2017 sports - updates

Rappler's latest stories on 2017 sports


WATCH: Ten best knockouts of Pinoy boxing in 2017

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

A look back at the most destructive knockouts by Filipino boxers in 2017

HEAVY HITTERS. Romero Duno had one of the most destructive KOs of Pinoy boxing in 2017. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Filipino athletes who made waves on social media in 2017

Dec 24, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here are some of the most talked about local athletes and sports teams on Rappler's social media accounts for this year

2017 dynasties in UAAP Sports

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Get to know the UAAP Sports teams who are establishing an era of excellence

2017: The best of Philippine boxing

Dec 23, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Jerwin Ancajas has a breakout year, while champions and contenders rise up on the ever-changing scene of Philippine boxing

Ricci Rivero, Alyssa Valdez top 2017 PH most tweeted athletes list

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:51 PM

Athletes from Ateneo and La Salle dominate the list for this year, while #NBAFinals is most tweeted sports-related hashtag in the Philippines

IN PHOTOS: Miss World Philippines 2017 sports challenge

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The 35 candidates participate in a sports challenge to advance in the competition

Negros Island, Soccsksargen climb to top 5 as Palarong Pambansa 2017 closes

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:52 PM

Negros Island Region ends this year’s Palarong Pambansa with 26 gold medals 27 silvers and 36 bronze medals improving all of their medal haul from last year’s 21 28 39

NCR clobbers host region WWestern Visayas (Region VI), 3-1, to win the gold in the secondary boys football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

21 records broken at Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 29, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Six records are broken in athletics while 15 are broken in swimming

RECORD BREAKING. Tankers dive at the relay finals at the Bilirayan Swimming Pool on April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/ Rappler

How football helped a former boy’s home athlete achieve a scholarship

Apr 29, 2017 - 4:54 PM

For Jessie Reil Semblante the battle doesn’t end when the whistle blows Rather a more important battle begins right after the game has finished

SMILING THROUGH STRUGGLES. Jessie Semblante flashes a smile, something he does not do only through the good times but also during hardships. Photo by Alexx Esponga/ Rappler

Calabarzon upsets NCR in Palaro 2017 5-set volleyball finals thriller

Apr 29, 2017 - 2:18 PM

NCR however bags three special awards: Best Setter Best Libero and Best Outside Hitter given to Louie Romero Adnrianna Centeno and Lucille Almonte respectively

Calabarzon bags the gold in the Secondary Womens Volleyball defeating NCR in 5 sets. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR, Central Visayas rule Palarong Pambansa 2017 football

Apr 29, 2017 - 1:16 PM

NCR defends the championship title against Western Visayas in secondary football while Central Visayas defeats Western Visayas for the elementary football title

NCR clobbers host region WVRAA (Region VI), 3-1 to win the Gold in the Secondary Boys Football at the Binirayan Sports Complex on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

How dancesport fared in its Palarong Pambansa 2017 debut

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The dance floor gets heated with footworks facial expressions routines and highlights of young duos eager to represent their region in the demonstration sport

NCR captures basketball secondary finals gold

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:38 PM

Heading into the 4th quarter shouldering a massive 28 point lead Western Visayas – even with its home court advantage – never found its way out of its slump

FLY HIGH. NCR defeats WVRAA (Region VI) 75-48 in the Secondary Boys Basketball championship at the EBJ Gymnasium on April 29, 2017. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

The player-prayer warriors of Mimaropa

Apr 29, 2017 - 11:46 AM

While the sepak takraw team of Mimaropa will go home empty handed after months of preparation they say the experience has taught them humility

FAITH AT WORK. Mimaropa's Sepak Tajraw team prays after their game against the National Capital Region. Photo by Leslie Ann Sanchez/ Rappler

Central Visayas clinches 3-peat in secondary badminton mixed doubles

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:55 AM

Cebu based Dean Tungul and Tricia Opon power up a 4 0 run in the last few minutes to equip a 10 point advantage 17 7 to stop the attempt of the Davao tandem to freeze their streak

PAYS OFF. Occupying first place, the Central Visayas (middle) proudly receive their gold medals. Davao Region receive silvers while National Capital Region (NCR) are satisfied in bronze medals. Photo by Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Western Visayas, NCR advance to secondary basketball finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Western Visayas defeats the Calabarzon squad at a score of 79 59 NCR wins against Central Visasyas by a colossal margin at 72 45

