Lauro Mumar

Lauro Mumar
Medal record
Men’s Basketball
Representing  Philippines
FIBA World Championship
1954 Rio de Janeiro Team
Asian Games
1951 New Delhi Team
1954 Manila Team

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]

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.

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

When he retired from playing basketball, he was given the honor to become trainer of the Indian national basketball team and several years later, he was contracted to undertake the same job with the Taipei squad. Mumar has coached a lot of teams in various leagues. He has called the shots in collegiate basketball with FEATI and UST, Trinity College. In the commercial leagues, he was the head coach of Mariwasa, MERALCO, U/Tex, Seven-Up, Filmanbank and Winston. In the international competitions, he coached the Philippines to a third-place finish in the 1969 Asian Basketball Confederation (now FIBA Asia Championship) in Bangkok.

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 named in the Philippine National Basketball Hall of Fame alongside his great teammate Carlos Loyzaga. His descendants in Talibon, Bohol are slowly making a name for themselves in the basketball world.

Personal life

His son, Lawrence "Larry" Mumar, was also a basketball player and the former husband of Coney Reyes, father of L.A. and Carla.

Awards and achievements


  1. Lauro Mumar.
  2. Afable, Jorge (1972). Philippine sports greats. University of California: Man Publishers. p. 105.
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