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Lydia De Vega, Paeng Nepomuceno lead Hall of Fame class

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Asia's sprint queen and the four-time World Cup bowling champion banner the 10 Filipino sporting legends who will be enshrined in the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame

PSC tackles Hidilyn's weightlifting woes

Oct 01, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission makes sure that weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz will get enough support for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid

OLYMPIC BID. Hidilyn Diaz is working to nab the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold with her core team. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Young athlete's death gives PSC more reason to fast-track facilities rehab

Oct 01, 2018 - 4:01 PM

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez says the agency will increase dormitory attendants and security personnel and add a doctor and nurse in their facilities

GONE TOO SOON. Philippine Sports Commission chief Butch Ramirez (right) and Wushu Federation of the Philippines secretary-general Julian Camacho express their grief regarding the death of 11-year-old wushu athlete Rasta Daraliay. Photo from Philippine Sports Commission

11-year-old PH wushu athlete dead after falling from bunk bed

Sep 30, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Junior wushu fighter Rastafari Daraliay died after a freak accident in the athletes’ dorm at the Rizal Memorial Complex

TOO YOUNG. Rastafari Daraliay was a promising wushu athlete. Photo from Instagram (@rastoogi_)

Batang Pinoy postponed due to Typhoon Mangkhut

Sep 12, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and host Baguio have moved the 2018 Batang Pinoy opening to September 17

Asian Games gold medalists get additional P1M bonus

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Double gold medalist Yuka Saso is set to receive the biggest cash windfall of P9.33 million in total incentives

GOLDEN GIRLS. Filipino female athletes (clockwise from top left) Yuka Saso of golf, Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal of skateboarding deliver the gold for the Philippines. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Ricky Vargas denies PSC threat to withhold Asian Games fund

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The POC president claims that Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez has already received funding from the Philippine Sports Commission

FEEDING MANY. The Philippine Olympic Committee has received the 2018 Asian Games fund that is set to cover 272 athletes.

PSC to recognize Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The national federation will need PSC's recognition for financial assistance in the upcoming Kazakhstan tournament

Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 denounces the decisions of the Romasanta-headed NSA and the POC

DETHRONEMENT. Joe Manansala (center) leads the PKF 1987 Inc in its mission to make Philippine karatedo great again. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

DepEd, PSC to train campus journalists for Palarong Pambansa 2018 coverage

Apr 04, 2018 - 5:21 PM

This is the second time campus journalists have been invited to cover the annual schools-based sports event

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Hi! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Tuesday

13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

Mini-grandmaster? Meet this 3-year-old Pinoy chess prodigy

Nov 05, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Alvin Roma and Jollibee Sedaya dream an endgame where their son, Magnus, becomes a grandmaster at a very young age.

CHESS PRODIGY. At 3 years of age, Magnus Roma starts joining and winning at chess tournaments for his age group. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Ex-Bacolod lawmaker indicted for graft over P21.56-M SEA Games fund

Jun 27, 2017 - 10:08 AM

The Ombudsman says the unliquidated SEA Games fund was deposited to the personal account of then Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella in 2005

MONICO PUENTEVELLA. Photo from Monico Puentevella's Facebook page.

The Football Coach who escaped Marawi

May 30, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Ake Pastoral goes to Marawi to teach the Beautiful Game He ends up in a war zone

PSC commish Fernandez files libel complaint vs POC president

Apr 04, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The complaint stems from POC president Jose Cojuangco s allegedly defamatory statements that PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez was involved in game fixing during his PBA days

LIBEL. Ramon Fernandez files libel charges against Peping Cojuangco in Cebu. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

PSC to launch Physical Fitness and Sports Development Council

Feb 22, 2017 - 3:30 PM

The launching of the council will also lay the grounds for the setting up of Regional Training Centers

EL PRESIDENTE. "Our grassroots athletes will now be getting a lot of help because let’s face it, the athletes, they belong to barangays, towns and provinces," says PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH Sports Institute brings high hopes for grassroots development

Jan 17, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The Philippine Sports Institute will open 12 regional training centers around the country to develop athletes at the grassroots level

A NEW HOPE. Dennis Uy, Leoncio B. Evasco Jr. , Roel Velasco and Hidilyn Diaz take the Oath of Support for the PSI. Photo by Alain Canto

Razon group plans to renovate Rizal Memorial Coliseum, add malls

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Within the walls and facade of Rizal stadium will rise contemporary buildings that will house modern offices and commercial areas run by smart technologies the group s proposal says

DERELICT. Destroyed during World War II, the Rizal stadium was reconstructed in 1953, and renovated in 2011. Photo by Bob Guerrero/

