2014 in Philippine sports

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The following is a list of notable events that are related to Philippine sports in 2014.


  • January 18: ABS-CBN's new UHF sports channel on Channel 23, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, was officially launched.[1][2][3]
  • February 7: Shell Eco-Marathon was held at the Rizal Park. 109 teams from countries across Asia and the Middle East competed for a vehicle that can travel farthest by using the least amount of fuel.[4]
  • April 10: The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board formally approved the application letters of the three new expansion teams, including NLEX Road Warriors (under Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation) and Blackwater Sports (under Ever Bilena) which were currently played for the PBA D-League and Kia Motors (under Columbian Autocars Corporation). These teams will be start playing for the 2014–2015 40th season of the PBA.[5]
  • April 26: The first NBA Cafe in the world located at the top floor of SM Aura Premier, Taguig City was opened to the public. US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz present on its opening.[6]
  • April 30: Businessman and sports patron Manuel V. Pangilinan announced his interest to buy the minority stake of Los Angeles Clippers amid the impose of the association of lifetime ban for team owner Donald Sterling due to racist comments. But the plan did not push through after former Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer acquired the ownership of the team on May 30.[7]
  • May 10:
    • In the latest rankings by FIFA, the ranking of the Philippine Azkals was now up by 3 notches; due to this, the Philippine national football team is now at the 140th place.[8]
    • Twenty teams composing of poor communities in Metro Manila head-to-head in the first Ambassador's Cup organized by the University of Asia and the Pacific. Served as a grassroots project, the cup will help children learn from playing football.[9]
  • May 14: The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) board have submitted the proposal to foreign players in playing for the Basketball tournament to be implemented in the following season. Foreign players who have residency will still be allowed to play in the collegiate league.[10]
  • May 15–17: The University of Santo Tomas together with the International Korfball Federation was held the IKF Level 1 Coaching Certification for Sports Leaders of Universities and Schools and 2014 National Korfball Seminar-Workshop at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, España, Manila.[11]
  • May 26: Committee Report No. 27 on House Bill No. 4084 on the naturalization of NBA player Andray Blatche as a Filipino citizen passed the third and final reading of the Senate with 20 affirmative votes. Blatche will settle to play for Gilas Pilipinas for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.[12]
  • May 30: Former PBA broadcast analyst and Talk N' Text Tropang Texters consultant Andy Jao named as the newly appointed commissioner for the basketball tournament of the UAAP Season 77 which the University of the East is the host university for the season. Jao once held duties as the commissioner in 2011 when the Ateneo de Manila University is the host university.[13]
  • June 1 – 15: "Pagpupugay: 100 Taon ng Philippine Sports", an event organized by former PBL commissioner and GMA 7 sportscaster Chino Trinidad featuring some of the memorabilia of the 19 legends of Philippine sports exhibited in the Resorts World Manila.[14]
  • June 8: In a rare event, Vietnam's and the Philippines' Navies played football, tug of war and volleyball for the daylong sports and cultural festival held at the Southwest Cay Island in the West Philippine Sea.[15]
  • June 9
    • Filipino boxing champion and Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao was announced as the newest head coach of the Kia Motors team, one of the three newest expansion teams in the PBA. Pacquiao says he really focused in coaching than act as a playing coach.[16]
    • Filipino Chess Grandmaster Wesley So announced he is migrated to the United States to seek further studies at the Webster University and to accredit for the U.S. Chess Federation.[17]
  • June 12: Filipino car racing champion Enzo Pastor was shot dead by an unknown suspect in Congressional Avenue, Quezon City. Racing enthusiasts mourned after the untimely death of Pastor.[18]
  • June 16: NLEX Road Warriors will discontinued their option as an expansion team of the PBA but they chooses to buy an existing franchise in the league, particularly in Air 21 Express.[19]
  • June 18: Former PBA player turned PBA television coverage analyst Jason Webb joined the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers as their assistant coach. Webb will joined fellow TV analyst Richard del Rosario for the coaching duties.[19]
  • July 22: Basketball fans were dismayed inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum and thru social media after the last-minute cancellation of the "PLDT The Last Home Stand" exhibition match of the Gilas Pilipinas and the team composed of NBA players including 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Tyson Chandler, Brandon Jennings, Matt Barnes, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Terrence Ross. Instead the game turned-out to a sessions of practices and drills with Gilas and the FIBR All Stars. PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan expresses his deepest apologies to the fans and he promised to give refunds for the ticketholders of the 2-day event.[20]
  • July 25: Philip Ella Juico, former Philippine Sports Commission chairman (1996–1998), replaced Go Teng Kok as the chairman of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA).[21]
  • August 4: Stephan Schrock announced he was "resigning" from the Philippines national team, effectively announcing his international retirement to "pursue new challenges".[22] He then revealed that he resigned as a protest against perceived internal problems in the Philippine Football Federation. He went on to say that he felt the veteran players of the national team were not being respected and won't play for the national team as long as Thomas Dooley is head coach.[23]
  • September 15: Teen actor Daniel Padilla was named as the #15th round draft pick for the AMA University for the 2014 PBA D-League Rookie Draft. Padilla said he will not suit up for AMA. Fil-Tongan Moala Tattua named as the first round pick of the draft.[24]
  • November 28 – 30: The 2014 Manila Mavericks season of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) was held in Mall of Asia Arena
    Pasay, Metropolitan Manla, Philippines.[25] On November 30,The Mavericks earned their first victory in franchise history with a 27–19 home win over the Singapore Slammers.[26]


