Alvin Patrimonio

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Alvin Patrimonio
Patrimonio in 2008
Personal details
Born (1966-11-17) November 17, 1966 (age 57)
Quezon City, Philippines
Political partyLakas–CMD[1][2]
Residence(s)Cainta, Rizal
Basketball career
Magnolia Hotshots
PositionTeam manager
Personal information
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
CollegeMapúa Institute of Technology
PBA draft1988: direct hire
Selected by the Purefoods Hotdogs
Playing career1988–2004
PositionPower forward
Career history
As player:
As coach:
2015UST Growling Tigers (assistant)
2016–2017NU Bulldogs (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As executive:

Men’s basketball
Representing  Philippines
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Seoul Team competition
Silver medal – second place 1990 Beijing Team competition
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Bangkok Team competition

Alvin Dale Vergara Patrimonio (born November 17, 1966) is a Filipino retired professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager for the Magnolia Hotshots.

Patrimonio holds several PBA records including most consecutive games played (596); third most points scored in history (15,091); fourth most rebounds grabbed in history (more than 6,000) and second-most PBA Most Valuable Player awards (4, tied with Ramon Fernandez). He is also the second player after Bogs Adornado to win back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994, and also the second player to win three Best Player of the Conference award after Vergel Meneses. He also shares the distinction of having played the most Asian Games (4) with 1990 PBA MVP Allan Caidic.[3]

He played his entire career with the Purefoods franchise and won five championships, mostly in the All-Filipino Conference championships with three.

He also was a part of the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team.

Amateur career[edit]

Patrimonio, looking for an opportunity to play basketball, transferred to the Intramuros-based Mapúa Institute of Technology. There, he pursued a degree in Civil Engineering and saw action for the Mapúa Cardinals in the NCAA playing as the team's center from 1983 to 1986. He won the NCAA Most Valuable Player award back-to-back in 1985 and 1986 despite not leading the school to a championship.

Patrimonio first played for YCO Shine Masters in the Philippine Basketball League, now the PBA D-League). He moved to RFM-Swifts when the Elizalde ballclub disbanded after winning two championships in three conferences from 1986-87. Patrimonio had a two-conference stint with the Swift Hotdogs and won a title before joining the PBA in the middle of the 1988 season.

National team career[edit]

Patrimonio has seen action for the Philippine national team many times in his playing career. Together with Allan Caidic, he shares the record of seeing action for the Asian Games four consecutive times in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998.

In the 1986 Asian Games, he was part of the all-amateur Philippine national team that was coached by Joe Lipa. The national team won the bronze medal after beating Jordan, 83-81. It finished third behind China and South Korea.

In the 1990 Asian Games,he was part of an all-PBA Philippine national team that was coached by Robert Jaworski. It was the first time that professional basketball players competed in the said event. It won the silver medal. It finished second after losing the Gold Medal Game to eventual champion China, 90-74.

In the 1994 Asian Games, he was part of the San Miguel Beer team that was sent to represent the Philippines compete in the Men's Basketball tournament. The team was coached by Norman Black. The national team lost the Bronze Medal Game to Japan, 79-76.

In the 1998 Asian Games, he was part of an all-PBA Philippine national team also known as the Philippine Centennial Team. The team was coached by Tim Cone. It won the bronze medal after beating Kazakhstan, 73-68. The same team also won the 1998 William Jones Cup after beating Chinese Taipei in the championship game, 82-72.

In 2000, he was part of the all-PBA All-Stars Select Team that represented the Philippines in the FIBA Asia All-Star Extravaganza. The said team was coached by Tim Cone.

PBA career[edit]

Patrimonio entered the PBA in 1988 alongside the Rookie of the Year Jojo Lastimosa, many-time Mythical Team and Best Defensive Team member Jerry Codiñera and perennial Best Defensive Team member Glenn Capacio.

He was the subject of a controversy between Swift, his PABL team, and Purefoods, the team who drafted him. Both happen to be corporate rivals. There was a dispute between the two franchises which delayed his entry to the PBA. This ruined his chances of winning the Rookie of the Year award.

He stands at 6'3" and primarily played at the power forward position in the professional league. He also played the center position in his collegiate and amateur days. His style of play was said to be comparable to Karl Malone, characterized by rugged physical play punctuated by finesse maneuvers. His known trademark was the spin move to the low post which he utilized to great effect due to his exceptional pivoting skills.

