IT’S a huge night for Negros sports when 2017 World Cadet Taekwondo Championships gold medalist Mary Angeline Alcantara and Ceres Negros FC received the Antonio Siddayao Award and PSA Citation, respectively, during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night 2017 held last February 27, 2018 at the Manila Hotel.
The Antonio Siddayao Award given to Alcantara is named after the late and former Manila Standard sports editor – who was considered as the dean of sports writing in the Philippines. The award is given to promising young athletes that excelled in their chosen sport.
“I would like to thank the Lord for this wonderful blessings and talent that he has bestowed upon me. Also, to the organizers of this PSA Awards, and to the Philippine Sports Commission for giving me the opportunity to represent the Philippines and give pride and joy to our country,” said Alcantara, a Living Stone International School mainstay. The young Bacolod-based jin also acknowledged Master Sung Chon Hong of Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA), and PTA Program Director Igor Mella, among others for giving her the chance to fight in the international arena. “I would also like to thank Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. and Mayor Andrew Montelibano for all the help,” she said.
As a product of Hanah Taekwondo gym, Alcantara also credited her personal coach Vic Feria for the dedication and support of developing her to what she is today. “And to my parents, thank you for the unending and unwavering support,” she said.
“May this award served as an inspiration to all of our athletes to strive hard and to work hard for their dreams. Nothing is impossible if you just believe and not to loss hope. Laban para sa Bayan (Fight for the Country),” she added.
Meanwhile, Ceres FC Competition Administrator Warren Concepcion – who received the award on behalf of the club said that the team owner and family are sharing the citation to the provincial government of Negros Occidental, Bacolod City, all local government units, Philippine Football Federation, Negros Occidental Football Association, and to all the supporters.
The PSA Citation recognized Ceres FC for winning the first Filipino Professional League – the Philippines Football League, and the historic AFC Cup 2017 ASEAN Zone title.*