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Chris Tiu
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Tiu with the Philippine national team in 2012
Personal information
Born (1985-07-15) July 15, 1985 (age 38)
San Juan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
High school Xavier School
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
College Ateneo de Manila University (2003–2004, 2006–2008)
PBA Draft 2012 Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Pro career 2012–2018
Career history
2012–2018 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA champion (2016 Commissioner's)
  • PBA All-Rookie Team (2013)
  • PBA All-Star Three-point champion (2013)
  • UAAP Seniors champion (2008)
  • 2× UAAP Mythical Five (2007, 2008)
  • PCCL champion (2007)
  • Nike Summer League champion (2008)
Men's basketball
Representing  Philippines
Southeast Asia Basketball Association
Gold 2011 SEABA Team
Southeast Asian Games
Gold 2011 Jakarta Team
William Jones Cup
Bronze 2011 Taipei Team

Christopher John Alandy-Dy Tiu (born July 15, 1985) is a Filipino former professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Ateneo Blue Eagles with whom he won the UAAP title in 2008. He went on to play his entire professional career for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), winning the Commissioner's Cup in 2016. He also played for the Philippine national basketball team and was captain of the roster that competed in the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship. Outside basketball, he is a TV host, model, politician, and businessman. He now hosts the television show iBilib on GMA.

Early life

Tiu is the second eldest of five children of Jerry and Lianne Tiu. He has two brothers, Christian and Charles, and two sisters, Cheryl and Cristine. His father is president of Tagaytay Highlands Clubs, a leisure resort and owns several other corporations. Cheryl is a lifestyle journalist for The Philippine Star, while Charles is the basketball coach of the Benilde Blazers. He has Chinese blood that goes back to his great grandparents.

Tiu took his elementary and high school education at Xavier School in San Juan City, Philippines, and his collegiate education at Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, Philippines, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management engineering and a minor in Chinese studies.

Amateur career

He played juniors basketball for the Xavier School Golden Stallions, where he was part of the "three-peat" Metro Manila Tiong Lian Basketball Association Champion team from 2001 to 2003. His teammates in Xavier included Joseph Yeo and TY Tang. In 2019, he was honored by the school during its alumni awards.

College career

Tiu played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles for his collegiate basketball career. He almost played for DLSU as his Xavier teammates Yeo and Tang had committed to that university. He and his teammates managed to enter the UAAP Finals in 2003 where they failed to defend their title against the FEU Tamaraws. He skipped Season 68 as he was taking his junior term abroad at Lille Catholic University, but returned to Ateneo the following season. They returned to the Finals in 2006, but they lost to the UST Growling Tigers in three games. In 2008, they managed to break their six year championship drought against their archrival the DLSU Green Archers which was led by JVee Casio and Rico Maierhofer at that time in two games. He was also a 2x UAAP Mythical Team Member. His coach in college was Norman Black.

In 2008, Tiu was named Favorite Athlete in the first Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards held at Aliw Theater, Pasay.

Professional career

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2012–2018)

On August 3, 2012 he declared for the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft after years of focusing on the Smart Gilas national team. On August 19, he was selected 7th overall by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters during the 1st round. In 2013, he won that year's three-point shootout during the 2013 All-Star Weekend. He won one title with the Elasto Painters in 2016 (Commissioner's Cup) before announcing his retirement in January 2019. He also scored a career-high 30 points in his final game.

National team career

After his UAAP career, Tiu went to play for the national team as the team captain of the newly formed Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team from 2008 to 2012. His teammates at that time were JVee Casio, Marcus Douthit, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Lutz, Marcio Lassiter and Mark Barroca. They were under Coach Rajko Toroman at that time. He played in three FIBA Asia Champions Cup tournaments, and was also on the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship squad. He also got to play in the 2009–10 PBA Philippine Cup and the 2011 Commissioner's Cup as Gilas was a guest team in those conferences. In 2011, Gilas got bronze in that year's Jones Cup.

2010 Asian Games

In 2010, Tiu also got to play in that year's Asian Games. He had 14 points with four triples in a loss to Iran. He then had 15 in a bounce back win over Chinese Taipei. They went on to finish sixth in that tournament.

2011 SEABA Championship

In order to qualify for the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, Tiu and the Gilas team first had to finish in the top three of the 2011 SEABA Championship. Gilas went on to sweep the tournament, and get the gold medal.

