Benjie Paras
Overview
 
Venancio Johnson Paras, Jr. (born October 2, 1968), better known as Benjie Paras, is a Filipino
Filipino people
The Filipino people or Filipinos are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the islands of the Philippines. There are about 92 million Filipinos in the Philippines, and about 11 million living outside the Philippines ....

  professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association
Philippine Basketball Association
The Philippine Basketball Association , is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the NBA...

 (PBA) turned actor. He is the only PBA player to win both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, in a single season (1989). As its star center, Paras led the Shell Turbo Chargers to championship titles.
A prized recruit from San Beda High School
San Beda College
San Beda College or Dalubhasaan ng San Beda in Filipino is a Private Benedictine college run by the Benedictine monks in the Philippines. It is located on Mendiola Street in San Miguel, Manila...

, Paras started as center for University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines
The ' is the national university of the Philippines. Founded in 1908 through Act No...

 Fighting Maroons, where he once scored 19 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and blocked seven shots against rival Far Eastern University
Far Eastern University
Far Eastern University in the University Belt area, West Sampaloc, City of Manila, is a nonsectarian, private university in the Philippines. Created by the merger of Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, FEU became a university in 1934 under the guidance of...

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Encyclopedia
Venancio Johnson Paras, Jr. (born October 2, 1968), better known as Benjie Paras, is a Filipino
Filipino people
The Filipino people or Filipinos are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the islands of the Philippines. There are about 92 million Filipinos in the Philippines, and about 11 million living outside the Philippines ....

  professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association
Philippine Basketball Association
The Philippine Basketball Association , is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the NBA...

 (PBA) turned actor. He is the only PBA player to win both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, in a single season (1989). As its star center, Paras led the Shell Turbo Chargers to championship titles.

University stint

A prized recruit from San Beda High School
San Beda College
San Beda College or Dalubhasaan ng San Beda in Filipino is a Private Benedictine college run by the Benedictine monks in the Philippines. It is located on Mendiola Street in San Miguel, Manila...

, Paras started as center for University of the Philippines
University of the Philippines
The ' is the national university of the Philippines. Founded in 1908 through Act No...

 Fighting Maroons, where he once scored 19 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and blocked seven shots against rival Far Eastern University
Far Eastern University
Far Eastern University in the University Belt area, West Sampaloc, City of Manila, is a nonsectarian, private university in the Philippines. Created by the merger of Far Eastern College and the Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance, FEU became a university in 1934 under the guidance of...

. The prized UP player had all the basketball essentials in him—agility, rebounding strength, and shooting touch. Eventually, the Maroons went on to win its second UAAP Men's basketball title against the University of the East
University of the East
The University of the East is a private nonsectarian university located in University Belt Area, district of Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines. The university was founded in 1946 as a coeducational institution...

 Red Warriors led by Jerry Codiñera and Allan Caidic.

The Rookie from UP

Drafted by the Shell Turbo Chargers in 1989, Paras, aptly nicknamed "The Tower of Power", played in the PBA with good ball-handling, powerful rebounding, deft mid-range shooting, well-timed shot blocks and the uncanny ability for inside scoring. Although his team did not win any title that season, these abilities overshadowed even the most skilled of players and because of these he not only took Rookie of the Year, but also became its Most Valuable Player. Benjie Paras was the only PBA player to have done this feat.

Paras as a Turbo Charger

In 1990, Paras would lead Shell to their first Open Conference title by defeating Anejo Rhum
Barangay Ginebra Kings
The Barangay Ginebra Kings is a professional basketball team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 1979 and owned by the Ginebra San Miguel, Inc., a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation...

 in a championship series that finished in 6 games, the climax featured a walk out by Anejo players. In 1991, Shell and Ginebra would meet again in the Finals of the Reinforced Conference. Paras and the Tubro Chargers seemed poised to beat the Gins once again after taking a commanding 3-1 lead, but the Gins made a dramatic rally and coming back from the 3-1 deficit and winning the title in a classic Game 7 encounter that featured Rudy Distrito's game winner.

Paras was also selected to play in the 1990 Asian games Basketball Team that won the silver medal, coming up short against China in the gold-medal match.

In 1992, Paras and the rejuvenated Turbo Chargers now with Leo Isaac, and Rey Cuenco led Shell to another title, winning it over the San Miguel Beermen
San Miguel Beermen
The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food...

