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PSA to honor Gilas, Filipinas in annual awards


In a monumental celebration of Philippine sports excellence, the San Miguel Corporation-PSA Annual Awards Night, scheduled for January 29 at the grand ballroom of the Diamond Hotel, will bestow recognition upon two national teams whose extraordinary feats defined 2023.

Gilas Pilipinas: Triumph Against All Odds in the 19th Asian Games

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Gilas Pilipinas, against all odds, etched their names into the annals of sporting history during the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Guided by the last-minute appointment of Coach Tim Cone, the team faced numerous challenges, including limited preparation time and a crucial loss to Jordan in the preliminaries.

Undeterred, the Filipino cagers embarked on an incredible journey, staging a phenomenal comeback that culminated in a 77-76 victory over host and defending champion China in the semifinals. The Miracle in Hangzhou saw Justin Browlee’s heroic three-pointers, securing a place in the championship round. In the finals, a motivated Gilas side clinched an 80-70 victory over Jordan, bringing home the country’s first Asian Games basketball gold in 61 years.

For this remarkable achievement, the entire Gilas Pilipinas team will receive the prestigious 2023 President’s Award during the Awards Night, an honor bestowed by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) and presented by ArenaPlus, with major sponsors including the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, PLDT/SMART, and Milo.

Filipinas: Historic Debut in the FIFA Women’s World Cup

2023-FIFA-WWC-PHI-vs-NZL PSA to honor Gilas, Filipinas in annual awards Basketball Filipinas Football Gilas Pilipinas News  - philippine sports newsIn a parallel narrative of historic significance, the Filipinas made their debut in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, marking a long-cherished dream turned into reality in 2023. Despite an initial setback against Switzerland, the team, led by manager Jefferson Cheng and coached by Allen Stajcic, rebounded spectacularly.

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The highlight of their campaign was a memorable 1-0 upset against co-host New Zealand during the group stage, with Sarina Bolden scoring the breakthrough goal. This historic moment will be acknowledged with the ‘Golden Lady Booters’ Special Award at the Awards Night.

The San Miguel Corporation-PSA Annual Awards Night, supported by sponsors including the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Premier Volleyball League, Rain or Shine, and 1-Pacman Partylist of Rep. Mikee Romero, promises to be a night of tribute to the resilience and triumphs of these extraordinary Filipino athletes.

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