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|Born||October 19, 1923|
|High school||Ateneo de Manila|
|College||Ateneo de Manila|
|1983-1989||Great Taste / Presto (PBA)|
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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 and is widely regarded as the greatest Filipino basketball coach of all time. As head coach, Dalupan garnered a career total of 52 basketball championships between 1955 and 1991.
During his 16-year Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) career (1975-1991), Dalupan won fifteen PBA championship titles, the most held by any PBA coach since December 20, 1990 until February 26, 2014, when Tim Cone won his sixteenth PBA championship during the 2013–14 PBA Philippine Cup. Dalupan’s record of fifteen PBA titles was unmatched for twenty-three years until Cone tied Dalupan’s record on October 26, 2013 during the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup. Coincidentally, both were coaching the same PBA franchise when they won their respective fifteenth championship; and Dalupan's fifteenth PBA championship was against Cone, then coaching Alaska.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Education and playing career
- 3 Collegiate basketball
- 4 Commercial basketball
- 5 Philippine Men’s Basketball Team
- 6 Championships
- 7 Awards
- 8 Legacy
- 9 References
Education and playing career
Dalupan is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Manila (GS 1938, BBA 1949). He was a member of the school's basketball, football (team captain), and track and field teams. He also played basketball in the Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA).
University of the East (1955-1972)
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 championships.
Dalupan also served as the university’s athletic director from 1964 to 1986.
Ateneo de Manila (1972-1977)
Crispa Redmanizers (1962-1982)
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 more 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)
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.
Dalupan joined his final PBA team, Purefoods, in April 1989. He won Purefoods its first PBA title (his only title with Purefoods) 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
Dalupan coached the Veterans team during the 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)
PBA Greatest Game (2005)
In May 28, 2005, an exhibition game was held among 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.
Philippine Men’s Basketball Team
- UAAP – 12 (University of the East)
- National Intercollegiate – 6 (University of the East)
- NCAA – 2 (Ateneo de Manila)
- Various amateur tournaments (MICAA, National Seniors, National Open, National Invitational, President’s Cup, Tournament of Champions and Palarong Pilipino) – 16 (Crispa)
- Pesta Sukan - 1
- PBA – 15 (total) – 9 (Crispa); 5 (Great Taste / Presto); 1 (Purefoods)
- 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 
- 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 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.
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