Sport in the Philippines

Back in the old days, due to lack of exposure to professional sports, the games commonly played by children of the Philippines are very simple. Patintero, Luksung Baka, Chinese Garter, and the most popular game was Langit-Lupa. In Philippines, these are called “Larong Kalye” or street games. In here, the children had found a recreation to train them physically and mentally to be equipped in professional sports.

Over time, basketball was able to captivate every Filipino’s heart. It is the most played and the most popular sport for the Filipinos. The Philippine Basketball Association was a league founded in April 1975. The national team, Gilas Pilipinas, competes internationally for the country. James Yap is “the” athlete of today next and next only to Robert Jaworski who is considered to be a “living legend” when it comes to abilities. Yap plays for the San Mig Coffee Mixers as a shooting guard but can also play as a forward, for these, he is considered to be the most complete player today in PBA.

Another popular sport in the country is boxing which has produced 38 major world champions in various weight categories. The sport also popularized after the achievements of Manny Pacquiao in the profession. He was ranked 10th in the world and 4th in Asia. The Philippines also produced hall of famers locally and worldwide, like Pancho Villa, Flash Elorde, and Cefering Garcia.

UAAP and NCAA competitions are much awaited by the Filipinos especially the younger generation. These events are a competition between the big universities and colleges of the Phillippines. UAAP was established in 1938 while NCAA was established in 1924.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Philippines. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please make a comment below.

Popular sports of the Philippines

Traditional or Regional Sports of the Philippines

Philippines Sporting Success

Athletes from Philippines

Philippines Sports trivia

Philippines at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Philippines

Upcoming sporting events in Philippines

Annual sporting events held in Philippines

Sporting Facilities in Philippines

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