History of Basketball in the Philippines The Philippines were originally a Spanish colony however, following the Spanish-American War the Philippines were transferred to the Untied States. Although the Philippines became an independent country in 1946, the five decades of United States rule brought significant changes to the Philippines including the introduction of basketball.
The Philippines became a member of FIBA through the Basketball Association of the Philippines in 1936. The Philippines made their debut in the Olympic Games in 1936 where they finished fifth, the best result of an Asian team in Olympic basketball history. In the same year, the first basketball stamp in the world was released by the country.
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Basketball in the beginning. The American colonial government first introduced basketball in the Philippines in 1910, making it part of the physical education curriculum in schools. It was ...
Brief History in the Philippines. Girls were the first to play the game in 1905 - a feat that should establish the Philippines as pioneer in women's basketball with the Americans as the sport teachers and it was not until five (5) years later when boys competed in their fist basketball tournament. Records show that girl's basketball was included as a minor sport officials of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and then Bureau of Education when the Bicol Athletic Association was ...
The entry of the Americans into the Philippine archipelago marked the birth of basketball in the Philippines. Filipinos easily embraced basketball due to its competitive and action-packed nature. It was also during the time of American colonization when the first-ever Philippine national basketball team was formed.
There’s no doubt about the origins of basketball on the Philippine islands. In 1898, American colonizers introduced the sport as part of revisions they made to the official Philippine school system.
While people in the United States have the National Basketball Association (NBA), which Filipinos are also a fan of, our local version is the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), which was established in 1975 and composed of stalwart Filipino players who have gained a lot of following from their fellow countrymen.