The past year saw a handful of Filipino sports personalities being recognized for unbridled excellence in their respective fields. Whether in regional leagues or against foreign competition, local athletes always rise to the ocassion and bring national glory.
Among this proud contingent, though, is the cream of the crop of Philippine sports—whose achievements mean more than a medal or trophy. These players embody both a winner's qualities and the passion of Pinoys. FHM identifies 2017's Most Valuable Players and what the next 365 days have in store for them.
Not to take anything away from the other medal-winning SEA Games delegates, but the local Mighty Ducks were a major suprise. A strong finish in the upcoming IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia will prove that their latest gold medal was no fluke.
While he is yet to supplant Manny Pacquiao on the top of PH boxing, the IBF junior bantamweight champion is well on his way, following three successful title defenses this year. If he beats Mexican boxer Israel Gonzalez on February 3, then consider it passing the torch.
It's easy to overlook Baron, especially with Desiree Cheng named the Finals Most Valuable Player in May. Still, the DLSU Lady Spikers' hat-trick hopes rests on the reigning best player of the league and her steady two-way play.
The recurring themes in NCAA Season 93 men's basketball finals were the historic season of Lyceum Pirates and Bolick's revenge campaign. Obviously, the latter prevailed, but it will be for the San Beda Red Lions to defend their title against a vengeful CJ Perez and co.
He thrived out of the limelight, at least before the Ateneo Blue Eagles hoisted the crown last month. Now, being on the scouting report of every opposing team, can Go adjust and duplicate his success as clutch player?
Adding Christian Standhardinger helps San Miguel Beermen's Grand Slam bid, but at the same time, hurts the Kraken's chances at a fifth straight MVP trophy (See Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant). Will it be individual or team glory for Fajardo?
On August 16, 2017, the Bro introduced himself to the basketball world. The question is, will his international brilliance finally translate to a championship in the PBA? More importantly, did that performance secure him a spot on Gilas' future plans?