The Philippine Sportswriters Association feted the best in Philippines sports in its Annual Awards night. Here are the awardees for 2011:
Athletes of the Year: Dennis Orcollo, Nonito Donaire Jr.
PSA Presidential Achievement Award: Juvic Pagunsan
My Reactions: Dennis Orcollo and Nonito Donaire really deserve the awards that they received. Orcollo has emerged as the best Filipino billiard player in the new decade. He has been consistent all throughout the year and he even ranked No.1 in the world rankings.
Donaire has also emerged from the shadows of Cong. Manny Pacquiao. He is slowly showing the world that he has what it takes to become a pound for pound star. This award might be one of the many he will get in the course of his career. Donaire is set to become the best boxer under 130 lb.
Another athlete who had an astounding 2011 was golfer Juvic Pagunsan. He became the first Filipino to top the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Although he became somewhat controversial in the local scene, his exploits in the Asian Tour has once again shown that the he is the best Filipino golfer right now.
Just like OFWs, these athletes are bringing in dollars to our country and I hope that our leaders will continue support them and give them venues to improve in their chosen sport. In the end, a country's sports heroes are comparable to crown jewels. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2011 PSA Awards!