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 and he had sought a second opinion from Delos Santos Medical Center.
On April 14, he admitted 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 love of food and dance,” 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 Dad B! You were too good for this world. Dance to the skies where your beloved mom awaits.”
Sports media personality Migs Bustos, basketball journalist Enzo Flojo and boxing commentator Ed Tolentino paid tribute to Sison.
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.
Outside of the broadcast industry, he was a professional DJ who was also active in the live-streaming scene during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his LinkedIn account, Sison described himself as “extremely hardworking, organized, enthusiastic and passionate about helping people around the world connect with each other”.
Friends and colleagues were shocked by his sudden passing as they took to social media to say goodbye to their friend who they affectionately call ‘Dad B’.
Fight analyst Nissi Icasiano said he was still at a loss for words on Sison’s death.
“To this day, this remains my favorite picture with you – my first guest on ABS-CBN News Channel’s Hard Ball in 2018. You were one of the few people who welcomed me into the music industry with open arms. sports broadcasting. I will never forget it. Thank you, DJ B! You will be missed,” he said.
Atty, a longtime boxing commentator. Ed Tolentino said he will always remember Sison for his colorful personality and energy on camera.
“Rest in peace, Boyet Sison,” he said.
“Hard to forget that voice. You never ran out of words to say and your energy seemed boundless. But even harder to forget is the true friendship you offered to almost everyone you worked with. It was an honor to have worked with you.”
Basketball analyst Enzo Flojo was also shocked by Sison’s passing.
He described “Dad B” as an encouraging and positive personality.
“No way, “Dad B” Boyet Javelona Sison. Not at all. You were one of the most welcoming, accommodating, encouraging and positive people in ABSCBN/ANC. We always had great stories and laughs before Hardball, Gametime and Fastbreak. You believed in what I had to offer and you never failed to tell people that you trusted them, that you appreciated them,” he said.
“We lost a big one today. Keep playing hardball up there, Dad B.
Rest in peace and power.”
His co-host and close ANC Hardball friend Bill 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. In all the battles we fought – even with each other – you remained kind. You always saw the good in everyone , Boyet. I will miss it. Rest in God’s embrace; rejoice in his resurrection, dear one. You take my heart with you,” Velasco said.