Even past his prime, Alvin Patrimonio is difficult to stop, especially around the paint. With this in mind, just imagine him some 18 years ago, at a time when he ruled the perimeter like a tiger on a prowl, scoring off bigger men with his difficult pivots and turnaround jumpers.
A former volleyball player, Patrimonio saw action for Lhullier and Yco Paints, a stint which triggered the much talked about rivalry with Codinera. That rivalry ceased when he and Codinera ended up together in the national team in 1986 and in the star-studded Purefoods team beginning in 1988.
While his most memorable achievement is his winning four MVPs in the PBA, Patrimonio will be most remembered as the first PBA millionaire, earning P25 million in five years in 1984 with Purefoods, sparking the skyrocketing of player contracts in the years to come.
In 2000, he was named as one of the PBA's 25 greatest players of all-time in elaborate awards ceremonies that highlighted the 25th year anniversary of the league.