1998 PBA season

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1998 PBA season
1998 PBA season
Duration February 1, 1998 – December 9, 1998
Number of teams 8
TV partner(s) VTV (IBC)
Top draft pick Danny Ildefonso
Picked by Formula Shell
All-Filipino Cup champions Alaska Milkmen
  Runners-up San Miguel Beermen
Commissioner's Cup champions Alaska Milkmen
  Runners-up San Miguel Beermen
Centennial Cup champions Mobiline Phone Pals
  Runners-up Formula Shell
Governors Cup champions Formula Shell
  Runners-up Mobiline Phone Pals
Season MVP Kenneth Duremdes
1999  >

The 1998 PBA season was the 24th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Season highlights[edit]

  • The soundtrack of "Whole Lotta' Lovin" performed by the rapper Francis Magalona in a PBA Opening Ceremony was a music video sounds like the intro of "Alapaap" a song performed by Eraserheads using the theme of 24th season of the PBA.
  • The PBA is in their toughest challenge with the formation of a new league called Metropolitan Basketball Association, backed by the giant network ABS-CBN, is perceived to be a threat to the 24-year existence of the PBA.[1]
  • The Alaska Milkmen won two titles during the year while Formula Shell ended a six-year title-drought by winning the final conference of the season.
  • The All-pro Philippine Centennial Team, coach by Tim Cone, won the Jones Cup basketball tournament in Taipei.[2]
  • This is the only season that features four conferences, with the addition of the Centennial Cup, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Philippine independence. The Philippine Centennial Team played as guest team in preparation for the 1998 Asian Games. The tournament was won by the Mobiline Phone Pals.
  • The two-import format was revived during the Centennial Cup and the Governor's Cup.

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Milkmen Antoiniette Enciso and Maricris Fernandez
Formula Shell Janine Hermann
Gordon's Gin Boars Michelle Aldana
Mobiline Phone Pals Sunshine Cruz
Pop Cola 800s Bea and Valentin of Eat Bulaga fame
Purefoods Carne Norte Beefies Cris Villonco
San Miguel Beermen Giselle Toengi
Sta. Lucia Realtors Sheryl Brahman


Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by the PBA Press Corps[edit]

  • Coach of the Year: Perry Ronquillo (Formula Shell)
  • Mr. Quality Minutes: Rodney Santos (Alaska)
  • Executive of the Year: Wilfred Uytengsu (Alaska)
  • Comeback Player of the Year: Glenn Capacio (Mobiline)
  • Referee of the Year: Franco Ilagan

Board of Governors[edit]

  • Emilio Bernardino (Commissioner)
  • Ruben Cleofe (Secretary)
  • Bernabe Navarro (Chairman, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc)
  • Reynaldo Gamboa (Vice-Chairman, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.)
  • Manuel Encarnado (Treasurer, Sta. Lucia Realty and Development, Inc)
  • Wilfred Steven Uytengsu (Alaska Milk Corp.)
  • Luis Lorenzo, Jr (Lapanday Holdings Corp.)
  • Nazario Avendaño (San Miguel Corp.)
  • Joaquin Trillo (Alaska Milk Corp.)
  • Teodoro Dimayuga (Purefoods Corp.)
  • Elmer Yanga (Republic Flour Mills Corp.)
  • Roberto Eduardo (La Tondeña Distillers, Inc)
  • Eliezer Capacio (Purefoods Corp.)
  • Ignatius Yenko (Lapanday Holdings Corp.)

Cumulative standings[edit]

Alaska Milkmen 66 41 25 .621
San Miguel Beermen 74 43 31 .581
Formula Shell Zoom Masters 61 31 30 .508
Pop Cola 800s 54 27 27 .500
Mobiline Phone Pals 54 27 27 .500
Purefoods Carne Norte Beefies/TJ Hotdogs 59 27 32 .458
Sta. Lucia Realtors 49 22 27 .449
Gordon's Gin Boars/Ginebra San Miguel 49 18 31 .368
Philippine Centennial Team 8 1 7 .125


  1. ^ Former PBA cagers joins Metroball, Philippine Headline News Online
  2. ^ RP Centennial team wins Jones Cup crown, Philippine Headline News Online