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By Joaqun Henson: 41st SEASON! PBA REOPENS WITH A BANG


It’s the grand opening of the PBA’s 41st season today and all roads lead to the Smart Araneta Coliseum for a glitzy inaugural program featuring a dazzling array of muses in the traditional parade of teams. Only one game is scheduled but it’s a humdinger as title-hungry Rain Or Shine battles the Star Hotshots with coach Jason Webb making his debut.
In a marketing stroke of genius, the PBA is transforming its previous team-oriented slogan “Kampihan Na” to a more fan-connective “Liga Ng Mga Bida” to showcase the superstars as the ultimate crowd drawers. No doubt, the “bida” appeal will make an impact in the turnstiles and TV ratings. As for the game itself, new PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is determined to revive the beauty of basketball in all its glory. He’s declared war on tactics and tricks that destroy the flow of a well-played contest. The referees won’t tolerate excessive physicality bordering on mixed martial arts. And Narvasa will have an ace up his sleeve, a fourth referee at his disposal in case he feels a need for a replacement during a game. That will surely put the three referees on their toes every second of a game. * * * *  On the TV5 end, coach Chot Reyes is pulling out all the stops in making every telecast an exciting, entertaining and enjoyable experience. The telestrator is back and it’ll be a useful tool in explaining how teams execute or fail to execute on both ends. Director Dong Capinpuyan said in the course of the season, the network will unveil the goal-cam (set on both backboards for a unique view of shots towards the hoop), the referee cam (strapped on a referee’s head to give an eye view of the action), the cable cam (a top view with a 360-degree capability running the length of the floor, to be introduced today), a 3D graphics capability with a more textured presentation and a parabolic microphone to capture sounds around the court even at a distance. Unpredictability is what’s in store for fans as with at least 37 veterans changing uniforms and more than 20 rookies coming in, the balance of power in the league could be dramatically tilted. Among the veterans who transferred teams are Mac Baracael to Barako Bull, Nico Salva and Joe De Vance to Barangay Ginebra, Carlo Lastimosa and Mike Cortez to Blackwater, Joseph Yeo and Jay Washington to Globalport, KG Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos to Mahindra, Jimmy Alapag and Ronjay Buenafe to Meralco, Kevin Alas and Sean Anthony to NLEX, Ronald and Jake Pascual to the Star Hotshots, Brian Heruela and Ryan Arana to San Miguel Beer and Dylan Ababou and Denok Miranda to Talk ‘N’ Text. The rookies include Talk ‘N’ Text’s Moe Tautuaa and Troy Rosario, Rain Or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi and Don Trollano, the Star’s Norbert Torres, NLEX’ Garvo Lanete and Glenn Khobuntin, Meralco’s Chris Newsome and Baser Amer (finishing his San Beda commitment in the NCAA), Globalport’s Roi Sumang, Blackwater’s Art de la Cruz (finishing his San Beda commitment in the NCAA) and Almond Vosotros, Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson, Barako Bull’s Michael Miranda and Yutien Andrada and Alaska’s Kevin Racal (finishing his Letran commitment in the NCAA) and Marion Magat. Newbies include Talk ‘N’ Text reserve Oping Sumalinog who was the Texters’ fourth round pick in 2013, Globalport’s Philip Paniamogan who was undrafted last year and Batang Pier reserve Luigi Bercede who was Kia’s fourth round pick last year. * * * * The Hotshots are tipped to steal the show in today’s opening program with 14 muses. They are Miss Global International 2014 second runner-up Catherine Almirante and 13 Miss Global International 2015 candidates Candice Ramos of the Philippines, Ji Young Jung of South Korea, Jolie Chi of Taiwan, Luisa Fernandez of Colombia, Angie Durkee of El Salvador, Rubi Chaparro of Mexico, Sophie Rankin of England, Mariah Coogan of the US, Jessica Peart of Australia, Evegeniya Krasnova of Russia, Ashima Narwal of India, Htet Htet of Myanmar and Zandile Tanda of South Africa. READ MORE..RELATED, .PBA 41st season finally unfolds tonite...

ALSO LEGENDARY BABY DALUPAN: Toasting the 92-year-old Maestro of Philippine basketball


