Filipino athletes - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Filipino athletes


PH muay grooms 'athlete-preneurs' in sports hiatus

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The Muaythai Association of the Philippines launches a livelihood program to help its athletes cope with PSC allowance cuts

Philippine Olympic Committee to give athletes free bicycles

May 20, 2020 - 3:30 PM

POC president Bambol Tolentino promotes cycling as a mode of transportation for national athletes

GDL brothers, PH athletes to lead training videos on Instagram

Apr 04, 2020 - 6:07 PM

Don't miss the chance to catch some of the country's top athletes share sports drills that you can do at home

BASKETBALL SKILLS. Juan Gomez de Liaño will show kids some basketball drills that you can do at home in Instagram Live. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

National athletes to earn civil service eligibility

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:07 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and Civil Service Commission plan to issue a special eligibility for national athletes

CIVIL SERVICE. PSC plans to add civil service eligibility to the list of national athletes' benefits. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Top Filipino athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2020

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Carlos Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, and Ernest John Obiena lead the various sports personalities to be honored by the country's sportswriting fraternity

RECOGNIZED. Winners in the Southeast Asian Games will be honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Power plays, record romps: Top Filipino athletes of 2019

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Meet the athletes who made 2019 a year to remember for Philippine sports

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

Send in the athletes

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In the end, it's all about the athletes and allowing them to shine

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

[EDITORIAL] Isang bagsak para sa mga atleta, isang batok sa mga opisyal

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:25 PM

With only 3 golds on the world stage, we can't be proud of our sports programs

IN NUMBERS: Athletes, coaches in the 2019 elections

May 10, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Find out some quick facts on local sports personalities taking a shot at politics

Top PH athletes share limelight in PSA Awards 2019

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Philippine Sportswriters Association honors the various sports personalities who made the country proud

GOLDEN GIRLS. Yuka Saso (top left), Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal and the women's golf team share the Athlete of the Year honor in the PSA Awards. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

Top athletes, para athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2019

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Boxing world champions Jerwin Ancajas and Donnie Nietes, and rising gymnast Carlos Yulo lead the list of major awardees

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Jerwin Ancajas, Carlos Yulo and Donnie Nietes (L-R) will be recognized for their triumphs in 2018. Photos by Ryan Songalia/Rappler (Ancajas and Nietes) and Delfin Dioquino/Rappler (Yulo)

LOOK: New device tracks national athletes' performance

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

SmarTracks allows Filipino athletes to monitor their progress for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

INNOVATIVE. The SmarTracks device that will help improve training of Filipino athletes. Photo from BCDA release

ATHLETE’S CORNER: No more rough waters for Ernie Gawilan

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:16 AM

The country's most bemedalled Asian Para Games athlete shares his unexpected swimming journey

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Christian Tio eyes Olympic gold in 2024

Oct 22, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Fresh from bagging the Philippines' lone medal in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, the 17-year-old kiteboarder aims for greater heights

WORK STARTS NOW. Christian Tio has 6 years to sharpen his skills before the Paris Olympics. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

Olympian Ian Lariba dies at 23

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:52 AM

The first Filipina table tennis player to qualify for the Olympics was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2017

GONE TOO SOON. Ian Lariba loses her bout against leukemia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Duterte sends off PH team to 2018 Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:12 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte holds a ceremony in Malacañang to send off some 270 athletes competing in Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the athletes of the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games as he leads the ceremonial send-off at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. The Philippine delegation is set to compete in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Richard Gomez: PH to 'take chances' in Asiad

Jul 06, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Amid criticisms, the chef de mission defends the national team selection in the 2018 Asian Games

LIMITED. Chef de Mission to Asian Games Richard Gomez spreads out the 272 alloted slots across different sports for exposure purposed. Photo from Facebook (@richardgomez)

PH pole vaulter EJ Obiena betters SEA Games record twice in Europe

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The national team mainstay is working on making it to the 2018 Asian Games podium

RETURN. EJ Obiena is back to grinding it out after almost a year of recovering from the ACL injury. Photo from Facebook (Ernest Obiena)

DepEd restricted Rappler's access to Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:19 AM

The members of Rappler's field team deployed to cover the recently-concluded Palarong Pambansa 2018 in Ilocos Sur were not given accreditation IDs and were barred from covering several events at the games

BAN ON RAPPLER. DepEd makes it difficult for Rappler to cover the Palarong Pambansa 2018, held from April 14 to 21.

