WORDS: JASMINE W. PAYO, CHARMAINE Z. CHANCO, B.A BORLEO, CHARI F. ALVAREZ
PICTURES: PBA 20 YEARS IN PICTURES, ALFREDO MENDOZA, JOVEL LORENZO
FORTUNATO “ATOY” CO, CRISPA, SHOOTING GUARD: Crispa and Toyota. The cream of the crop. All the best players were in those teams. We meet in the finals most of the time. Sobrang init talaga ng rivalry namin. There was also an off-court rivalry. There were incidents na malamig din yung batian. If we bump into each other, nagkakapansinan pero malamig. Walang Crispa player na nagmamaneho ng Toyota, naka-Mitsubishi kami!
TIM CONE, ALASKA, HEAD COACH: It was so unique. I hated Crispa with a passion and I loved Toyota so much. They both had vibrant personalities. It was so easy to be a die-hard fan.
ED CORDERO, TOYOTA, FORWARD-CENTER: There was nothing but Crispa and Toyota back then. The other teams were practically nonexistent. The PBA was sustained because of that rivalry. It was legendary.