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PBA Legends roster for Return of the Rivals charity event

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 February 2019 12:55 PM

The long-awaited reunion of PBA legends on February 17 is almost here.

The charity event, titled Return of the Rivals, will rekindle the best PBA rivalries in recent Philippine basketball history for a worthy cause.

Here’s a look at the roster of the four participating teams:

PUREFOODS TEAM

  • # 1 Bong Ravena
  • # 3 Bonel Balingit
  • # 4 Paul Artadi
  • # 5 Ronnie Magsanoc
  • # 6 Tonyboy Espinosa
  • # 8 Al Solis
  • # 10 Dindo Pumaren
  • # 12 Glen Capacio
  • # 13 Roger Yap
  • # 16 Alvin Patrimonio
  • # 19 Joey Sta. Maria 
  • # 31 Peter Naron
  • # 44 Jerry Codiñera
  • # 55 Richard Yee
  • # 71 Totoy Marquez
  • # 9 Elmer Cabahug
  • Coach – Ramon Fernandez
  • Asst. Coach – Ed Cordero

GINEBRA TEAM

  • # 1 Bal David
  • # 6 Noli Locsin
  • # 8 Bennet Palad
  • # 9 Leo Isaac
  • # 11 JV Gayoso
  • # 12 Vince Hizon
  • # 13 Marlou Aquino
  • # 13 Jayjay Helterbrand
  • # 14 Joey Loyzaga
  • # 16 Benny Cheng
  • # 17 Rudy Distrito
  • # 18 Wilmer Ong
  • # 22 Romulo Mamaril
  • # 25 Pido Jarencio
  • # 32 EJ Feihl
  • # 33 Bobby Jose
  • Coach Robert Jaworski
  • Asst. Coach – Philip Cesar

ALASKA TEAM

  • # 6 Jojo Lastimosa
  • # 7 Roehl Gomez
  • # 9 Rodney Santos
  • # 11 Willie Miller
  • # 11 Eddie Laure
  • # 14 Johnny Abarrientos
  • # 16 Bong Hawkins
  • # 19 Kenneth Duremdes
  • # 22 Jeff Cariaso
  • # 30 Earvin Sotto
  • # 32 Poch Juinio
  • # 33 Bogs Adornado
  • # 35 Tony de la Cruz
  • # 55 John Ferriols
  • Coach – Joel Banal
  • Asst. Coach – Aric del Rosario

SMB TEAM

  • # 2 Denok Miranda
  • #3 Nic Belasco
  • # 4 Elmer Reyes
  • # 6 Ato Agustin
  • # 7 Dondon Hontiveros
  • # 8 Allan Caidic
  • # 10 Alvin Teng
  • # 10 Danny Ildefonso
  • # 11 Nelson Asaytono 
  • # 11 Biboy Ravanes
  • # 14 Benjie Paras
  • # 17 Olsen Racela 
  • # 18 Art de la Cruz
  • # 22 Arnold Gamboa
  • # 23 Bong Alvarez 
  • # 25 Freddie Abuda
  • # 88 Chris Calaguio
  • Coach – Filomeno “Pilo” Pumaren
  • Asst. Coach – Joseph “Jong” Uichico

The proceeds of this event will go to the humanitarian endeavors of the PBA Legends Foundation, particularly for the benefit of the former professional basketball players who are in need.

The idea of forming a foundation for retired PBA players began in April 2015 during an exhibition game between members of the PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

The Return of the Rivals is already a sold out event but PBA fans may still get free tickets if they bring any PBA Legends memorabilia to the UNTV station located at 907 EDSA, Philam, Quezon City, Philippines from February 14 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — UNTV News and Rescue

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UNTV gives P3-M to the PBA Legends Foundation in “Return of the Rivals” game

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:11 AM

Participants of the Return of the Rivals basketball game for a cause receive the P3,000,000 cash donation of UNTV led by Kuya Daniel Razon as addition to the seed fund of PBA Legends Foundation for the benefit of former professional basketball players who are in need. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) greatest players of all time returned to the hard-court Sunday night in a one-of-a-kind basketball-for-a-cause event.

