Paquito Diaz once played basketball for the Ateneo Blue Eagles and also for the FEU Tamaraws with brother Romy Diaz

Paquito Diaz is already dead and the whole showbiz industry is mourning for his death as he is considered an icon in Philippine movies.

Diaz was definitely among the most popular villains in the country.

I think he's the most famous villain of all, 'coz when we think of a male "kontrabida" in the movies, first name comes into most people's minds is Paquito Diaz (with Bella Flores as his female counterpart).

He did more than 200 movies, mostly action films and he usually played contravida to the late Fernando Poe Jr.

His last film was "Pakners" shown in 2003 and starred Fernando Poe Jr, Efren 'Bata' Reyes, Oyo Sotto and Toni Gonzaga.

During his younger years, Paquito was a popular basketball star. He played for FEU Tamaraws (during High School) along with brother Romy Diaz and also for Ateneo Blue Eagles (during College).

Take a look at this scan of Ateneo Blue Eagles' 1955 line-up and you can find there Paquito Diaz, age 21, and stands 5'10.5:
He was in the same team with the late director-producer Cirio 'Cir' Santiago and Poch Gayoso, father of former basketeers-actors Jayvee and Mike Gayoso (he's currently a judge on Showtime).

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Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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