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The PBA on Vintage Sports
Format Sports (basketball)
live action
Created by Vintage Enterprises, Inc.
Developed by Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation and Vintage Sports
Starring various PBA on Vintage Sports commentators
Voices of Benjie Santiago
Country of origin Philippines Philippines
Language(s) Filipino, English
No. of episodes n/a
Executive producer(s) Carlos "Bobong" Velez
Camera setup multicamera setup
Running time 150 minutes+
Original channel Maharlika Broadcasting System/People's Television Network (1982-1995)
Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (1996-1999)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original run February 21, 1982 – December 26, 1999
Preceded by PBA on MBS
Followed by PBA on Viva TV
Related shows PBA on Viva TV

The PBA on Vintage Sports was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games by Vintage Sports, a sports-oriented media company on Philippine television network People's Television from 1982 to 1995 and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation from 1996 to 1999. The PBA on Vintage Sports succeeded PBA on MBS



In 1982, the PBA transferred the broadcast rights of its games from Maharlika Broadcasting System to Vintage Television, a company owned by Carlos "Bobong" Velez and signed a 5.4 million pesos deal with the league. Vintage started airing PBA Games on Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation until early 1983 before People's Television Network took over the coverage for the next 12 years. In 1996, Vintage transferred to Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) as part of the launching of Vintage Television, a prime time slot that aired on IBC.

Over the next three seasons, Vintage paid the league a total of over two billion pesos (135 million in 1997, 1.885 billion in 1998 and over 300 million in 1999).

Vintage Sports' scoring bug in the early-1990s.

For the first eight years of Vintage's coverage, they had the legendary Smokin' Joe Cantada as its main broadcaster with Ed Picson and Sev Sarmenta as two of its play-by-play commentators. Quinito Henson, Andy Jao and Steve Kattan were the analysts while Romy Kintanar did the halftime features. Tim Cone was once a color commentator before being hired by Alaska Milk in 1989.

After Cantada's death in March 1992, Ed Picson, Sev Sarmenta and Bill Velasco became three of its main play-by-play commentators with Quinito Henson, Andy Jao and Butch Maniego as its main color commentators.

For the first 13 years of broadcast, Vintage Sports had an all-English format in delivering the games. But in 1996, they shifted to a taglish (Tagalog and English) format. Radio commentators such as Chino and Recah Trinidad, Rado Dimalibot, and Randy Sacdalan were elevated to TV broadcast.

By 1998, Sarmenta, Velasco and Maniego left for ABS-CBN Sports to be the main presenters for the network's newly-established league, the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA). Trinidad and Yeng Guiao would also become one of the most popular tandems in Vintage Sports. Eala and Picson would often tandem with Henson and Jao. Radio commentators Benjie Santiago and Mon Liboro was also elevated to TV coverage.

In 1999, Anthony Suntay and Chiqui Roa-Puno, or at times Paolo Trillo, Jannelle So and Dong Alejar became the pregame and halftime hosts for the coverage.

Viva Entertainment merger

In 2000, Vintage Television merged with VIVA Entertainment and signed a 770 million pesos deal with 3 years. It defeated the bid of GMA Network, who was hoping to win the bid to compete with television rival ABS-CBN, who had the television rights to cover the rival league Metropolitan Basketball Association.




  • Ed Picson (1987-1999)
  • Sev Sarmenta (1987-1997)
  • Romy Jalosjos (1982-1987)
  • Joe Cantada † (1982-1992)
  • Ronnie Nathanielsz (1982-1999)
  • Danny Sembrano (1987-1997)
  • Noli Eala (1990-1999)
  • Chino Trinidad (1990-1999)
  • Bill Velasco (1987-1997)
  • Benjie Santiago (1998-1999)
  • Mon Liboro (1998-1999)
  • Bob Novales (1990-1995)
  • Randy Sacdalan (1996-1999)
  • Pinggoy Pengson (1982-1986)
  • Zal Marte (1982-1987)


Studio analysts/Pregame hosts/Halftime hosts/Postgame hosts

PTV-4 days

  • Chino Trinidad (1993-1999)
  • Ronith Ang (1993-1999)
  • Sev Sarmenta (1987-1997)
  • Dyan Castillejo (1987-1997)

IBC-13 days

  • Anthony Suntay (1996-1999)
  • Chiqui Roa-Puno (1998-1999)
  • Paolo Trillo (1998-1999)
  • Jannelle So (1998-1999)
  • Dong Alejar (1998-1999)


  • Danny Sembrano (1987-1997)
  • Romy Kintanar (1987-1997)
  • Ronnie Nathanielsz (1982-1999)
  • Jun Bernardino
  • Poch Gayoso (1987-1997)
  • Sonny Barrios

Courtside reporters

  • Mylene Quinto (1987-1999)
  • Romy Kintanar (1987-1997)
  • Ronnie Nathanielsz (1982-1999)
  • Ronith Ang (1993-1999)
  • Ria Tanjuatco (1987-1999)
  • Jannelle So (1998-1999)
  • Chiqui Roa-Puno (1998-1999)
  • Dyan Castillejo (1987-1997)
  • Dong Alejar (1998-1999)


  • Anthony Suntay (1996-1999)
  • Yeill Aguila (1987-1999)

See also


  • PBA, The First 25 (2000,PBA Books) p. 33
  • PBA 20 Years at the Pictures (1994,PBA Books) pp. 118-119 [Images]
Preceded by
PBA TV coverage partners
Succeeded by
PBA on Viva TV


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