Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (lost video footage of Filipino basketball games; 1938-1981)

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Crispa-Floro Redmanizers, the 1970 MICAA Champions.

Status: Lost

The Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association, known as MICAA, was a sports association in the Philippines. First organized in 1938 for company employees to compete with each other, it evolved into a semi-professional league.[1] It staged various sports across the country and was participated by prominent Filipino companies.

Its basketball tournament became the country's premier basketball league after World War II. In the 1970s, MICAA was tightly controlled by the Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP). It also came with other controversies, such as the game-fixing and point-shaving scandal in 1973 on which Danilo Florencio, Adriano Papa Jr., Rudolf Kutch, Reynaldo Alcantara, Virgilio Abarrientos, and Ernesto De Leon were given lifetime bans. However, in 1975, nine of its members broke away and a disagreement with then-BAP president Gonzalo “Lito” Puyat led to the defection of the top clubs from the MICAA in March 1975 to form Asia’s first professional cage league, the PBA. MICAA continued to be a farm league until its dissolution in 1981.[2]

From the late 50s to the mid-60s, the YCO Painters and the Ysmael Steel Admirals rivaled each other. YCO Painters is one of the most iconic teams during that era, with the franchise closing in 1982. Other known rivalries include Meralco Reddy Kilowatts and Crispa-Floro Redmanizers.


The Manila Chronicle print ad about DZAQ's coverage on its championship games. Dated July 28, 1957.

DZAQ-TV Channel 3 televised MICAA back in the 1950s. In the 1960s, MBC's DZRH-TV Channel 11 televised MICAA with Dick Ildefonso and Gabby Tabaniag. In some years of 1960s and early 70s, ABS-CBN's DZXL-TV Channel 4 televised MICAA with Emy Arcilla and Dick Ildefonso.[3][4] GTV-4 (now PTV-4) televised MICAA coverages until its dissolution in 1981.[5]

Personal video recordings of coverages are unknown if existed. Several pictures of the games survived but video recordings of them aren't yet resurfaced. There is a low chance a TV video recording will also resurface.

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