12 most followed Filipino basketball stars on Instagram
by Jaelle Nevin Reyes, June 28, 2019 9:40am
The Philippines is known for having avid basketball fans as well as rabid social media users. We Filipinos love social media that it has already become part of the culture that defines us. And this love for liking, commenting, and sharing things online have extended to how we support our favorite local basketball heroes.
Social Media, including Instagram, have made it easy for fans to connect with their most-loved basketball players. With just a single click, you can start following the ballers you love. You can now easily get a glimpse of how the likes of Terrence Romeo or Marc Pingris live their respective lives.
With that, let’s take a look at the most followed Instagram pages of your favorite Filipino basketball players.
12. Paul Lee (@lethalweapon03) – 193K Followers
With the moniker ‘Angas ng Tondo’, Lee is one of the most explosive players in the PBA today, and he has quite a resume. The 30-year-old guard already has three championships under his belt after winning the 2012 Governor’s Cup and 2016 Commissioners Cup with Rain or Shine, and the 2018 Governor’s Cup with his current team, the Magnolia Hotshots.
11. Thirdy Ravena (@3rd_e) – 205K Followers
Thirdy is one of the three players in the collegiate level who made it to our list. The high-flying Ateneo De Manila University star is known for his athleticism and basketball talent. He is an asset for his squad both on offense and defense. He helped the Blue Eagles in their back-to-back UAAP Championships in 2017 and 2018 while winning the Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) plum in both years.
10. Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena15) – 209K Followers
The second Ravena on the list, Kiefer is surely one of the most exciting players to watch in the local scene. The eldest of the Ravena siblings, he plays for the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA and has won a good number of championships and awards during his time in the collegiate ranks. However, this young player’s career is in limbo due to his 18-month suspension handed by FIBA after he tested positive in an anti-doping test during a Gilas Pilipinas Basketball World Cup qualification match. He is set to return to action in the PBA later this year.
9. LA Tenorio (@la_tenorio) – 225K Followers
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Gin-eral is one tough player. He was drafted fourth overall in the 2006 PBA Draft and has never missed a game since then. The 34-year-old court tactician holds the longest playing streak in the pro-league for a single player with almost 600 games and counting.
8. Terrence Romeo (@tbvrome07) – 264K Followers
Terrence is known as an efficient player inside the court with his wide array of flashy moves. This guy can slash through the defense or take a straight-away jump shot in front of his foes. Despite only winning one championship with the San Miguel Beermen recently, this player has an impressive portfolio. He was named as the PBA scoring champion from 2015 to 2017 while also winning the three-point shootout trophy in 2015 and 2016.
7. JC Intal (@jcintal7) – 301K Followers
This veteran has been playing in the PBA since he was drafted by the now-defunct Air21 Express as the fourth overall pick in 2007. Since then, he has played for numerous teams including the Barako Bull Energy, Ginebra, and San Mig Coffee. He currently plays for the Phoenix Fuelmasters. This player is best known for his high-leaping ability, thus his nickname “The Rocket”.
6. Jeron Teng (@jeronalvinteng) – 445K Followers
Another second-generation PBA player in our list, Jeron is the son of San Miguel great Alvin Teng. The 6’ 2” slotman currently plays for the Alaska Aces and holds an average of 9.5 points and 7.67 rebounds per game. He is kn own as an efficient scorer both from short and long range.
5. Marc Pingris (@jeanmarc15) – 493K Followers
The Pinoy Sakuragi – that is what Marc Pingris is called in the PBA. It’s a play on the name of a famous anime protagonist, which is Pingris’ favorite. He is best known as one of the most hard-working players in the PBA with his no-nonsense plays inside the court. Pingris was also part of the Gilas squad who represented the country in the 2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain.
4. Ricci Rivero (@ricciiirivero) – 514K Followers
This high-flyer is a well-known name in local basketball, especially to the younger generation of fans. After playing for the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Archers for two years, he took his talents to the University of the Philippines, where he is expected to help the squad in quenching their 32-year title drought.
3. James Yap (@jamesyap18) – 555K Followers
Big Game James always lives up to his famous alias. He has been a household name since he took his talents to Manila from his humble beginning as a player in Bacolod and Iloilo. Yap is a seven-time PBA Champion, a four-time PBA Finals MVP, and a two-time PBA MVP awardee. He was best known during his years with the Purefoods/Magnolia franchise, but he now plays for the Rain or Shine ElastoPainters.
2. Kobe Paras (@_kokoparas) – 674K Followers
This young baller took social media by storm in 2013 when he dunked on NBA star Lebron James in an exhibition match in the country. And after that, he has been the darling of the media. He was widely covered when he tried his luck in the US and was even touted as one of the top recruits in the NCAA Division 1. However, after a lot of twists and turns, he is back in the country to play for the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons in the UAAP.
1. Doug Kramer (@dougkramer) – 1.3M Followers
This veteran PBA big man is a familiar face in local basketball having been in the pro-ranks since 2007. But aside from that, he is also known for his family’s online posts that took the country by storm. Doug, together with his actress wife Cheska and their three children, have created a social media brand that has been growing and growing ever since.
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