Joseller "Yeng" Medina Guiao (born March 19, 1959) is a Filipino professional basketball head coach, politician, commentator and sports commissioner. He is currently the head coach of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters of the Philippine Basketball Association. He previously served as the interim head coach of the Philippine national team. Guiao won seven PBA titles since starting his head coaching job for Swift in the early 1990s. He is a former Philippine Basketball League commissioner from 1997 to 2000. He was also the Vice Governor of the Province of Pampanga from 2004 to 2013, serving three different Governors, Mark Lapid, Eddie Panlilio and Lilia Pineda. He is a former congressman, representing the 1st District of Pampanga from 2013 to 2016.

Yeng Guiao
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Guiao in 2019
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Pampanga's 1st district
In office
June 30, 2013 – June 30, 2016
Preceded byCarmelo Lazatin
Succeeded byCarmelo Lazatin II
Vice Governor of Pampanga
In office
June 30, 2004 – June 30, 2013
GovernorMark Lapid
Eddie Panlilio
Lilia Pineda
Preceded byMikey Arroyo
Succeeded byDennis Pineda
Member of the Pampanga Provincial Board from the 1st district
In office
June 30, 2001 – June 30, 2004
Personal details
Born (1959-03-19) March 19, 1959 (age 64)
Pampanga, Philippines
Political partyNUP (2011–present)
Other political
Lakas–CMD (2001–2011)
KAMPI (2007–2009)
SpouseJennifer Tablante
Alma materLa Salle Green Hills
University of the Philippines Diliman
OccupationBasketball coach, Politician, Civil servant
Basketball career
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Coaching career1990–present
Career history
As coach:
1990–1994Swift Mighty Meaty Hotdogs
1994–1996Mobiline Cellulars
2000–2009Red Bull Barako
2009–2011Air21 Express
2011–2016Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2016–2022NLEX Road Warriors
2022–presentRain or Shine Elasto Painters
Career highlights and awards

Early lifeEdit

Guiao is the son of former Pampanga Governor, the late Bren Z. Guiao. He was an alumnus of La Salle Green Hills and studied at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he was a member of the Senior Men's Varsity Basketball team. He entered the coaching ranks in the 1980s.

Coaching careerEdit

First coaching stintEdit

Prior to his PBA coaching career, Guiao was the head coach of the Swift franchise in the Philippine Amateur Basketball League with Alvin Patrimonio as one of its top stars. The RFM franchise entered the PBA in 1990, as Pop Cola, joining market rival Pepsi. Guiao was the team's first head coach and led the renamed Diet Sarsi to its first finals appearance, losing to Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdog in the 1991 All-Filipino Finals.

In the 1992 Third Conference, he led Swift to their first championship with a 4–0 sweep of 7-Up in the championship. It was also Guiao's first championship in the PBA. He would also led the Mighty Meaties squad to two finals appearances in 1993 and 1994, losing to San Miguel and Alaska.

In 1995, Guiao and then-Pepsi mentor Derrick Pumaren were involved in rare coach for coach trade. While Pumaren led the rechristened Sunkist Orange Juicers to two championships that year, Guiao had two forgettable seasons with Pepsi and then-renamed as Mobiline before leaving his coaching position in 1996.

Red BullEdit

Guiao in 2008.

In 2000, Guiao made his PBA coaching return for the Batang Red Bull Energizers. Despite poor performances in the All-Filipino and Commissioner's Cup, he coached the Thunder to a third-place finish in the 2000 Governors' Cup.

In 2001, he would lead Red Bull to its first PBA title by defeating San Miguel 4–2 in the Commissioner's Cup finals with Antonio Lang as import. The series was marred by physical play between both teams and also Guiao's famous "San Miguel has never beat us with a complete lineup" line, during the series. It was a reference to the PBA suspending Kerby Raymundo and Junthy Valenzuela in Games 3 and 4, respectively as the Beermen won both games.

