THE Philippine Sports Commission will be re-launching the Philippine Sports Museum just before the opening of the Philippine National Games on Friday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
The Olympic silver medal won by Anthony Villanueva in the 1964 Tokyo Games is one of the memorabilia that will be on display at the museum, located along M. Adriatico Street at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
“It is a great honor to formally open the museum to the public on the day we start the Philippine National Games,” said PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia in a statement.
The museum was actually opened in 2008, but has since been closed to the public for quite some time now.
The museum also houses the bronze medals of Teofilo Yldefonso from the 1928 Amsterdam and 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as well as the bronze medal bagged by boxer Leopoldo Serrantes in the 1988 Seoul Games.
Memorabilia from the first PSC Hall of Famers who were inducted during the time of former PSC chairman Harry Angping are also on display. The Hall of Famers include Yldefonso, Miguel White, Pancho Villa, Simeon Toribio, Anthony Villanueva, Jose Villanueva, Ceferino Garcia, Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde, Caloy Loyzaga,, and the 1954 national basketball team.
Uniforms, shoes, medals, and trophies of other great Filipino athletes are also on display and include those of current PSC commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevara, Roel Velasco, Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco, Paeng Nepomuceno, Bong Coo, Arianne Cerdena, Leopoldo Cantancio, Eric Buhain, Lydia De Vega-Mercado, Mikee Cojuangco, Elma Muros-Posadas, Enrique Beech, and Japoy Lizardo, among others.