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‘Cebuano Hotshot’ Dondon Hontiveros scores city council seat

May 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

A winner throughout his basketball career, the 41-year-old claims victory in his first foray into politics in Cebu City

STICKING TO SPORTS. Dondon Hontiveros says he would prioritize developing youth activities and sports in Cebu City. Photo from FIBA

PBA legend Dondon Hontiveros set to coach 3x3 Cebu team

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Top Cebuano ballers look to make a splash in the 3x3 basketball President's Cup

PRIDE. Dondon Hontiveros (left), here with Chooks president Ronald Mascariñas, says it will be all about pride as he tries to steer the Cebu team to the 3x3 crown. Photo release

Former Alaska Ace Dondon Hontiveros returns, suits up for Alab

Oct 17, 2017 - 3:54 PM

The 'Cebuano Hotshot' will not retire his basketball sneakers after all

Alaska's Dela Cruz has played his last PBA game, Hontiveros leans towards retirement too

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Dondon Hontiveros, now 40, may have also played his last game in the league

END OF AN ERA. After 18 years in the league, Tony dela Cruz is retiring from the PBA. Photo by PBA Images

Hontiveros attests to Abueva's growth as leader for Gilas

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

I guess napansin niyo rin na nagbago na si Calvin It s good for us it s good for Gilas also says former Gilas captain Dondon Hontiveros

VISIT. Dondon Hontiveros pays Gilas Pilipinas a visit and talks about the growth of Alaska teammate Calvin Abueva. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

How CESAFI basketball can thrive alongside pro leagues

Nov 11, 2016 - 10:17 AM

With pro leagues potentially competing with Cebu schools CESAFI may have to think outside the box and region

EXPANSION. Van Halen Parmis, the scouting coach of the UV Green Lancers and PCBL south coordinator, has decided to expand the PCBL to Cebu, Leyte and other areas in Mindanao en route to become a nationwide league. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Vacations, staycations, traditions: PBA stars share Holy Week plans

Mar 23, 2016 - 3:53 PM

How are some of the PBA players and coaches planning to spend Holy Week 2016?

HOLY WEEK PLANS. (From L to R) Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Jeff Chan, Dondon Hontiveros and other PBA stars share their plans for Holy Week 2016. File Photos from Rappler

Dondon Hontiveros would have considered retiring if Alaska won PBA title

Feb 04, 2016 - 6:39 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas swingman also admits he is emotionally drained after the Alaska Aces lost the Philippine Cup championship in 7 games

7566 - SMB (71) Ronald Tubid

Baguio admits complacency got the better of Alaska in Game 4

Jan 25, 2016 - 5:43 PM

Lamang kami maganda yung laro namin e Kumbaga nagpabaya lang talaga kami nung last minute bago mag overtime says Cyrus Baguio

COMPLACENT. Cyrus Baguio (L), seen here reacting after hitting a booming 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, admits Alaska relaxed down the stretch allowing San Miguel to come back. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Miguel is not going down without a fight

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:23 PM

San Miguel continues to challenge Alaska with or without Fajardo showing the heart of a champion

7331 - SMB (5) Alex Cabagnot

PBA commish Narvasa won’t change methods of dealing with commotion

Jan 08, 2016 - 1:47 PM

Narvasa also says he won t hesitate to hand out suspensions if an incident similar incident to that of Game 2 takes place again

Alaska’s Calvin Abueva hit hardest by fines after Game 2 altercation

Jan 07, 2016 - 4:44 PM

A total of P91 200 in fines is handed down

PBA Commish Narvasa to hand out fines after semis scuffle

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:13 PM

The Commissioner is reviewing the footage Thursday January 7 before deciding on the fines

ALTERCATION. Alaska and Globalport figure in a scuffle in the first quarter of Game 2 in their Philippine Cup semifinals series. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PBA: Hontiveros has no hard feelings for Washington, Narvasa after scuffle

Jan 07, 2016 - 1:28 AM

Dondon Hontiveros shares what transpired from his perspective during the scuffle in Game 2 of Alaska and Globalport s 2016 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series