Basketball fans and PBA supporters were excited to witness their “old-time, all-time” favorites dribble, pass, and shoot the ball at the Big Dome.

The four big rivaling PBA teams — Alaska versus San Miguel, and Ginebra versus Purefoods — battled in “The Return of the Rivals”, a project of the PBA Legends Foundation.

“Magandang adhikain na makalikom ng pera, makatulong sa mga dating manlalaro na kapag medyo dumating ang may karamdaman, may pangangailangan, matutulungan natin sila,” said PBA Legends Foundation chairman, Fortunato “Atoy” Co.

(It’s for a noble cause of raising money that will be used to help former players for when they get sick and in need.)

UNTV, led by its President / CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, gave the PBA Legends Foundation P 3 million after the two hardcourt matches.



The Legends expressed their gratitude for being part of the charitable endeavor.

“Siyempre para makaipon ito, para makatulong tayo sa iba, ito rin yung mas masarap na pakiramdam,” says The Tower of Power Benjie Paras.

(Raising funds to help others feels good.)

Purefoods’ “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio said, “Lalo na Manila Clasico ang game ngayon, Thank you sa UNTV, PBA for the successful Return of the Rivals.”

While “The Flash” Bal David added, “Baka dumating na kami naman yung matulungan, so ibibigay namin ang lahat ng aming makakaya naming makatulong kami sa foundation namin,”

(There might come a time when we would be the ones to needing help, so we will do our best to contribute to our foundation.)

“The Flash” Bal David together with legends of the probably one of the most popular basketball team in history listen to the face of Ginebra franchise, former playing coach Robert Jaworski as they plot their way to victory just like the old times during the Return of the Rivals charity games organized by the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

Alaska’s “Mr. Clutch” Jojo Lastimosa expressed, “It’s just nice to be a part of something na we are giving back to our fellow players, ex-players. This is a very worthy cause naisipan nila Atoy, Allan, big kudos to them. Congratulations to UNTV and Kuya Daniel for being a part of this whole program, I know this is only a beginning.”

(It’s just nice to be a part of something that we are giving back to our fellow players, ex-players. This is a very worthy cause. Atoy and Allan thought of this, big kudos to them. Congratulations to UNTV and Kuya Daniel for being a part of this whole program, I know this is only a beginning.)

According to Kuya Daniel Razon, supporting the PBA Legends does not end here.

(Left-Right Front) PBA Legend Ramon “The El Presidente” Fernandez, BMPI-UNTV President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, former Senator and PBA Legend Robert Jaworski, PBA Legends Foundation Chairman Fortunato “Atoy” Co and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial; (Left-Right Back) PBA Legends Ed Cordero and The Triggerman Allan Caidic. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

“Ang ating ginawa ngayon sa Return of the Rivals ng PBA Legends is pagsuporta natin doon sa kanilang foundation na tinulungan din natin na ma-organize sa tulong ng Dios. Naumpisan na yung kanilang foundation, after nun ito na ngang follow-up projects para magkaroon naman sila ng funding para dun sa mga dating manlalaro ng basketball na kailangang tulungan, medical assistance at iba’t ibang bagay pa na pwedeng maitulong pa sa kanila noong mismong foundation ng mga basketbolista,” BMPI President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon said.

(The Return of the Rivals of the PBA Legends is our support to their foundation which we are reinforcing to be organized, with God’s help. Their foundation has been kick-started. After that are follow-up projects for them to have funding for the benefit of the former basketball players who need help, medical assistance, and other things which we could do to help the basketball players’ foundation.)

The concept of creating a foundation for retired basketball players began in 2015.

It was introduced in a charity game between the PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup all stars in April 2015.

The game was a fundraiser organized to give assistance to Avelino “Samboy” “The Skywalker” Lim Junior, who slipped into a coma after collapsing at a game in November 2014.

UNTV gave one million pesos to the foundation as assistance to Samboy Lim.

It was followed by another one million pesos which Kuya Daniel Razon gave as seed money of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyunal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas which is now called the PBA Legends Foundation.

Win or lose, though rivals on the hardwood, the PBA Legends were able to show their unity, collaboration, and solidarity which can never be withered by time. — NEL MARIBOJOC / UNTV News and Rescue

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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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