7/28/2019 Ten Most Famous Philippine Athlete
first international male bowler ever to be inducted to the prestigious International
Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum.
9. Mansueto Velasco. The Philippines has never had any significant Olympicsuccess. Although there were gold medal harvests in tae kwon do, wushu and
bowling, these were designated as exhibition events at the time so the medals earneddid not count in the overall tally. Velasco earned a silver for boxing during the 1996
Olympics where he lost a controversial bout in the finals. Since then, Velasco has
been a regular fixture in Philippine television and movies as a local comedian.
10.Manny Pacquiao. The world famous pugilist is also a recording artist, an actor, abusinessman and a congressman in his native country. Winning seven world
championships in seven weight divisions while beating the likes of Eric Morales,
Miguel Cotto and Oscar de la Hoya propelled Pacquiao to greatness. Some say a
match against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather would cement his legacy while others
say he has done more than enough to prove he is one of boxing's all time greats.
11.Simeon G. Toribio (September 3, 1905 June 5, 1969) was a Filipino athlete, whowon the bronze medal in the high jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los
Angeles, United States. He represented the Philippines in three consecutive Summer
Olympics, starting in 1928.
In 1930, Toribio was awarded the Helms World Trophy for being Asia's greatest
athlete. He became a lawyer and a congressman representing Bohol province where
he later settled. Simeon Toribio, the pride of Zamboanga, was considered the
"Filipino Field Athlete of the Half Century" and "Asia's Best Athlete" for winning
gold medals in the high jump event in the Far Eastern Olympics in 1921, 1923, 1927,1930 and 1934 and a bronze medal in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
According to author Jorge Afable, Toribio could have won the gold medal, if not only
for the "call of nature". It was a grueling four-hour competition to jump over the bar
raised at 6 feet and six inches high. Toribio, who once made the jump, failed to
overcome it the second time because he was distressed by call of nature. Before this,
Toribio narrowly missed the bronze in the 1928 Amsterdam Games.
Toribio, who studied at Silliman University, later became a lawyer. In 1941, he was
elected to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing the Second
District of Bohol, and serving until 1953.
12.Rosie Villarito is a Filipina track and field athlete. She grabbed a silver medalin the womens javelin throw event during the 24th Southeast Asian Games held
in Thailand in 2007. Villarito is a former member of the athletics team of the Far
Eastern University. She is also a Private in the the Philippine Army.