Eduardo Alvir Pacheco was born on 04 January 1936. He married an Hernandez clan member, Maria Lourdes H. Marqueta.
A competitive athlete since his youth, he played varsity basketball and football for San Beda College and the University of Sto. Tomas in the 1950s. Eddie was a member of the RP Football team to the Asian Games in 1954 and in 1958 and the Asian World Cup in 1963. Eddie was voted the most outstanding basketball player in 1962 by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA), and was nicknamed “Mr. Basketball” (and “Mr. Football”). He was part of the RP National Basketball Team that competed at the 1960 Rome (finished 11th of 16 teams) and 1964 Tokyo Olympics (6th place). He was also on the team that represented the country in the 1961 Asian Basketball Confederation Championship, the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta (Gold Medal), the 1963 World Basketball Championships in Manila and the 1966 Asian Basketball Conference in Taiwan.
In the late 1960s, Eddie played jersey number 6 for the YCO Red Painters, a charter team that played in the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association. The MICAA was the forerunner of the Philippine Basketball Association, the country’s professional basketball league.
Eddie continued to be active in Philippine sports long after his playing days, as one of the longest-serving consultants of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). As a football star player and pioneer of the sport in the country, Eddie received a special achievement award from the Philippine Football Federation in 2007.
He passed away on 09 December 2009, after an apparent heart attack, at age 73. He was among the late sports greats honored by the Philippine Sports Association in their annual awards night in 01 March 2010.
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Family History Research Notes
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2. “Eddie Pacheco.” Sports Reference/Olympics, 2010. Web. Date accessed: 09 August 2010.
3. Henson, Joaquin M. “Football row settled”. Philippine Star, 04 Dec 2007.
4. Iñigo, Manolo. “Ex-Olympian Ramas reminisces”. Philippine Daily Inquirer, 04 October 2009.
5. Iñigo, Manolo. “How RP cagers fared in the Olympics”. Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11 December 2007.
6. Iñigo, Manolo. “UST is UAAP’s all-time best in basketball”. Philippine Daily Inquirer, 28 August 2006.
7. “Olympian Pacheco dies”. The Daily Tribune, 11 Dec 2009.
8. “RP Sports Mourns Death Of Olympian Dribbler Pacheco.” GMA News Online, 2010. http://bit.ly/2o0Vq6z. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2010.
9. “Sports leaders, heroes in PSA rites”. Philippine Star, 23 Feb 2010.
10. Pacheco, Emilio Marqueta, 2010. Interview.