Wynne Arboleda

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Wynne Arboleda
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No. 19 – Air21 Express
Position Point guard
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1976-11-26) November 26, 1976 (age 37)
Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College Panay Technological College/Manuel L. Quezon University
PBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Selected by the Pop Cola Panthers
Pro career 2000–present
Career history
1998–1999 Laguna Lakers
2000 Pop Cola Panthers
2001 Tanduay Rhum Masters
2002–2011 Air 21 Express
2011–2012 Barako Bull Energy
2012–present Air21 Express
Career highlights and awards
  • 2005-06 PBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2006-07 PBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2006-07 PBA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2006-07 PBA Mythical Second Team
  • 2007-08 PBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2008-09 PBA All-Defensive Team
  • 2008-09 PBA Defensive Player of the Year

Wynne Arboleda (born November 26, 1976) is a Filipino basketball player who currently plays for the Air21 Express in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is famous by his moniker "The Snatcher" in reference to his steals during games.

Player profile[edit]

Arboleda first played for the Laguna Lakers in the MBA and later entered the PBA in 2000. He had short stints with the Pop Cola Panthers and the Tanduay Rhum Masters before joining the FedEx Express where his career really blossomed. He is known for his solid one-on-one defensive skills and is also a potent scorer while dishing out a good number of assists every game.

The Aklan-born guard was the last and only remaining member of the original 2002 FedEx team until the Express were sold to the Lina Group.




On October 19, 2006, Wynne Arboleda dished off a career-best 18 assists behind his nine points and five rebounds to power Air21 to a rousing 127-110 win over Talk 'N Text in the 32nd Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

On August 1, 2003, Arboleda had eight points and 7 steals, just one short of the league-high for locals shared by Johnny Abarrientos, Orly delos Santos, and Willie Generalao, during Air21’s 98-81 win against Novi Sad-Yugoslavia in the PBA Invitational Conference.

Fan incident[edit]

On October 16, 2009, during his team's game against Smart Gilas at the Araneta Coliseum, specifically halfway in the second quarter, Arboleda was involved in an incident where he assaulted a paying spectator, Alain Katigbak, after the latter shouted profane words directed at him following his second flagrant foul against Gilas' Marnel "Mac" Baracael. As a result of the second flagrant foul, he was ejected from the court soon after.[1]

Three days later, PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios suspended him for the rest of the 2009-2010 season plus one game without pay, effective immediately, on top of any possible court case Katigbak would file against him as a result of the assault. The suspension is said to be the league's heaviest sanction to date. In addition, he was fined PhP20,000 for the two flagrant 1 fouls he committed, and was blacklisted from attending PBA games during the period of his suspension.[2]

He changed his usual number 19 to 28.

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Marc Pingris
Arwind Santos
PBA Defensive Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Arwind Santos
Gabe Norwood