Accident that amputated swimmer’s leg led to his Palaro 2018 journey

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Mark Salazar, 12-year-old ortho-amputee swimmer at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 Special Games, hopes his story will inspire others like him to keep on dreaming

THE SWIMMER. Mark Salazar of the Central Luzon delegation walks with his crutches after his breaststroke competition on April 18, 2018. All screenshots by Rappler

From being ‘pulot’ boy, young Badjao now a Palaro 2018 tennis player

Apr 18, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Tennis players in Lamion, Tawi-Tawi pooled their money together to help send 11-year-old Badjao boy Ignohassan Mustagid to the Palarong Pambansa 2018

BADJAO PRIDE. Ignohassan Mustagid plays during the elimination round on April 18, 2018 at the Palarong Pambansa. Screenshot from Rappler

Vigan manages logistical nightmare that is Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Vigan Mayor Juan Carlo Medina said that his city has only 47 hotels with 1,015 rooms or a maximum capacity of 4,738. There are 17,000 athletes in Palaro 2018.

Vigan Central School hosts special grad for Palaro athletes from Zamboanga Peninsula

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:47 PM

(UPDATED) Among the Zamboangueños who graduated in Vigan Central School are the twin sons of Pagadian City Mayor Romeo Pulmones

GRADUATING ATHLETES. One of the twin sons of Pagadian Mayor Romeo Pulmones, Renz (3rd from right), smiles as he graduates in Vigan City on April 7, 2018. Photo by Editha Bagcal

Arnis prodigies propel Soccsksargen to early lead in Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Arnis players Princess Sheryl Valdez and Andrei Alcarioto from Tacurong City shine on the second day of this year's Palarong Pambansa

CHAMPION. Princess Sheryl Valdez takes home 4 gold medals after shining the brightest in her arnis tournaments. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Palaro junks protest vs Calabarzon’s ‘inter-purok’ basketball jerseys

Apr 17, 2018 - 5:05 PM

A basketball official explains it is 'too much' to forfeit the young athletes' victory against Zamboanga over improper uniform

CALABARZON PREVAILS. Basketball officials deny a protest against Calabarzon's victory against Zamboanga over improper uniforms.

Mimaropa’s SPED athlete joins Palaro 2018 against all odds

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Puerto Princesa's Leo Lee Cornel, a SPED athlete, plans to dedicate his future victory in the games to his older brother

SPED ATHLETE. Leo Lee Cornel smiles ahead of his 200-meter dash race at the Palarong Pambansa 2018 Special Games on April 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Cagayan, NCR share top spot after Palarong Pambansa Day 1

Apr 16, 2018 - 11:34 PM

Both Cagayan Valley and the National Capital Region have each earned two gold medals as of April 16 at the Palarong Pambansa 2018

MEDAL TALLY LEADERS. Cagayan Valley athletes stretch before their competition at the President Elpidio Quirino Stadium on April 16, 2018. Photo by Raymon Dullana/Rappler

Ilocos Sur 'one step ahead' in preps for Palaro living quarters

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Zamboanga's baseball captain, who is joining his 3rd Palarong Pambansa this year, says his current living quarters in Vigan is the most comfortable so far

COMPLETE BEDDINGS. Zamboanga's baseball team for Palarong Pambansa 2018 sit on their mattresses in Vigan Central School. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lone Palaro athlete from Marawi wants to play for UST tennis someday

Apr 16, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Even if he fled Marawi City during the months-long war, 13-year-old Prince Langitao continued playing the sport he loves. Now, he is eyeing gold at the Palarong Pambansa 2018.

