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35 Most Memorable Dates in Philippine Sports

Written by on January 20, 2013 in Sports - Comments

There are many important events in the Philippine Sports that shaped the course of its history. Below are some of the most memorable dates in Philippine Sports which are arranged based on its occurrence. The history of Philippine sports is somehow molded by these important events both good and bad.

35 Most Memorable Dates in Philippine Sports

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June 18, 1923

Pancho Villa, then 22, knocked out reigning world flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde of England in the seventh round at New York's Polo Grounds and became the first Asian world boxing champion.


October 2, 1939

Ceferino Garcia knocked out Fred Apostoli to become the new world middleweight champion in New York.


August 1, 1950

Salvador 'Dado' Marino defeated Terry Allen to bag the world flyweight boxing championship.


November 5, 1954

The Philippine team beat the favored Uruguay team, 67-63, to clinch the third place in the World Basketball Championship held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


March 16, 1960

Gabriel 'Flash' Elorde became a world champion in the 130-pound division on when he knocked out American Harold Gomes at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.


February 6, 1964

Filipino boxer Anthony Villanueva won the country's first silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.


March 20, 1964

Roberto Cruz knocked out Raymundo Torres in the first round to clinch the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) junior welterweight championship in Los Angeles, California.


December 14, 1968

Pedro Adigue beat American Adolph Pruitt to bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior welterweight title.


February 15, 1969

Rene Barrientos was declared World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion of the world in Tokyo, Japan.


October 20, 1969

Bernabe Villacampo defeated a Japanese opponent to bag the World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight title.


December 7, 1970

Erbito Salavarria defeated a Thai opponent to win the WBC flyweight title.


April 25, 1972

Ben Villaflor dethroned Alfredo Marcano as the world junior lightweight champion at the age of 18 years old.


October 1, 1975

The Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City hosted the infamous 'Thrilla in Manila', the thrilling boxing match between Heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.


November 19, 1976

Paeng Nepomuceno won his first World Cup in Tehran, Iran when he was only 19 years old.


November 11, 1982

Lydia de Vega won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Asian Games held in New Delhi.


September 27, 1983

Frank Cedeno defeated Charlie Magri at Wembley Arena in London, England to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight championship.


August 8, 1984

Paeng Nepomuceno won the International Tournament championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.


July 18, 1985

Ramon Brobio became the first triple winner of the 18th junior world golf championship held in San Diego, California.


February 22, 1987

Dodi 'Boy' Penalosa , the older brother of Gerry Penalosa, beat a South Korean boxer to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion.


January 16, 1988

Rolando Bohol beat a South Korean boxer to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.


September 18, 1988

Arianne Cerdena won a gold medal in bowling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.


November 5, 1988

Tacy Macalos defeated a South Korean boxer to clinch the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title in a bout held in Manila.


December 19, 1990

Rolando Pascua knocked out Chiquita Gonzalez in the sixth round to bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title.


November 2, 1996

Paeng Nepomuceno won his fourth World Cup in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


February 20, 1997

Gerry Penalosa beat Hiroshi Kawashima to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion in Tokyo, Japan.


February 14, 1998

Melvin Magramo defeated a Thai challenger to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight crown.


December 3, 1998

Manny Pacquiao knocked out a Thai champion in the 8th round of their bout in Bangkok to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.


March 7, 1999

Paeng Nepomuceno won the World Tenpin Masters championship in London, England.


November 8, 1999

Athena Lee bagged the Open Ladies title at the 12th World Shoot Championships held in Cebu City. The Philippine ladies team also won the championship.


May 21, 2000

Malcolm Tuñacao grabbed the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight crown from a Thai boxer in Bangkok.


December 4, 1999

Joma Gamboa knocked out a Japanese fighter in Nagoya, Japan to become the World Boxing Association (WBA) minimum weight (105 pounds) champion.


September 21, 2002

Kaye Cabalatungan won the ladies title at the 13th World Shoot Championship held in Pietersburg, South Africa.


October 4, 2002

Paeng Nepomuceno and RJ Bautista won a gold medal in bowling's double event for men at the Asian Games held in Pusan, South Korea.


December 21, 2001

Time Magazine included Efren 'Bata' Reyes in its roster world's best in sports and described him as the 'sole bona fide international sports superstar' of the Philippines.

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