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MVBA
01-03-2007, 11:40 PM
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CEBU CITY – Southern Philippines’ legendary basketball team the M. Lhuillier Jewelers will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a grand reunion of all its players, coaches and team staff this coming January 19. The team’s multi-titled head coach and Cebu City South District Councilor Raul “Yayoy” D. Alcoseba bared the exciting news recently adding that the said event will be held at own Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar located along Orchid Street in Barangay Capitol Site, Cebu City.

“It will be a night of memories as the players relive their M. Lhuillier days and how it has helped mold them to what they are today,” said Councilor Alcoseba.

M. Lhuillier, founded in 1986 and supported by businessman and sportsman Michel J. Lhuillier, boasts of an all-time roster that counts the likes of certified superstars Samboy Lim, Jojo Lastimosa, Dondon Ampalayo, Al Solis, Elmer Cabahug, Harmon Codinera, Peter Aguilar, Jun Tan, Art de la Cruz, Eton Navarro, Anthony Mendoza, Peter Jao, Mike Orquillas, Arnold Rodriguez, Ruben de la Rosa, Warren Ybanez, Peter Naron, Jojo Lim, Bong Marata, Lou Regidor, Nonoy Falcasantos, Zaldy Realubit and Bonel Balingit who all have made it to the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Jun Cabanca and Pablo Yu who went on to excel in Cebuano hoops and imports and Philippine residents Darryl Smith and Bobby Parks.

The team is currently a member of the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA), sweeping the community-based league’s two conferences in 2006. M. Lhuillier has the distinction of winning titles in all local leagues it has joined starting with the then Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL), Cebu Basketball League (CBL), National Basketball League (NBL) and the United Regional Basketball League (URBL). The team has also played games in the Middle East to bring cheer to overseas Filipino communities.

The veteran guard trio of Stephen Padilla, Woodrow Enriquez and Mike Manigo and rising college stars Jayford Rodriguez and Enrico Llanto are among the key stalwarts of today’s M. Lhuillier quintet tasked to continue their two-decade tradition of championships upon championships.

“This may be a small affair but it will be big in terms of importance,” added Councilor Alcoseba in parting. “I call on all former M. Lhuillier players, coaches and team staff to attend this event as we celebrate 20 winning years of M. Lhuillier basketball.”

For more information, all concerned parties should contact the Office of Councilor Alcoseba at (032) 255-8873 or (0917) 329-6264 and look for Erwin Sabornido. E-mail inquiries may be sent to sabornido_erwin@yahoo.com.

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01-04-2007, 09:40 AM
M. Lhuillier ballclub holds grand reunion
By Emmanuel Villaruel
The Philippine Star 01/04/2007

All players who suited up for the multi-titled M. Lhuillier ballclub will hold a grand reunion to commemorate the club’s 20th anniversary.

Spearheaded by M. Lhuillier’s bench tactician and Cebu City Councilor Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba, the affair, set Jan. 20 at Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar on Orchid Street in Brgy. Capitol Site, this city, is the first gathering of M. Lhuillier players in 20 years.

"The players hold the best memories of what it was to play with M. Lhuillier that in one way or another helped them to be what they are today," said Alcoseba. "This is the foremost reason I’ve decided to hold this reunion of M. Lhuillier players for the first time since the team was formed in 1986."

Alcoseba is calling all those who have donned the M. Lhuillier jersey "to take part in this memorable affair to relive their most treasured moments in the commercial league."

Most of the cage stars who once showed their stuff under the aegis of M. Lhuillier of businessman-sportsman Michel J. Lhuillier shot to fame in the professional league, some eventually becoming respected coaches today.

Among the promiment hoopsters are Elmer "Boy" Cabahug, Al Solis, Jay Ramirez, Jojo Lastimosa, Samboy Lim, Dondon Ampalayo, Harmon Codiñera, Peter Aguilar, Jun Tan, Art de la Cruz, Ato Navarro, Anthony Mendoza and Peter Jao.

MVBA
01-11-2007, 01:15 AM
Spearheaded by M. Lhuillier’s bench tactician and Cebu City Councilor Raul "Yayoy" Alcoseba, the affair, set Jan. 20 at Yayoy’s Grill and Resto Bar on Orchid Street in Brgy. Capitol Site, this city, is the first gathering of M. Lhuillier players in 20 years.
* * *THE M. Lhuillier reunion has been moved to February 24, 2007, still at the same venue.* The organizers cited the proximity of the original date to the ongoing ASEAN Summit and the upcoming Sinulog Festival, hence the decision.

