1989 PBA season

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1989 PBA season
Duration March 5, 1989 – December 12, 1989
Number of teams 6
TV partner(s) Vintage Sports (PTV)
Top draft pick Benjie Paras
Picked by Formula Shell
Open Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Formula Shell
All-Filipino Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Purefoods Hotdogs
Reinforced Conference champions San Miguel Beermen
  Runners-up Añejo Rum 65
Season MVP Benjie Paras
1990  >

The 1989 PBA season was the 15th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • The league picked up the concessionaire franchise fee in The ULTRA worth P1.5 million and agreed with member teams that sells food products (Alaska, Purefoods, San Miguel and Presto) to sell their products inside the venue at factory price. Likewise, Shell and Anejo will shoulder the cost of building pedestrian walkways outside of the arena.
  • The richest crop of rookies and the most talented PBA batch of draftees came to the PBA in its 15th season, most notable names were Benjie Paras, Nelson Asaytono, Dindo Pumaren, Paul Alvarez, Zaldy Realubit, Elmer Cabahug, Romeo Dela Rosa, Renato Agustin and Ricric Marata.[1]
  • The PBA All-Star game was held on June 4, featuring the Veterans, coach by Baby Dalupan, against the Rookies/Sophomores of coach Dante Silverio. The Veterans won the game on Ramon Fernandez's last-second basket on an inbound pass from former Toyota teammate Sonny Jaworski. The All-Star MVP was awarded to Elmer Cabahug of the Rookies/Sophomores team.[2]
  • The San Miguel Beermen completed a three-conference sweep, becoming the second team to win the third Grand Slam in the League. Beermen coach Norman Black was the third coach to win the said feat, following the footsteps of Baby Dalupan in 1976 and Tommy Manotoc in 1983, who both achieved the Grand Slam with the Crispa Redmanizers.
  • Shell rookie center Benjie Paras, the first overall draft pick of the season, made history by winning both the Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year awards, the only occurrence in the league.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen Debbie Po
Añejo Rum 65 Gretchen Barretto
Formula Shell Leah Orosa
Presto Ice Cream Dina Bonnevie
Purefoods Hotdogs Lea Salonga
San Miguel Beermen Marilou Gonzales and Rachel Lobangco


Individual awards[edit]

Board of Governors[edit]

  • Rodrigo Salud (Commissioner)
  • Rey Marquez (Chairman, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.)
  • Jose Ibazeta (Vice-Chairman, San Miguel Corp.)
  • Ruben Cleofe (Secretary)
  • Wilfred Steven Uytengsu (Treasurer, General Milling Corp.)
  • Lance Gokongwei (Consolidated Food Corp.)
  • Carlos Palanca III (La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.)
  • Renato Buhain (Purefoods Corp.)

Cumulative standings[edit]

San Miguel Beermen 71 50 21 .704
Purefoods Hotdogs 66 34 32 .515
Alaska Milkmen 63 30 33 .477
Formula Shell 57 27 30 .473
Añejo Rum 65 59 27 32 .458
Presto Tivolis 50 18 32 .360
Philippine Team 6 0 6 .000