EDDIE G. ALINEA

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(Conclusion) A two-time Olympian, King Caloy powered the Philippines to a ninth place finish in 1952 in Helsinki and seventh, the country’s third highest in Melbourne in 1956. The first time Loyzaga wore the country’s red, white and blue colors at a tender age 21, he led the Filipino cagers’…

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Boxing great Manny Pacquiao paid tribute to the Fili-pino athletes, who, besides bringing honor to the country in international competitions, sacrificed their lives, too, in the field of combat in defense of freedom. Speaking on the eve of the country’s celebration of 29th National Heroes Day, boxing’s only eight-division champion…

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If the Chinese are to the FIBA-Asia, the Filipinos are to the Southeast Asian Games. The Philippines ran roughshod Indonesia in a lopsided 94-55 victory and still emerge the Southeast Asian basketball championship for the 18th time on Saturday at the Malaysian Basketball Association hoop house in Kuala Lumpur. So…

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For the third time since 1977 when basketball was first played in the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines would have battled Indonesia for the title it won 17 times since then. The Filipinos, who lost the crown only once, to Malaysia in 1989, were to face the Indonesians yesterday following…

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Friendship before competition. This has always been the bond that kept the Southeast Asian Games alive the past 58 years since the biennial aggrupation came into being as the original Southeast Asia Peninsular Games in 1959. This, too, has enabled the mere seven-nation conclave to grow to what is now…

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Sports is a primary responsibility of the state mandated by the Constitution as part of nation-building. Citing this reason, three former high-ranking Philippine Sports Commission officials welcomed the government’s decision accepting an offer made by the Southeast Asian Games Federation for the country to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.…

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A commitment had been made and whatever the cost, it had to be kept. Thus was what the decision to push through with the hosting of the 30th episode of the Southeast Asian Games meant. There is war in Mindanao. In the Muslim City of Marawi. Until when it will…

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If the Philippines’ campaign in the 29th Southeast Asian Games is built around the 29 gold medals the Filipino athletes won the last time around two years ago, it looks like the 497-athlete the country is sending to Kuala Lumpur will be hard-pressed to meet the goal projected by their…

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Sports, after all, is in the priority list of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. This, Foreign Affairs Secretary Peter Cayetano assured yesterday when he announced that the Philippines is pushing through with the hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games two years from now. “This is an answered prayers. Glory to God,”…

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