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06-28-2011, 08:39 AM
Know your favorite basketball players' early years, where they started, whom they admired most and how they reached the cage stardom. I'll start off with Current Petron Blaze coach Renato "Ato" Agustin, one-time PBA MVP in 1992.


The third of five kids, the 5-11 Agustin is a fan of Ramon Fernandez and Atoy Co in the PBA. Ato first made waves as a Lyceum Pirates standout in the MUCAA in 1983, from there, he was recruited by Arturo Valenzona to play for Golden Rice Cereals in the 1984 PABL Invitationals.
The Agustin-Valenzona teamup blossomed as both proceeded to profit from each other's know-how. From Golden Rice, Valenzona and Agustin went to Masagana 99, Hope Cigarettes and Fuji Soy Sauce.
In 1986, Agustin was the object of controversy when RFM tried to acquire his services from Fuji. Agustin was prevented from joining RFM and instead, went to YCO which absorbed the Fuji roster. He was one of the vital forces that led the Shinemasters to the Filipino Cup championship.
After that, he finally moved over to RFM and has been enjoying his tenure as a Hotdog since then.
but controversies have always hounded him, All year through, it has been bruited about that Agustin should have made the national team coached by Joe Lipa, In fact when Joey Mendoza begged off the RP quintet, not a few observers felt that Agustin should have been the right replacement. But Lipa had other plans, it seems.
"Of course, gusto ko ring maging national player, pero kung hindi pa naman ukol, puwede pa akong maghintay," said Agustin.

06-29-2011, 12:47 PM
^ Wasn't Ato Agustin on the national team that included Boy Cabahug, Ricric Marata, Nani Demegillo and Peter Aguilar?

06-29-2011, 03:09 PM
Too short pala profile given ko kay Ato, not complete, yes he finally make it to the National team the following year in 1988, along with Cabahug, Marata, and the best amateurs that time, after the likes of Jolas, Alvin, Jerry Codinera moved to the pros.

07-03-2011, 09:21 PM

Joey was born on January 5, 1969. completed elementary and high school at La Salle Greenhills and started dribbling playing in the PRADA league.
He played four years of junior ball, the last two were spent in the Metro Manila Basketball League (MMBL). capping his stint with the Greenies, he, along with former RP Junior slotman Eric Reyes, led La Salle to the championship of the 1986 National Intersecondary tournament, battling the Badolato-coached San Beda Red Lions which starred tallboy Venancio "Benjie" Paras in the finals.
After his La Salle days, he enrolled at UP where he was united with Paras, and towards the end of 1986, the UP Maroons won their first UAAP championship in 49 years. Guanio is part of that historic feat.
The 6-2 forward then donned the national colors under UP mentor Joe Lipa in the 9th staging of the ABC juniors meet in Manila. he was the third leading scorer of the RP team as he averaged 11.5 points per game behind the 16.83 ppg of Paras and 16.16 ppg of Paul Alvarez. Guanio was actually 18th overall among the leading scorers of the tourney, China's Song Ligang was tops with 25.33 ppg.
After that, Guanio made the men's team to the Jones Cup, the Southeast Asian Games and the ABC in Bangkok, Thailand. However, being too young for the RP Quintet, he failed to make good impressions, thus, critics began taking potshots at him claiming he would never have made these RP teams had he not been a Joe Lipa-boy.
When he was picked by newly-appointed RP juniors coach Edmundo Badolato, all doubt about his capabilities were erased, he'll be 20 when the ABC tournament started but Guanio is still within the cut-off date.
A mainstay of Philips Sardines in the PABL, Guanio said "I hope to polish my post-up plays. In order to be a good player, you must not rely on your outside shots."

08-22-2011, 02:49 PM
Too short pala profile given ko kay Ato, not complete, yes he finally make it to the National team the following year in 1988, along with Cabahug, Marata, and the best amateurs that time, after the likes of Jolas, Alvin, Jerry Codinera moved to the pros.

Bumukol kung uukol when Ato was part of the 1994 Asian games as part of the 6 man SMB contingent - Calma, Pumaren, Fernandez, Teng, Polistico

08-22-2013, 12:27 PM
Arturo Cristobal

Born November 24, 1958, "Bai" first played for the Zamboanga City selection before playing for the FEU Tamaraws. He was then recruited by Solid Mills, and joined APCOR in the MICAA. Cristobal studied at the Tetuan Elementary School and the Zamboanga School of Arts and Trades in high school before he came to Manila and enrolled at Far Eastern University where he graduated in Management.

Ramon Cruz

Born February 23, 1956, finished elementary at P.Gomez Elementary School and Arellano in high school, He graduated from the University of the East with a degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting. first played for Crown Motors, then the San Miguel amateur ballclub before joining APCOR in the MICAA.

01-21-2016, 07:19 AM
Romeo Ang

He played for University of Mindanao and was recruited by then Letran coach Nemie Villegas for a slot among the Knights. Ang completed four years with the Knights. In 1983, he made it as an alternate to the RP Team that won the title in SEA games held in Singapore. In mid-'83, he won MVP honors in the NCAA. In 1984, he became a regular member of the RP Youth quintet coached by Larry Albano. After completing his fourth year with Letran, Ang joined Magnolia in the PABL and played one tournament in the Invitationals with the Ice Cream Makers.

Alejandro Perez

He played for De La Salle University from 1976 to 1981 under coaches Margarito Baruel, Joaquin Trillo, Bong Go and Pilo Pumaren. He had a short stint with San Miguel in the MICAA before he joined Christopher de Leon and his gang in the Bad Bananas quintet in the Interclub tournament. In 1982, he was signed up by Masagana 99. Aldo was a graduate of Liberal Arts and Commerce.

