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2004 - ? 2003 - Manny Pacquiao/ CJ Suarez
2002 - Manny Pacquiao/Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski 2001 - Efren "Bata" Reyes/Dorothy Delasin
2000 - Dorothy Delasin 1999 - Efren "Bata" Reyes
             Athletes of the Millennium

             Paeng Nepomuceno
             Pancho Villa
             Gabriel "Flash" Elorde
             Lydia de Vega
             Carlos Loyzaga
             Felicisimo Ampon
             Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco Jr.
             Teofilo Yldefonso
             Olivia "Bong" Coo
             Eugene Torre
1998 - Frankie Miñoza/Luisito Espinosa 1997 - Pia Adelle Reyes/Gerry Espinosa
             (Hall of Fame: Paeng Nepomuceno)
1996 - Paeng Nepomuceno 1995 - Elma Muros
1994 - Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco/ Elias Recaido/              Reynaldo Galido 1993 - Elma Muros
1992 - Paeng Nepomuceno 1991 - Eric Buhain
1990 - Frankie Miñoza/ Luisito Espinosa/ Roberto Jalnaiz 1989 - Luisito Espinosa
1988 - Leopoldo Serrantes/ Arianne Cerdena 1987 - Lydia de Vega/ Eric Buhain
1986 - Ramon Brobio/ Lydia de Vega/ Olivia "Bong" Coo 1985 - Dodie "Boy" Peñalosa/ Joann Chan
1984 - Paeng Nepomuceno/ Dodie "Boy" Peñalosa 1983 - Frank Cedeño/ Olivia "Bong" Coo
1982 - Lydia de Vega 1981 -
1980 - Paeng Nepomuceno  

2004 - Who will be the PSA's choice for their ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Award? You can endorse your favorite athlete here. For SMS user, just type PSA-AYA<space>NAME OF ATHLETE<space>YOUR NAME & ADDRESS<space>AGE and send to 0920-4555654 for Smart and 0917-8541916 for Globe. Example: PSA-AYA BATA REYES JUAN PASANCRUZ MAKATI CITY 25. Or send details to our email address For much easy way, click here!
2003 - 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.
2002 - 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 Davao City.
2001 - 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.
2000 - 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.
1999 - 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.
1998 - 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.
1997 - 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 knockdown.
1996 - 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.
1995 - 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.
1994 - 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.
1993 - 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.
1992 - 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.
1991 - 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.
1990 - 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.
1989 - 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.
1988 - 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.
1987 - 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
1986 - 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.
1985 - 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 Bangkok Games.
1984 - 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 in August.
1983 - 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.
1982 - Lydia de Vega century dash gold, Asian Games New Delhi.
1980- Paeng Nepomuceno
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