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Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Patrimonio.jpg
Alias "The Captain", "Captain Lionheart", "Cap"/"Kap"
Jersey No. 16
Position Small Forward/Power Forward
Current Team Retired
Personal Info
Country  Philippines
Birth November 17, 1966 (1966-11-17) (age 43)
Quezon City, Philippines
Height 6 ft. 3 in.
Weight 215 lbs.
College Mapúa Institute of Technology
Career Highlights
Draft Undrafted, 1988
by Purefoods TJ Hotdogs
Pro Career 1988 – 2004
Also played for
Awards Received
  • 1997 PBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1994 PBA Most Valuable Player
  • 1993 PBA Most Valuable Playe
  • 1991 PBA Most Valuable Playerr
  • 2000 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1998 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1997 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1996 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1994 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1993 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1992 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1991 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1990 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1989 PBA Mythical First Team
  • 1995 PBA Mythical Second Team
  • 1997 PBA Best Player of the Conference
  • 1996 PBA Best Player of the Conference
  • 1994 PBA Best Player of the Conference
  • 1993 PBA Press Corps Newsmaker of the Year
  • 1991 PBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
  • 10-Time PBA All-Star
  • PBA's 25 Greatest Players

Alvin Vergara Patrimonio (born November 17, 1966), nicknamed "The Captain" and "Captain Lionheart" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager of is former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.

A 1983 graduate of the Manila Science High School, he then enrolled and played for the Mapúa Institute of Technology Cardinals in the NCAA from 1983 to 1986. He entered the PBA in 1988 as part of the illustrious quartet alongside 1988 Rookie of the Year Jojo Lastimosa, many-time Mythical Team and Best Defensive Team member Jerry Codiñera and perennial Best Defensive Team member Glenn Capacio.

He first played for Hope in the PABL (now known as the PBL). Then he transferred to YCO and after that to Swift wherein he gave the franchise a championship before going to the pros. His pro debut though was delayed because of some conflicts with Swift, it was since then fixed.

He played his entire career with the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs and won several championships, mostly in the All-Filipino Cup. He also played for the Philippine national team many times including the 1998 Philippine Centennial Team.

Patrimonio holds several PBA records including most consecutive games played (596) and most PBA Most Valuable Player awards (4, tied with Ramon Fernandez). He is also the second player after Bogs Adornado to win back-to-back MVP awards in 1993 and 1994, and also the second player to win three Best Player of the Conference award after Vergel Meneses. He also shares the distinction of having played the most Asian Games (4) with 1990 PBA MVP Allan Caidic.

During his playing years in the PBA, Alvin found time to do movies. He first appeared as guest in the Mars Ravelo classic Bondying which starred retired PBA player Jimmy Santos. Then he was launched together with Jerry Codiñera and Bong Alvarez in the film Last Two Minutes in 1990. The movie was a top-grosser at the box-office and spawned a sitcom of the same title aired over PTV-4. The Captain was also paired with Maricel Soriano in the remake of the Robert Jaworski/Nora Aunor film Dobol Dribol in 1992 and did Tasya Fantasya opposite Kris Aquino in 1994. In 2009, Alvin once more tried the showbiz waters when he starred in the indie film "Dalaw" opposite controversial sexy actress Katrina Halili.

In 2004, 16 years after playing in the pro league, Patrimonio announced his retirement to concentrate more on his duties as the current team manager of the Purefoods franchise in the PBA. The best power forward in the annals of the PBA, he redefined the meaning of power forward as a prolific and phenomenal scorer ending his career as the league’s number three scorer with 15,091 just behind all-time greats Ramon Fernandez and Abet Guidaben with 18,996 and 15,775, respectively.

On November 26, 2005, he played in the Legends 3-Point Shootout during the PBA All-Star in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The game saw Patrimonio sink the very last money ball to prop the Legends, also composed of Ronnie Magsanoc and Frankie Lim, to a 41-39 win over the young Turks of Jimmy Alapag, Ren-Ren Ritualo, and Dondon Hontiveros.


Player Profile

Medal record
Men’s Basketball
Competitor for  Philippines
Asian Games
Silver 1990 Beijing Team competition
Bronze 1986 Seoul Team competition
Bronze 1998 Bangkok Team competition

Alvin stands at 6'4" and plays the power forward position. But during his amateur days, he also played center position with ease. His style of play is somewhat comparable to Karl Malone, rugged physical play but with finesse.

He has a reputation for being one of the most beloved players in Philippine basketball and probably the second most popular player behind Robert Jaworski.

Apart from being a basketball player, he is also an endorser of many products such as Purefoods, Swatch, Lipovitan, Kaypee Shoes (during his first few years as a pro player), Nike, etc. He appeared in a political ad campaign for Senator Manny Villar.

In 1991, he signed a 5-year 25 million peso offer sheet from cellar-dwelling PBA ballclub the Pepsi Hotshots which was matched by his mother ballclub the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs. Patrimonio's new contract ushered the era of the multi-millionaire players.

Career PBA highlights

  • Most Valuable Player in 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1997
  • Mythical First Team Selection in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2000
  • Mythical Second Team Selection in 1995
  • Best Player of the Conference in 1994 Commissioner's Cup, 1996 All-Filipino Cup, and 1997 Governor's Cup
  • PBA Press Corps Newsmaker of the Year in 1993
  • Ten time PBA All-Star
  • Most Valuable Player of the 1991 PBA All-Star Game
  • 25 PBA Greatest Players Member
  • PBA 5,000 Points Club Member
  • PBA 10,000 Points Club Member
  • PBA 15,000 Points Club Member
  • PBA Third Conference champions (1990)
  • PBA All-Filipino Cup champions (1991, 1993, 1997)
  • PBA Commissioner's Cup champions (1994)
  • PBA Governor's Cup champions (2002)

International career highlights

  • 1986 Asian Games bronze medalist
  • 1990 Asian Games silver medalist
  • 1994 Asian Games, fourth place
  • 1998 William Jones Cup (Champions)
  • 1998 Asian Games bronze medalist
  • 2000 PBA All-Stars versus the Asia Basketball Select Team

PPBA records

  • Most MVP awards (4, tied with Ramon Fernandez)
  • Most consecutive games played (596)
  • One of eight players to play at least 800 games

Personal life

Alvin is currently living in Cainta, Rizal, together with his wife, Cindy and their four children Angelo, Christine, Clarice, and Asher. Angelo is embarking on a career in local showbiz, being a property of {Star Magic]], while Christine is making her name in the local women's tennis circuit.

External links

Preceded by
Samboy Lim
NCAA Seniors' Basketball Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Fernando Libed
Preceded by
Allan Caidic
PBA Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Ato Agustin
Preceded by
PBA Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Vergel Meneses
Preceded by
Johnny Abarrientos
PBA Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Kenneth Duremdes
Preceded by
Samboy Lim
PBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
Succeeded by
Alvin Teng
Preceded by
Rene Pardo
Purefoods Chunkee Giants Team Manager
Succeeded by
Flag of the Philippines.svg PBA All-Star National Team - 2000 FIBA Asia All-Star Extravaganza

Rodney Santos | 10 Danny Ildefonso | 13 Marlou Aquino | 16 Alvin Patrimonio | 19 Kenneth Duremdes | 30 Eric Menk | 34 Rudy Hatfield | 40 Noy Castillo | 41 Johnny Abarrientos | 42 Danny Seigle | 52 Andy Seigle | 61 Bong Hawkins | Coach Tim Cone



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