JUBILANT. The gutsy secondary boys from Western Visayas celebrate their victory over the Calabarzon squad. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Zambo’s Pague clinches Palarong Pambansa 2017 tennis gold

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:41 PM

After winning the silver medal last year in the same category Zamboanga Peninsula’s Jose Maria Pague beat Negros Island Region;s Ibarra Ortega with a score of 8 3

SMASH. Jose Maria Pague wins the gold medal for tennis in the individual boys event for secondary. Photo by Bea Mae Punongbayan/Rappler

N. Mindanao wins elementary baseball boys gold vs C. Luzon

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Two Northern Mindanao athletes also win individual awards: Julrey Morales for best pitcher and Kim Adam for the most number of stolen bases

HIGH AND PROUD. Central Luzon athletes line up for today's awarding as they place second after Region X in elementary boys baseball at Camp Fullon. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

NCR survives C. Luzon to arrange final date vs NIR in secondary softball

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Aliza Pichon and Shirlette Maygay lead the NCR softbelles to a 2 1 win against Central Luzon

STRIKE. Aleona Pichon (10) of the National Capital Region misses a hit midway through their semifinals match against Central Luzon at the Camp Fullon Field in San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 28.  Photo by: Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Iloilo triplets hoard Arnis gold in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - 2:28 PM

John Clark John Carl and John Christian Segutier of Western Visayas Region wins 2 Gold medals in Individual solo baston and individual double baston 2 gold medals in team solo baston and team espada y daga

TRIPLE TROUBLE. (L-R) John Christian, John Clark Segutier, and John Carl bond over Arnis. Photo by Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

Central Visayas secondary football team recruited by UAAP, NCAA schools

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Central Visayas might have bid goodbye to their Palaro 2017 stint but their future is bright as majority of the boys from Region 7 are being recruited by renowned colleges and universities in Manila

UP IN THE AIR. A defender from Central Visayas gives his all as he tries to stop Calabarzon from scoring a goal during the quarterfinal match at the Binirayan Sports Complex Football Pitch. Photo by Alexx Esponga/ Rappler

Central, Western Visayas to face off at elementary football finals

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Central Visayas beat ARMM 3 1 while Western Visayas tramples Davao Region 2 0 at the elementary football semifinals at the Palarong Pambansa 2017

GLIDE. Charlie Carisma of Western Visayas, mid-game and mid-air, is on his way to the Palarong Pambansa finals. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Palaro 2017 host Antique accused of rigging medal procurement

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:14 AM

A supplier accuses the provincial government of Antique of getting supplies not from the lowest bidder and distributing the medals even without a contract

PRESS CONFERENCE. Atty. Eduardo Fortaleza, lawyer for 168 Office Supplies, calls a press conference to air the office's grievances over the procurement of medals at this year's Palaro. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Calabarzon sluggers evade plucky Soccsksargen to secure semis seat

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Oliver Cruz saves the Tanauan City based batters in the face possible elimination

THROW IT UP. Calabarzon’s John Matanguihan eyes for a flawless pitch in their fight over Soccsksargen in Camp Fullon, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Jaspher Aspiras/ Rappler

Western Visayas solidifies hold on 2nd place, NCR remains on top

Apr 28, 2017 - 12:07 AM

Western Visayas now has a medal tally of 30 gold medals 16 silvers and 26 bronze medals just 5 less gilts from their overall medal tally in Palarong Pambansa 2015 held in Albay

RUNNER RUNNER. Athletes compete in the 1500-M finals at the EBJ Sports Complex in Antique on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NCR sibling tandem bags 4 golds in dancesport juvenile Latin category

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:48 PM

Michaela Jane and Mark Joseph Sanchez are named champions in Samba Chacha Jive and 3 dance categories

SIBLINGS RULE. Mark Joseph Sanchez (L) and Michaela Jane Sanchez (R) dominate the dance floor as they perform their samba routine. All photos by Jonn Aaron Metierre/Rappler

NCR, Calabarzon athletes face injuries ahead of basketball semis bout

Apr 27, 2017 - 10:18 PM

Raymond Santos of NCR and Roncaniel Teles of Calabarzon leave the basketball court injured after hard hitting games

