Ambrosio Bibby Padilla
(born December 7, 1910 in Lingayen, Pangasinan
- died 1990 )) was a former Filipino basketball
player and former elected member of the Senate of the Philippines
. He was one of the most important figures in the Asian basketball development.
Padilla was born as the eighth of eleven children of Dr. Nicanor Padilla and Ysabel Bibby. He married Lourdes de las Alas on May 4, 1941. Padilla fathered 10 children: 6 boys and 4 girls.
Padilla captained the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles
in the late 1920s and led the team to capture the 1928 NCAA Philippines Basketball Championship
under coach James Martin, S.J.
. Later, he studied law at the University of the Philippines
became a varsity player of the university's baseball team in the early 1930s.
In 1930, Padilla played for the Philippines
to capture the Far Eastern Games
basketball gold medal in Tokyo
and played alongside Jacinto Ciria Cruz
and Mariano Filomeno
. In 1934, he helped the country retained the Far Eastern Games basketball championship held at home for the final time.
In 1936, Padilla was the team captain and led the Philippines to a fifth place finished in the 1936 Summer Olympics
held at Berlin
. It remains the best finish by an Asian
country in men's Olympic basketball history. The team was coached by Dionisio Calvo
and, aside from Padilla, boasted of great players like Ciria Cruz and Charles Borck
Padilla retired from basketball and became the chairman of the Philippine Amateur Athletic... Read More