Philippine basketball mourns loss of 'Tatay Aric'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 26, 2020 04:19 PM
Philippine basketball mourns loss of 'Tatay Aric'
(Photos by Arvin Lim, Richard Esguerra)

Aric Del Rosario has left Earth at the age of 80.

He has left behind a lot of lives touched, a lot of communities in love, and a lot of wins to be remembered.

The always amiable mentor fondly called "Tatay Aric" laid the foundation for what was ultimately a legendary career in University of Sto. Tomas.

Leading the Growling Tigers to championships in each and every year from 1993 to 1996, he became a key figure in the discovery and development of the likes of Cyrus Baguio, Chris Cantonjos, Bal David, Dennis Espino, Rey Evangelista, and Pido Jarencio.

"He was a good man. He was like a father to me," now-NorthPort head coach Jarencio said of his passing. "He was part of my success as a player and as a coach."

Baguio was of the same mind. "Si Coach Aric yung naging pangalawang tatay ko simula noong napunta ako rito sa Manila. Siya yung isa sa mga dahilan bakit ako naging PBA player," he said.

And in helping out with the Philippine national team in the 2000s, he also became a key figure in the continued improvement of already established coaches such as Chot Reyes.

Back in the collegiate ranks for University of Perpetual Help, he extended his reach southward and eventually ended as the mentor who unlocked Scottie Thompson.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Isa sa pinaka malungkot at nakakagulat na balita na natanggap ko buong buhay ko!???????? TATAY, PAPA , DADDY , LOLO , COACH AT MENTOR ARIC. Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng tinuro mo sakin sa lahat ng ginawa mo sa buhay ko. Ikaw isa sa dahilan kung saan ako ngayon at kung anong meron ako ngayon, hindi lang pala isa sa naging dahilan kundi ikaw naging dahilan! Hanggang sa PBA dala dala ko padin ang laging mong sinasabi mo samin. Magsipag ka lang, maglaro ng maayos magpakabait at laging madasalin may papupuntahan ka bata at higit sa lahat tanggapin anong meron ka ngayon. Kung gusto mo ng higit? Pagtrabahuan mo! Dahil sa mga linyang yan andito ako ngayon. Ang pinaka d ko makakalimutan na laging mong tanong sa mga player mo na galing probinsya ay yung may pera kpa ba? Laging sinasagot ng player wala na po coach sarili mong pera na galing sa bulsa mo yung binibigay mo sakanila. Yung tipong pinaparamdam mo hndi lang basta coach pinaramdam mo din samin na parang tatay ka namin kasi alam mo malalayo kamibsa pamilya namin. Coach A. Simula nung nakilala kita naging coach kita lahat ng pananaw ko sa buhay nag-iba. Lahat ng mga duda ko sa sarili ko kung kakayanin ko ba o hndi nag-iba. Lahat ng pagsubok na dumaan sa buhay ko hanggang ngayon hindi na ako nagduda sa sarili ko. Kasi tinuruan mo akong maging palaban at kayanin lahat. Sa lahat ng mga mura at suntok mo saaming mga player mo ramdam namin kung gaano mo kami gusto e push pa sa kakayanan namin. Haaayyyys???????? Ang mas nakakalungkot pa lalo is yung panu ka po kaya namin madalaw dahil sa mga nangyayari ngayon. Panu po kaya namin madamayan ang pamilya mo coach?? i pray na sana makagawa kami ng paraan para makasama ka namin coach at ang pamily mo. Again thank you for everything coach Aric!! You will be missed! And you will be always in our hearts! We Love you coach!!

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Even more, many have memories of Del Rosario as shot-caller for the Pampanga Dragons as well.

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