With 2015 coming close to an end in less than three weeks, PlayPH is proud to present some of our countrymen’s greatest moments that put the Filipino talent in the international sporting limelight this year.
It was a double win for the Philippines in triathlon when Claire Adorna and Nikko Huelgas both finished first in their triathlon events at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore. Adorna and Huelgas also shared the podium with 2nd placer Kim Mangrobang and Jonard Saim who finished 6th. It was also the first time for the Philippines to score triathlon Gold at the SEA Games.
It was a bittersweet end for the PUSO team when Gilas Pilipinas went home with Silver at both the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship and 37th William Jones Cup held in the second half of the year. With the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifiers scheduled for next July and recently-appointed Ateneo Blue Eagles coach Tab Baldwin leading the charge, the nation’s hopes and prayers will be with them all the way.
Though they didn’t make it to the Finals, the Batang Gilas proved themselves a squad to be reckoned with when they ended the three-year reign of China with a heart-stopping 78-72 victory at the 2015 FIBA Asia Under-16 Basketball Championships. In an interview with PlayPH, team Captian and top-scorer SJ Belangel shared his thoughts on the experience. ““We were able to beat the strongest team,” said Belangel. “And we did it by playing as a team with a lot of heart. We used the fact that no one has ever defeated China before to motivate us even more.”
Not a bad start for the Philippines as the Women’s Youth Volleyball Team landed seventh place in the 2015 Asian Women’s U23 held in Manila. Our delegates’ inaugural-yet stunning- performance at this event gained respect from the other teams especially China, shared by head coach Roger Gorayeb in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
No disability can outshine the talent of the Filipinos, as proved by their phenomenal 21-Gold finish at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. With 7,000 athletes participating from 177 countries, such inspiring stories from these handicapable Filipino participants showed that nothing can hod back a passion for sports.
Anything he can do, she can do better, as Perlas Pilipinas, the country’s national women’s basketball team, made history by qualifying for the first time to the elite level 1# spot after finishing with a 4-1 record in Group B of FIBA Asia. They also earned a seat in Group A of FIBA Asia 2017 and at FIBA Women’s World Cup on 2018.