|Height||6 ft 3 in (1. The Shooting guard ( SG) also known as the two or off guard, is one of five traditional positions on a Basketball team A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit Inches redirects here To see the Les Savy Fav album see Inches. 91 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|Team||Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants|
|Born||February 15, 1982 |
Escalante, Negros Occidental
|College||University of the East|
|Draft||2nd overall, 2004 PBA Draft|
James Carlos Yap, (born February 15, 1982), from Escalante, Negros Occidental, is a Filipino professional basketball superstar for the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass The Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants is a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA team under the Purefoods-Hormel division of the San Miguel Corporation. Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Escalante City is a 5th class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Negros Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. The University of the East (or Pamantasan ng Silangan in Filipino and commonly abbreviated as ( UE) is a private nonsectarian University The 2004 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA Rookie Draft is an event which will allows teams to draft players from the amateur ranks Events 590 - Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia 1637 - Ferdinand III becomes Holy Roman Emperor Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) Escalante City is a 5th class city in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines. Negros Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Filipinos or the Filipino people are the citizens of the Philippines. The Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants is a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA team under the Purefoods-Hormel division of the San Miguel Corporation. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA is a Professional Basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1975. He was a 2005-2006 season's Most Valuable Player, and is now fast becoming one of the basketball icons in the professional ranks. Now in his fifth year, he is already a five-time PBA South All-Star team starter through 2004 to 2008.
As a kid, Yap already showed athleticism.  He first fell in love with football and baseball and track and field, and played these until high school. His uncle Emmanual Yap was one of the few who first noticed his potential in basketball. Growing up, he looked up to one of the most prolific players in the history of Philippine Basketball, Samboy Lim. Avelino B Lim Jr (born April 1, 1962) better known as Samboy Lim, is a former Basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association
Yap emerged to be one of the most promising basketball stars in the Iloilo/Negros region back in the late-90's. Early on that decade, he played for the Bacolod Tay Tung High School and made his mark at the school. . He was transferred to Iloilo Commercial Central High School, displaying his skills. Manila Standard. Along the way, he sparked his team to three consecutive Iloilo PRISAA titles. At that time, it was rumored that the Negros Slashers of the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association was going to sign Yap. The Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA or Metroball was a Professional Basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1998
However, as fate had it, Yap preferably primed himself for the collegiate level. He played for the UE Red Warriors under former national team coach, Boysie Zamar, even though DLSU also had an eye on him. The UE Red Warriors is the varsity team of the University of the East in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines.  In 2002, known for his quick-release shooting and all-around presence, he, alongside playmaker Paul Artadi and hustling Ronald Tubid, brought the Red Warriors to the Final Four after years of absence. Paul Anthony Dy Artadi (born May 5 1981 is a professional Filipino basketball player for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippine Basketball Association However, 2nd seed University of the East lost to a dramatic semifinal series as they faced Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles, the eventual champion. The University of the East (or Pamantasan ng Silangan in Filipino and commonly abbreviated as ( UE) is a private nonsectarian University The Ateneo de Manila University (also called " Ateneo de Manila " or simply "the Ateneo " is a private University run The Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles is the varsity team of the Ateneo de Manila University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. In the same year, he led UE to the 1st Bantay Bata Crossover Cup, exacting a sweet revenge against Ateneo in the Finals. A month after, he once again led UE to the inaugural Collegiate Champions League crown, beating FEU. The Collegiate Champions League (CCL, is a collegiate tournament in the Philippines.
