On this day, August 29

On this day, August 29, in 2012, the DFA’s Office of Consular Affairs opened its first satellite office in Metro Manila, the National Capital Region-East Consular Office (CO NCR East) at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.



caloy loyzaga august 29 1930
Caloy Loyzaga | Image Credit: Wikimedia commons | http://everydayhistory.ph

On this day, August 29, in 1930, Filipino basketball legend, basketball coach and Olympian Carlos Loyzaga, popularly known as The Big Difference, was born in Manila.

Known to many as “Caloy” and for playing basketball in neighborhood tournaments in his teens, Loyzaga eventually played for the San Beda Red Lions in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). It was at San Beda that he earned the moniker “The Big Difference.”

He later played for the YCO Painters in the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) from 1954 to 1964.

A member of the Philippine National Men’s Basketball Team, he represented the Philippines twice in the Olympics. He also helped the team to win gold four times in the Asian Games and twice in the FIBA Asia Championships.

After retiring in 1964, he focused on coaching various basketball teams in the MICAA, UAAP and the PBA. He died on Jan. 27, 2016. (http://everydayhistory.ph/)