Country’s Top 10 Noteworthy Dynasties in Sports
It takes years of training and conditioning to achieve greatness in the field of sports, but what you do not know is that parents are great role models in producing new talents.
Philippine sports nowadays are composed of many family dynasties. We can’t deny the fact that these families are very much growing. In fact, it creates a hierarchy of great influence not just to the fans but also to the dominance in sports locally and internationally.
Playing with incomparable skills in sports seems merely impossible enough, yet what is odder is having a family of talented athletes. You often wonder why these athletes became so talented and couldn’t answer why, well—it’s in the genes.
The Ravenas are putting their names at the top of Philippine sports headed by the retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the PBA team TNT KaTropa, Bong Ravena and former volleyball player of the UST team and now a volleyball analyst, Mozzy Ravena.
Kiefer, Thirdy, and Dani who are all athletes now are making their own names; Kiefer winning two-time UAAP championship and leading the national squad to several titles, Thirdy helping the Ateneo Blue Eagles to three straight championships, and Dani playing libero with the Lady Eagles, who was a difference-maker that reclaim the championship crown in the recent UAAP Season 81 Women’s Volleyball.
Alvin Teng, a retired professional basketball player, who spent about 14 seasons in the PBA, mostly with the San Miguel Beermen, has influenced his two sons, Jeric and Jeron.
The two sons had become rivals in their basketball career, with Jeric playing in the UST-MBT and Jeron in the DLSU-MBT. Both were considerably good but the younger Teng won over Jeric in the UAAP Season 76 Men’s Basketball.
The two continued their brotherly rivalry in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as Jeric playing for GlobalPort while Jeron plays for the Alaska Aces.
Danny Ildefonso, known as “DI”, “Raise the Roof” and “Demolition Man”, is a retired Filipino professional basketball player who starred and won several titles with the San Miguel Beerman in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is currently the assistant coach of the Alaska Aces.
His sons, Dave and Shaun are hoping to create a difference and are stepping in the basketball circuit as both are playing for the National University in the UAAP. After two years of playing together, Dave decided to return to his high school alma mater Ateneo.
But the two are not expected to face each other in the court as Dave will serve a one-year residency with the Blue Eagles while Shaun is suiting up for his last year in UAAP Season 83.
Benjie Paras, father of Andre and Kobe Paras was a standout in the Philippine Basketball Association in the 90’s. Benjie in his prime years was named PBA Rookie MVP. Before jumping into showbiz, the former Rookie awardee played for the Shell Turbo Chargers and San Miguel Beermen.
His two sons played in the La Salle Greenhills in the NCAA juniors basketball league. After a while, Andre chose to follow his dad in showbiz. Kobe continued playing in the basketball circle, thus making noises and even tried playing in the US. Now, Kobe suited up in the recent UAAP Season for the UP Maroons.
Alvin Patrimonio, one of the greatest PBA players in history who won four MVP awards and suited for the national squad in his peak career. The PBA legend is currently the team manager of the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
Tin, Clarice, and Angelo are all proud athletes of their own; Clarice is now taking heights in tennis where she participated in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. On the other hand, Tin, a sports junkie, is engaged in a lot of opportunities she became a top player in tennis, a muse for Northport, and aerial yoga. Angelo, the eldest son of Alvin Patrimonio, followed the footsteps of his dad but later on decided to go into show business.
Ervin Sotto, the seventh overall pick in the 2004 PBA Draft by the Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs and assistant coach for the NLEX Road Warriors is supporting the controversial Kai Sotto, the rising star who is chasing for his NBA dreams.
The 7-foot-two Kai Sotto is taking huge jumps for his dream to be one of the best in Asia. The basketball prodigy is now aiming to be one of the NBA Superstars. Kai received so many opportunities and is now in the US training and preparing for his NBA career as he joins the NBA G-League team.
Leo Austria has always been the number one fan of his son, Bacon who played for the Ateneo Men’s Basketball Team.
Leo’s basketball career started playing for Lyceum in his collegiate days. Then, he went to the PBA and became the 1985 Rookie of the Year. After his playing career, he decided to coach professional teams in the PBA and led San Miguel to eight titles in the PBA along with three Coach of the Year plums.
Eddie Laure, known by many as “The Bounty Hunter” and former Metropolitan Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, is intensely showing support for his children, Echo, Ej, and Eya who are all athletes. Eddie shares his warrior mentality with his children as seen in their toughness and courage on the hardcourt.
The sister tandem, Ej and Eya have hyped the fans as Ej set foot again in the UST volleyball team after a long hiatus. The sisters were unstoppable and have dominated several games before the pandemic disrupted the season.
On the other hand, Echo is playing basketball for the Bulldogs in the UAAP Junior Basketball League. The son of the basketball legend is showing the Laure Gene as he was tapped for Basketball Without Borders Asia in Japan.
Romy Dela Rosa, a former PBA player and won with Shell in the 1990 First Conference, could not even be prouder of his son, Rome. Romy was the #1 supporter of his son and encourages his words of wisdom in every game.
In 2018, Rome, a defense-minded wingman together with his Magnolia Hotshots, bagged the Governors’ Cup championship. He was ecstatic as after four seasons of appearances, he now has a PBA championship title to share with his dad.
The mother-daughter tandem, Cintamoni and Kaitlin De Guzman are incomparable when it comes to gymnastics. It was like a reincarnation when Cintamoni won a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games, dominating the uneven bars in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 1995; 22 years after, Kaitlin, her daughter, won the gold medal in the uneven bars in artistic gymnastics in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
Cintamoni a proud mother, supported her daughter all throughout, which is now based on the United States, supporting his daughter’s gymnastics career.