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June Mar finally meets Boban: 'Liit lang pala ng mundo'

Sep 03, 2019 - 10:47 PM

June Mar Fajardo says he will learn a lot from his on-court encounter with the 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic

LOOK-ALIKE. Boban Marjanovic and June Mar Fajardo have long been compared by Filipino basketball fans for their physical similarities. Photos from fiba.basketball


Duty calls: Fajardo skips San Miguel victory party for Gilas practice

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:15 PM

June Mar Fajardo says Gilas Pilipinas is the priority now, with the FIBA World Cup just around the corner

BACK IN THE FOLD. June Mar Fajardo reunites with Gilas Pilipinas for the first time in more than two weeks. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Missing Gilas stars finally show up as FIBA World Cup nears

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:24 PM

June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario boost Gilas Pilipinas' attendance in practice with less than two weeks before the global hoops tilt

IN THE FOLD. June Mar Fajardo is back on board for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


Guiao gives missing Gilas stars benefit of the doubt

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:23 PM

However, Yeng Guiao cautions that with the FIBA World Cup nearing, June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario need to show up soon

CRUCIAL PART. June Mar Fajardo is expected to play a key role for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


How does June Mar Fajardo keep his championship hunger?

May 17, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The reigning five-time PBA MVP adds another glitzy trophy to his ever-growing collection after leading San Miguel to a historic fifth straight Philippine Cup title

RACKING IT UP. June Mar Fajardo wins his third Finals MVP award as he bags his seventh PBA title. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo clinches 3rd Finals MVP plum

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The reigning five-time MVP helps San Miguel make history with a fifth straight Philippine Cup championship

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo saves his best for last with a masterful performance in San Miguel's Game 7 win over Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images


'Mali 'yung way niya': June Mar Fajardo feels for 'Spider-Man'

May 11, 2019 - 3:17 PM

The San Miguel star center tells fans not to follow suit, saying people could have gotten seriously hurt from the incident

NO PROBLEM. June Mar Fajardo says the man identified as Paolo Felizarta probably had no intention to hurt. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo lets game do the talking

May 09, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The San Miguel star does not need words to back up how he has continuously dominated the PBA

PILING IT UP. June Mar Fajardo wins a record eighth Best Player of the Conference award. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo stretches Best Player streak in PH Cup

May 08, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The San Miguel star center bests NorthPort forward Sean Anthony and TNT guard Roger Pogoy for the coveted award

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo continues to outdo himself. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo comfortably ahead in Best Player race

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The San Miguel center is a cinch to nail a record sixth straight BPC crown in the Philippine Cup

THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo continues to stamp his class in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar brushes off another injury scare in San Miguel Game 1 win

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 PM

Ever the competitor, the five-time MVP is more concerned that he fouled out early and wound up with subpar numbers

RELENTLESS. San Miguel Beer gets away with a big win despite missing the services of June Mar Fajardo for quite a stretch. Photo from PBA Images

Fajardo: 'Ayaw pa namin magbakasyon'

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Beermen's bid for a fifth straight Philippine Cup championship remains alive

HEAVY LIFTING. June Mar Fajardo carries San Miguel past TNT in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images


Fajardo on course for 6th Best Player of the Conference plum

Apr 09, 2019 - 2:28 PM

June Mar Fajardo edges out the rest of the candidates for the award

MULTI-TITLED. June Mar Fajardo shoots for another individual award. Photo from PBA Images

Fajardo brushes off injury scare: 'Mas masakit na natalo kami'

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:58 AM

San Miguel suffers a double whammy as it fails to sweep TNT in the quarterfinals and sees the reigning five-time MVP sustain minor head and knee injuries

RELEASE THE KRAKEN. June Mar Fajardo hopes to suit up for the do-or-die quarterfinals game despite suffering minor injuries. Photo from PBA Images


WATCH: Japeth dunks over June Mar in PBA All-Star Game

Apr 01, 2019 - 9:21 PM

The high-flying forward puts on an aerial show, doing it all from alley-oops, windwill slams, putback jams and reverse flushes

FLIGHT MODE. Japeth Aguilar dunks his way to being named co-MVP with Arwind Santos in the 2019 PBA All-Star Game. Photo from PBA Images


After rare triple, June Mar not a 3-point threat just yet

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:26 AM

The reigning five-time PBA MVP says San Miguel coach Leo Austria has reminded him not to fall in love with the outside shot

INSIDE GAME. Do not expect June Mar Fajardo to begin hoisting it up from downtown more often. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo a 'game changer' as Gilas heads to World Cup, says Blatche

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:56 AM

The five-time PBA MVP holds the fort for the Philippines against Kazakhstan with the naturalized player forced to sit on the bench due to foul trouble

BIG CONTRIBUTIONS. June Mar Fajardo makes his presence felt as the Philippines qualifies for the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time. Photo from FIBA


Wondering why Fajardo barely played in Gilas match vs Qatar?