Coach Baby Dalupan, with wife Nenang, shares light moments with coach Dante Silverio with the two mentors figuring in many an epic battle during the Crispa-Toyota rivalry. Photo below shows, from left, Atoy Co, Pilo Pumaren, Robert Jaworski, Bogs Adornado and Rey Franco who were former Dalupan players. Joey Mendoza Jr.
MANILA, Philippines - Virgilio (Baby) Dalupan turned 92 last Monday and his relatives, players, adversaries, friends and fans braved the stormy weather to celebrate the Maestro’s birthday at the jampacked Mariano Singson Hall on the Ateneo grounds in Loyola Heights. Dalupan came graciously late and nobody minded because it gave everyone time to hover around him as the Maestro walked in. The celebration, which drew over 250 guests, also set the stage for the launching of a 235-page book on his life, chronicling in detail his beginnings and the history of his coaching career. The book was 12 years in the making and the finished product proved well worth the long wait. It wouldn’t have been possible if not for the efforts of Dalupan’s daughter Cecile, Jun-Jun Capistrano, Tessa Jazmines and many, many more who gave their time to contribute to the completion of the magnum opus. Master-of-ceremonies Sev Sarmenta went around the Hall to bring the microphone to some of those whose lives were indelibly marked by the Maestro’s touch. Atoy Co, the legendary Fortune Cookie, said when he was a Crispa rookie, Dalupan made him a defender. Co had to painstakingly convince Dalupan that he could also make shots. When Dalupan was finally convinced, Co got the license to shoot. Co also recalled how Dalupan, being a strict disciplinarian, wouldn’t tolerate Bernie Fabiosa’s antics. Once, Fabiosa showed up late for practice and Dalupan ordered 10 laps around the court. After Fabiosa did the laps, he got an extra knock on the head from the Maestro. On another occasion, Fabiosa came late for a game and as he was about to put on his uniform, Dalupan told him to pack up and go home. * * * Sen. Sonny Jaworski, who played for Dalupan at UE and the national team but against him in the PBA, said he always admired the Maestro’s patience. The Big J remembered a player on Dalupan’s team who shouted “rebound” on every shot he took. Obviously, the player had no confidence in his shot. Yet, Jaworski said that player was on Dalupan’s team for four years. Dante Silverio showed up at the celebration. For years, he was Dalupan’s chief rival as Silverio called the shots for Toyota and the Maestro for Crispa in the PBA. Incredibly, Silverio found out only last Monday night that their birthdays were a day apart. Silverio turned 78 last Sunday. Clearly, Silverio had never been invited to a birthday party for Dalupan before and he never invited Dalupan to his either. Whenever they coached against each other, Silverio said they never really exchanged words. “Walang kibuan,” he chuckled. But the mutual respect was evident. Philip Cezar, who played for Dalupan at Crispa and Great Taste, said the Maestro was like a father to him. He joked that when he started playing for Dalupan, his role was to defend and when he ended playing for the Maestro, his role was still the same. Alvin Patrimonio said he’ll never forget his first PBA championship with Dalupan. “When coach Baby D came, we knew we would win the championship, that’s how good he was,” said Patrimonio. “So when we won, we really did it to honor him, to thank him for giving us the chance to win a championship.” PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was called on stage for his remarks and recalled playing for Dalupan with the Ateneo varsity in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Some of his varsity teammates were in the Hall to toast Dalupan, too, and among them were Max Estrada, Joy Carpio, Joey Pengson, Pons Valdes, Louie Rabat and Steve Watson. Dalupan’s influence has carried Narvasa to develop his own coaching career and to promote coaching as the long-time head of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines. READ MORE...

ALSO By Bill Velasco: Coach Baby


FROM TOP TWEET DOT ORG It was a rare powerhouse gathering of basketball legends at the Singson Hall of the Ateneo de Manila grade school Monday night. Legendary (and that word has never been more appropriate) coach Baby Dalupan celebrated his 92nd birthday and the launch of his book “The Maestro of Philippine Basketball”. Even those of us who have been working professionals in sports for decades are still giddy kids when this kind of reunion takes place, more so for a figure as universally loved as coach Baby. How often do we see pillars of the sport rush for an autograph, or listen in rapt attention to the stories being told about someone who has done so much for our national passion? The occasion brought together so many diverse communities that only Dalupan could bring together: his Ateneo de Manila basketball progeny, his University of the East brethren, his Olympians, his champion Crispa Redmanizers, the Purefoods originals, and figures from all those eras. There was so much to take in, dozens of anecdotes that didn’t even make the book, blended with good-natured teasing that only the intimacies of brothers in battle could share. Old foes were now contemporaries, former players loyal sons, rivals now admirers. Everything good about sport was in the air that evening. Last year, when I sat down with the Maestro in his living room for an interview on our PBA documentary, I was floored by the breadth of his basketball life. He began with how, in the 1930’s, he had realized in all humility that he was never going to be good enough to be a successful basketball player, so he decided to try coaching, instead. I also recall my mind racing because I had no footage of the time period to fill in that story for the film. What I remember most about that interview was how soft-spoken, humble and simple he was. He never spoke about his runaway success, only about the challenges overcome, how fond he was of his players, and how valuable they were to him, as if they were his own flesh and blood. There was no pretense, no bragging, just beaming with how well all his players were doing. His single greatest gift was being able to bring people together. Look at all the diverse personalities he had coached, and where all of them had gone after he had touched them. His basketball family tree may as well be that of the sport itself in the Philippines. Robert Jaworski (UE) became the most famous player in the country and a senator; Chito Narvasa (Ateneo) is now the PBA commissioner; half of his Crispa team became Most Valuable Player. Alvin Patrimonio (Purefoods) is one of only two players to win the league MVP four times. Allan Caidic (Great Taste) holds scoring records which may never be broken. Some of those players have entrenched themselves indelibly in basketball and school athletics as coaches, managers, teachers, executives. To try to uproot and isolate Dalupan’s achievements would be to render the forest barren. You would have to dig so deep to find how far the roots have gone. READ MORE...

