THE top achievers of 2014 get their due recognition today as the Philippine Sportswriters Association holds its traditional Annual Awards Night, co-presented by MILO and San Miguel Corp., in formal rites at the 1Esplanade.
Incheon Asian Games gold medal winner Daniel Caluag is the star of the night as the 27-year-old BMX champion rider is the recipient of the prestigious Athlete of the Year honor.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco, Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Richie Garcia, and PSA president Jun Lomibao of the Business Mirror will lead officials, athletes, sportswriters, and guests in toasting Caluag and the rest of this year’s honorees numbering to 79 in all during the two-hour program to be hosted by veteran sportscasters Quinito Henson and Patricia Bermudez Hizon.
Garcia, who was the country’s Chef De Mission in the Incheon Asiad last year, also serves as the gala night’s keynote speaker.
Sharing the limelight with Caluag in the event which has Smart, MVP Sports Foundation, and Meralco as principal sponsors and the PSC as major sponsor, are nine recipients of Special Awards from the country’s oldest media organization celebrating its 66 years.
Reigning UAAP men’s basketball champion National University Bulldogs lead the honorees as recipient of the President’s Award, while the 1973 Philippine men’s basketball team that won the Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in Manila will be bestowed with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Others to be cited with Special Awards during the affair also backed by the PBA, Maynilad, Accel, Rain or Shine, ICTSI, PCSO, PAGCOR, El Jose Catering, National University, Globalport, Air21, and 1Esplanade include Hans Sy (Executive of the Year) , champion coach Tim Cone (Excellence In Basketball), Alyssa Valdez (Ms. Volleyball), Jean Pierre Sabido (Mr. Taekwondo), Tony Lascuna and Princess Superal (Golfers of the Year), Mitsubishi (Hall of Fame), and the MVP Sports Foundation (Sports Patron of the Year).
There will also be major awards to be handed out to Donnie Nietes, San Mig Coffee team, Gabriel Luis Moreno, Michael Christian Martinez, San Beda Red Lions, June Mar Fajardo, Kiefer Ravena, Mark Galedo, Daniella Uy, Mikee Charlene Suede, Jessie Aligaga, Jean Claude Saclag, Philippine dragon boat team, Philippine poomsae team (male over 30), Philippine poomsae team (freestyle), Kid Molave, and Jonathan Hernandez.
Providing the entertainment part is two-time UAAP cheerdance competition champion National University.
Invitations for the awards night had already been sent out, but those who failed to personally receive it, can get theirs at the lobby entrance of 1Esplanade.
Complete 2014 PSA HONOR ROLL
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
National University Bulldogs
EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
1973 Philippine Men’s Basketball Team
EXCELLENCE IN BASKETBALL
Earl Timothy “Tim” Cone
GOLFERS OF THE YEAR
Tony Lascuña, Princess Superal
Jean Pierre Sabido
HALL OF FAME
SPORTS PATRON OF THE YEAR
MVP Sports Foundation
Donnie Nietes, San Mig Coffee, San Beda Red Lions, June Mar Fajardo, Kiefer Ravena, Michael Christian Martinez, Mark Galedo, Daniella Uy, Gabriel Luis Moreno, Mikee Charlene Suede, Jessie Aligaga, Jean Claude Saclag, Philippine Dragon Boat Team, Philippine Poomsae Team-Male Over 30, Philippine Poomsae Team-Freestyle, Kid Molave, Jonathan Hernandez
Manila West, NU Lady Bulldogs, San Beda Red Cubs, Anita Koykka, Maybelline Masuda, Annie Ramirez, Geylord Coveta, Philippine Taekwondo Team-Male Under 30, Francis Aaron Agojo, Philippine Taekwondo Team, Kenneth San Andres, Peter Gabriel Magnaye, Paul Vivas, August Benedicto, Claire Adorna, Bong Lopez, Philippine Basketball Marathon, UE juniors volleyball team, Adamson women’s softball team, Saturday Afternoon Gentlemen Sailors, Pagpupugay, Philippine Collegiate Champions League, Accel, Unilab Active Health, The Junior Golfers League