Ten Most Famous Philippine Athlete

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  • 7/28/2019 Ten Most Famous Philippine Athlete


  • 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.[1][2]

    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.[3]

    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,[4] 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.

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    13.Josephine dela Vina is a Filipina track and field athlete and was a goldmedalist in the discuss throw event at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok,

    Thailand. She was also a bronze medalist in the same event at the 1962 Asian

    Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.



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