Feb 22, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The reigning five-time PBA MVP logs in only 3 minutes as the Philippines toys with Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers

DEEP ROSTER. Even with June Mar Fajardo playing limited minutes, Gilas Pilipinas posts dominant win over Qatar to keep its FIBA World Cup bid alive. Photo from FIBA


PSA Awards: June Mar Fajardo leads elite winners

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The San Miguel Beer stalwart is set to receive his fifth straight Mr Basketball award

June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Only 5-time MVP Fajardo says he's far from GOAT status

Jan 14, 2019 - 8:57 AM

What matters to the San Miguel star is keeping himself grounded and avoiding complacency

CRAVING FOR MORE. June Mar Fajardo says there are plenty of things he wants to achieve. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


June Mar Fajardo in class of his own with record 5th straight MVP

Jan 13, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The San Miguel star surpasses the record of PBA legends Mon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, who won 4 MVP awards each

HISTORIC. It's another season and another MVP plum for June Mar Fajardo. Photo from PBA Images


Fajardo thankful he landed with San Miguel as he nears record 5th MVP

Jan 11, 2019 - 10:58 AM

The Cebuano giant says he probably wouldn't win the PBA's highest individual award had he played for another team

CLASS OF HIS OWN. June Mar Fajardo will make history as the first PBA player to win 5 Most Valuable Player awards. Photo from PBA Images


Pringle at forefront of PBA MVP race, Fajardo running 2nd

Dec 27, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The San Miguel giant, though, is still the favorite to win the league's top individual award thanks to two Best Player of the Conference plums last season

TOP HONOR. NorthPort's Stanley Pringle and San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo vie for the MVP award. File photos from PBA Images (Pringle) and Josh Albelda (Fajardo)


Fajardo left in frustration after missed free throws in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP highlights the need to work on his foul shots, especially during endgame situations

MAJOR BLOW. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas fall to 4th place in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


After Kazakh loss, Gilas can't carry negativity to crucial Iran game

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The Philippines can't afford another defeat after falling to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

BOUNCE BACK. June Mar Fajardo aches for a rebound win against Iran. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Slaughter: Playing with Fajardo in Gilas a 'dream come true'

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Considered fierce rivals from the collegiate scene to the PBA, the two towering centers will play together for the Philippines for the first time

GIANTS. Greg Slaughter (right) and June Mar Fajardo will combine for Gilas Pilipinas' Twin Towers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Fajardo) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Slaughter)


Big school: Kai Sotto finds mentors in Fajardo, Slaughter

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

As the youngest in the Gilias pool, the 7-foot-1 prodigy sees a rare chance to work on his arsenal with the country's best big men

WUNDERKIND. Although the youngest at 16 years old, Kai Sotto is the tallest in the latest Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool at 7-foot-1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Pringle, Fajardo in tug-of-war for MVP plum

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:10 AM

June Mar Fajardo finds a strong challenger in his bid for a record fifth PBA Most Valuable Player award

Guiao thrilled handling tallest PH team frontcourt in history

Oct 31, 2018 - 3:39 PM

National team coach Yeng Guiao looks forward to the team up of June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar with the returning Andray Blatche

TOWERING PRESENCE. Back from injury, June Mar Fajardo will don the national colors again in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar Fajardo on quiet return from injury: 'Nakakapanibago'

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The reigning four-time PBA MVP plays his first game in over two months after getting sidelined with injury

RECOVERING. June Mar Fajardo reveals he felt tightness in his right leg. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo: Recovery before MVP

Oct 24, 2018 - 11:59 PM

The San Miguel superstar is set to return to the PBA hardcourt after two months of recuperating from his shin injury

LATE PUSH. June Mar Fajardo needs to play in 70% of the Beermen's games all season to be eligible for the MVP award. Photo from PBA Images


Fajardo makes surprise visit at Gilas practice

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The injured four-time PBA MVP says he's itching to see action in the next FIBA window

SUPPORTIVE. June Mar Fajardo shows his full support for the retooled Gilas Pilipinas squad. Photo from FIBA

Sidelined: Injured Fajardo rues Gilas absence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:27 AM

Since the discovery of his shin injury, the reigning four-time PBA MVP has not played basketball

SPECTATOR. June Mar Fajardo will be turned into a spectator when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran and Qatar in the fourth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo out for 6 to 8 weeks due to shin injury

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:15 PM

'The Kraken' could miss most of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup and Gilas Pilipinas games in the Asian Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup

SIDELINED. The San Miguel Beermen will badly miss the services of June Mar Fajardo in their 2018 PBA Governors' Cup campaign. File photo from PBA Images


On night of milestones, Fajardo still eyes biggest prize

Aug 04, 2018 - 4:31 PM

'The Kraken' wants more after adding another Best Player of the Conference award to his collection and joining the 5,000-point club

