MANILA, December 29, 2005 
(STAR) Team multiple gold medal winner Sander Severino and members of the victorious Team Philippines in the third ASEAN Para Games will share the limelight with the rest of the top sports achievers of 2005 whom the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) are honoring during its annual awards night on Jan. 14 at the Manila Pavilion.

Severino, a FIDE Master and former national kiddies champion, emerged the most bemedalled Filipino athlete in the week-long meet for the differently-abled, snaring a combined five gold medals in the individual and team events to anchor the country’s sixth place finish.

The effort of the Silay City, Negros Occidental native readily put him in the company of the 21 other major awardees being feted by the country’s oldest media organization made up of sportswriters from national broadsheets and tabloids.

Citation, on the other hand, will be handed out to the entire Para Games RP contingent that bagged a total of 22 gold, 41 silver and 37 bronze medals for its best ever finish in the biennial meet.

"It is only fitting that we also recognized the honor which our differently-abled brothers had given to the country in the recent third ASEAN Para Games," said PSA president Jimmy Cantor of Malaya.

Leading the honor roll list during the two-hour rite to be telecast on a delayed basis by NBN-4, sponsored by Red Bull and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), San Miguel Corp., and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza is Team Philippines, which has been named the PSA Athlete of the Year for its historic overall triumph in the 23rd Southeast Asian Games.

Making up the distinguished roster of major awardees are the multiple gold medal winners in the SEA Games and other sports figures who made their mark in their respective sports, including international stars Manny Pacquiao and Jennifer Rosales.

San Miguel Corp., whose P100 million contribution to the First Gentleman Foundation helped cover the training expenses of the SEAG-bound athletes, are on top of the different entities and personalities which will be accorded citations during the awards night.

Young golfers Wolen Superal and Miguel Tabuena are this year’s recipient of the Antonio M. Siddayao awards given to young and promising sports figures, while the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation is thehands down choice as the Most Outstanding NationalSports Association (NSA) after completing a six-gold sweep of all its events in the SEA Games.

The list of awardees follows:

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Team Philippines

MAJOR AWARDEES - Alex Pagulayan (billiards), Manny Pacquiao (pro boxing), Arwind Santos (amateur basketball), Eric Menk (pro basketball), Jennifer Rosales (women’s golf), Juvic Pagunsan (amateur golf), Harry Tanamor (amateur boxing), Maristela Torres (athletics), Amaya Paz (archery), Miguel Molina (swimming), Sheila Mae Perez (diving), Benjamin Tolentino (rowing), John Baylon (judo), Cecil Mamiit (tennis), Suhod Hakim, (traditional boat racing), Ruperto Aabijon (TBR), Manuel Maya (TBR), Junray Dayumad (TBR), Ricky Sardena (TBR), Rene Catalan (wushu)

SPECIAL CITATIONS: All Filipino gold medalists in the 23rd SEA Games

CITATIONS: San Miguel Corporation, First Gentleman Foundation, grandmaster Mark Paragua, golfer Jayvie Agojo, Manila Sports Council, JVC (Victor Company of Japan), boxer Brian Viloria, former POC President Celso Dayrit, PSC Chair Butch Ramirez, Asian Formula 3, Joseph Dumuk, V-League, boxer Boom Boom Bautista, practical shooter Jag Lejano, Eddie Torres, Erlina Pecante, the Philippine Practical Shooting team and equestrianne Toni Leviste.

ANTONIO M. SIDDAYAO AWARDS: Wolen Superal, Miguel Tabuena

MOST OUTSTANDING NSA: Philippine Dragon Boat Federation

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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