Bernie Fabiosa

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Bernard Fabiosa
Personal information
Born (1954-07-23) 23 July 1954 (age 62)
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
College University of San Jose–Recoletos
PBA draft 1975 / Elevated
Selected by the Crispa Redmanizers
Playing career 1975–1991
Position Point guard
Number 15
Career history
1974–1984 Crispa Redmanizers
1985–1986 Shell Helix Oilers
1987–1989 Great Taste/Presto Tivolis
1990 Purefoods Hotdogs
1991 Diet Sarsi/Swift Mighty Meaties
Career highlights and awards
  • Mythical Ten
  • 25 Greatest Players of the PBA
  • 5,000 Points
  • 2,000 Assists
  • 1,000 Steals
  • Top 25: Assists Average
  • Top 25: Free Throw Percentage
  • Season Champion: Total Assists
  • 7x Season Champion: Total Steals

Bernie Fabiosa (born 23 July 1954) is a retired Filipino professional basketball player and actor. He spent most of his playing days with the Crispa Redmanizers in the PBA.[1] During his heyday, he is known as The Sultan of Swipe.

Playing career[edit]

Fabiosa played 17 seasons in the PBA from 1975 to 1991. His most memorable experience in the PBA was playing on two Crispa grand slam championship teams in 1976 under coach Baby Dalupan and in 1983 under coach Tommy Manotoc.

In 1981, he led the league in assists, tallying 8.4 points, 3.6 assists and 1.6 steals across his name. He also led the league in steals for seven seasons.[2]

After nine seasons with Crispa, he suited up for Shell, Presto, Purefoods and Sarsi/Swift. After injuring his collar bone, he decided to retire in 1991.

He finished his career with 6,597 points, 2,853 assists and 1,235 steals in 788 games. He converted 1,414/1,876 FTs for a career average of 75.4%. He is ranked No. 3 in all-time steals behind only Johnny Abarrientos and Ramon Fernandez. He is also ranked No. 10 in all-time assists, No. 12 in all-time games played and No. 26 in all-time minutes played.

In 2000, he was inducted to the all-time PBA 25th anniversary team.

Retirement and later career[edit]

After his playing days were over, Fabiosa dabbled into acting together with former Crispa teammate Atoy Co, where he took minor supporting roles in action movies.[citation needed]


Source: Bernard Fabiosa - IMDb[3]

Year Title Role
1990 May Isang Tsuper ng Taxi As Himself
1992 Lucio Margallo Alex's men
1993 Masahol Pa sa Hayop Private Osco
1994 Walang Matigas na Tinapay sa Mainit na Kape As Himself
Ka Hector captured soldier
Kanto Boy 2: Anak ni Totoy Guapo -
1995 Dog Tag: Katarungan sa Aking Kamay Sgt. Carragua
1996 Isa, Dalawa, Takbo Totoy's men
1997 Matrikula Coach (as himself)
Bobby Barbers: Parak Ike
1998 Berdugo Syndicate man
Ang Erpat kong Astig Bernie (as himself)
2000 Sagot Kita: Mula Ulo Hanggang Paa Van Driver

Personal life[edit]

Fabiosa was previously married to former beauty queen Marilyn Manansala, with whom he has two children, Magnolia and Byron. He was also in a relationship with singer Malu Barry,[4] with whom has a child named Bernice.

Among his friends, he considered Philip Cesar and Atoy Co as his bestfriends. They called themselves PBA back in the old times, which stands for Philip, Bernard and Atoy.

He migrated to the United States in 2005 and now lives in Northridge in the northern California valley with his wife, Dr. Almi Valenzuela, a dentist.[5]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Dave; S. Gaviola (7 March 1996). "The Big J". Manila Standard. p. 26B. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Salazar, Syd. "100 BEST CAREERS IN THE PBA (FULL EDITION) ~ Get Sydrified". Syd Salazar. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bernard Fabiosa - IMDb". 
  4. ^ Villasanta, Boy. "Malu Barry finds new love after split". Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Henson, Joaquin. "Fabiosa surprised by nomination". Philippine Star. Retrieved 28 December 2014.