Basketball superstar

Alvin Patrimonio: from a chess player to a basketball superstar


Alvin Patrimonio
PHOTO FROM EDDIE ALINEA’S FILE

He loved chess and still loves it. Alvin Patrimonio, in fact, played the game that requires mental toughness while in high school science in Manila.

Influenced by his father, the late Angel Patrimonio, a mainstay of the NCAA champion team at Jose Rizal College during his playing years, and due to his size and build, Alvin was drawn to basketball where he became one of the greatest to have played the game this shore.

“I really like chess and I intended to make a career out of this sport.” I have also played basketball since I was 10 years old, pero mas gusto ko ang chess kasi mas nagagamit ang utak ” Alvin told the writer in an interview at the height of his professional career that earned him four PBA MVPs, among others.

“I wanted to imitate my kasi idols Bobby Fischer and of course our own Eugene Torre,” Patrimonio added. I wanted to become a national master, an international master and a grand master like them, ”he said with glitter in his eyes.

“In saka gusto kong talunin ang Lolo ko his mother next to ko. Lagi ko siyang kalaro halos araw-araw, pero hindi ko matalu-talo. Ang galing there is ”, he declared referring to Lolo Alberto (Vergara) father of his mother Ophélie.

And the rest is history, as they say.

Alvin Vergara Patrimonio was born on November 17, 1966 in Manila. the Cardinals but instead earned the NCAA MVP awards back-to-back in 1985 and 1986.

The idol-looking, soft-spoken Patrimonio was a mainstay of the YCO Painters of the Philippine Basketball League (now the PBA D-League) before moving to RFM-Swifts. The Elizalde franchise was disbanded after winning two three-conference championships starting in 1986. -87. Patrimonio attended two conferences with the Swift Hotdogs and won a title before joining the PBA in the middle of the 1988 season.

The 6-foot-3 forward spent his entire 17 pro season with the Purefoods franchise and won five championships in addition to setting several PBA records, including most consecutive games (596); third highest number of points scored in history (15,091); fourth most rebounding in history (6,000+) and four MVP awards tied with idol Ramon Fernandez and June Mar Fajardo.

He, too, is the second player outside of Bogs Adornado to win the back-to-back MVP awards he created in 1993 and 1994, the second player to win three conference best player awards after Vergel Meneses. He also shares the distinction of having played the most Asian Games (4) with 1990 PBA MVP Allan Caidic.

Before his no. 6 jersey was retired on the occasion of his 38th birthday in 2004, Alvin was a legendary first team of the PBA 10 times from 1989 to 1994, 1996 to 1998; Second legendary team in 1995; All-Star Game MVP (1991); 12 times All-Star (1989-1993, 1995-2001); the top 25 players in the PBA; The 40 greatest players in the PBA.

Patrimonio was also a member of the five PBA National Asian Games in 1990, coaching Robert Jaworski, who won the silver medal for the first time since the Philippines lost the Asiad title in 1966.

At the 1998 Asian Games, he was part of a full PBA Philippine national team, also known as the Philippine Centennial Team. The team was coached by Tim Cone. This team also won the 1998 William Jones Cup after beating Chinese Taipei in the league game, 82-72.

After only three years in the professional ranks, Patrimonio signed a five-year P 25.3million (around P500,000 per month) contract with Purefoods, making him the highest paid player in basketball history. Filipino ball.

Patrimonio was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2011. Other winners of the 2011 class were Billy Ray Bates, Freddie Hubalde, Tommy Manotoc, Mariano Yenko, Tito Eduque and Bobong Velez. They were the fourth group of individuals to be honored by the league.

Parimonio has three children with his wife Cindy — Angelo, Christine and Clarice and an adopted child Asher Angel. Christine and Clarice followed their father’s athletic career as first-rate tennis players.