AFP and Senate to go all-out at UNTV Cup Finals Game 2
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019
For AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders, UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals on Monday (March 11) is going to be a do-or-die Game 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Though the AFP is ahead by one game, they already want to end the series at Game 2 and claim their 3rd regular season championship trophy in the league for public service.
AFP Cavaliers head coach, Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said, “Sabi ko nga sa mga players, kailangan ibigay na lahat for Game 2, huwag nang isipin ang Game 3… since Day 1 nitong season, nag-usap kami na pilitin namin makuha ulit this year,” he said.
“Pero pinaka-importante kasi noon, sabi ko nga sa kanila, para makatulong kami sa beneficiaries namin [AFP Educational Benefit System Office] sa mga nangangailangan na fellow soldiers, pang-aral ng mga anak nila. Kaya medyo high-moral yung team, second lang yung individual na pwede ma-achieve. Una talaga yung makatulong sa beneficiary namin,” added Manucat.
Despite defeating the Senate in their first encounter, the AFP Cavaliers are not underestimating the Defenders.
“We know naman na ang defending champ [ay ang] Senate. Kami, ngayon lang ulit nakatungtong sa finals so yung pressure, napakataas sobra. Kaya, kumbaga ano lang talaga — puso, kung sino yung mas gustong manalo, kung sino yung gustong makatulong para sa beneficiaries, talaga yun na lang. May the best team win na lang talaga kasi hindi rin ganoon kadali makalaban ang Senate, dadaan ka talaga sa butas ng karayom,” power forward, Wilfredo Casulla Jr said.
As for the Senate Defenders, Game 2 is a now or never situation. And even though they came from an upset loss they want to remain optimistic of the chance that is left in this final series.
Assistant coach, Charles Fermin said, “Out of 40 minutes na laro, 38 minutes eh dominated namin di ba? Siguro talagang ganoon ang basketball, hanggang hindi tapos ang 40 minutes o overtime period eh hindi pa sa iyo ang ball game. Masakit pero iyon ang reality ng basketball. So, move on tayo, prepare ulet tayo sa Game 2 sa Araneta.”
On the other hand, Senate’s power forward, Ryan Mangaran said, “Bago lumabas ng court, binitawang salita nina Coach at Senator,’Hindi pa ito ang huling laro natin, may pagkakataon pa tayong lumaban sa Game 2. Ito ang sinasabing series eh, mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon bumawi sa Game 2 at Game 3.'”
Although this AFP-Senate battle is nearing its last salvo, both teams are looking beyond the competition.
Senator Joel Villanueva said, “Alam mo every Sunday, yung sacrifices that we have to make, yung mga committments namin, we give it up, even family, even yung mga events namin sa family… we try to, hanggang kaya, na-i-cancel or i-reset para lang makapunta sa UNTV [Cup] dahil, una, for the love of the game and at the same time, we know yung noble intention nitong liga na ito na makatulong sa beneficiaries.”
“Siyempre iba yun, eh, it’s something money cannot buy… kakaiba eh it’s one of a kind… kaya we laud the efforts and kudos to the leadership of UNTV Cup especially kay Kuya Daniel Razon na nakaisip nito. And then yung camaraderie namin dito sa Senado, kita nyo naman yung closeness and yung paggiging open namin sa isa’t isa, para talagang tunay na magkakapatid kami dito sa Senate Basketball Team,” he added.
“Yung pag-sali pa lang namin dito, that will be one of the most memorable events sa buhay ko considering na we’re playing and we are helping. Just like sabi nga Kuya Daniel na ‘Ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama. So, ito yung basic example ng phrase na iyon”, AFP Cavaliers pioneer player SGT Alvin Zuñiga said.
True to UNTV Cup’s advocacy as the league of public servants, attendees can start availing services of different participating government agencies organized by the UNTV Action Center as soon as the coliseum gate opens at 4PM.
The agencies that will render public services are: Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), PAG-IBIG Fund, NBI, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost).
The awarding of donations to the teams’ beneficiaries will be held during Game 2’s program.
Should the AFP Cavaliers end the series, their beneficiary will get P4,000,000 and Senate Defenders’ charity will have P2,000,000 unless the series will be extended to Game 3.
Other team’s beneficiaries will also be present for awarding which will be receiving P1,000,000 for 3rd place (NHA Builders), P500,000 for 4th place (PNP Responders).
And P100,000 each for the remaining team 10 teams that did not qualify for the Final 4.
UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2 will be aired live on UNTV Channel 37, Monday at 9pm. — Raymond Lacsa
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — Fans went wild at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday (July 8) as the Milkmen served the Beermen their first taste of defeat at the conclusion of UNTV Cup Off PBA Legends off-season games.
Even the Legends themselves were amazed to feel their old aggressive self coming back to life just like the good old days as they hit the hardcourt.
