Top 10 Most Famous Filipino Athletes

Talent is bound to draw attention. Given the seemingly-superhuman feats that these certified Pinoy athletes have done, it’s no wonder they’ve gained national, if not worldwide acclaim.

But the trophy is just half of the story. For every Pacquiao that made it, there are thousands and thousands of wannabes who practice day-in and day-out hoping to get their fair share of fame and fortune. Sadly, though the door is open to anybody who wants to give a shot, only the deserving gets to bring home the prize.
Top 10 Most Famous Filipino Athletes
Folks, it’s a pleasure to bring you, the 10 of the most renowned athletes today:

10. Lydia de Vega
Lydia de Vega
Lydia placed the Philippines on the map in 1982 Asian Games demolishing all competitors in the 100-meter dash, thereby earning the moniker “fastest woman in Asia”. She topped the feat in the 1986 Seoul Asian Games winning gold in the 100-meter and silver in the 200-meter race.

9. Ramon Fernandez
Ramon Fernandez
Dubbed by experts as the best player of all time to grace the Philippine Basketball Association, Mon won an unprecedented 4 MVP awards and 19 PBA championships in his career. His record in total number of blocked shots and rebounds is still unsurpassed in the league even up to today.

8. Robert Jaworski
Robert Jaworski
He may not have amassed the same numbers compared to Mon Fernandez, but Robert Jaworski is arguably the most popular player of all time, creating legions and legions of loyal following. To his credit, he is the oldest player to grace the PBA court. With an unmatched popularity, he soared to become one of the senators of the nation.

7. James Yap
James Yap
Not only has he amassed point on court winning various MVP awards in the PBA, James Yap has become this generations quintessential basketball player. His fame was sealed when he married the Kriz Aquino, sister of the sitting president, though they’ve since parted ways already.

6. Gabriel “Flash” Elorde

A pure Cebuano, Elorde was a World Junior Lightweight Champion in 1960 and is credited to have held the title the longest even up to today. Inaugurated both as a WBC and WBA champion, he opened the door to future champions like Pacquiao. His legacy is sealed a common bread sold nationwide has been named “Elorde”.

5. Efren “Bata” Reyes

In billiards, he’s not named “The Magician” for nothing. But his record may be hard to beat, winning 82 international titles along with 13 world titles. Top that.

4. Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno

Not only nationwide success, Nepomuceno has been dubbed the greatest bowler in the sports’ history. With an impressive array of trophies, Paeng has won six World Bowling Championships and is the only athlete to have won a championship in three decades. For that he is the first male bowler to grace and be inducted at the International Bowling Hall of Fame.

3. Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco

Onyok made Filipinos proud giving them a silver medal in the 1996 Olympics, a first. Though there were gold medals already won by Filipinos, these did not count in the overall tally as these were in wushu, tae kwon do and bowling, events that were considered exhibition at that time. Today, he is a staple in TV sitcoms.

2. Nonito Donaire
Nonito Donaire
There is only one boxer that has managed to eclipse Nonito, and it’s Manny Pacquiao. With a 26-win undefeated streak, and being a four-division world champions to boot, this switch-hitter – capable of switching from southpaw to orthodox – is destined to carry Philippine boxing to the next level. Exhibit A: Nonito’s latest KO win over long-time rival Darchinyan in 2013. Classic.

1. Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
Fame, fortune, power. Pacquiao has done it all. The most famous athlete Philippines has produced the “PambansangKamao” holds the distinction as the first and only eight-division world champion. Making boxing powerhouses like Mayweather to conjure all excuses not to fight him.

As a nota bene, I give credit also to Michael Christian Martinez. Even without full support of the Philippine government, he made us all proud in the Sochi Winter Games.

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  1. Louver Asuncion says:

    you should also include Paulino Alcantara
    he is the first Filipino and first asian who entered the european league in Football.

    His all time goal score was not beaten for 80 years

    try to research about him.

    Leo Messi is fond of him too.

    • says:

      That’s an awesome share Louver! Will take note of it for the future version of this list no doubt. There are just too many of them that most of us don’t know about given the excess in talent we have!

  2. Don says:

    What about Django Bustamante and Efren Reyes? I bet they’re superstars back on their days.

    • says:

      Hi Don. Bata is actually on the list. Bustamente no doubt should also be on the list instead of one other athlete on here.

      Which athlete do you think should be best replaced by Django?

  3. wakamaka takalukii says:

    what about bruce lee??

  4. what about bruce lee? yes?

    • says:

      Thanks for dropping by wakamaka! Unfortunately, bruce lee is overqualified to join this list that’s why you can’t see him here. Who knows he could be the one who wrote this for us! 🙂

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