1924 – 1990
Who was Lauro Mumar?
Lauro "The Fox" Mumar, 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.
In 1946, he led the San Carlos College of Cebu City to the first post-war Inter-Collegiate basketball championship. He later transferred to Letran College and together with Herminio "Togay" Astorga they formed the famous "Murder Inc." then eventually led the basketball team to capture the 1950 NCAA Philippines championship.
He played for the Philippines that finished 12th in the 1948 Summer Olympics held at London, England, United Kingdom. He later went on to represent the country in two consecutive Asian Games and won two basketball gold medals in 1951 and 1954 respectively.
Mumar was later named co-captain with Carlos Loyzaga to lead the national team to the 1954 FIBA World Championship held at Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The team finished third and captured the bronze medal, the best finish ever by the Philippines in the World Championships.