1988 PBA season

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1988 PBA season
Duration March 20, 1988 – December 13, 1988
Number of teams 6
TV partner(s) Vintage Sports (PTV)
Top draft pick Edgar Tanuan
Picked by Purefoods Hotdogs
Open Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Purefoods Hotdogs
All-Filipino Conference champions Añejo Rum 65
  Runners-up Purefoods Hotdogs
Reinforced Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Shell Rimula X
Season MVP Ramon Fernandez
1989  >

The 1988 PBA season was the 14th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • The Tanduay Rhum Makers filed a leave on absence for the 1988 season on January 16, 1988, citing realignment of corporate objectives. [1] After Tanduay filed a leave, some remnants were absorbed, along with several amateur prospects by Purefoods Corporation, which joined the league after buying a franchise worth P300,000. [2]
  • PBA deputy commissioner Rudy Salud became the league's third commissioner. Under Salud's leadership, the PBA soared to greater heights, the Purefoods Hotdogs' entry, along with the never-say-die attitude of the league's most popular team Añejo Rum 65ers, contributed largely to a box-office success in gate attendance.
  • Amateur standout Alvin Patrimonio, who was a subject of a bitter tug-of-war between the PBA's newest team Purefoods Hotdogs and his mother ballclub in the PABL, corporate rival RFM-Swifts, finally made his PBA debut on June 30.
  • A blockbuster trade took place before the opening of the Third Conference as veterans Ramon Fernandez of Purefoods, who was bench in the All-Filipino title-series, and Abet Guidaben of San Miguel were traded to each other by their respective ballclubs. [3]
  • Ramon Fernandez won his fourth Most Valuable Player trophy as he continued his tradition of winning the prestigious award every two years starting in 1982.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen Lydia de Vega
Ginebra San Miguel Monina Tan
Great Taste Instant Milk Alice Dixson
Purefoods Hotdogs Aiza Seguerra & Tweety de Leon
San Miguel Beermen Rowena Moran
Shell Helix


Individual awards[edit]

Cumulative standings[edit]

San Miguel Beermen 72 46 26 .639
Ginebra / Añejo Rum 65 70 40 30 .571
Purefoods Hotdogs 59 30 29 .507
Alaska Milkmen 64 30 34 .468
Great Taste / Presto Ice Cream 60 26 34 .433
Shell Rimula-X 45 16 29 .355
Philippine Team 12 3 9 .250


  1. ^ Tanduay takes PBA leave, Manila Standard, January 17, 1988
  2. ^ Purefoods joins PBA, Manila Standard, January 16, 1988
  3. ^ Fernandez, Guidaben swapped, Manila Standard