Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My all-time favorite PABL team

After reading about the possible return of the PBL, I remembered I had this pic on my phone. It's an authentic Philips Sardines jersey, my all-time favorite amateur team, from the old PABL days.

Coached by Joe Lipa back in the late 80's, they had guys like Benjie Paras (UP), Ronnie Magsanoc (UP), Jun Reyes (Ateneo), Jayvee Gayoso (Ateneo), Joey Mendoza (UP), Aris Franco, Dodong Postanes (FEU), Jorge Gallent (FEU), Joey Guanio (UP), Benett Palad, Alfrancis Chua (UST), Joseph Canlas (Ateneo) and Eric Reyes (Ateneo). Parang UAAP selection.

Got this Alfie Manlulo jersey from his older brother Dondi Manlulo years ago. Manlulo was a 5'6" point guard who played for the Blue Eaglets in high school and the Fighting Maroons in college. Small guy. Big heart.

Who was Philips's arch-rival in the PABL? That would be Magnolia. Why? Magnolia fielded mostly DLSU players. Philips had UP-Ateneo-FEU guys. So it was automatic. MH

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