Due to insistent demand, we are making a part two of the list of the 10 greatest Filipina athletes who represented the country in international competitions.
Sure, this list is still not enough to accommodate all the names of those Filipina athletes who stood out in competition. Believe us, it really was a challenge to gather all the names and categorize them from one to ten. But he struggle of listing down the names is an epitome of how world class and talented Filipinos truly are in whichever discipline we are put at.
Ani de Leon-Brown, Triathlon
She may not be an Olympian but she holds the distinction of being the first Filipina qualifier for the Ironman World Championships. Doing so, she earned her moniker “Iron Lady”— perhaps something that Tony Stark may be really proud of.
While she still competes in Triathlon meets, she also does full time coaching. As a matter of fact, she is the coach of two other athletes on this list who also proudly raised our flag high in the international scene.
Claire Adorna, Triathlon
She is one of the two triathlete proteges of Coach Ani de Leon-Brown who gave the Philippines a gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games and a silver finish in the 2017 SEA Games at the Women’s Triathlon category.
She has proven to the region, if not, the world, that Filipino triathletes can dominate the sport.
Kim Mangrobang, Triathlon
She is another Ani de Leon-Brown protege who claimed a silver medal in the 2015 SEA Games. Mangrobang finished behind Claire Adorna, only to switch places with her in the 2017 edition of the Biennial Meet at the Women’s Triathlon category.
Their back-to-back finish in the South East Asian games is enough testimony of how sharp our female triathletes are.
Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Equestrian
She may have been known more for her background in the entertainment industry, but she was also equally good in the Show Jumping event in the International Meet.
Prior to her retirement, she bagged the gold medal in the individual category at the 2002 Busan Asian games. She also served as the Philippine Representative at the International Olympic Committee.
Ana Santiago, Softball
A former softball player herself, Santiago turned into a coach for the Adamson University softball team. She has also served as the National team’s coach in the sport.
Jennifer Rosales, Golf
She is one of the two Filipinas making waves at the LPGA tour. Rosales also represented the country at the 2005 Women’s World Cup of Golf, teaming up with Dorothy Delasin to finish second overall and putting the Philippines in the world map of golf.
Dorothy Delasin, Golf
Delasin is another Filipina making waves at the LPGA. Even though she was born in the United States, it did not hinder Delasin from representing the Philippines and from bannering the flag at the Women’s World Cup of Golf, alongside fellow US-based golfer Jennifer Rosales.
Arianne Cerdena, Bowling
If only bowling was considered as a competitive category in the 1988 Olympics, then her feat at the event would have been a pioneer for the Philippines as she won gold in the ten pin category.
However, bowling was just considered as an exhibition sport at the time, which makes our Olympic bowling team still longing for that that gold. Other than her Olympic feat, she also struck gold in the Asian Games, as well as in the World Cup. Cerdena was also named as the World Bowler of the Year in 1988.
Bong Coo, Bowling
This woman made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the “Most Decorated Filipino Athlete” thanks to her numerous feats in the World Cup, the Asian Games, and other international competitions for bowling. At her prime years, she is also known as the “Bowling Queen of Asia”, and perhaps the female counterpart of Paeng Nepomuceno.
Upon retirement, she taught bowling as part of the Physical Education program of the University of the Philippines and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
Rubilen Amit, Billiards
In the sport that produced Filipino stars like Efren Bata Reyes and Francisco Django Bustamante, it is not a suprise that a woman can also emerge from it. Amit prides herself as the first Filipina to ever become a World Pool Champion. She also won the same title twice in the ten-ball category and was a runner-up at the nine-ball category.
Ten more women on the list that proves how world class our athletes are, despite lacking resources to train and the support from the government. They all exemplify selfless love for our country by giving it their all in international competitions.