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AFP and Senate to go all-out at UNTV Cup Finals Game 2

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2019

A loose battle during the Game 1 of the Best of 3 Finals between the AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)
A loose battle during Game 1 of the Best of 3 Finals between the AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

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

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AFP Cavaliers donate P4-M cash prize for scholarships of fallen soldiers’ kin

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

All smiles as the UNTV Cup Season 7 Champion was hailed. The AFP Cavaliers together with their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office (EBSO) are awarded with their prize after a season of hard-work and sacrifices paid off. With this cash donation won by the soldiers for their fellow soldiers children, new scholarship grants is expected to be made available. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

During the flag ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, the AFP Cavaliers officially gave their 4 million grand prize to their beneficiary, the AFP Educational Benefits System Office (AFP EBSO).

According to AFP Cavalier team captain Sgt. Alvin Zuñiga, they chose AFP EBSO to help in the education of children of fallen soldiers.

“It is our way of doing it the best that we could para mabigay namin iyong P4-M sa mga beneficiary kasi alam namin na mas maraming matatawid na estudyante na mag-aaral ng EBSO (It is our way of doing it the best we could for us to the P4 million to our beneficiary because we know EBSO can provide a lot of scholarships to students),” he said.

He is also grateful to UNTV for the opportunity it has given to help the scholars of AFP EBSO.

“Sa UNTV lalo na kay Kuya Daniel at kay Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team at ng buong AFP lubos na nagpapasalamat sa malaking pagkakataon na ibinibigay sa amin. Patuloy niyo pa pong palakasin at pagandahin ang ating tournament alang alang po sa mga beneficiary na matatawid at matutulungan po ng ating programa, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo(Thank you to UNTV, Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team and the whole AFP. Continue to strengthen our tournament for the beneficiaries that are helping our program. Thank you),” Zuñiga adds.

AFP EBSO chief Col. Antonio Dulnuan said the money they received from the AFP Cavaliers will help 233 students.

“Iyong ating programa covers elementary to college, tuloy tuloy po iyan, basta pumasa and we will support them giving them free tuition fee, allowance at miscellaneous na binibigay sa kanila kahit saang eskwelahan, [Our program covers elementary to college and it will continue as long as they pass the entrance examination, we will support them by giving them free tuition fee]” he said.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is proud of the achievement of the AFP Cavaliers and its contribution to the armed forces.

“What you have achieved is no small feat yet you have consistently manifested utmost excellence, compassion and patriotism that will serve as an inspiration to do more, to gave more and be more,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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NHA Provident Fund receives P1-M at UNTV Cup Season 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The NHA Builders together with their chosen beneficiary NHA Provident Fund receive their cash prize of P1,000,000 after finishing 3rd in seventh season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. The prize was given during the 2nd game of the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on March 11, 2019 by the UNTV Cup innovator, BMPI-CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon together with BMPI vice presidents and UNTV Cup commissioner Atoy Co. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)

Despite finishing third at the UNTV Cup Season 7, the National Housing Authority (NHA) basketball team, NHA Builders, still enjoyed the opportunity to donate P1,000,000 to their chosen beneficiary: the NHA Provident Fund.

Since joining the League of Public Servants in 2014, the NHA Builders have been providing for their chosen charity.

The NHA Provident Fund was created in 1981 by the first general manager of NHA, Retired Major General Gaudencio Tobias. It was established as a way of providing support to the employees of the agency through loans and extending assistance to dependents of employees who passed away.

“It’s a big help to the members and to the members’ dependents. Malaking tulong talaga ito [It’s really a big help]. It became an additional working capital to our welfare fund because many of our employees are getting older,” NHA Provident Fund Chairperson Wilma Hernandez said.

“For Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli, thank you very much. This tournament helps a lot to our provident fund and of course to our players. I wish that you will continue with this tournament. It is a worthy endeavor. We are looking forward to a continuing relationship with your team and our team also. Thank you very much,” Chairperson Wilma Hernandez added.

The players and coach were happy with what they achieved this season and promised to do better in the next season.

