Ricky Ballesteros death: Former Sinulog foundation executive director cause of death and obituary


Ricky Ballesteros Former Sinulog foundation executive director died
Ricky Ballesteros Former Sinulog Foundation executive director died (Source: Ricky’s Facebook)


Ricky Ballesteros, former executive director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc. and a well-known sports organizer, passed away. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Sir Ricky Ballesteros during this difficult time. Keep reading to learn more information about him and Ricky Ballesteros cause of death.

About Ricky Ballesteros 

Ballesteros, a University of the Visayas political science graduate, started working in Cebu City Hall where he eventually rose to the position of executive director of the city sports commission.

Ballesteros became the executive director of SFI in 2002. He was also in charge of the Cebu City Sports Centre, which later housed SFI’s headquarters.

Through his leadership and services, the Sinulog Festival was raised to become the biggest and most well-known in the Philippines and Asia.

Ballesteros stressed the value of annually striving for improvement and evaluating each Sinulog event in a 2016 interview with SunStar Cebu.

Various competitions, such as the festival queen contest, street dancing categories, music video competition, DJ-mixing competition, Sinulog documentary and short film festival, higante contest, and puppeteer contest, were introduced to enhance the Sinulog celebration under his direction.

Ballesteros used the constant theme of “one beat, one dance, one vision” for the Sinulog Festival during his leadership. Ballesteros presided over the Korea Philippines Festival Cultural Exchange Association after he left SFI.

He took the Sinulog to several nations, such as South Korea, where it was successful and won numerous competitions, most notably at the Daegu Powerful Festival.

Ricky Ballesteros death: What happened to him?

We announced with sadness that Sir Ricky Ballesteros, a renowned sports administrator and former Executive Director of the Sinulog Foundation Inc, passed away today, Saturday, July 8, 2023.

Today, people mourn the loss of a leader who empowered them to overcome challenges with resilience. His legacy will continue to inspire them as they navigate the path ahead.

Ricky’s unexpected passing has left a void in the hearts of his loved ones and the Sinulog community. His remarkable legacy of strength, passion, and selflessness will continue to inspire others for years to come.

As we remember Ballesteros, let us carry forward his spirit of kindness, empathy, and resilience in our own lives.

About Sinulog

One of the biggest and most vibrant events in the Philippines, Sinulog has a long and illustrious history. The biggest celebration honoring the Santo Nio, or the child Jesus, who used to be the patron saint of the entire province of Cebu is held every year on the third Sunday in January in Cebu City.

It consists primarily of a dance routine that honors the Filipino people’s acceptance of Christianity and their pagan background.

Aside from the vibrant and joyful dancing, Sinulog also hosts an SME trade show where it exhibits high-quality exports from Cebu, drawing visitors from all over the world to the island’s treasures.

Sinulog now refers to competition with teams from throughout the nation as opposed to the traditional street dancing of the locals because the cultural event has recently been commercialized as a tourist attraction.

Ballesteros explains that the Sinulog Foundation is a non-government organization and the secret to its success is simply “the Cebuano.”

“When there’s a funding problem, the Cebuanos give. During the festival, every sector is involved: the military, the police, the medical community, the fire department, communications group, traffic enforcers, the city government, the whole community,” he shares.

Ricky Ballesteros cause of death

As per the achievements he has made throughout his career, Ricky Ballesteros is widely regarded as one of the most prominent individuals in the world of sports administration.

The word that Ricky Ballesteros had passed away really caught everyone off guard; it is both terrible and disturbing at the same time.

Ricky Ballesteros, a well-known Cebuano sports organizer and former executive director of Sinulog Foundation Inc. (SFI), passed away on July 8, 2023, a Saturday.

He was 57. Ballesteros experienced a Cardiac arrest in a lift at a mall in Barangay Apas, Cebu City, according to a representative of the city government there. Therefore, Ricky Ballesteros cause of death was confirmed as Cardiac arrest. 


Saying goodbye is often difficult, and it can be hard to find the words to express how you feel about a loved one who has passed.

I write this obituary with a heavy heart to inform you of the demise of Ricky Ballesteros a former executive director of the Sinulog Foundation.

You may not be physically around, and you will no longer visit us, but you have engraved the best memories in our hearts. He was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

The funeral plans will be published here in the upcoming days, according to his family’s announcement. Thank you for your selfless service to everyone. 

Tributes to Ricky Ballesteros

Jeremy Ballesteros said,

These Two Greats will always be remembered by plenty of people. Uncle Ricky and Coach Rolando, may both of you rest in peace. 

PreciOus Mharkie XD said,

Rest in peace, Sir @Ricky Ballesteros. One of the pillars of our industry, one of the best Judges in the field of festivals, and one of our mentors on how to become a good choreographer.

April Tanhueco said,

Farewell, Sir Ricky Ballesteros, and thank you for everything you have done for us. Whenever I needed assistance or had questions, you were just one call away, ready to lend your wisdom and support. I am honored to have had the opportunity to learn from you.

Richard Repollo Casicas said,

Rest in Peace, Sir Ricky Ballesteros! You are such an amazing person in and out. You have been with us, Lumad Basakanon for so long. Thank you for everything, Sir. Lumad Basakanon loves you and will always remember you! These photos were taken last 2015 in Indonesia.

We send our deepest condolences to his family members, friends, and all loved ones. Please feel free to pay respects to Ricky Ballesteros by leaving a note below or by sharing your memories of him.


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