Jose K. Campos, Jr.date posted: 2006-12-05 16:51:47
BS Economics 1968
Jose “Joey” Campos spent his college days in the Ateneo and had a modest stint in the Ateneo basketball varsity. He graduated with a degree in economics in 1968.
His four years at the university may have been brief, but that stretch progressed into almost four decades of wholehearted support and dedication to Ateneo athletics, particularly to basketball. His peers and colleagues recognize him for his undeniable and unfading passion for the sport.
He began his involvement in alumni basketball through a league organized by Fr. Cipriano Unson, SJ, in the early 1970s. Although his involvement was temporarily halted because his work relocated him and his family to Cebu for eight years, he resumed his participation with alumni activities upon returning to Manila.
Joey became one of the organizers of the Ateneo Alumni Basketball League (ABLE) in the late 1980s. This was originally participated in by Ateneo High School classes 1961 through 1969, and eventually expanded to cover high school classes 1960 through 1973. At that time, the Ateneo ABLE was uniquely a father-and-son league. Therefore, it not only fostered sportsmanship and closer relations among the alumni, it also cultivated strong ties among their family members.
After many successful tournaments over the years, the original ABL organizers gave way to a group of younger graduates, amusingly referring to them as the “More”ABLE. These two became the forerunners of today’s highly successful Ateneo ABL where over a hundred teams participate yearly.
As a result of Joey’s capabilities as an organizer, his classmate Jose “Jun-Jun” A. Capistrano encouraged him to get involved in the Ateneo Alumni Association (AAA) as class representative for College 1968 in the early 1990s. He would then serve as a director of the AAA for several years and eventually become president of the association in 2001.
At present, Joey and Gabriel “Lito” Tomas of HS 1963 are the tireless moving force in a group of alumni in their 50s and 60s who still meet for friendly basketball games at least twice a week. Joey’s continuous involvement in organizing such activities is fueled by his strong belief that sports helps bring the alumni together.
Joey continues to support Ateneo sports programs with enthusiasm, and is now vice president and trustee of the Ateneo Sports Foundation.
Joey is married to Erlynn Bernardez. Their daughters, Kylene and Erin, are also proud graduates of the Ateneo. Professionally, Joey is vice president for marketing of Petron Corporation, the company he joined soon after graduation.