PROUD MARANAO. Tennis player Prince Langitao, 13 years old, is the only Marawi athlete competing at Palarong Pambansa 2018. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The colorful parade at Palarong Pambansa 2018

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Paratroopers are seen gliding up in the air as young Filipino athletes walk around the streets of Vigan City and Bantay town

ATHLETES' FANS. Delegates from Soccskargen wave huge fans in blue, red, and gold during the parade. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

Feb 22, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Martinez fulfills his his dream of skating to a river dance and tribal-themed program

ZERO DEDUCTIONS. Michael Christian Martinez finishes with a clean performance after practicing for only 16 days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

More skating for two-time Olympian Michael Christian Martinez

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Martinez still wants to achieve more goals in his figure skating career

ICE KING. Michael Christian Martinez performs his Emerald Tiger routine. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

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

IN PHOTOS: Filipino athletes in victory and defeat at SEA Games 2017

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:04 PM

The hard reality is that some succeeded while some fell short The underdogs stepped up while some expected winners had a bit of tough luck

WINNER. Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men's -74kg taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. Photo from PSC-POC Media

Cebu's Batang Pinoy medalists get double cash incentives

Jan 24, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Cebu s 81 person delegation finished 10th overall among more or less 300 local government unit delegations in November 2016’s Batang Pinoy National Finals

DOUBLE CASH INCENTIVES. The Cebu Province Batang Pinoy medalists with officials of the Cebu Provincial Sports Commission. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Gameplan: Filipino athletes battle their hearts out at Rio Paralympics

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:51 PM

The Philippine Paralympic team shares what motivates them as they face rigorous training and physical challenges

PH karateka bags gold at ISKF World Shotocup in South Africa

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:41 PM

James Delos Santos successfully defends his title in the men s individual kata in the tournament held every 4 years

GOLD. Karateka James Delos Santos brings home a gold medal for the Philippines. Photo from the Philippine Karatedo Federation

Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski pays Filipino Olympians a visit

Aug 02, 2016 - 4:40 PM

[If] there’s anybody who really wants it most it’s them the athletes We are just here to support them says the IOC official and 2002 Asian Games gold medalist

GOOD LUCK. Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski wishes Filipino Olympic athletes good luck. Contributed photo

Filipino Olympians hear Mass in Rio

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:33 PM

A Brazilian priest officiates Mass inside the Philippine quarters located at Building 2 of the Athletes Village

MASS. Filipino athletes hear mass in Rio. Contributed photo

Filipino Olympians loosen up in Rio; some mull skipping opening parade

Jul 26, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Except for the Philippine flag bearer Ian Lariba of table tennis the rest of the Filipino Olympians already in Rio take it easy the day after their arrival

RELAXING IN RIO. Filipino athletes, seen here with President Rodrigo R. Duterte during the send-off ceremony, are relaxing in Rio over a week before the Games begin. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

POC president Cojuangco: We have a fighting chance in Rio

Jul 19, 2016 - 7:07 PM

I am genuinely excited about this Olympics says Cojuangco

FIGHTING CHANCE. The POC president reflects on the positivity from the Philippine President's send-off and the 'good athletes' the country will be sending to Rio. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

PH hopes to send more athletes to 2016 Rio Olympics

Feb 03, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Boxing athletics and taekwondo are among the sports that will most likely have Philippine representation in Rio

PHILIPPINE TEAM. Eric Cray, who was born in Olongapo but lives in Texas, is one of the Filipino athletes set to compete at the Rio Olympics this August. File Photo by Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Filipinos bag 59 medals at 2015 Special Olympics

Aug 07, 2015 - 7:42 AM

All of them with varied intellectual disabilities around 7 000 athletes from 177 countries joined the Special Olympics World Games for 2015 held from July 25 to August 1 in Los Angeles

Tagum Bishop to Palaro participants: ‘Honesty should come first’

May 04, 2015 - 4:10 PM

You have discipline and you follow the rules of your sports You have already made your families and regions proud says Tagum Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz

Tagum Bishop Wilfredo Manlapaz gives his homily for the participating athletes and sports officials in this year's Palarong Pambansa. Photo by Jake Salvaleon/ Rappler

Palace ‘not pleased’ with PH’s Asian Games showing

Oct 05, 2014 - 4:23 PM

The Philippines absorbed its worst finish in the last 20 years of the Asian Games at 22nd place with 15 medals 1 gold 3 silvers 11 bronzes

Gilas Pilipinas, the Philippines' national basketball team, finished seventh despite being favored to medal. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Sticks for sports, not violence

Jun 07, 2014 - 2:55 PM

This is the tale of an arnis athlete who grew up in a town where walking down the street is an everyday hazard Yet he refuses to hit back

ARNIS FOR GOOD. James Paculdo is a 17-year old arnis athlete from ARMM. He says he will never use his skills to hurt, only for good. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler