Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jun Limpot: My Long Time Basketball Idol

I started watching the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in 1994. I was a second year high school student then. It was only because I admire a tall, athletic and a superb player who is a gentleman and a very good person as well.

Zandro "Jun" Limpot. . . my long time basketball idol is married to an Escudero! She is truly a "lucky" lady for being Zandro's better half.

Limpot is a Cebuano-speaking athlete who hails from Surigao. Originally a tennis player, he decided to play basketball after the urging of his uncle, the late Governor Jose Sering.

He started his basketball career as key player of the De La Salle University Green Archers, later on played for four years with the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) where he won an MVP award, and eventually became part of the PBA.

He was in the Sta. Lucia Realtors wearing jersey number 72 when I began following his career. Towering at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he and Dennis Espino was known as the Twin Towers of Sta. Lucia but Limpot is also known as "The Main Man". He never experienced playing and winning a PBA championship match. It was only when he moved to Ginebra wearing jersey number 9 he had a taste of being a PBA champion. Limpot, being a very talented player, also became part of the Philippine Basketball Team who competed in the Asian Games.

Through my high school years I keep on collecting Scoreboard magazines to see updates about my idol. I even used some of his magazine pictures as cover of my notebooks. Sounds a bit of an obsession, isn't it?

I stopped following his career when I transferred to Kidapawan. Why? I honestly do not know. But I still find time to read news items about him.

With the presence of the new breeds of PBA players including a large number of Fil-Ams, I still consider Zandro Limpot as one of the best basketball players the PBA has ever produced. And so I am very proud to be one of his avid fans who up to now never stop admiring him.


After 15 long years, at last I have seen my idol in person. Last night, I went to the Kidapawan City Gymnasium to witness the basketball match between the PBA Legends versus the Catamco Dream Team of North Cotabato.

I availed the Php 250.00 ticket so that I can have a courtside view of my idol Zandro "Jun" Limpot who still looks like a college student.

That experience renewed my admirations towards Jun Limpot. He may not be as good as he was during his younger years but still he displayed his excellent skills as a player.

I wish and pray that I could still see Jun Limpot in person play in a real PBA match.

1 comment:

  1. For some reason, I was drawn towards checking whatever happened to this player. In that black and white photo, Jun seemed like he gained weight. Also, it seems to me that PBA players' playing days are relatively short. Maybe it's because PBA does not have enough teams? I don't know but I personally feel that unlike their NBA counterparts, they fade away rather quickly.