Pacquiao tells PSC Chairman Ramirez: Clean up corruption in sports

Aug 16, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao urges PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez to make sure corruption in sports is addressed during his term

MEETING. The Senate committee for sports, with Manny Pacquiao as chairman, meets with sports agencies PSC, POC, and PAGCOR. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

LOOK: Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning Olympic silver

Aug 11, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz won t have to wait long to receive her bonus after ending the country s 20 year medal drought

INCENTIVE. Hidilyn Diaz's P5 million check for earning a silver medal in Rio is ready and waiting for her. Photo from Charles Maxey's Facebook

Hidilyn Diaz to get P5M, other benefits required by law

Aug 09, 2016 - 4:52 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao chairman of the Senate sports committee is set to conduct an inquiry into the government s failure to give incentives to winning athletes as mandated by law

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz makes history as a silver medalist for the Philippines at the Rio Olympics. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Incoming PSC commissioner Fernandez proposes 3-point plan to 'change the game'

Jun 23, 2016 - 4:49 PM

In an 11 page proposal basketball great Ramon Fernandez identifies 3 key issues that hound Philippine sports

'El Presidente' looks out into the crowd on stage at the Gabi ng Pagpupugay event in June. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ramirez to return as PSC chairman - report

Jun 23, 2016 - 3:39 AM

William Butch Ramirez tells dzSR he will return to the post he held from 2005 to 2009

Inside Bilibid, sports means life. And hope.

Apr 14, 2016 - 6:14 PM

It’s rather unusual that Cebu native Marlon Cabullon loves tennis more than basketball

DepEd, Albay prepare for Palaro 2016

Mar 24, 2016 - 10:56 AM

This year 18 regions will be competing including the recently established Negros Island Region

PALARO 2016. Albay will host the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. File photos from the official website and Facebook page of Albay Palarong Pambansa 2016

Olympic watch: PH looks to athletics for medal hope

Jan 04, 2016 - 8:30 PM

With the Rio Olympics still 7 months away the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association is putting its pieces in place for a strong showing

OLYMPIC HOPE. Filipino-American Eric Cray is one of two Filipino athletes who have so far qualified for the 2016 Olympics. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Philippine Army wins gold at Japan Dragon Boat Championships

Jul 19, 2015 - 8:38 PM

The Philippine Army outlasts 17 crews including a stiff challenge from the Japanese national team to win the men s 250 meter gold in Osaka

Photo by Philippine Army Dragon Boat team

Philippines finishes 2015 SEA Games in sixth place

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:29 PM

PH officials had predicted 50 gold medals and a top 5 finish but end up with the same tally as 2013

The Philippines topped the men's basketball event once again. Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

PSC demands answers after botched dives at SEA Games

Jun 11, 2015 - 5:51 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia is reportedly seeking an explanation after two divers scored zero points in the men s 3m springboard

JD Pahoyo (pictured) and John Elmerson Fabriga have gone viral after scoring zero points in dives. Screenshot from YouTube

Tough climb to top of SEA Games remains for Philippines

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:26 AM

The Philippines celebrated 5 gold medal wins on Sunday but a difficult road remains to improve on their 7th place finish in 2013

HEAVY MEDAL. Claire Adorna (R) and Kim Mangrobang (L) added a gold and silver to the Philippines' tally in the SEA Games women’s triathlon event. Photo by Reuters

PH to go on all-out assault for SEA Games gold

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia says he s hoping for a “trigger” that could spark the country’s gold medal drive

Justin Coveney and the Philippine Volcanoes rugby team will begin their SEA Games campaign on Saturday, seeking to improve off their runner-up finish in 2007

Filipina athletes take center stage at SEA Games

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Philippines female athletes who will compete at the Southeast Asian Games are among the most popular – and successful – that the country has to offer

SEA STARS. The Philippine women's volleyball team, which includes flag-bearer Alyssa Valdez (Front row, third from right), will be one of the star attractions of the 2015 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda

Cebu City presents grassroots sports blueprint to PSC

Mar 19, 2015 - 8:56 PM

The Cebu City Sports Commission outlined their format for grassroots sports development to the Philippine Sports Commission as a blueprint for cultivating talent nationwide

Dagupan City Mayor Belen Fernandez (in yellow) receives the template of the Cebu City Grassroots Sports Development Program from Cebu City Sports Commission chairman Edward Hayco. Also in the photo are members of the Dagupan City Sports Commission and PSC coaches. Photo By Marsante G. Alison

Trillanes to PSC: Explain 'mishandling' of Wesley So's federation switch

Feb 02, 2015 - 3:42 PM

How many more promising athletes like GM So will our country have to lose due to the poor leadership of the PSC and its mishandling of sports development in the country? asks Trillanes

