Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League

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Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019–20 MPBL season
MPBL 2018 Logo.png
FoundedAugust 29, 2017; 2 years ago (2017-08-29)
FounderManny Pacquiao
Inaugural season2018–19
COOZaldy Realubit
CommissionerKenneth Duremdes
MottoAng Liga Ng Bawat Pilipino
(transl. The League of Every Filipino)
No. of teams31
Country Philippines
HeadquartersMetro Manila, Philippines
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
San Juan Knights
(2018–19 Datu Cup)
Most titlesSan Juan Knights-Go for Gold (1)
Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay (1)
TV partner(s)ABS-CBN S+A (Channel 23 and Channel 166 HD)

Liga (Channel 83 and Channel 186 HD) iWant Sports (online streaming)

Fox Sports Asia (cable international, Mondays only)

The Filipino Channel (international)

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a regional men's [1] semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines.


Manny Pacquiao launched the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on August 29, 2017.[2] According to Pacquiao, the league is not intended to be a competitor to the Philippine Basketball Association, the country's top professional basketball league. The MPBL will feature both a regional commercial and barangay-level league with teams on the commercial side to have a home locality in addition to a corporate sponsor.[3]

In the first months, the league hosted teams from Luzon with future plans to expand to accommodate teams based in Visayas and Mindanao like the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association. It is planned that an expanded MPBL will have two conferences, North and South, where the best teams from both divisions will face in the finals similar to the format of the National Basketball Association of the United States.[3]

The league was planned to start as early as September 23, 2017 with at least six teams.[4] A pre-season was held with the Bulacan Kuyas finishing as champions.[5]

The inaugural cup of the MPBL, the Anta Rajah Cup commenced on January 25, 2018 and was participated in by ten teams.[6] In the opening game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Parañaque Patriots secured a 70-60 victory over the Caloocan Supremos.[7] The first conference was ran until April 19, 2018 where the Batangas City Athletics crowned as the league's first-ever champion.

After the Anta Rajah Cup, the MPBL will plan to conduct the staging of the second conference, which will be patterned after the National Basketball Association (NBA). The tournament will begin on June 12, 2018, coinciding with the Philippine Independence Day celebration, with additional expansion teams including from the Visayas and Mindanao region will set to join the year-long conference divided into Northern and Southern Conferences.[8] The two winning teams from the divisions will face off in the National Championships and the winner will bring home a 10-million pesos worth trophy and ball rings to be given for the members of the champion squad.[9]

After its inaugural cup, the 2018 Anta Rajah Cup, the MPBL had expanded its roster of teams to 26. All teams are expected to play in the next cup. After the ten expansion teams were admitted into the league, it closed its doors for new applicants from Luzon. This was done to leave room for future Visayas and Mindanao teams. A meeting in Cebu was held on April 28 for potential Visayas and Mindanao teams.[10] Davao Occidental Tigers became the first MPBL team from the Visayas-Mindanao region.


The MPBL originated with 10 charter teams on its inaugural season. After its first successful season, it attracted a lot of teams across the Philippines to join. There are 23 teams from Luzon, 3 teams from Visayas and 5 teams from Mindanao.

  1. The Pasig Pirates (as Pasig-Rizal Pirates), San Juan Knights and Soccsksargen Marlins were founded during the active years of Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).
  2. The General Santos Warriors was founded in 2005 as GenSan MP PacMan Warriors and participated in Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA), National Basketball Conference (NBC) and Liga Pilipinas in 2008.
  3. The Sta. Lucia Realtors was founded in 1987 from the Philippine Basketball League (PBL)
    Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in 1993 and the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) in 2015.