ALSO: Cone makes Ginebra debut


Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text slips past Calvin Abueva of Alaska during Friday’s game in the PBA. Alaska won, 114-98. (Ernie Sarmiento)
Nearly three months after he was appointed coach of the league’s most popular squad, veteran mentor Tim Cone makes his debut with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they face their former team Star Hotshots in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cone coached the Star franchise for four seasons where he bagged five championships, giving him a record 21 league titles and a second coaching career Grand Slam in 2014. The management of San Miguel Corp. (SMC), which under its umbrella owns Ginebra, Star and San Miguel Beer, decided to move Cone to the Kings in the hopes of ending the popular team’s title drought. The game between Ginebra and Star is set at 5:15 p.m., right after the 3 p.m. encounter of Rain or Shine and Mahindra, where playing coach Manny Pacquiao is expected to join the Enforcers (formerly Kia). The Elasto Painters – minus injured ace point guard Paul Lee – are aiming for their second straight victory after hammering a come-from-behind 96-87 decision to the Hotshots last Wednesday. Cone took over a Ginebra team that has the ‘twin towers’ of 7-foot center Greg Slaughter and 6-10 forward Japeth Aguilar, which makes the 57-year-old mentor excited to implement his ‘triangle offense’ system. “The triangle we have right now is ‘the triangle’ (with Ginebra),” said Cone, now with his third PBA team as he also coached Alaska for almost 23 years where he won 16 titles and his first Grand Slam – the league’s version of a ‘triple’ crown’ of championships. “We have to take advantage of those guys, Greg and Japeth. We have to play to our strengths,” said Cone, adding that the system he has now is adjusted to the fact that the Kings have two of the “most dominant players” in the league. In his second year in the league last season, Slaughter averaged 14.84 points and 10.28 rebounds, while the high-leaping Aguilar has 11.64 points, 7.64 rebounds and 1.48 shot blocks per game. However, the Kings are not just about the Slaughter-Aguilar tandem as Cone will likewise have in his arsenal a loaded backcourt led by former MVP Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio, who played for Cone when the two were still with the Aces that won a title in 2010 Fiesta Cup. READ MORE...

ALSO Boxing: Arum says Pacquiao planning last fight – report


Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao plans to end his ring career with a fight on April 9 before moving on to focus on his political career, promoter Bob Arum has told ESPN.com.
Arum said he had discussed plans for a final fight with Pacquiao last week in New York — where Pacquiao received the Asia Game Changer award presented by the Asia Society at the United Nations.“I’m telling you what he told me last week at dinner in New York,” Arum told the website. “We talked very seriously and he said, ‘Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines and at that point I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance.’ “Manny told me this fight on April 9 will be his last fight.” That echoed comments Pacquiao himself made in the Philippines this month, when he announced he would run for a senate seat. He has been a congressman since 2010. An opponent has not been named, although Arum mentioned England’s Amir Khan, a former unified junior welterweight titleholder, as well as unbeaten junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford — who fights Montreal’s Dierry Jean on Saturday. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiaos challenge BIR before SC


OCTOBER 24 -BIR CHIEF HENARES, MANNY PACQUIAO Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from implementing the warrant of distraint and levy, and garnishment order against their assets for their alleged P3-billion tax liability. In a memorandum, they also pleaded the reversal of a Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) order that required them to deposit P3.2-billion cash bond or a P4.9-billion surety bond to suspend the collection of taxes from them. The posting of the cash or surety bond had earlier been stopped by the SC through a temporary restraining order (TRO). “The premature seizure and liquidation of all of the properties of petitioners on account of respondent BIR Commissioner’s (Kim Henares) premature tax collection efforts will not only destroy them financially…but, moreover, will forever tarnish their reputations beyond repair, even in the absence of a judicial determination rendered after the trial on the merits of the case,” the Pacquiao couple said. At the same time, the couple told the SC that their right to due process was violated by the BIR when it proceeded with the collection of tax without first serving a final decision on disputed assessment (FDDA) which would be their basis to question the assessment. READ MORE...


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PBA reopens with a bang

MANILA, OCTOBER 26, 2015, (PHILSTAR) SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 18, 2015- It’s the grand opening of the PBA’s 41st season today and all roads lead to the Smart Araneta Coliseum for a glitzy inaugural program featuring a dazzling array of muses in the traditional parade of teams. Only one game is scheduled but it’s a humdinger as title-hungry Rain Or Shine battles the Star Hotshots with coach Jason Webb making his debut.

In a marketing stroke of genius, the PBA is transforming its previous team-oriented slogan “Kampihan Na” to a more fan-connective “Liga Ng Mga Bida” to showcase the superstars as the ultimate crowd drawers. No doubt, the “bida” appeal will make an impact in the turnstiles and TV ratings.

As for the game itself, new PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa is determined to revive the beauty of basketball in all its glory. He’s declared war on tactics and tricks that destroy the flow of a well-played contest. The referees won’t tolerate excessive physicality bordering on mixed martial arts.

And Narvasa will have an ace up his sleeve, a fourth referee at his disposal in case he feels a need for a replacement during a game. That will surely put the three referees on their toes every second of a game.

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IN THIS PHOTO Former Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes parts with the very first polo he wore at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which was designed by Joey Samson ...

