Boyet Sison, longtime host of the ABS-CBN sports show, has died
MANILA — Longtime ABS-CBN sports media personality Jose “Boyet” Sison died on Saturday, a family member confirmed to ABS-CBN News. He was 58 years old.
Sison’s final appearance on the show was as a TV Patrol news anchor in his segment “Alam N’yo Ba?”
He was hospitalized earlier this week with an intestinal illness that required surgery.
In a Facebook post on April 10, Sison wrote that he had “been having stomach pains for the past few days.”
The next day, a CT scan showed his large intestine was blocked, so he sought a second opinion at Delos Santos Medical Center.
On April 14, he recognized that he was “nervous and scared” before the operation. Two days later, he went into cardiac arrest and died.
Before the network’s franchise was denied by the House of Representatives in 2020, Sison regularly hosted sports news shows on ANC and DZMM or TeleRadyo.
For 13 years, he co-hosted “Fastbreak” with basketball great and former senator Freddie Webb on Saturdays. On the ABS-CBN (ANC) news channel, he anchored “Hardball” for 14 years with sports commentator Bill Velasco.
After ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations ceased, Sison joined ABS-CBN in October as part of TV Patrol, which added 3 new segments, including “Alam N’yo Ba?” of Sison. in the program.
He also appeared with Velasco and other Filipino fight experts in a YouTube channel dedicated to Filipino boxing which was launched last year.
Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN Integrated News, said Sison “brings sunshine into any room.”
“The stories he shared in that booming voice that was distinctly his own were always a welcome distraction from the stress and chaos of the newsroom. We were the lucky ones he shared his laughter and his love of food and dancing with,” she said.
“He was so happy to be back in TV from last year. Sports and music were his area of expertise, but I asked Boyet to try something new in TV Patrol and he bravely did it. For that, I will always be grateful,” Reyes added.
“We will miss you Papa B! You were too good for this world. Dance to the heavens where your beloved mom awaits.
Friends and colleagues were shocked by Sison’s sudden passing, as they took to social media to say goodbye to their friend who they affectionately call ‘Dad B’.
Velasco said Sison will always be remembered for his kindness.
“My life will never be the same without you, my brother, my comrade, my friend. Throughout all the battles we fought – even with each other – you remained kind. You have always seen the good in everyone, Boyet. I will especially miss it. Rest in the embrace of God; rejoice in His resurrection, dear one. You take my heart with you,” Velasco on Facebook.
Atty, a longtime boxing commentator. Ed Tolentino, who worked on the “Round by Round” YouTube channel with Velasco and Sison, said he will always remember Sison for his colorful personality and energy in front of the camera.
“Rest in peace, Boyet Sison,” Tolentino wrote on Facebook.
“Hard to forget that voice. You never ran out of words to say and your energy seemed boundless. But it’s even harder to forget the true friendship you offered to almost everyone you worked with. It was an honor to have worked with you.
Sports media personalities Migs Bustos and Jinno Rufino, basketball journalist Enzo Flojo, boxing analyst Nissi Icasiano, former PBA commissioner and current sports radio show Noli Eala also paid tribute to Sison.
It’s a shock. Boyet helped me as an arena voice during my time at the PBA. He was always generous with his time and ideas. Sad to see you becoming a partner. Rest in peace Boyette! 🙏🙏 https://t.co/mj0UxbXGne
— Noli Eala (@NoliEala) April 16, 2022
His ABS-CBN colleagues also honored Sison.
I tried to find this video I have of you dancing because that’s what you’re gonna leave in me. Sir Boyet Sison, I will keep you in my heart. Your laughter, your lambs, your advice and our shared love for music, wine and food. Hindi ako handa ditto. You are loved. Are you home. Rest in paradise Papa B. pic.twitter.com/rQlZWp6Avb
— Rica Lazo (@_ricalazo) April 16, 2022
Sison was a coliseum announcer for the PBA between 2005 and 2012, a sportscaster who called PBA games on radio from 2001 to 2011, and called games in other leagues for ABS-CBN from 2006 to 2020.
Sison’s friends in the music industry, such as Ogie Alcasid and True Faith frontman Med Marfil, also paid tribute.
Outside of the broadcast industry, he was an audiophile and professional DJ who was also active in the live-streaming scene during the COVID-19 pandemic.
So shocked and saddened.
TO TEAR @BoyetJSison 🙏
You were a shining light to many ⭐️ We will miss you.
— MEDS Ⓥ (@MedwinTruefaith) April 16, 2022
In his LinkedIn account, Sison described himself as “extremely hardworking, organized, enthusiastic and passionate about helping people around the world connect with each other”.