MANILA, Philippines – A boxing world champion and an Olympic silver medalist are among the major awardees during the Philippine Sportswriters Association's Awards Night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel on March 6.
Nesthy Petecio and Hidilyn Diaz lead the 12 personalities who will receive major awards from the organization during its gala night.
The two athletes are also members of Team Philippines, which will be recognized as the Athlete of the Year for its triumph in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December.
Petecio, 27, won the featherweight gold in the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia, while Diaz, 29, bagged a silver in the Asian Championships and two bronzes in the World Weightlifting Championships.
The country's first qualifier to the Tokyo Olympics, pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, is also a major awardee after topping the qualifying meet in Chiara, Italy, and winning gold medals in the Asian Athletics Championships and the Summer Universiade.
Two other world boxing champions are also in the honor roll, in IBF super-flyweight king Jerwin Ancajas and WBO bantamweight title-holder Johnriel Casimero.
Reigning six-time UAAP women's basketball champions National University, five-time PBA Philippine Cup winners San Miguel Beer, and five-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo will also be honored.
Completing the list of major awardees are golfers Juvic Pagunsan, Aidric Chan, and Princess Superal, and Horse of the Year Union Bell.
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