Chito Loyzaga
Joaquin C. Loyzaga (born August 29, 1958) is a former 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 ....

 basketball player. He played college ball for San Beda College
San Beda Red Lions
The San Beda Red Lions are the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball team of San Beda College.San Beda is the only founding member left in the league....

 before eventually going on to play professional basketball in 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...

, where he became a many-time member of the All-Defensive team
Philippine Basketball Association All-Defensive Team award
The Philippine Basketball Association All-Defensive Team award is the award given to the five players which exhibited outstanding defensive capabalities in each of basketball's five positions: point guard, shooting guard , small forward, power forward and center.-Awardees per year:*1985: Chito...

. Loyzaga played for Tanduay
Tanduay Rhum Masters
The Tanduay Rhum Masters is a former Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association , Philippine Basketball Association and Philippine Basketball League basketball team.-History:...

, Toyota
Toyota Super Corollas
The Toyota Super Corollas was a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association from 1975-1983. The team had various monikers such as the Comets, the Silver Tamaraws, the Tamaraws, the Super Diesels, the Super Corollas and the Silver Coronas.Their nine PBA titles is the...

, Great Taste
Great Taste Coffee Makers
Great Taste Coffee was one of the Pioneer teams in the Philippine Basketball Association . The company was then known as the Consolidated Foods Corporation and their chief products included well known brands like Presto Ice Cream, N-Rich Coffee Cream, Jack & Jill Fun Snacks, Great Taste Coffee...

, and Ginebra
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...

. He also played for the Philippine national basketball team that played at the 1990 Asian Games
Basketball at the 1990 Asian Games
Basketball was one of the many sports which was held at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China between 22 September and 7 October 1990. China won their 5th title in the men's tournament and Korea won their 2nd title in the women's tournament, in the fourth China-Korea finals showdown.-Medal...

 where he distinguished himself by helping limit North Korean center Ri Myung Hun
Ri Myung Hun
Ri Myung Hun was a center with the national basketball team of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He was also known as Michael Ri, after his favorite basketball player, Michael Jordan. Once declared the tallest living human being in the world, he stands 7'8.5" tall and planned to play in...

 despite a height discrepancy of over 1 and a half feet between them.

He later became commissioner of the Metropolitan Basketball Association
Metropolitan Basketball Association
The Metropolitan Basketball Association or Metroball was a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1998.The MBA overtook the Philippine Basketball Association's plans on regionalization when the league adopted a home-and-away format where teams, instead of representing...


Currently, he is one of the appointed Commissioners of Philippine Sports Commission
Philippine Sports Commission
The Philippine Sports Commission was created through Republic Act No. 6847 in 1990 to serve as the "sole policy-making and coordinating body of all amateur sports development programs and institutions in the Philippines"...


Personal life

He is the son of Philippine basketball great Carlos Loyzaga
Carlos Loyzaga
Carlos M. Loyzaga is a former Filipino basketball player and coach. He led the Philippine National team to a Bronze Medal finish in the 1954 FIBA World Championship. The Philippines third place finish remains the highest rank of any Asian team in the history of the tournament...

, and Vicky Cuerva. He and brother Joey Loyzaga
Joey Loyzaga
Ernesto Jose C. Loyzaga , better known as Joey Loyzaga, is a former Filipino basketball player. He played college ball for San Beda College before eventually going on to play professional basketball in the Philippine Basketball Association. Loyzaga played for Magnolia, Swift, Shell, Ginebra, and...

 became one of the few brothers to have played in the PBA, eventually playing for the same team with Ginebra. Chito Loyzaga is married to Toni Loyzaga, with whom he has three children, namely: Celina, Jose Joaquin, and Cecilia. He recently visited the Sultanate of Oman
Oman , officially called the Sultanate of Oman , is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the...

, at the Philippine School Muscat.
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