On the TV5 end, coach Chot Reyes is pulling out all the stops in making every telecast an exciting, entertaining and enjoyable experience. The telestrator is back and it’ll be a useful tool in explaining how teams execute or fail to execute on both ends.

Director Dong Capinpuyan said in the course of the season, the network will unveil the goal-cam (set on both backboards for a unique view of shots towards the hoop), the referee cam (strapped on a referee’s head to give an eye view of the action), the cable cam (a top view with a 360-degree capability running the length of the floor, to be introduced today), a 3D graphics capability with a more textured presentation and a parabolic microphone to capture sounds around the court even at a distance.

Unpredictability is what’s in store for fans as with at least 37 veterans changing uniforms and more than 20 rookies coming in, the balance of power in the league could be dramatically tilted.

Among the veterans who transferred teams are Mac Baracael to Barako Bull, Nico Salva and Joe De Vance to Barangay Ginebra, Carlo Lastimosa and Mike Cortez to Blackwater, Joseph Yeo and Jay Washington to Globalport, KG Canaleta and Aldrech Ramos to Mahindra, Jimmy Alapag and Ronjay Buenafe to Meralco, Kevin Alas and Sean Anthony to NLEX, Ronald and Jake Pascual to the Star Hotshots, Brian Heruela and Ryan Arana to San Miguel Beer and Dylan Ababou and Denok Miranda to Talk ‘N’ Text.

The rookies include Talk ‘N’ Text’s Moe Tautuaa and Troy Rosario, Rain Or Shine’s Maverick Ahanmisi and Don Trollano, the Star’s Norbert Torres, NLEX’ Garvo Lanete and Glenn Khobuntin, Meralco’s Chris Newsome and Baser Amer (finishing his San Beda commitment in the NCAA), Globalport’s Roi Sumang, Blackwater’s Art de la Cruz (finishing his San Beda commitment in the NCAA) and Almond Vosotros, Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson, Barako Bull’s Michael Miranda and Yutien Andrada and Alaska’s Kevin Racal (finishing his Letran commitment in the NCAA) and Marion Magat. Newbies include Talk ‘N’ Text reserve Oping Sumalinog who was the Texters’ fourth round pick in 2013, Globalport’s Philip Paniamogan who was undrafted last year and Batang Pier reserve Luigi Bercede who was Kia’s fourth round pick last year.

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The Hotshots are tipped to steal the show in today’s opening program with 14 muses. They are Miss Global International 2014 second runner-up Catherine Almirante and 13 Miss Global International 2015 candidates Candice Ramos of the Philippines, Ji Young Jung of South Korea, Jolie Chi of Taiwan, Luisa Fernandez of Colombia, Angie Durkee of El Salvador, Rubi Chaparro of Mexico, Sophie Rankin of England, Mariah Coogan of the US, Jessica Peart of Australia, Evegeniya Krasnova of Russia, Ashima Narwal of India, Htet Htet of Myanmar and Zandile Tanda of South Africa.

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The other muses are Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2015 first runner-up Julie Ann Marie Bourgoin of Rain Or Shine, Ateneo volleyball star Alyssa Valdez of Talk ‘N’ Text, La Salle volleyball star Mika Reyes of Barako Bull, GMA talent and FHM cover girl for March Max Collins of Blackwater, Manny Pacquiao’s wife Jinkee for Mahindra, triathletes Sam, Tara and Chezka Borlain for Alaska, actress and singer Arci Muńoz of Barangay Ginebra, volleyball stars Rachel Ann Daquis and Alexa Micek of San Miguel Beer, actress and singer Karylle of Globalport, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa of NLEX and TV5 actress and first Star Factor grand winner Eula Caballero of Meralco.


PBA president and CEO Chito Salud with GILAS coach Baldwin Jerome Ascano FROM SPIN,COM

To make matters more interesting, PBA chairman Robert Non and president/CEO Chito Salud recently announced the league’s full commitment to the Gilas crusade for a slot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Gilas coach Tab Baldwin submitted a wish list of 17 PBA players for the Gilas pool and the PBA Board of Governors affirmed that everyone is available for the Olympic qualifying tournament on July 5-10 next year.

Once-a-week training will start in November and the pool may be contracted or expanded depending on the progress of the workouts. The PBA will also postpone the start of the Governors Cup until after the Olympic qualifying tournament.

It’s all systems go for the PBA’s 41st season and the journey starts today with a bang.

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PBA 41st season finally unfolds tonite By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 21, 2015 - 12:00am 2 1 googleplus0 0


The PBA pushes through with the opening ceremonies to be graced by a bevy of beauties as team muses and marked by performances by artists including Ogie Alcasid, Anya Aguilar, Junior New System, Abra and Project Pinoy. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines - With extra preparation following the postponement of their faceoff Sunday, Rain or Shine and Star set out for a fierce duel tonight highlighting the opening day of the 41st PBA season at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The PBA pushes through with the opening ceremonies to be graced by a bevy of beauties as team muses and marked by performances by artists including Ogie Alcasid, Anya Aguilar, Junior New System, Abra and Project Pinoy.

But it will not only be glitz and glamour as the league turns the keenly awaited opener into a fund-raiser with proceeds to go to victims of Typhoon Lando that battered most part of Luzon last weekend and reset the league inaugurals.

