Here are the hometowns of top PBA players

May 2, 2019

WHAT do Pampanga, Cebu, and Negros Occidental have in common?

Well, aside from their distinct dialects and delectable dishes, among others, these provinces are also known to be the top hometowns of PBA basketball players.

The North Luzon province and the two from Visayas kept their stature as the Top 3 basketball hotbeds in the country, having the most natives playing in the PBA this season, according to the opening-day rosters the league released.

Pampanga tightened its grip on the No. 1 spot by having the same Kapampangan sons since last year at 13 with the addition of two rookies in Javee Mocon and Michael Calisaan.

Cebu has the second-most representatives, increasing its tally from nine to breaching the double-digit barrier with 10 this year with three Cebuano rookies making their way to the pros in Paul Desiderio, Kris Porter, and Ron Dennison.

Negros Occidental rounded out the Top 3 by maintaining its total from last year with eight Negrense players suiting up for PBA teams.

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Outside the Top 3, Pangasinan made a huge leap to fourth spot, increasing the Pangasinense platoon from four to six this year with its most notable addition being top rookie pick CJ Perez.

Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro shared fifth spot with five natives each, all holdovers from last year.

Other Luzon and Visayas provinces are also represented, ranging from one to four representatives per area.

One province that returned to the PBA map is Palawan, which, after having zero natives last year, has two this season in the returning Jireh Ibañes and rookie Cyrus Tabi.

Manila and Quezon City still have the most representatives among NCR cities, although QC dropped from 11 to seven players this year.

In terms of overseas-born or -raised players, most still came from California, which padded its total from 22 to 24 players this year.

Take a look at the entire list of hometowns of PBA basketball players:

