PSA to cite MiÃ±oza, PH men's relay team
MANILA, Philippines - Golfer Frankie Miñoza and a belated gold medalist in the last Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia lead the 17-man list to be accorded with special citations during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA)-Milo Annual Awards Night seven days from now at the grand ballroom of the Manila Hotel.
Miñoza and the 4x4 Philippine men’s relay team of Julius Nierras, Junrey Bano, Edgardo Alejan, and Archard Christian Bagsit, are two of the top personalities who will be recognized by the country’s oldest media organization for the exemplary feats they achieved in 2012.
The 53-year-old Miñoza, a two-time winner of the Philippine Open, topped the Japan Senior Open with a one-stroke victory over local bets led by Kiyoshi Murota and ran away with the top purse worth more than P8.2million.
The Filipino quartet, meanwhile, earned its long-overdue SEA Games gold medal in 2011 after its Malaysian counterpart was officially stripped of victory in athletics over a positive drug test.
Fifteen other more will be the recipient of the same award during the two-hour special rites presented by San Miguel Corp., Senator Chiz Escudero, Globalport 900, Rain or Shine, Meralco, SM Prime Holdings, LBC, Smart, ICTSI and Philippine Golf Tour, Philippine Basketball Association, and the Philippine Sports Commission.
Also to be honored with special citations are rider Kenneth San Andres, seven-time Philippine Columbian Association men’s champion Johnny Arcilla, veteran trackster Erlinda Lavandia, wushu bets Jessie Aligaga and Denbert Arcita, charming golfer Jayvee Agojo, triathletes Monica Torres and August Benedicto, duathlon’s Mirasol Abad, Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa, swimming sensation Johan Aguilar, superbike champ Raniel Resuello, karter VJ Suba, Alaska sports, and AKTV.
Boxing champions Nonito Donaire Jr., and Josie Gabuco along with Manila women’s softball team, and the Ateneo Blue Eagles lead the year’s honor roll list as co-winners of the coveted Athlete of the Year award.
The victorious Gilas Pilipinas team in the 34th William Jones Cup will also be feted with the PSA’s President’s Award, while PBA commissioner Chito Salud is the hands down choice as Executive of the Year.
A total of 17 personalities will also be given with major awards bannered by current world boxing title holders Brian Viloria, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, and Johnriel Casimero, even as the duo of Chieffy Caligdong and Eduard Sacapano have been named as Mr. Football.