The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) family is deeply saddened by the passing of its Senior Executive Consultant Mauricio “Moying” Martelino on Wednesday morning. He was 86 years old.
“He was a loyal and dutiful person, a genuine man, and easy to get along with. He will be missed as a solid pillar of Philippine basketball,” said SBP Chairman Emeritus Manny V Pangilinan, offering his sincerest condolences to Martelino’s family.
Martelino held the SBP senior consultant position from 2011 to 2020.
One of the pillars of Philippine sports, Martelino was the Secretary General of the Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA Asia) from 1991 to 1998. He earned the FIBA Order of Merit award in 1999 and became one of only six officials from Asia to receive such honor. He was also the Executive Director of the organizing committee when the Philippines hosted the Men’s World Basketball Championship (now FIBA World Cup) in 1978.
“Sad day for Philippine basketball. Thank you, Moying, for all your contributions,” SBP President Al Panlilio said.
Former SBP Vice Chairman and current PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas mourned, “Moying, your wisdom, insights, and presence will be missed.”
SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios considers this a personal loss as Martelino was his mentor when he joined the federation.
“Moying fast-tracked my knowledge in running the day-to-day affairs of a basketball federation,” said Barrios. “Additionally, he opened the doors for me to FIBA, personally introducing me to its top officials like former FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stankovic and Patrick Baumann. He was everybody’s best friend in basketball. I owe a lot to him and will forever be grateful for his guidance.”