Sun Star Cebu Yearbook - - THE YEAR 2012 - By Mike T. Lim­pag Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sun. Star Cebu

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)

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