LOOK: Filipino basketball star Thirdy Ravena graces Japanese Dabudori cover 

Thirdy Ravena Japanese Dabudori cover 
San-En NeoPhoenix star guard Thirdy Ravena proudly wears the Philippine flag on the front cover of a basketball magazine in Japan. Photos from Dabudori magazine on Twitter.

Filipino basketball star Thirdy Ravena makes a name for himself in Japan as he graces the cover of an upcoming issue of Japanese basketball magazine, Dabudori.

The first Asian import to Japan’s Basketball League made it to the front cover of the Japanese publication’s 13th volume slated for release in February 2022.

The cover features the San-En NeoPhoenix star guard proudly donning the Philippine flag while looking victorious in a dunking pose.

The Japanese magazine recognized Ateneo’s former star player as the pioneer for other Filipino imports in the Japan B.League.

“Last season, the young Philippine star player Thirdy Ravena joined B.LEAGUE, which had a great impact not only on Japanese basketball but also on Asian basketball. Partly because of that, many Filipino star players have joined B.LEAGUE from this season. What does he feel at B.LEAGUE and what kind of evolution will he make as a pioneer?” the magazine’s description reads.

The article was written in Japanese by Reo Onishi, who also translates various NBA-related books.


Ravena continued his stint in Japan’s B. League after signing a contract extension with San-En NeoPhoenix for the new season.

The issue will be released in Japan on February 16, 2022.

Other Filipino star players in the Japan Basketball League include Thirdy’s brother Kiefer Ravena of Shiga Lakestars, Dwight Ramos of Toyama Grouses, Juan Gomez de Liaño of Earthfriends Tokyo Z, Javi Gómez de Liaño of Ibaraki Robots, Kobe Paras of Niigata Albirex BB, Ray Parks of Nagoya Diamond Dolphins, and Kemark Cariño of Aomori Wat’s.

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