Philip Butel

On: 30 September 2008

Jersey number: 09
Height/Weight: 6'7" 205 lbs
Age: 28
Date of Birth: 16 June 1980
Hometown: Cagayan
Position: Center
Years Pro: 2
College: University of the East
Teams played for: Sta. Lucia Realtors

Basketball Career:

Philip Butel played for Hapee Toothpaste in the amateurs and was a decent big man for the University of the East (UE) basketball team when they competed in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). However, he was never picked up when he first applied for the pros in the 2006 PBA Draft.

In 2007, free-agent Butel and Melvin Mamaclay (drafted in the second round) were picked-up by the Sta. Lucia Realtors to fill their need for reliable big men. The Realtors selected 6’2" point-guard Ryan Reyes as the third overall pick in the 2007 PBA Draft.

Butel is tall (6′7″) is a blue-collar worker who can play defense and collar those offensive boards, but he lacks strength to consistently hold fort in the middle. Seasoned by minor leagues around the country, the lanky center is a dependable big man who can shoot the medium range shot and can give sme quality minutes while both Dennis Espino and Marlou Aquino take a breather in the bench. The Sta. Lucia coaching staffs also like his work ethic and that is one of the reasons why he is wearing the green jersey.


Butel first made a name while playing for the UE Red Warriors in college, playing alongside James Yap, Paul Artadi, Ronald Tubid and Nino Canaleta. In his final year with the Recto-based team, he averaged 1.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in the 2003 season.

During the elimination round of the 2008 PBA Philippine Cup, Butel played a total of 6 games and averaged 1.0 point and 1.17 rebounds in 3.67 minutes per game.

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