Ramon S. Ang: Whoever said basketball and motorcycles don’t mix?

The business tycoon himself welcomed riders at a grand BMW Motorrad event
by Aris Ilagan | Dec 16, 2019
PHOTO: Carlo Chungunco

Looking well-rested and very relaxed, Ramon S. Ang appeared casual in a black sport shirt, black pants, and a pair of slippers as he welcome around 600 riders SMC Head Office in Mandaluyong City for this year’s edition of the BMW Motorrad Breakfast Ride.

This is the first time that ‘RSA’—owner of local BMW distributor SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation, and collector of large fleets of exotic cars and some vintage bikes—opened the doors of his second home to motorcycles not only of the German marque, but of other brands as well. But of course, the majority of those present were BMWs.

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Grabe pala ang following ng BMW motorcycles dito!’’ Ang exclaimed. With the worsening traffic and the phenomenal boom in moto-tourism, the BMW Motorrad offerings have surpased the brand’s vehicle lineup in terms of domestic sales. 

“Rest assured that we will support you, make our barkadahan happier,” he added.

But as he continued with his remarks, the talks started to stray to local basketball when he spotted several players of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) mingling with crowd. Among them were LA Tenorio, Rico Maierhofer, JC Intal, and other team imports like Joe Devance. Rain or Shine player James Yap, owner of a BMW R NineT, missed the event.

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What we know is that PBA players are not allowed to go motorcycling to avoid road accidents, which might lead to serious injuries that affect their performance on the court. Despite this strict policy, some PBA players still manage to sneak out and ride around as a form of relaxation. You will notice that they shy away from photographers when mounted on their stallions.

But times have changed and it now seems this policy has eased up a little. If RSA were to be asked, the team owner or coach is not the ones preventing the players to ride motorbikes: “JC Intal, pinayagan ka ba ng misis mo?” he asked, drawing laughter and jeers from the crowd.

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RSA went on, delving deeper into the latest basketball issues, particularly the latest melee at the PBA Governors’ Cup that led to the suspension of some San Miguel Beermen players. He justified the decision to suspend Arwind Santos, Ronald Tubid, and Kelly Nabong after the three attacked import players from another team, and said he can never let such an unsportsmanlike behavior to prevail.

“You know, we cannot just close our eyes and go for the grand slam. Hindi na tayo tutularan ng tama,” he emphasized.

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Well, there goes RSA’s four-minute speech. Wait! Did he mention anything about the awesome lineup of BMW Motorrad motorbikes: the S1000 RR super sportbike, the R1250 RT tourer, the R1250 GS adventure, the R NineT retro bikes, the R1250 R naked, the F850 GS off-roader, the C400 X scooter, the G310 R street bike, and the G310 GS mini adventure bike? Nope.

But who cares? What really matters most is they’re all selling like hotcakes. Right, Don Ramon?

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