In 1991, he signed a 5-year 25 million peso offer sheet from cellar-dwelling PBA ballclub Pepsi Hotshots which was matched by his mother ballclub Purefoods TJ Hotdogs. Patrimonio's new contract ushered the era of the multi-millionaire players. He justified this contract by winning the 1991, 1993 and 1994 Most Valuable Player awards of the PBA and leading the team to three conference championships. At the end of the contract, he managed to win his fourth Most Valuable Player award in the 1997 season, thus tying the all-time record.

Over time, his dominance in the post meant that he was accorded an automatic double or triple-team whenever he had possession in the low block. This led to the gradual adjustment of his game as he advanced in his career, showing superior playmaking abilities from passing out of multiple defenders at the post.

At the latter stage of his lengthy career, he also developed an accurate 3 point shot, and in 1998 he even led the league in 3 point FG percentage. With these added skills, he rounded out his playing days manning the small forward position.

In 2004, 16 years after playing in the pro league, he announced his retirement to concentrate more on his duties as the current team manager of the Purefoods franchise in the PBA. Arguably one of the best power forwards in the history of the PBA, he was as a prolific scorer ending his career as the league’s third highest point scorer with 15,091, behind all-time greats Ramon Fernandez and Abet Guidaben with 18,996 and 15,775 points respectively; and a great rebounder as well by ending up the fourth all-time in PBA history with more than 6,000 boards.

On November 26, 2005, he played in the Legends 3-Point Shootout during the PBA All-Star in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. The game saw Patrimonio sink the very last money ball to prop the Legends, also composed of Ronnie Magsanoc and Frankie Lim, to a 41-39 win over the young Turks of Jimmy Alapag, Ren-Ren Ritualo, and Dondon Hontiveros.

He has a reputation for being one of the most beloved players in Philippine basketball, and is arguably the second most popular player of all time, just behind "Living Legend" Robert Jaworski.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2016, the NU Bulldogs men's basketball team tapped Patrimonio as part of the coaching staff.[4]

Hall of Fame[edit]

Patrimonio was inducted to the PBA Hall of Fame in 2011. Other honorees for the class of 2011 were Billy Ray Bates, Freddie Hubalde, Tommy Manotoc, Mariano Yenko, Tito Eduque and Bobong Velez. They were the fourth group of individuals that was honored by the league.[5][6]

PBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


1988 Purefoods 33 33.1 .592 .000 .860 8.8 1.6 .2 1.0 17.2
1989 Purefoods 65 34.9 .593 .000 .855 10.7 2.3 .3 1.2 19.9
1990 Purefoods 54 34.1 .622 .273 .849 7.6 2.2 .2 .9 19.4
1991 Purefoods 56 38.9 .609 .667 .833 9.0 2.8 .3 1.3 21.8
1992 Purefoods 56 42.0 .589 .250 .871 10.0 3.3 .2 1.1 25.2
1993 Coney Island / Purefoods 67 38.0 .566 .390 .833 8.9 2.9 .4 .7 21.6
1994 Coney Island / Purefoods 63 38.4 .522 .317 .867 8.3 2.5 .4 1.1 19.8
1995 Purefoods 61 39.0 .556 .370 .871 7.9 2.3 .3 .7 20.9
1996 Purefoods 60 37.1 .490 .289 .860 7.3 2.7 .5 .5 17.6
1997 Purefoods 63 40.2 .513 .513 .837 7.5 2.7 .4 .5 20.3
1998 Purefoods 34 40.1 .451 .333 .878 6.2 2.7 .6 .7 19.1
1999 Purefoods 41 40.1 .446 .381 .867 6.0 3.0 .6 .3 16.7
2000 Purefoods 55 36.8 .439 .323 .857 5.3 2.1 .5 .3 12.8
2001 Purefoods 45 38.3 .443 .376 .908 4.4 2.0 .3 .1 12.9
2002 Purefoods 43 21.9 .446 .412 .868 2.6 1.2 .1 .1 8.0
2003 Purefoods 36 18.2 .373 .328 .909 2.3 1.0 .1 .1 4.9
2004–05 Purefoods 25 12.4 .452 .553 1.000 1.8 .6 .1 .1 4.2
Career 857 35.6 .531 .375 .858 7.2 2.4 .3 .7 17.6

Accomplishments and records[edit]

Career PBA highlights[edit]

