Philippines women's national basketball team

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Philippines Philippines Pilipinas
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FIBA ranking 49 Increase 9[1]
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas
Coach Philippines Patrick Aquino
Nickname(s) Perlas Pilipinas
Olympic Games
Appearances 0
Medals None
Women's World Cup
Appearances 0
Medals None
Asian Championships for Women
Appearances 12
Medals None
Uniforms
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Light jersey
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Team colours
Light
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
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The women's national basketball team of the Philippines represents the country in women's FIBA tournaments.

Compared to the men's national team, the women's national team receives less reception from local basketball enthusiasts. Locally based player has no national league to play in after college which has a few leagues such as the WNCAA, Filoil Premier Cup, and Fr. Martin’s Cup. The women's national team has been playing at Level II at the FIBA Asia Championship for Women for the past few editions of the tournament. Again in contrast of their men counterpart who were often describe as powerhouses in the Southeast Asia region, the women's national team has been behind Thailand and Malaysia in the past few years.[2]

Perlas Pilipinas represent the current women's national team.

History[edit]

SBP era (2007-present)[edit]

Perlas Pilipinas 1.0 (2007-2015)[edit]

On 2007, Discovery Suites, a hotel brand, became the main sponsor of the women's national team.[3] On 2008, Haydee Ong was appointed as head coach of the women's national team replacing Matthew "Fritz" Gaston, who guided the team at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.[4] Under Ong, the team won the gold medal at the 2010 SEABA Championship for Women, the country's first medal at the said tournament. The team previously won silver during the 1995, 1997, and 2007 editions of the tournament.

The team pushed for the naturalization of 6'3" tall Chinese, Zheng Xiaojing, a move parallel to the naturalization of American-born Marcus Douthit for the men's national team. Zheng's naturalization process started with the filing of House Bill 02683 by Congressman Roberto Puno of Antipolo in August, about the same time as Douthit's. Head coach Ong lobbied the SBP and the Philippine Congress to hasten the naturalization process of Zheng so that she can join the national team for the 2011 editions of the FIBA Asia Championship and the Southeast Asian Games[5] While Douthit was eventually naturalized, Zheng's naturalization was in limbo. On August 2014, team manager, Cynthia Tiu said that the team will focus on developing homegrown players than resort to naturalizing players. Tiu said that Zheng was disappointed but also said that a re-filing of her petition for naturalization cannot be done since Zheng is already married.[6]

Perlas Pilipinas 2.0 (2015-present)[edit]

The SBP appointed Patrick Aquino as the new head coach of the national team. His first task will be to guide the national team at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. has been made the new sponsor of the national team.[7][8] SBP executive director Sonny Barrios pointed out the decision to make changes in the coaching staff of the women’s team was made after discussions among members of the search and screening committee, which is composed of several basketball stakeholders.[9]

In a historic run, Perlas officially promoted in the Level 1 of the FIBA Asia Women's Championships that will held in 2017, after the win against India, 82-76.[10]

Competitions[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Philippines roster at the 2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship:[11]

Philippines women's national basketball team - 2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
F 0 Borja, Chovi 29 – (1985-09-06)September 6, 1985 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Philippine Navy Philippines
F 5 Gupilan, Shelley Anne 25 – (1990-08-10)August 10, 1990 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Philippines
F 8 Sambile, Camille 23 – (1992-04-24)April 24, 1992 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Far Eastern University Philippines
G 9 Tongco, Marizze Andrea 19 – (1995-10-18)October 18, 1995 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) National University Philippines
C 10 Animam, Jack Danielle 16 – (1998-11-27)November 27, 1998 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) National University Philippines
G 12 Resultay, Cindy 24 – (1990-12-31)December 31, 1990 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Philippine Air Force Philippines
G 15 Dy, Raiza Rose 24 – (1990-11-21)November 21, 1990 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Philippines
G 16 Miranda, Gemma 20 – (1995-02-28)February 28, 1995 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) National University Philippines
F 17 Bernardino, Afril 19 – (1996-04-03)April 3, 1996 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) National University Philippines
C 19 Lim, Allana May 26 – (1988-09-12)September 12, 1988 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Far Eastern University Philippines
G 24 Roman, Sofia Isabella 21 – (1994-05-24)May 24, 1994 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Dartmouth College United States
F 77 Arayi, Merenciana 29 – (1985-11-05)November 5, 1985 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Philippine Navy Philippines
Head Coach
  • Patrick Henry Aquino
Legend
  • (c) Team captain
  • Age field is age on August 29, 2015