2011 SEA Games

Tiu was the team captain of the Sinag Pilipinas team that was sent to the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, where they captured the gold medal against Thailand. His teammates included Ateneo Blue Eagles Kiefer Ravena, Nico Salva, Emman Monfort, Greg Slaughter and Justin Chua together with Jeric Fortuna and Jeric Teng of the UST Growling Tigers, Bobby Ray Parks Jr. of the NU Bulldogs, RR Garcia of the FEU Tamaraws, Garvo Lanete, Dave Marcelo and Jake Pascual of the San Beda Red Lions. They were also joined by two Filipino-Americans Cliff Hodge and Chris Ellis. They were under the mentorship of Coach Norman Black and Coach Glenn Capacio.

2012 SEABA Cup

Now coached by Chot Reyes, Tiu was in the lineup for the 2012 SEABA Cup. They swept the tournament, making Gilas the best team in Southeast Asia.

2018 Asian Games

In 2018, Coach Yeng Guiao and core players of Rain or Shine, including Tiu, represented the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games. This was his last international tournament. He got to play with Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson. They finished fifth, the highest a Philippine team has gotten since 2002.

PBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Season-by-season averages

2012–13 Rain or Shine 44 17.4 .382 .268 .821 2.4 2.0 .5 .0 6.0
2013–14 Rain or Shine 55 14.2 .341 .263 .761 2.1 1.6 .3 .1 3.9
2014–15 Rain or Shine 38 15.4 .383 .330 .825 1.8 2.1 .2 .0 5.6
2015–16 Rain or Shine 50 15.0 .417 .371 .853 2.2 2.2 .2 .1 5.5
2016–17 Rain or Shine 35 15.0 .375 .377 .852 2.6 2.1 .5 .0 5.9
2017–18 Rain or Shine 35 24.2 .399 .383 .768 2.8 4.0 .8 .3 10.7
Career 257 16.8 .384 .337 .812 2.3 2.3 .4 .1 6.0

Player profile

Tiu is known for his shooting, his basketball smarts and leadership, and his physicality. Throughout his basketball career, he has made multiple clutch shots and clutch free throws. Coach Toroman, who made him team captain when he was with Smart Gilas, called him the "best captain of the team" he ever had, with his commitment and basketball IQ. His leadership was also seen in his PBA career as he became one of the veterans for Rain or Shine, soothing tensions within the team and mentoring younger players. Despite his small stature and heartthrob looks, he could be tough on the court when needed, taking charges and challenging shots. He is unathletic, so he relied on his effort to hustle on defense.

Personal life

Tiu married investment banker Clarisse Ong on September 7, 2013 at a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada after twelve years of dating. In May 2016, after winning the 2016 PBA Commissioner's Cup, Tiu announced through an Instagram post that he and Ong were expecting their first child. Their daughter, Amanda Claire, was born on June 5, 2016. The couple's second daughter, Mari Diana, was born on February 25, 2018. The Tiu family are Catholics.

In July 2019, Tiu was appointed as an ambassador of the Department of Science and Technology. Later that same year, he was the Volunteers Program Deputy Director for the 2019 SEA Games.


Tiu has served as a barangay official of Urdaneta, Makati from 2002 to 2018: first as the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman, and later as a Barangay Kagawad.


While in college, he set up a food stall on the Ateneo de Manila campus called Chinky Chickens. He was able to expand the business to another branch in Miriam College. Tiu's business ventures with fellow partners include:

  • Happy Lemon, a chain of tea shops.
  • Eric Kayser, a French bakery and pastry shop.
  • VLink Interactive, a marketing communications firm where he serves as the chief marketing officer.

Tiu was also an endorser of multiple brands such as Adidas, underwear brand Hanford, Dockers, Levi's, Nestlé, and many more. He is currently the brand ambassador of IT solutions provider DFNN.



Year Title Role TV Station
2007–2010 Pinoy Records Host GMA Network
2008–2011 Ripley's Believe It or Not GMA Network/QTV
2009 Clear Men Future League SOLARtv
2010–2011 Ako Mismo TV5
2010–2011 Hanep Buhay GMA Network
2011 Man Vs. Beast
2012–present IBILIB: Wonders of Horus
2012 Toink!: Sino Ang Tama? TV5
2012 1-on-1 Tiu-torials AKTV
2012–2013 WattaJob GMA Network
2013 Mutya ng Pilipinas 2013

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2008 Nickelodeon Philippines Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Athlete Won
Loyola Schools Awards for Leadership and Service Ateneo Sportsman of the Year Won
2010 Lingkod TV Awards Favorite Youth Personality Won
2013 USTv Students' Choice Awards Sports Personality Won

2013 PBA All Rookie Team (won)

2013 ASEAN Youth Day Award (won)

2013 The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award (won)

2015 MITv Gawad Kamalayan "Natatanging Informative Program Host" (won)

2015 USTv Students' Choice Awards - Sports Personality (won)

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