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PBA Legends’ fund raiser to showcase historic rival teams on February 17

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:31 PM

FILE PHOTO: PBA Legends’ fund raising activity for The Skywalker Samboy Lim during the UNTV Cup Season 3 Grand Finals on April 28, 2015 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY — Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) fans are sure to have a great time in the forthcoming exhibition game of PBA Legends Foundation Incorporated dubbed as the “Return of the Rivals” at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on February 17, as they once again get to see the hard-court heroes who kept the hearts of Filipinos burning for basketball for decades.

The exhibition game will feature the prominent archrivals in PBA history: the San Miguel Beer versus Alaska Milk and the Barangay Ginebra against the Purefoods Hotdogs.

UNTV Cup Commissioner and PBA Legend Fortunato “Atoy” Co said, “Naisipan namin, sina suggest nila Crispa-Toyota ulit, pero sinubukan namin kontakin lahat ng mga players pero karamihan hindi na makatakbo, siyempre kami yung nasa first generation. Kaya nag suggest sila Allan, sila Alvin, yung second generation na lang yung San Miguel – Alaska, Ginebra-Purefoods during second generation nagkaroon ng rivalry.”

(We thought of the Crispa-Toyota rivalry showdown but we had a problem with their availability and ability to play. So, we resorted to the second generation of rivalry San Miguel – Alaska, Ginebra-Purefoods.)

The said basketball charity event is a project of the Samahan ng mga dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista sa Pilipinas Foundation Incorporated, in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association or PBA and UNTV.

UNTV-BMPI Vice President for Marketing Jay Eusebio said, “Ang kanilang gusto ay to take care of their own. Bigyan nila ng tulong kung sino man yung mga nangangailangan, yung mga basketbolista, yung kanilang pamilya na ngayon ay wala ng kakayahan. Kaya ito po ay isang magandang adhikain isang magandang gawain kaya ito ay sinusuportahan ng UNTV.”

(What they want is to take care of their own, to help those basketball players and their families who are in need. This is a noble endeavor, that is why UNTV supports it.)

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said, “All-out support kami kung ano ang hilingin ng Legends, kasi kung hindi naman dahil din sa kanila hindi rin mabubuo ang PBA. So, malaking tulong ang Legends lalo sa UNTV na tumutulong sa kanila. So nagpapasalamat kami sa UNTV na tinutulungan kami mga PBA Legends.”

(PBA is giving its all-out support to whatever the PBA Legends need for their projects because if not for them, PBA will not be here. PBA Legends are a big help specially UNTV who helps them carryout their advocacies.)

The idea of forming the group started in April 2015 wherein an exhibition game was staged between several PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

The charity game was aimed at giving assistance to PBA Legend Avelino “Samboy” Lim Jr, also known as the Skywalker, who slipped into coma after collapsing in one exhibition game in November 2014.

In 2017, Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon, granted one million pesos seed money to the group as initial fund in helping former professional basketball players who are sick or have medical concerns.

The group formally registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018.

It was also in the same year when the group organized the first ever PBA Legends Charity Golf Tournament.

And this year, the PBA Legends, whom Filipino fans had adored in the 80s, 90s and the early 2000s, are raring to showcase their basketball prowess once again in this spectacular charity event. — BERNARD DADIS

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Fans show off memorabilia for tickets in PBA Legends’ ‘Return of the Rivals’ games

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 06:23 PM

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – There’s one more day to go before the much awaited ‘Return of the Rivals’ in the Philippine basketball history.

On Sunday, February 17, legends of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will hit the hard court for a noble cause of helping their chosen charities.

Ginebra fans

Avid fans of the PBA legends couldn’t contain their excitement as they show off their treasured memorabilia in exchange for tickets to the much-awaited face off of some of the most renowned basketball stars in the history of the PBA.

One brought his well-kept album of signed photos of his idols.

A woman presented her framed photo of Ginebra’s jersey number 7 Robert Jaworski and so she got, not 1, not 2 but 4 tickets to the game.

Esperanza Magtira said her admiration for her favorite team has contributed a lot to her outlook in life.

“Iyong never-say-die attitude. Iyong never-say-die spirit parang nai-a-apply mo rin sa sarili mo. Laban lang nang laban,” she said with excitement.