“We in the PBA feel for our countrymen who have been affected by the storm. On this note I would like to encourage our basketball fans to come and watch our season opener. You will not just enjoy the game, you will also be helping our kababayans in need,” said PBA board chairman Robert Non.

In the original roster of muses include Miss Global International 2014 second runner-up Catherine Almirante and 13 Miss Global International 2015 candidates for the Hotshots, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 first runner-up Julie Ann Marie Bourgoin for Rain or Shine, Ateneo volleyball star Alyssa Valdez for Talk n Text, La Salle volleyball star Mika Reyes for Barako Bull, FHM cover girl Max Collins for Blackwater, Jinkee Pacquiao for Mahindra, triathletes Sam, Tara and Chezka Borlain for Alaska, singer/actress Arci Muńoz for Ginebra, volleyball stars Rachel Ann Daquis and Alexa Micek for San Miguel Beer, artist Karylle for Globalport, Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa for NLEX and TV5 actress Eula Caballero for Meralco.

Ceremonies start at 5 p.m. with the event having extra meaning, with its proceeds helping relief efforts for those affected by typhoon Lando.

“This opener will be something different because everyone – from league officials to the players down to the fans – will come there with a purpose and that is to help,” said the league chairman.

The Elasto Painters and the Hotshots, meanwhile, brace for a tough fight in the lone game set at 7 p.m.

The two teams expect each other to be armed to the teeth with the three extra days they’d got to prepare following the postponement of their Sunday match.

Both needed to make some adjustments with Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee suffering an MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury.

With Lee confined on the sideline, Maverick Ahanmisi, the third pick in the recent Rookie Draft, may play extended minutes right in his first games with the Elasto Painters.

Another ROS rookie guard Don Trollano may also get an early exposure.

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao expects a fast-paced battle with the Star squad under new coach Jason Webb.

“It’s in his genes and that showed even while coach Jason was playing,” Guiao pointed out.

“Walang kukurap dahil baka may ma-miss na play. Ratratan iyan (Don’t blink or one may miss an action. It’s going to be a run-and-gun duel),” said Guiao.

“They have (Mark) Barroca, (Justin) Melton, (Alex) Mallari, (Allein) Maliksi and other old reliables like James (Yap) and (PJ) Simon, who can all thrive in a running game,” Guiao added. “They’d got tied up with (former coach Tim Cone’s preferred) triangle offense, and they will surely be so eager to run.”


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Toasting the Maestro of Philippine basketball By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 21, 2015 - 12:00am 0 2 googleplus0 0


Coach Baby Dalupan, with wife Nenang, shares light moments with coach Dante Silverio with the two mentors figuring in many an epic battle during the Crispa-Toyota rivalry. Photo below shows, from left, Atoy Co, Pilo Pumaren, Robert Jaworski, Bogs Adornado and Rey Franco who were former Dalupan players. Joey Mendoza Jr.

MANILA, Philippines - Virgilio (Baby) Dalupan turned 92 last Monday and his relatives, players, adversaries, friends and fans braved the stormy weather to celebrate the Maestro’s birthday at the jampacked Mariano Singson Hall on the Ateneo grounds in Loyola Heights.

Dalupan came graciously late and nobody minded because it gave everyone time to hover around him as the Maestro walked in.

The celebration, which drew over 250 guests, also set the stage for the launching of a 235-page book on his life, chronicling in detail his beginnings and the history of his coaching career. The book was 12 years in the making and the finished product proved well worth the long wait. It wouldn’t have been possible if not for the efforts of Dalupan’s daughter Cecile, Jun-Jun Capistrano, Tessa Jazmines and many, many more who gave their time to contribute to the completion of the magnum opus.

Master-of-ceremonies Sev Sarmenta went around the Hall to bring the microphone to some of those whose lives were indelibly marked by the Maestro’s touch. Atoy Co, the legendary Fortune Cookie, said when he was a Crispa rookie, Dalupan made him a defender. Co had to painstakingly convince Dalupan that he could also make shots.

When Dalupan was finally convinced, Co got the license to shoot. Co also recalled how Dalupan, being a strict disciplinarian, wouldn’t tolerate Bernie Fabiosa’s antics. Once, Fabiosa showed up late for practice and Dalupan ordered 10 laps around the court. After Fabiosa did the laps, he got an extra knock on the head from the Maestro. On another occasion, Fabiosa came late for a game and as he was about to put on his uniform, Dalupan told him to pack up and go home.

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Sen. Sonny Jaworski, who played for Dalupan at UE and the national team but against him in the PBA, said he always admired the Maestro’s patience. The Big J remembered a player on Dalupan’s team who shouted “rebound” on every shot he took. Obviously, the player had no confidence in his shot. Yet, Jaworski said that player was on Dalupan’s team for four years.

Dante Silverio showed up at the celebration. For years, he was Dalupan’s chief rival as Silverio called the shots for Toyota and the Maestro for Crispa in the PBA.

Incredibly, Silverio found out only last Monday night that their birthdays were a day apart. Silverio turned 78 last Sunday. Clearly, Silverio had never been invited to a birthday party for Dalupan before and he never invited Dalupan to his either. Whenever they coached against each other, Silverio said they never really exchanged words. “Walang kibuan,” he chuckled. But the mutual respect was evident.

