Hidilyn Diaz, sports heroes take spotlight in SPIN.ph awards night. See IMAGES
SPIN.ph's Sportsman of the Year Hidilyn Diaz basks in the limelight along with the Sports Heroes of 2016 awardees. 

RIO Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz led 10 sports heroes honored by SPIN.ph during its annual awards night held at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria last Saturday.

Diaz, named 2016 Sportsman of the Year, was joined by Ginebra coach Tim Cone, La Salle mentor Aldin Ayo, Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina, ONE Championship lightweight king Eduard Folayang and former PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez.

Jaja Santiago, the NU middle blocker who was also one of the awardees, failed to make it but sent a video expressing her gratitude for the award. Other awardees not present due to their ongoing tournaments were the San Miguel Beermen, first Filipina chess GM Janelle Mae Frayna and June Mar Fajardo.

Check out the photos from the 2016 SPIN.ph Sportsman of the Year awards night.

Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina receives her Sportsman Who Defy the Odds award from SPIN.ph lensman Jerome Ascano

Josephine Medina gives her message of gratitude.

Former PSC Commissioner Jolly Gomez gets honored with the Sportsman Who Cares award, presented by SPIN.ph's Reuben Terrado

MMA star Eduard Folayang gives a thumbs up after receiving his Sportsman Who Personify the Filipino Fighting Spirit award from SPIN.ph's Mei-Lin Lozada

ONE Championship lightweight king Eduard Folayang shows he's a man of faith with his speech.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone takes time to receive his Sportsman Who Take the Lead award from SPIN.ph associate editor Gerry Ramos

Coach Tim Cone joked about going on a lengthy speech but he kept his talk short and sweet.

For leading La Salle to the UAAP Season 79 title a year after winning the NCAA championship with Letran, coach Aldin Ayo receives his Sportsman Who Make it Happen award.

The 2016 Sportsman of the Year Hidilyn Diaz receives her trophy from SPIN.ph editor-in-chief Dodo Catacutan


SPIN.ph's Sportsman of the Year and the Sports Heroes of 2016

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SPIN.ph staff with the awardees

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