2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 29, 2019 08:28 PM
2019 Monthly Memorable Sports Moments (Part 1)
Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao kickstarts 2019 with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner in their WBA welterweight title fight. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The year 2019 was a rollercoaster ride for Filipino athletes and Pinoy sports fans.

We saw the highs and the lows, basked in the glory of triumph and felt the agony of defeat. We witnessed history unfold and experienced the best and the worst of Philippine sports.

Here’s a look back at the sports news that made the headlines that made the end of the decade a memorable one.

 

JANUARY

Eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao opened the year on a high note and retained his WBA welterweight title after a 12-round unanimous decision win over Adrien Broner.

The Philippine volleyball community mourned the passing of head coach Nes Pamilar. He was 52.

Joshua Pacio lost his One straw weight title belt to Japanese Yosuke Saruta via split decision while Geje Eustaquio also parted ways with his flyweight belt.

The 44th season of the PBA opened.  

Jett Manuel of Barangay Ginebra announced his retirement in the PBA after one season while Chris Tiu hanged his jersey after six seasons with Rain or Shine.

Gilas Pilipinas began its preparation for the sixth and final qualifying window for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Azkals finished its historic AFC Asian Cup debut winless after bowing to South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan. 

 

FEBRUARY

Gilas Pilipinas clinched a golden ticket to the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China after back-to-back wins to close out the qualifiers.

Aston Palicte beat erstwhile unbeaten Puerto Rican Jose Martinez via TKO in their WBO Superflyweight world championship eliminator while Vic Saludar retained his WBO minimum weight world title.

Arellano University completed a three-peat in the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball while Perpetual Help won back-to-back titles in the men’s division and five straight in the juniors play.

Seventeen year-old Filipino wakeboarder Raphael Trinidad clinched a silver medal in the open category of the IWWF World Cable Wakeboard & Wakeskate Championships at Pampa Wake Park, Buenos Aires.

The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the finest Filipino athletes  for the year 2018 in its annual awards night. 

 

MARCH

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas announced the composition of the men’s and women’s seniors national team and women’s U-23 squad.

Gilas Pilipinas landed in Group D in the FIBA World Cup with Serbia, Italy and Angola after the draw.

San Beda University won its second straight NCAA Season 94 beach volleyball title while Emilio Aguinaldo College completed a men’s division repeat.

Kevin Belingon lost his One bantwamweight title to Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes to disqualification from illegal blows while Eduard Folayang surrendered his lightweight belt to Shinya Aoki in a submission loss.

 

APRIL

Hidilyn Diaz pocketed three silver medals in the Asian Weightlifting Championship.

EJ Obiena ended the country’s decade-long gold medal drought in the Asian Athletics Championships after ruling the men’s pole vault in record fashion in Doha, Qatar.

Nonito Donaire Jr. knocked out Stephon Young in the sixth round to retain his WBA superbantamweight belt and advance to the WBSS bantamweight tournament finals wile John Riel Casimero claimed the WBO interim bantamweight title.

The San Juan Knights captured the MPBL Datu Cup in a winner-take-all Game 5 over Davao Occidental Tigers.

Team Philippines recorded its best gold haul in Arafura Games in Australia.

Marathon star Rafael Poliquit died of complications from subdural empyema. He was 30.

 

MAY

Ateneo de Manila University won the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball title while National University bagged its second straight men’s crown.

San Miguel Beer captured its fifth straight Philippine Cup championship at the expense of Magnolia.

Petron defeated F2 Logistics in three games to retain its Philippine Superliga Grand Prix throne.

Jerwin Ancajas scored a 7th round TKO win over Japanese Ryuichi Funai to keep his IBF super flyweight belt.

The UAAP and NCAA collegiate press corps feted the best student-athletes in basketball and for the first time in women’s volleyball.

Some athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections.

 

JUNE

 

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas stepped down from his post after just 18 months in office.

Cignal-Ateneo won the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title.

 

(To be continued)

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