Filipino basketball legend Ramon Fernandez is truly grateful that his exploits on the hard court are still recognized
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Basketball legend Ramon “El President” Fernandez has racked up many accolades during an illustrious 20-year career with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Just as he thought the accolades would end after a stellar run in the PBA, Fernandez found himself owing another round of prestigious accolades.
“I am very happy, honored and humbled. It is very special because it shows that they recognize my contribution,” he said.
Fernandez, the first PBA player to win four Most Valuable Player plums, has grown accustomed to receiving awards but admitted he still feels thrilled to continue reaping awards years after retiring of Asia’s premier pay-to-play league.
The Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) pays tribute to Fernandez in February with a commemorative stamp for being an “outstanding Filipino”.
In March, the sports icon will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).
“It’s surprising and I hope there will be more,” Fernandez said with a laugh.
The award of commemorative stamps to Fernandez is part of the 75th anniversary of the first stamp of the Republic of the Philippines.
“It is with great pleasure to inform you that we will be honoring you with your own commemorative stamp as an outstanding Filipino,” Postmaster General and CEO Norman Fulgencio said in a Feb. 7 letter to Fernandez.
The unveiling of the Fernandez commemorative stamps will take place on February 26, Saturday, in front of the Manila Central Post Office.
Receiving his own commemorative stamp is something very special for the great 68-year-old PBA.
In fact, if Fernandez were to rank all the accolades under his belt, recognition from PhilPost would be on the list.
“I guess that would be on top because not everyone will have the opportunity to receive a stamp. PBA awards are performance-based. It’s something you can work on,” he said. -he declares.
Fernandez is also looking forward to receiving the PSA award as he will once again share the floor with longtime rival and PBA legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworski Sr., who will receive the same honor on March 14.
The two formed a lethal duo in their heyday with Toyota where they won nine championships, then parted ways and fought epic battles.
“I’m grateful that PSA recognizes my achievement and that of Sonny,” Fernandez said.
The PBA’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks, free throws made and career minutes said he’s truly grateful that his exploits on the hard court are still being recognized so far. .
“It’s the icing on the cake, the exclamation point,” Fernandez said.