The Freeman Newspaper (http://www.philstar.com/)
February 19, 2009 Thursday issue
By Caecent Noot - Magsumbol, Staff Reporter
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
CEBU, Philippines - Former Cebu Football Association (CebuFA) president Jonathan “Maxi” Maximo last night paid tribute to the sportswriters of Cebu in behalf of the awardees of the 27th Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC)-San Miguel Corporation (SAC-SMC) All-Cebu Sports Awards at the Casino Español.
Maximo, who bagged the coveted “Sportsman of the Year” award for his unflinching promotion of football, had mixed feelings about the accolade but on top of his personal concerns, he is thinking of doing something for the sportswriters and Cebu sports in general.
“You know, if I’d ask you, who was the Sportsman of the Year awardee during the fourth SAC Awards? Probably you don’t know anymore. And same goes with me 20 years from now. People will forget about it but I will not forget the people whom I met along this journey and the people I worked with at CFA and people like you, the sportswriters, who helped us develop talents and the sports here,” said Maximo.
Maximo said the sportswriters’ efforts and profession had been overlooked, if not, less appreciated.
“Awards come and go, but to you the sportswriters—thank you very much,” Maximo added. “What I have in mind right now is to gather all the SOY awardees and discuss among ourselves something that we can do on sports and the media.The media here takes their job seriously that athletes should appreciate.” – Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (THE FREEMAN)