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Ronald Tubid (born on October 15, 1981 in Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. Known by many as The Fearless, he is also known, along with backcourt tandem Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, as one-third of the so-called, The Fast, The Furious, and The Fearless.
He was the only provincial player in the supposedly all-city college where he ended up being the team captain in his freshman year. He played college hoops in the University of the East in the UAAP.
His former UE Red Warriors teammates who ended up playing in the PBA are Niño Canaleta, James Yap, and Paul Artadi.
While playing at the amateur Philippine Basketball League, he was picked as the face of Blessed Pedro Calungsod, hence earning the nickname "The Saint", although Calungsod is not yet a saint.
Tubid first saw action for ANA Water Dispenser before playing in a star-studded Welcoat Paintmasters squad of Rommel Adducul and Eddie Laure that won the 2002 PBL Challenge Cup.
Celino Cruz (born July 22, 1977 in Manila, Philippines) is a professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association who currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. He was drafted by the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals nineteenth overall in 2002.
In freshman, the 1999–2000 season, Cruz was already a starter on a relatively unheralded team. The FEU Tamaraws came into the season and predicted to finish not higher than sixth. But, the Tamaraws won an unexpected UAAP Championship.
Cruz' sophomore season was his breakout year. He led the Tammaraws to their second consecutive UAAP Championship where he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
The 2001–2002 season saw Cruz establish himself as one of the top amateur players in the nation. He was the leader of the team and was considered a "coach on the floor." He also received Player of the Year and the Silver Basketball award, and was named to the Mythical Second Team. Cruz then decided to leave college early after his junior year to play in the PBA.
This former FEU Tamaraw stalwart is a deadly left-handed shooter. He is best known for his clutch plays. He also played for the Red Bull Barako before being traded to the Burger King Whoopers and then the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.
John Billy Mamaril (born June 25, 1980 in Bocaue, Bulacan) is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. He plays the forward and center positions. Like his father, former PBA player and Barangay Ginebra Kings slotman Romy "Mama" Mamaril, he is known for his physical and rugged defense.
Billy is a shotblock artist and a good lowpost operator. During his tenure with the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, the defunct Shell Turbo Chargers, and the Coca-Cola Tigers, he contributed solid numbers and quality minutes. He was also part of one of the most controversial trades in PBA history involving Rafi Reavis, Rudy Hatfield, Aries Dimaunahan, and Ervin Sotto. On June 11, 2010 he was traded to the Air21 Express for Mike Cortez but then returned to Ginebra for a future pick.
Jimbo Aquino (born in Tarlac, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is considered as one of the best young shooter in the country.
Coming to the 85th Season of the NCAA, Aquino was a nobody. But suddenly, the San Sebastian Stags made a blistering 15-0 start. Aquino led his team and the league in scoring with an average of 21 points per game. He was a top MVP candidate but lost it due to a flagrant foul he committed. He helped the stags dethrone 3-peat champions the San Beda Red Lions.
He won the Finals Most Valuable Player award for his great performance. He also helped the NCAA beat rival league UAAP in the All-Star game, and was awarded All-Star MVP edging NCAA MVP John "Bad Boy" Wilson.
John Christopher A. Intal (born November 18, 1983 in Quezon City, Philippines), better known as J.C. Intal, is a Filipino professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings of the Philippine Basketball Association. He previously played for the Air21 Express and amateur basketball for the Harbour Centre Batang Pier of the Philippine Basketball League. Intal played college basketball at the Ateneo de Manila University, which won the 2002 UAAP Men's Basketball Championship.
Willie V. Miller, Jr. (born on July 13, 1977 in Olongapo City, Philippines), better known simply as Willie Miller, is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association.
After an amateur career with the Letran Knights in the NCAA and a short stint with Tanduay in the Philippine Basketball League, Miller joined the Metropolitan Basketball Association for the Nueva Ecija Patriots from 1999-2000. During his tenure in the Metropolitan Basketball Association Miller made it to the MBA First Five in 1999.
He joined the PBA in 2001 and was the top overall pick of the Batang Red Bull Thunder in the draft. In 2002, he was named as the PBA's Most Valuable Player. He later joined the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals from 2004-2006 before being traded to Alaska, and again being named Most Valuable Player in the 2006-07 season.
Anthony Jason James Helterbrand (born as Lamberto Romero Vicente, Jr. on October 14, 1976 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines), better known as Jayjay Helterbrand, is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. Known by many as Helter Skelter, he is also known, along with backcourt tandem Mark Caguioa, as one-half of the so-called, The Fast and the Furious.
Yancy Rozal de Ocampo is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association. At 6-9, he is a good outside shooter and a low post threat. He is also among the PBL's Top 20 Players of All-time. de Ocampo was the first overall pick during the 2002 PBA Draft and was the first-ever draft pick of FedEx as a PBA team. He is the older brother of Ranidel de Ocampo. Both played together with FedEx and Talk 'N Text.
