Ambrosio Padilla was a Filipino basketball player and a member of the Senate of the
Philippines. He was one of the most important figures in the Asian basketball development
In 1930, Padilla played for the Philippines to capture the Far Eastern Games basketball
gold medal in Tokyo, Japan. In 1934, he helped the country retain the Far Eastern
Games basketball championship held at home for the final time. In 1936, Padilla was
the team captain and led the Philippines to a fifth place finished in the 1936 Summer
Olympics held at Berlin, Germany. It remains the best finish by an Asian country
in men's Olympic basketball history.
Padilla retired from basketball and became the chairman of the Philippine Amateur
Athletic Federation (PAAF) Basketball Committee from 1938 to 1954. He was later elected
senator in 1957 and once served as the Solicitor-General.
7 December 1910
7 Dec 2010
The stamps issued to commemorate his birth centenary reflect his roles as basketball
player and senator.