It has been reported that La Salle basketball great Lim Eng Beng has been diagnosed with Cirrhosis, a type of cancer in the liver and is currently confined at the Makati Medical Center.
It hit me like a rock when I found out that former La Salle star and one of the top 25 PBA players, Lim Eng Beng, was dignosed with Cirrhosis. This type of cancer is normally associated with heavy alcohol drinking but Beng never drank.
I posted the news on Twitter and Facebook yesterday and the response was tremendous. So many Lasallians want to help because Beng gave the best years of his life to La Salle.
I got to talk to him this morning and found out he had to check out of Makati Med. Doctors have told him that he needs a liver transplant immediately and that costs no less than P3,000,000.00.
Lim Eng Beng, along with Kurt Bachmann, Ren Ren Ritualo and Manilla Santos are the only DLSU athletes to have their jersey numbers retired.
The Greatest Green Archer Ever
We were able to retrieve this interesting article about Lim Eng Beng from the internet archives of greenarcher.net, this site’s predecessor which was published back in 2004.
No Green Archer, and I’d repeat it over and over again, could have come close to the offensive prowess of Lim Eng Beng during his prime. He might have only won two championships for La Salle – in his freshman year in 1971 and senior year in 1974 – but yet that was enough for the administration to retire his # 14 jersey, the first to be accorded of such honors. Back then, the practice of retiring jerseys was yet unusual, in fact, a never-heard thing. But he was good, I mean, that good. It was because of Lim Eng Beng that eventually Ren Ren Ritualo’s # 4 was similarly given such veneration.
And never, ever will there be another cheer of La Salle which will go by the name of the player himself – “Lim Eng Beng! Lim Eng Beng!” – which was chanted during the games along with the traditional Animo La Salle, the Rektikano and the DLSU spelling.
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Let us all give our support to a Green Archer legend who has brought honor to La Salle during his playing days.