One of the highlights during the recently concluded Red and White Ball was the grand tribute to honor celebrated Bedan sports heroes by the San Beda Alumni Association.Handsome trophies were given to the first batch of Hall of Famers composed of seven men that evening. A space in the Trophy Room of the new St. Placid's Sports Center has been allotted for the pictures and mementoes of these renown sports achievers.

    ALDEA          BEECH        BORCK     CAMPOMANES
Archery            Shooting         Basketball               Chess

               LOYZAGA         RIUS        TRONQUED     
Basketball         Basketball          Football


      The magic seven are: Ramon S. Aldea (GS '47 / HS '51) for Archery. In this field of sports where only few excel, Bedan archery champion  Mon Aldea is indeed a precious gem as attested by his inclusion in the prestigious Scroll of Honor Awardee for Archery (1988), an honor bestowed on him by the prestigious Philippine Olympic Committee. He was a delegate in the Philippine Archery Team to the XXth Olympiad in Munich, Germany in 1972 and Juror in the International Shooting Competition in the XVIth Southeast Asean Games, Manila, Philippines  (1970-72). In 2002, he was one of the founding members of the Philippine Olympian Association.

      In the field of shooting, Enrique Beech (GS '36) is a force to reckon with,  having served as coach of the Philippine Shooting Team, winning various medals  which have made us proud to be Filipinos. In 1960, Beech represented the country in the Rome Olympics and since then, he had been representing  the country in many Asian Championship Games. In the 1954 Asian Games held in Manila,  he brought honors to the country and landed 13th place in the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. In 1957, Beech won gold medal in the Hongkong Shooting Competition and Silver medal in the Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan. Truly,  a gem polished to a greater shine.

      The Roster of Bedan Sports Greats would not be complete without Charles Borck, (GS '33) 1999 National Basketball Hall of Fame Awardee by the National Basketball Hall of Fame Foundation,Inc. and Bedan of the Century Awardee of San Beda College in 2001.  Borck represented the country in many international basketball competitions, namely:  Japan Memorial Game (1940) and Berlin Basketball Olympics Competition (1936). He was also member of the  Philippine Soccer Team to Java, Indonesia  in  1938. A  stellar Bedan basketball player during  the NCAA  games, Borck was dubbed "the blonde bombshell"  by Manila Sports Writers in the mid '30s. He now lives in Las Vegas, U.S.A. with wife Helen, who received the award for him.

      It is in chess that Florencio Campomanes (HS '42) had left an indelible mark in  the local  and international scene. He has been behind Philippine chess from the '50s  down to the  new millennium.At present, he is the Lifetime Honorary President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Before turning over the reigns of power to Republic of Kalmykia President Kirsan Ilyushinov, he efficiently acted the role of president of FIDE, the third  largest sports organization in the world with 156 member countries,  for 12 years.

      During his term, he took chess to greater heights, spreading  the gos pel  of  goodwill and sportsmanship through chess to all con cerns of the globe. In his capacity as president of FIDE, from 1982 to 1995, he had helped break the boundaries of racism, difference in religion, and other divisive factors brought about by the war. 

      His international  fame  and contribution to the sports has given him the prestigious sports award from  two sports organization in the Philippines: the Philippine Sports writers' Association (PSA) and the Sports Communications of of the Philippines (SCOOP), both organizations have elevated him to their respective sports Hall of Fame. On its Diamond Jubilee in Paris in December 1999,  Campomanes was made a Grand Knight of FIDE, the highest award of the Internatio nal Sports Organization. On January 8, 2002, the Philippine Sportswriters' Association named him the Sports Leader of the Millennium.     

      Considered the "Greatest Filipino Basketball Player of the Century", Carlos Loyzaga (HS '54) had the natural ability to turn impending defeat to victory,  hence the fitting monicker "The Big Difference". His most memorable achievement was accomplished in 1954 as a member of the amazing Philippine team that finished third in the Second World Basket ball Championship in Rio de Janeiro, a fantastic  feat that could very well be impossible to duplicate. Loyzaga was also named to the Mythical Selection of the Tournament won by highly favored Unites States which beat host Brazil, 62-41, in a one-sided match. In the NCAA, Loyzaga made his presence felt. Living up to his billing "The Big Difference", Loyzaga engineered San Beda's successful bid to retire the coveted Crispulo Zamora trophy by winning the NCAA senior titles three times in 1951, 1952 and 1955.

      After his NCAA stint, he joined YCO Painters, winners of 10 consecutive  National Open Championships and numerous other MICAA  titles. He made his Olympic debut in 1952 in Helsinki and competed in the 1956 Melbourne Games. In the Asian Games, Loyzaga sparked the Philippines to four straight championships (1951 New Delhi, 1954 Manila, 1958 Tokyo, and 1962 Jakarta). He skipped the Philippines to twin victories in the Asian Basket ball Conference tournaments (1960 Manila and 1963 Taipei) and coached the national selection to a dramatic triumph  in in the 1967 ABC final in Seoul, Korea. He also coached the Philippine  Team  which placed 13th in the 1968 Mexico Games.

      Eminent  basketball coach Arturo "Luli" Rius (HS '38 / BSC '42,  posthumous) is best remembered for his stints as coach of the Philippine Team which consistently  dominated Asian Basketball Confederation Championship  during the 1960s. He also called the shots for the RP Cagers in the 1960 Rome Olympics. Rius rose from the bench of the San  Beda Red Lions in the 1930s. 

      He was known as  "the last three seconds man" for his nerve-wrecking chore of lifting  the Red Lions when the game was on the line.  Rius played as team captain for San Beda (1926-1940) which saw the Red Lions ruling the NCAA season. Cool, calm, and restrained, he  had command and presence which earned him the respect  of  all who came to know him. Luli is  now considered one of the revered Bedan sports heroes.

      The saga of sports heroes would not be complete without citing Ildefonso "Ponching" Tronqued, Sr. (GS '24/AA'28, posthumous). An  accomplished  center-forward in football, Ponching also made a name in sprinting events,  as well as high jumps, long jumps, and basketball. His prowess in Athletics enabled him to see action in four Far Eastern games, from Shanghai to Osaka. Upon retirement from amateur athletics, he proceeded to become one of Asia's sought-after referees. He also founded the Football Referees Association of Manila and was its president for two terms. Filipinos' performance in the football field, as shown by Tronqued and his team, helped bring about the eventual integration of football as a regular sports in  the then Bureau  of Education Sports Curriculum.

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