In the heat of UAAP  (67th season), Yap led the Red Warriors to the Final Four for the second straight time as he topped his teammates in points and rebounding, and closed second to Artadi in overall efficiency rating. Eventually in the semifinals series, the Warriors lost to a much more defensive orchestrated team, Far Eastern University Tamaraws led by tactician coach, Koy Banal. Far Eastern University (FEU ( in the City of Manila, West Sampaloc University Belt area is a nonsectarian Private university in the Philippines The FEU Tamaraws is the varsity team of Far Eastern University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP Nevertheless, Yap was named as the Most Valuable Player, stunned everyone else as there were Mark Cardona and Arwind Santos who were neck and neck for the plum. Mark "Macmac" Cardona is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Team in the Philippine Basketball Arwind Santos (born July 19, 1981 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines) is a Filipino basketball player playing The majority of the UAAP basketball community's nods paved the way for James' win as he topped the vote  from coaches, players, and media which accounted for 50%. In the same year, he, along with teammate Paul Artadi, was teamed up with other UAAP and PBL counterparts to lead the Philippines in the 2003 Southeast Asian Games for a gold medal finish. The 22nd Southeast Asian Games were held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 5 December - 13 December 2003. Thus, the Philippines Sportswriter Association  honored him the best player in his field, basketball, in the amateurs alongside Asi Taulava in the professional level. Pauliasi Taulava (born March 2, 1973) is a Filipino - Tongan professional Basketball player for the Coca-Cola Tigers
Yap also played in the Philippine Basketball League from 2001-2004. The Philippine Basketball League (PBL is a commercial semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines. In 2001, he played for the ICTSI-La Salle Archers forming a backcourt tandem with Mike Cortez that almost had their team beating the veteran-ladden, Shark Energy Drink, in the finals. } Mike Cortez is a professional basketball player for the San Miguel Beermen in the Philippine Basketball Association. In 2002, he teamed up with guards Mark Cardona and Joseph Yeo, played decoy most of the times while still explosive in a number of games--one which saw him sparking the offense, putting the Archers in the playoffs against Blu Detergent Kings. Mark "Macmac" Cardona is a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing for the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Team in the Philippine Basketball Joseph Yeo (born September 7, 1983 in Manila, Philippines) He is chinese and is a professional Basketball player in the Philippine In 2003, he had to sit out the whole conference long after ICTSI refused  to sign his release papers to make him eligible to play for Sunkist-Pampanga. In 2004, Yap signed up for one conference with the Welcoat Paintmasters, teaming up with the comebacking Jojo Tangkay, leading them to a runner-up finish. He and Tangkay lost to Peter June Simon of FASH team for the MVP plum. Yap ended up completing the Mythical First Team.
Yap entered the 2004 PBA Draft, and was selected as the second overall pick by the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs. The 2004 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA Rookie Draft is an event which will allows teams to draft players from the amateur ranks The Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants is a Philippine Basketball Association (PBA team under the Purefoods-Hormel division of the San Miguel Corporation. His teammate Artadi was also selected in a later round which foreshadowed a UE-tandem in the professional league.
Bothered by an ailing shoulder, Yap had a slow start in the 2004-2005 season. Later on, he started to blossom as he had numerous games of which he scored 20 or more points. However, he failed to lead Purefoods past the quarterfinal round against Shell Turbo Chargers. Eventually, he lost to counterpart Rich Alvarez in the Rookie of the Year race.
2004-2005 Rookie Season Averages: (63 games) 27. 0 mpg, 12. 5 ppg, 4. 7 rpg, 1. 0 apg, 0. 5 spg, 0. 3bpg, 2. 3 fpg
In the 2005-06 PBA season, he picked up his pieces and went on for a better display. The 2005-06 PBA Season is the 31st season of the Philippine Basketball Association. Along with Kerby Raymundo and import Marquin Chandler in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference, Yap was a close to prominent force in the Giants' bid to the championship showdown as he came 4th in the statistical race, behind Raymundo, Red Bull Barako's Enrico Villanueva, and Air21's Ren-Ren Ritualo at the end of the semifinals series. The 2006 Philippine Basketball Association -San Mig Coffee Fiesta Conference Playoffs was the post-classification round tournament of the 2005-06 PBA Fiesta Conference Jose Enrico P Villanueva (born June 23, 1980 in Pasay City, Philippines) better known simply as Enrico Villanueva, and by the nicknames Florendo Ritualo Jr (born June 14, 1979 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino professional Basketball player Villanueva was the eventual Best Player of the Conference. To make matters more wayward, with about a minute left in game 6 of the Finals series, Yap failed to promise the Giants a possible turnaround for a game 7 or a championship title as he missed a supposedly easy layup to cut Redbull's 4-point lead. Consequently, the Giants submitted to a 4-2 series conclusion. As a comeback, in the classification round of the most prestigious conference, Philippine Cup, he recorded 34 points to devour the Sta. Lucia Realtors and even broke it with a career-high 37 points to beat crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra. At the near end of the round, he was a one-man offensive force, complementing the Pingris-led defensive end, and winning against the powerhouse team TNT.  . The victory put the Purefoods team to an automatic best-of-seven semifinals slot. The semis series turned out to be another historic comeback for the Purefoods franchise with James Yap's offensive, Kerby Raymundo's leadership, and Marc Pingris' defensive heroics.
