Women In Sports Awards receives early nominations

Women In Sports Awards receives early nominations

/ 02:36 PM March 27, 2024

Women in Sports

Women In Sports Lifetime Achievement Awardees (from l-r) PSC Commissioner Olivia “Bong” Coo (bowling), track and field’s Elma Muros-Posadas and Erlinda Lavandia, swimming’s Akiko Thomson-Guevara, Adeline Dumapong (para powerlifting), bowling’s Arianne Cerdena and PSC Chairman Richard Bachmann. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–After recognizing the top Filipino women athletes recently, nominations for the second Women In Sports Awards have begun in earnest.

“We are aware that there are more Filipino women sports heroes who deserved to be honored. In fact, we have already received several nominations,” said Commissioner Olivia “Bong” Coo of the Philippine Sports Commission.

A total of 138 awardees were honored during the Women In Sports Awards held at the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila jointly organized by the PSC and the Philippine Commission on Women in celebration of women’s month.


Sen. Pia Cayetano, a major advocate of women in sports, awarded Athletes of the Year, tennis player Alex Eala and football forward Sarina Bolden, with an incentive of P100,000 each for their exemplary athletic achievements.

Aside from Eala and Bolden, over 46 major awards to national women athletes in various sports were given away on of top citations to sports executives, coaches, nutritionists, trainers and sports psychologists who have made a difference with their respective contributions.

Among those present were weightlifter Hidylin Diaz-Naranjo, the country’s one and only gold Olympic medalist achieved during the Tokyo Summer Games in 2021, who was one of recipients of the Flame Award.

Also present in accepting major awards were reigning world women’s world 10-ball champion Chezka Centeno, Asian weightlifting silver medalist Vanessa Sarno, and Seoul Olympic Games gold medalist Arianne Cerdena, who flew all the way from the US to receive her Lifetime Achievement Award.


“This is a testament to the strength, dedication and passion of Filipino women. You have not only excelled in their respective sports but have also contributed to uplifting the spirit and prestige of our nation in both the local and international stage,” Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go told the awardees.

“We recognize that our journey of our Filipina athletes is one of relentless perseverance and pain. These qualities not only define their paths to excellence but also inspire us all,” added Go.


PSC Chairman Richard Bachmann cited the vital role played by women athletes in advancing the agenda for successful local sports development during the gala.

“Your (women athletes) contribution to the country is seen and felt by everybody. The community of champions you have established is what we need in advancing our agenda and platforms for all athletes,” said Bachmann.

“To all our awardees, may this be an inspiration in performing your best in every battle in the spirit of dedication and commitment to the sporting community as we all together take steps in achieving a more successful Philippine sport,” added Bachmann.

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The PSC chief singled out Commissioner and former bowling great Olivia “Bong” Coo, who was among the seven WIS Lifetime Awardees, for making the event possible in those feted “with the honor that they truly deserve.”


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