MANILA, Philippines – The top achievers in sport from 2018 gather in a special night, during the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Annual Awards at the Centennial Hall of Manila Hotel.
Olympian weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and the golf trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go are the stars of the two-hour affair, as they share the Athlete of the Year honor.
The five ladies accounted for the four gold medals the country won in the 18th Asian Games held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia last year.
This marks the second time the 28-year-old Diaz, a silver medallist in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, will be the recipient of the highest honor being given by the Philippine sportswriting fraternity, while Didal, Saso, Pagdanganan, and Go are first time winners.
Top sports officials led by PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas join the PSA under president Eduardo ‘Dodo’ Catacutan of Spin.ph in paying tribute to the various personalities and entities who did the country proud with their achievements and advocacies in the year just passed.
Olympian and multi-titled gymnast and taekwondo jin Bea Lucero-Lhuillier serves as the special guest of honor and speaker during the gala night.
Bowling great Olivia ‘Bong’ Coo and cycling legend Paquito Rivas are the year’s recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Golf Association of the Philippines (NGAP) is the choice as the National Sports Association of the Year, Enrique Razon Jr. of ICTSI gets the Executive of the Year Award, while undefeated reigning UAAP women’s basketball champion National University Lady Bulldogs will get the prestigious President’s Award.
Special Awards will also be given out such as the Mighty Sports Mr. Basketball (June Mar Fajardo), Mr. and Ms. Volleyball (Marck Espejo, and Jaja Santiago), and Mr. Football (Neil Etheridge), as well as Mr. Fan Favorite ‘Manok Ng Bayan’ Award (Kai Sotto), and a Special Recognition on Sports Journalism (Lito Tacujan).
Alexandra Eala and Daniel Quizon are the Milo Male and Female Athletes of the Year, while the Tony Siddayao Awardees include Jessel Lumapas, Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula, and Czerrine Ramos.
To be given out too, are major awards and citations in various sports, while prayer and a minute of silence will be offered to those who passed away in 2018.
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