After the accumulation of player statistics at the end of the semis, Yap edged out teammate Kerby Raymundo and RedBulls' Enrico Villanueva for the Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player award. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA awards the Most Valuable Player award (MVP at the end of the season This acknowledgement made him, at 24 years of age, 5th in the youngest players, and 2nd (since 2002 MVP Willie Miller) as a sophomore to have won the individual award. He was the statistical leader and garnered more than 7000 combined votes from players, 4-man committee and media, almost 5000 votes away from the rest of the candidates. All annual awards were distributed minutes before the Game 4 in the finals series  -- a game which portrayed the MVP sinking in 5 of his 7 attempts from beyond the arc and 6 of his 8 attempts from the charity line. He was also named to the Mythical First Team alongside teammates Raymundo and Roger Yap, and on-court rivals Enrico Villanueva and Lordy Tugade.
2005-2006 Sophomore season: (57 games) 36. 4 mpg, 17. 6 ppg, 4. 4 rpg, 1. 2 apg, 1. 2 spg, 0. 4 bpg, 2. 1 TOpg, 2. 7 fpg
Yap's sudden popularity in the professional league could not be denied in only his second season -- a year which put him local sportswriters  spotlight for the second time around. To attest was the jampacked coliseum chanting "M-V-P!" in the background of the 2006 Philippine Cup Finals Game 6 -- the hype that was when Yap was flawlessly dishing in charity stripes with less than two minutes away from the balloons and confetti falling. The 2006 Gran Matador Brandy Philippine Basketball Association (PBA Philippine Cup is the all-Filipino conference of the PBA
Yap is married to ABS-CBN host-actress and Purefoods image model Kris Aquino, the daughter of slain former senator, Benigno Aquino, Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino. ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation ( (ABS-CBN " A lto B roadcasting S ystem- C hronicle B roadcasting N etwork" Kristina Bernadette Aquino-Yap (born Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino on February 14, 1971 in Quezon City) better known simply as Benigno Servillano Aquino Jr ( November 27, 1932 – August 21 The President of the Philippines is the head of state and government of the Republic of the Philippines. María Corazón Cojuangco-Aquino (born María Corazón Sumulong Cojuangco on January 25, 1933) widely known as Cory Aquino, was the 11th Yap and Aquino's relationship was rumored as early as 2005 before they acknowledged this on various interviews. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. By 2006, both have admitted to having tied the knot as early as mid-2005; the actual date of their marriage was July 10 under civil rites kept unknown to the public. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
His marriage with Aquino was recently rocked by the revelation of a former receptionist from Belo Medical Group named Hope that she had a relationship with James, which he vehemently denied in an interview with Korina Sanchez. Victoria G Belo, born 1956 popularly known as Dr Vicki Belo, is a renowned cosmetic surgeon in the Philippines 
This eventually led to Kris asking for "space" with the star cager. James denied the receptionist's allegations in a press statement. The issue has since died down after Kris' pregnancy was revealed.
On April 19, 2007 his first son with Kris was born. Events 1012 - Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich London. 1529 - At the Second Diet of Speyer Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. James Aquino Yap, was born in Makati Medical Center, Makati City at 5:08 pm local time and weighing 4. The City of Makati, or simply 3 lbs. He was baptized on May 19, 2007 at Don Bosco Church in Makati, with 10 godparents. Events 1535 - French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships 110 men and Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. A godparent, in many denominations of Christianity, is someone who sponsors a child's Baptism.
|UAAP Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player|
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