MAN DOWN. Roncaniel Teles of Calabarzon is placed on a stretcher, leaving the fate of their back-to-back medal bid in uncertainty. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

NCR dominates Palarong Pambansa 2017 table tennis

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:52 PM

The 12 peat Palarong Pambansa overall champion bags 10 gold medals in the four main events in table tennis as well as racking up 3 silver and 3 bronze medals for a total of 16

SETTING UP. Jerwin Datahan (L) and Eric Arbasto (R) of Central Visayas wins gold in the tennis doubles elementary boys on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Mary Grace Dela Cerna/Rappler

NCR bags 5 more golds in Palarong Pambansa 2017 swimming

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:01 PM

The gold medals come from 200 M backstroke secondary boys 100 M butterfly elementary girls 100 M butterfly secondary boys 100 M butterfly secondary girls and 4x50 M freestyle secondary girls

FINALS. Tankers from different regions dive toward the medals during the relay fianls at the Bilirayan Swimming Pool on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NCR's Ramiro reigns supreme in men's single table tennis

Apr 27, 2017 - 7:52 PM

NCR successfully defends their championship in men s singles table tennis as Romualdo Ramiro captures a 3 1 victory against Calabarzon

SMASH FOR GOLD. National Capital Region athlete Romualdo Ramiro prepares for a dashing service to bag the gold during the finals game of the table tennis singles event on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Panganiban leads NCR past CAR in secondary girls futsal

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:23 PM

National Capital Region s aggressiveness on the offensive end proved to be too much to handle for the Cordillera Administrative Region who had some hard time controlling the ball in the opening salvo

KICK OFF. NCR team captain Anicka Chabeli Castañeda facilitates most of the Big City's offense in the region's final match of the preliminaries against the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) at the Hamtic Municipal gymnasium in Hamtic Antique, on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Kenneth Duran/Rappler

Calabarzon dominates badminton team tie in Palarong Pambansa 2017

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Calabarzon finishes its performance with a gold in the secondary girls division and 3 silvers via the secondary boys and both elementary boys and girls divisions

SMASH. Athletes from the Negros island Region and Central Visayas battle it out during the quarterfinals match of the badminton doubles event on Thursday, April 27. Photo by JP Punzalan/ Rappler

Central Luzon clinches first win in sepak takraw elementary boys

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Central Luzon clinches their first win on their first game during the knock out elimination round against Negros Island Region

FIRST WIN. Central Luzon's John Gabriel Saddi hustles up the ball to set it for his teammate. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Abrupt end of Palaro journey for boxer whose parents drove via tricycle

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:17 PM

Matthew Jade Tapang hit his head during the weigh in for bronze His parents who traveled 1 000 km via tricycle need money to go home

LITTLE MANNY. Matthew Jade Tapang, a young boxer from Kidapawan City, aspires to become the next Manny Pacquiao. Photo by Palaro Movers from Region XI

Secondary basketball boys recap: Calabarzon, NCR, Regions VII, VI head to semis

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:49 PM

The 4 regions end the Palarong Pambansa 2017 journey of Soccsksargen Cordillera Administrative Region Davao and Caraga

SHOT ATTEMPT. Wilmar Oftana of Region XIII (29) rises for a floater against the Calabarzon defense. Photo by Clarisse Cabinta/ Rappler

Region III shrugs off rust to end CAR's journey in secondary girls volleyball

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:06 PM

Central Luzon spikers cap the elimination round of the volleyball girls secondary category with a 4 game sweep

HARD HIT. Rachelle Roldan (2) of Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) tries to escape a Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) blocker during their secondary girls volleyball match at the St. Anthony's College gymansium in San Jose de Buenavista on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Kenneth Duran/ Rappler

NCR breaks 6 records, wins 8 golds on swimming day 2

Apr 26, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bela Louise Magtibay 12 breaks an almost 20 year old record put in place by Jenny Guerrero in the 1998 Palarong Pambansa in Negros Occidental

DOMINANT. National Capital Region's Bela Louise Magtibay receives a gold medal for 200-meter breaststroke for girls, outlasting representatives from Soccsksargen and Calarbazon. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

NCR footballers' quarters climb includes 17-0 obliteration of Central Luzon

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:42 PM

The National Capital Region continues to pad its lead for the overall championship title as they added 12 gold medals in the official third day of competition of the 60th Palarong Pambansa 2017

