The University of the East congratulates UE graduate, basketball legend and former Senator Robert Vincent S. Jaworski Sr., for being honored by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) with a set of nine commemorative stamps!
The unveiling ceremony was held last Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the Philippine Post Office at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila. Sen. Jaworski is the first UE alumnus to be accorded the honor of being immortalized in a Philippine stamp.
The commemorative stamp is part of PhilPost’s celebration of the country’s first stamp, which is celebrating its 75th year. The Post Office launched the Philippine’s first stamp, bearing the inauguration of the Philippine Republic, in 1946—coincidentally, the birth year of Sen. Jaworski and of the University of the East.
The said unveiling also marked the launch of “Salamat, Pagpupugay sa mga Alamat,” a three-part collection of stamp issuances featuring “Living Legends, Outstanding Filipinos and Never Forgotten Icons” who have made a mark in their chosen fields here and abroad.
Sen. Jaworski, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the UE College of Business Administration-Manila in 1967, started his long, illustrious basketball career as part of the UE Red Warriors Men’s Basketball Team in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. He was part of the UE Team that won the UAAP Men’s Basketball Championship in 1965 and 1966, starting UE’s record 7-peat string of UAAP Men’s Basketball Crowns.
In 1966, he was selected to be a part of the Philippine basketball team sent to play in the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand. The following year, he was among those chosen to represent the country in the 1967 Asian Basketball Championship in Seoul, South Korea, where the Philippine team clinched the gold medal.
He joined the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) tournaments as part of the Yco Painters in 1967, Meralco in 1968, and Toyota in 1971. The future senator would become part of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) upon its establishment in 1975, when Toyota would transfer to the league.
In 1984, he became part of the Ginebra San Miguel Team in the PBA, where he was best known. “The Big J,” as he was popularly known, became the team’s coach in 1985, while still playing for the league. He would continue being a playing coach for Ginebra until 1998, when he retired from the PBA.
Upon his retirement, the esteemed UE alumnus ran and won as a Philippine Senator in the 1998 National Elections as an independent candidate. As a senator, he authored and co-authored over 300 bills, including the Clean Air Act and the Solid Waste Management Act.
The commemorative stamps set is the latest in a long list of accolades that Sen. Jaworski has received in his career. He was named as one of the PBA’s 40 greatest players and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2005. His playing number was retired in a fitting tribute ceremony in 2012.
On UE’s end, Sen. Jaworski was awarded by the University as one of its Diamond Jubilee Alumni Achievers on the occasion of UE’s 60th Foundation Anniversary in 2006. More recently, last October 2, 2021, he was among those recognized as UE’s 75 Most Outstanding Alumni on the occasion of the University’s 75th Foundation Anniversary.
Congratulations and kudos, Warrior Basketball Legend!