Mark Geronimo is proud to say that he belongs to a family of die-hard Ginebra fans.


Ginebra fan Mark Geronimo

“Tumatakbo na siya sa pamilya naming mula sa lolo hanggang sa papa, hanggang sa akin ngayon .generation naming. Ginebra fan na talaga,” he said.

Michel Estember believes the ‘legends’ can still make a good game despite their age.

“Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda,” he said in jest.

They were just some of the thousands of fans who are more than excited to see their basketball idols show their signature moves again.

They said time will pass but their support to the 90s basketball icons will remain.

Fans are still encouraged to bring their coolest PBA Legends memorabilia at the lobby of UNTV Building until February 16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jun Soriao)

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Alaska Aces warm up for PBA Legends’ Return of the Rivals on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 February 2019 01:39 PM

PBA Legends of the Alaska team took time to pose for a group picture during their practice for the Return of the Rivals on February 17, 2019 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)

Philippine basketball legends from Alaska Aces have begun flexing and pumping their forces in the run-up to the historic ‘Return of the Rivals’ benefit game on Sunday.

In their tune-up match on Monday at the Gatorade Hoops Gym in Mandaluyong, the Alaska Aces regrouped and fine-tuned things out in preparation for the competitive action against their prominent archrival, San Miguel team.

Although the hard-court heroes of the 90s and early 2000s may have aged a bit and are less robust as before, their basketball skills and heart for the game still remain strong as shown in their dribbling moves, layups and jumper shots.

“Unang una, ang maasahan dito is makikita nyo po yung mga players from the 90s and maybe early 2000, and it will be a sort of a reunion. Siguro maasahan niyo na medyo mabagal yung game…I’m sure kahit papaano maasahan niyo po na kahit papaano, there will be some competition pagdating pong dikdikan na yung laban. Alam namin the friendly game will disappear and it will be just like back in the day na walang gustong magpatalo,” Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutch” Lastimosa said.

(Firstly, you will see PBA players of the 90s and maybe early 2000, and it will be a sort of a reunion. You can expect the game to be a little slower…but you can also expect there will be some competition when the game starts to heat up. We know that the “friendly game” will disappear and it will be just like back in the day where no one wants to back down.)

Alaska’s “The Jet” Jeffrey Cariaso said, “Don’t expect us to be as fast and as quick but we will do our best.”

The tune-up game is part of their preparation for the exhibition game on February 17, which will feature the prominent archrivals in PBA history: The San Miguel versus Alaska and the Barangay Ginebra against the Purefoods Hotdogs.

The Alaska and San Miguel teams will clash in the first game at 4:30 p.m.

The PBA Legends promise to bring fun and excitement to the viewers of their big reunion.

But beyond the entertainment and competitive action, the Return of the Rivals project has a far nobler purpose — extending assistance to former professional basketball players who are sick or have medical concerns.

The basketball charity event is a project of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista sa Pilipinas Foundation Incorporated, in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and UNTV.

“Marami silang makikita. Yung ini-expect nila yung ganoon pa ring mga PBA legends. We play with pride, hindi lang for fun or money… so sa lahat ng mga fans ng PBA I hope to see you guys on February 17 sa Araneta Coliseum,” Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos said.

(They will see a lot. They will get what they expect from the PBA legends.
We play with pride, not only for fun or money. So, all PBA fans, I hope to see you guys on February 17 at Araneta Coliseum.)

PBA fans can receive a free ticket when they bring any PBA Legends memorabilia to the UNTV office located at 907 EDSA, Philam, Quezon City, Philippines starting February 14 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Bernard Dadis

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PBA legends gear up for historic rival teams’ exhibition game on February 17

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 02:59 PM

Some of the former professional basketball players of the Philippine Basketball Association
who will play for the “Return of the Rivals”, a charity event of the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA on February 17, 2019 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

Philippine basketball fans will once again get to see their hard-court heroes who have kept Filipinos’ passion for basketball burning for decades.

Dubbed as the ‘Return of the Rivals,’ PBA Legends of the 90s will face off anew in an exhibition game slated on February 17 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The game will feature the prominent archrivals in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history: the San Miguel Beer versus Alaska Milk and the Barangay Ginebra against the Purefoods Hotdogs.

