Ambrosio Padilla

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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, Japan 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, Germany. 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...
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