NO HAPPY ENDING. June Mar Fajardo's night of winning his 7th Best Player of the Conference award and joining the 5,000-point club did not have a happy ending. Photo from PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo nabs 7th Best Player award

Aug 03, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The Cebuano stalwart clinches the top individual plum in the Commissioner's Cup for the first time

BEAST. June Mar Fajardo has the most Best Player of the Conference awards in PBA history. Photo from PBA Images


Giants collide as June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter renew finals rivalry

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:08 PM

'The Kraken' and 'GregZilla' will battle in the championship round for the first time since 2009

BATTLE OF THE GIANTS. June Mar Fajardo (left) and Greg Slaughter both seek to help their respective teams win the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup championship. Photos from PBA Image


June Mar Fajardo on track for historic 5th PBA MVP

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The Cebuano slotman is also poised to capture his 7th Best Player of the Conference award

AT THE TOP. June Mar Fajardo can become the only player in PBA history to win the Most Valuable Player award for the 5th time. Photo from PBA Images


Fajardo apologetic for burst of emotion in San Miguel's Game 2 win

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:25 AM

The reigning 4-time league MVP's last notable technical foul was in 2014 when he lost his cool against former Rain or Shine Elasto Painter Larry Rodriguez

COMPENSATE. June Mar Fajardo makes up for his technical foul by finishing with 21 points and 18 rebounds as the San Miguel Beermen take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-5 semifinals duel against the Alaska Aces. Photo from PBA Images

Fajardo says mom's presence kept him away from brawl

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:09 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP gets praise for keeping himself in check during the bench-clearing melee that marred the Philippines-Australia matchup

KEEPING A COOL HEAD. June Mar Fajardo is one of the 3 Gilas Pilipinas players who were not ejected against Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pogoy, Abueva break silence, apologize for FIBA brawl

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:48 PM

The rest of the Gilas Pilipinas players agree that it's time to move on and learn from the fight-marred match

TARGET MAN. Roger Pogoy was the one whom everyone in the Gilas bench tried to save after Daniel Kickert elbowed him in the face. Photo from team sponsor Chooks to Go

LOOK: Amer, Norwood, Fajardo stay calm amid chaos

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Netizens praise Baser Amer, Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo for not engaging in the Philippine-Australia brawl

PEACEFUL TRIO. (from left to right) team captain Gabe Norwood, Gilas Pilipinas elite team debutant Baser Amer and 4-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo are the last men standing after the brawl. Photos by Josh Albelda/Rappler (Norwood and Fajardo) and PSC-POC media (Amer)

Guiao relishes chance to have Fajardo on his side for once in All-Star Game

May 26, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The NLEX tactician gets to feel what it's like to have the 4-time PBA MVP at his disposal as head coach of the Gilas Pilipinas side that faced the Luzon All-Stars

FROLICKING. June Mar Fajardo posts 30 points and 14 rebounds to help Gilas Pilipinas beat the Luzon All-Stars. File photo by PBA Images


Hot-shooting Mindanao torches Gilas Pilipinas in PBA All-Star Week kickoff

May 23, 2018 - 10:27 PM

The All-Stars from down south bury 18 triples on a scintillating 57% shooting from the field

DAVID VS GOLIATH. Mark Barroca's all-around performance powers the Mindanao All-Stars past the June Mar Fajardo-led Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by PBA Images


June Mar Fajardo 'in conversation of best player ever in PBA,' says Ross

Apr 07, 2018 - 7:41 PM

In just his 6th year in the PBA, June Mar Fajardo has steered the San Miguel Beermen to 6 championships while winning 4 MVPs and a record 6 BPC awards

CONVERSATION FOR GOAT. Chris Ross believes San Miguel teammate June Mar Fajardo is in the upper echelon of the PBA's all-time greatest players. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


June Mar Fajardo makes history anew, bags record 6th BPC award

Apr 04, 2018 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) June Mar Fajardo collected 5 of his Best Player of the Conference awards in the Philippine Cup

LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. June Mar Fajardo cements himself in PBA history with his 6th Best Player of the Conference award. File photo


Fajardo wants payback vs Magnolia for past finals heartbreak: 'Pinaiyak nila ako'

Mar 21, 2018 - 10:28 PM

June Mar Fajardo says he cried and broke his old computer after San Miguel, then known as Petron, lost the 2013 Govs Cup title to Magnolia, formerly San Mig Coffee

Thompson tops initial PBA All-Star poll, Fajardo at 2nd

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Three of the top 5 vote-getters, so far, are from the Visayas

TOP VOTE-GETTER. Scottie Thompson has the most votes in the initial PBA All-Star Weekend poll. Photo by PBA Images


Prince Caperal always ready to step up for Barangay Ginebra

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Back-up big man Caperal provides quality minutes for Barangay Ginebra with 8 points and 5 rebounds in their Game 1 loss to the San Miguel Beermen

SHOWING HIS WARES. Prince Caperal makes his presence felt in limited action for Barangay Ginebra. File photo by PBA Images