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"Significant Dates in RP Sports"

 

The following are some of the most memorable dates in Philippines sports:  

 

January 16, 1988 - Rolando Bohol beat a South Korean boxer to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

February 6, 1964 - Filipino boxer Anthony Villanueva won the country's first silver medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

February 14, 1998 - Melvin Magramo defeated a Thai challenger to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight crown.

February 15, 1969 - Rene Barrientos was declared World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion of the world in Tokyo, Japan.

February 20, 1997 - Gerry Penalosa beat Hiroshi Kawashima to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) super flyweight champion in Tokyo, Japan.

February 22, 1987 - Dodi "Boy" Penalosa , the older brother of Gerry Penalosa, beat a South Korean boxer to become the International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion.

March 7, 1999 - Paeng Nepomuceno won the World Tenpin Masters championship in London, England.

March 16, 1960 - Gabriel "Flash" Elorde became a world champion in the 130-pound division on when he knocked out American Harold Gomes at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.

March 20, 1964 - Roberto Cruz knocked out Raymundo Torres in the first round to clinch the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) junior welterweight championship in Los Angeles, California.

April 25, 1972 - Ben Villaflor dethroned Alfredo Marcano as the world junior lightweight champion at the age of 18 years old.

May 21, 2000 - Malcolm Tuñacao grabbed the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight crown from a Thai boxer in Bangkok.

June 18, 1923 - Pancho Villa, then 22, knocked out reigning world flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde of England in the seventh round at New York's Polo Grounds and became the first Asian world boxing champion.

July 18, 1985 - Ramon Brobio became the first triple winner of the 18th junior world golf championship held in San Diego, California.

August 1, 1950 - Salvador "Dado" Marino defeated Terry Allen to bag the world flyweight boxing championship.

August 8, 1984 - Paeng Nepomuceno won the International Tournament championship in Las Vegas, Nevada.

September 18, 1988
- Arianne Cerdena won a gold medal in bowling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

September 21, 2002 - Kaye Cabalatungan won the ladies title at the 13th World Shoot Championship held in Pietersburg, South Africa.

September 27, 1983 - Frank Cedeno defeated Charlie Magri at Wembley Arena in London, England to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight championship.

October 1, 1975 - The Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City hosted the infamous "Thrilla in Manila", the thrilling boxing match between Heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

October 2, 1939 - Ceferino Garcia knocked out Fred Apostoli to become the new world middleweight champion in New York.

On October 4, 2002 - Paeng Nepomuceno and RJ Bautista won a gold medal in bowling's double event for men at the Asian Games held in Pusan, South Korea.

October 20, 1969 - Bernabe Villacampo defeated a Japanese opponent to bag the World Boxing Association (WBA) flyweight title.

November 5, 1954 - The Philippine team beat the favored Uruguay team, 67-63, to clinch the third place in the World Basketball Championship held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

November 5, 1988
- Tacy Macalos defeated a South Korean boxer to clinch the International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight title in a bout held in Manila.

November 8, 1999 - Athena Lee bagged the Open Ladies title at the 12th World Shoot Championships held in Cebu City. The Philippine ladies team also won the championship.

November 11, 1982 - Lydia de Vega won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Asian Games held in New Delhi.

November 19, 1976 - Paeng Nepomuceno won his first World Cup in Tehran, Iran when he was only 19 years old.

November 2, 1996 - Paeng Nepomuceno won his fourth World Cup in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

November 5, 1954 - The Philippines beat the favored Uruguay team, 67-63, to clinch the third place at the World Basketball Championship held in Brazil.

December 3, 1998 - Manny Pacquiao knocked out a Thai champion in the 8th round of their bout in Bangkok to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.

December 03, 1998 - Manny Pacquiao knocked out Chatchai Sasakul in the 8th round of their match in Bangkok to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title.

December 4, 1999
- Joma Gamboa knocked out a Japanese fighter in Nagoya, Japan to become the World Boxing Association (WBA) minimum weight (105 pounds) champion.

December 07, 1970 - Erbito Salavarria defeated a Thai opponent to win the WBC flyweight title.

December 14, 1968
- Pedro Adigue beat American Adolph Pruitt to bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) junior welterweight title.

December 19, 1990 - Rolando Pascua knocked out Chiquita Gonzalez in the sixth round to bag the World Boxing Council (WBC) light flyweight title.

December 21, 2001
- Time Magazine included Efren "Bata" Reyes in its roster world's best in sports and described him as the Philippines' "sole bona fide international sports superstar".