Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Filipino Sports Blog

Pinoy Sports

The is now back! It's been 2 years since I last updated my contents here. I have been busy with school stuffs and work. But now I'm back again!

There are many Filipino sports events happened in the past years, in boxing, soccer, volleyball and of course in basketball. Let's tackle them in the next few posts! See you all! Happy blogging!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Philippine National Football Team (The Philippine Azkals)

Did you ever hear the term Azkals or Philippine Azkals? Maybe for most Filipinos the answer is yes. Actually the Philippine Azkals is the National Football Team of the Philippines that represents the country in International Football Competitions. They become popular in the Philippines when they were featured in some T.V network news in the country. Azkals which means askals is the name used in the Philippines referring to street dogs.

Don’t get confuse with “soccer”, “football”, and “American football”. Soccer is the term use in U.S.A and in other countries like Philippines referring to football while “football” is used mostly by Europeans though the official name of the sports is football and finally American football is the name of another sport that is very popular in United States.

Soccer is not very popular sports in the Philippines because the country is dominated by basketball, and also there is no open area that you can build a soccer field. The Philippine National Football Team has gained some success in the years of Far Eastern Championship Games between the years 1913 to 1934. In September 2006 the team suffered its lowest ranking ever, they fell to 195th in the FIFA World Rankings but now the team is currently rank 155th.

The Philippine Azakals is trying to regain the glory of the country in International Football Competition as they qualified to 2011 AFC Challenge Cup they are also preparing for the World Cup Qualifiers that will start versus Sri Lanka on June 29, 2011 in Sri Lanka.

I hope they will qualify so they can compete in the World Cup. It’s been a long time since the Philippine National Football Team made it to the World Cup. I’m sure Street Dogs will crawl its way to the top. Way for them World!

Monday, May 2, 2011

The Top 10 Greatest Filipino Boxer of All Time

Talking about the greatest Filipino boxer ever? There’s one name should come in your mine and that’s the current best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Manny ‘Pac-man’ Paquiao. Pacman is title-holder of eight weight division classes, a congressman from Saranggani Province, Philippines, and a world-wide boxing icon. But there are other great Filipino boxers too, like the up and coming rated no. 4 in’s pound-for-pound ranking Nonito Donaire. There is Rey “Boom Boom “Bautista, Brian Viloria, Bernabe Concepcion, etc. And here they are the 10 greatest Filipino boxer of all time according to my own opinion.

10.) Small Montana
Benjamin Gan he is also known as Small Montana.
He was born on February 24, 1913 in Negros Occidental, Philippines. A son of a Chief Police there and they have a Chinese descent. He has a total of 118 fightsincluding 83 wins, 24 losses, 10 draws and 18 wins by knockout. Evident by his fighting record, Montana is not a hard puncher but with his quick punches he’s able to win bouts. He’s not a tall fighter though, standing just 5 feet and 4 inches (163 cm).
He won the American Flyweight title on 1935 by beating American Midget Wolgast twice. In his title defense, Benny Lynch beat him by a 15 round bout in London on 1937. He never won a world championship after that.
He also fought some other noticeable fighters like Little Dado, Little Pancho, Manuel Ortiz, Tonny Marino, Augie Curtis, Pat Palmer, Frankie Jarr, and Antol Kocsis.
He died on August 4, 1976.

9.) Little Dado
Eleuterio Zapanta he is also known as Lettle Dado.
He was born on January 1, 1916. He has a total of 65 fights including 48 wins, 7 losses, 9 draws and 19 wins by knockout. He is one of the top fighters in flyweight and bantamweight divisions on 1930s and 1940s. He holds the World Flyweight title on 1940 and the World Bantamweight title on 1941.
He died on July 7, 1965.

8.) Gerry “Fearless” Peňalosa
Geronimo Peňalosa, also known as Gerry Peňalosa was born on August 7, 1972 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental Philippines.
Some Filipino boxing Analyst considers him as the best technical boxer that ever came from the Philippines. He’s a very good defensive fighter and a very good counter puncher.
He is a former holder of the WBC super flyweight and the WBO bantamweight titles.
In his entire career he has never been knockdown by his opponents. He has a total of 65 fights including 55 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws, and 37 wins by knockout. In his last fight he TKO Yodsaenkeng Kietmangmee in the 4th round.