Guiao would later repeat the same feat in 2002 Commissioner's Cup, leading Red Bull to a seven-game series victory over Talk 'N Text to defend its championship won a year ago.

Red Bull had a two-season title drought, despite several respectable finishes during those seasons. But in the 2005-06 PBA season, he coached the Bulls to the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference Championship, defeating Purefoods in six games and a runner-up finish in the 2006 Philippine Cup, losing to the same Purefoods team, 4–2.

In the 2006-07 Philippine Cup, Guiao led the Bulls to its ninth semifinals appearance in franchise history but lost to San Miguel in seven games. The series saw physical confrontation between teams, even Guiao was ejected in Game 6 for elbowing Dondon Hontiveros and getting involved in a verbal exchange with SMB assistant coach Pido Jarencio.

The Barakos, with a depleted line-up, snatched a slot in semi-finals after it swept powerhouse team Magnolia Beverage Masters 2–0 in best of three quarterfinals of the 2007-2008 Philippine Cup.

In 2008, Guiao resigned as Barako Bull head coach.

Burger King / Air21Edit

In 2009, he was signed by the Burger King Whoppers as the new head coach of the team.

Rain or ShineEdit

Yeng Guiao and the Elasto Painters during a timeout.

After his contract expired on December 31, 2010, he signed with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to become their head coach. As the coach of the Elasto Painters, he helped the team first by making them appear in the Semi-Finals for the first time in Franchise history in the 2010-2011 Governor's Cup.

2011–12 seasonEdit

The 2011-2012 Philippine Cup, the Elasto Painters, with prize rookie Paul Lee and the resurgence of Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood showed their improvement by making it to the semifinals once again and were one game away from its first PBA Finals appearance before falling to Powerade in seven games. After a forgetful Commissioner's Cup, the Elasto Painters bounced back in the Governors' Cup and topped the elimination round. The team went on to face San Mig Coffee Mixers (then known as the B-Meg Llamados), with Paul Lee out of the series Yeng and the Elasto Painter found ways to beat the Llamados, the Elasto Painters went up 3-1 before the Llamados won 2 straight games to force Game 7. The Elasto Painters won Game 7 and also won their first PBA Title.

2012–13 seasonEdit

Guiao once again led the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to its 2nd straight (2nd overall) finals appearance once again, but lost to the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in a 4-game sweep.

2013–14 seasonEdit

Guiao again led the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the finals for[clarification needed] the 3rd time (3rd overall), but lost to the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in 6 games of the Philippine Cup and then again in the Governors Cup for the 4th time (4th overall) in the final game of the series against the same team.

2014–15 seasonEdit

Guiao would lead Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the finals of Commissioner's Cup for the 5th time (5th overall), but once again lost in the final game of the series against the Talk N Text Tropang Texters.

2015–16 seasonEdit

Guiao once again lead the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to the finals for the 6th time (6th overall), this time winning the Commissioners' Cup against the Alaska Aces in 6 games, their 2nd championship in franchise history.


Guiao left the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to join the NLEX Road Warriors in October 2016.

After a six-year stint with two semi-finals appearances, Guiao left the NLEX Road Warriors to return to the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters in September 2022.

Return to Rain or ShineEdit

In September 2022, Guiao returned to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for his second stint as the team's head coach.

List of PBA championshipsEdit

PBA champion, 15× Finals Appearances:

National teamEdit

On September 25, 2008, he was named the head coach of the Philippines men's national basketball team and tasked with selecting, forming, and training the national squad, with the ultimate goal of competing in the 2010 World Basketball Championship (FIBA World Championship) in Istanbul, Turkey. Guiao was the successor of Chot Reyes, the current head coach of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters. Guiao became the sixth coach to head a PBA-backed national squad after Robert Jaworski, Sr. (1990), Norman Black (1994), Tim Cone (1998), Jong Uichico (2002), and Reyes, who had a 9th-place finish in 2007 FIBA-Asia Men's Basketball Championship in Tokushima, Japan.[1][2] After a failed bid, he was then succeeded by Rajko Toroman as the national coach.