“Regardless sa mga challenges na pinagdaanan, maswerte kami pumasok kami sa Final 4. Pero yung mapanalunan namin yung 3rd place, this is one-step higher sa na-achieve namin last season (Regardless of the challenges we faced, we were lucky to be part of the Final 4 teams this season. But to win the 3rd place, this is one step higher from what we have achieved last season),” NHA Builders’ Chief-of-Staff Atty. John Christopher Mahamud said.

“Nakakatuwa dahil madodoble namin yung maibibigay namin sa beneficiary namin — from P500,000 last season to P1,000,000 this season— sa Provident Fund (I feel happy because we will be able to double our grant to
the NHA Provident Fund ; from P500,000 last season to P1,000,000 this season), NHA Builders shooting guard Alvin Vitug said.

“We are one step higher ngayon di ba? Next year, season 8 gusto na namin lumaban sa championship. Hindi na namin papakawalan ito (We are one step higher. Next year, season 8, we want to battle for the championship title. We will not miss the chance),” NHA Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad. — UNTV Cup Staff

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PARDSS Foundation receives P500,000 from PNP Responders at UNTV Cup Season 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The PNP Responders together with their chosen beneficiary PARDSS Foundation International receive their cash prize of P500,000 after finishing as 4th placer in seventh season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. The prize was handed by the UNTV Cup innovator, BMPI-CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon together with BMPI vice presidents and UNTV Cup commissioner Atoy Co. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)

Even though PNP Responders just finished 4th place in the seventh season of the league of public servants, they were still entitled to donate P500,000 to their chosen beneficiary.

The cash prize was awarded on March 11, 2019 during the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

PARDSS Foundation International has been PNP’s chosen beneficiary for 2 season’s now and in an off-season edition in 2018.

The Peace Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society (PARDSS) is a SEC-registered non-governmental organization with a mission to assist the PNP and other local government units in promoting peace, unity, public safety and development in the country.

The organization has almost 300 chapters in the Philippines and abroad conducting activities such as feeding programs, relief and rescue operations in times of calamities and disaster, assisting some communities of indigenous people, providing school supplies and shoes for destitute students and organizing medical and dental missions to name a few.

Arcie Fabon, the founder and president of PARDSS Foundation, says that part of their advocacy is to be an anti-crime entity in the society, “Sa bawat chapter po namin ine-endorse po namin sa chief of police sa malapit na station sa kanilang lugar. So dahil po dito nagiging katuwang po ng kapulisan ang ating PARDSS Foundation members sa pag-monitor, gathering information. Dahil po doon, natutulungan po namin sila [PNP] sa kanilang kampanya kontra krimen, kontra droga.”

(We endorse our chapter members to the local PNP officials for us to be of help. We usually help the policemen in monitoring and gathering information which is vital to PNP’s campaign against crime and drugs.)

In the latest executive face off before UNTV Cup Season 7 began, PNP Responders were able to donate P1,000,000 to PARDSS Foundation as championship prize. Part of the prize went to the acquisition of a parcel of land in Taytay, Rizal where they plan to build their national headquarters. The remaining amount went to the purchase of some rescue equipments, medical supplies and as budget for their relief operation in Bataan and Albay.

“Sa amin pong PNP Responders, sa pangunguna ni Chief Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, ang director ng PNP-PCRG, maraming maraming salamat po sa ikatlong pagkakataon na kami ay maging inyong beneficiary,” PARDSS Foundation President Arcie Fabon expressed.

(To PNP Responders, led by PNP-PCRG Director Chief Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, thank you very much. For the third time you chose PARDSS as your beneficiary.)

“To Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli Soriano, thank you for inspiring us to help others. Dahil po sa inyo, nagkaroon ng UNTV Cup charity basketball league. At dahil po sa inyo, maisasakatuparan ang pangarap ng aming samahan na mas makatulong pa sa ating mga kababayan,” Fabon added.

(To Kuya Daniel [Razon] and Bro. Eli Soriano, thank you for inspiring us to help others. Because of you, a charity basketball league like UNTV Cup came into existence. And also because of you, PARDSS dream of helping more is getting into reality.) — UNTV Cup Staff

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