as Basketball Player
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Senator Ambrosio Padilla.
Born in Lingayen, Pangasinan on December 7, 1910, the eighth of 11
children to Dr. Nicanor Padilla and Ysabel Bibby. On May 4, 1941, he
married the beautiful Lourdes “Lily” de las Alas, the eldest
daughter of Don Antonio de las Alas who served as Secretary of
Finance under President Manuel L. Quezon. They were blessed with 10
children: 6 boys and 4 girls.
“Paddy (as he would be fondly remembered) was an exemplary and
gifted student, possessing an outstanding scholastic record. He
graduated summa cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with
a degree of Bachelor of Arts; finished his Bachelor of Laws as
salutatorian at the University of the Philippines; and placed third
overall in the 1934 bar examinations. He earned his Doctorate Degree
in Civil Laws (D.C.L.) meritissimus at the University of Sto. Tomas.
“An accomplished and well-rounded athlete and sportsman, in
particular as a basketball player, Paddy was captain and playing
coach of the national basketball team that placed fifth in the 1936
Berlin World Olympic Games, the best finish ever achieved by the
country, losing only once to the United States. He immeasurably
promoted and contributed to the development of sports by serving
with distinction a number of positions, among them as President of
the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (PAAF), President
Emeritus of the Asean Basketball Confederation (ABC), and Chairman
of the National Olympic Committee (NOC).
“Paddy had a brilliant career as law practitioner, professor,
reviewer and prolific author of books in political and
constitutional law, public international law and civil and criminal
law, earning for himself not only the respect and admiration of the
people who are knowledgeable on law and his clients, but also even
his adversaries. He was a professor and educator with a passion to
serve truth and justice.
“He had a distinguished, untainted and exemplary career in public
service. Guided by his tenet of “Morality in public life, Morality
in private life”, he ably and with integrity served the government
in various positions. His first stint in government was when he was
personally chosen by President Ramon Magsaysay to serve
simultaneously as Solicitor General and Government Corporate
Counsel, from 1954-1957. Later, he became an outstanding senator of
the Republic for three consecutive terms – 1957, 1963 and 1969, the
last term interrupted by the advent of martial law.
“Notwithstanding his stature and brushing aside the dangers arising
from his opposition to the martial law regime, he vigorously fought
the dictatorship with his legal prowess and belief in freedom.
“With the consequent return to democratic rule in the country, and
in recognition of his unrelenting contribution to public service, he
was appointed in 1986 by President Corazon C. Aquino as member and
eventually elected as vice chairman of the historic Constitutional
Commission which drafted the 1987 Constitution which was
overwhelming ratified by the people.
“Together with his ever-loving wife Lily, they nurtured a closely
knit family founded on love, unity, respect and devotion to each
“Senator Ambrosio B. Padilla led and served a life of devotion to
God and country, exuding the best in the Filipino. Truly, his life
was worth emulating.” (http://www.senate.gov.ph/senators/former_senators/ambrosio_padilla.htm)