BETHUNE 'Siot' Tanquingcen has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the PBA, having won three championships - two for Barangay Ginebra and one for San Miguel Beer.
But few really know where his nickname came from.
Finally asked about it, Tanquingcen related to SPIN.ph that he got his nickmame back in high school - and it had everything to do with him being the youngest among three siblings in a Chinese family.
"Medyo weird talaga 'yung pangalan ko," said Tanquingcen with a smile. "But Siot kasi, as you know, I'm Chinese basically. Bunso ako sa amin. Sa Chinese, sioti is the bunso. So that's why my nickname became Siot."
"Tatlo kami pero marami kaming magpipinsan, ako pa rin 'yung bunso," Tanquingcen added.
The nickname that began in the Tanquingcen household eventually stuck when he was in high school and eventually in college where he was one of the point guards of the UST title squads in the UAAP during the 1990s.
He later played five years in the PBA, including with San Miguel, the team that he eventually coached to a 2009 Fiesta Cup title. Even prior to that, Tanquingcen led the Beermen's sister team Barangay Ginebra to titles in the 2004 Fiesta Cup and the 2005 Philippine Cup.
At present, after serving as an assistant coach with De La Salle, Tanquingcen is now with the Green Archers' sister school College of Saint Benilde where he is part of the staff of head coach TY Tang looking to build a winning tradition with the Blazers.
Being used to winning programs in the PBA and in college basketball, the 44-year-old champion mentor is thrilled to take on a new challenge in developing St. Benilde as a contender in the NCAA.
"It's a challenge of rebuilding the program. 'Yun 'yung parang enjoyable part. Siyempre, may struggle. Pero at least, you can see if it's going to work or not. I'll try to help out as much as I can," said Tanquingcen.