Dionisio Antonio Calvo (1904 - 1977)

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Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Death: Died in San Francisco, CA, USA
Cause of death: heart disease
Occupation: sportsman
Managed by: Judy Olson
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About Dionisio Antonio Calvo

Dionisio "Chito" Calvo

(born November 20, 1904, Manila, Philippines, died December 9, 1977) is a former Filipino basketball player and national team head coach. He was one of the greatest Filipino sportsmen in history and help developed both Philippine and Asian basketball.

He played for the Philippines, alongside Luis Salvador, in the 1925 Far Eastern Games basketball championship but represent the country earlier not as a basketball player. He was a member of the Philippine national swimming team that competed in the 1921 and 1923 Far Eastern Games.

Calvo led the University of the Philippines to capture the 1926 NCAA Philippines Basketball Championship but earlier captained the Manila Sporting Goods Co. to Philippine Open title. He eventually retired to focus on college coaching.

His coaching career was a success, mentoring basketball championship teams of San Beda College, and the University of Santo Tomas. He also coached the champion teams of De La Salle College in basketball and football. He later coached the Philippines national football team that finished with a tie for second place in the 1934 Far Eastern Games.

Later, Calvo coached the Philippine national basketball team to a fifth place finish in the 1936 Summer Olympics held at Berlin, Germany. The fifth place finish remained the best finish by the national team and by an Asian country in the Olympic Games basketball history. The team included Filipino legends Ambrosio Padilla, Charlie Borck and Jacinto Ciria Cruz.

In 1938, Calvo organized the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA). MICAA was a commercialized amateur basketball league that help shaped Philippine basketball for more than 30 years.

After the Second World War, Calvo coached the second Philippine Olympic basketball team in the 1948 Summer Olympics held at London, England, United Kingdom. The team finished 12th but set a new record by thrashing Iraq 102-30 in their opening game. The Philippines was the first country to score over 100 points in a single game of the Olympic Games basketball history.

Calvo was also the head coach of the first Philippine national team that captured the basketball gold medal in the 1951 Asian Games and includes basketball legends, Carlos Loyzaga and Lauro Mumar.

Calvo along with Ambrosio Padilla initiated the formation of the Asian Basketball Confederation (now the FIBA Asia) in 1960 and served as its first ever Secretary-General with Padilla as its first president.

He was the first Filipino and a charter inductee for the FIBA Hall of Fame when he was inducted as a contributor on March 1, 2007.

Awards and achievements

   * 1925 Far Eastern Games champion
   * 1926 NCAA Philippines champions
   * Philippine Open champion
   * 1936 Summer Olympics, fifth place (head coach)
   * 1948 Summer Olympics, 12th place (head coach)
   * 1951 Asian Games champions
   * Member, FIBA Hall of Fame as a contributor.
   * Uncle to Rita Calvo of New York City.
   * Dionisio Calvo on FIBA.com
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Chito Calvo's Timeline

1904
November 20, 1904
Manila, Philippines
1926
March 23, 1926
Age 21
Manila, NCR, Philippines

Earned a BS in Agriculture at the University of the Philippines

1942
January 1, 1942
Age 37
Manila, Philippines
1977
December 9, 1977
Age 73
San Francisco, CA, USA