Philip Cezar, who played for Dalupan at Crispa and Great Taste, said the Maestro was like a father to him. He joked that when he started playing for Dalupan, his role was to defend and when he ended playing for the Maestro, his role was still the same. Alvin Patrimonio said he’ll never forget his first PBA championship with Dalupan. “When coach Baby D came, we knew we would win the championship, that’s how good he was,” said Patrimonio. “So when we won, we really did it to honor him, to thank him for giving us the chance to win a championship.”


PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa shares a laugh with Dalupan.

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was called on stage for his remarks and recalled playing for Dalupan with the Ateneo varsity in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Some of his varsity teammates were in the Hall to toast Dalupan, too, and among them were Max Estrada, Joy Carpio, Joey Pengson, Pons Valdes, Louie Rabat and Steve Watson. Dalupan’s influence has carried Narvasa to develop his own coaching career and to promote coaching as the long-time head of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.

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Tim Cone also went up the stage to speak about Dalupan and how appropriate it was. Before Cone came along, Dalupan was the PBA’s winningest coach with 15 championships. Cone raised his total to 18 after capturing a second Grand Slam in 2013-14. Dalupan registered the PBA’s first Grand Slam with Crispa in 1976. Interestingly, Cone went up against Dalupan in the 1990 Third Conference Finals. It was Cone’s first Finals appearance with Alaska and after racing to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, he was taken to school by Dalupan who swept the next three to clinch the crown for Purefoods.


I've had an opportunity to spend time with him. Every time I'm with him, I realize how special he is," says Tim Cone of Baby Dalupan.

Cone said he’ll always treasure the experience of sitting down with Dalupan for breakfast in the Maestro’s home a few years ago. “You never heard coach Baby say I or me whenever he spoke about his teams, it was always we or us,” said Cone. In Cone’s mind, there will never be a greater coach than Dalupan. The Maestro’s collection of over 40 championships in every imaginable level of basketball is testament of his greatness. Cone said when the Maestro wielded the baton, it was like his team was a symphony orchestra. “To be honest, I don’t remember coach Baby’s teams ever losing because it’s like he always won,” added Cone.

The Hall was crowded with many other basketball luminaries. Two-time Olympian Tony Genato, now 86, showed up. He’s been a family friend for years and his son Tonichi was once married to Dalupan’s daughter Loulie. Genato played on the Philippine team that took third place at the FIBA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro in 1954. Bogs Adornado, Conrad and Joel Banal, Jimmy Mariano, Tito Panlilio, Ogie Narvasa, Sandy Arrespacochaga, Olsen Racela, Ricky Palou, Rey Franco and Freddie Hubalde came. So did Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, former Ateneo president Fr. Bienvenido Nebres and UE president Ester Garcia.

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In a fitting tribute, the UE chorale sang the favorite songs of Dalupan and his wife Nenang, including “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” .

Throughout his brilliant coaching career, Dalupan has been honored with numerous awards. Nine of his players were MVPs in the PBA, namely, Adornado, Hubalde, Jaworski, Co, Cezar, Abet Guidaben, Ricardo Brown, Allan Caidic and Patrimonio. But Dalupan will easily brush the accolades aside to be recognized instead for being a loving husband, a doting father and a simple family man.


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Coach Baby THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 24, 2015 - 12:00am 0 1 googleplus0 0


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It was a rare powerhouse gathering of basketball legends at the Singson Hall of the Ateneo de Manila grade school Monday night. Legendary (and that word has never been more appropriate) coach Baby Dalupan celebrated his 92nd birthday and the launch of his book “The Maestro of Philippine Basketball”. Even those of us who have been working professionals in sports for decades are still giddy kids when this kind of reunion takes place, more so for a figure as universally loved as coach Baby. How often do we see pillars of the sport rush for an autograph, or listen in rapt attention to the stories being told about someone who has done so much for our national passion?

The occasion brought together so many diverse communities that only Dalupan could bring together: his Ateneo de Manila basketball progeny, his University of the East brethren, his Olympians, his champion Crispa Redmanizers, the Purefoods originals, and figures from all those eras. There was so much to take in, dozens of anecdotes that didn’t even make the book, blended with good-natured teasing that only the intimacies of brothers in battle could share. Old foes were now contemporaries, former players loyal sons, rivals now admirers. Everything good about sport was in the air that evening.

Last year, when I sat down with the Maestro in his living room for an interview on our PBA documentary, I was floored by the breadth of his basketball life. He began with how, in the 1930’s, he had realized in all humility that he was never going to be good enough to be a successful basketball player, so he decided to try coaching, instead. I also recall my mind racing because I had no footage of the time period to fill in that story for the film. What I remember most about that interview was how soft-spoken, humble and simple he was. He never spoke about his runaway success, only about the challenges overcome, how fond he was of his players, and how valuable they were to him, as if they were his own flesh and blood. There was no pretense, no bragging, just beaming with how well all his players were doing.