“Believe it or not, iyong intensity noong nasa dulo (the intensity through the end of the game) it felt like the 90s again,” exclaimed Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutchman” Lastimosa.
“So it was just like going back in time for the times. We were here 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the feeling was the same although a bit slower but the competition was there, the intensity was there,” he said.
“Sa totoo lang na-miss ko din talaga (Honestly, I missed [playing] so much),” said Kiko Adriano of San Miguel.
“The last time I played siguro 2008. Ito talaga ang ano ng player, iyong pride (This is the pride of a player) although medyo lack kami duon sa players pero up to the last na oras talagang laban pa rin (though we lack players but up to the last hour we continued fighting),” he said.
Basketball fans couldn’t sit still as they watch and shout to the breathtaking exchanges of double and triple shots, minute after minute of the game.
Indeed, a classic match they missed for decades.
Marlon Pangan is from a family of Ginebra die-hard fans. He made sure to witness the comeback of his idol Bal David into the hardcourt as he flaunted an old jersey of David like it was his ‘lucky charm.’
“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga yung kalakasan nila (Since 1994, I’ve seen them when they were at the peak of their career) – Bal David, Marlo Aquino, Noli Locsin. Natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami. Hanggang ngayon, sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (I am happy that until now, we’re still here, supporting their games),” he said.
Alaska supporter Jeon Yantada goes all-out for his idol Willie “The Thriller” Miller.
“Parang bumagal na siya lumaki na pero yung tira niya sa labas parang (Stephen) Curry. Hindi naman nagbabago (He seemed to have slowed down a bit but his shots were like Stephen Curry’s. Nothing changed),” the Alaska die-hard fan said.
“Nanonood ako ng PBA kapag may San Miguel fight lang. Nag-cheer ako even pumusta ko sa kanila (I watch PBA only when San Miguel fights. I cheered for them and even placed a bet on them),” said Allan Bernales of his favorite team San Miguel.
It was an intense one hour inside the Big Dome as Alaska Aces hit the hardcourt with a vengeance against the strong San Miguel Beermen who defeated them in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game with only seven points, 96-83.
The Beermen started strong in the first quarter, leading the ball game with two points, 21-19.
But the Milkmen was also up for the win and led the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 37-34, thanks to Willie “the Thriller” Miller’s 10 points contribution.
San Miguel again dominated the third quarter with an 8-point lead after Chris Calaguio fired four three-point shots, 60-52.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos displayed his ‘deadly crossover moves’, pushing Alaska closer to lead, 70-68.
There was non-stop intensity as John Ferriols added a free throw and Eddie Laure jumped for two.
The Milkmen finally scored ahead of the Beermen, 71-70 as both teams went neck and neck, scoring tied twice at 71 and 72.
At the final one minute and 42 seconds, the Beermen had the chance to win the game when Kiko Adriano stole the ball and attempted a shot but missed.
At 1:03, Miller fired a three-point shot but Allan Caidic couldn’t just watch so “the Triggerman” delivered his ‘shooting touch’ of three, bringing the score to a third tie at 75.
The last 46 seconds of the ball game brought out the best of both teams.
Abarrientos ended the showdown with a final lay up during the remaining 12 seconds, securing Alaska’s championship title, 77-75, while fans singing “Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!” (Nothing can beat Alaska!)
Battle for 3rd: Ginebra vs. Purefoods
Crowd-favorite Ginebra and Purefoods battle for the third place prior to the championship game.
The Gin Kings toppled the Hotdogs in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game, 97-89.
But it was a complete turn-around as the Hotdogs emerged victorious after defeating the Gin Kings and secured the third spot in the PBA Legends Face Off, 98-75.
Six players from Purefoods contributed double-digit scores – Roger Yap (20); Alvin Patrimonio (16); Tony Boy Espinosa (14); Glenn Capacio (13); Dwight Lago (10) and Jerry Codinera (10).
Meanwhile, leading Ginebra with high scores were Bennett Palad (16); Mike Orquillas (14); and Bal David (11).
The Legends have nothing but praises to the one-of-a-kind charity basketball game organized by UNTV president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon in cooperation with the PBA Legends Foundation chaired by former Crispa star Atoy Co.
“Congratulations to everybody. Siyempre giving back to the fans din ito, (Of course, this is also giving back to the fans,)” exclaimed Alvin ‘the Captain’ Patrimonio.
“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans kasi grabe yung cheers nila sa amin (I’m amazed with the way the fans cheered for us, so lively),“ he said.
“Congratulations to UNTV for making this event possible. We were very, very thankful hindi lang doon sa mga Legends na naglalaro kundi sa purpose nito (not only to the Legends who played but for the purpose of this game) – to help the Legends,” thanked Purefoods Bong ‘The Raven’ Ravena.
