Filipino basketball icon Robert Jaworski and athletics legend Elma Muros-Posadas banner the 10 sports personalities who will be enshrined to the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame.
Jaworski, arguably the most iconic player in PBA history, and Muros-Posadas, dubbed the "Long Jump Queen" of the country, were selected for the fourth batch of Hall of Fame inductees announced on Friday, March 12.
Others inductees include Eric Buhain of swimming, Paulino Alcantara of football, Roel Velasco of boxing, and Arianne Cerdeña of bowling.
Buhain won several Southeast Asian Games gold medals and represented the Philippines in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, while Alcantara ended up as one of the best players in history of the famed Barcelona club.
Velasco won bronze in the 1992 Olympics and Cerdeña clinched gold in the 1988 Olympics, although bowling served only as a demonstration sport at that time.
Completing the 10-man list are national basketball and football teams coach Dionisio Calvo, swimmer Gertrudes Lozada, sprinter Rogelio Onofre, and boxer Leopoldo Serrantes.
Serrantes captured a bronze in the 1988 Olympics, Onofre won gold in the 1962 Asian Games and saw action in the 1960, 1964, and 1968 Olympics, while Lozada donned the national colors in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics.
Calvo guided the Philippines to a fifth-place finish in men's basketball in the 1936 Olympics – the highest finish by the national team and by any Asian country in the sport in Olympic history.
The enshrinees will receive a Hall of Fame trophy and P200,000 each upon their induction in April.
The selection committee, by virtue of Republic Act 8757 or the Philippine Sports Hall of Fame Act, is chaired by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez with Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino as vice chairperson. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.