Mike (The Cool Cat) Cortez is a professional basketball player for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association. Cortez gained prominence in the amateur ranks for the De La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP and the ICTSI Archers in the Philippine Basketball League. In 2003, he was the first overall pick of Alaska Aces in the Annual PBA Rookie Draft. Amateur career
In 2000, Cortez debuted for the De La Salle Green Archers. With him, veterans Ren-Ren Ritualo and later Mark Cardona, the Green Archers won the UAAP title in the two of the next three seasons from 2000-2002.
He also played in the PBL for the ICTSI Archers, a team composed mostly of DLSU players alongside then University of the East star James Yap. With the two playing together, ICTSI almost won a PBL title in 2001 only to be defeated by the veteran-laiden Shark Energy Drink.
By 2002, Cortez's performance had quickly led to him being considered the top prospect for the PBA.
Jose Enrico P. Villanueva (born June 23, 1980 in Pasay City, Philippines), better known simply as Enrico Villanueva, and by the nicknames Raging Bull and E-Vill, is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is a former Most Valuable Player in the UAAP for his alma mater the Ateneo de Manila University in 2002.
Villanueva first played for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets in the UAAP Juniors division leading them to numerous winning seasons and championships. He moved to the college ranks in 1998 and led the Ateneo Blue Eagles to several final four appearances and two UAAP Finals appearances, eventually winning the basketball crown in 2002 over their rivals, the De La Salle Green Archers.
He also had several chances to win the Most Valuable Player award but lost to Don Allado (1999) and teammate Rich Alvarez (2000 and 2001) before finally winning it in his final season in 2002.
In the Philippine Basketball League, Villanueva began with Blu Detergent in 1999 before leading the Ateneo sponsored Hapee-NENACO team to the PBL title in 2002 over his former team Blu.
John Wilson is a Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association.
William Wilson (born on July 30, 1980 in Los Angeles, USA), also known as Willy Wilson and Willie Wilson, is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. He spent his college years playing in De La Salle University before being drafted fifteenth overall by the Alaska Aces in the 2004 PBA Draft.
Eric Conrad Menk (born on August 24, 1974 in Michigan, U.S.) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. Known as Major Pain, Menk was the 2004-05 PBA Most Valuable Player.
He also had a successful stint in the Philippine Basketball League for the Tanduay Rhum Masters and was a former member of the Philippine National Team.
High School and CollegeEric attended Charlotte High School in the state of Michigan from 1988-92. As a senior, he was named First Team All-State in Class A by the Associated Press and an Honorable Mention All-American by USA Today and McDonald's. He decided to attend Lake Superior State University from 1992 to 1996. There, he was a 3-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference performer and a NCAA Division II All-American. As a senior, he captained a team that won the schools only GLIAC Championship and their only GLIAC tournament championship. That year, 1996, he was GLIAC Player of the Year and MVP of the GLIAC tournament. He finished his career at LSSU with 1,800 points.
Mark Anthony Y. Caguioa (born November 19, 1979 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings. Known by many as The Spark, he is also known, along with backcourt tandem Jayjay Helterbrand, as one-half of the so-called, The Fast and The Furious. He is one of the best players in league history that can easily score at will.
Although born and raised in the Philippines, Caguioa spent his adolescent days in the United States and played collegiate ball at the [[Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay (Pasay City)]. He was named into the First Team All-Western State Conference honors in the 1999-2000 season.
Rudolf Conse Hatfield II (born September 13, 1977 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.), better known as Rudy Hatfield, is a American-Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association. He plays the power forward.
Tanduay left the PBA again after the 2001 season. A firesale ensued as the Rhum Masters traded their key players Eric Menk (to Ginebra), Dondon Hontiveros (to San Miguel) and Rudy was sent along with Jeffrey Cariaso (to Coca-Cola) while selling its rights to FedEx.
Hatfield had an outstanding 2003 season, capped by a spot on the Mythical Team and All-Defensive Team.
In 2004 Hatfield and five others were suspended by the league after the Department of Justice (DOJ) revoked their certificates of recognition as Filipino citizens and ordered their deportation. Then on September 2005, Rudy's Filipino citizenship was affirmed by no less than the Office of the President, though he was back in Michigan at that time.
In 2006 he was part of a three team deal where Coca-Cola dealt Rafi Reavis, Billy Mamaril and the rights to Rudy Hatfield to Ginebra. He was reunited with bosom body Eric Menk once more.
After winning the Philippine Cup title in 2007, with no plans to join the Philippine national team, Rudy, confidently predicted a back-to-back championship for the Kings. However, Ginebra management was surprised by an urgent request from Rudy. He wanted a leave of absence from the team, explaining that Bethany, his bride-to-be, was engaged in a legal battle for custody of her daughter from a previous relationship, and there was no one she could turn to for help and emotional support. In his application for a leave of absence, Rudy could not specify a definite length of time. He couldn’t tell for sure how long the custody battle would last and what the consequences would be in case Bethany loses the case.
After leaving the country for 3 years, he returned to the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference.
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