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Carlos Loyzaga in his prime.
7. CARLOS LOYZAGA (The Big Difference)
Loyzaga was famous even before he turned pro. His exploits as a player for San Beda College in the NCAA had sports fans in a frenzy. This two-time Olympian and has led the Philippines to a third place finish (bronze medal) in the 1954 Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) World Championship in Brazil, the highest rank that any Asian nation has achieved in the quadrennial event.
Before he became a comedian, Benjie Paras was a never-say-die player.
8. BENJIE PARAS (The Tower of Power)
This former UP Maroons center played for the Shell Turbochargers when he drafted in 1989. He is the first PBA player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards in the same year, a feat that is still unmatched up to this date. He hung up his jersey in 2003. By then, he had amassed 10,322 points, 4,402 rebounds, 1,822 assists, 1,323 blocks, and 221 steals.