Pocholo Villanueva

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Pocholo Villanueva
Personal information
Born (1982-11-24) November 24, 1982 (age 32)
Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Nationality  Philippines
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Colegio San Agustin Makati
College De La Salle University
PBA draft 2008 Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall
Selected by the Air21 Express
Pro career 2008–2010
Position Shooting Guard
Number 9
Career history
Burger King Whoppers (2008–2009) Barangay Ginebra (2009–2010)

Pocholo Iñigo Villanueva or better known as Cholo Villanueva (Born on November 24, 1982 Manila City, Metro Manila, Philippines) is a former Filipino Professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. He last played for the Burger King Whoppers. He was drafted thirteenth overall by the Air21 Express in the 2008 PBA Draft. From 2001-2007, he played for the De La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP where he won a championship in 2007 and was named co-Finals MVP with JV Casio.

Barangay Ginebra traded Paul Artadi, Rafi Reavis, and the rights to 2009 8th pick overall Chris Timberlake for Enrico Villanueva, Rich Alvarez, Celino Cruz, and Paolo Bugia of Purefoods. Burger King acted as the conduit team, trading Cholo Villanueva to Ginebra and acquiring the rights to 2009 Rookie draft eighteenth pick Orlando Daroya and future picks. However, he was waived by the Gin Kings.[1]

2011, Cholo joined his former DLSU Coach, Franz Pumaren as the Assistant Coach in then, newly formed PBA team, Shopinas. This team was renamed later on to be Air21. Coach Cholo stayed on with the team as Assistant Coach and Team Manager until the team was bought by NLEX Road Warriors in July, 2014.

March 2014, Coach Cholo was also asked to join the Coaching Staff of JRU (Jose Rizal College) under Vergel Meneses' leadership. He has helped them get into the Final Four of the NCAA once again. Previous to him joining the team, the JRU Heavy Bombers were not able to get into the Final Four.

Cholo Villanueva married his College sweetheart, former DLSU courtside reporter, Agnes Tapia in a ceremony at Santuario San Antonio on December 12, 2012. Reception followed at the Flying V San Juan Arena, which was transformed from a Basketball Court to a formal red carpet event.

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Preceded by
UST's school colors Jojo Duncil
UAAP Men's Basketball Finals Most Valuable Player
Season 70 (2007) (with JV Casio)
Succeeded by
Ateneo's school colors Nonoy Baclao