7.) Ceferino “Bolo Punch” Garcia
He was born on August 26, in Naval, Biliran, Philippines.
He is considered as the inventor of Bolo Punch. He is the only Filipino boxer that becomes World Middle Weight Champion. He has the most victories ever achieved by a Filipino Boxer that stands 142 total bouts including 102 wins, 28 losses, 12 draws, and 67 wins by knockout.
He defended his title tree times before losing to Ken Overlin by points.
He died on January 1, 1981.

6.) Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire
Nonito Donaire Jr. was born on November 16, 1982 in Talibon, Bohol, Philippines.
He is a three-division world champion, where he won five world titles in three different boxing weight classes including WBA Super Flyweight Interim World Champion, IBF World Flyweight Champion and IBO World Flyweight Champion. He is currently the WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Champion, rated no. 4 by the Ring Magazine and as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
He fought 28 fights including 27 wins and a single loss with 18 coming by knockout victory. He attained his only loss to Rosendo Sanchez in his second professional fight on March 10, 2001.

5.) Lusito “Golden Boy” Espinosa
Luisito Pio Espinosa was born on June 26, 1967 in Manila.
He won two World Titles, the WBA Bantamweight in 1989, and the WBC Featherweight in 1995 by beating Khaokor Galaxy and Manuel Medina respectively.
Standing at 5 foot 7 inches (1.71 cm) Espinosa has 60 total fights including 47 wins, 13 losses and 26 wins by knockout. He retired on 2005.

4.) Ben Villaflor
Benjamin Villaflor was born November 10, 1952 in Negros Occidental, Philippines.
He won the WBA world junior lightweight on April 25, 1972, by beating champion Alfredo Marcano of Venezuela in a 15 round unanimous decision in Honolulu Hawaii but on March 12, 1973, he lost his title to  Kuniaki Shibata  of Japan over fifteen rounds in Honolulu. But after two more wins he regained the title by a rematch with Shibata, also in Honolulu, on October 17, stopping Shibata in the first round.
In his last fight he’s been beaten in their rematch by Samuel Serrano on November 16 in San Juan Puerto Rico. He has a total 69 fights, 54 wins, 8 losses, 7 draws, and 31 wins by knockout.
He now lives in Hawaii.

3.) Gabriel “Flash” Elorde
Flash Elorde was born on March 25, 1935 in Bogo, Cebu Philippines.
Elorde holds the record as the longest reigning World Junior Lightweight Champion. He won the title in March 16, 1960 by stopping the champion then Harold Gomez in the 7th round of their bout. In 1963, he was inaugurated as WBC and WBA champion.
He stands 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) with a record of 117 total fights, 88 wins, 27 losses, 2 draws and 33 wins by knockout as of May 2, 2011.
He is inducted into International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993, the first Asian that made it. He is also inducted into World Boxing Hall of Fame. Rated 78th as the best fighter by the Ring Magazine’sRing Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years in 2002 and considered as the best super featherweight fighter of all time by WBC.

2.) Pancho Villa
Francisco Guilledo was born on August 1, 1901 and died on July 14, 1925 because of a tooth extraction infection.He is commonly known as Pancho Villa.
He won the American Flyweight Champion by beating American flyweight champion Johnny Buff on September 15, 1922. But he lost it by a widely criticize decision loss to Genaro, a year later. Then villa fought Jimmy Wilde for the vacant World Flyweight Champion on June 18, 1923, at the Polo Grounds in New York, he finished Wilde with a 7th round knockout.
His last fight is against Jimmy McLarnin on July 4, 1925, at Ewing Field in Oakland. Fighting with a swollen mouth because of newly extracted tooth, he fought with his one hand covering his face because of pain. With that state he loss to McLarnin. Two days after the McLarnin fight, Villa had three more teeth extracted after an infection was discovered. On July 13, 1925, he had rushed to the hospital. Then they discovered that the infection had spread to Villa's throat that results to Ludwig's angina. Villa was hurried to have a surgery, but he fall into a coma while the surgery is undergoing. He died on the following day, July 14, 1925. He died 17 days before turning 24.
At 5 feet 1 inch (154 cm) he has a total of 104 fights with 92 victories, 8 losses, 4 draws and 24 wins by knockout. He is inducted to Ring Magazine Hall of Fame on October 1961 and to International Boxing Hall of Fame on 1994 and rated 59th as the best fighter by the Ring Magazine’sRing Magazine's list of the 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years in 2002

1.) "Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978 in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines.
Even though Pac-Man is on his peak of his career at the age 32 standing 5 feet 6 and a half inches, I consider him as the best Filipino Boxer of all time, and he will be one of the greatest boxers of all time when he retired. Maybe in top 3, top 5 or top 10. No doubt. Want some proof?
Pacman is an eight-division world champion, he is the first boxer to win ten world titles, the first to win in eight weight divisions, and the first to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000's by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year", winning the award in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
Currently, Pacquiao is the WBC Super Welterweight World Champion and WBO Welterweight World Champion (Super Champion). He is also currently rated as the "number one" pound-for-pound best boxer in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, Sporting Life and
As of may 2, 2011 Pac-man has a record of 57 total fights, including 52 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws and 38 wins by knockout.

