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DonDon Hontiveros


Dondon Hontiveros


  • Team: Air21 Express
  • Birth date: Jun 1, 1977
  • Birth Place:
  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 
  • Draft (Year): Tanduay direct recruit
  • College / University:
    Univ. of Cebu
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Dondon Hontiveros Alias "Cebuano Hotshot"
Jersey No. 24
Position Guard
Current Team Air21 Express
Personal Info
Country Philippines
Birth June 1, 1977 (1977-06-01) (age 33)
Cebu City, Philippines
Height 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight 180 lbs.
College University of Cebu
Career Highlights
Draft 2000, Direct Hire
by Tanduay Rhum Masters
Pro Career 1994 – present
Also played for Tanduay Rhum Masters (2000-2001)
San Miguel Beermen (2001-2011)




Awards Received

* 2004-05 PBA Sportsmanship Award
* 2007 PBA 3-Point Shootout Champion
* 2008-09 PBA Mythical Second Team

Donaldo "Dondon" Hontiveros (born June 1, 1977 in Cebu City, Cebu) is a Filipino professional basketball player actively playing for the Air21 Express in the Philippine Basketball Association. He has a son named Isaiah with singer and fellow Cebu native Gail Blanco.

A devout Christian,[1] Hontiveros studied and honed his basketball skills in his home province. Just like any accomplished athlete, success did not come easy for him. In fact his initial foray into basketball was greeted with heartbreak and disappointment.

He fancied basketball at a young age and tried to enter the sport at a competitive level in his first year of high school. But at that time, since he lacked the height, no one took notice of the young Dondon. Fortunately, the young Dondon had a growth spurt by the time he was in 3rd year so he was taken into the high school basketball team of Don Bosco Tech.

At last, they started to take notice, although his first year as a member of the team was spent mostly on the bench. By the time Dondon became a high school senior, he was already a regular on the team. At this point, he was already as tall as the team’s center. Hontiveros’ jump to the next level – college basketball – suffered a minor setback when he ended his senior high school year with an injury.

To keep himself competitive, he played in the intramurals at University of San Jose-Recoletos. Dondon eventually played college ball at the University of Cebu for three years. His skills blossomed while playing college basketball, and it was at that time that this Cebuano was geared for big-time basketball.

Professional career

[edit] Metropolitan Basketball Association

The year was 1995, and it was also the year that an ambitious initiative called the Metropolitan Basketball Association was making waves in its bid to be the professional league to rival the PBA.He played a vital role on offense for the Cebu Gems.
[edit] Philippine Basketball Association

After the 2001 season of the MBA, when the league’s popularity was beginning to diminish, Dondon requested to be released from the Cebu Gems to try his luck with the PBA.

He signed with Tanduay Rhum Masters even though he really wanted to play with San Miguel Beermen, it was a decision advised by his closed friends and relatives. But after Tanduay disbanded again in 2003, the San Miguel Beer franchise finally and eventually acquired him through a trade. Soon, Dondon found himself a vital cog in the pro team’s offensive rotation. He was quickly relegated in the starting unit of the team.

Even if followers of Dondon’s career can safely say that their he has arrived, this 6'1 Cebuano has shown that he has transcended success.

He is now playing for Air21 Express. On March 2011 Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Pena and Paul Artadi was shipped to Air21 for much younger players Rabah Al Husseni, Nonoy Baclao and Rey Guevarra.

Other information

He is linked to Valerie Concepcion, a showbiz personality in the Philippines. Valerie is seen in watching during San Miguel Games. And as of this time he gave a gift to Shalani Soledad ahost of Wiling Wilie in TV5.

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