NO HARD FEELINGS, NO DISRESPECT. Alaska swingman Dondon Hontiveros (C) says he never had hard feelings for Globalport's Jay Washington, nor any disrespect for PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa for trying to calm him down after a scuffle broke out in Game 2 of the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Technical fouls rain on Alaska vs Globalport PBA semis Game 2

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:41 PM

A total of 13 technical fouls are called in one instance on players and officials from Alaska and Globalport in Game 2 of their semifinals series

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

5 memorable Gilas Pilipinas moments of 2015

Dec 31, 2015 - 6:06 PM

Rappler takes you back to those moments worth remembering from the past year

Gilas ‘hurting’ over FIBA Asia loss to China

Oct 05, 2015 - 3:17 AM

There’s nobody in there that feels content with the result or the performance says Gilas coach Tab Baldwin

SILVER. Gilas Pilipinas once again made it to the gold medal match, only to fall short at the finish line once more. Photo from FIBA

WATCH: Castro's up-and-under score, Hontiveros' monster rejection against Japan

Oct 03, 2015 - 12:51 AM

Jayson Castro and Dondon Hontiveros were the biggest little men for the Gilas Pilipinas basketball team in their 2015 FIBA Asia Championship semifinal win over Japan

BLURRED. Jayson Castro blurred defenders agains Japan. Photo from FIBA

The secret to Hontiveros and Taulava’s playing longevity

Sep 29, 2015 - 1:07 PM

What routines or regimens do Dondon Hontiveros and Asi Taulava follow to keep their bodies in top playing shape?

AGELESS. Dondon Hontiveros (left) and Asi Taulava are still tearing it up for Gilas Pilipinas at 38 and 42 years old, respectively. Photos from FIBA

IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas in wacky mood at FIBA photo shoot

Sep 23, 2015 - 2:02 AM

The Philippine national basketball team goofs around during their official photo shoot for the FIBA Asia Championship

JC Intal shows off his martial arts stance as Jayson Castro stands by. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas: Dondon Hontiveros

Sep 21, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Get to know Dondon Hontiveros of the Gilas Pilipinas national men s basketball team

Gilas begins countdown to FIBA Asia after Jones Cup

Sep 06, 2015 - 6:59 PM

With little over two weeks to go before the all important FIBA Asia Championship Gilas Pilipinas steadies itself for the test ahead

NEXT GENERATION. Moala Tautuaa and Calvin Abueva represented a new-look Gilas Pilipinas at the William Jones Cup. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ageless wonders Taulava, Hontiveros complete Gilas comeback win over New Zealand

Sep 04, 2015 - 3:17 PM

Gilas will go up next against USA Overtake Select on Saturday

CEBUANO HOTSHOT. Dondon Hontiveros, 38, broke New Zealand's spirit in overtime with 3 3-point connects. He scored 11 in the period for a total of 21. Screenshot from live stream

WATCH: Gilas pool, coaches on why PH should host 2019 FIBA World Cup

Aug 07, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin as well as Asi Taulava Troy Rosario and more share their thoughts on the FIBA World Cup final bid

Alaska extends Hontiveros, Baclao; Banchero, Menk, more remain

Aug 05, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Aces fans can already expect Dondon Hontiveros and Noy Baclao to return next PBA season

IN PHOTOS: Andray Blatche returns to Gilas practice

Aug 03, 2015 - 11:32 PM

Andray Blatche ran drills with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates as Kelly Williams was taken to the hospital to have his knee examined

Andray Blatche receives the ball on the perimeter. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

CESAFI and its reputation for basketball excellence

Jul 29, 2015 - 3:21 AM

The Cebu based CESAFI basketball tournament which gets underway this weekend has produced many of the top young players in the nation

CEBU GIANTS. Before June Mar Fajardo (front) and Greg Slaughter made their marks on the PBA, they were standouts in the CESAFI collegiate ranks. Photo by Kevin Dela Cruz/Rappler

