Baby Dalupan

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Virgilio “Baby” Dalupan
Personal information
Born (1923-10-19) October 19, 1923 (age 91)
Nationality Filipino
Career information
High school Ateneo de Manila
College Ateneo de Manila
Coaching career 1955–1991
Career history
As coach:
1955–1972 University of the East
1972–1977 Ateneo de Manila
1962–1982 Crispa
1983–1989 Great Taste/Presto
1989–1991 Purefoods
Career highlights and awards

University of the East (18):
National Intercollegiate (6)
UAAP men’s basketball (12):

  • 1957-1958
  • 1958-1959
  • 1960-1961
  • 1962-1963
  • 1963-1964
  • 1965-1966
  • 1966-1967
  • 1967-1968 (co-champion with UST)
  • 1968-1969
  • 1969-1970
  • 1970-1971
  • 1971-1972

Ateneo de Manila (2):
NCAA men’s basketball (2):

  • 1975-1976
  • 1976-1977

Philippine men’s basketball team (1):

  • 1970 Pesta Sukan

BAP/MICAA/others (10):
Crispa (10):

  • 1962 Metropolitan Open
  • 1970 National Open
  • 1970 Presidential Cup
  • 1970 MICAA
  • 1971 Tournament of Champions
  • 1971 National Seniors
  • 1971 MICAA All-Filipino
  • 1974 MICAA All-Filipino
  • 1974 Philippine Invitational
  • 1974 Palarong Pilipino

Philippine Basketball Association (15):
Crispa (9):

  • 1975 All-Philippine Championship
  • 1976 All-Filipino Conference
  • 1976 Open Conference
  • 1976 All-Philippine Championship
  • 1977 All-Filipino Conference
  • 1977 Open Conference
  • 1979 All-Filipino Conference
  • 1980 All-Filipino Conference
  • 1981 Reinforced Filipino Conference

Great Taste / Presto (5):

Purefoods (1):

Virgilio "Baby" A. Dalupan (born October 19, 1923) is a Filipino former basketball coach and player. Dubbed The Maestro, Dalupan is best known for his lengthy coaching tenure with the Crispa Redmanizers

As head coach, Dalupan garnered a career total of 46 basketball championships.[1]

During his 16-year Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career (1975-1991), Dalupan won 15 PBA championship titles, the most by any PBA coach until February 26, 2014, when Tim Cone won his 16th PBA championship during the 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup.[2] Dalupan’s record of 15 PBA titles was unmatched for 23 years (1990-2013) until Cone tied Dalupan’s record on October 26, 2013 during the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup.[3] Both were coaching the same PBA franchise when they won their respective 15th championship. Coincidentally, Dalupan's fifteenth PBA championship was against Cone, then coaching Alaska.

Dalupan also holds the record for winning the most number of UAAP men’s basketball championship titles - 12 - as coach of the University of the East Red Warriors.

Personal life[edit]

Dalupan is married to Lourdes “Nenang” Gaston of Hacienda Sta. Rosalia, Negros Occidental with whom he has eight children. He is the son of University of the East founder Dr. Francisco T. Dalupan Sr.

Education and playing career[edit]

Dalupan is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila (GS 1938, BBA 1949). He was a member of the school's basketball (1947-1949), football (team captain 1948-1949), and track and field teams. From 1950 to 1954, he also played basketball in the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) with the PRISCO team.

Collegiate basketball[edit]

University of the East (1955-1972)[edit]

Dalupan began his coaching career in 1955 with the University of the East Red Warriors, taking over Gabby Fajardo. In his debut, the Red Warriors won the 1955 National Intercollegiate championship. Dalupan won his first UAAP Basketball Championship during the 1957-1958 season and his first back-to-back the following season (1958-1959). He won his second back-to-back in the 1962-1963 and 1963-1964 seasons. His unparalleled feat in the UAAP was winning seven straight seasons from 1965-1966 to 1971-1972. He ended his tenure with the Red Warriors after the 1971-1972 season with a total of twelve UAAP and six Intercollegiate championships.