THOSE WERE THE GREATS: Former PBA MVPs Mon Fernandez, Robert Jaworski, Alvin Patrimonio, Atoy Co and Allan Caidic were the honorees in the '40 Greatest Players' list, April 7, 2015. SPIN.PH

His single greatest gift was being able to bring people together. Look at all the diverse personalities he had coached, and where all of them had gone after he had touched them. His basketball family tree may as well be that of the sport itself in the Philippines. Robert Jaworski (UE) became the most famous player in the country and a senator; Chito Narvasa (Ateneo) is now the PBA commissioner; half of his Crispa team became Most Valuable Player. Alvin Patrimonio (Purefoods) is one of only two players to win the league MVP four times. Allan Caidic (Great Taste) holds scoring records which may never be broken. Some of those players have entrenched themselves indelibly in basketball and school athletics as coaches, managers, teachers, executives. To try to uproot and isolate Dalupan’s achievements would be to render the forest barren. You would have to dig so deep to find how far the roots have gone.

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Tim Cone said he envied the people in the room since he was initially a Toyota fan and later a rival coach. But Coach Baby became an idol, and Cone himself never stops paying tribute to the Maestro in glowing terms.

“Someday, when someone is winning 25 championships, people will talk about me and talk about coach Baby,” Cone told this writer in a previous interview. “That’s the beauty of it, that his name is being brought back into the conversation for the younger generations. He is, in many ways, father to us all. Every coach owes him a debt of gratitude.”

Looking back, many greats wax grateful seeing the wisdom in how coach Baby treated them. Some thought they deserved certain privileges, and realized later on how their mentor saw what lessons they needed to learn first. Atoy Co, the first player to score 5,000 and 10,000 points in PBA history, was initially Crispa’s designated stopper. It was only later that he was “licensed” to shoot. In the end, it made him a well-rounded player. It was part of the discipline, the patience that one needed to play for Baby Dalupan. Tardiness was not tolerated. But when players needed help, a hand in renegotiating their contracts, their coach was there with a helping hand.

Some critics once said that his teams were so talented, coach Baby needed only to roll out the basketball to win games. That’s not true. His gift was synthesizing those talents and large personalities, and putting everyone in the right place, preparing them for the right time. Dante Silverio, the grand designer of Toyota’s rivalry with Crispa, admitted it was “scary” looking down the sideline and seeing Baby Dalupan, because you would never know what he would come up with. Silverio is credited by coaches today as being one of the first innovators in Philippine professional basketball before Ron Jacobs came along. That speaks volumes about Dalupan, as well.

What does Baby Dalupan mean to all of us who came after? He was the one who carved a path for us to follow. As the saying goes “The first one through the wall always gets bloodied.” He created the template that hardly anyone has been able to replicate. His firmness was underlaced with genuine affection. And his honesty would lead him to tell you if you, like him, were not meant to play the game at all, as well. There was no pretense, no wasting your time and his. He would tell you what needed to be done, and why. His coaching style was simple and clear. It wasn’t alchemy and science, but common sense. Ironically, it was such an uncommon sixth sense that set him apart.

We consider ourselves lucky that he is still around, encouraging another generation of coaches and players, selflessly doling out wisdom and cheer. His family, friends and disciples spent years putting together his history, and he doubted if anyone would be interested, in the first place. There will never be another Baby Dalupan, who was Adam, David and Solomon to Philippine basketball.


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Cone makes Ginebra debut by Waylon Galvez October 25, 2015 Share0 Tweet3 Share0 Email0 Share3

Games Today (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 3 p.m. – Mahindra vs Rain or Shine 5:15 p.m. – Star vs Ginebra


Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text slips past Calvin Abueva of Alaska during Friday’s game in the PBA. Alaska won, 114-98. (Ernie Sarmiento) J

Nearly three months after he was appointed coach of the league’s most popular squad, veteran mentor Tim Cone makes his debut with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel as they face their former team Star Hotshots in the Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Cone coached the Star franchise for four seasons where he bagged five championships, giving him a record 21 league titles and a second coaching career Grand Slam in 2014.

The management of San Miguel Corp. (SMC), which under its umbrella owns Ginebra, Star and San Miguel Beer, decided to move Cone to the Kings in the hopes of ending the popular team’s title drought.

The game between Ginebra and Star is set at 5:15 p.m., right after the 3 p.m. encounter of Rain or Shine and Mahindra, where playing coach Manny Pacquiao is expected to join the Enforcers (formerly Kia).

The Elasto Painters – minus injured ace point guard Paul Lee – are aiming for their second straight victory after hammering a come-from-behind 96-87 decision to the Hotshots last Wednesday.

Cone took over a Ginebra team that has the ‘twin towers’ of 7-foot center Greg Slaughter and 6-10 forward Japeth Aguilar, which makes the 57-year-old mentor excited to implement his ‘triangle offense’ system.

“The triangle we have right now is ‘the triangle’ (with Ginebra),” said Cone, now with his third PBA team as he also coached Alaska for almost 23 years where he won 16 titles and his first Grand Slam – the league’s version of a ‘triple’ crown’ of championships.

“We have to take advantage of those guys, Greg and Japeth. We have to play to our strengths,” said Cone, adding that the system he has now is adjusted to the fact that the Kings have two of the “most dominant players” in the league.

