Philippine Basketball League

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Philippine Basketball League
Philippine Basketball League
Sport Basketball
Founded 1983
Motto Where the future begins
No. of teams 9
Country(ies) Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Most recent champion(s) Harbour Centre Portmasters (Silver Cup), Harbour Centre Portmasters (Unity Cup)
Official website

The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is a commercial semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines. The league is composed of several commercial teams with several collegiate and provincial stars in the fold.



The PBL was formed on 1983, a brainchild of San Miguel Corporation chairman Danding Cojuangco, under its original name the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It was the sucessor of the defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA), which folded during the early-1980s. During the inaugural PABL tournament, over 36 collegiate and commercial teams participated in the tournament that was played in the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The PABL became a breeding ground for future Philippine Basketball Association superstars Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Bong Alvarez, Alvin Patrimonio, Jojo Lastimosa and Benjie Paras. In the early days, the league even invited some foreign squads to beef up the tournament.

In the 1990s, the league was renamed as the Philippine Basketball League under Andy Jao, who would later return to the broadcasting panel of the PBA coverage on Vintage Sports. Jao's replacement, Charlie Favis later adopted a new theme, calling the PBL as the "faster league".

Yeng Guiao replaced Favis, when Guiao left the coaching ranks. The league gained early success with the dominance of the Tanduay Rhum Masters, the arrival of Eric Menk and Asi Taulava, and holding PBL games at the air-contioned Makati Coliseum.

In 2000, former Vintage Sports commentator Chino Trinidad replaced Guiao, when the commissioner resigned to coach Red Bull in the Philippine Basketball Association, the country professional basketball league. The PBL's popularity grew, inviting commercial teams bannered by a single collegiate teams and also gained a stable broadcast partner in Studio 23.

Trinidad is currently in his sixth year as commissioner.


Current teams

  • Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala Moneymen
  • Dazz Sang Patak
  • Harbour Centre Batang Pier
  • Henkel Sista Super Sealants
  • Magnolia Ice Cream Spinners
  • Burger King Whooper
  • Toyota Balintawak Roadkings

Notable former members


Beginning the 2007 season, the PBL games will be seen on Basketball TV (a channel of the Solar family of cable networks) after several years of being shown on UHF television station Studio 23. The league initially forged a deal with ABS-CBN in 2003 as a blocktimer, then in 2004 renewed ties to make ABS-CBN Sports its official TV producer/coveror and Studio 23 its official carrying station of the games. Until recently, games were shown every Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2-6 pm Philippine time.

Previous broadcasters includes PTV 4 (later NBN), Silverstar Sports, Solar Sports and Vintage Television, as the games are usually put on airtime slots.

DZSR Sports Radio 918 kHz, a government station, has been airing the PBL games on radio since the start of the PABL back in the mid-1980's.

In 2002, the league opened its official website,, powered by E-Highway.

The PBL and the Philippine Basketball Association

The Philippine Basketball Association, the premier basketball league in the country, has a special relationship with the PBL; several teams in the PBL are owned by companies also having PBA teams (such as San Miguel Corporation's PBL team is Magnolia, with 4 PBA teams). The PBL is also one of the leagues where the PBA gets their players. Even quite a few successful PBL teams transferred leagues (although a system of promotion and relegation is not practiced in the Philippines), such as Purefoods, Red Bull and most recently Welcoat.


  • Jose "Joe" Pavia (1983-1984)
  • Mauricio "Moying" Martellino (1985-1988)
  • Andy Jao (1989-1990)
  • Gregorio "Ogie" Narvasa III (1991-1992)
  • Philip Ella Juico (1993-1994)
  • Charlie Favis (1994-1997)
  • Yeng Guiao (1997-2000)
  • Chino Trinidad (2000-Present)

External links

Professional competitions SBP Amateur competitions
Philippine Basketball Association Men's team Philippine Basketball League
Metropolitan Basketball Association* Women's team Women's Philippine Basketball League
*Defunct Men's U-19 Liga Pilipinas (NBC, MVBA)
Women's U-19 Philippine Collegiate Championship
RP Dream Team College hoops (UAAP, NCAA; Champions)
RP Centennials
Sports Leagues in the Philippines
Basketball: PBA, PBL, NBC, MVBA
Volleyball: Shakey's V-League
Baseball: Baseball Philippines
Football: PFF National Open, PFF Ang Liga (Mens), PFF Ang Liga Pilipina (Womens

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