“Aside for the win this is for all the fans. Makabalik man lang kami sa kanila kahit maliit na kasayahan. Malaking bagay sa amin iyon (To give back to them and to be able to make them happy, that means a lot to us),” he added.
“Sana tuloy-tuloy pa at marami pang (ganitong) event (I hope for more of this event in the future). Thank you and all the best. More power Kuya Daniel and sa UNTV,” concluded Ginebra’s Bal ‘The Flash’ David.
The host UNTV has given the four teams P2-M which they donated to the PBA Legends Foundation. – with details from Bernard Dadis
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
Two Purefoods fans were able to find love while supporting their favorite team.
Jef and Gerald Simbul met in 2009. They were both supporting their favorite player, Purefoods’ Alvin Patrimonio.
“Parehas kaming mahilig sa basketball, early days pa lang, (We both love basketball even in the early days), we met year 2009. Because sa support namin kay Cap (Because of our support for Cap [Patrimonio]), all of a sudden we became lovers,” Jef said.
Gerald added that because of their love for the Purefoods team, they were able to find each other, and they have been together since then.
“Dahil sa pagkahumaling namin sa Purefoods team then kay Cap, na meet namin isa’t-isa then naging asawa ko siya, (Because of our love for the Purefoods team and Cap, we met each other and she became my wife),” he said.
Jef and Gerald were among the thousands of fans who watched the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off Finals on Monday (July 8) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Some fans wore their team’s jersey and brought their old photos with their favorite player.
Marlon Pangan, a Ginebra fan, recalled the glory days of Bal David and Marlou Aquino. He is still happy to have witnessed their game at the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off.
“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga iyong kalakasan nila Bal David, Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin so ngayon natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami hanggang [ngayon] sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (Since 1994, I was able to see Bal David, Marlou Aquino, and Nilo Locsin at their peak. I am happy that until now, I am still able to support their games),” he said.
Some of the PBA Legends said the fans’ support brings back the strength they had back in the days.
“Siyempre napaka-importante sa amin iyon lalo na mababagal na kami. Kapag naririnig namin iyong chant nila, ginaganahan rin kami (Of course that is very important to us. We are already slow but when we hear them chant, it motivates us),” Bal David said.
“Kahit iyong feeling na lang ma-reminisce namin iyong good old days noong sobra kaming nakipag-battle, iyong passion actually sa kanila namin lahat nakukuha iyon (They allow us to reminisce on how it felt back in the good old days when we were battling hard. We get our passion from our fans),” Johnny Abarrientos said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)
These players have proven themselves timeless which makes them legends in the PBA hardcourt. But what does it take to be a legend? We asked the legends themselves.
“When you’re talking about being a legend, siguro iyong someone na nakapaglaro ng matatagal (maybe someone who has played for a long time). Kailangan may accomplishment ka, (you have to have an accomplishment) so you should have impact while you are playing. Your life off basketball should be spotless and impeccable for you to be considered a legend.” —Jojo ‘Mr. Clutch’ Lastimosa, PBA Legend Alaska
“Ang puhunan ng basketball players ay ang body. So kailangan pangangalagaan natin. Ito iyong magde-determine kung gaano kahaba ang lalaruin natin. Sa mga new generations of basketball players, minsan lang nag-na-knock iyong opportunity whether sa basketball or sa ibang field kapag may pagkakataon. Grab it. Take it. (The investment of basketball players is their body. We need to care for it. This will determine how long will we be able to play. For the new generation of basketball players, opportunity doesn’t often knock. Whether that is in basketball or other fields. Grab it. Take it).” —Kenneth ‘Captain Marbel’ Duremdes, PBA Legend Alaska
“Kapag naglalaro sila ibigay lang nila ang talagang nararapat, unang-una para sa team, para sa sarili nila, para sa pamilya. Dahil alam naman natin iyan ang nagbibigay buhay sa kanila. Huwag nilang pabayaan lalong-lalo na iyong mga sumusuporta sa kanila. (They should give what is expected of them when playing. Give it for the team, first of all, then for themselves and their families. Because we know, that’s what drives them. They should never neglect it, they should never leave their supporters.)—Philip ‘The Scholar’ Cesar, PBA Legend
“Aside from maglaro ulit kami together, ang added motivation doon is iyong makatulong kami sa kapwa manlalaro na nahihirapan ngayon. Iyon ang nagpapagana sa amin na maglaro ang tagal na naming hindi ginagawa ito. Alam namin na maganda ang patutunguhan ang aming ginagawa. (Aside from being able to play again together, the added motivation there is we are able to help other players who are having difficulties in life. That is what motivates us now. It has been a long time since we’ve done this. We know our actions will bear good fruits).” —Olsen ‘Rara’ Racela, PBA Legend San Miguel
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