November 17, 1966 |
Quezon City, Philippines
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|College||Mapúa Institute of Technology|
|PBA draft||1988 / Undrafted|
|Selected by the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs|
|Career highlights and awards|
Alvin Vergara Patrimonio (born November 17, 1966) is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager for the Purefoods Star Hotshots.
Patrimonio holds several PBA records including most consecutive games played (596); third most points scored in history (15,091); fourth most rebounds grabbed in history (more than 6,000) and most PBA Most Valuable Player awards (4, tied with Ramon Fernandez). He is also the second player after Bogs Adornado to win back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994, and also the second player to win three Best Player of the Conference award after Vergel Meneses. He also shares the distinction of having played the most Asian Games (4) with 1990 PBA MVP Allan Caidic. 
He played his entire career with the Purefoods franchise and won five championships, mostly in the All-Filipino Conference championships with three.
He also was part of the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team.
Patrimonio, looking for an opportunity to play basketball, transferred to the Intramuros based Mapúa Institute of Technology. There, he pursued a degree in Civil Engineering and saw action for the Mapúa Cardinals in the NCAA playing as the team's center from 1983 to 1986. He won the NCAA Most Valuable Player award back-to-back in 1985 and 1986 despite not leading the school to a championship.
Patrimonio first played for Hope Cigarette franchise in the Philippine Basketball League, now the PBA D-League). Patrimonio was moved around for several years, first to YCO and then to Swift. During his stay with the Swift Franchise, Patrimonio won a championship title.
Patrimonio has seen action for the Philippine national team many times in his playing career. Together with Allan Caidic, he shares the record of seeing action for the Asian Games four consecutive times in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998.
In the 1986 Asian Games, he was part of the all-amateur Philippine national team that was coached by Joe Lipa. The national team won the bronze medal after beating Jordan, 83-81. It finished third behind China and South Korea.
In the 1990 Asian Games,he was part of an all-PBA Philippine national team that was coached by Robert Jaworski. It was the first time that professional basketball players competed in the said event. It won the silver medal. It finished second after losing the Gold Medal Game to eventual champion China, 90-74.
In the 1994 Asian Games, he was part of the San Miguel Beer team that was sent to represent the Philippines compete in the Men's Basketball tournament. The team was coached by Norman Black. The national team lost the Bronze Medal Game to Japan, 79-76.
In the 1998 Asian Games, he was part of an all-PBA Philippine national team also known as the Philippine Centennial Team. The team was coached by Tim Cone. It won the bronze medal after beating Kazakhstan, 73-68. The same team also won the 1998 William Jones Cup after beating Chinese Taipei in the championship game, 82-72.
Patrimonio entered the PBA in 1988 alongside the Rookie of the Year Jojo Lastimosa, many-time Mythical Team and Best Defensive Team member Jerry Codiñera and perennial Best Defensive Team member Glenn Capacio.
He was the subject of a controversy between Swift, his PABL team, and Purefoods, the team who drafted him. Both happen to be corporate rivals. There was a dispute between the two franchises which delayed his entry to the PBA. This ruined his chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award.
He stands at 6'3" and primarily played at the power forward position in the professional league. He also played the center position in his collegiate and amateur days. His style of play was said to be comparable to Karl Malone, characterized by rugged physical play punctuated by finesse maneuvers. His known trademark was the spin move to the low post which he utilized to great effect due to his exceptional pivoting skills.
In 1991, he signed a 5-year 25 million peso offer sheet from cellar-dwelling PBA ballclub Pepsi Hotshots which was matched by his mother ballclub Purefoods TJ Hotdogs. Patrimonio's new contract ushered the era of the multi-millionaire players. He justified this contract by winning the 1991, 1993 and 1994 Most Valuable Player awards of the PBA and leading the team to three conference championships.At the end of the contract, he managed to win his fourth Most Valuable Player award in the 1997 season,thus tying the all-time record.
Over time, his dominance in the post meant that he was accorded an automatic double or triple-team whenever he had possession in the low block. This led to the gradual adjustment of his game as he advanced in his career, showing superior playmaking abilities from passing out of multiple defenders at the post.
At the latter stage of his lengthy career, he also developed an accurate 3 point shot, and in 1998 he even led the league in 3 point FG percentage. With these added skills, he rounded out his playing days manning the small forward position.
In 2004, 16 years after playing in the pro league, he announced his retirement to concentrate more on his duties as the current team manager of the Purefoods franchise in the PBA. Arguably one of the best power forwards in the history of the PBA, he was as a prolific scorer ending his career as the league’s third highest point scorer with 15,091, behind all-time greats Ramon Fernandez and Abet Guidaben with 18,996 and 15,775 points respectively; and a great rebounder as well by ending up the fourth all-time in PBA history with more than 6,000 boards.