MVBA
02-26-2007, 01:37 PM
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M. LHUILLIER-WHITE
Bonel BALINGIT
Jun CABANGCA
Woodrow ENRIQUEZ
Isabelo LASTIMOSA
Raoul LATONIO
Ariel MEPANA
Lawrence MERCED
Stephen PADILLA
Jesus RAMIREZ
Alfonso SOLIS
Pablo YU
Coach: Alfredo ENRIQUEZ

M. LHUILLIER-RED
Elmer CABAHUG
Alano CAPUTOLAN
Gary ENRIQUEZ
Avelino LIM
Michael MANIGO
Arletroy MERCADER
Aldrin OCANADA
Rizaldy REALUBIT
Lou REGIDOR
Ramon SINGSON
Leoncio TAN
Coach: Wilfredo GENERALAO

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02-26-2007, 01:38 PM
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* * *CEBU CITY – Jojo Lastimosa showed why he is dubbed “The Fourth Quarter Man” as he connected on a reverse lay-up with 12 seconds remaining to lift M. Lhuillier-White over M. Lhuillier-Red, 109-108, in the 20th Anniversary Reunion Game of Southern Philippines' legendary ball club the M. Lhuillier Jewelers last Sunday (February 25) at the New Cebu City Coliseum.

* * *Starring M. Lhuillier alumni of the 1986 Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) Freedom Cup champion team and other former and present Jewelers, the game was a gathering of a who's who in Philippine basketball.

* * *Lastimosa actually scored the last eight points of the Whites mentored by PBA veteran Alfredo Enriquez, as he was a one-man army against fellow superstars Samboy Lim and Zaldy Realubit in the final two minutes.* After Lim equalized the count for the last time on a free throw, 107-107, Lastimosa traveled and was forced to foul Realubit, who split his charities to put the Reds on top for the last time with 28 seconds to play.

* * *The Reds coached by 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year Willy Generalao, raced to a 41-32 lead after the free-wheeling first quarter that saw Lim scatter 16 points and team up with Elmer Cabahug to battle Lastimosa and Al Solis in a torrid exchange of triples.

* * *The Whites clamped down to work and rallied to grab the upper hand at halftime, 74-72, behind the bombs of Solis and Stephen Padilla and the drives of enforcer Jay Ramirez.* Solis, Lastimosa and big Bonel Balingit then helped maintain the Whites' edge entering the exciting final period, 94-90.

* * *Lastimosa finished with 29 points to lead the Whites while Solis added 25.* Lawrence Merced and Ramirez added 12 and 10 respectively.* Lim unloaded a game-high 41 points followed by Realubit with 20 and Cabahug with 14.

* * *M. Lhuillier coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba opted to sit on the sidelines.* “We plan to hold a similar reunion very soon* before the team celebrates its Silver Anniversary,” said the multi-titled coach responsible for building the M. Lhuillier dynasty in partnership with team owner Michel Lhuillier.

* * *Earlier in the day, the players paid a visit to Barangay Pasil where they presided over a feeding program for 200 indigent children under the M. Lhuillier Cares Program.

How They Scored:

* * *M. LHUILLIER-WHITE (109) – Lastimosa 29, Solis 25, Merced 12, J. Ramirez 10, Padilla 9, Balingit 8, W. Enriquez 4, Cabangca 4, Latonio 3, Yu 3, Mepana 2.

* * *M. LHUILLIER-RED (108) – Lim 41, Realubit 20, Cabahug 14, G. Enriquez 10, Regidor 8, Ocanada 6, Caputolan 4, Mercader 3, Tan 2, Singson 0, Manigo 0.

* * *Period Scores: 32-41, 74-72, 94-90, 109-108.

MVBA
03-02-2007, 06:22 PM
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* * *First Row (Seated, L-R): Jay Ramirez, Troy Mercader, Jojo Lastimosa, Woodrow Enriquez, Lawrence Merced, Stephen Padilla, Aldrin Ocanada, Lou Regidor and Pablo Yu.