San Miguel draws first blood after dominant Game 1 win

Jul 10, 2015 - 9:27 PM

The Beermen led from start to finish and pulled within 3 more wins for their second championship this season

Alaska destroys KIA by 38, improve to 5-2

Jun 05, 2015 - 7:37 PM

The KIA Carnival suffer their worst defeat in franchise history

Alaska import Travis Romeo rattles the rim en route to a blowout win. Photo by Josh Albelda

Talk 'N Text beats Alaska to secure twice-to-beat advantage

Mar 22, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Talk N Text import Ivan Johnson scores 47 as the Talk N Text Tropang Texters pound the Alaska Aces to secure prime playoff positioning

Jayson Castro of Talk 'N Text penetrates the lane against the Alaska defense. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Alaska Aces stay live, defeat San Miguel Beer to force Game 7

Jan 18, 2015 - 10:07 PM

The Alaska Aces live to fight another day as they tie the series at 3 3 forc ing a do or die game 7 against the San Miguel Beermen with an 87 76 Game 6 win

Sam Eman of Alaska and Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer fight for a loose ball. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Abueva, Tubid, others fined over Game 2 rough play

Jan 11, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Calvin Abueva and Ronald Tubid will pay the most in fines over the multiple skirmishes during Game 2 of the finals The Commissioner suspends no players

FINED. Calvin Abueva (L) will pay a total of over P15,000 in fines while Ronald Tubid (R) gets to pay (P13,000) over the 2015 PBA PH Cup Finals rough plays. File photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Fans blame Abueva for 'MMA in the PBA'

Jan 11, 2015 - 12:46 PM

PBA fans weigh in on the physical play in the finals blaming Alaska s Calvin Abueva and saying the league has to do more to control the situation

INSTIGATOR? Fans point to Calvin Abueva (L) as the player to blame for the unnecessary physical play in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals. File photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Commissioner summons Alaska, San Miguel players over physical game 2

Jan 10, 2015 - 3:59 PM

After a PBA game that could have easily been mistaken for an MMA slugfest the Commissioner s office summons different Beermen and Aces

BLEEDING OUT. Arwind Santos suffers an injury in the forehead following an intense rebound battle against Calvin Abueva. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Hontiveros’ hot hands sends Alaska to PH Cup finals

Jan 04, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Hontiveros caught fire and drained 5 three pointers in the final period

Dondon Hontiveros came alive in the fourth quarter to wrap up their semifinals series in 6 games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alaska Aces scrape by hot shooting Road Warriors

Nov 28, 2014 - 6:48 PM

The league leading Alaska Aces had to scramble in the endgame to scrape by a hot shooting NLEX Road Warriors squad

Calvin Abueva registered 16 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal as the Aces win their 8th game of the conference. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Aces destroy Bolts for third straight win

Oct 31, 2014 - 7:46 PM

The Alaska Aces are on a roll winning their third straight game with a 41 point beat down of the Meralco Bolts

BENCH SHOOTER. Dondon Hontiveros provides the Aces with a spark off the bench scoring 17 points in Alaska's win over Meralco. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: San Mig Coffee still hot in Comms Cup debut

Mar 13, 2014 - 1:22 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes San Mig Coffee s return to action after winning the Philippine Cup plus the dominance of Meralco s import Brian Butch and more

IMPORT EXPORTING SHOTS. Meralco's Brian Butch sends Calvin Abueva's shot back during a Wednesday night win. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Commish Cup Import Lowdown: Dozier and Brock

Mar 03, 2014 - 4:28 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes the 2014 PBA Commissioner s Cup imports of the Alaska Aces and Globalport Batang Pier

IMPORT QUALITY PLAYERS. Robert Dozier (L) and Evan Brock (R), the PBA Commissioner's Cup imports for the Alaska Aces and Globalport Batang Pier, respectively. Photos from

Alapag, De Ocampo, Hontiveros: The Reinforcements II - Smart Gilas boys Pt. 5

Mar 01, 2014 - 3:38 PM

Basketball writer Levi Verora analyzes the contributions of Smart Gilas reinforcements Dondon Hontiveros Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel De Ocampo

