Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association

Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association
Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association
Sport Basketball and other sports
Founded 1938
No. of teams varies
Country(ies)  Philippines
Ceased 1975

The Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) is a defunct sports association which existed from 1938 to 1981. It is best known for its basketball league for amateur players.

The basketball league was first held in 1938 under the control of the Basketball Association of the Philippines, with players being ordinary employees holding day jobs, as the name of the league would imply. However, the league eventually turned into more of a semi-professional league, with the best players in the country participating. This became the first legitimate basketball league in the Philippines until 10 of its teams broke away to form the very first professional basketball league in Asia, the Philippine Basketball Association, in 1975. The MICAA would continue as a farm league of sorts for the PBA in the days before the creation of the PBA Rookie Draft until it eventually closed down in 1981.


MICAA Champions

  • Old records says the pre-war MICAA champion in 1939 is the Manila Ports Terminal, that team won three straight MICAA crowns a decade later from 1948–1950, there was a PRSICO team that also won MICAA championships in 1953–54, from the mid 1950s up to the late 1960s, YCO Painters and Ysmael Steel Admirals would dominate the MICAA scene, winning numerous titles between them, In 1968, Mariwasa would win the crown.
  • 1970s Era, the Crispa-Floro Redmanizers began a new rivalry with the Meralco Reddy Kilowatts, winning the All-Filipino Crown in 1970 against Meralco, and in 1971 against the San Miguel Braves, Meralco, on the other hand, defeated Crispa in the 1971 MICAA Open, while Mariwasa won the 1972 All-Filipino tournament over Crispa.
  • In 1973, the Toyota Comets, with reinstated Sonny Jaworski and Big boy Reynoso from the disbanded Meralco team, won the MICAA title over Concepcion Motorolas in a cinderella fashion, winning on its first year of participation, previously played as Komatsu Komets in the National Open. Crispa would win one more MICAA crown in 1974, a year before the PBA was born.
  • Teams winning MICAA titles when the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) opens shop in 1975, are Solid Mills, 1976–77, Frigidaire in 1978, and APCOR. the last MICAA Championship was in 1980, with APCOR winning over the YCO Red Painters.

MICAA Teams (1940s–1970s)

Teams After the Creation of the PBA

  • 7-Up Uncolas
  • Crispa Redmanizers
  • Delta Motors/Frigidaire/MAN Diesel (Toyota's farm team)
  • Imperial Textile Mills
  • Manila Bank Golden Bankers
  • Presto/CFC/Litton Jeans
  • San Miguel (Royal Tru-Orange's farm team)
  • Solid Mills (U-tex's farm team)
  • YCO Red Painters (Tanduay's farm team)
  • A&W Records

Notable players and their teams

  • Eduardo Pacheco (Ysmael)
  • Cecilio Delos Angeles Jr.
  • Ambrosio Padilla
  • Adriano "Jun" Papa, Jr. (Crispa)
  • Filomeno Pumaren (7-UP)
  • Elmer Remon
  • Alberto Reynoso (Ysmael/Meralco)
  • Tino Reynoso
  • Joselino "Nonong" Roa
  • Edgardo Roque (Ysmael)
  • Rogelio Magale
  • Ponciano Saldaña
  • Luis "Lou" Salvador
  • Mariano Tolentino (YCO)
  • Serafin Vida (Ysmael)
  • Freddie Webb (YCO)
  • Rondell "Bay" Bollozos
  • Roberto Poblete
  • Bonifacio De Jesus
  • Mike Bilbao (YCO)
  • Nilo Cruz
  • Rogelio "Tembong" Melencio (Yutivo)
  • Mario Uson (7-UP)
  • Roehl Nadurata (Ysmael/Crispa)
  • Antonio Arce (San Miguel)
  • Renato Reyes (San Miguel/YCO)
  • Antonio Villamor (PAL)
  • Agustin Salgado (PAL)
  • Eddie Marquicias (Heacocks)
  • Agapito de Castro (7-UP)
  • Manny Paner (San Miguel)
  • Orlando Bauzon (Meralco)
  • Benjie Cleofas (YCO)
  • Johnny Revilla (Crispa)
  • Romeo Diaz (Crispa)
  • Arturo Valenzona (YCO)
  • Joaquin Roxas, Jr (Mariwasa)
  • Gregorio Dionisio (Concepcion)
  • Tomasito Tolentino (E.R.Squibb)
  • David Brodett (Crispa-Floro)
  • Jumbo Salvador (U/tex)
  • Ronald Acosta (Toyota)
  • Ernesto Morales (San Miguel)
  • Zito Bacon (Manilabank)
  • Loreto Tolentino (CFC)
  • Sixto Agbay (YCO)
  • Federico Lauchengco (Frigidaire)
  • Nazareno Batoon (SMB/A&W Records)

TV Coverage

Most games, including companion off-season tournaments like the National Seniors & Challenge-the Champion were covered by MBC Channel 11 with Willie Hernandez as chief anchor (usually solo). Other networks like ABS-CBN channel 9 (later – channel 4), ABC 5, RBS 7, KBS 9 and IBC 13 also handled coverage in some seasons. Coverages in the earlier years were usually simulcast with radio, hence the play-by-play style was oriented towards "following the ball".


  • It was closed in 1981 due to internal problems.

External links

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