Great losses in 2016: Let's pause to pay homage to great figures who passed on before us
Time to remember the great Filipino sportsmen who passed on in 2016, among them Caloy 'The Big Difference' Loyzaga, Filimeno 'Boy' Codinera, and Virgilio 'The Maestro' Dalupan. 

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die...”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (KJV)

AS much for the highs in the field of sports, the year 2016 will be remembered for the great losses suffered off it.

And there is none greater than the deaths of three pillars in Philippine sports - basketball legend Carlos 'Caloy' Loyzaga, baseball icon Filomeno 'Boy' Codinera and coaching great Virgilio 'Baby' Dalupan.

Once upon a time, they were giants who ruled over their respective arenas. They will forever be remembered not only for their athletic gifts, sheer grit, and legendary toughness, but more for how they carried themselves on and off the battle field.

Death also did not spare those in the prime of their youth. Blackwater Elite big man Gilbert Bulawan was a basketball player remembered by the manner in which his life was cut short - pursuing his passion on the hard court.   

Also saying goodbye was Cecil Hechanova, whose legacy includes the 1991 Manila SEA Games where the Philippines fell one medal short of the overall championship.   

Signing off is Ronnie Nathanielsz, one of the country’s most recognizable broadcasters whose frank views and outspokenness made for a long, colorful career.

Before we call it a year, would like to honor these remarkable individuals - to remember them at a time when their light shone brightest, inspiring us to keep our heads up and stand taller as a nation.

There will never be anyone like them.

Here's out tribute video:


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