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The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is a commercial semi-professional basketball league in the Philippines. The league is composed of several commercial teams with several collegiate and provincial stars in the fold.

The PBL was formed on 1983, a brainchild of San Miguel Corporation chairman Danding Cojuangco, under its original name the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It was the successor of the defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA), which folded during the early-1980s. During the inaugural PABL tournament, over 36 collegiate and commercial teams participated in the tournament that was played in the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The PABL became a breeding ground for future Philippine Basketball Association superstars Jun Limpot, Johnny Abarrientos, Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Bong Alvarez, Alvin Patrimonio, Jojo Lastimosa and Benjie Paras. In the early days, the league even invited some foreign squads to beef up the tournament.

Thru an agreement between the PBL and the Liga Pilipinas, A joint tournament will be held in June 2010. The agreement was made as dry-run of a proposed "Developmental League", which was initiated by the Philippine Basketball Association, just like NBA’s D-League. The new league will be named "Tournament of the Philippines".

Tournament of the Philippines has started June 9th,2010, and will use Liga Pilipinas’ home-and-away leg format with 9 teams involved, 3 from the PBL and 6 from Liga Pilipinas.


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  • Sport : Basketball
  • Founded : 1983
  • Motto : Where the future begins
  • No. of teams : 8
  • Country : Philippines
  • Most recent champion : Harbour Centre Batang Pier (Lipovitan Amino Sports Drink Cup and PG Flex Linoleum Cup)Oracle Residences(PG Flex Unity Cup)
  • Official website : PBL Official Website – The Philippine Basketball League

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