerged as the RP star in the Chiang Mai Southeast
Asian Games in 1995, winning the 100-meter event on top of two
other gold medals and a silver. That earned her a second PSA Athlete
of the Year award.
- For nearly two weeks, the Philippines labored hard for the elusive
gold in Hiroshima, Japan, site of the 1994 Asiad. Going into the
homestretch of the games, boxers Mansueto "Onyok"
Velasco Jr., Elias Recaido and Reynaldo Galido delivered
gold medals and at year's end shared the PSA Award.
- For the first time in her checkered career, Elma Muros
was named PSA Athlete of the Year in 1993, getting the sports
scribes' nod after starring in the country's campaign in the Singapore
Southeast Asian Games. She won her third straight long jump crown
in the biennial games and before the year's end won a bronze medal
in the 10th Asian Track and Field Championships under hard rain.
She beat Grandmaster Rogelio "Joey" Antonio and pro
cager Alvin Patrimonio for the PSA plum.
- Paeng Nepomuceno stamped his class in LeMans,
France, outclassing a field of 50 to capture his third World Cup
title in 1992. The lefty drubbed Germany's Achim Grawbowski 210-185
and made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the only
kegler to bag three world titles. The World Bowling Writers named
him World Bowler of the Year in '92. He also earned that year
his fourth PSA Athlete of the Year award.
- Five individual gold medals and another in a team event earned
swimmer Eric Buhain the 1991 Manila Southeast
Asian Games' Most Outstanding Athlete plum for the second time
and a second Athlete of the Year award from the PSA.
- Roberto Jalnaiz produced the country's lone
gold medal in the Beijing Asian Games and was named as co-winner
of the PSA Athlete of the Year award in 1990 along with world
boxing champion Luisito Espinosa and golfer Frankie
Minoza, the best-placed Asian in the Asian Tour's Order
of Merit. Seoul Olympics veteran Jalnaiz stopped South Korean
Hwang Kyung Sup, exacting revenge against the pug who beat him
in the Asian Championship the previous year, to bag the bantamweight
gold. Miñoza, a native of Bukidnon, won the national PGA
at Canlubang and the President's Cup at Luisita but skipped the
third major, the RP Masters, to play for the country in the Dunhill
Cup elims in Singapore where he lost in a sudden-death playoff.
- Luisito Espinosa scored an impressive first-round
knockout over Thai pug Khaokor Galaxy in a scheduled 12-round
fight in Bangkok, earning him the WBA bantamweight title in October
1989. He scored another KO win two months later, beating Mexican
Juan Mendoza in a non-title bout at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
- Leopoldo Serantes ended the country's medal
drought in the Olympics since 1964 when he won a bronze in the
light flyweight division in the 1988 Seoul Games. He shared centerstage
with Arianne Cerdena who won the gold medal in
the exhibition sport of bowling also in the Seoul Olympics.
- Lydia de Vega and Eric Buhain
were named co-athletes of the year after leading the Philippine
contingent in the Jakarta SEA Games in 1987. De Vega posted a
spint double and, despite competing in the long jump for the first
time as a replacement for the injured Elma Muros, won the event
as well. Buhain emerged as the most bemedalled athlete in the
Jakarta Games, winning four gold medals
- Youngster Ramon Brobio showed his true worth
when his veteran teammates struggled, winning the playoff for
the individual gold medal in the golf competition of the 10th
Asian Games in Seoul, Korea in 1986. Brobio, who just turned 16
a month before the games, scored consecutive 69s in the two middle
rounds and despite struggling with a final-round 74, showed nerves
of steel in the extra hole to beat local bet Kisub Kim at Hanyang
Country Club. The two-time world juniors champion also boosted
the squad that included veteran Carito Villaroman, Robert Pactolerin
and Willie Victoria to win the team bronze and was named PSA Sportsman
of the Year. Two ladies who also bagged gold medals in the games
shared honors as PSA Sportswomen of the Year. Sprint queen Lydia
de Vega narrowly lost the 200-m final, crossing the finish
line just .03 behind P.T. Usha, but got back at her Indian rival
by winning the century dash and recording a new Asiad mark. Bong
Coo also set a new games record, ruling the All-events
in bowling and leading the team of five to victory.
- Dodie "Boy" Peñalosa kept
his place on top of the IBF Junior flyweight division in October
1985 when he clobbered Indonesia's Yani Dokolamo, scoring a quick
third-round stoppage. He shared the PSA's top plum with archer
Joann Chan who bagged four gold medals in the
- Dodie "Boy" Peñalosa clinched
the IBF junior flyweight crown in December 1983 by scoring a 12th-round
stoppage over Satoshi Shingaki in Osaka, Japan and retained his
crown in May of 1984 by knocking out Korean Kim Jae Hung in Seoul.
Displaying skills uncharacteristic of a polio victim, Peñalosa
outpointed Korean challenger Choi Chumhwan at the Araneta Coliseum
six months later, keeping his unblemished slate in 16 pro fights.
He shared the PSA award that year with kegler Paeng Nepomuceno,
who topped the first International Amateur Tenpin bowling championship
- Boxer Frank Cedeno knocked out Britain's Charles
Magri in the sixth round in a September 1983 title fight in London
and won the WBC flyweight crown. He was eventually named PSA Sportsman
of the year. At year's end, Cedeno shared top billing with bowler
Bong Coo, who won the all-events title in the IBF world
championship. She was named PSA Sportswoman of the year.
- Lydia de Vega century dash gold, Asian
Games New Delhi.