Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League

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Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 MPBL Datu Cup
MPBL 2018 Logo.png
FoundedAugust 29, 2017; 15 months ago (2017-08-29)
FounderManny Pacquiao
Inaugural season2018–19
COOZaldy Realubit
CommissionerKenneth Duremdes
MottoAng Liga Ng Bawat Pilipino
(lit. The League of Every Filipino)
No. of teams26
Country Philippines
HeadquartersMetro Manila
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
Batangas City Athletics
(1st title)
(2018 Anta Rajah Cup)
Most titlesBatangas 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)

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a regional men's semi-professional[1] 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]

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.[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 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.

  1. The Pasig Pirates (as Pasig-Rizal Pirates) and San Juan Knights were founded during the active years of MBA.
  2. 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.


Team Arena Image Location Capacity
Bataan Risers People's Center Capitol Bataan peoples center.jpg Balanga, Bataan 4,000
Imus Bandera - GLC Trucks & Equipment Imus 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 Center Batangas City Coliseum.jpg Batangas City,
Bulacan Kuyas - Mighty Sports Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium
Baliwag Star Arena
Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, Malolos Bulacan.jpg
07379jfLandmarks Arena Baliwag, Bulacanfvf 13.jpg
Malolos, Bulacan
Baliuag, Bulacan
Caloocan Supremos - Longrich Caloocan Sports Complex 9891Caloocan City Bagumbong Deparo Landmarks 42.jpg Caloocan,
Metro Manila
Parañaque Patriots - F2 Logistics Olivarez College Coliseum Parañaque,
Metro Manila
Navotas Clutch Navotas Sports Complex NavotasCityjf0230 37.JPG Navotas,
Metro Manila
Quezon City Capitals
- Black Mamba Energy Drink
Blue Eagle Gym
Henry Noble Gymnasium, Trinity University of Asia
JCSGO Seed Dome
Blueeaglegymjf1999 04.JPG Loyola Heights,
Quezon City,
Metro Manila
Valenzuela Classic Valenzuela City Astrodome FvfValenzuela1152 08.JPG Valenzuela,
Metro Manila
Makati Super Crunch Ynares Sports Arena (temporary) 0592jfPasig City Capitol Commons Sports Arena Ortigas Center Shaw Boulevardfvf 14.jpg Makati,
Metro Manila
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 Pirates - Gameville Pasig Sports Center Pasig,
Metro Manila
Marikina Shoemasters Marist School Gym Marikina,
Metro Manila
Rizal Crusaders - Xentro Mall Ynares Center YnaresCenterjf5353 13.JPG Antipolo, Rizal 7,400
Laguna Krah Heroes Alonte Sports Arena Biñan Sports Arena.jpg Biñan, 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 DONG Lanterns Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center Angeles City Foundation.jpg Angeles, Pampanga 2,000
Mandaluyong El Tigre - Dataland Jose Rizal University Gym
Ynares Sports Arena (temporary)
JRU Campus.jpg
0592jfPasig City Capitol Commons Sports Arena Ortigas Center Shaw Boulevardfvf 14.jpg
Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines Valientes Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan (Zamboanga City) Coliseum.jpg Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del Sur
Basilan Steel Lamitan Capitol Gym Lamitan City Capitol Gymnasium.jpg Lamitan, Basilan 3,000
GenSan Goldenstate Warriors Lagao Gymnasium General Santos,
South Cotabato
Davao Occidental Cocolife Tigers University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium & Cultural Center
Rizal Memorial Colleges Coliseum
USeP University Eagle.jpg Davao Occidental
Davao City,
Davao del Sur
Cebu City Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol USJ-R Basak Coliseum
Hoops Dome
Hoops Dome.jpg
Cebu City, Cebu
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Manila Stars - Robust Energy Capsule San Andres Sports Complex San Andres Sports Complex (San Andres Street, Malate, Manila; 2014-10-24).jpg Malate,
Metro Manila
(Opening games)
Smart Araneta Coliseum Smart Araneta Coliseum - Basketball configuration - wideshot - 2016 (30183917215).jpg Cubao,
Quezon City,
Metro Manila

League Championships[edit]

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

Official broadcasters[edit]

ABS-CBN Sports is the official broadcaster of the league and airs games of the MPBL through S+A Channel 23 and S+A HD Channel 166. The broadcasting deal was announced on January 11, 2018.[30]


Game regulations[edit]

  1. FIBA Rules

Player eligibility/limits[edit]

  1. At least 3 homegrown talents per team
  2. One Filipino-Foreign Player per team with 6'4" Height limit
  3. 5 ex-professional player 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". ABS-CBN 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.
  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. "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. ^ Badua, Snow (April 30, 2018). "Young Singson has grand plan for Mandaluyong Tigers' maiden campaign in MPBL". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Villanueva, Eros. "A tale of two tigers: Mandaluyong, Davao Occidental banner same monikers". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Joble, Rey. "Manila, Team Rizal raise Maharlika Pilipinas member teams to 15". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  16. ^ Joble, Rey. "MPBL: Anybody wants to know what Pampanga's moniker is?". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  17. ^ Joble, Rey. "Unheralded Lastimosa, 2 ex-pros lead Pasay's MPBL campaign". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Reyes, Jonas Egan. "Pasig Pirates set to sail again". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  19. ^ Joble, Rey. "Ex-Senator Estrada excited to see Cardona-led San Juan Knights in MPBL". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  20. ^ Joble, Rey. "MPBL welcomes Bacoor Strikers as 26th squad". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  21. ^ Joble, Rey. "MPBL wants to show good side of 25th member squad Basilan". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  22. ^ Joble, Rey. "Basilan hopes to live up to team's new moniker". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Joble, Rey. "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. "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. "Laguna 2nd expansion squad to join MPBL; San Juan, Makati next in line". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  28. ^ Joble, Rey. "Ex-Navotas stars likely to rejoin old coach in new team in Marikina". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  29. ^ Joble, Rey. "Team Rizal planning to change moniker for MPBL season". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  30. ^ "ABS-CBN S+A is broadcaster of Pacman's cage league". Manila Standard. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.