Definitely, Manny Pacquiao’s over Antonio Margarito was the top sports story for 2010.
Ask any Pinoy and he can talk to you about the Pacman’s string of victories and how his fights united his countrymen.
At No.2 is the historic gold medal performance of Rey Saludar in the Guangzhou Asian Games.
In terms of impact, of course, the Pacquiao winning moments top them all as he set a record 8th boxing title.
What made Saludar’s victory more interesting was the fact that the gold medal win was worth P4 million in the bank for him.
Whew! That can be life changing for the amateur boxing champion.
Saludar, a private first class in the Army, however, has opted to remain in the service rather than turn professional and follow the footsteps of billionaire Pacquiao.
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Topping also our Top 10 list at No.3 was the semifinal appearance of the Azkals, the Philippine national football team in the Asean Football Federation-Suzuki Cup tournament.
Unfortunately, we are not a football-loving country unlike our closest neighbors Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei where football is like a religion, so we don’t have a very strong following of the sport unlike basketball.
Pinoys love the NBA, the PBA and even barangay tournaments played on the streets.
But I hope with the recent performance of the football team and under a new leadership in the Philippine Football Federation, there will be a better strategy to bring back football to far-flung areas to get people involved again in a sport that we can excel in internationally.
Forget basketball, believe me, we have been trying and trying in the world stage but failed.
Let’s face it, basketball as a sport is all for recreation, physical fitness and building friendships.
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At No.4 is Steve “Red Knight” Grandeza of Team Pilipinas Phoenix Fuels Moo Duk Kwan who annexed the World Kickboxing Federation K1 super welterweight crown last October 1 in Dubai.
Grandeza was supposed to fight last December 10 against Najmeddin “The Scorpion” Al-Hadad but the former champion chickened out.
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Lee Van Corteza is our No.5 in the list after emerging No.2 in the World Pool-Billiard Association.
Corteza, who lives in Mintal (Davao City), ruled the Predator Sweet 16 and U.S.Open 10-Ball this year.
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At No.6 is Oliver Dimakiling’s Penang Heritage City Chess Open title victory in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The International Master from Davao went to Singapore to work as a chess teacher, then, during breaks, continues to compete.
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At No.7 is the entry of Renzar Henry Asilum of Holy Child High School and Karlo Lino Aranjuez of Stella Maris Academy in the Jr.NBA Philippines All-Star Team.
Aranjuez also won the Mitsubishi Sportsmanship Award.
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No.8 is the victory of the Apo Golf and Country Club in the 63rd Philippine Airlines (PAL) last March in Bacolod.
The Apo Club won the senior’s crown that ended a 17-year title drought.
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At No.9 is the story of Frankie Minoza of Bukidnon.
For the first time, a Filipino will be competing in the 2011 Champion’s Tour.
He made it after finishing second in the Champion’s Tour qualifying school in November.
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Sharing the No.10 spot are the victory of the Ateneo de Davao University in the 2010 Jesuit Invitational Games (JIG) at the Ateneo de Manila University and the second place win of the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club in the Sta.Lucia Tour.
The Blue Knights swept all their games by beating host Ateneo de Manila, Ateneo de Naga, Ateneo de Iloilo and Xavier University while Rancho Palos Club was leading early in the tournament but bogged down a little bit in the next two legs to finish a respectable second place.