THE man behind the success of Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games will have his share of the limelight in the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards Night on March 6 at the Manila Hotel.
Team Philippines chef de mission William “Butch” Ramirez will be honored with the Executive of the Year award for being at the helm of the country’s successful campaign in the biennial meet, which saw the national contingent bag the overall championship for the second time after 14 years.
The 1,115-strong Filipino contingent won a record haul of 149 gold, 117 silver, and 121 bronze medals, the most by the Philippines since it began participating in the meet in 1977.
Ramirez was also the PSC chief when the country first clinched the SEA Games overall title in 2005.
Ramirez joins an elite company that has been bestowed with the same award previously by the country’s oldest media organization led by its president, Tito Talao of the Manila Bulletin. The list includes the likes of Manny V. Pangilinan, Ramon S. Ang, Wilfred Uytengsu, Hans Sy, Ricky Vargas, Chito Salud, Jude Echauz Dan Palami, and Philip Ella Juico.
Ramirez will join members of Team Philippines on center stage during the awards night also presented by the PSC, MILO, Cignal TV, Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine, and AirAsia. Team Philippines has been named as recipient of the prestigious Athlete of the Year award.
The country’s sportswriting fraternity will also hand out trophies for the President’s Award, Executive of the Year, and the National Sports Association of the Year. Other awards include Ms. Basketball, Mr. Volleyball, Ms. Golf, Mr. Football, and Coach of the Year.
There will also be recipients of Major Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony Siddayao Awards, Milo Junior Athletes Award, and citations to be led by the SEA Games gold medal winners.
Sports personalities who passed away last year will also be accorded with a posthumous recognition.