MAURICIO ‘Moying’ Martelino, recognized as one of the best sports administrators in the country, died of a lingering illness on Wednesday. He was 86.
His remains were cremated also Wednesday night at the Heritage Park following a Mass in celebration of his life.
Martelino was ABC (now FIBA Asia) secretary-general from 1987 to 1996 and served in the same capacity at the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) under its late president Gonzalo ‘Lito’ Puyat, during which time the country hosted the 1978 World Basketball Championship (FIBA World Cup) at the Araneta Coliseum.
He was also a former commissioner of the PABL (Philippine Amateur Basketball League) during its early years.
Together with the late PBA commissioner Emilio ‘Jun’ Bernardino, Ricky Palou, and Rhea Navarro, Martelino formed Sports Vision Management Group Inc. which established the pioneering Shakey’s V-League in 2004 and later transformed into the Premier Volleyball League (PVL), the first ever pro volleyball league in the country.
Martelino was also honored by FIBA with an Order of Merit in 1999, one of just six officials representing FIBA-Asia to receive the distinction, and likewise recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) during its Annual Awards in 2014.
A product of Ateneo, Martelino also once served as secretary general of the country's bowling federation.
Early this year, he was honored with a plaque of appreciation by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) for his nine-year service as senior consultant of the federation which replaced the BAP.
Martelino worked with the SBP from 2011 to 2020.
SBP President Al S. Panlilio condoled with the family of Martelino in behalf of the entire federation which the late basketball executive was a big part of.
"With his vast knowledge and international experience, he was a true elder statesman whose contributions were always appreciated," said Panlilio.
"The Philippine basketball community has lost a true pioneer, but his imprint in our sport is indelible. His invaluable insights and wisdom will be missed," added the SBP chief. "The SBP extends our deepest condolences to the Martelino family."
Martelino is survived by son Ramon and daughters Tina and Letlet.