“The Sportsman of the Year is SPIN.ph’s way of showing our support to our athletes by recognizing not only their accomplishments but how they have inspired the people around them,” said SPIN.ph editor-in-chief Dodo Catacutan.

After another remarkable year for Philippine sports, SPIN.ph gathered together notable athletes and sports personalities to celebrate the fourth Sportsman of the Year Awards Night in Crowne Plaza Manila last February 4, 2017.

In the previous years, the country's first full-staff, standalone website honored the Sportsman of the Year award to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes in 2013, former Gilas captain Jimmy Alapag in 2014, and Alaska star Calvin Abueva in 2015. This year, SPIN.ph hailed Olympic silver medalist, Hidilyn Diaz, the 2016 Sportsman of the Year for her exemplary achievement in Rio de Janeiro, where she became the first Filipina to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting.


The 2016 Sportsman of the Year Hidilyn Diaz receives her trophy from SPIN.ph editor-in-chief Dodo Catacutan


Other winners selected by the panel of SPIN.ph editors, writers, contributors, and columnists include MMA fighter Eduard Folayang, Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina, DLSU Green Archers basketball coach Aldin Ayo, and volleyball star Jaja Santiago. In this year’s awarding ceremony, SPIN also revealed the first winner of the Reader’s Choice Awards – three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo.


SPIN.ph's Sportsman of the Year Hidilyn Diaz and Sports Heroes of 2016 awardees Tim Cone, Jolly Gomez, Aldin Ayo, Josephine Medina, and Eduard Folayang


See the full list of sports heroes below:

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO TAKE THE LEAD
Awardee: Tim Cone

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO DEFY THE ODDS
Awardee: Josephine Medina

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO CARE
Awardee: Jolly Gomez

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO PERSONIFY THE FILIPINO FIGHTING SPIRIT
Awardee: Eduard Folayang

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO EXCEL ACADEMICALLY
Awardee: Janelle Mae Frayna

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO SUCCEED AS ONE
Awardee: San Miguel Beermen

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO CHANGE THE GAME
Awardee: Jaja Santiago

Category: SPORTSMEN WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Awardee: Aldin Ayo

Category: READER’S CHOICE AWARD
Awardee: June Mar Fajardo

Category: SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Awardee: Hidilyn Diaz

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