After a 3-month hibernation, the PBA is back on air. The 33rd season of the PBA will be under wraps this afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum. Game time will be at 6:30 pm where the Magnolia Beverage Masters (formerly known as San Miguel Beer) will be pitting wits with the Express of Air21.
Hordes of celebrities have been invited to grace the opening tilt, including boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, reigning World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Gerry PeÃ±alosa and bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno. Eat Bulaga’s wacky duo of Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola will be the hosts of the affair while artist-singer Karylle will sing the national anthem. All eyes will be on a bevy of beauties expected to be paraded by the 10 participating teams, among which are young actress Kim Chiu of Purefoods, Iwa Moto of Brgy. Ginebra, and Angel Locsin of Magnolia Beverage Masters.
Official line-ups below:
ALASKA ACES: John Ferriols, Mike Cortez, Tony De la Cruz, Aaron Aban, Rensy Bajar, Jeffrey Cariaso, Reynel Hugnatan, Eddie Laure, Willie Miller, Sonny Thoss, Ken Bono, JR QuiÃ±ahan, Junjun Cabatu, and Poch Juinio.
Head Coach: Tim Cone
Assistant Coaches: Jojo Lastimosa, Dickie Bachmann, Luigi Trillo
RED BULL BARAKOS: Celino Cruz, Cyrus Baguio, Junthy Valenzuela, Leo Najorda, Topex Robinson, Mick Pennisi, Mike Hrabak, Paolo Bugia, Warren YbaÃ±ez, Carlo Sharma, Kiko Adriano, Don Camaso, Mark Andaya, and Jojo Duncil.
Injured: Rich Alvarez
Head coach: Yeng Guiao
Assistant Coaches: Rudy Hines, Gee Abanilla, Roehl Nadurata
PUREFOODS TJ GIANTS: James Yap, Peter June Simon, Kerby Raymundo, Marc Pingris, Roger Yap, Richard Yee, Noy Castillo, Rey Evangelista, Jondan Salvador, Rommel Adducul, Chico LaÃ±ete, Brandon Lee Cablay, Robert Sanz, and Ardy Larong
Injured: Omanzie Rodriguez
Head coach: Ryan Gregorio
Assistant Coaches: Ronnie Magsanoc, Koy Banal, Dayong Mendoza
BRGY GINEBRA KINGS: Johnny Abarrientos, Mark Caguioa, Jayjay Helterbrand, Mike Holper, Paul Artadi, Mark Macapagal, Billy Mamaril, Eric Menk, Rafi Reavis, Sunday Salvacion, Ronald Tubid, Macky Escalona, JR Aquino, Gilbert Lao
Head coach: Jong Uichico
Assistant Coaches: Art Dela Cruz, Marco Sauler
COCA-COLA TIGERS: John Arigo, MC Caceres, Egay Echavez, Alex Cabagnot, Ricky Calimag, Kenneth Duremdes, Jason Misolas, Ronjay Enrile, Ali Peek, Chester Tolomia, Ronjay Buenafe, Mark Telan, Mark Isip, Cesar Catli
Head coach: Binky Favis
Assistant Coaches: Boybits Victoria, Richie Ticzon, George Ella
STA. LUCIA REALTORS: Marlou Aquino, Ronnie Bughao, Dennis Espino, Norman Gonzales, Dennis Miranda, Paolo Mendoza, Nelbert Omolon, Kelly Williams, Ryan Reyes, Melvin Mamaclay, Philip Butel, Dennis Daa, Christian Coronel, Joseph Yeo
Head coach: Boyet Fernandez
Assistant Coaches: Adonis Tierra, Cholo Martin, Jaime Serrano Jr.
TALK ‘N TEXT PHONEPALS: Jimmy Alapag, Don Allado, Felix Belano, Mark Cardona, Harvey Carey, Yancy de Ocampo, Patrick Fran, Migs Noble, Ren-Ren Ritualo, Asi Taulava, Anthony Washington, Egay Billones, Kalani Ferreria, Yousif Aljamal
Head coach: Derrick Pumaren
Assistant Coaches: Bong Ramos, Tonichi Yturri, Agustin Tiongco, Bong Ravena
AIR21 EXPRESS: Wynne Arboleda, KG CaÃ±aleta, Gary David, Ranidel de Ocampo, Aries Dimaunahan, Arwind Santos, Homer Se, JC Intal, Doug Kramer, Marvin Cruz, Ervin Sotto, Chris Baluyot, Paolo Hubalde, Jec Chia
Head coach: Bo Perasol
Assistant Coaches: Allan Gregorio, Johnny Tam, Jerry CodiÃ±era, Ricky Dandan
WELCOAT DRAGONS: Froilan Baguion, NiÃ±o Gelig, Jireh IbaÃ±ez, Denver Lopez, Joey Mente, Jay-R Reyes, Adonis Sta. Maria, Jercules Tangkay, Rob Wainwright, Nic Belasco, Joe Devance, Ryan AraÃ±a, Estong Ballesteros, Don Dulay
Head coach: Leo Austria
Assistant Coaches: Caloy Garcia, Alex Compton, Bogs Adornado
MAGNOLIA BEVERAGE MASTERS: Willie Wilson, Lordy Tugade, Chris Calaguio, Danny Seigle, Danny Ildefonso, Dondon Hontiveros, Olsen Racela, Wesley Gonzales, Gabby Espinas, LA Tenorio, Larry Fonacier, Enrico Villanueva, Samigue Eman, Jonas Villanueva
Injured: Dorian Pena
Head coach: Siot Tanquincen
Assistant Coaches: Biboy Ravanes, Nash Racela, Aboy Castro, Pido Jarencio