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Basketball in the Philippines :)
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During this period, the Philippines had also consistently played, in the Olympic Games basketball tournament since 1936.
In the 1950s, the Philippines men's national basketball team did well in international tournaments. The Philippine team won the gold medal at the Asian Games in 1951, the first-time basketball was played.[1] The Philippine basketball team dominated the Asian Games until 1962.[1] In the 1954 FIBA World Championship the Philippines place third, winning the bronze medal, the best performance by an Asian team in the World Championship.
Despite missing the first FIBA Basketball World Cup (known through 2010 as the FIBA World Championship), held in 1950 in Argentina, the Philippines participated in the 1954 FIBA World Championship held at Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. The Philippines finished with a 5-2 win-loss record in the Final Round games, and captured the bronze medal. The third place-finish is still currently the best finish by an Asian country in the World Cup. Carlos Loyzagafinished as the world tournament’s third leading scorer (148 points/16.4 points per game) and was named in the FIBA World Mythical Five Selection.
In the 1960s, the first FIBA Asia Championship was won by the Philippines with Carlos Badion as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Meanwhile, the Philippines won the right to host the third FIBA World Championship but were suspended after then President Diosdado Macapagal, father of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, refused to issue visa to players from communist countries (notably basketball powerhouse Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union).
In the Asian Games, after Carlos Loyzaga’s retirement, the Philippines' dominance declined but the country continued to play competitively in the Asian, and World Championships. While in the Olympic Games, the Philippines played poorly, unable to reach the top 10.

Philippines vs Argentina at the 1952 Summer Olympics
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Ms. PBA, Mia Montemayor tosses the ceremonial ball between Mariwasa's Cisco Oliver and Concepcion's Ramon Lucindo during the opening ceremonies of the Philippine Basketball Association on April 9, 1975. 

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The 1970s and 1980s witnessed the birth of two new leagues: the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), founded in April 1975, and the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL) in 1983; both leagues replaced the 34 year old MICAA.
The PBA is composed of 12 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the NBA.[2] The league's regulations are a hybrid of rules from FIBA and the NBA. The league was founded in Quezon City on April 9, 1975.[3] Its individual team offices are directed out of PBA head offices located in Eastwood City in Quezon City.
In 1978, the Philippines hosted the FIBA World Championship and finished 8th in the tournament, despite losing all its games. The event was the first World Basketball Championship ever to be held in Asia.

In 2000, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) celebrated its 25th anniversary and named the "PBA's 25th Anniversary All-Time Team", the top 25 were – Johnny AbarrientosWilliam "Bogs" AdornadoAto AgustinFrancis ArnaizLim Eng BengRicardo Brown,Allan CaidicHector CalmaPhilip CezarAtoy CoJerry CodiñeraKenneth DuremdesBernard FabiosaDanny FlorencioAlberto GuidabenFreddie HubaldeRobert JaworskiJojo LastimosaSamboy LimRonnie MagsanocVergel MenesesManny PanerBenjie Paras, and Alvin Patrimonio. Later, the PBA All-Star Selection beat the FIBA Asia All-Star Selection, which was led by Filipino and MBA superstar Rommel Adducul.

Philippines vs Croatia at the 2014 FIBA World Cup

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  • Some of the PBA legends joined UNTV Cup a charity basketball league on Philippine TV concept of Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon . It is the first charity game dedicated for public servants and celebrities in the Philippines. As an amateur league, UNTV Cup is using the FIBA rules as its House Rules which is being used in world basketball and Olympics according to Mr. Raffy Britanico, officiating head of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), a basketball association in the Philippines. The league’s first championship was won by the Judiciary Magis.


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