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06-14-2006, 07:23 AM
PBL honors pro-bound Rain or Shine
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IT ALL started in a small basketball court in Makati, then the fun and camaraderie blossomed into one of enduring basketball dynasties in the country’s premier amateur basketball league.


And after 10 years in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Rain or Shine, formerly Welcoat Paints, finally bid goodbye to the league and to its legion of fans yesterday in a poignant ceremony befitting the team’s status as one of the successful teams in league history.

In a decade of outstanding performance, Rain or Shine won six championships in 12 finals appearances — a feat considered by many as hard to accomplish.

The officials and some of the players that started it all arrived — still brimming with the same enthusiasm and confidence that they once wore during their early days of their campaign.

As music blared team owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu, his mother, Margaret, who is the team’s No. 1 cheerer, waved to the crowd as they walked triumphantly into the center court.

It was like a scene cut out of a movie — it was touching as it was dramatic.

The excitement on the faces of Que and Yu grew each time former players showed up.

Among the originals who came were players Estong Ballesteros and Ato Morano and coach Boy Lapid, who is now the team’s manager.

Other prominent players who started their career under Welcoat’s wings also came, among them, Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingis, Jay Sagad, Ronald Tubid, Mark Isip, Denok Miranda, JR Reyes, Jun Jun Cabatu, Irvin Sotto, Mac Cuan and Rommel Adducol.

Ren Ren Ritualo, one of the finest product of Welcoat, was represented by his mother, Baby.

The tribute was like a reunion of sorts as the players and officials recalled the days of their triumphs before the ceremony. They also brought with them the awards and trophies they won through the years.

The coaches that helped one another to make the team become a byword were also there — Junel Baculi (four championships) Leo Austria (one title) and Caloy Garcia (one title).

"While were are excited to move to a new level, we are also sad because we’re leaving an institution that we have learned to love and respect," said Yu. ""We’re also sad because we’re leaving our legion of fans who have been with us through thick and thin."

Commissioner Chino Trinidad, for his part, wished Rain or Shine officials the best of luck.

"I hope they will bring with them the winning legacy which they have worked so hard to establish in the league," said Trinidad.

As players assembled on the center court, one could only wish they would be the players Welcoat would be bringing in the pro league.

It’s star-studded, and for sure, it’s going to be a competitive one. But that’s only a wish.

gameface_one
06-17-2006, 11:47 AM
Pro-bound Rain or Shine once home to PBA stars

The Philippine Star 06/17/2006

Rain or Shine, formerly Welcoat Paints, not only established one of the most dominant dynasties in Philippine Basketball League (PBL) history. It also nurtured the budding careers of some of the finest professional basketball players in the country today.

So it’s understandable, that most if not all of these so-called Welcoat babies are now looking forward to the time when the Welbest franchise formally makes its Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) debut sometime in October.

The list undoubtedly, is a star-studded cast from Romel Adducul, RenRen Ritualo, Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Ronald Tubid, Anthony Washington, Leomar Najorda, Denok Miranda, Eddie Laure, Celino Cruz, Renato Morano, Gilbert Demape and James Yap

"Boss, aakyat din lang pala kayo sa PBA, sana naghintay na lang ako," the 6-foot-7 de Ocampo said in jest to his former bosses, Welcoat owners Terry Que and Raymund Yu, together with Yu’s mother Margaret, the team’s acknowledged No. 1 cheerer, during the elaborate farewell tribute given by the PBL on one of the most successful teams ever to play in the 24-year history of the league.

De Ocampo, together with Allado and Eugene Tan formed part of the Elasto Painters team that bagged its first ever PBL title with a 3-0 sweep of the Red Bull Energy Drinkers during the 1999 Challenge Cup.

From that time on, the franchise won five more championships in 12 finals appearances, putting the team almost in the same breath as some of the legendary ball clubs in the annals of the PBL such as Magnolia in the 80s and Tanduay in the 90s.

Que and Yu, one of the most successful partnerships local basketball has ever seen, together with Mrs. Yu, were each presented with a jacket by commissioner Chino Trinidad during the hour-long ceremony at the Olivarez College Sports Center, symbolic of the league’s gratitude for the lasting memories the team brought with them in the PBL.

"We’ll never ever forget our PBL days, the time when Welcoat really became a byword in Philippine basketball," said Que and Yu. "If not for the PBL, Welcoat or Rain or Shine will be nothing."

