Benjamin da Jose Jr (Coach Jun da Jose) of Leyte
By Graham C. Lim
Welcome to the club of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) inc., Benjamin da Jose Jr., aka Coach Jun Da Jose, the designated BAP Provincial Director of the Leyte Province of Region VIII.
Please coordinate with BAP Regional Representative, Mr. Leonardo Andres, and /or NCR Commissioner Nestor Macatuno and Finance Officer Antonio Quiza Sr., in proper cooperation with the BAP Central Office, to assist and promulgating more members to be part of the BAP Inc. structure based on the BAP By-Laws and honest governance.
Born on January 13, 1962, in Cabanatuan City Nueva Ecija, Coach Jun’s hometown is in Quezon City, Metro Manila, and presently lives in Ormoc City, Province of Leyte.
• Ormoc, officially the City of Ormoc, is a 1st class independent component city in the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines.
• Ormoc is an independent component city, not subject to regulation from the Provincial Government of Leyte.
Currently working as Executive Assistant to the City Mayor of Ormoc, as Sports Coordinator.
Coach Jun Da Jose is also designated to organize the National Basketball League (NBL)-Philippines 3x3 University Basketball Championship, a qualifying tournament to the Asian University 3x3 Championship and the Asia-Pacific University Games (APUG).
Coach Jun Da Jose’s basketball background as follows:
In 1979 - as a member and team captain of De Ocampo Memorial College, the school monicker is “Baby Cobras” in MUCAA from 1979-1982;
In 1983 - 1985 – as a varsity player of the University of Manila (UM);
In 1990 – started as a basketball coaching and his full-time experience as an Assistant Playing Coach of Octopus Army and won the championship title in the Philippine Integrated Chinese Athletic Association (PICAA);
In 1998 – Coach Jun was a member of the Chicago Basketball Team in the Inter-City Basketball League in Toronto, Canada;
In 2000 – as an Assistant Coach of the University of Manila which won the Championship title in the National Inter-Collegiate Basketball Championship organized by the BAP which was held in Ozamiz City, Province of Misamis Occidental in Region-10, Northwestern Mindanao;
In 2000 - 2002 – Coach Jun was the Head Coach of St. Clare College in the Caloocan City of Metro Manila which participated in the Colleges & Universities Athletic Association (CUSA);
In 2000 – 2001 – as an Assistant Coach of Dazz-Hapee Basketball Team in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL);
In 2001 – 2002 – as an Assistant Coach of Montaña basketball team in the PBL seasons;
In 2002 – designated as Head Coach of De Ocampo College, his alma mater and joined in the CUSA season 2002-2004;
In 2004 – as Head Coach of Ozamiz Cotta team which participated in the National Basketball Conference (NBC);
In 2005 – as Head Coach of Parañaque Jetz, and won the Championship title in the NBC season 2005;
In 2005 – as an Assistant Coach in the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Stars that saw action against the visiting Australian team from Sydney;
In 2006 – as Head Coach of Pangasinan 100-Islands in the NBC tournament;
In 2007 – as Head Coach of Philippines Hoop Dreamz in Sydney, Australia;
In 2008 – as Head Coach of Ilocos Sur Province in the Liga Pilipinas;
In 2010 – as Head Coach of PBA All-Stars played in Sydney, Australia;
In 2017 – as Head Coach of PDEA Drug buster in the UNTV Cup tournament;
Coach Jun Da Jose has attended many seminars such as the Five-Star Basketball Camp held in Montreal, Canada in 1998; The Nike Coaches Clinic in 2008 Chicago, Illinois in
2008; As a Camp Director Hoop Dreamz Basketball Camp in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
Brief History about Leyte Province:
Leyte, “Waray” as we called them, is a province in the Philippines located in the Eastern Visayas region, occupying the northern three-quarters of Leyte Island.
Its capital is the city of Tacloban, administered independently from the province. To the west across the Camotes Sea is the province of Cebu.
Two chronological events that people will never forget:
• Leyte is also known as the site of the largest naval battle in modern history, the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which took place during the Second World War.
• Leyte is especially prone to typhoons because it geographically faces the Pacific Ocean. On 8 November 2013, the province was severely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The typhoon, known internationally as Haiyan, and domestically referred to as Yolanda, killed thousands of people and garnered significant international media attention. Leyte suffered similar destruction and loss of life in 1991 from Tropical Storm Thelma. (gcl)