Philippines women's national basketball team

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Philippines Philippines Pilipinas
FIBA ranking 58 Steady[1]
Joined FIBA 1936
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas
Coach Philippines Patrick Aquino
Olympic Games
Appearances 0
Medals None
Women's World Cup
Appearances 0
Medals None
Asian Championships for Women
Appearances 12
Medals None
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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]


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 Fritz Gatson who last guided the national team at the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand.[4] The national team under Ong won a gold medal at the 2010 SEABA Championship for Women, the country's first medal at the said tournament. The national team previously won silver during the 1995, 1997, and 2007 editions of the tournament.[5]

The national team pushed for the naturalization of 6-3 foot 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 Haydee Ong lobbied the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas and the Congress to hasten the naturalization process of Zheng so the Chinese player can join the national team for the 2011 editions of the Fiba Asia Championship and the Southeast Asian Games[6] While Douthit was eventually naturalized, Zheng's naturalization was hung into limbo. On August 2014, the national team manager, Cynthia Tiu said that the team will focus on developing home-grown players than to resort to naturalizing players. Tiu said that Zheng was disappointed but also said that a refilling of her petition for naturalization can't be done since Zheng is already married.[7]

The Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas appointed Patrick Aquino as the new coach of the national team, succeeding head coach Haydee Ong. His first task will be to guide the national team at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. Ever Bilena will also the new main sponsor of the national team.[8] However Ong inquired the SBP regarding the move and said that the federation promised that Ong and team manager Cynthia Tiu will be in charge of the team until the end of 2015. Aquino has already held try-outs for the new national team. The national team under Ong went on participating at the 2015 Discovery Women’s Basketball Invitational even after the move.[5]


Current roster[edit]

Squad for the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship for Women:[9]

Philippines Women's National Basketball Team 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

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

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)[10]

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


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


  1. ^ Latest FIBA Women World Ranking
  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. ^ a b Verora, Levi Jr. (3 February 2015). "Perlas looking for answers after SBP replaces women's hoops team despite endorsement". Sports Desk. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Leyba, Olmin (21 April 2011). "Women's cage team pushes for own naturalized player". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  7. ^ Ramos, Josef (14 August 2013). "Women’s basketball coach prefers homegrown talent to naturalized players". The Manila Times. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 2013 squad
  10. ^ Mallari, Riera (15 August 1997). "Victory in defeat for RP cagebelles". E & S Philippine Journal 1 (XXII): 4. 

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