1995 PBA season

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1995 PBA season
1995 PBA season
Duration February 19, 1995 – December 19, 1995
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) Vintage Sports (PTV)
Top draft pick Dennis Espino
Picked by Sta. Lucia Realtors
All-Filipino Cup champions Sunkist Orange Juicers
  Runners-up Alaska Milkmen
Commissioner's Cup champions Sunkist Orange Juicers
  Runners-up Alaska Milkmen
Governors Cup champions Alaska Milkmen
  Runners-up San Miguel Beermen
Season MVP Vergel Meneses
1996  >

The 1995 PBA season was the 21st season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • Ramon Fernandez, one of the remaining pioneer players in the league announced his retirement on February 17. His #19 jersey was retired by the San Miguel Beermen in a ceremony held at the San Miguel Corporation offices in Mandaluyong City.[1]
  • The league returned to the Araneta Coliseum, after a decade of absence, with the scheduled games on Friday being held at the Big Dome.
  • The PBA All-star game returned to its old format of Veterans vs Rookies/Sophomores/Juniors team, also the All-Star event was moved in the month of July, with the first-ever PBA fans day held at the Araneta Coliseum a week before the annual all-star game.[2]
  • A mid-90s rivalry was born between the Sunkist Orange Juicers and the Alaska Milkmen, the two teams battled in two memorable finals for the season. The Orange Juicers had won the first two conferences, but failed in its bid to win the Grandslam, with the Alaska Milkmen taking home the Third Conference trophy.
  • Vergel Meneses of Sunkist was the season's best, winning the prestigious MVP Award as well as the All-Star MVP and Best Player of the Conference in the Juicers' two straight championships.[3]

Rule changes[edit]

The PBA board approved the rule changes for implementation starting this season:[4]

  • The shot clock was reduced to 24 seconds from the previous 25 second limit. The 25 second shot clock was implemented since the league started in 1975 due to a limitation of the shot clock used at the Araneta Coliseum where it can only be set in 5 second intervals.
  • The first two minutes of each quarter will be played in "running time". The clock will only be stopped on fouls and violations.
  • Teams will now have six 90-second regular timeouts and one 20-second timeout for the eliminations and semifinals.
  • Substitutions during free throw situations are only allowed before the last free throw attempt.
  • Foul shooters are allowed to shoot their first free throw even if the other players are not yet in position in the lines bordering the painted area.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen Tet Legacion
Ginebra San Miguel Charlene Gonzales
Pepsi Mega Anna Gonzales
Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs Roselle Nava
San Miguel Beermen Shiela Lang and Gil Baltazar
Shell Rimula X Cesca La'O
Sta. Lucia Realtors Sheila Marie Dizon (Ms.Tourism)
Sunkist Orange Juicers Sheryl Cruz


Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

  • Coach of the Year: Derrick Pumaren (Sunkist)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Porfirio "Jun" Marzan (Shell)
  • Executive of the Year: Elmer Yanga (Swift)
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Elpidio Villamin (Sunkist)
  • Referee of the Year: Ernesto de Leon

Board of Governors[edit]

  • Emilio Bernardino (Commissioner)
  • Ruben Cleofe (Secretary)
  • Jose Concepcion III (Chairman, Republic Flour Mills Corp.)
  • Teodoro Dimayuga (Vice-Chairman, Purefoods Corp.)
  • Nazario Avendaño (Treasurer, San Miguel Corp.)
  • Wilfred Steven Uytengsu (General Milling Corp.)
  • Eliseo Santiago (Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.)
  • Vicente Santos (Sta. Lucia Realty and Development, Inc)
  • Luis Lorenzo, Sr (Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc)
  • Bernabe Navarro (La Tondeña Distillers, Inc)

Cumulative standings[edit]

Sunkist Orange Juicers 72 49 23 .680
Alaska Milkmen 75 46 29 .613
San Miguel Beermen 50 27 23 .540
Sta. Lucia Realtors 50 27 23 .540
Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs 61 30 31 .492
Shell Rimula X/Formula Shell 54 20 34 .371
Pepsi Mega 30 7 23 .233
Ginebra San Miguel 30 5 25 .166


  1. ^ Mon and San Miguel; Kahit Kailan Kaibigan, Part of the Game by: Tessa Jazmines, Sports Weekly Magazine, February 24, 1995
  2. ^ After all-star madness, PBA back in serious mien, Manila Standard
  3. ^ Meneses claims MVP plum, Manila Standard
  4. ^ PBA's 21st season: Speed is a thing, Hoop Notes by Quinito Henson, Sports Weekly Magazine, February 24, 1995