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Past and Present of Philippine Basketball

Who’s a fan of basketball here? I know most of Filipinos are basketball fanatics, especially the men. Basketball is played almost everywhere in our country, it is the most popular sports in Philippines. The  World of basketball, world of tall guys, athletic man that can fly 20-45 inches above the ground, world of quick and versatile athletes, also world of Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant, the world of Americans, Spaniards, Chinese, Turkish, Argentineans, Greeks, Serbians,  and once upon a time world of Filipinos.

Do you know that...Two basketball players from our country already played in National Basketball Association or NBA? Yes, the first Fil-Am who joined the well-known association was Raymond Anthony Townsend, a 6′3″, 175-lb point guard, drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1978 NBA draft. The second one was Ricardo Brown, drafted by the Houston Rockets in 1979 NBA draft.

Once upon a time, Philippines dominated the world of basketball. The history tells us that, before, Philippines is the powerhouse basketball team in Asia. But now, we’re one of the mediocre countries when it comes to basketball. We’re far far behind with the elite countries in basketball.

The golden era of Philippine Basketball is through 1910’s to 1970’s were Philippines won a total of 8 gold medals and 1 silver medal in Far Eastern Games (through 1913-1934), far eastern games is the precursor of the Asian Games and played every 2 years, it is played only 9 times after that it is broken. In Asian Games we won a total of 4 gold medals (through 1951-1962), Asian Games is the modern version of Far Eastern Games and played every 4 years. In FIBA Asia, Philippines won a total of 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 1 bronze medal (through 1960 – 1971), FIBA Asia is the highest governing body of basketball in Asia. It is played every 2 years. In 1954, Philippines finish 3rd place at FIBA World Championships, and it was the second best finished by an Asian country after Turkey finished 2nd place in this year’s competition. FIBA is the highest governing body of basketball in the world. In this time span, Philippines played consistently in the Olympics, they finished 5th in the 1936 Olympics and it is the best finish by any Asian country in the Olympics.

Carlos Loyzaga is considered the best Filipino Basketball player of all time; he led the Philippine National Team to multiple championships. He played basketball from 1951 to 1964. At 6’3”, playing center position he quickly ruled the game, because of his shooting and rebounding skills. His retirement take a hit on the Philippine National team. The Philippines’ dominance declined but continued play competitively in the Asian games and world championships, but in Olympic Games, they played poorly and unable to reach the top 10.

 In April 1975, ten MICAA commercial ball clubs broke up with the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) and formed Asia’s first professional basketball league, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). It is the first and the oldest professional basketball league in Asia and second world’s oldest next to NBA. The league's rules are a hybrid of FIBA's and the NBA's rules. The league’s first champion was the Toyota Comets. The crispa radmanizers were the first one to won the PBA grand slam, winning three consecutive conferences.
In 1938 The Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) was formed as an amateur basketball league for collegiate players and was sponsored by large companies in the Philippines. The PABL would later be renamed into the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) as it grew into a commercial, semi-professional league.

In 1998 The Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), Philippines’ second professional basketball league, was formed and effectively regionalized the basketball professionalism throughout the country. The league’s first championship was won by the Pampanga Dragons.

If we could just realize that as time goes by, we’re getting worse, while other countries are improving and evolving. We once dominated and now, we are so weak. My opinions why we end up like this is that, first, like I said earlier, Carlos Loyzaga’s retirement had a big impact to us, second the difference in height takes its toll, the average height of an adult Filipino is 5’4 1/2“for men and 4’11 ½” for women, third nowadays basketball players here in our country lack athleticism, fourth these days, Fil-Am players take almost ½ of the population of Professional Filipino Basketball players. Because of this, the chances for a pure Filipino to develop his skills are decreasing. And lastly, according to my opinion, our national players need more support from the government, their training facilities and training quality must improve, and good staffs and coaching can lead to improvement.

 If in the past our players made it to the top, I’m sure they can do it again. Just do what it takes, believe and don’t lose hope, do the proper things then again we can take back our lost glory!