Undoubtedly the most popular professional basketball league in the country, Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been entertaining sports aficionados in the Philippines for four decades, celebrating their 40th Anniversary last April.
PBA named its 40 greatest players, recognizing the talent, hard work, and dedication of some of the league’s legendary cagers. However, we’re pretty sure that there are fans, especially ladies and ladies at heart, who want to see a list of the league’s most handsome players.
In a sport as physical as basketball, one would think that finding a hot hunk would be a difficult task, but that’s not true at all. In fact, there are a lot of basketball players whose looks are so good, they can be instant celebrities should they look for a different career outside of basketball.
So we made a list of the hottest hunks in the PBA today. However, since it has been a difficult task on our part to put one on top of the other, we have decided to pick one (or two) from every team in the league. It just goes to show how many macho gwapitos are playing basketball.
Alright, let’s start!
Alaska Aces – Chris Banchero
While Chris continues to outrun his opponents with his speed and quickness, he definitely can’t outrun his female fans who keep chasing him, hoping to have a picture and an autograph with the Aces’ prized rookie. Outside basketball, the Filipino-Italian cager also likes to play billiards and golf. He is also a product endorser, a commercial model, and a magazine coverboy. Chris is a multi-talented athlete who just happens to have that ‘Boy next door’ appeal.
Barako Bull Energy – Joseph Yeo
Yeo is considered “The Ninja” by his teammates and co-players in the PBA because of his ability to score quickly and hang in the air longer than normal cagers. However, fan girls would definitely prefer Yeo to score and/or hang out with him. Well, we’re sorry to inform you ladies, because Yeo is happily married and is already a father of two beautiful baby girls. The former De La Salle is often remembered for being a bad boy on the court, but he’s really a kind and gentle person outside basketball.
Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings – Rodney Brondial
“Hindi ako papogi, handa akong makipagpalitan ng mukha.” This was the statement issued by Gin Kings pretty boy Rodney Brondial when asked if he can handle the physicality of pro basketball. We and the ladies sure hope that he’s judt kidding, because the Fil-Aussie definitely has the good looks, worthy to be taken care of. Brondial belongs to the crowd favorite Ginebra, who definitely had more fans jumo in their bandwagon since he was drafted last year.
Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings – Chris Ellis
Ellis came into the league in 2012 and immediately stole the spotlight because of his high-flying moves and electrifying dunks. He also was able to steal the hearts of a lot of female fans because of his handsomeness. He’s not just capable of wowing the crowd with his basketball skills; he’s also capable of wowing the girls with one smile. In short, Ellis can leave your jaw open either by his game or by his looks.
Blackwater Elite – JP Erram
Playing for one of the newest teams in the PBA the Blackwater Elite, Erram doesn’t seem to receive much recognition from basketball fans because of the struggles of his squad. However, there is no denying that he’s one of the cutest players not only on his team, but also the entire league. He came from Ateneo De Manila University, one of those schools who continue to produce players with great looks and talent.
Globalport Batang Pier – Terrence Romeo
Romeo is now considered as the posterboy of the PBA following a couple of impressive years that saw him rise into the elite ranks. The ladies share the same sentiment, but not the same reason. They consider Romeo the PBA posterboy because they want him to be in every basketball-related poster because of his good looks. We all believe that he will claim that title soon, once James Yap retires.
Globalport Batang Pier – Anthony Semerad
Fan girls would definitely fight for a chance to have a date with the Fil-Aussie Semerad, and why not? He’s an accomplished collegiate and professional basketball player, a TV host, a commercial model, and he is very handsome. Along with Romeo, Semerad is probably one of the reasons why a lot of girls love to watch the games of Global port. By the way, Anthony Semerad has a twin, which will appear on this list as well. We’re sure you want to check him out too.
KIA Carnival – LA Revilla
In a team where people are always wondering about when will Manny Pacquiao play, LA Revilla decided to take it upon himself to make sure that PBA fans will have other reasons to watch KIA. He’s the one who stepped up to carry the team in the league’s 40th season. He made the team competitive and himself the apple of the eye of girls. Pacquiao is no longer, and should no longer be the ‘face’ of KIA, not when Revilla is playing. His recent inspired play is probably caused by his rumored girlfriend, Former Ateneo volleybelle Denden Lazaro.
Meralco Bolts – Simon Atkins
Since his college days, Atkins has been considered as one of the hottest hunk-athletes in the Philippines. Even without his trademark goatee, Atkins continues to carry the boy looks. Now playing for the Bolts, Atkins continues to fight for minutes in a loaded Meralco squad, but he doesn’t need to fight for attention and affection from female basketball fans as he clearly has the advantage over his teammates.
NLEX Road Warriors – KG Canaleta
His real name is Niño Canaleta. He was then given the nickname “KG” because he looks similar to Minnesota Timberwolves’ legend Kevin Garnett. Although Canaleta draws attraction from his jaw-dropping slam dunks, the moreno cager is also catching the eye of the ladies because of his ‘foreigner’ looks and manly appeal. He’s already playing in the PBA for 10 years, but is still one of the league’s best dunkers and hottest cagers.
NLEX Road Warriors – Mark Cardona
Cardona is known as the Captain Hook, because of his signature teardrop shots that broke the hearts of his opponents since college. You can also consider the idea that it is because girls are hooked to his maangas looks. Many girls of today love the bad boy image, which is why they are captivated to Cardona’s appeal. The former De La Salle king archer isn’t cupid, but one smile from him could make a girl feel like she’s hit by an arrow.
Purefoods Star Hot Shots – Marc Pingris
Despite being married to Vic Sotto’s daughter Danica, Pingris is still one of the most sought after athletes by the ladies because of his good looks and strong sex appeal. He is one of the product endorsers of Master, and nobody could argue because he undoubtedly holds the ‘sikreto ng mga gwapo’. Although Pinoy Sakuragi being a happy husband and father of two, he’s still a chick magnet just like his father-in-law, bossing.
Purefoods Star Hot Shots – James Yap
The man with a million moves is also the man with a million female fans. From his collegiate years to his professional career as a player, ladies have always followed James Yap wherever he goes. His relationship with the queen of all media, Kris Aquino frustrated a lot of fan girls, because they believe that he should have chosen them (bitter!), but despite everything that happened to his life, he is still a great and handsome basketball player.
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters – Chris Tiu
Commercial model, TV host, product endorser, academic standout, and so on; Chris Tiu’s accomplishments goes way beyond basketball. Throughout his entire career as a player, many people thought that he’d enter showbiz and forget about being a cager. Well guess what? He did both, and is doing great in all of his professions. All of his achievements make all of us forget that he’s already married. Hah! Most of you didn’t know that, did you? Most of you ladies are probably still singing Chinito in hopes of catching the attention of the RoS playmaker.
San Miguel Beermen – David Semerad
We told you Anthony’s twin brother would be here. Whatever you read from the other Semerad is basically all the things that you need to know about David too. They both had a successful run as TV hosts in TV5’s Celebrity Dance Challenge where they joined Lucy Torres. The twins also became product endorsers of Bench, and we all know that Bench models are really hot and handsome. So, who’d you pick, Anthony or David? Don’t you wish you could just have them both?
Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters – Larry Fonacier
Fonacier is still considered as the “Baby-faced Assassin” because his inosente/papogi looks often hide the threat possessed by his deadly three-pointers. We have seen him make girls yell when he hit big shots. Despite being in the league for almost a decade, Fonacier continues to maintain his great game. We’re also certain that he’s suffering from many pogi problems. Then again, we think that he handles them really well.
What can you say? Do you agree or do you think other players should make the list? Post your comments and suggestions below!