Asian Games[edit]

  • September 19 – October 4: The Philippines participated in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4, 2014. For the first time since Bangkok in 1998, the country produced only one gold medal in the history of the country's participation in the games. Daniel Caluag, a Filipino Olympian in London 2012 Games, saved the Philippine team from the gold medal drought by winning first place in the BMX cycling. This is also the Philippine's first gold medal in cycling in the entire history of Asian Games.[27]


Palarong Pambansa[edit]

  • May 4–10: 2014 Palarong Pambansa, the 57th edition of the multi-sports competition for the youth athletes was held at Laguna Sports Complex, Sta. Cruz, Laguna; other sporting events were also held in Pila and Los Baños. Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and prominent athletes led the opening ceremonies at the second day of the games. It was followed by the unveiling of the 26-foot-tall statue of Jose Rizal as an eskrima swordsman, the tallest monument of Rizal in the world.[30] Zeanne Faith Cabrera of the Calabarzon delegation won the first gold medal of the competition after she ruled the girls javelin throw event,[31] Approximately more than 11,000 participants and 1,000 trainers, coaches and sports officials from 17 regions joined the event.[32] The competition ended with the National Capital Region team proclaimed as the over-all champion. The host region CALABARZON settled at second place.

Philippine National Games[edit]

  • May 16–24: More than 7,000 athletes joined the 4th Philippine National Games, organized by the Philippine Sports Commission held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila. The games will be the preparation stage of the PH delegation for the 2014 Asian Games in Korea.[33]

Cagayan Friendship Games[edit]

  • June 22–30: The 2014 Alvaro A. Antonio Friendship Basketball & Volleyball Games was commenced at the People's Gym in Tuguegarao, Cagayan.

Asian Beach Games[edit]

Collegiate sports[edit]

Individual sports[edit]


  • June 1: Alaska World Milk Day Family Run was held at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.[38]
  • July 20: The second installment of "Botak at Kadla ni Pidol 2014" fun run was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, in commemoration of the 2nd death anniversary of comedian Dolphy Quizon.[39]
  • August 3: 2014 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines will be held in Cebu.[40]


Manny Pacquiao is the only boxer who had held eight titles during his professional boxing career..


  • May 21: Filipino chess grand master Wesley So hailed as the champion of the Capablanca Memorial Chess Open 2014 held in Havana, Cuba.[53]


  • February 1–16: Ronda Pilipinas International 2014's first of all the sixteen stages was held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.[54] It ended with Reimon Lapaza declared as the winner. Peter Pouly ended as the runner-up, while Mark Galedo ranked third place.[55]
  • April 21–24: The 5th Le Tour de Filipinas bikeathon, organized by the Lina Group (Air 21 and UBE Media) was officially started at the Clark Field, Pampanga to Olongapo, Zambales, other following routes are Olongapo to Cabanatuan, Cabanatuan to Bayombong and Bayombong to Baguio. The 610.6 kilometer international cycling race is sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale.[56] It ended with Mark Galedo declared as the winner of the bikeathon. Galedo was the 2nd Filipino to win in the competition.[57]
  • May 16–18: Alaska Cycle Philippines was held at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.[58]


  • June 14: The Cobra Philippine Dragon Boat Federation Team won two gold medals for the 100-meter mixed standard boat and 500-meter mixed standard boat categories in the recently concluded International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Cup in Fuzhou, China. PDBF Team also have one silver medal and one bronze medals.[59]

Figure skating[edit]

Michael Christian Martinez, the first Southeast Asian and Filipino figure skater to take part in the Winter Olympics.