Guiao returned as head coach of the Philippines, after Chot Reyes along with several Filipino players was suspended by FIBA for their involvement in the Philippines-Australia basketball brawl of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers. Despite the suspension, Guiao managed to secure the Philippines' qualification in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

The Philippines however did not win one of its five games in the 2019 FIBA World Cup under Guiao. After the campaign Guiao announced his resignation as head coach of the team on September 11, 2019.[3]

Philippine Basketball League CommissionerEdit

In 1997, Guiao became the new commissioner of the Philippine Basketball League, replacing Charlie Favis. His first move was to put the league's game from the Rizal Memorial Coliseum to the newly built Makati Coliseum. He also helped the league gained marginal success from 1997 to 1999, with teams such as the Tanduay Rhum Masters winning titles and Blu Detergent signing-up Asi Taulava.

In 1999, he put the PBL coverage for one-season on Vintage Sports, the same network covering PBA games back then. The year saw significant exposure for the league while Welcoat Paints established themselves as the league's new dynasty.


Around the time he was the PBL commissioner, he also joined Vintage Sports as their regular color commentator from 1997 to 1999. From 1998 to 1999, Guiao formed a popular tandem with Chino Trinidad, mostly delivering humor to the broadcasting booth. Trinidad and Guiao called Barangay Ginebra's upset of the Mobiline Phone Pals in 1999 All-Filipino Cup quarterfinals for Vintage Sports.

Guiao would leave the commentary booth, as well as the Commissioner post in 2000 to join Red Bull's move to the pro ranks. Coincidentally, the PBL board chose Trinidad as his successor.

Political careerEdit

In 2001, Guiao became a board member in the province of Pampanga, after serving in numerous local positions in his home town. Guiao had plans to have Pampanga host several sports for the 2005 Southeast Asian Games but was later scrapped. In 2004, he won the Vice Governor position of the province in the local elections which he currently serves.

Guiao, the son of former Pampanga Governor Bren Z. Guiao, had been critical about the leadership of former Pampanga Governor Mark Lapid, who was his former ally, so he switched sides and aligned himself to Lilia Pineda, wife of the alleged gambling lord Bong Pineda. In 2005, he asked Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to investigate Gov. Lapid and his father Senator Lito Lapid of plunder charges.

He ran for re-election as Vice Governor and won as a running mate of Senior Provincial Board Member Baby Pineda, the wife of alleged-Jueteng lord Bong Pineda, under the KAMPI banner (KAMPI is the mother party of Arroyo).

He ran for congressman of the First District of Pampanga in 2013.[4][5] He won his position against former Rep. Francis Nepomuceno. He ran again for his second term in the 2016 elections against Jon Lazatin, son of former Angeles mayor and 1st district congressman Carmelo Lazatin.[6] However, Guiao lost his re-election bid in the May 9 elections, after he only got 44,672 votes over his opponent Jon Lazatin, with 78,197 of the total counted votes.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^, Guiao is RP five head coach at last
  2. ^, PBA names Yeng Guiao as national team coach
  3. ^ Naredo, Camille (September 11, 2019). "Yeng Guiao resigns as Gilas Pilipinas coach". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  4. ^ First district folk want new leaders - Guiao
  5. ^ Local party bares Angeles City bets
  6. ^ "Yeng Guiao faces ex-solon's son in Pampanga". Politiko. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao loses reelection bid". Rappler. May 11, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2016.

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Offices and distinctions
Sporting positions
Preceded by Pop Cola/Swift head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by Pepsi Mega Hotshots/Mobiline Cellulars head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by Philippine Basketball League Commissioner
Succeeded by
Preceded by Red Bull Barako head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by Air21 Express head coach
Succeeded by
Preceded by Rain or Shine head coach
Succeeded by
Caloy Garcia
Political offices
Preceded by Vice Governor of Pampanga
Succeeded by
House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Carmelo Lazatin
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Pampanga's 1st district
Succeeded by
Carmelo Lazatin II