Past rosters[edit]

1997 SEABA Championship for Women: finished 2nd among 3 teams Julie Amos, Mary Ellyn Caasi, Cristina Columna, Erlyn Destacamento, Joanna Franquelli, Carmina Maralit, Caroline Mindo, Bambi Tinasas, Emelyn Vega. (Coach:Ricardo Roces)[12]

2011 Southeast Asian Games: finished 2nd among 5 teams John Molina Limengco, Joan Grajales, Chovi Borja, Merenciana Ewonritseorlagha Arayi, Karen Lomogda, Melissa Jacob, Angeli Jo Gloriani, Aurora Adriano, Diana Rose Jose, Bernadette Mercado, Analyn Almajan, Maria Lalaine Flormata. (Coach: Haydee Ong)

2010 SEABA Championship for Women: finished 1st among 5 teams Sylvia Marie Valencia, Joan Grajales, Chovi Borja, Merenciana Ewonritseorlagha Arayi, Angeli Jo Gloriani, Melissa Jacob, Bernadette Mercado, Aurora Adriano, Diana Rose Jose, Cassandra Tioseco, Ma. Ana Fatima Tolentino, Anna Katrina Pineda

Squad for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship for Women:[13]

Philippines women's national basketball team - 2013 FIBA Asia Championship for Women roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
F 4 Galicia, Mary Joy 24 – (1989-09-15)September 15, 1989 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Philippines
G 5 Grajales, Joan 33 – (1979-11-23)November 23, 1979 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) Philippines
F 6 Borja, Chovi 27 – (1985-11-06)November 6, 1985 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Philippines
F 7 Arayi, Merenciana Ewonritseorlagha 27 – (1985-11-05)November 5, 1985 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) Philippines
C 8 Flormata, Ma. Lalaine 26 – (1987-04-08)April 8, 1987 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Philippines
F 9 Jacob, Melissa 29 – (1984-03-01)March 1, 1984 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Philippines
G 10 Mercado, Bernadette 27 – (1986-01-28)January 28, 1986 5 ft 3 in (1.6 m) Philippines
G 11 Bernardo, Fria 22 – (1991-02-22)February 22, 1991 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) Philippines
F 12 Resultay, Cindy 22 – (1990-12-31)December 31, 1990 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Philippines
C 13 Tioseco, Cassandra Noel 26 – (1986-12-12)December 12, 1986 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Philippines
C 14 Almazan, Analyn 25 – (1988-10-07)October 7, 1988 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Philippines
F 15 Tiu, Denise Patricia 21 – (1990-05-05)May 5, 1990 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Philippines
Head coach
  • Philippines Haydee Ong

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • from field describes last
    club before the tournament

Coaches[edit]

  • Philippines Ricardo Roces (~1997)
  • Philippines Matthew "Fritz" Gatson (?-2007)
  • Philippines Haydee Ong (2008-2015)
  • Philippines Patrick Aquino (2015–present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA World Ranking, women". FIBA. October 3, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Verora, Levi (25 March 2014). "Only for men? When will women's hoops ring the bell in PH?". Rappler. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ De Leon, Job (11 April 2014). "A league of their own: Discovery-Perlas and women's basketball in the Philippines". GMA News. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Velasco, Bill (3 March 2008). "No longer the poor sisters". ABS-CBN News (The Philippine Star). Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Leyba, Olmin (21 April 2011). "Women's cage team pushes for own naturalized player". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ Ramos, Josef (14 August 2013). "Women’s basketball coach prefers homegrown talent to naturalized players". The Manila Times. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Terrado, Reuben (22 January 2015). "NU coach Patrick Aquino to call shots for PH women's basketball team in SEA Games". Sport Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Terrado, Reuben (12 February 2015). "Perlas Pilipinas manager cries foul over SBP decision to disband national women's cage team, call for new tryouts". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Terrado, Reuben (14 February 2015). "SBP's Barrios says revamp of women's cage program, Perlas disbandment went through proper process". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Terrado, Reuben; Ramos, Gerry (7 September 2015). "Perlas Pilipinas finds SEA Games letdown a major motivation for Fiba-Asia success". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 8 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Team Philippines - 2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship
  12. ^ Mallari, Riera (15 August 1997). "Victory in defeat for RP cagebelles". E & S Philippine Journal 1 (XXII): 4. 
  13. ^ 2013 squad

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