Manny V. Pangilinan
MVP’s passion for basketball firmly implanted
Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) - September 23, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Critics had called on cage patron Manny V. Pangilinan to forget basketball and channel his support to other sports.

With tongue in cheek, Pangilinan said he’d thought of doing so. “Sa first game pa lang sa China (between Gilas Pilipinas and Italy),” Mr. MVP said.

But his passion for the game – deep-rooted in the Pangilinan family – would prevail him not to turn his back on basketball and on the national team program he’s been bankrolling for over a decade now.

In a talk with a select group of sportswriters, MVP bared where his love for basketball comes from.

“I grew up in a basketball family, especially my mom. She’s a very keen fan of San Beda. She goes to the events, to the school first with the other mothers to prepare sandwiches for the team. Ganoon siya ka-fanatic,” said MVP.

“She speaks Spanish kasi mestiza ang mommy ko. She conversed with Caloy Loyzaga; best friends sila,” MVP added.

Then there’s his father Dominador Pangilinan, who’s also a sportsman who played basketball, golf and tennis, and served as president of the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association.

“My kuya played basketball, too. So it’s in our blood,” said Pangilinan, the founding president of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, later honored by the cage federation with the chairman emeritus post.

But MVP said it’s not just about the family’s zeal and passion for the game.

“That’s the sport Filipinos love. (So) how can we turn our back on it?” said MVP.

MANNY V. PANGILINAN
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