Dalupan also served as the university’s athletic director from 1964 to 1986.[4]

Ateneo de Manila (1972-1977)[edit]

Dalupan joined his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University, as coach in 1972. He won back-to-back NCAA basketball championships in 1975-1976 and 1976-1977.

Commercial basketball[edit]

Crispa Redmanizers (1962-1982)[edit]

In 1962, Dalupan began his long association with the Crispa Redmanizers. His 20-year partnership with team owner Danny Floro was the longest and most fruitful in the history of Philippine basketball.

Dalupan was to achieve greater success after Crispa joined the PBA in 1975. He piloted the Redmanizers to its first grand slam in 1976. During the 1980 All-Filipino Conference, the Redmanizers held a 19-game winning streak, the most by any PBA team in a conference. Dalupan ended his tenure with Crispa after the 1982 PBA season with a total of nine PBA championships over an eight-year period.

Great Taste / Presto (1983-1989)[edit]

Dalupan joined the Great Taste Discoverers as team consultant during the Reinforced Conference of the 1983 PBA season. He was named head coach in the following conference (1983 Open), replacing Jimmy Mariano. From 1984 to 1987, Dalupan led the franchise to a total of five PBA championships. During the 1989 season, Dalupan was elevated as team manager. He left the franchise in April 1989, accepting an offer to coach Purefoods.

Purefoods (1989-1991)[edit]

Dalupan joined his final PBA team, Purefoods, in April 1989. He won Purefoods its first PBA title (his single title with Purefoods and his 15th overall) during the 1990 PBA Third Conference Finals, overcoming a 0-2 deficit against Alaska, duplicating his feat with Crispa in 1976. This was to be Dalupan’s 15th and final PBA championship.

On April 18, 1991, following a 124-107 loss to Shell at the close of the first round of the 1991 PBA First Conference semifinals, Dalupan tendered his resignation due to differences with Purefoods management. His resignation from the team marked the end of his coaching career.

1989 PBA All-Star Game[edit]

Dalupan coached the Veterans team during the first PBA All-Star Weekend held on June 4, 1989. This game marked the public reconciliation between Robert Jaworski and Ramon Fernandez. With four seconds remaining in the game and a tied score, Dalupan called a time out and drew the final play. Jaworski inbounded the ball and gave the pass to Fernandez who streaked past Benjie Paras and made a twisting "elegant" shot for the two point win, 132-130. After the buzzer sounded, Dalupan immediately brought the two together to shake hands.

Crispa-Toyota Reunion Game (2003)[edit]

Dalupan participated in the Crispa-Toyota reunion game held during the 2003 PBA All-Star Weekend.

PBA Greatest Game (2005)[edit]

In May 28, 2005, an exhibition game was held between the 25 Greatest Players in PBA History to mark the launch of the PBA Hall of Fame. Dalupan coached the TM Legends team to a 96-92 victory against the TM Greats, coached by Robert Jaworski. This was Dalupan’s final appearance as coach.[5]

Philippine Men’s Basketball Team[edit]

Dalupan was the head coach of the Philippine men’s basketball team during the 1959 FIBA World Championship held in Chile. The team placed eighth.

He also coached the national team that participated in the 1967 Summer Universiade (fifth place), 1970 Asian Games (fifth place), 1970 Pesta Sukan (champion) and 1972 Pesta Sukan (runner-up).



  • PBA Hall of Fame – 2005
  • Ateneo Sports Hall of Fame – 1979
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (National Sports Hall of Fame) - 2010
  • Olympism Awardee for Sports Tactician (Philippine Olympic Committee)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Philippine Sportswriters Association) – 2011 [6]
  • UE Golden Global Award, Honorary UE Alumnus Emeritus - 2012 (University of the East)
  • Coach of the Year (Philippine Sportswriters Association) – 1958
  • Coach of the Year (All-Filipino Sports Awards) – 1974, 1975, 1976


In 1995, the PBA Coach of the Year Award was renamed the Baby Dalupan PBA Coach of the Year Award. [7]

In July 3, 2012, the University of the East paid tribute to Dalupan during the first UE Red Warriors homecoming held at the university campus wherein he was conferred the UE Golden Global Award, made an honorary UE alumnus emeritus and presented with a La-Z-Boy recliner.[8]