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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


The original losers of Philippine basketball -- the ladies of the Normal School. Tondo Intermediate School defeated them in an exhibition game at the 1911 Carnival Meet, a nationwide interscholastic contest. The game was introduced in 1910 as a team sport for girls while boys played baseball and ran track. Basketball didn't become required in the public schools curriculum until 1938, but Ilocanos and Visayans were ahead of the curve and institutionalized the sport soon after its introduction.

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Anonymous NYC Teacher said...

Basketball introduced to girls in 1911--and you said the two schools institutionalized it officially a few years later--does that mean boys were playing the game by 1920 or earlier?

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