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'Medalists is a basic who's who of Filipinos who garnered medals in sports competitions both local and international. Help us build our contents here so we can have a database to these great achievers. I will begin with a few, and feel free to add more.



  • Philippine National Basketball Team--is one of the best-performing Asian teams in international tournaments, winning a bronze medal in the 1954 FIBA World Championship for men and a fifth-place finish in the 1936 Summer Olympics, the two best finishes of any Asian team in the history of the top two international basketball tournaments. Its national basketball federation is the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).The current national team, nicknamed "Team Pilipinas" (Team Philippines), is sponsored by the San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, the Philippine Basketball Association, and the Philippine Basketball League. The coach of the team is Vincent "Chot" Reyes. Aside from the bronze medal at the World Championships and the fifth-place Olympic finish, the Philippines has won five FIBA Asian Championships for Men, four Asian Games Men's Basketball gold medals and a consistent winner at the Southeast Asian Games and at the Southeast Asia Basketball Association. The country has also participated in four FIBA World Championships and seven Olympic Basketball Tournaments.


  • Anthony Villanueva--an amateur boxer from the Philippines who competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the Featherweight (-57 kg) division winning the silver medal in a lost bout against Soviet Union's Stanislav Stepashkin.

Leopoldo Serantes--an amateur boxer from the Philippines who competed at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the Light Flyweight (-48 kg) division winning the bronze medal in a lost bout in the semifinals.

  • Roel Velasco--At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Velasco won the bronze medal in the light-flyweight division. In the semifinals, he was stopped by Cuba's eventual winner Rogelio Marcelo. Roel is the elder brother of Mansueto Velasco, who won the silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in the same weight division. Roel also won the silver medal at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships.
  • Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco--a Filipino boxer from Bago City, Negros Occidental. He competed in the Men's light-flyweight category at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and took home the silver medal, the Philippines' only medal of the games. He is the twin brother of Roel Velasco, winner of the Olympic bronze in the 1992 Summer Olympics, who is also a light-flyweight. Before this, he was one of the three Filipino boxers who clinched gold medals in the 1994 Asian Games held in Hiroshima, Japan.


  • Teofilo Yldefonso--(born February 9, 1903 - died July 19, 1943) was a Filipino swimmer in the breaststroke, who is considered to be the finest Filipino swimmer in history. Known as the "Ilocano Shark", he is best remembered for accomplishing two feats: being the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal and the only Filipino who won two Olympic medals. He won his first bronze medal at the 200m breaststroke event at the 1928 Summer Olympics , and his second bronze at the same event at the 1932 Summer Olympics. His fastest time was 2 minutes and 48.4 seconds in the 200m breaststroke.

Track and Field

  • Genaro Cabrera--won the Silver Medal at the 100-meter dash at the 1954 Manila Asiad
  • Enrique Bautista--clinched a Bronze Medal in the 200-meter dash during the 1958 Tokyo Asiad
  • Mona Sulaiman--a Mindanao-born sprinter who was declared Asia's fastest woman when she won two gold medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash events at the 1962 Jakarta Asiad. She finished the 100-meter race in 11.93 seconds ahead of two Japanese runners and the 200-meter sprint in 24.63 seconds ahead of a Japanese and a Sri Lankan. She also won a bronze in shot put event at the 1962 Jakarta Asiad.
  • Simeon Toribio--a Filipino athlete, won the bronze medal in the high jump at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States. He represented the Philippines in three consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1928.


  • Mark Paragua--placed fifth in the World Youth Chess Championships (boys' under 18) held in Crete, Greece in November 2002. Before this, Paragua became the country's youngest international master at the age of 16 in January 2000.
  • Rico Mascarinas--a Filipino Chess master won a Gold Medal in the 1982 Lucerne Chess Olympiad.
  • Glenn Bordonada--a Filipino chess master, he won a gold medal in the 1978 Buenos Aires Chess Olympiad.