In his second year in the league last season, Slaughter averaged 14.84 points and 10.28 rebounds, while the high-leaping Aguilar has 11.64 points, 7.64 rebounds and 1.48 shot blocks per game.

However, the Kings are not just about the Slaughter-Aguilar tandem as Cone will likewise have in his arsenal a loaded backcourt led by former MVP Mark Caguioa and LA Tenorio, who played for Cone when the two were still with the Aces that won a title in 2010 Fiesta Cup.

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Also, the team has another one-time MVP in Jayjay Helterbrad, Sol Mercado, Chris Ellis, and new recruits Joe Devance – obtained in a three-team trade from Star – and Nico Salva and rookie Scottie Thompson.

The team was supposed to debut last Wednesday against Meralco, but the league adjusted its schedule when the opening ceremony was postponed last Sunday and the 41st Season opener was held four days ago at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

The cancellation gave Cone several more days to fine-tune the ‘triangle’, and now he said they are ready to play even if it’s a little tough on him personally as he faces his former team.

“It’s been a long break and it feels good to get back at it,” said Cone. “It’s always tough to face your ex-players and it is specially hard to face them in your first game, but we’re all excited to get going.”

“Just everyone else, I’m curious to see how our guys respond. This is the first baby step of our journey together,” said Cone, whose task is to deliver a title for the team that last won in 2008 Fiesta Cup.

As for the Hotshots, the team will try to rebound from that setback to Rain or Shine, but rookie mentor Jason Webb, who took over from Cone, expects a tough match up with Ginebra’s size advantage.

“They’re a tough match up for us, or for any team, with their size,” said Webb, 41, whose team will again be led by former two-time MVP James Yap, Marc Pingris and Mark Barroca.


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Boxing: Arum says Pacquiao planning last fight – report by AFP October 25, 2015 (updated) Share98 Tweet7 Share0 Email1 Share116

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao plans to end his ring career with a fight on April 9 before moving on to focus on his political career, promoter Bob Arum has told ESPN.com.

Arum said he had discussed plans for a final fight with Pacquiao last week in New York — where Pacquiao received the Asia Game Changer award presented by the Asia Society at the United Nations.

“I’m telling you what he told me last week at dinner in New York,” Arum told the website. “We talked very seriously and he said, ‘Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines and at that point I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance.’

“Manny told me this fight on April 9 will be his last fight.”

That echoed comments Pacquiao himself made in the Philippines this month, when he announced he would run for a senate seat.

He has been a congressman since 2010.

An opponent has not been named, although Arum mentioned England’s Amir Khan, a former unified junior welterweight titleholder, as well as unbeaten junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford — who fights Montreal’s Dierry Jean on Saturday.

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Arum named Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley as other potential foes.

Mexico’s Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KOs), has said he is not interested in extending his great rivalry with Pacquiao to a fifth fight while Bradley would have to get past Brandon Rios in November to be considered for a third fight against PacMan.

Bradley was awarded a controversial split decision in their 2012 fight that most thought Pacquiao had won, and Pacquiao won a 2014 rematch.

The venue for the bout also remains uncertain, although Arum said he expected it to be in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao, who has won eight world titles in as many weight divisions, owns a ring record of 57-6-2 with 38 knockouts.


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Pacquiaos challenge BIR before SC by Rey G. Panaligan October 24, 2015 Share0 Tweet4 Share0 Email0 Share17 The eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the


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Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from implementing the warrant of distraint and levy, and garnishment order against their assets for their alleged P3-billion tax liability.

In a memorandum, they also pleaded the reversal of a Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) order that required them to deposit P3.2-billion cash bond or a P4.9-billion surety bond to suspend the collection of taxes from them.

The posting of the cash or surety bond had earlier been stopped by the SC through a temporary restraining order (TRO).

“The premature seizure and liquidation of all of the properties of petitioners on account of respondent BIR Commissioner’s (Kim Henares) premature tax collection efforts will not only destroy them financially…but, moreover, will forever tarnish their reputations beyond repair, even in the absence of a judicial determination rendered after the trial on the merits of the case,” the Pacquiao couple said.

At the same time, the couple told the SC that their right to due process was violated by the BIR when it proceeded with the collection of tax without first serving a final decision on disputed assessment (FDDA) which would be their basis to question the assessment.

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“Respondent Commissioner’s failure to validly and completely assess petitioners-Pacquiao couple (given the absence of an FDDA) a mandatory pre-requisite for collection clearly deprives her of authority to collect against petitioners and make all actions taken pursuant to the collection efforts of respondent Commissioner and her representatives null and void and no effect whatsoever,” they said.

The Pacquiao couple said that the BIR has not presented proof that they committed fraud in the payment of the taxes due them from 1995 to 2005.

“Petitioners have been made hapless subjects of a ruthless name and shame campaign designed to strike fear in the hearts of our citizenry in the hope that they will voluntarily pay more taxes than what is rightfully due, or risk the vengeful ire of the tax collector,” they said.

Earlier, the BIR had said that the Pacquiao couple has a tax liability of over P2.26 billion. The amount bloated to P3.29 billion due to surcharges and penalties.

In previous pleadings, the Pacquiao had told the SC they had paid $8.35 million in taxes out of from his fight winnings in 2008 and 2009.


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