Rich Alvarez

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Rich Alvarez
No. 40
Power Forward
Personal information
Born (1980-10-30) October 30, 1980 (age 33)
Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Nile C. Kinnick High School
College Ateneo de Manila University
PBA draft 2004 Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Shell Turbo Chargers
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2005 Shell Turbo Chargers
2005–2006 Alaska Aces
2006–2008 Red Bull Barako
2008–2009 Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
2009–2010 Barangay Ginebra Kings
2010 Air21 Express
2010–2013 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2014-present Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Career highlights and awards
  • 2004-05 2-Time PBA All-Star
  • 2004-05 PBA Rookie of the Year
  • 2004-05 PBA All-Rookie Team
  • 2004-05 PBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2002 PBL Mythical First Team
  • 2001 UAAP Most Valuable Player

Richard D. "Rich" Alvarez (born October 30, 1980 in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Filipino professional basketball player who was the first overall pick of 2004 PBA Draft by the Shell Turbo Chargers.[1] He last played for the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association and also played College basketball at the Ateneo de Manila University, helping his Blue Eagles win the 2002 UAAP Men's Basketball Championship.

PBA career[edit]

Shell Turbo Chargers[edit]

Alvarez played his first PBA game on the team's second game after former coach John Moran benched him in the first game. He thought that Alvarez was not yet ready to play,[2][3] but after Leo Austria came, his game status went up and won the Rookie of the Year honors at season's end.[4]

Teams played[edit]


  • Defensive Player of the Year (UAAP) - 2000
  • 4-Time UAAP Mythical Five Member
  • 2-Time UAAP MVP (2000, 2001)
  • UAAP Champion (2002)
  • PBL Champion
  • SEA Games Gold medalist (2003)
  • PBA Rookie of the Year (2004–05)

Personal life[edit]

Rich began dating R&B singer, Kyla in 2005. After six years of dating, Rich proposed in January. The wedding took place on November 28, 2011.



Alvarez appeared as one of the cast of 1st Day High. He also came out in some TV guestings of GMA.


  1. ^ Beltran, Nelson (January 17, 2004). "Charges make Alvarez No. 1 draft pick". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ Cordero, Abac and Beltran, Nelson (February 24, 2004). "Alvarez missed in action". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ Henson, Joaquin (March 2, 2004). "What's Moran up to?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 
  4. ^ Beltran, Nelson (July 9, 2005). "SMB closes in on PBA crown". The Philippine Star. Retrieved December 9, 2009. 

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Preceded by
La Salle's school colors Don Allado
UAAP Men's Basketball Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Ateneo's school colors Enrico Villanueva