- Former Purefoods player Ulysses ‘Buboy’ Tanigue died on Sunday
- He had been battling chronic leukemia after being diagnosed with the disease in 2010
- He is survived by his wife and their two children
MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) professional player Ulysses ‘Buboy’ Tanigue has passed away on Sunday, January 28, after a long battle with leukemia.
Tanigue’s sad demise was confirmed to Spin.ph by his agent, Danny Espiritu.
The 43-year-old Mindanao native was diagnosed with chronic leukemia back in 2010; shortly after leaving the PBA.
Tanigue is a former San Sebastian Stags who played point guard for the collegiate team that completed the rare five-feat crown at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) which was then coached by Bay Cristobal in 1997.
He was a three-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Stags.
The flashy point guard had a brief stint at the PBA after being drafted by Purefoods as the second round pick and 15th overall in the 1998 rookie draft.
He eventually quit the professional league and played for the North Cotabato Braves in the now-defunct Manila Basketball League in 2004.
According to Inquirer, Tanigue worked at the office of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Piñol in 2016 but went on leave following an operation on his tumor.
He is survived by his wife, Emelyn, and their two children.