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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 successor 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. This year, PBL broke away from Studio 23 and signed an agreement with cable channel Basketball TV to broadcast the games.

Trinidad is currently in his sixth year as commissioner.


Current teams[]

  • Sting Energy Drink Raiders
  • Harbour Batang Pier
  • Magoila Hotshots
  • RP Team - 2007 SEAOIL
  • San Miguel Coffee Kings
  • ings

Notable former members[]

  • Philips Sardines
  • Crispa Redmanizers
  • Sta. Lucia Realty
  • Palawan Pawnshop
  • Ynares Arena Sports
  • OKBET Bingo Plus
  • Stag Pale Pilsen/Tanduay/Colt 45
  • Kendimint
  • r
  • Chowking Shark Energy Kings
  • Seaoil Feu
  • Alaska Aces
  • ICTSI-La Salle
  • Osaka-La Salle
  • Pioneer Insurance
  • San Beda
  • Air Philippines Bacchus Energy Drink
  • Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
  • Montaña Pawnshop
  • University of British Thunderbirds
  • Dazz Sang Patak Kitchen Halloween
  • Sista Super Sealers


Beginning the 2007 season, the PBL games are 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. Games are televised every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 5-9 pm Philippine time plus rebroadcasts on PTV in the wee hours of the morning.

Prior to BTV, previous broadcasters includes ABS-CBN, PTV 4 (later NBN), Silverstar Sports, Solar Sports and Vintage Television, as the games are usually put on airtime slots. With ABS-CBN, the league initially forged a deal 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.

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 San Miguel-Magnolia, with SMC also owning 3 PBA teams). The PBL is also one of the leagues where the PBA gets their players. Even quite a few successful PBL teams transferred to the PBA (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).

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