“It is really nice to be back on the court again with the players na nakakalaban namin before na hindi kami naglaro for a long time. So magsasama ulit kami and it’s really nice to be part of this project na pinangunahan ni Kuya Daniel (It is really nice to be back on the court again with the players that we have played against before. After a long time, we will be able to play with them again and it’s really nice to be a part of this project led by Kuya Daniel Razon),” former Alaska player Jojo “Jolas” “Mr. Clutch” Lastimosa said.

Former Purefoods player, Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio echoed the excitement.

“It’s really a blessing kasi nagsama-sama ulit. Parang reunion ulit with the players, former players. Tapos ang kalaban mo ay ‘yung rival mo nung panahon. So, talagang excited and talagang nagpe-prepare lahat for this big event (It’s really a blessing because we’re together again. It’s like a reunion for us. Then, we get to play with our rival teams from before. We are really excited and we are really preparing for this big event).”

PBA legends participating in the game have been preparing for their big reunion, promising to bring fun and excitement to the viewers.

Former Alaska point guard, Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos explained the sense of fulfillment that the game brings.

“Yung fulfillment kasi ito ‘yung passion ng mga PBA Legends, ‘yung makabalik ulit, makapag-perform, makita ng fans na we can still play. Sobra, sobra kaming thankful (It is fulfilling because this is the passion of the PBA Legends: to be able to play again, to show the fans that we can still play. We are so very thankful).”

For Lastimosa, the raised stakes will reignite the competitive spirit of old rivals.

“Sa ngayon, nagsasabi sila na we’re not out there to win, pero pagdating sa court niyan, walang magpapatalo niyan especially na may matatanggap ‘yung winning team. I think the competitive side of the players will come out eventually pagdating naming sa court (For now, some say we’re not out there to win. But when the game starts the competitiveness will kick in, especially since there’s a price at stake for the winning team. I think the competitive side of the players will come out eventually on the court),”

Bonel “The Gentle Giant” Balingit of Purefoods Hotdogs recalled their heydays.

“Siguro noong panahon ang basketball, halos lahat galing probinsya. Tapos hindi pa ganoon ka-high-tech din ‘yung paggamot ‘nung mga injury. ‘Pag galing sa probinsya, pinapagpag lang, okay na (Back in the day, most of the PBA players were from province. Treatment of injuries were not that advanced yet. In the province, you just pick yourself up and dust yourself off).”

But beyond the excitement and entertainment, the Return of the Rivals project serves a more noble purpose — giving assistance to former professional basketball players who are sick or have medical concerns.

The said basketball charity event is a project of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista sa Pilipinas Foundation Incorporated, in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association or PBA and UNTV.

The idea of forming the group started in April 2015 wherein an exhibition game was staged between several PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

“Well, we’re so thankful kay Kuya Daniel, without him, without UNTV, this wouldn’t be possible. In fact, napakalaking utang na loob naming sa kaniya kasi siya ang nag-spearhead at nag-push sa amin to form this foundation two years ago and he even donated one million for the seed money. Saludo ako kay Kuya Daniel. Maraming maraming Salamat Kuya Daniel. We owe you big time,” San Miguel Beer’s Trigger Man Allan Caidic said.

(We are so thankful to Kuya Daniel Razon. Without him, without UNTV, this charity endeavor wouldn’t be possible. In fact he spearheaded and pushed us to form the PBA Legends foundation two years ago and he even donated one million for the seed money. I salute Kuya Daniel, thank you very much. We owe you big time.)

“Sana naman ay sa mga darating na ibang legends ay sana gawin ulit ni Mr. Daniel ito mabuting project para sa kapuwa nating manlalaro rin,” Ginebra’s Joey Loyzaga said.

(I hope Mr. Daniel Razon will continue this noble project with the future PBA Legends for the benefit of our fellow basketball players in need.)

The players are inviting the public to support the Return of the Rivals exhibition game, which will also be aired in UNTV.

“Sa lahat po ng mga fanatic at naniniwala pa po na kaya pa pong maglaro ng mga players ng Return of the Rivals, suportahan ninyo pong muli kami this coming February 17 at Araneta Coliseum,” Abarrientos invited.

(To all of our fans, to those who still believe that we can still play, let’s watch the Return of the Rivals on February 17 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.) — Asher Cadapan Jr / UNTV News and Rescue

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