REINFORCEMENTS. From left - Jimmy Alapag, Ranidel De Ocampo and Dondon Hontiveros. Photos by KC Cruz,Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: RoS over Globalport, Alaska downs Ginebra

Jan 23, 2014 - 4:38 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo analyzes Wednesday night s PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals match ups

PBA Fastbreak: RoS over Globalport, Alaska downs Ginebra  Rain or Shine over GlobalPort, 106-96  The Best: How about Rain or Shine’s undersized but undaunted frontline? In this game, the trio of Jervy Cruz, Beau Belga, and Larry Rodriguez triumphantly led the Painters into the semifinals, combining for a total of 51 points and 22 rebounds. Belga, in particular, came up big, scoring 6 of his team’s last 8 points to ensure the Painters’ entry into the next round.  The Worst: The Batang Pier turned the ball over 7 more times than ROS. This resulted in a +9 advantage for the Painters in terms of points-off-turnovers. The trio of Terrence Romeo, Kelly Nabong and Sol Mercado were the chief culprits here, combining for 14 of GlobalPort’s 17 errors. Oh well, at least they’ll have some down time to practice and minimize those TOs for the future.  Great Gabe: After his hum-drum elimination round production, Gabe Norwood stepped up at a critical time, scoring 14 points on 4/9 FG shooting on top of 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Gilas Pilipinas’ prime defensive stopper was practically everywhere in this one, and coach Yeng Guiao will definitely need the George Mason University alum to be at his best moving forward.   Alaska over Ginebra, 104-97  The Best: Three Alaska Aces finished with double-doubles. Against a team with Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar patrolling the interior, that’s pretty spectacular. Calvin Abueva had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in arguably his most impressive outing of the season yet. Sonny Thoss added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 steals, while Gabby Espinas registered 12 markers and 11 boards.  The Worst: At times, this game featured Ginebra at its worst — leaving people too open, having too many creases in the defense, and not boxing out tough enough. Sure, losing by just 7 points implies the Gin Kings could’ve done much worse, but the flipside is, especially knowing how well they’ve played so far, they also could’ve done much much better.  Fire in the hole!: The Aces not only outworked the Kings, they also outshot them, and how! Super snipers Cyrus Baguio, Dondon Hontiveros, and JV Casio continuously hit the mark here, combining for 10/17 shooting from beyond the arc. All three guys totaled 52 points for coach Luigi Trillo, whose team won its third straight win-or-go-home affair. Should the Aces pull off another stunner in Game Two, then they will march on to the semifinals and send Ginebra’s promising campaign to a tragic end. -

Alaska humbles Ginebra to force sudden death

Jan 22, 2014 - 10:38 PM

Alaska survives another do or die game taking down top seed Ginebra for another chance at entering the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals

ACES OVER KINGS. Alaska downs top-seed Ginebra for one more chance at entering the PBA PH Cup semis. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

PBA Fastbreak: Alaska prevails over Meralco

Jan 21, 2014 - 3:38 PM

PBA writer Enzo Flojo examines the high stakes matchup between the Alaska Aces and Meralco Bolts from Monday night

ZAPPED. Jared Dillinger of the Meralco Bolts dishes a pass under the rim in a valiant but losing effort. Photo by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Fastbreak: Asi vs Ginebra's twin towers, Alaska vets step up

Dec 19, 2013 - 5:18 PM

Ginebra s twin towers Aguilar and Slaughter get the better of Asi Taulava; veteran guards Hontiveros Baguio combine for 47 points for the Aces

TOWERS AND VETERANS. Asi Taulava shoots over Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar; Cyrus Baguio and Dondon Hontiveros guard Jared Dillinger. Photos by Nuki Sabio/PBA Images

Fastbreak: Dawson explosion; Aces stirring comeback

Apr 06, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Eric Dawson exploded for 57 points in a Meralco win while Dondon Hontiveros led a valiant fightback by Alaska