Lydia De Vega, Paeng Nepomuceno lead new batch of PSC Hall of Fame enshrinees
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 12, 2018 03:22 PM
PSC Chairman William Butch Ramirez (left) led the announcement of the 10 new members of the PSC Hall of Fame (Photo courtesy of PSC).After a tough selection process, Asia’s Fastest Woman Lydia De Vega-Mercado, multi-awarded bowler Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno and eight other Filipino sporting legends were chosen by the Philippine Sports Commission to comprise the third batch of enshrinees in the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame.
“It is with pride that I announce the 10 newest members of the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame,” said PSC Chairman William Ramirez during the press conference at the PSC Administration Building on Friday.
Ramirez, who also headed the Selection and Screening Committee, announced this together with Philippine Olympic Committee representative Ed Picson, Games and Amusements Board representative Dioscoro Bautista, Jr., Philippine Olympian Association President Akiko Thomson-Guevara, NSA representative Bernie Atienza and media representative Dodo Catacutan, president of the Philippine Sportswriters Association, moments after the second round of final voting of the nominees.
“The Review Committee shortlisted 16 names from the nominated 37 athletes and coaches by individuals and sports organizations after a three-month nomination period nationwide, based on the requirements of R.A. 8757,” bared former PSC Commissioner Thomson-Guevara.
Joining De Vega and Nepomuceno are former Asian Golf Circuit winner Ben Arda, basketball legends Senator Ambrosio Padilla and Loreto Carbonell, baseball and softball standout Filomeno Codiñera, Jr., decorated bowlers Olivia “Bong” Coo and Lita dela Rosa, boxing flyweight champion Erbito Salavarria and Asian Games gold medalist Josephine dela Viña from athletics.
“The committee discussed and voted for 10 nominees to form the third batch of Hall of Fame awardees based on their contributions to Philippine sports guided by the criteria set by the law,” added Thomson-Guevara.
“The elected hall of famers will receive an incentive worth P100,000 and a trophy to commemorate their enshrinement,” said PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram.
The induction ceremony for the third batch of hall of famers is set on November 22, 6 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center.