Pami­lar passes away

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

Ernesto “Nes” Pami­lar, a multi-ti­tled vol­ley­ball coach who won at al­most ev­ery tour­na­ment he par­tic­i­pated in, passed away Satur­day due to heart fail­ure. He was 52.

Pami­lar un­der­went a heart by­pass in Novem­ber two years ago but re­turned to where his heart is – coach­ing.

He coached three teams in his re­turn – La Salle’s men’s team, San Beda’s men’s squad and the Ta­cloban Fight­ing Warays in the Premier Vol­ley­ball League.

He sat on the bench in San Beda’s five-set de­feat to San Se­bas­tian last Tues­day at the Filoil Fly­ing V Cen­tre in San Juan.

It was a game where his team lost a 26-28 fifth set and went home heart­bro­ken lit­er­ally. It turned out his last coach­ing duty. “I left home early and wasn’t in the game but I called him,” said Roger Go­rayeb, a close friend by Pami­lar who hap­pen to men­tor San Se­bas­tian in that out­ing. “I didn’t re­al­ize it will be our last con­ver­sa­tion. He’s a true friend.”

One of Pami­lar’s bright­est mo­ments came 11 years ago when he steered the Far Easter U Lady Tams, then led by Rachel Daquis, to the Sea­son 70 UAAP crown.

Pami­lar also steered the Ca­gayan Val­ley Ris­ing Suns to a pair of ti­tles in the de­funct Shakey’s V-League, now the PVL.

The body lies in state at St. Peter’s in C3 Caloocan.

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