Five Filipino athletes in ONE Championship are set to be feted by the Philippine Sportswriters Association at the annual SMC-PSA Awards Nightl on Tuesday, 25 February.
ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will lead the awardees who will be given citations by the oldest media organization in the country.
Erstwhile World Champions Joshua “Passion” Pacio and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio will also be given citations.
“It’s an honor definitely,” Folayang said.
“It’s always a blessing to be in this position and be recognized for what we do. We hope that through this, we will continue to inspire others.”
Folayang reclaimed the throne in the lightweight division when he turned back Amir Khan at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS last November in the same night Vera successfully defended his belt against Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli by way of first-round knockout.
Belingon, on the other hand, got back at longtime bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes to claim his first World Title in The Home Of Martial Arts three months ago,
Other names in combat sports such as WBO mini flyweight champion Vic Saludar and Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Buboy Fernandez will also be given citations
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go, all gold medal winners at the 2018 Asian Games will be awarded with the coveted Athlete of the Year trophies.