Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League
|Current season, competition or edition:|
2020 MPBL Playoffs
|Founded||August 29, 2017|
|Motto||Ang Liga Ng Bawat Pilipino |
(transl. The League of Every Filipino)
|No. of teams||31|
|Headquarters||Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Continent||FIBA Asia (Asia)|
|San Juan Knights|
(2018–19 Datu Cup)
|Most titles||San Juan Knights-Go for Gold (1)|
Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay (1)
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.
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.
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 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 conducted staging of the second conference, which was patterned after the National Basketball Association (NBA). The tournament began 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 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.
|Team||Locality||Main Sponsor||Arena||Capacity||Founded||Joined||Head coach|
|1Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast||Balanga, Bataan||Camaya Coast||People's Center Capitol||4,000||2018||Jonas Villanueva|
|Bulacan Kuyas||Malolos, Bulacan
|Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium
Baliwag Star Arena
Malolos Sports and Convention Center
|Victory Liner, Inc.||Caloocan Sports Complex||3,000||2017||John Kallos|
|Makati Super Crunch||Makati,
|Prifoods Corporation||Makati Coliseum||12,000||2018||Beaujing Acot|
|Frontrow International||San Andres Sports Complex
Ninoy Aquino Stadium
|Marist School Gym
Marikina Sports Center
|Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines||Navotas,
|Slord Development Corporation||Navotas Sports Complex||1,000||2018||Gabby Severino|
|Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards||Cabanatuan,
|Araullo University Gym||3,000||2019||Charles Tiu|
|Pampanga Giant Lanterns||Angeles, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
|ADG Group of Companies||Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium
Don Honorio Ventura State University Gymnasium
|yabo Sports||Olivarez College Coliseum||3,500||2017||Michael Saguiguit|
|Cuneta Astrodome||12,000||2018||Marlon Martin|
|Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors||Pasig,
|Sta. Lucia Land Inc.||Pasig Sports Center||2,500||1987*
|2018||Bong Dela Cruz|
|Quezon City Capitals||Quezon City,
|Web Marketers Specialist Association of the Philippines Inc.||Blue Eagle Gym
Henry Noble Gymnasium, Trinity University of Asia
JCSGO Seed Dome
|Rizal Golden Coolers
- Xentro Mall
|Antipolo, Rizal||PTC Foodsphere Asia Corp.
AMRC Holdings Company, Inc.
|Ynares Center||7,400||2018||Jayvee Gayoso|
|San Juan Knights
- Go For Gold
|Powerball Marketing & Logistics Corporation||Filoil Flying V Centre||5,500||1999*||2018||Randy Alcantara|
|Val City - Carga Backload Solution||Valenzuela,
|Carga Backload Solution||Bahayang Pag-asa Sports Complex||3,000||2018||Ronjay Enrile|
|Bacoor City Strikers||Bacoor, Cavite||Strike Gymnasium||1,500||2018||Chris Gavina|
- Jumbo Plastic 
|Lamitan, Basilan||AliKaiser International Incorporated||Lamitan Capitol Gymnasium||3,000||2018||Jerson Cabiltes|
|Batangas City Tanduay Athletics||Batangas City, Batangas
|Tanduay Distillers, Inc.||Batangas City Sports Coliseum
Batangas State University Gymnasium
De La Salle Lipa SENTRUM
|Bacolod Master Sardines||Bacolod,
|Universal Canning Inc.||La Salle Coliseum
STI West Negros University Gymnasium
|Bicol Volcanoes - LCC Malls||Bicol Region
|Liberty Commercial Center, Inc.||Albay Astrodome
Ibalong Centrum for Recreation
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
|Cebu - Casino Ethyl Alcohol||Cebu City, Cebu
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
|International Pharmaceuticals Inc.||USJ-R Basak Coliseum
|Davao Occidental Tigers
Davao del Sur
|United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corporation||University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium & Cultural Center
Rizal Memorial Colleges Petro Gazz Arena
Davao City Recreation Center
|GenSan Warriors||General Santos,
|Burlington Industries Philippines, Inc.||Lagao Gymnasium||6,000||2005*||2018||Rich Alvarez|
|Iloilo United Royals||Iloilo City, Iloilo||University of San Agustin Gymnasium||5,000||2019||Eric Gonzales|
|Imus Bandera - Luxxe Slim||Imus, Cavite||Frontrow International
GLC Truck & Equipment
|Imus Sports Complex
AATF Sports Complex
|Biñan City Luxxe White||Biñan, Laguna||Krah Pipes Manila Inc.
|Alonte Sports Arena||6,500||2018||Dennis Miranda|
|Mindoro Tamaraws - JAC Liner||Calapan,
|JAC Liner||TBA||N/A||2019||Justin Tan|
|Angelis Resort||Muntinlupa Sports Center||3,000||2018||Louie Gonzales|
|Sarangani Capitol Gymnasium||N/A||1998*||2019||Manuel Torralba|
|Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines||Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del Sur
|Universal Canning Inc.||Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum||10,000||2018||Britt Reroma|
- The Pasig Pirates (as Pasig-Rizal Pirates), San Juan Knights and Soccsksargen Marlins were founded during the active years of Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).
- 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.
- 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.
|Teams||Win||Loss||Total||Year(s) won||Year(s) lost|
ABS-CBN Sports and ABS-CBN Regional Network Group was 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. The games aired internationally via The Filipino Channel, also the games were been aired on Fox Sports Asia during Monday games until the 2018-19 championship.
However, their contract with the network's sports division expired and leaved in jeopardy, due to the issue of legislative franchise renewal and the denial of the franchise, which leads to the sports division's dissolution following their retrenchment on August 31. As of now, the league has no tv partner to air the games.
- FIBA Rules
- At least three (3) homegrown talents per team
- Only one Filipino-Foreign Player per team with 6'4" height limit is allowed on every team
- Maximum of five (5) Ex-Professional (Ex-Pro) players per team
|1||Snow Badua||August 29, 2017||November 22, 2017|
|2||Kenneth Duremdes||November 22, 2017||incumbent|
- National Basketball League (Philippines)
- Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3, a 3x3 basketball league consisting of teams from the MPBL.
- "From humble origins in GenSan, Manny Pacquiao's MPBL is now a nation-wide league". Sports. 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.
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