Team Arena Image Location Capacity
Bataan Risers Bataan People's Center Balanga,Bataanjf2820 01.JPG Balanga, Bataan 4,000
Imus Khaleb Shawarma Imus Sports Complex
AATF Sports Complex
ImusCavitejf0475 04.JPG Imus, Cavite 1,000
Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort Muntinlupa Sports Center Muntinlupa Sports Center (Tunasan, Muntinlupa; 2015-04-28).jpg Muntinlupa,
Metro Manila
Batangas City Tanduay Athletics Batangas City Sports Coliseum
Batangas State University Gymnasium
De La Salle Lipa SENTRUM
Batangas City Coliseum.jpg Batangas City,
Lipa City, Batangas
Bulacan Kuyas Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium
Baliwag Star Arena
Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, Malolos Bulacan.jpg
07379jfLandmarks Arena Baliwag, Bulacanfvf 13.jpg
Malolos, Bulacan
Baliuag, Bulacan
Caloocan Supremos - Victory Liner Caloocan Sports Complex 9891Caloocan City Bagumbong Deparo Landmarks 42.jpg Caloocan,
Metro Manila
Parañaque Patriots - yabo Sports Olivarez College Coliseum Parañaque,
Metro Manila
Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines Navotas Sports Complex NavotasCityjf0230 37.JPG Navotas,
Metro Manila
Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP Blue Eagle Gym
Henry Noble Gymnasium, Trinity University of Asia
JCSGO Seed Dome
Blueeaglegymjf1999 04.JPG Quezon City,
Metro Manila
Valenzuela Classic - SPVTOP Marketplace Valenzuela City Astrodome FvfValenzuela1152 08.JPG Valenzuela,
Metro Manila
Makati Super Crunch Makati Coliseum Makati,
Metro Manila
Pasay Voyagers Cuneta Astrodome Cuneta Astrodome panorama - PBA - 2016-0417 (26485021665).jpg Pasay,
Metro Manila
San Juan Knights - Go for Gold Filoil Flying V Centre Filoil Flying V Centre - Interior - 2018.jpg San Juan,
Metro Manila
Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors Pasig Sports Center Pasig,
Metro Manila
Marikina Shoemasters Marist School Gym Marikina,
Metro Manila
Rizal Golden Coolers - Xentro Mall Ynares Center YnaresCenterjf5353 02.JPG Antipolo, Rizal 7,400
Biñan City Krah Heroes Alonte Sports Arena 3632Biñan City, Laguna Barangays Landmarks 45.jpg Biñan City, Laguna 6,500
Bacoor City Strikers Strike Gymnasium Inside the City of Bacoor Sports Gymnasium at Bacoor Government Center in Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines.JPG Bacoor City, Cavite 1,500
Pampanga Giant Lanterns Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center
Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center
Angeles, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan (Zamboanga City) Coliseum during MPBL game.jpg Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del Sur
Basilan Steel - Jumbo Plastic Lamitan Capitol Gym Lamitan City Capitol Gymnasium.jpg Lamitan, Basilan 3,000
GenSan Warriors - Burlington Lagao Gymnasium General Santos,
South Cotabato
Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium & Cultural Center
Rizal Memorial Colleges Petro Gazz Arena
Davao City Recreation Center
Davao Occidental
Davao City,
Davao del Sur
Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol USJ-R Basak Coliseum
Hoops Dome
Hoops Dome.jpg
Cebu City, Cebu
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Manila Stars - Frontrow San Andres Sports Complex
Ninoy Aquino Stadium
San Andres Sports Complex (San Andres Street, Malate, Manila; 2014-10-24).jpg
Ninoy Aquino Stadium.jpg
Metro Manila
Nueva Ecija ForestLake Araullo University Gym Cabanatuan City,
Nueva Ecija
Bicol Volcanoes - LCC Malls Albay Astrodome
Ibalong Centrum for Recreation
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
Bicol Region
Legazpi City, Albay
Naga City, Camarines Sur
Mindoro Tamaraws - 7A Sports TBA Calapan City,
Oriental Mindoro
Iloilo United Royals University of San Agustin Gymnasium Iloilo City, Iloilo 5,000
Bacolod Master Sardines La Salle Coliseum La Salle Coliseum.jpg Bacolod City,
Negros Occidental
Soccsksargen Marlins - Armor On South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center
Lagao Gymnasium
South Cotabato
General Santos,
South Cotabato
(Opening games)
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Mall of Asia Arena
Smart Araneta Coliseum - Basketball configuration - wideshot - 2016 (30183917215).jpg
MOA Arena 2018.jpg
Quezon City,
Metro Manila
Bay City,
Metro Manila
(All-star games)
Mall of Asia Arena MOA Arena 2018.jpg Bay City,
Metro Manila

League Championships[edit]

Teams Win Loss Total Year(s) won Year(s) lost
Batangas City 1 0 1 2018
San Juan 1 0 1 2019
Muntinlupa 0 1 1 2018
Davao Occidental 0 1 1 2019

Official broadcasters[edit]

ABS-CBN Sports and ABS-CBN Regional Network Group is the official broadcaster of the league and airs games of the MPBL through S+A Channel 23 and S+A HD Channel 166 also on Liga Channel 86 and Liga HD Channel 183. Selected national finals games will be aired through ABS-CBN. The broadcasting deal was announced on January 11, 2018.[28] The games will also be aired internationally via The Filipino Channel, also the games were been aired on Fox Sports Asia during Monday games and finals games with providing the English language.

