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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
BACOLOD City Representative Anthony Golez Jr. filed a House resolution commending Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra, coach of Miami Heat, for becoming the first ever coach with Filipino/Asian lineage to lead a team to a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship.
The lawmaker filed the resolution last June 25 following the victory of Miami Heat last June 22 in the 2012 NBA Finals, defeating the Oklahoma Thunder.
The Miami Heat was led by its big three -- Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh -- and their head coach Spoelstra, who traces his roots in the province of Laguna.
The coach’s father is American Jon Spoelstra and his mother is Elisa Celino of San Pablo, Laguna.
Erik Spoelstra has visited the Philippines several times and has shared his knowledge in basketball by conducting basketball clinics.
"Erik Spoelstra is one proud Filipino. You can see this with his actions and statements. He has visited the Philippines several times and even proudly proclaims his admiration with fellow Filipino achiever, Cong. Manny Pacquaio. The entire country should be thankful and honored with the achievements of Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra," said Golez.
The House of Representatives has traditionally adopted resolutions commending and congratulating achievements of Filipinos or those with Filipino roots for bringing honor and pride to the Philippines.
"Bacolodnons are smart and very appreciative of Filipinos who have made their mark in the world stage. As Bacolod City Representative, I consistently have filed resolutions citing achievements of Filipinos in the international platform to reflect the Bacolodnons' acumen and honor. Coach Erik Spoelstra's achievements can be used as a motivation for all Filipinos to work hard and excel at their chosen fields," added Golez.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 26, 2012.