As early as four years ago, Welcoat already signified its intention of joining the pro ranks, at a time when it has in its roster the likes of Adducul, de Ocampo, Laure, Ritualo, Pingris and Cruz.

But the Paint Masters’ entry into the PBA albeit belatedly was eventually turned down, compelling some of their star players to jump into the pro bandwagon earlier and join other ball clubs.

Adducul is now with Barangay Ginebra, Ritualo with Talk ‘N Text together with Washington, Laure is a reserve with Alaska, Yap and Pingris are valuable starters for the Purefoods Giants and Cruz a chief reliever at the Red Bull backcourt.

Washington, Najorda, Tan along with young stalwarts JR Reyes and Jay Sagad as well as veterans Jojo Tangkay and Marvin Ortiguerra were the prominent members of the Rain or Shine team that won the franchise’s last PBL title a 3-1 rout of Montaña Jewels in the 2005 Unity Cup finals.

All three coaches that served as architects of Welcoat’s PBL dynasty were present during the tribute Junel Baculi (four), Leo Austria (one) and Caloy Garcia (one).

Not around were Gabby Velasco and assistant Boyzie Zamar, the two coaching brains who piloted Welcoat to the first PBL VisMin Cup title in 1997 opposite the powerhouse, Fil-Am reinforced Blu Detergent team of Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag and Rob Duat.

gameface_one
06-17-2006, 11:47 AM
PBL honors Welcoat as team says goodbye
mb.com.ph




RAIN OR SHINE, formerly Welcoat Paints, not only established one of the most dominant dynasties in Philippine Basketball League (PBL) history. It also nurtured the budding careers of some of the finest professional basketball players in the country today.


So its understandable, that most – if not all – of these so-called Welcoat babies are now looking forward to the time when the Welbest franchise formally makes its Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) debut sometime in October.

The list undoubtedly, is a star-studded cast – from Romel Adducul, RenRen Ritualo, Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Ronald Tubid, Anthony Washington, Leomar Najorda, Denok Miranda, Eddie Laure, Celino Cruz, Renato Morano, Gilbert Demape and James Yap

"Boss, aakyat din lang pala kayo sa PBA, sana naghintay na lang ako," the 6-foot-7 de Ocampo said, not exactly to demean his current PBA team, Air21, but more of a good natured jab at his former bosses, Welcoat owners Terry Que and Raymund Yu, together with Yu’s mother Margaret, the team’s No. 1 cheerer, during the elaborate farewell tribute given by the PBL on one of the most successful teams ever to play in the 24-year history of the league.

De Ocampo, together with Allado and Eugene Tan formed part of the Elasto Painters team that bagged its first ever PBL title with a 3-0 sweep of the Red Bull Energy Drinkers during the 1999 Challenge Cup.

From that time on, the franchise won five more championships in 12 finals appearances, putting the team almost in the same breath as some of the legendary ball clubs in the annals of the PBL such as Magnolia in the 80s and Tanduay in the 90s.

Que and Yu, who forged one of the most successful partnerships in local basketball, together with Mrs. Yu, were each presented with a jacket by Commissioner Chino Trinidad during the hour-long ceremony at the Olivarez College Sports Center, symbolic of the league’s gratitude for the lasting memories the team brought with them in the PBL.

"We’ll never ever forget our PBL days, the time when Welcoat really became a byword in Philippine basketball," said Que. "If not for the PBL, Welcoat or Rain or Shine is nothing."

As early as four years ago, Welcoat already signified its intention of joining the pro ranks, at a time when it had Adducul, de Ocampo, Laure, Ritualo, Pingris and Cruz in its roster.

But the Paint Masters’ entry into the PBA suffered a setback. Their star players, ripe for the PBA, could not wait any longer and joined the pro league.

Adducul is now with Barangay Ginebra, Ritualo with Talk ‘N Text together with Washington, Laure is a reserve with Alaska, Yap and Pingris are starters for Purefoods and Cruz a back court reliever for Red Bull.

Washington, Najorda, Tan along with young stalwarts JR Reyes and Jay Sagad as well as veterans Jojo Tangkay and Marvin Ortiguerra were the prominent members of the Rain or Shine team that won the franchise’s last PBL title — a 3-1 rout of Montaña Jewels in the 2005 Unity Cup finals.

All three coaches that served as architects of Welcoat’s PBL dynasty were present during the tribute – Junel Baculi (four), Leo Austria (one) and Caloy Garcia (one).

