The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). It is currently the most popular PBA team and has won eight PBA titles. The team is owned by Ginebra San Miguel, Inc. (formerly, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc.), a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC). The team is one of three PBA ball clubs currently owned by the SMC group of companies, along with the Star Hotshots and the San Miguel Beermen.La Tondeña Incorporada (renamed, La Tondeña Distillers, Inc., after SMC acquired majority control in 1987) joined the PBA in 1979 as an expansion team. After some rough times during their first few seasons, their fortunes changed when Robert Jaworski and Francis Arnaiz arrived in 1984, following the disbandment of the famed Toyota Super Corollas. As player-coach, Jaworski steered the franchise to four PBA titles between 1986 and 1997. In the post-Jaworski era, coaches Jong Uichico and Siot Tanquingcen led the franchise to four more titles.Beginnings1979-1983: Gilbey's Gin/St. George Whiskies/Gilbey's Gin GimletsJoining the league in 1979, the team was known as Gilbey's Gin of then-owner and team founder Carlos Palanca Jr.'s La Tondeña, Inc. franchise. Its first head coach was Pilo Pumaren and was bannered by MICAA standout Willie Tanduyan and imports Larry McNeil and Dean Tolson. Gilbey's managed to place fourth in the 1979 Invitational tournament.