* * *Second Row (Standing, L-R): Mike Reyes (White assistant coach), Ariel Mepana, Jett Latonio, Marlon Piodo, Mike Manigo, Alano Caputolan, Salvador del Corazon (trainer), Alfredo Enriquez (White coach), Bonel Balingit, Jun Cabangca, Zaldy Realubit, Coach Yayoy Alcoseba (Game Organizer), Gary Enriquez, Montoy Singson, Boy Cabahug, Samboy Lim, Al Solis and Willy Generalao (Red coach).

MVBA
04-14-2007, 03:29 AM
ONE GRAND REUNION
Text and photos by ANTHONY E. SERVINIO


“REUNION BASKETBALL GAMES” HAVE BEEN THE FAD THE LAST TWO YEARS OR SO.* WHETHER IT HAS BEEN BETWEEN HISTORIC PRO LEAGUE RIVALS OR BITTER COLLEGE ENEMIES, FANS HAVE QUICKLY RESPONDED TO GET THEIR NOSTALGIA FIX.

* * *Southern Philippines’ legendary ball club, the M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu City Jewelers, recently celebrated its 20th year of existence with a Grand Reunion Game featuring a mix of its past and present players, coaches and staff recently at the New Cebu City Coliseum, the Mecca of basketball in Cebu.

* * *Game organizer and Jewelers head coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba began preparations as early as last year after he proposed the idea to team owner Michel J. Lhuillier.

* * *The first thing on the agenda was to gather the players from the 1986 Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) Freedom Cup champion team led by certified superstars Samboy Lim and Jojo Lastimosa.

* * *Lim and Lastimosa gamely answered the call and assured their presence in the game.* And the other players followed suit one by one.

* * *THE GAME: WHITE VS. RED

* * *Lastimosa showed why he is dubbed “The Fourth Quarter Man” as he connected on a reverse lay-up with 12 seconds remaining to lift M. Lhuillier-White over M. Lhuillier-Red, 109-108.

* * *Lastimosa actually scored the last eight points of the Whites mentored by PBA veteran Alfredo Enriquez – playing as a one-man army against fellow superstars Lim and Zaldy Realubit in the final two minutes.

* * *After Lim equalized the count for the last time on a free throw, 107-107, Lastimosa traveled and was forced to foul Realubit, who split his charities to put the Reds on top for the last time with 28 seconds to play.

* * *The Reds coached by 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year Willy Generalao, raced to a 41-32 lead after the free-wheeling first quarter that saw Lim scatter 16 points and team up with Elmer Cabahug to battle Lastimosa and Al Solis in a torrid exchange of triples.

* * *The Whites clamped down to work and rallied to grab the upper hand at halftime, 74-72, behind the bombs of Solis and Stephen Padilla and the drives of enforcer Jay Ramirez.

* * *Solis, Lastimosa and big Bonel Balingit then helped maintain the Whites' edge entering the exciting final period, 94-90.

* * *Lastimosa finished with 29 points to lead the Whites while Solis added 25.* Lawrence Merced and Ramirez added 12 and 10 respectively.* Lim unloaded a game-high 41 points followed by Realubit with 20 and Cabahug with 14.

* * *THE PARTY

* * *After the game, everyone retreated to Casino Espanol de Cebu for dinner, drinks and all-night fun.

* * *Senorito Michel and lovely wife Amparito Lhuillier warmly welcomed all the guests.* Highlight of the program hosted by sportscaster Prof. Randy Sacdalan and upcoming Cebuana VJ Monica Yncierto was an inspiring audio-video presentation on the 20 years of the team.

* * *Surprise entertainment numbers were provided by balladeer Boyet Lim and Coach Enriquez, but it was the song and guitar numbers of Realubit and Balingit that earned the stole the show, especially when the twin towers belted out a Novelty Song Medley.

* * *“When I was a student at La Salle, I wanted to join the basketball team,” said Michel Lhuillier before thanking everyone for coming.* “However, I did not make it so I said to myself I will own a basketball team one day.”

* * *A man of French ancestry born in Vietnam, Señorito Michel has a big Filipino heart and truly loves the sport closest to Filipinos.* He together with Coach Yayoy and Cabahug are trustees of the newly minted Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.




Note: Originally published on pages 22 and 23 of the April 2007 issue of Manila Bulletin Sports Digest.