01-21-2016, 07:19 AM
Ranulfo Robles

Noni is a product of Letran College in the NCAA. He was a Knight for three years before he was tapped by Freddie Webb to join the YCO Painters in the MICAA. In 1980, he made it as a member of the RP Team to the ASEAN schools youth tournament in Singapore. In 1982, he donned the national colors for the Asiad. Noni is a high-leaping 6-1 off-guard.

Manuel Luis Marquez

Totoy played junior ball for the Angeles University Foundation in Pampanga. After spending three years with AUF. Totoy played one year with the San Beda Red Cubs. He was voted NCAA's Rookie of the year in the Junior Division in 1979. He played for YCO in the MICAA and with the untimely demise of the league, the 6-2 power forward joined Bax Jeans in the National Seniors, Spire Jeans in the Interclub and then Arellano in the 1982 National Open. In 1983, he played for Farinas Transit in the PABL dry-run. During the Founders Cup, Totoy suited up with Bank of Rizal and was named Most Valuable Player. The high watermark of Marquez' career came when he was included in the RP Youth line-up of 1984.

02-06-2016, 02:17 PM
Elmer Reyes

He started playing basketball during his elementary days at the Bonifacio Elementary School in Pasay. From there, he went to the Pasay City West High School for two years. In his junior year, Elmer was recruited by De La Salle Greenhills and had a year's stint with the Greenies before transferring and finishing his senior year at the University of Manila.
Upon graduation, he enrolled at San Beda and on his very first year as a Red Lion, SBC won the 1978 NCAA senior championship, among Elmer's teammates were Chito Loyzaga, Frankie Lim, Jayvee Yango and Chuck Barreiro. He played with the Red Lions for three years. In 1981, he made the jump to the commercial leagues, signing up with the Presto Fun Drinks in the MICAA. With his impressive showing there, he made it to the national team which competed in the Jones Cup, the ABC in India, and the SEA games in Manila.
The following year, coach Ron Jacobs picked him for the RP Youth squad which regained the Asian Youth crown from China with Elmer playing the role of sixth man.
1983 saw him playing in the SEA games in Singapore and the Panin Cup as a member of the Paul Jordan quintet, after which he joined Masagana 99 until Ron called him again for Northern Consolidated.

11-20-2016, 06:04 AM
Eddieboy Mendoza

He was born in Cebu City on Christmas eve of 1956. His father Eduardo Mendoza, Sr. was a Crispa player circa '58.
Eddieboy enrolled at University of San Carlos and played college ball while taking up Economics. After one semester, he shifted to Mechanical Engineering. After a year, he transferred to Cebu Institute of Technology, still a year later, he went to the University of Visayas. There he continued playing basketball.
Then came the break, during the 1979 Intercollegiate championship held in Baguio, he was spotted by Nick Jorge and Orly Bauzon. "Bauzon took me for Bax Jeans, pero hindi ako natuloy doon, finally, Nat Canson talk to me and asked me to play for Man Diesel in the MICAA" said Mendoza
During his first game with Man Diesel, he suffered a pulled muscle that forced him to rest for four months. After Man Diesel disbanded, a representative of CFC in Cebu was interested in him and Eddieboy got to play for Presto in the MICAA and was elevated to the PBA by his farm team in 1982.

11-20-2016, 06:30 AM
Pongkee Alolor

He actually started his basketball career at the age of 17 when he played for the Junior team of Cebu Central Colleges. He played there for one year before transferring to UV's lineup.
It was during his stay with the Lancers where he was coached by Jake Roxas for one year that he got to play simultaneously for a varsity team and a commercial team.
This scheme in Cebu enabled him to have his first taste of commercial brand of play when he was asked to don the jersey of Kasamahan Shipping Lines for a year. Then came his stint with Seiko Watch.
During his playing years with the Lancers, they failed to bag the national intercollegiate plum for the simple reason that the other teams were far stronger, FEU was powered by an American import Anthony Williams, Letran had Itoy Esguerra, and La Salle had the nucleus of the 1982 RP Youth team which regained the Asian Youth championship.
After completing his third year with UV, Pongkee went to Manila to play for APCOR. He stayed with the Financiers for one season, he was persuaded by Loreto Carbonell to join Bax Jeans, another amateur team competing in the amateur league which was being coached by Carbonell himself.
His stints with APCOR and Bax Jeans was enough to earn him a place with the Mariwasa team in the PBA.

12-26-2016, 10:43 AM
Romulo Orillosa

Orillosa was a member of the National Youth team that finished second to China during the 9th ABC Junior championships held in Manila.
Of the 12 players in that Youth team, Orillosa was the least heard of. He was born on March 20, 1968, in Naga City, Camarines Sur, and grew up in Manila and played four years of high school ball at Adamson under Tony Guinto.
He sat out his first year as a senior Adamson cager because of academic problems. Being inactive in the 1986-87 UAAP season did not spoil Orillosa. To make sure he is fit for the 1987-88 edition of the UAAP, he practiced constantly with his senior teammates.
In 1987, he was signed by the Purefoods Food Experts in the PABL, Romy was actually borrowed by Purefoods from Crispa during a practice game between the Food Experts and the Redmanizers, who was not yet a member of the PABL then. Coach Domingo Panganiban was impressed by the skills of Orillosa that he asked Crispa coach Nemie Villegas if it was alright to have him play for Purefoods for a while.