Earlier this month, memorial stories started running which honored the passing of the purported first Asian American Olympic gold medalist. Sammy Lee of California was revered for his feats in diving. When in fact, the first Asian American Olympic gold medalist was a Filipina American woman. From The Seattle Globalist.
Filipina weightlifter Kristel Iso Macrohon bagged three bronze medals in the 4th Qatar International Cup and 2016 Asian Cup at the Doha Intercontinental Hotel in Doha City on Friday, December 16. News story from Philippine News Agency via Manila Bulletin.
Filipino beauty queens Maggie Wilson-Consunji (Filipino-British) and Parul Shah (Filipino-Indian) won the Amazing Race Asia Season 5 that ran across 12 cities in six countries.
After a tightly-fought final race that ended in Bali, Indonesia, Maggie and Parul were declared the winners of the US$100,000 cash prize, beating by just a few minutes another pair of beauty queens — Chloe Chen and Lee Yvonne from Malaysia, reported GMA News.
MILO marathon champion Cebuana Mary Joy Tabal is going to the Olympics! Tabal has earned a ticket to the prestigious Olympic Games in Rio de Jainero in August this year after beating the Olympic qualifying time in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada earlier this May. News story from Manila Bulletin.
Former boxing world champion turned MMA fighter Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton had more than a few empowering words to share with Filipina girls and women during her stay in the Philippines as she prepared for her fight against Irina Mazepa last Tuesday, December 8th: “For all the Filipinas worldwide, follow your dreams, be who you are, be proud of who you are, be proud of your color, be proud of your nose, be proud of your roots, be proud of your name. Have everyone say your name correctly.” News story from The Rappler.
Join us this Saturday, October 10th, 10:00 AM at Victoria Manalo Draves Park (Folsom & 7th) in San Francisco in commemoration of San Francisco native Victoria Manalo Draves, the first Asian-American olympian who won two gold medals back in 1948 for diving.
FWN is a proud sponsor of the Bronze Plaque Unveiling Reception for Victoria Manalo Draves.
There is a young Filipina making waves in the Football Association’s Women’s Super League, the highest league of women’s football in England, and she is 17-year-old Mayumi “Maz” Pacheco.
The young defender has already represented England in the Women’s Under-16s and Under-17s levels. She was also called up for the England Under-19s team, but due to her first team commitment, she has to miss the camps and was instead told by the coach to be physically and mentally prepared for next year’s Under 19s competition.
News story courtesy of Interaksyon
Afril Bernardino fired a tournament-high 32 points as Perlas Pilipinas downed India, 82-76, in the relegation playoff, earning the Filipinos a ticket to Fiba Asia Women’s Championship’s elite Level I competition.
News story courtesy of TheInquirer.net