GENERATION NEXT: Power families in Philippine Sports
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 09, 2015 05:02 PM
These Pinoy families sure know a thing or two about playing sports.
The WWE has the great Samoan dynasty featuring The Rock and Roman Reigns while the NBA now has the second-generation Splash Brothers.
But in the Philippines, are there some powerful sports families as well?
Well there are and here are some of them.
You might have heard of this dude named Kiefer Ravena, multi-awarded basketball player, destined to be one of the pillars for the future of Pinoy hoops.
Then there's his family.
First is his younger brother Thirdy, who even after a slow rookie year, is primed to take over the Ateneo basketball program once big brother Kiefer graduates this year.
Oh and their parents are supremely talented as well, it's like a pairing straight out of sports heaven. Daddy Bong was a multiple-time PBA champion while mommy Mozzy was a star spiker for the proud UST dynasty.
We don't need to go far to find our next entry as this father-and-son tandem have strong ties with the Ravena family.
That is right, we are talking about the Blacks.
Norman Black aka Mr. 100% coached both Bong and Kiefer in the PBA and UAAP respectively where he won quite a number of titles not only as a tactician but also as a player.
Now his son Aaron is starting what should be a productive career with the Blue Eagles as a rookie.
Of course, who can ever forget the Tengs?
Jeron and Jeric had that epic UAAP finals in 2013 and now the younger Jeron is trying to add some moree UAAP titles before he officially leaves Taft.
Jeric meanwhile is trying to carve his niche under Yeng Guiao in the PBA. Their father Alvin aka The Robocop (cool nickname by the way) played for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA not to mention his multiple tour of duties with the national team.
Benjie Paras is one of those transcendent players in the history of Philippine basketball.
Why? Well he's the one and only Rookie-MVP in the PBA. The Tower of Power is also a PBA Champion, former national team player and more importantly, father to sons Andre and the supremely-talented Kobe who is set to play for the UCLA Bruins.
Alvin Patrimonio makes a pretty good case to be Philippine basketball's G.O.A.T.
With four MVP awards and multiple PBA championships, The Captain is a legend on the court.
He's also the father to two promising tennis phenoms.
His daugthers Christine and Clarice are the stars of the NU Bulldogs program that has won back-to-back UAAP titles.
For the Webb family, ball is life.
Freddie Webb was the first to take the court as a Letran Knight and later the Philippine national team in the Olympics.
His son Jason was the next to play for La Salle and the PBA, he now coaches the Star Hotshots.
The third generation of Webbs soon followed as Joshua followed his uncle's footsteps and suited up for the Green Archers before making his way to the PBA and now, his younger brother Noah is a rookie for the UP Fighting Maroons.
To change things up a bit, we go to the Laures.
Eddie Laure is still going strong in his respectable PBA career, currently playing for Manny Pacquiao's Mahindra Enforcers.
However, who knew his daugthers would shake up the volleyball world?
EJ Laure is deemed as the savior for the struggling UST Growling Tigresses while her younger sister Eya is tearing it up in the junior ranks and is poised to be hot commodity once she enters college.
And to really shake things up, we have the Elordes in boxing.
If you talk about Philippine boxing, aside from Manny Pacquiao, the name Gabriel "Flash" Elorde should always come to mind.
Not only is he one of the best, he's the one who started it all for Filipinos in the world of boxing.
And now, two of his grandsons are starting to make a name for themselves in the sport.
Juan Miguel "The Boss" Elorde and Juan Martin "Bai" Elorde are both slowly climbing up the ranks in the field their lolo Flash used to dominate.
While there are many sports families in the Philippines, these are just a few and it shows that the country has a rich source of sporting greats.
You want us to talk about other clans with rich sporting histories? Comment below!