WORLD CLASS. The Philippines let go of Cavite native Wesley So, who displayed his world class ability by forcing a draw with the reigning world champion in January. File photo by Piroschka Van De Wouw/EPA

Basketball exec Martelino to plead for Blatche’s case, 2 others for Asian Games

Sep 03, 2014 - 10:24 PM

Experienced basketball exec Moying Martelino will advocate for the inclusion of Filipino Am Gilas players Gabe Norwood and Jared Dillinger plus naturalized center Andray Blatche in the 2014 Asian Games

The Asian Games eligibility of Andray Blatche (pictured), plus Gabe Norwood and Jared Dillinger is being contested. Photo from

PSC cuts off financial support to Wesley So

Jun 19, 2014 - 2:01 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission has announced it will freeze chess grandmaster Wesley So’s monthly allowance after he stated intentions to switch to the United States Chess Federation

US BOUND. Top-rated Filipino chess player Wesley So is seeking to transfer to the US team. Photo from So's Facebook

Chess ace Wesley So wants to play for US

Jun 08, 2014 - 7:19 PM

The nation s top chess talent plans to sever ties with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines to play for the US

US BOUND. Top-rated Filipino chess player Wesley So is looking to play for the US team instead. Photo from So's Facebook

PH Wrestling Association to stop recognition of new leadership

May 30, 2014 - 6:21 PM

We’re surprised that the POC recognized the current leadership despite the fact that the association did not call for any special election said Wrestling Association of the Philippines chairman Aries Supremo

PH Asian Games task force seeks to avoid record tampering

Feb 27, 2014 - 6:49 PM

The POC PSC Asian Games Task Force says it will thoroughly scrutinize the times of all measurable sports to avoid tampering of personal records on all athletes that are vying for spots at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea

TAMPER PROOF? POC chairman Tom Carrasco says they will scrutinize sports times to avoid tampering ahead of the 2014 Asian Games

Dragon boating: A love affair with a sport less played

Feb 27, 2014 - 12:49 PM

What is dragon boating? One paddler explains it and why she has a love affair with this sport less played

WINNERS ROW. The author (first from the left in the back row) and her team at the 2013 2nd Sen. Drilon Cup in Iloilo. The team won third place. Photo by Omar Posadas

Support promised as Martinez gears up for 2018 Winter Games

Feb 24, 2014 - 2:02 PM

As Michael Martinez gears up for the 2018 Winter Olympics companies pledge support to the new toast of the Philippine sports world

OLYMPIC HERO. Michael Martinez takes in the crowd's applause after a performance at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by EPA

Will Martinez get bonus post-Olympics? Palace unsure

Feb 16, 2014 - 10:21 PM

Malacañang says it will wait for recommendations from the Philippine Sports Commission on awarding Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez a bonus

PH taekwondo team under construction for Asian Games

Feb 15, 2014 - 10:15 PM

Nine slots are still up for grabs on the 12 member Philippine national taekwondo team to the 2014 Asian Games

JIN AND JUICE. The Philippine National taekwondo team. Photo from Philippine Taekwondo Association Facebook

Praise for Martinez after historic stint

Feb 15, 2014 - 2:16 AM

Even after bowing out of the medal position in the men s figure skating finals lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Christian Martinez has dazzled and wowed the world

A STAR IS BORN. Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez drew praises following his free skate performance Friday night at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Table Tennis is Philippines' best bet for world medals - Ledesma

Feb 10, 2014 - 9:40 PM

There’s little fanfare that accompanies the sport of ping pong but Table Tennis Association of the Philippines president Ting Ledesma believes it’s a perfect fit for Filipinos

PING PONG WINNERS. The TATAP national team (From left) coaches Noel Gonzales, Lorie Jawad, players Anabelle Comendador, Princess Tambo, Ledesma, coach Lauro Crisostomo, players Sendrina Muse Balatbat, Jamaica Sy, Ian Lariba and Richard Gonzales. Photo by Felipe Josiah Ramos

Asian Games track and field athletes set to be selected

Jan 21, 2014 - 8:04 PM

Track and field athletes are among the first to be scrutinized by the joint POC PSC Task Force holds a general assembly meeting on Thursday to start choosing the composition of the country’s delegation to the 2014 Asian Games

READY SET. Track and field athletes will be the first to be scrutinized at the next POC/PSC general assembly. Photo courtesy

Pia Cayetano throws support for PH athletes in SEA Games

Dec 09, 2013 - 8:43 PM

Senator Pia Cayetano expressed her support for the Filipino delegates of the 2013 SEA Games set to begin on December 11

FULL SUPPORT. Senator Pia Cayetano praised and threw her support for the 210 Filipino athletes competing in the 2013 SEA Games. File photo from Cayetano's official Facebook account.