The games are also available via livestreaming through the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Facebook page, ABS-CBN Sports Website and iWant.


Game regulations[edit]

  1. FIBA Rules

Player eligibility/limits[edit]

  1. At least three (3) homegrown talents per team
  2. Only one Filipino-Foreign Player per team with 6'4" height limit is allowed on every team
  3. Maximum of five (5) Ex-Professional (Ex-Pro) players per team

Notable people[edit]



No. Commissioner Tenure
From To
1 Snow Badua August 29, 2017 November 22, 2017
2 Kenneth Duremdes November 22, 2017 incumbent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "From humble origins in GenSan, Manny Pacquiao's MPBL is now a nation-wide league". 13 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018. nd as the semi-professional league continues to grow, it’s amazing to think that it all started with a ‘pa-liga’ in General Santos City. Text "work Sports " ignored (help)
  2. ^ Del Rosario, Paolo (29 August 2017). "Senator Manny Pacquiao launches new basketball league". CNN Philippines (in English and Filipino). Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Henson, Joaquin (3 September 2017). "MPBL won't compete with PBA". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  4. ^ Lintag, Paul (29 August 2017). "Home-and-away games make grand return through Maharlika Pilipinas". ABS-CBN Sports. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ "ABS-CBN S+A is the official broadcaster of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League". 12 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  6. ^ Leongson, Randolph (22 January 2018). "Maharlika basketball league tips off Thursday with 10 teams at Big Dome". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  7. ^ Leongson, Randolph (25 January 2018). "Pacquiao's dream league comes to reality; Parañaque wins". Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. ^ Henson, Joaquin F. (April 11, 2018). "Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League opens next joust June 12". The Philippine Star. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Joble, Rey. "P10-M trophy, ball ring to be given to MPBL national champ". Fox Sports. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Lagunzad, Jerome. "20 teams, so far, in MPBL". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  11. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-04-10). "MPBL reaches Sweet 16 as Makati enters as latest expansion ball club". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Makati ditches Skyscrapers MPBL moniker as team unveils Super Crunch". Fox Sports. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Joble, Rey (2018-04-08). "Manila, Team Rizal raise Maharlika Pilipinas member teams to 15". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-04-25). "Ex-Navotas stars likely to rejoin old coach in new team in Marikina". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-04-24). "MPBL: Anybody wants to know what Pampanga's moniker is?". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-05-13). "Unheralded Lastimosa, 2 ex-pros lead Pasay's MPBL campaign". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Reyes, Jonas Egan (2018-04-04). "Pasig Pirates set to sail again". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Joble, Rey. "Team Rizal planning to change moniker for MPBL season". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-04-07). "Ex-Senator Estrada excited to see Cardona-led San Juan Knights in MPBL". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  20. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-05-22). "MPBL welcomes Bacoor Strikers as 26th squad". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-05-10). "MPBL wants to show good side of 25th member squad Basilan". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  22. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-05-25). "Basilan hopes to live up to team's new moniker". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-05-04). "Cebu Niños return, join MPBL as fourth southern expansion team". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  24. ^ Panerio, Jonas (May 22, 2018). "Cebu City Sharks excited over chance to play more home games in MPBL debut". Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  25. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-04-30). "Davao Occidental first MPBL southern team to sign as expansion club". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  26. ^ a b Joble, Rey (May 2, 2018). "Gen San, Zamboanga join Davao Occi in MPBL's Vis-Min expansion". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  27. ^ Joble, Rey (2018-04-05). "Laguna 2nd expansion squad to join MPBL; San Juan, Makati next in line". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  28. ^ "ABS-CBN S+A is broadcaster of Pacman's cage league". Manila Standard. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.