On November 26, 2005, he played in the Legends 3-Point Shootout during the PBA All-Star in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. The game saw Patrimonio sink the very last money ball to prop the Legends, also composed of Ronnie Magsanoc and Frankie Lim, to a 41-39 win over the young Turks of Jimmy Alapag, Ren-Ren Ritualo, and Dondon Hontiveros.
He has a reputation for being one of the most beloved players in Philippine basketball, and is arguably the second most popular player of all time, just behind "Living Legend" Robert Jaworski.
Hall Of Fame
Patrimonio was inducted to the PBA Hall of Fame in 2011. Together with him that were honored for the class of 2011 were Billy Ray Bates, Freddie Hubalde, Tommy Manotoc, Mariano Yenko, Tito Eduque and Bobong Velez. They were the fourth group of individuals that was honored by the league.  
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|
Accomplishments and records
Career PBA highlights
- Most Valuable Player in 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1997
- Mythical First Team Selection in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000
- Mythical Second Team Selection in 1995
- Best Player of the Conference in 1994 Commissioner's Cup, 1996 All-Filipino Cup, and 1997 Governor's Cup
- PBA Press Corps Newsmaker of the Year in 1993
- Ten time PBA All-Star
- Most Valuable Player of the 1991 PBA All-Star Game
- 25 PBA Greatest Players Member
- PBA 5,000 Points Club Member
- PBA 10,000 Points Club Member
- PBA 15,000 Points Club Member
- PBA Third Conference champions (1990)
- PBA All-Filipino Cup champions (1991, 1993, 1997)
- PBA Commissioner's Cup champions (1994)
- PBA Governor's Cup champions (2002)
International career highlights
- 1986 Asian Games bronze medalist
- 1990 Asian Games silver medalist
- 1994 Asian Games, fourth place
- 1998 William Jones Cup (Champions)
- 1998 Asian Games bronze medalist
- 2000 PBA All-Stars versus the Asia Basketball Select Team
- Most MVP awards (4, tied with Ramon Fernandez)
- Most consecutive games played (596)
- One of eight players to play at least 800 games
Off the court
Patrimonio currently lives in Cainta, Rizal, together with his wife, Cindy Conwi, a makeup artist and their four children Angelo, Christine (nicknamed "Tin"), Clarice and Asher. Angelo is embarking on a career in local showbiz, but as of the moment he puts it on hold to be able to finish college at College of Saint Benilde taking up Culinary Arts. Christine is making her name in the local women's tennis circuit and is also looking into having a showbiz career & is one of the former housemate of Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited. She is a commercial model and her Creamsilk TVC was shown in April 2011. Clarice on the other hand has 2 international championships tennis. She is currently ranked 130th in the world of Juniors Tennis and turned professional in 2012.
During his playing years in the PBA, Patrimonio found time to do movies. He first appeared as guest in the Mars Ravelo classic Bondying which starred retired PBA player Jimmy Santos. Then he was launched together with Jerry Codiñera and Paul Alvarez in the film Last Two Minutes in 1990. The movie was a top-grosser at the box-office and spawned a sitcom of the same title aired over PTV-4. He was also paired with Maricel Soriano in the remake of the Robert Jaworski / Nora Aunor film Dobol Dribol in 1992 and did Tasya Fantasya opposite Kris Aquino in 1994. In 2009, Alvin once more tried the showbiz waters when he guest starred in the indie film "Dalaw" opposite controversial sexy actress Katrina Halili.
He is also an endorser of many products such as Purefoods, Swatch, Lipovitan, Kaypee Shoes (during his first few years as a pro player), Nike, etc. He appeared in a political ad campaign for Senator Manny Villar. Alvin and his daughters are also endorsers for New San Jose Builders Inc.
- Tordecilla, Jaemark (August 25, 2011). "The legend of Alvin Patrimonio". InterAksyon. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "Patrimonio, Bates lead PBA Hall of Fame new inductees". ABS-CBN. September 29, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
- "'The Captain', 'Black Superman' lead PBA Hall of Fame 2011 inductees". GMANetwork.com. August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
- Player Profile at PBA-Online!
|NCAA Seniors' Basketball Most Valuable Player
|PBA Best Player of the Conference Award - Commissioner's Cup
|PBA Best Player of the Conference Award - All-Filipino Cup
|PBA Best Player of the Conference Award - Governor's Cup
|Purefoods Chunkee Giants Team Manager