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Ferdinand "Bong" Pascual (born July 30, 1970) is a Filipino basketball referee.

Ferdinand Pascual
Born (1970-07-30) July 30, 1970 (age 49)
EducationUniversity of Baguio
OccupationBasketball referee

Early life and educationEdit

Pascual was born on July 30, 1970[1] is a Filipino basketball referee. He has been officiating FIBA-sanctioned basketball games since November 12, 2002.[1] and spent his early years in Cabanatuan. He was sent to Baguio to complete his education[2] where he studied at the University of Baguio. He was part of the university's basketball team, the Cardinals.[3] He obtained a commerce degree in the University and became a nursing aide prior to becoming a full-time referee.[4] He has also considered pursuing a career in dentistry.[5]

Refereeing careerEdit


Pascual also was a former referee at the Philippine Basketball Association who officiated from 2006 to 2012.[4] He also served as a referee for the UNTV Cup[6][7] and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[2]


Pascual has been officiating FIBA-sanctioned basketball games since November 12, 2002.[1] Pascual has officiated in various international competitions including the 2014[8][3] and 2019 FIBA World Cup.[4] He officiated in a pre-Olympic tournament held prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics.[5]

In 2016, Pascual was nominated by the FIBA as one of the officials that was to work in the 2016 Summer Olympics held at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[9] Pascual is the second Filipino referee to officiate an Olympic basketball game, next to Medardo Felipe in the 1984 Olympic Games.[4]

FIBA Basketball World CupEdit

Ferdinand Pascual first officiated in a FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014. In that edition held in Spain, Pascual was the only Asian to officiate beyond the preliminary round and was involved in two matches: Lithuania's 76–71 victory over New Zealand in the Round of 16 and the United States' 119–76 quarterfinal win against Slovenia.[5]

In the 2019 edition hosted in China, Pascual was one of the referees tasked to officiate games. Among the games he officiated are: The United States 93–92 overtime win against Turkey in the preliminaries,[10] the United States' 69–53 victory over Greece in the second round,[11] France 89–79 win over the United States in the quarterfinal,[12], and the bronze medal match which saw France clinching third place by winning 67–59 over Australia.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Pascual is married and has three children.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Ferdinand Pascual - 2009 FIBA Asia Championship Referee Profile". 2009 FIBA Asia Championship. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Tantengco, Ceej (13 July 2016). "Get to know Bong Pascual, first Pinoy basketball referee in the Olympics since 1984". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Beltran, Nestor (23 August 2014). "Pinoy ref one of four Asians in Fiba roster". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Henson, Joaquin (11 August 2019). "Filipino referee tapped for World Cup". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "Pinoy referee picked for Olympics". The Philippine Star. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  6. ^ "UNTV Cup 2 Semifinals: Judiciary Magis vs AFP Cavaliers (JUN152014)". UNTV Cup. Season 2. June 16, 2014. Event occurs at 10m55s. UNTV. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "UNTV Cup 2 Finals: AFP Cavaliers vs PNP Responders (Game 2)". UNTV Cup. Season 2. July 3, 2014. Event occurs at 11m9s. UNTV. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Castillo, Musong (16 August 2009). "Yeng explains coaching style". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  9. ^ Terrado, Reuben (March 8, 2016). "Filipino referee Bong Pascual is bound for Rio Olympics. Will Gilas follow suit?". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  10. ^ Giongco, Mark (4 September 2019). "Filipino referee Bong Pascual works USA-Turkey thriller at World Cup". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  11. ^ Terrado, Reuben (8 September 2019). "Pinoy referee Bong Pascual works USA game again in Fiba World Cup". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  12. ^ Terrado, Reuben (12 September 2019). "Third time unlucky as Pinoy ref Bong Pascual works US game yet again". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  13. ^ Terrado, Reuben (15 September 2019). "Pinoy ref Bong Pascual works bronze-medal game to cap busy World Cup". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 15 September 2019.