Absent were Gabby Velasco and assistant Boyzie Zamar, the two coaching brains who piloted Welcoat to the 1st PBL VisMin Cup title in 1997 opposite the powerhouse, Fil-Am reinforced Blu Detergent team of Asi Taulava, Jimmy Alapag and Rob Duat.

Included in that title romp - although a minor one - by the Elasto Painters were Morano, Demape, Jack Santiago and Manny Victorino.

Others who came were Welcoat originals Estong Ballesteros and coach Boy Lapid, now the team’s manager.

Other prominent players who started their career with Welcoat were Anton Villoria, Irvin Sotto, Mark Isip, Mac Cuan and Jun Jun Cabatu.

gameface_one
06-17-2006, 12:10 PM
Welcoat leaves PBL with lasting legacy
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Rain or Shine, formerly Welcoat Paints, not only established one of the most dominant dynasties in Philippine Basketball League history. It also nurtured the budding careers of some of the finest professional basketball players in the country.

So it’s understandable, that most —if not all—of these so-called Welcoat babies are now looking forward to when the Welbest franchise formally makes its Philippine Basketball Association debut sometime in October.

The list undoubtedly, is a star-studded cast—Romel Adducul, RenRen Ritualo, Don Allado, Yancy de Ocampo, Marc Pingris, Ronald Tubid, Anthony Washington, Leomar Najorda, Denok Miranda, Eddie Laure, Celino Cruz, Renato Morano, Gilbert Demape and James Yap.

"Boss, if I had known you would move up to the PBA, I would have waited instead," the 6-foot-7 de Ocampo said.

He did that not to demean his current PBA team but more as a good-natured jab at his former bosses, Welcoat owners Terry Que and Raymund Yu—together with Yu’s mother Margaret, the team’s acknowledged No. 1 fan—during the elaborate farewell tribute the PBL gave to one of the most successful teams to play in the league’s 24-year history.

De Ocampo, together with Allado and Eugene Tan, formed part of the Elasto Painters team that bagged its first PBL title with a 3-0 sweep of the Red Bull Energy Drinkers during the 1999 Challenge Cup.

From that time on, the franchise won five more championships in 12 finals appearances, putting the team on the same level as the PBL’s legendary ball clubs such as Magnolia in the ‘80s and Tanduay in the ‘90s. Frank Calapre

gameface_one
07-28-2006, 09:10 AM
Welcoat opts for taller recruits

The Philippine Star 07/28/2006

Welcoat Paints decided to go big and tall in its bid to go big-time on its PBA debut.

The Paint Masters yesterday named JR Clarino Reyes, Junjun Cabatu and NCAA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Jay Sagad as the three players from their core team in the amateurs whom they are elevating to the pros.

The Welbest franchise formally submitted the names of the three to the PBA Commissioner’s Office yesterday.

Welcoat was allowed to bring in three amateur players directly with them as part of the concession given to the rookie franchise by the PBA Board of Governors.

Earlier, Welcoat was reported to be choosing among Reyes, Cabatu, Sagad, guard Ronjay Enrile and Samegui Eman as the players it will take directly to the PBA.

But in a determined bid to be competitive in its first season in the pro league, the Welcoat management deemed it best to build its team around these big men.

The 6-foot-7 Reyes is a shot blocking and rebounding artist who won a championship with the Letran Squires in the NCAA juniors. He played for the University of the Philippines Maroons in the UAAP.

Cabatu, on the other hand, is a 6-foot-5 banger and member of the La Salle team that won a pair of championships in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament the last five years.

Sagad also stands at 6-5 and was the star center of St. Benilde College in the NCAA. A former varsity volleyball player with the Blazers, Sagad shifted to basketball in 2002 and pulled off a stunning upset last year when he beat favorite Gabby Espinas of Philippine Christian U for the MVP award.

Aside from the three, Welcoat is hoping to tap other talents from the dispersal draft and the free agent market.

The dispersal draft will be held on Aug. 10 where the Paint Masters are allowed to get at least two players left unprotected in the pool by the nine active teams.

Welcoat also plans to tap the services of free agents who were part of their PBL team, among them Marvin Ortiguerra, Jojoy Tangkay, Eugene Tan and Gilbert Malabanan.

The coming annual Rookie Draft set on Aug. 20 at the Market Market in Taguig is another option for the ballclub although the Paint Masters have no available pick in the first round.