The heroes and stars of Philippine sports in the year just passed get their well-deserve due on Saturday when the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) holds its traditional Annual Awards Night.
Two world boxing champions and a rising golf star who scored his breakthrough win in the rich Asian Tour circuit, lead the long list of awardees to be feted on this night of reminiscence and celebration at the One Esplanade in Pasay City.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-bantamweight title holder Nonito Donaire Jr., long-time WBO light-flyweight champ Donnie Nietes, and Asian Tour winner Miguel Tabuena star in the two-hour program on the eve of Valentine’s Day as the three has been named co-winners of the prestigious Athlete of the Year award by the country’s oldest media organization under president Riera Mallari, sports editor of The Standard, and presented by Milo and San Miguel Corp.
For the 33-year-old Donaire, it will be the fourth time he’ll be recognized with the same honor, having won it in 2007, 2011, and 2012, while Nietes, 33, and Tabuena, 21, are both first time winners of the award solely handed out by the sportswriting fraternity to deserving Filipino athletes.
Fellow athletes, executives, and officials are expected to lead the local sporting community in exalting all of the awardees, numbering 111 in all.
Quinito Henson and Patricia Bermudez-Hizon are hosting the program that starts at 7:30 p.m. and which has the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) as major sponsor and supported by long-time friends of sports such as Smart, MVP Foundation, Maynilad, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., Philippine Basketball Association, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office/Philracom, Accel, Sen. Chiz Escudero, SM Prime Holdings, Rain or Shine, Globalport, National University, and One Esplanade.
Also a big chunk of the spotlight is expected to fall on Gilas Pilipinas national cage team, which will be the recipient of the President’s Award, and Alaska chief executive officer and president Wilfred Uytengsu Jr., who is the top choice as Executive of the Year.
Uytengsu, a former member of the national swimming team and now an active triathlete, will also address the sports community as guest speaker of the two-hour formal rites.
Other special awards to be given out are the Lifetime Achievement trophy to baseball and softball great Filomeno ‘Boy’ Codinera, the National Sports Association of the Year to the Wushu Federation of the Philippines, Mr. Basketball to the exciting duo of Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva, and Ms. Volleyball to superstar Alyssa Valdez.
Top achievers in their respective fields will be the recipient of major awards led by San Miguel Beer main man June Mar Fajardo.
The gold medalists in the 28th Southeast Asian Games and ASEAN Para Games top the long list of those to be given out with citations, while eight departed friends of Philippine sports will be honored with posthumous awards.
Nine young personalities make up the year’s newest batch of Tony Siddayao awardees, who are going to be joined by youthful Justine Kobe Macario and Kyla Soguilon, recipients of the MILO Junior Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively.
Awardees and guests who personally fail to get their invitations may get their right at the lobby of One Esplanade.
2015-16 PSA AWARDS HONOR ROLL
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Nonito Donaire Jr.
EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Wilfred Uytengsu Jr.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Filomena ‘Boy’ Codinera
NSA OF THE YEAR
Wushu Federation of the Philippines
Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva
June Mar Fajardo (pro basketball)
Mark Belo and Mark Cruz (amateur basketball)
Eric Shauwn Cray (athletics)
Amaya Paz-Cojuangco (archery)
Chezka Centeno (billiards)
Santy Barnachea (cycling)
Cyna Rodriguez (pro golf)
Princess Mary Superal (amateur golf)
Jonathan Hernandez (horseracing)
Raniel Resuello (motorsports)
Katharina Lehnert and Alberto ‘AJ’ Lim Jr. (tennis)
Divine Wally and Arnel Mandal (wushu)
SOUTHEAST ASIAN GAMES GOLD MEDALISTS
ASEAN PARA GAMES GOLD MEDALISTS
Mary Joy Tabal, Rafael Poliquit, Philippine archery team, Kobe Paras, Batang Gilas, Perlas Blackwater Team, Philippine Dragon Boat team, Kristina Charisse Santiago, Kenneth San Andres, Milo Rivera, Ernesto ‘Judes’ Echaus, Michael Christian Martinez, Hagen Alexander Topacio, Petron Blaze Spikers, Hidilyn Diaz, Nestor Colonia, ALA Promotions, International Premier Tennis League, Manila North 3x3 Team, MVP Sports Foundation, NU Pep Squad, Philippine baseball team, Philippine powerlifting team, Philippine Superliga, SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc., Jean Henri Lhuillier and tennis patrons, and 2019 FIBA World hosting team, National University Ever Bilena women’s team
MILO JUNIOR MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Justine Kobe Macario
MILO JUNIOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
TONY SIDDAYAO AWARD
Pauline Del Rosario, Abegail ‘Abby’ Arevalo, Jacob Ang, Maurice Sacho Ilustre, Nicole Pamintuan, Miguel Barreto, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Sean Terence Zamora, Nicole Eijansantos
Ronald Charles ‘Ron’ Jacobs, Enrique ‘Henry’ Cojuangco Sr., Arturo ‘Art’ Macapagal, Lim Eng Beng, Servillano Aquino Padiz Jr., Ramil Cruz, Ireneo ‘Nayong’ Federigan, Jose ‘Jun’ Castro Jr.