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    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.

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    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.

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