. After the 1992 title, Paras and Shell would show inconsistencies as it flirted to the cellars in several occasions. This was also capped with a controversy back in 1993 when Paras sat out for one conference after a contract dispute with Shell that prompted him to demand a trade deal to rival team Anejo Rhum
Barangay Ginebra Kings
The Barangay Ginebra Kings is a professional basketball team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 1979 and owned by the Ginebra San Miguel, Inc., a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation...

. But after Shell rejected trade offers for their prized center, he decided to concentrate on his movie and TV career. After Paras came back to the team in the 1993 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the team never made to the Finals until 1996 Commissioner's Cup, thanks in part to import Kenny Redfield and supporting casts Peter Naron, Richie Ticzon, Victor Pablo, Jojo Lim etc. in 1996 and battled the grandslam
Grand Slam (PBA)
The Grand Slam in the Philippine Basketball Association refers to a PBA team who has won all three conferences in a single season. After the PBA reduced the number of conferences from three to two beginning in 2004, the term became quite obsolete to some...

 seeking Alaska Aces
Alaska Aces (PBA)
The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of the Alaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 13 PBA championships with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest...

, then known as the Alaska Milkmen in an unbelievable 7 Game series which Alaska won. Paras was also a contender to win the MVP in the 96 season of the PBA.

Paras would then re-enter the Finals 2 years later in the Centennial Cup Finals this time meeting the Mobiline Phone Pals. In a one-game title showdown, Shell came up short. Paras would get his revenge thanks to the help of Noy Castillo
Noy Castillo
Noy Castillo is a retired Filipino-American professional basketball player who played for the Shell Velocity and Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in the Philippine Basketball Association.-Shell Velocity:...

 and Gerald Esplana as the rematch was set for The Governor's Cup Finals of the PBA against Mobiline. Shell came back after trailing the series 3 games to 2. Shell and Mobiline battled into a gruelling 7 games until Shell prevailed due to timely baskets by Paras and Esplana.

In 1999, Paras dominated the Filipino-Americans (Fil-Am) laden PBA by leading Shell to another Finals appearance this time against Tanduay Rhum Makers bannered by Fil-Am Eric Menk
Eric Menk
Eric Conrad Menk is a Filipino-American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barangay Ginebra Kings...

 and the deported Sonny Alvarado. Paras held his own against the two taller, stronger and more athletic Fil-Ams as he led Shell to another title winning it 4-2. That would be Paras' last title, as his team was unable to stop the San Miguel Beermen in the title showdown for the Commissioner's Cup. Paras would win his 2nd MVP since 1989.

For his last three years, injuries plagued his playing career and it was so bad he only saw action in 44 games from 2000 to 2002. Paras retired at age 34 before the opening of 2003 season. However, he returned later in the year, suiting up for San Miguel Beer before retiring once again at season's end.

Paras played in a total of 574 games in his career. Not counting the 2002 campaign, he collected 10,322 points, 4,402 rebounds, 1,822 assists, 1,323 blocks and 221 steals. http://www.turbochargers-pba.com/news060205a.shtml

Awards

  • 2-time Most Valuable Player (1989 & 1999)
  • Rookie of the Year (1989)
  • 5-time Mythical First Team Selection (1989, 1990, 1991, 1995 & 1999)
  • 3-time Mythical Second Team Selection (1992, 1994 & 1996)
  • Best Player of the Conference (1999 Commissioner's Cup)
  • Comeback Player of the Year (1999)
  • Eight-time PBA All-Star
  • 2-time PBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (1994 & 1999)
  • PBA's 25 Greatest Players of All-Time


Other Basketball Highlights:
  • A Member of the 1990 Asian Games national team (Silver Medal)

Career developments

Paras retired in 2003, ending his 14-year career with the Philippine Basketball Association. He is currently an actor.

He has acted in local films and television shows. He appeared in Narito Ang Puso Ko
Narito Ang Puso Ko
Narito Ang Puso Ko is a Filipino television series produced by GMA Network and directed by Enrico Quizon and actress, Gina Alajar. This is also Jolina Magdangal's very first drama series in GMA Telebabad.- Synopsis :...

, his first drama series on GMA Network
GMA Network
GMA Network is a major commercial television & radio network in the Philippines. GMA Network is owned by GMA Network, Inc. a publicly listed company...

, he also appeared in a former sitcom, Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita
Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita
Lagot Ka... Isusumbong Kita! was a situational comedy television show in the Philippines aired every Monday evenings by GMA Network. The show was part of the network's GMA KiliTV block.-Synopsis:...

