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Filomeno “Boy” Codiñera, who rose to prominence for his local and international accomplishments in baseball and softball during the 1960’s and 1970’s, passed away late Tuesday. He was 77.
His son, basketball great and Arellano University coach Jerry Codiñera, said the man called by many as “Mang Boy” passed away shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday due to a stroke. The patriarch of the famed sporting family had been in failing health for years after suffering multiple strokes.
His last public appearance came last February, when Codiñera, confined in a wheelchair, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night in recognition of his endearing feats his more popular son described as unmatched.
“Wala tayo sa kalingkingan niya,” said Jerry. “Incomparable yung mga nagawa niya, naging successful siya sa lahat ng sports na pinasok niya.”
A policeman by profession, the elder Codiñera began his career as University of Santo Tomas as both a basketball and baseball player, before making his mark in the Manila Bay Baseball League.
Boy’s remains lie at the Holy Trinity Memorial in Parañaque City. Interment will be announced later.