Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2018 MPBL Datu Cup
|Founded||August 29, 2017|
|Motto||Ang Liga Ng Bawat Pilipino |
(lit. The League of Every Filipino)
|No. of teams||26|
|Continent||FIBA Asia (Asia)|
|Batangas City Athletics|
(2018 Anta Rajah Cup)
|Most titles||Batangas City Athletics (1 title)|
|TV partner(s)||ABS-CBN Sports (S+A Channel 23 & HD Channel 166)|
Liga (Channel 86 and HD Channel 183)
FOX Sports Philippines (cable international)
Manny Pacquiao launched the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on August 29, 2017. 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.
Initially, the league will be held mainly in 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.
The inaugural cup of the MPBL, the Anta Rajah Cup commenced on January 25, 2018 and was participated in by ten teams. In the opening game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Parañaque Patriots secured a 70-60 victory over the Caloocan Supremos. 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. 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.
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. Davao Occidental Tigers became the first MPBL team from the Visayas-Mindanao region.
The MPBL originated with 10 teams on its inaugural season. After its first successful season, it attracted a lot of teams across the Philippines to join. There are 15 teams from Luzon, 1 team from Visayas and 4 teams from Mindanao.
- The Pasig Pirates (as Pasig-Rizal Pirates) and San Juan Knights were founded during the active years of MBA.
- The General Santos Warriors was founded in 2006 as GenSan MP PacMan Warriors and participated in Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA), National Basketball Conference (NBC) and Liga Pilipinas in 2008.
|Teams||Win||Loss||Total||Year(s) won||Year(s) lost|
|Batangas City Tanduay Athletics||1||0||1||2018 Rajah||—|
|Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort||0||1||1||—||2018 Rajah|
- FIBA Rules
- At least 3 homegrown talents per team
- One Filipino-Foreign Player per team with 6'4" Height limit
- 5 ex-professional player per team
|1||Snow Badua||August 29, 2017||November 22, 2017|
|2||Kenneth Duremdes||November 22, 2017||incumbent|
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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.
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