1979 PBA season
The 1979 PBA season was the fifth season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
|1979 PBA season|
|Duration||April 1, 1979 – December 15, 1979|
|Number of teams||9|
|All-Filipino Conference champions||Crispa Redmanizers|
|Open Conference champions||Royal Tru-Orange|
|Invitational Championship champions||Toyota Tamaraws|
|Season MVP||Fortunato Co, Jr|
- 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. 
- 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. 
The muses for the participating teams are as follows:
|Crispa Redmanizers||Pearl Razon|
|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|
Board of governorsEdit
- Leopoldo Prieto (Commissioner)
- Domingo Itchon (President, Elizalde and Co., Inc.)
- Dante Silverio (Vice-President, Delta Motor Corporation)
- Walter Euyang (Treasurer, Universal Textile Mills)
- Jose Castro, Jr. (Executive Secretary)
- Pablo Carlos (Delta Motor Corporation)
- Valeriano "Danny" Floro (P. Floro and Sons)
- Emerson Coseteng (Mariwasa Group)
- Leonardo "Skip" Guinto (San Miguel Corporation)
- Porfirio Zablan (CFC Corporation)
- Carlos Palanca III (La Tondeña, Inc.)
|Crispa Redmanizers/Walk Tall Jeansmakers||62||42||20||.677|
|Great Taste Discoverers||47||21||26||.447|
- "From numerous visits by NBA stars, Bullets' 1979 game stands out". Spin.ph.
- "Looking back:The PBA's history". Manila Standard.
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