TOP STORIES IN SPORTS
FOR the first time, this edition of The Cebu Yearbook highlights the top sports stories of the year. We think that few categories of human activity capture this edition’s theme, “Fit, fun and fabulous”, more than sports does. And it was fitting that the year proved to be one of the busiest in Cebu’s sports scene. Of course, as with any year, triumph and tragedy took their turns on the stage in 2012. Cebu was spared from some natural calamities, two powerful earthquakes among them. For triumph, few events can rival the Vatican’s declaration of a Visayan, the teenager Pedro Calungsod, as the country’s second saint. The largest crowd of the year gathered, not for any sports extravaganza, but for the thanksgiving mass a month after Calungsod was canonized.
EDSA MAKES THE CROWD ROAR. Weeks later, the Singapore Lions would beat the Philippine National Men’s Football Team, but on Nov. 15, 2013, the first time Cebu hosted an international football match, the Azkals were heroes, and goalkeeper Ed Sacapaño was among the biggest heroes of all. ( SUN. STAR FOTO/ ARNI ACLAO)