The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines consisting of 29 teams.

The league was launched on August 29, 2017 by Manny Pacquiao, originally as a semi-professional league. According to Pacquiao, the league is not intended to be a competitor to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the country's top professional basketball league. The MPBL was intended to feature both the regional commercial and barangay-level league, with teams on the commercial side to have a home locality in addition to a corporate sponsor. The league was given professional status on December 9, 2021. The league's youth-oriented counterpart, the Junior MPBL, began its inaugural season on July 9, 2023. A volleyball counterpart called the Maharlika Pilipinas Volleyball Association (MPVA) is slated to begin in October 2023.

Four different teams have won the league championship, with the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards being the current defending champions, beating the Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines 3-1 in the 2022 MPBL Finals.


Semi-professional era (2018–2021)

During its first year, the league hosted teams from Luzon with future plans to expand to Visayas and Mindanao like the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association. It was planned that an expanded MPBL will have two divisions, North and South, where the best team from both divisions will face in a finals series similar to the format of the National Basketball Association in North America. The league was planned to start as early as September 23, 2017 with at least six teams. A pre-season tournament was held with the Bulacan Kuyas finishing as champions.

The MPBL began its first season on January 25, 2018, and included ten teams, all based in Luzon. Teams are required to have at least three homegrown players in their roster. In the opening game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Parañaque Patriots secured a 70–60 victory over the Caloocan Supremos. The playoffs only features eight teams due to its small size at the time, as the Batangas City Athletics were crowned as the league's inaugural champions when they defeated the Muntinlupa Cagers in the 2018 MPBL Finals.

In the 2018–19 season, the league expanded to 26 teams, adding 16 expansion teams to the league. After ten expansion teams from Luzon were admitted into the league, it closed its doors so that it could leave room for future Visayas and Mindanao teams. The North and South Divisions were introduced and the playoff format was changed to accomodate 16 teams. The league also placed roster restrictions on teams, only allowing one Filipino-foreigner and up to five ex-professional players. The San Juan Knights then became the 2019 champions, beating the Davao Occidental Tigers.

The 2019–20 season featured 31 teams participating in the league, the most the league had in its history, adding six expansion teams but also saw its first departing team, the Mandaluyong El Tigre. Roster restrictions were also relaxed, allowing more Filipino-foreigners and ex-professional players to play in the league. In December 2019, Chooks-to-Go of Bounty Agro Ventures became the title sponsor of the league under a five-year deal.

COVID-19 disruption

The 2019–20 season was postponed on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after the second game of the Divisional Finals. Nearly one year later, the league resumed play for the final games of the playoffs on March 10, 2021 through a bubble in Subic. Davao Occidental beat San Juan in a rematch of last season's Finals to become the 2020 champions. Because of the long delay, the 2020–21 season was cancelled altogether. In October 2021, Chooks-to-Go took over the operations of the league.

Professional era and further expansion (2021–present)

On November 9, 2021, it was announced that the MPBL will turn into a professional league. A month later, on December 9, 2021, the MPBL was granted professional status by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). The league's first professional event was the 2021 Invitational, which was the first preseason tournament under the Invitational label. During the Invitational, all roster restrictions were lifted. The Basilan Jumbo Plastic became the Invitational champions and also won a prize pot of two million pesos.

This is followed by the 2022 season, which featured 22 of the 31 teams from the previous season. The season marked a new sponsorship with sports betting platform OKBet, making them the title sponsor. On October 10, 2022, Kyt Jimenez of the Sarangani Marlins became the first player in league history to record a quadruple-double. The Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards went undefeated in the regular season and subsequently became the 2022 champions, winning against the Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines.

The 2023 season features 29 teams, including two expansion teams and five returning teams. The 2023 Preseason Invitational was held in General Santos featuring eight teams, among those teams is the first guest team in the league, General Santos-based Bulalakaw. Zamboanga won the preseason tournament, beating Nueva Ecija. On June 3, 2023, Jeff Viernes of the Sarangani Marlins recorded the league's first 50-point game.

On June 15, 2023, the Junior MPBL was unveiled by Pacquiao in a press conference. The youth-oriented league's inaugural season began on July 9, 2023 and features 22 teams, all competing in under-14, under-16, and under-18 divisions. In the same press conference, Pacquiao also shared intent to create a volleyball counterpart similar to the MPBL that will cater to female players. The league will be called the Maharlika Pilipinas Volleyball Association (MPVA) and is expected to start in October 2023 with at least eight teams, with the possibility of a men's division in 2024. is a website that provides live updates and information on various sports events and leagues around the world. One of the leagues featured on the website is the Philippines MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League).

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