Legendary PBA Ramon Dizon gives up career for love

Legendary PBA player Ramon Dizon gives up career for love

Ramon Dizon’s basketball career was illustrious. He was already a “star” in PSBA Jaguars and later played for the ‘ Royal Tru-Orange’ in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). In 1977, Dizon was named the MVP and won the Gold Medal as a 1978 RP Youth team member.

In 1976, the Crispa vs. Toyota rivalry began shaping the competitive landscape of the PBA for years to come. At the height of Toyota’s popularity, Dizon’s team defeated them in 1979 and clinched the championship, which is considered one of the greatest winning moments in PBA history.

His passion for basketball could not be extinguished despite his father’s initial disapproval and even burning his uniforms. His friends would bring his jerseys and shoes to games, allowing him to continue playing.

Growing up in a family of nine, Ramon’s basketball journey started in his backyard, inspired by his cousin and the older boys in his community. He honed his skills and eventually tried out for various teams. His perseverance paid off when he was selected to play for the national team and the PBA.

The PSBA Jaguars (Philippine School of Business Administration) team roster in 1974. Mario Orpilla, Wee, Ramon Dizon, Roy de Guzman, Joey Ocampo, and Ver Santos were seated, while Coach Boy Ascue, Saberola, Dean Peralta, Evangelista, Gary Vargas, Romy Matias, Ben Obrique, Esteban, and Tang Kiang are standing.
Royal Tru-Orange (1979 Open Conference champions. Paulino Velasco (UV), Ramon Dizon (PSBA), Maximino Baguio (CIT), Teodulfo Gregorio (MIT), Marte Samson (ADMU), Rodolfo “Rudy” Lalota (MIT Jrs), Ricardo dela Peña, Marlowe Jacutin (UV), Jesus Migalbin (USA), Antonio Torrente, Rosalio “Yoyong” Martirez (SWU), Leonardo Paguntalan (WIT), Evalson Valencia (WIT), and Danilo Salvador (SSC). Imports included Larry Pounds (UW) and Otto Moore (UT). Head coach: Edgardo “Ed” Ocampo.

Despite his successful basketball career, Ramon decided to leave the PBA for love. His girlfriend, Gilda, had moved to the United States to practice nursing, and Ramon followed his heart and trusted God’s leading.

By the late 1980s, he moved to Stockton, California, and transitioned into the pharmaceutical business. His belief that basketball was not forever drove this decision, but his relationship with Gilda was. They married and were blessed with three children.

Ramon’s story is a powerful example of how following one’s heart and trusting God’s plan can lead to fulfillment beyond professional success. His faith was pivotal in his decisions and achievements.

Integrity, kindness, and glorifying God continue to inspire him. Today, Ramon still plays and is active in Bible studies. He also mentors young players about the importance of practice, teamwork, and a relationship with God.



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