IT’S that season once more when the best of Philippine sports will be honored when the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) holds its Annual Awards Night.
The traditional gala will be held on February 26 at the Manila Hotel, with a number of top achievers nominated for the Athlete of the Year award.
The PSA board led by president Dodo Catacutan of SPIN.ph has already started deliberating on the nominees for the top honor and other various awards to be given out on this night of remembering and celebration.
The four gold medal winners in the Indonesia Asian Games emerged as the top bets for the Athlete of the Year award. They are weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and the golfing trio of Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go.
The four gold medals the young Filipina quartet won were the most for the country since bagging the same number of golds during the 2006 edition of the Asiad in Doha, Qatar.
Last year, world champions Jerwin Ancajas (boxing), Krizziah Lyn Tabora (bowling), and Carlo Biado (billiards) were the recipients of the PSA Athlete of the Year plum.
Composed of editors, sportswriters, and columnists from print (broadsheet and tabloid), and online media, the PSA will also be naming its President’s Awardee, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association (NSA) of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awardee.
Also to be named are awardees for Mr Basketball, Mr and Ms Volleyball, and Mr Football.
The country’s sports fraternity, the oldest media group in the Philippines first established in 1949, will likewise be giving away Major Awards and Citations in various sports, the Tony Siddayao Awards and the MILO Junior Athletes of the Year, both being given to young top achievers.
Also to be recognized with a Posthumous honor are athletes, officials, and other personalities who passed away in 2018.