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Pampanga - 13

Jayson Castro

Jayson Castro

Calvin Abueva

Arwind Santos

Japeth Aguilar

Ian Sangalang

JC Intal

Russel Escoto

Justin Melton

Michael Miranda

Dexter Maiquez

Lervin Flores

Michael Calisaan

Javee Mocon

Cebu – 10

June Mar Fajardo

June Mar Fajardo

Greg Slaughter

JR Quiñahan

Aldrech Ramos

Brian Heruela

Roger Pogoy

Mark Tallo

Paul Desiderio

Kris Porter

Ron Dennison

Negros Occidental - 8

James Yap

James Yap

Jeff Chan

Noy Baclao

LA Revilla

Reynel Hugnatan

Raul Soyud

Raymar Jose

JP Calvo – Silay City

Pangasinan - 6

CJ Perez

Marc Pingris

Jason Ballesteros

Bryan Faundo

Marion Magat

CJ Perez – Pangasinan

Jeepy Faundo – Pozorrubio, Pangasinan

Iloilo - 5

Ronald Tubid

Anjo Caram

Paolo Taha

Emman Monfort

Kiefer Ravena

Cagayan de Oro - 5

Poy Erram

Jio Jalalon

Glenn Khobuntin

Philip Paniamogan

Rey Nambatac

Davao del Sur – 4

Scottie Thompson

Baser Amer

John Pinto

Reden Celda

Tarlac – 4

Niño Canaleta

Jake Pascual

Jaypee Mendoza

Jon Jon Gabriel

Bulacan - 3

Art dela Cruz

Billy Mamaril

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Emil Renz Palma

Cavite – 3

Terrence Romeo

Ranidel de Ocampo

Yancy de Ocampo

Albay – 3

Mark Borboran

Jay-R Reyes

Jorey Napoles – Daraga, Albay

Olongapo – 3

Gabby Espinas

Ping Exciminiano

Matt Ganuelas-Rosser

Zamboanga -3

RR Garcia

Mark Barroca

Mike Tolomia

Leyte – 3

Chico Lanete

Garvo Lanete

Robert Bolick – Ormoc

Batangas - 2

LA Tenorio

Eric Camson

Iligan - 2

Cyrus Baguio

Bambam Gamalinda

Bataan - 2

Raymond Almazan

Bradwyn Guinto

Cotabato – 2

PJ Simon

Mac Belo

Laguna – 2

Chris Javier

Abu Tratter – Siniloan, Laguna

Isabela - 2

Jackson Corpuz

Bong Galanza

Quezon -2

MJ Ayaay

Teytey Teodoro – Lucena

Palawan - 2

Jireh Ibañes

Cyrus Tabi

Samar - 2

Jewel Ponferrada

Jom Sollano

Cagayan Valley

Troy Rosario

Nueva Ecija

Vic Manuel

Aurora

Keith Agovida

Baguio

Doug Kramer

Catanduanes

Don Trollano

Ilocos Norte

Ed Daquioag

La Union

James Sena

Romblon

Jansen Rios

Camarines Norte

Jammer Jamito

Sorsogon

Beau Belga

Zambales

Jay Washington

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NCR

Over a hundred PBA players may come from the provinces, but you don’t have to look far to find PBA standouts as there are also standouts who were raised in Metro Manila. Manila has a double-digit number of natives with 12, while Quezon City, one of the largest cities in the country, has the second most with seven, followed by Mandaluyong with six. overall, there are the 41 players whose hometowns are in the National Capital Region. Here they are.

Manila – 12

Paul Lee

Ryan Araña

Jonathan Grey

Allein Maliksi

Carl Bryan Cruz

Dave Marcelo

Raymond Aguilar

Von Pessumal

Justin Chua

Kenneth Ighalo

Roi Sumang

Kyles Lao

Quezon City - 7

Larry Fonacier

Jervy Cruz

Rodney Brondial

Prince Caperal

Frank Golla

Nico Salva

Bong Quinto – Quezon City

Mandaluyong – 6

Juami Tiongson

Ael Banal

Kevin Racal

Aljon Mariano

Jeron Teng

G-Boy Babilonia

Makati – 3

Jvee Casio

Kevin Ferrer

Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

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Parañaque – 3

Nico Elorde

Paul Zamar

Mon Abundo

San Juan – 2

Joseph Gabayni

Diego Dario

Las Piñas -2

Kevin Alas

Gelo Alolino

Pasig – 2

Jericho Cruz

Louie Vigil

Valenzuela - 2

Rey Guevarra

Sidney Onwubere

Pasay

RJ Jazul

Caloocan

Jayjay Alejandro

Overseas-raised players

The globalization of the basketball is also evident in the PBA thru their players who were raised – and others born – overseas. Getting the world-class training abroad helped these cagers get ready for suiting up in their mothers’ land. They may have lived most of their lives outside the Philippines, but make no mistake: they are proud of their Filipino heritage. Calfornia has the most PBA players, while New York and Florida have two each. Check them out.

California - 24

Chris Newsome

Willy Wilson

Alex Cabagnot

Marcio Lassiter

Stanley Pringle

Sol Mercado

Maverick Ahanmisi

Ryan Reyes

Mark Caguioa

Kyle Pascual

Mike Cortez

Alex Mallari

Kelly Nabong

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Simon Enciso

Harvey Carey

Rome dela Rosa

Abel Galliguez

Robbie Herndon

Kris Rosales

Davon Potts

Julian Sargent

Jerramy King

Trevis Jackson

Paul Varilla

New York - 2

Rafi Reavis

Rashawn Mccarthy

Florida – 2

Cliff Hodge

Matt Salem

Hawaii

Joe Devance

Chicago

Mike DiGregorio

Maryland

Jason Perkins

Michigan

Kelly Williams

North Carolina

Gabe Norwood

South Dakota

Jared Dillinger

San Antonio, Texas

Chris Ross

Seattle, Washington

Chris Banchero

Canada - 3

Sean Anthony

Matthew Wright

Norbert Torres

Australia – 2

Anthony Semerad

David Semerad

Tonga – 2

Asi Taulava

Mo Tautuaa

Germany

Christian Standhardinger

Papua New Guinea

Sonny Thoss

Sweden

Andreas Cahilig

Hong Kong

Joseph Eriobu

Kuwait

Yousef Taha

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