|No. 8 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
|Born||August 18, 1991|
Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|High school||Benedictine International School|
Rizal Technological University
|College||University of Santo Tomas|
|PBA draft||2016 / Special draft|
|Selected by the Meralco Bolts|
|2017–present||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|Career highlights and awards|
Eduardo Damo "Ed" Daquioag Jr. is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He also played collegiate basketball with the UST Growling Tigers.
Early life and career
Eduardo Daquioag was born in Dingras, Ilocos Norte to a carpenter and housewife. He was scouted by UST Growling Tigers head coach, Pido Jarencio during his third year in high school while he was playing for the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades at the Ilocos Regional Athletic Association. Jarencio was originally scouting Jeoff Javillonar but later was convinced to recruit Daquioag too along with Javillonar when they both finish high school.
High school career
UST assistant coach Beaujing Acot, brought Daquioag and Javillonar to the Benedictine International School where Acot was head coach of the school's basketball team. Daquioag won various titles with Benedictine International School including the 2008 National Students Basketball Championship in Cebu where he was named among the Mythical Five. When the school's basketball program was dissolved in 2009, Daquioag moved to Rizal Technological University where he played under the institution's junior team which was now headed by Acot.
Eric Altamirano convinced Daquioag to study at the National University where the mentor was then newly appointed as the school's basketball head coach. Daquioag was unable to secure a slot at the NU Bulldogs and tried out to play for the UST Growling Tigers instead.
He made his debut for UST at the UAAP against the University of the East where his performance was well received. However his performance on the following games were lackluster and was benched in the following games. In his second year he was diagnosed with rheumatic fever, a potentially fatal disease and was forced to play limited minutes with the UST Growling Tigers on his second year. He returned to the team on his third year as a rotation player, and on his fourth year was named as a candidate for the MVP honor.
Daquioag was selected by the Meralco Bolts in the 2016 PBA draft.
While at the RTU, Daquioag was named into the Philippine national youth team led by head coach Eric Altamirano. He was also part of the amateur-laden senior Philippine national team that participated at the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge.
- Mariano, Pablo (26 September 2015). "Ed Daquioag: Rising from obscurity and adversity". ABS-CBN Sports. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
- Lozada, Mei-Lin (14 April 2016). "Long-suffering UST Tiger Ed Daquioag finally wins championship - thanks to assist from FEU rivals". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 25 September 2016.