Fajardo’s crowning glory came just before Game 4 of the best-of-seven Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
National Sales Heads for Building Products Al Nieva and Vicky De Leon, together with league commissioner Willie Marcial, were on hand to present the 6-foot-10 Fajardo the award from Philsteel’s Galvalume 55.
The 28-year-old big man tallied a total of 1,279 points in topping the media, players, and PBA votes to win in runaway fashion and surpassed two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, his former San Miguel teammate and mentor, for the most number of BPC titles won.
San Miguel teammate Arwind Santos was a faraway runner-up with 670 points, followed by Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar with 589. Rounding up the list were Stanley Pringle of Globalport (406), and Blackwater’s JP Erram (392).
Fajardo’s winning margin of 609 points over Santos was the most by any BPC winner since Jay Washington, then playing also for San Miguel, won the award by 665 points over closest rival Harvey Carey of TnT Katropa during the 2011 Philippine Cup.
Fajardo, a homegrown yet world class like Philsteel – the local steel conglomerate behind popular roofing brands like Galvalume, Colorbond, and Galvabond – bagged his fifth straight BPC award. His other BPC title came in the 2015 Governors Cup.