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Senate, NHA bag first quarterfinal wins

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 01:01 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva fires from the three-point territory during the game between the Senate Defenders and PITC Global Traders on January 13, 2019. (Paul Aquino / Photoville International)

Defending champions Senate Defenders sustained their impressive showing in the continuing elimination rounds after routing the PITC Global Traders at the start of the quarterfinals of the UNTV Cup Season 7 at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

Senate defeated PITC, 65-59, after Best Players of the Game awardees Senator Joel Villanueva and Rommel Balboa led the Defenders to victory with their combined 33 points.

“I wasn’t making my shots the first few quarters. Sabi nila sa akin basta good shot libre kesa mag-commit ng error. Take the shot, let it fly. So, nag-stick ako sa trust and confidence ng teammates ko. So, I made a few baskets, [and] most of all ang pinaka-importante, we were able to win the ball game,” Sen. Villanueva said.

(I wasn’t making my shots the first few quarters. They told me that if it’s a good shot and you’re free [ take the shot ] instead of committing error. So, I stuck to that trust and confidence of my team mates. So, I made a few baskets, and the most important all, we were able to win the ball game.)

Senator Sonny Angara was not able to join the game due to a prior engagement but he still showed up to express support for his team.

“Tuloy pa rin ang preparasyon. Wala ng mahinang team dito sa natitirang team. Lahat pwedeng mag-champion kung tutuusin kaya kita mo very close ang laro natin. So, kailangan talagang paghandaan ang lahat ng team,” Sen. Sonny Angara said.

(Our preparation continues. There’s no more weak teams left. All teams here in the quarterfinals are capable of winning the championship title that’s why you saw in our game today it was very close. So we really have to prepare for our games against these remaining teams.)

Senate head coach Mike Fermin said the Defenders improved their form after rookie PITC tried to upset them in the season’s opening game last September.

“So, coming to this game, usapan namin hindi na dapat maulit, sa dulo dikit. So buti pa nga medyo nandoon naman ang composure ng mga players. Sila Senator Joel saka Senator Sonny sila talaga nga ba-bond ng team,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(So, coming to this game we agreed that it should not happen again that in the end game the battle should be toe-to-toe. Fortunately, the composure of my players was there. Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara, they really bond the team.)

PITC Head Coach Victor Ycasiano, meanwhile, expressed disappointment over the dismal performance of his team during the quarterfinal game.

“Hindi ko nakita yung players ko yung dati kung gaano sila ka aggressive. Kanina wala ako nakita sa kanila na aggressive.”

( I did not see in my players the same aggression they used to have. None of them played aggressively.)

“Yung sa akin, yun lang ang pakiramdam ko we are not ready to play today’s game. We were not here to play to win, we’re just here to play,” Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(As for me, I just felt that were not ready to play today’s game. We were not here to play to win, we’re just here to play.)

Also off to a winning start this round are the NHA Builders who managed to clobber the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 78-72.

Clark Torrente was hailed as Best Player of the Game for firing 14 points, four rebounds and one steal.

“Sinabi ko lang na mag-focus saka yung intensity hanggang sa dulo lagi kami nagku-collapse sa huli eh. Minsan nag-oover confidence, minsan tinatamad, nawawalan ng gana. So, ang sabi ko lang ang pinaka-importante sa lahat yung dulo, hindi yung umpisa, so i-sustain lang yung laro mula umpisa hangang dulo. We have to start strong, finish strong,” Coach Bennett Palad said.

(I told to my players to focus and their intensity should be maintained until the end because we usually collapse in the end game. Sometimes, we tend to be over confident, to be lazy and uninterested. So I said, the most important of all is the final minutes not the beginning of the game, so we must sustain our play until the end. We have to start strong, finish strong.)

“Sama rin ng laro ng ibang players ko, shooters ko di gumana. Pero proud pa rin ako sa boys ko kung ano yung pinakita nila ngayon,” Coach Raffy Gonzales said.

(We had an off night; my gunners were not effective. But I am still proud of my boys and what they showed in today’s game.)

So far, NHA and PITC both hold five wins and five loses among the four teams battling in the quarterfinals. Senate leads the list with 7-3 win-loss record followed by Malacañang-PSC with six-four record.

The teams will play three games each in the round robin for the quarter finals.

The two teams that will place at the bottom of the standings will be eliminated while the remaining two will advance to the semis to duel with the AFP Cavaliers and PNP Responders in the best of three series. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue

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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:15 PM

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, 20 March 2019 08:45 PM

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, 20 March 2019 08:36 PM

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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