Lauro Mumar

Lauro "The Fox" Mumar (6 March 1924 – 20 December 1990)[1] (Talibon, Bohol, Philippines), was a Filipino basketball player and later served as the national team head coach of India and the Philippines. He was one of the greatest Filipino players of his time, playing alongside compatriot legend Carlos Loyzaga.[2] He is the father of Lawrence "Larry" Mumar (November 30, 1946 - October 23, 2001) who was also a basketball player.[3]

Lauro Mumar
Personal information
Born(1924-03-06)6 March 1924
Talibon, Bohol, Philippine Islands
Died20 December 1990(1990-12-20) (aged 66)
Manila, Philippines
Career information
CollegeSan Carlos College
Letran College


Early years

In 1946, he led the San Carlos College of Cebu City to the first post-war Inter-Collegiate basketball championship. He later moved to Manila to play for the varsity team of Letran College where he led the squad nicknamed "Murder Inc." to the 1950 NCAA Philippines championship title.[3]

Mumar also led the Manila Ports Terminal that won the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) championship.[3]

International career

He played for the Philippines that finished 12th in the 1948 Summer Olympics held at London, United Kingdom.[4] He later went on to represent the country in the 1951 and 1954 Asian Games[3] to win two gold medals.

1954 FIBA World Championship

Mumar was banned for life to play for the national team by the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation when he failed to join the rest of the 1954 FIBA World Championship national squad that left Manila for the United States where the team is set to play tune up games. This led to a national controversy where his ban was discussed in the House of Representatives and it was found out that he was in Bohol waiting for pocket money from his parents, which never arrived to be able to go to the capital. President Ramon Magsaysay talked with PAAF officials to overturn the ban and was successful.[5]

Mumar was then able to join the rest of the team in Florida. The national squad flew to Cuba participated in the scrimmage against that country's national team. They won 49-45 over Cuba which was regarded by an upset by the home team. Cuba decided not to participate in the world tournament after the loss. The Philippine finished third and captured the bronze medal, the best finish ever by the country in the World Championships losing only to the United States and Brazil.[5]

Coaching career

When he retired from playing basketball he went on to coaching.[3] He has called the shots in collegiate basketball with FEATI, UST and Trinity College. In the commercial leagues, he was the head coach of Mariwasa, MERALCO, U/Tex, Seven-Up, Filmanbank and Winston.

Under his helm, MERALCO won the 1971 Manila Industrial Commercial Athletic Association title winning over Crispa in the final.[6]

Mumar coached the Philippine national team to a third-place finish in the 1969 Asian Basketball Confederation Championship (now FIBA Asia Championship) in Bangkok. After his sole stint with the national team[3] he went to India to teach basketball in the state of Karnataka along with American coaches.[7] He was later named head coach of the Indian national team.[3]

Later years and legacy

In 1981, Mumar worked as a panel analyst with Dick Ildefonso for the PBA games on MBS-4. He was also a radio TV commentator with Joe Cantada covering NCAA contest in the past.

In 1999, he was inducted into the Philippine National Basketball Hall of Fame alongside his great teammate Carlos Loyzaga.

Awards and achievements

  • 1948 Summer Olympics, 12th place
  • 1951 Asian Games, champions
  • 1954 Asian Games, champions
  • 1954 FIBA World Championship bronze medalist (third place)
  • 1969 FIBA Asia Championship bronze medalist (third place)
  • Philippine National Basketball Hall of Fame


  1. Lauro Mumar.
  2. Afable, Jorge (1972). Philippine sports greats. University of California: Man Publishers. p. 105.
  3. Liao, Henry (7 August 2011). "HOOPSTER: Father-And-Son Combinations In PH Basketbal". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. "Lauro Mumar - Olympic Basketball". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. Alinea, Eddie (30 December 2017). "Sports under President Magsaysay". Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  6. Alinea, Eddie (11 October 2017). "The legacy of Reddy Kilowatts". The Manila Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  7. "Basketball in Karnataka". Basketball Federation of India. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
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