  • April 11: With eight strokes and a total of 301 shots, Japanese young golfer Gen Nagai was proclaimed the winner of the 2014 Philippine Junior Amateur Golf Championship held in Trece Martires, Cavite.[65]
  • May 15–18: The 2014 Philippine Open, organized by the MVP Sports Foundation was held at the Wack-Wack Golf & Country Club. Several Asian Tour champions including former champion Angelo Que joined the tournament.[66] Australian guest golfer and one-time Asian Tour champion Marcus Both, won this year's tournament.[67]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • March 1: Team Lakay Mark Eddiva won against Featherweight Jumabieke Tuerxun via unanimous decision in the Preliminary Card of The Ultimate Fighter China Finale in Macau, China.[68]
  • May 2: One Fighting Championship 15: Rise of Heroes was held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Filipino-American boxer Ana Julaton won against Aya Saber via 2nd-round technical knockout on her first fight inside the cage of ONE FC. Team Lakay's Edward Folayang also won the co-main event against Kotetsu Boku via unanimous decision. In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes scores a unanimous decision winning on the main fight of ONE FC 15 against Masakatsu Ueda.[69]
  • May 31:
    • Filipino-American MMA artist Mark Muñoz suffered a loss to light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi due to rear naked choke in the 1st round of their main event of UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin, Germany.[70]
    • MMA artist Mark Eddiva suffered a loss to Featherweight Kevin Souza due to Technical Knockout in the 2nd round of the Preliminary Card of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil Finale in São Paulo, Brazil.[71]
  • June 12: Mark Muñoz's new four-fight contract with UFC was announced.[72]


  • February 21–22: The first Asian Surfing Championship was held at the Urbiztondo beach in San Juan, La Union.[73]

Team sports[edit]



  • January 11: The fifth season of the United Football League kicked off with 21 participating teams from two divisions.[98]
  • April 7: The Philippine girl's Street Child World Cup team placed second in the said sporting event. The team was defeated by Brazil in the finals.[99]
  • April 27: The Philippine Azkals faced the Malaysian Tigers in a FIFA-sanction international friendly game in Cebu City Sports Complex. The match was for the preparations of the national football team for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup.[100] The match ended in a scoreless draw.[101]
  • May 20–31: The 2014 AFC Challenge Cup was held in Maldives. Philippine Azkals national football team was grouped under Group B.[citation needed]
  • May 28: Azkals won their semi-finals match against the national football team of host country, Maldives in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, 3–2. Finals first-timers Azkals will face Palestine in the finals match for the spot of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia on May 30.[102]
  • May 31: Azkals ended their campaign at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup after a sudden loss to Palestine, 1–0 in their finals match.[103]
  • June 8: The inaugural staging of the PFF's Women's Cup, organized by the Philippine Football Federation to be held at The Turf, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Similar to the UFL, the PFF's Women's Cup will several football clubs featuring women's football players from the UAAP and the Malditas Philippine national football team.[104]
  • June 15: The Philippine women's U14 team achieved second place at the AFC U14 Girls Championship for Southeast Asia only losing to Thailand in the finals with the score 1–2. The team also won the Fair Play Award and midfielder Joyce Demacio was declared most valuable player of the tournament.[105]
  • November 22 – December 20: 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup was held in Singapore and Vietnam. The Azkals reached its third consecutive semi-finals but failed its bid to reach the final.



  • March 4: Inaugural open of the Philippine Polo Open 2014 at the Globalport Field in Calatagan, Batangas. Six teams are competing in the said sporting event.[108]


Beach Volleyball[edit]

  • May 3: De La Salle University spikers Kim Fajardo and Ara Galang emerged as the newest titleholders of the 17th Nestea Beach Volleyball Tournament held at Boracay, Aklan after beating the Adamson University team (Shiela Pineda and Amanda Villanueva), 15–21, 21–14, 17–15.[119]


  • December 3: Isabelo "Bong" Hilario, Filipino car racer & 2013 Honda Master Trans Sports Competition Champion, gunshot wound.[129]


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