  • Most Valuable Player in 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1997
  • Mythical First Team Selection in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000
  • Mythical Second Team Selection in 1995
  • Best Player of the Conference in 1994 Commissioner's Cup, 1996 All-Filipino Cup, and 1997 Governor's Cup
  • PBA Press Corps Newsmaker of the Year in 1993
  • 12-time PBA All-Star
  • Most Valuable Player of the 1991 PBA All-Star Game
  • 25 PBA Greatest Players Member
  • PBA 5,000 Points Club Member
  • PBA 10,000 Points Club Member
  • PBA 15,000 Points Club Member
  • PBA Third Conference champions (1990)
  • PBA All-Filipino Cup champions (1991, 1993, 1997)
  • PBA Commissioner's Cup champions (1994)
  • PBA Governor's Cup champions (2002)

International career highlights[edit]

  • 1986 Asian Games bronze medalist
  • 1990 Asian Games silver medalist
  • 1994 Asian Games, fourth place
  • 1998 William Jones Cup (champions)
  • 1998 Asian Games bronze medalist
  • 2000 PBA All-Stars versus the Asia Basketball Select Team

PBA records[edit]

  • Second-most MVP awards (4, tied with Ramon Fernandez)
  • Most consecutive games played (596)
  • One of eight players to play at least 800 games

Off the court[edit]

Patrimonio in 2023

Personal life[edit]

Patrimonio currently lives in Cainta, Rizal, together with his wife, makeup artist Cindy Conwi, and their four children Angelo, Christine (nicknamed "Tin"), Clarice and Asher. Angelo embarked on a career in local showbiz, but put it on hold to be able to finish his culinary arts degree at the College of Saint Benilde in Manila.

Christine, who both played with Clarice, for the NU Bulldogs Tennis Team in the UAAP is making her name in the local women's tennis circuit and is also looking into having a showbiz career. She was one of the former housemates of Pinoy Big Brother: Unlimited. She is a commercial model and her Creamsilk TVC was shown in April 2011.

Clarice on the other hand has 2 international championships in tennis. She is currently ranked 130th in the world of Juniors Tennis and turned professional in 2012. She won the women's division title in the recently concluded 34th PCA Open Tennis Championship last September 2015, also she took part in the National Team for Tennis in the 2015 SEA Games for Women's Singles category but did not advance through the semifinals.[8]

Patrimonio has one grandson from Clarice, with her partner Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagle center Jobe Nkemakolam.[9]

Acting career[edit]

During his playing years in the PBA, Patrimonio found time to do movies. He first appeared as guest in the Mars Ravelo classic Bondying which starred retired PBA player Jimmy Santos. Then he was launched together with Jerry Codiñera and Paul Alvarez in the film Last Two Minutes in 1990. The movie was a top-grosser at the box-office and spawned a sitcom of the same title aired over PTV. He was also paired with Maricel Soriano in the remake of the Robert Jaworski / Nora Aunor film Dobol Dribol in 1992 and did Tasya Fantasya opposite Kris Aquino in 1994. In 2009, Alvin once more tried the showbiz waters when he guest starred in the indie film Dalaw with actress Katrina Halili.

Political career[edit]

Patrimonio is running for mayor of Cainta in 2022, under Lakas–CMD.[10][11]


He is also an endorser of many products such as Purefoods, Swatch, Lipovitan, Kaypee Shoes (during his first few years as a pro player), Nike, etc. He appeared in a political ad campaign for Senator Manny Villar. Alvin and his daughters are also endorsers for New San Jose Builders Inc.


  1. ^ Alcober, Neil (October 8, 2021). "Nieto's wife files COC for Cainta mayor". Daily Tribune. Retrieved February 26, 2022.
  2. ^ "Certified List of Candidates (NCR)" (PDF). Commission on Elections. Retrieved February 26, 2022.
  3. ^ Tordecilla, Jaemark (August 25, 2011). "The legend of Alvin Patrimonio". InterAksyon. Archived from the original on July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Francisco, Rodolfo (May 4, 2016). "NU taps Alvin Patrimonio as big man coach". GMA News Online. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  5. ^ "Patrimonio, Bates lead PBA Hall of Fame new inductees". ABS-CBN. September 29, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "'The Captain', 'Black Superman' lead PBA Hall of Fame 2011 inductees". August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Alvin Patrimonio Player Profile -". Archived from the original on November 7, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Clarice Patrimonio wins 1st PCA Open title". Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Badua, Snow (September 7, 2020). "Call him Lolo Cap: Alvin Patrimonio's one happy first-time grandpa". Retrieved February 26, 2022.
  10. ^ Alcober, Neil (October 8, 2021). "Nieto's wife files COC for Cainta mayor". Daily Tribune. Retrieved February 26, 2022.
  11. ^ "Certified List of Candidates (NCR)" (PDF). Commission on Elections. Retrieved February 26, 2022.