SAN Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo and Alaska’s flamboyant forward Calvin Abueva, two of the brightest stars to come out of the 2012 draft class, share center stage when the PBA Press Corps. pays
tribute to the league’s top athletes in its annual Awards Night next week at the Century Park Hotel.
Only in his third season as a pro, the 6-foot-10 Fajardo has emerged as a formidable frontcourt force, making him the hands-down choice for the Gerry’s Grill-Defensive Player of the Year award during the Sepr. 16 celebration.
The former University of Cebu star went on to finish the season with a career-high 17.4 points, to go along with league-best numbers of 12.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.
More importantly, the pride of Pinamungahan, Cebu served as the force behind San Miguel’s championship conquests after ruling last season’s Philippine Cup and Governors Cup, respectively.
His overpowering performance all season long culminated with a second straight MVP trophy.
On the other hand, Abueva, the 2013 Rookie of the Year, was named Mr. Quality Minutes for providing the much-needed spark for Alaska, which finished the 40th season with a pair of runner-up finishes in the all-Filipino conference and Governors Cup.
In 57 games last season, the ‘Beast’ averaged a new career-mark of 12.8 points, along with 8.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in just under 23 minutes of action, mostly off the bench.
Highlighting the annual event is the presentation of the Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan Coach of the Year award, named after the legendary Crispa Redmanizers mentor dubbed as ‘The Maestro.’
Other major awards to be handed out are the Danny Floro Executive of the Year award, a tribute to the late team manager of the legendary Crispa franchise, along with the William ‘Bogs’ Adornado Comeback Player of the Year award held in honor of the former three-time league MVP.
PBA Press Corps president Barry Pascua of Bandera expects the league’s top honchos led by new president and CEO Chito Salud and commissioner Chito Narvasa, along with incoming chairman Robert Non and members of the board to join the two-hour long celebration.