1979 PBA season

The 1979 PBA season was the fifth season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

1979 PBA season
DurationApril 1, 1979 – December 15, 1979
Number of teams9
TV partner(s)GTV
All-Filipino Conference championsCrispa Redmanizers
Open Conference championsRoyal Tru-Orange
Invitational Championship championsToyota Tamaraws
Season MVPFortunato Co, Jr

Season highlightsEdit

  • After a two-year absence of playing against each other in the championship between the league's most noted rivalry, Crispa and Toyota played once again in the finals during the All-Filipino Conference. Crispa prevailed in five games, winning the deciding game, 118-111 on July 7.
  • On September 4, the visiting Washington Bullets, which lost to Seattle SuperSonics in the 1979 NBA Finals, played against a PBA All-Star Selection at the Araneta Coliseum in an exhibition game attended by Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos, the Bullets with the line-up of hall of famers Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld and among others, Greg Ballard, Dave Corzine and coach by Dick Motta, won the match, 133-123. The PBA selection were coach by Baby Dalupan and played with five imports and one locals from each of the nine ballclubs. [1]
  • Royal Tru-Orange won their first PBA title in the Open Conference by defeating Toyota Tamaraws, 102-101 in Game 4 for a 3-1 series win. The Orangemen were led by imports Otto Moore and Larry Pounds and they became the fourth team to win a championship in the 1970s.
  • Three different teams emerge champions in the league's fifth season as the Toyota Tamaraws avoided a third runner-up finish by winning the Invitational championship against rival Crispa Walk Tall Jeans. [2]

Opening ceremoniesEdit

The muses for the participating teams are as follows:

Team Muse
Crispa Redmanizers Pearl Razon
Filmanbank Regina Prada
Gilbey's Gin Chris Stuttard and Ann Rose Blas
Great Taste Discoverers Carolina Lacap
Honda Wildcats Beth de Mesa
Royal Tru-Orange Joanna Paras
Tanduay Esquires Bessie Badilla and Diane Benisano
Toyota Tamaraws Alicia Cuenca
U/Tex Wranglers Janet Bordon


Individual awardsEdit

Board of governorsEdit

Cumulative standingsEdit

Toyota Tamaraws 62 44 18 .710
Crispa Redmanizers/Walk Tall Jeansmakers 62 42 20 .677
Royal Tru-Orange 47 28 19 .596
U/Tex Wranglers 44 23 21 .528
Tanduay Esquires 57 24 23 .511
Great Taste Discoverers 47 21 26 .447
FILMANBANK 47 16 31 .340
Gilbey's Gin 44 13 31 .295
Honda Wildcats 36 7 29 .194


  1. ^ "From numerous visits by NBA stars, Bullets' 1979 game stands out". Spin.ph.
  2. ^ "Looking back:The PBA's history". Manila Standard.