, a weekly sitcom by GMA and also starred in Encantadia
Encantadia
Encantadia is a Filipino fantasy television series produced by GMA Network. The pilot episode was aired on May 2, 2005. Its last episode was aired on December 9 of the same year to give way to its second book, Etheria. This series aired its pilot episode on December 12, and its last episode on...

, as the Ascano barbarian, Wahid. He is also the host of ABC's
Associated Broadcasting Company
The Associated Broadcasting Company, Inc is a television network in the Philippines, with main broadcast facilities and transmitter located at 762 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City. The network was previously known as the , Associated Broadcasting Company remains the legal...

 local version of Guinness Book of Records. He also flexed his acting muscles by playing offbeat roles in Lupin
Lupin
Lupinus, commonly known as Lupins or lupines , is a genus in the legume family . The genus comprises about 280 species , with major centers of diversity in South and western North America , and the Andes and secondary centers in the Mediterranean region and Africa Lupinus, commonly known as Lupins...

 (as Richard Gutierrez's gay inmate) and Fantastic Man
Fantastic Man
Fantastic Man is a television serialization of the box office film of the same name. The series originally starred by Vic Sotto stars Mark Herras as Fantastic Man with Ryza Cenon as her leading lady-turned sidekick Wena aka Fantastic Girl. The series refurbishes and reintroduces Fantastic Man as a...

 (as one of Mark Herras' villains). In late 2007, he became one of main casts in Ramon "Bong" Revilla
Bong Revilla
Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. , is a Filipino actor, politician and senator of the Republic of the Philippines. In 2009, he legally changed his last name to Bong Revilla....

's movie, Resiklo
Resiklo
Resiklo is a 2007 Philippine post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie starring Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. It is the entry of Revilla's outfit, Imus Productions, to the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival.-Premise:...

, which is an entry in Metro Manila Film Festival
Metro Manila Film Festival
upright|thumb|320px|Metro Manila Film Festival Official LogoThe Metro Manila Film Festival-Philippines is the annual film festival held in Manila...

. He was also the main host for the short-lived late night ABC 5 gameshow, "WinWinWin". On November 2007, he was cast as one of the fictional characters for Richard Gutierrez's former fantaserye on GMA 7, "Kamandag", as Haring Dinggol, king of the human-apes. Paras recently finished his GMA 7 comedy teleserye, "Adik Sa'Yo" with Marvin Agustin & Jolina Magdangal. Benjie Paras is now currently worked with boxer Manny Pacquiao in a new GMA 7 Sitcom, "Show Me Da Manny". Paras is back again on GMA Telebabad for the role as a villain in a recent drama-fantaserye, "The Last Prince". Benjie returns to comedy via a reality comedy show, "Ang Yaman Ni Lola
Ang Yaman ni Lola
Ang Yaman ni Lola is a weekday Comedy-Reality show and aired over GMA Network and produced by GMA News and Public Affairs. It is the counterpart of ABS-CBN's noontime variety show Pilipinas Win Na Win. The show features Nanette Inventor as Lola Barbie, a rich and generous old widow who shares her...

". Benjie returns once again in a 1st Christmas reality show and is now included in a newest GMA 7 Christmas Reality Show, Puso Ng Pasko: Artista Challenge which he was a challenger. Benjie returns to drama again via Bantatay which he plays Jace Ventura, a pet detective. Benjie is now on his current new show a horror-comedy anthology, Spooky Nights Presents: The Ringtone.
Paras plays the best friend of Vic Sotto in the movie “Skul Bukol The Reunion” ("Iskul Bukol: 20 Years After") Iskul Bukol#Iskul Bukol 20 Years After (Adventures of Vic Ungasis and the Escalera Brothers) and the best friend of Vhong Navarro
Vhong Navarro
Vhong Navarro is a Filipino actor, comedian, dancer, singer, and host at ABS-CBN. He is part of the dance group Streetboys in the Philippines.-Career:...

's best friend in the movie “My Only U
My Only Ü
My Only Ü is a 2008 dramedy film starring Vhong Navarro and Toni Gonzaga directed by award-winning director Cathy Garcia-Molina released under Star Cinema.-Plot summary:...

.”

Paras is married to Lyxen Diomampo, a preschool teacher and commercial model. They will have their 1st child in December. Benjie has 2 other sons, Andre, 13, and Kobe, 11.

