It’s that time of the year again, after months of weekly games, the road eventually leads to the historic Araneta Coliseum.
UNTV Cup, the League of Public Servants, is staging the climax of the tournament: the championship defense of Season 6 title holder Senate Defenders against the two-time champs AFP Cavaliers.
But, before heading to the Big Dome, a knock out battle for third place between season 5 champions PNP Responders and NHA Builders will happen on March 3, 2019 at the Pasig City Sports Center together with the Game 1 of the Best of Three finals.
There has not been a two-consecutive season champion in the span of seven seasons of the UNTV Cup.
If the policemen win on Sunday, they will be able to donate P1-M cash donation to their chosen charity: The Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc.
But if the Builders defeat the men in uniform, the NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. gets a million cash donation.
Otherwise, the 4th placer’s chosen charity gets P500,000.
The Champion or the first placer gets P4,000,000 while the 2nd placer gets P2,000,000 for their chosen charity / beneficiary.
An explosive game 1 is expected between the AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders on Sunday as the winner will already get a game advantage prior on setting their feet the larger arena on March 11 and March 18 if necessary.
Other teams which did not make to the Final 4 will receive P100,000 for their beneficiary.
Founded by BMPI President – CEO and public service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon, the UNTV Cup, aims to foster camaraderie among the various government agencies under the spirit of charity and public service as the participating teams get to choose charity institutions or endeavors to where their cash prize will go.
Through the years, UNTV Cup’s relevance transcended to different stratus of the Philippine basketball community when former professional and collegiate basketball players got a chance to play again the game they love on a televised broadcast and webcast as well as being able to live their dream to play in the prestigious basketball venue like the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and Mall of Asia Arena.
UNTV Cup, in a way, also paved the way for the creation of the charity foundation of former professional basketball players known as the PBA Legends Foundation which aims to help former professional basketball players who are in need.
The league is supervised by Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co and Deputy Commissioner Ed Cordero since season 1 and games are regularly analyzed by veteran sports analyst Sev Sarmenta and basketball legend Ronnie Magsanoc.
UNTV Cup’s main sponsor is Bro. Eli Soriano of the Ang Dating Daan and Members, Church of God International.
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Individual achievers and celebrities were accorded at the first Rotary Wheel Celebrity Award for Public Service held in the walled city of Intramuros on Friday (April 26).
UNTV was hailed as Best Television Channel for Public Service for its people-centered programs conceptualized by BMPI-UNTV’s CEO and president, Kuya Daniel Razon.
Among the main supporters of Kuya Daniel’s initiatives is Bro. Eliseo Soriano, the overall servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI).
One of UNTV’s flagship project is “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” which primarily equips UNTV Correspondents to prioritize providing lifeline before delivering headlines.
Also among the station’s advocacy programs include UNTV Cup, a charity basketball league where participating teams get to donate their cash prizes to their respective chosen charitable institutions. Dubbed as the “League of Public Servants”, it is now preparing for its eighth season.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa award na ito. Sa ngalan po ni Kuya Daniel Razon, maraming salamat at siyempre sa pangunahing tumutulong po ng lahat ng public service ng UNTV (kay) Bro. Eli Soriano. Tayo po ay nagbibigay ng genuine public service sa ating mga kababayan at bonus na po kung tayo ay nabibigyan ng award,” said Ms. Annie Rentoy, the station manager of UNTV’s AM Station Radyo La Verdad after receiving the award in behalf of the station.
(We thank God for this award. In behalf of Kuya Daniel Razon, thank you so much and of course, to the very first person who supports UNTV in all of its public services, Bro. Eli Soriano. We are providing genuine public services to our fellowmen and having an award like this is already a bonus.)
Rotary Wheel Celebrity Awards is a project of Rotary Club of Manila Fort Santiago in cooperation with Aliw Awards Foundation Inc, Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) and the Soroptimist International – Las Piñas Central. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Nel Maribojoc)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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)
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
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 tulongtalagaito[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 samga challenges napinagdaanan, maswerte kami pumasok kami sa Final 4. Pero yungmapanalunannaminyung 3rd place, this is one-step higher sana-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 dahilmado–doblenaminyungmaibibigaynaminsa 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 nanaminlumabansa championship. Hindi nanaminpapakawalanito(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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