Philippine basketball, volleyball pioneer Moying Martelino passes at 86

Moying Martelino was involved in the local basketball and volleyball scenes for five decades. SBP

Longtime Philippine sports official Mauricio "Moying" Martelino died on Wednesday. He was 86.

Until his passing, Martelino served as chairman of Sports Vision Management Group, Inc. (SVMGI), which he founded in 2004 along with late PBA Commissioner Jun Bernardino, Ricky Palou, and Rhea Navarro.

SVMGI is the operator of the first Filipino pro volleyball league, the PVL, and its male counterpart, Spikers Turf.

Prior to his volleyball involvement, Martelino served as secretary general of Philippine Bowling in the 1970s, and in the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), the predecessor of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

He also tended to the 1978 FIBA World Championships held in Manila as its executive director.

In the 1990s, Martelino held the same position he had in the BAP in the Asian Basketball Confederation, the forerunner of FIBA Asia. FIBA awarded the Filipino the Order of Merit in 1999 for his service to basketball.

Martelino also recently served a senior advisory role to the SBP from 2011-20, and was recognized for his efforts last February. He was the LOC deputy CEO when the Philippines hosted the 27th FIBA Asia Championship in 2013.

"For a decade, Mauricio "Moying" Martelino served the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas as our senior consultant," SBP president Al S. Panlilio said in a statement. "With his vast knowledge and international experience, he was a true elder statesman whose contributions were always appreciated.

"The Philippine basketball community has lost a true pioneer but his imprint in our sport is indelible. His invaluable insights and wisdom will be missed. The SBP extends our deepest condolences to the Martelino family."