2003 PBA season

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2003 PBA season
2003 PBA season
Duration February 23, 2003 – December 14, 2003
Number of teams 10
TV partner(s) NBN, IBC
Top draft pick Mike Cortez
Picked by Alaska Aces
All-Filipino Cup champions Talk 'N Text Phone Pals
  Runners-up Coca Cola Tigers
Invitational Cup champions Alaska Aces
  Runners-up Coca Cola Tigers
Reinforced Conference champions Coca-Cola Tigers
  Runners-up San Miguel Beermen
Season MVP Asi Taulava

The 2003 PBA Season was the 29th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Opening ceremonies[edit]

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Alaska Aces Michelle Quizon
Batang Red Bull Thunder Four Binibining Pilipinas-Miss World
Barangay Ginebra Kings Aubrey Miles
Coca-Cola Tigers Zorayda Ruth Andam
FedEx Express Sandra Seifert
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Maxene Magalona
San Miguel Beermen Apreal Tolentino
Shell Turbo Chargers Phoemela Baranda
Sta. Lucia Realtors Cindy Kurleto
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Mika Lim

Board of governors[edit]

Executive committee[edit]

  • Jose Emmanuel Eala (Commissioner)
  • Casiano Cabalan Jr. (Chairman, Barangay Ginebra Kings)
  • Manuel Encarnado (Vice-Chairman, Sta. Lucia Realtors)
  • Angelito Alvarez (Treasurer, FedEx Express)


Team Company Governor Alternate Governor
Alaska Aces Alaska Milk Corporation Wilfred Steven Uytengsu Joaquin Trillo
Barangay Ginebra Kings Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. Casiano Cabalan Jr. Ira Daniel Maniquis
Coca Cola Tigers Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. Jesse Macias
FedEx Express Airfrieght 2100, Inc. Alberto Lina Angelito Alvarez
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs Purefoods Corporation Francisco Alejo III Rene Pardo
Red Bull Thunder Photokina Marketing Corporation George Chua Manuel Mendoza
Sta. Lucia Realtors Sta. Lucia Realty and Development Corporation Manuel Encarnado Ariel Magno
San Miguel Beermen San Miguel Brewery, Inc. Alberto Malapit Eliezer Capacio
Shell Turbo Chargers Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation Roberto Kanapi
Talk 'N Text Phone Pals Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company Victorino Vargas Al Panlilio

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • The NBN/IBC consortium took over the league's TV coverage after winning the TV rights over the league's longtime TV partner Vintage Television in December 2002.[1]
  • Noli Eala became the league's sixth commissioner after Jun Bernardino retired at the end of the 2002 season.
  • The league reintroduced the Invitational Championship and the Reinforced Conference.
  • The league reverted their rules of playing 12-minute quarters and the use of the 6.75 m (22.1 feet) three point line. The eight-second backcourt rule was retained. In 2002, the league adopted all of the FIBA basketball rules to prepare the players that will play for the Asian Games in Busan.[2]
  • The Talk 'N Text Phone Pals filed a game protest on their match against the Barangay Ginebra Kings on March 21 and questioned the nullification of a possible game-winning shot of Asi Taulava with 0.2 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Barangay Ginebra eventually won the match, 122-117 in the second overtime.[3] On March 26, PBA commissioner Noli Eala ordered to replay the game on April 22. All game statistics from the nullified game, including the 45-point, 18 rebound explosion of Eric Menk of Barangay Ginebra, and the 40-point, 14-assist output of Jimmy Alapag of Talk 'N Text will be removed from the PBA records.[4] The replay was won by Talk 'N Text, 90-87. [5]
  • The league's greatest rivalry; the Crispa Redmanizers and Toyota Tamaraws clash in a reunion game coinciding the league's All-Star Weekend at the Araneta Coliseum. [6] The Toyota Tamaraws won, 65-61.
  • The NBN/IBC consortium and the PBA contested the placement of logos of Beam Toothpaste at the Araneta Coliseum's basketball flooring. The advertisement placements were done between the Araneta Coliseum and Nelson Macaraig's Jonels Promotion.[7] A same agreement was done by Jonels Promotion for the PhilSports Arena weeks after.[8] The league considered this as "backdoor advertising" as Macaraig did not enter an agreement with the PBA to put Beam's logos in the league's main playing venues and threatened the management of both venues that they will not hold their games at Araneta Coliseum and PhilSports Arena unless both will remove the Beam Toothpaste advertisements.[9]
  • An estafa case was filed against Nelson Macaraig and Jonels Promotion after Macaraig issued a bounced check for P5 million for payment for the Beam Toothpaste advertisements at the Araneta Coliseum and PhilSports Arena.[10]
  • Commissioner Noli Eala sanctioned the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals with a P250,000 fine, for shooting at their opponent's basket at the closing seconds of their match against Red Bull Barako on August 13, 2003. Talk 'N Text was leading with one point 88-87 and wanted to force the game to overtime since Talk 'N Text needed to win at least eight points to enter the playoffs. Talk 'N Text coach Ariel Vanguardia was separately fined with P50,000 and suspended for five games.[11]
  • A random drug testing was initiated by the league and two players were suspended for testing positive in illegal substance: Alex Crisano of the Barangay Ginebra Kings and Jimwell Torion of Red Bull Barako.[12]


Individual awards[edit]

Awards given by PBA Press Corps[edit]


  1. ^ Board, NBN/IBC seal TV deal, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, January 17, 2003
  2. ^ Zone, 12-minute quarter mulled, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, January 8, 2003
  3. ^ [https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=8Vk1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZCUMAAAAIBAJ&pg=539%2C26101450 Phone Pals to protest Kings' double OT win, June Navarro, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 22, 2003
  4. ^ Technical Error: Ginebra-Talk 'N Text replay set April 22, Dennis Eroa, Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 26, 2003
  5. ^ Phone Pals foil Kings in replay, June Navarro, Philippine Daily Inquirer, April 23, 2003
  6. ^ Crispa, Toyota clash for old times' sake, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  7. ^ NBN - 4 protests Big Dome deal, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, February 20, 2003
  8. ^ PBA to go after PSC, too, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, July 17 2003
  9. ^ PBA moving out of Big Dome?, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, March 28, 2003
  10. ^ PBA to file estafa raps for bouncing check, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, July 23, 2003
  11. ^ Farce costs Pals P.3M in fines, suspension, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, August 16, 2003
  12. ^ Drugs, TV woes hound PBA, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, May 1, 2003
  13. ^ Asi is PBA's best for 2003, Philippine Daily Inquirer