TV shows

  • Oki Doki Doc
    Oki Doki Doc
    Oki Doki Doc is an ABS-CBN comedy sitcom which started from 1993 to 2000. It originally aired every Saturday nights then transferred on Wednesday nights and later transferred again on Saturday nights...

     (ABS-CBN)
  • Kool Ka Lang
    Kool Ka Lang
    Kool Ka Lang is a mixed action and situational comedy television show in the Philippines. It aired Tuesday evenings on the GMA Network from 1998 to 2003. The show was part of the network's GMA KiliTV block.-Plot:...

     (GMA Network)
  • Narito Ang Puso Ko (GMA Network)
  • Kakabaka-Boo (GMA Network)
  • Kakabakaba Adventures (GMA Network)
  • Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita
    Lagot Ka, Isusumbong Kita
    Lagot Ka... Isusumbong Kita! was a situational comedy television show in the Philippines aired every Monday evenings by GMA Network. The show was part of the network's GMA KiliTV block.-Synopsis:...

     (GMA Network)
  • Guinness Book Of World Records Philippine Edition (ABC)
  • Naks! (GMA Network)
  • Wag Kukurap (GMA Network)
  • GMA Telecine Specials (GMA Network)
  • Campus Romance (GMA Network)
  • Mikee (GMA Network)
  • Dear Mikee (GMA Network)
  • Sa Dako Pa Roon (GMA Network)
  • Magpakailanman
    Magpakailanman
    Magpakailanman is a weekly anthology of inspiring stories of the GMA Network . Magpakailanman features the life experiences of famous personalities and ordinary people who loved and lost on their way to success. The show is an hour-long dose of hope for today’s problem-weary viewer...

     (GMA Network)
  • My Guardian Abby
    My Guardian Abby
    My Guardian Abby is a drama series that is broadcast on QTV-11 starring Starstruck avenger Nadine Samonte as Abby, a pink angel.Every week, the show features different guest stars with different plots...

     (QTV)
  • Encantadia
    Encantadia
    Encantadia is a Filipino fantasy television series produced by GMA Network. The pilot episode was aired on May 2, 2005. Its last episode was aired on December 9 of the same year to give way to its second book, Etheria. This series aired its pilot episode on December 12, and its last episode on...

     (GMA Network)
  • Etheria
    Etheria
    Etheria is a Filipino fantasy television series that was produced by GMA Network. The full title of the series is Etheria: Ang Ikalimang Kaharian ng Encantadia , referring to Encantadia, its predecessor series...

     (GMA Network)
  • Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas
    Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas
    Encantadia: Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas , also known globally as Avisala Encantadia: Love Until the End is the third and the last installment of the Encantadia...

     (GMA Network)
  • Family Zoo (QTV)
  • Love to Love (GMA Network)
  • Lupin
    Lupin (Philippine TV series)
    Lupin is a Philippine drama that aired on GMA Network. It is loosely based on the French crime fiction series of books featuring the character Arsène Lupin and the Japanese manga and anime series Lupin III, in turn loosely based upon the original works...

     (GMA Network)
  • Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
    Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
    "Lola Basyang" is the pen name of Severino Reyes, founder and editor of the Tagalog magazine Liwayway. From 1925, Reyes wrote a series of stories for children under the title Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang...

     (GMA Network)
  • Maynila
    Maynila (TV series)
    Maynila is a television drama that has been broadcast on Philippine television since 1999. Originally aired Mondays-Fridays and 5-day episode per week, it presently became a weekend drama anthology of inspiring stories of people who are having love problems and challenges that affect every...

     (GMA Network)
  • Fantastic Man
    Fantastic Man
    Fantastic Man is a television serialization of the box office film of the same name. The series originally starred by Vic Sotto stars Mark Herras as Fantastic Man with Ryza Cenon as her leading lady-turned sidekick Wena aka Fantastic Girl. The series refurbishes and reintroduces Fantastic Man as a...

     (GMA Network)
  • Magic Kamison
    Magic Kamison
    Magic Kamison is a fantasy television series aired every Sunday afternoons by GMA Network. The series premiered on February 3, 2007.-The Magic Kamison:...

     (GMA Network)
  • Boys Nxt Door
    Boys Nxt Door
    Boys Nxt Door was an award-winning youth oriented situation comedy from GMA Network. It was the second part of GMA Network's 57th Anniversary. The series premiered on June 24, 2007 and ended on January 13, 2008 with 31 one-hour episodes....

