Tiny at 77
By Graham Lim
Mr. Quintellano Z. Literal, former President of the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP), passed away last Tuesday night (September 6, 2010) at the age of 77.
Simply known as “Tiny”, Mr. Literal served as president of BAP from January 2001 up to 2005 when he was replaced by former senator Joey Lina due to his health problems. Senator Joey Lina took over at the height of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) leadership who instigated to expel the BAP as a member of POC family, unfortunately, that led to the illegal suspension of the BAP from FIBA secretariat.
Born on April 13, 1933 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, Mr. Literal has six children - Arlene, Vincent, Maita, Roy, Maan, and Paul.
Mr. Literal is survived by his wife Febes Dalman Literal.
His remains lie at Funenaria Paz at Manila Memorial Park in Sucat, Paranaque. Interment is set on September 14, 2010.
Mr. Literal was a former national player who saw action in Taipei in 60’s.
He was inducted by Ateneo de Manila University Alumni Association president Ramon O. Cojuangco Jr. into the Ateneo Hall of Fame in December 2000 for his contribution to Ateneo varsity team during the NCAA in the 50’s and won the first post-war NCAA champion for Ateneo in 1953.
Former FIBA president and BAP Chairman Emeritus Gonzalo “Lito” Puyat led BAP officials in paying tribute to Mr. Literal.
“We will surely miss him,” said the BAP in a statement. “We may not always been together but our heart remains with the sorrow of the family which was left.”
Aside from Mr. Puyat, the other BAP officials condoled with Mr. Literal’s family include BAP Chairman, Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte; BAP president Prospero “Butch” Pichay; former BAP president and Athletics chief Mr. Go Teng Kok; Joey Lina; Christian Tan; Tony Fabico; Robert Milton Calo; Miss Tisha Abundo; Red Dumuk; Graham Lim; Bonifacio Alentajan; Wilson Young; Johny Tam; Lito Alvarez; Gil Reglo; Leonardo Andres; Manuel Gatchalian, Coach David Zamar and many more.
Among the highlights of Mr. Literal’s term as BAP president came in June 2003, when he led the BAP officials in signing a landmark memorandum of agreement (picture attached, img012) with the Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG), then headed by Secretary Joey Lina. The MOA made the BAP and the DILG as partners in the development of local basketball in the country.
Mr. Tiny Literal also led the BAP delegation to the 17th FIBA World Congress in Indianapolis, United States in 2002. gcl