Manny Paner

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Manny Paner
Personal information
Born (1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 67)
Cebu City
Nationality Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
College University of the Visayas
Playing career 1975–1986
Position Power forward / Center
Number 5, 13
Career history
1975–1977 Royal Tru-Orange
1978–1980 Great Taste Discoverers
1981 CDCP Road Builders
1982–1986 San Miguel/Gold Eagle/Magnolia
Career highlights and awards
  • 1x Mythical Five
  • PBA Hall of Fame (2007)
  • 25 Greatest Players of the PBA
  • Played in the 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Played in the 1974 FIBA World Championships
  • 5,000 Points
  • 1,000 Offensive Rebounds
  • Top 25: Rebounding Average
  • 1x Season Champion: Total Defensive Rebounds
  • 3x Season Champion: Total Offensive Rebounds
  • 1x Season Champion: Total Rebounds
Manny Paner
Medal record
Men’s basketball
Representing  Philippines
FIBA Asia Championship
Gold medal – first place 1973 Manila Team competition

Manuel Paner[1] (born May 17, 1949), better known as Manny Paner, is a Filipino retired professional basketball player.

Player Profile[edit]

Paner was born in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. During his prime, he was known for his strong rebounding, defense and deadly hook shot. At a mere 6'2", he would play center and sometimes defend the opposing team's American imports.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the former UV stalwart played for the San Miguel Braves in the MICAA, along with other Cebuano cagers Rosalio Martirez and Alejandrito Miego, to a name of few.[2]

During the PBA's inaugural season in 1975, he was the center in the league’s first Mythical Team, and in 1978, he left Royal Tru-Orange to sign with Great Taste what was then the league’s biggest contract that paid him a whopping Php8,000 a month.[3] He later played briefly for CDCP Road Builders, and in 1982, he was signed back to San Miguel where he ended his career in 1986.

In 2000, he was named a member of the PBA's 25 Greatest Players, and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

International career[edit]

In 1972, Paner appeared at the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany as a member of the country's national basketball team.

Personal life[edit]

Paner is married to former actress Daisy Romualdez. The couple have two adopted daughters, Kristina and Danita.


  1. ^ - Manny Paner
  2. ^ "Philippine Basketball in Review (Part 3 – The MICAA Days)". Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "The List: Top Centers in PBA History". Sports5. Retrieved 8 April 2015.