KICK IT. Football players of NCR and Northern Mindanao rallies the ball in an intensive attempt to make a goal. Photo by Bea Mae Punongbayan/ Rappler

Zamboanga Peninsula tennis player aims for Palaro gold one last time

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:21 PM

In Antique Jose Pague and his group from Zamboanga Peninsula win a gold in the team competition of the secondary boys division

ALL SMILES. Jose Pague wants to enjoy his time at Palarong Pambasa 2017 as he aims for the gold one last time. Photo by Fidel Feria/Rappler

From Kidapawan to Antique: Palaro boxer's parents drive tricycle

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:47 PM

Parents of young boxing athlete Matthew Jade Tapang drive more than a thousand kilometers from Kidapawan to Antique to support him at the Palarong Pambansa 2017

LITTLE MANY. Matthew Jade Tapang, a young boxer from Kidapawan City, aspires to become the next Manny Pacquiao.

Western Visayas escapes pesky Central Luzon, Calama-an injured

Apr 26, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Western Visayas pulls away in the final two minutes to win the game but star player Ryan Calama an gets injured

JAM. Western Visayas star Ryan Calama-an dunks the ball but lands badly and injures his ankle. Photo by Joey Dian Claret/Rappler

NCR star swimmer Ilustre set to conquer in Palaro 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 2:50 PM

The game plan for Ilustre stays the same this year: collect medals and break records

MORE WINS. National Capital Region bet Sacho Ilustre (C), seen here savoring his gold medal and his newly-proclaimed record during day one of swimming competitions, looks to gain more victories in the coming days. Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

Central, Western Visayas survive secondary boys tennis knock-outs

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:22 PM

Gener Francis Lambayan of Region VII survives NIR s KC Baran while Alfrancis Andrade of Region VI wins a nail biter against Mimaropa s MP Ong

BEATING THE HEAT. Genaro Lambayan, victorious in his first match against Region 7, strides under the Antique heat. Photo by Fidel Feria/ Rappler

Who are the unsung heroes of Palarong Pambansa 2017?

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Meet some of the individuals in the Palarong Pambansa 2017 who are silently working behind the scenes to support the athletes and ensure the event s success

FACES OF PALARO. Who are the unsung heroes of Palarong Pambansa 2017 who tirelessly work behind the scenes, supporting the athletes and ensuring the event's success?

Palarong Pambansa 2017 wRap for Tuesday, April 25

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:09 AM

Watch this special edition of the Rappler newscast from the Palarong Pambansa in Antique

NCR reigns supreme in gymnastics with 33 golds on 2nd day of Palaro 2017

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:28 AM

National Capital Region bags 33 golds 17 silvers and 7 bronze medals in gymnastics alone

TOP 1. National Capital Region bets join other athletes for the awarding ceremony of Gymnastics at the EBJ Gymnasium during the Palarong Pambansa on April 25, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Calabarzon dodges gutsy W. Visayas to secure second win in Palaro 2017

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Calabarzon led by Joshua Retamar capitalizes on errors by Western Visayas to carve out a 25 15 12 25 25 18 triumph

IN FLIGHT. Amiel Obay aims for a perfect spike in their game over Western Visayas in Sibalom Gym at Sibalom, Antique on Tuesday, April 25. Photo by Jaspher Miko Aspiras/ Rappler

NCR dominates Palaro swimming tourney, breaks 5 records

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The Nation Capital Region shines bright as various swimmers broke 3 individual and two medley relay records

Photo by Alexx Esponga/Rappler

ARMM track and fielders gear to reclaim Palarong Pambansa 2017 glory

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Coach Tato Kamenza hopes to replicate ARMM s feat in the 2009 Palarong Pambansa in Tacloban Leyte where they bagged 3 gold medals

PRIDE AND PRIVILEGE. ARMM track-and-field coach, Tato Kamenza, considers the opportunity of playing in the national spotlight an honor like no other. All photos by Fidel Feria

Pencak Silat makes Palaro dreams come true for Cebu athletes

Apr 25, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Nerio Cabije and Donald Villacorta of Cebu are aiming for the gold despite being newbies in Palaro

DREAM COME TRUE. Donald Villacorta (L) and Nerio Cabije (R) with their coach Marbin M. Genayas hopes to bag their first gold in Pencak Silat. Photo by Mars G. Alison