     (GMA Network)
  • Kamandag
    Kamandag
    Kamandag, also known as Venom in English, is a fantasy Philippine drama that aired on GMA Network from November 19, 2007 to April 25, 2008. Based from the graphic novel of Carlo J. Caparas, it starred Richard Gutierrez.-Origin:...

     (GMA Network)
  • Finish Line (RPN "now SOLAR TV")
  • Win Win Win (ABC)
  • Maalaala Mo Kaya? (ABS-CBN)
  • Gagambino
    Gagambino
    Carlo J. Capara's Gagambino is an adaptation of Carlo J. Caparas' celebrated graphic novel use to air in on GMA Network, produced by its film-arm GMA Films. It premiered on October 20 starring Dennis Trillo leading a band of superheroes, and his six-feet tall spider. It is the third crime/horror...

     (GMA Network)
  • Adik Sa'Yo
    Adik Sa'Yo
    Adik Sa'Yo is a Philippine romantic comedy created and developed by Denoy Navarro-Punio for GMA Network. The show premiered on June 8, 2009 under the direction of Joel Lamangan. It was originally planned to end on September 4, 2009 but was extended for another week, and officially ended on...

     (GMA Network)
  • Clear Men Future League (SOLAR TV)
  • Talentadong Pinoy
    Talentadong Pinoy
    Talentadong Pinoy is a reality talent show. Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, the show displays a variety of performances from singers, dancers, actors, musicians and comedians, to contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, ventriloquists and magicians. It was based from the Got Talent series in UK, USA,...

     (TV5)
  • Show Me Da Manny
    Show Me Da Manny
    Show Me Da Manny is a Philippines situation comedy television series that premiered on GMA Network on August 23, 2009. It stars Manny Pacquiao and Marian Rivera. The show premiered on August 29, 2009, one week after its original premiere, on GMA Pinoy TV. The show is set to end on July 10, 2011 on...

     (GMA Network)
  • The Last Prince
    The Last Prince
    The Last Prince is a fantasy Philippine drama produced by GMA Drama, featuring many fairy tales as a plot device such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast. It is directed by Mac Alejandre and developed by R.J. Nuevas, starring Aljur Abrenica, Kris Bernal, Geoff Eigenmann and Carla...

     (GMA Network)
  • Ang Yaman Ni Lola
    Ang Yaman ni Lola
    Ang Yaman ni Lola is a weekday Comedy-Reality show and aired over GMA Network and produced by GMA News and Public Affairs. It is the counterpart of ABS-CBN's noontime variety show Pilipinas Win Na Win. The show features Nanette Inventor as Lola Barbie, a rich and generous old widow who shares her...

     (GMA Network)
  • Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge
    Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge
    Puso ng Pasko: Artista Challenge is the first ever reality Krismaserye show and aired over GMA Network and produced by GMA News and Public Affairs. The show features 12 groups of Kapuso celebrities...

     (GMA Network)
  • Bantatay
    Bantatay
    Bantatay or The Guardian is a drama-comedy-fantasy series from GMA Network featuring Raymart Santiago, Gelli de Belen, Jennica Garcia and Carl Guevarra. The show premiered on September 20, 2010 replacing Langit Sa Piling Mo. The show also airs on GMA Pinoy TV worldwide which premiered two days...

     (GMA Network)
  • Dwarfina
    Dwarfina
    Dwarfina is a telefantasya produced by GMA Network starring Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo. The show was originally to be aired November 2010 but was postponed to January 10, 2011. The show premiered on January 12, 2011 on GMA Pinoy TV, two days after its original airdate...

     (GMA Network)
  • Spooky Nights Presents: The Ringtone (GMA Network)
  • Futbolilits
    Futbolilits
    Futbolilits is a Philippine sports drama series produced by GMA Network featuring an ensemble cast. The series premiered on July 4, 2011 in the Philippines, replacing Magic Palayoks time slot and on July 6, 2011 on GMA Pinoy TV, two-days after its original premiere.-Main cast:*Raymart Santiago as...

     (GMA Network)
  • Manny Many Prizes
    Manny Many Prizes
    Manny Many Prizes is a weekly variety-game show produced by GMA Network. It began airing live on July 16, 2011 in the Philippines and aired as well on July 16, 2011/July 17, 2011 on GMA Pinoy TV, and is hosted by Manny Pacquiao along with several co-hosts. The show will give away prizes such as...

     (GMA Network)

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