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UNTV, MCGI extend assistance to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 19 September 2018 10:34 AM

A UNTV volunter distributing snack packs to stranded Filipinos in Hong Kong International Airport.

HONG KONG – Some Filipino tourists were robbed of their dream vacation after a strong signal number 10 Typhoon Mangkhut battered the island state over the weekend.

Some of them were first time travelers who did not expect that their excitement would end up in dismay because instead of a comfortable hotel bed, they were compelled to sleep on chairs and eat at the airport.

“Ang hirap po dahil, ang mahal po ng pagkain dito. Tapos wala man lang pong nag-assist sa amin, ni tubig or mahigaan man lang dahil napakalamig po ng sahig dito,” said one Filipino who refused to be identified.

Some of them were vacationing Filipino workers.

Janice Ebo was supposed to take a vacation home in the Philippines. But she did not hear any advisory from her airline company regarding the cancellation of her flight. She was only informed upon her arrival at the airport.

“Hindi ako naabisuhan na na-cancel pala iyong 11:30 na flight, so nakapunta na ako dito,” she said.

Janice was just among the few stranded Filipinos at Hong Kong International Airport who received assistance from volunteers of UNTV and Members, Church of God International (MCGI). Aside from providing them with snacks and drinks, the group also coordinated with the concerned airline companies for immediate rebooking of flights of the stranded Filipinos.

“Napakaswerte namin, kahit ganito ang nangyari sa amin. Hindi pa rin po kami pinababayaan ni Kuya Daniel, salamat po Kuya Daniel sa tulong ninyo po sa amin. Nawa’y magpatuloy po ang kabaitan mo sa ibang tao sa katulad naming OFW na nagtatrabaho, dito. Sana marami pang blessings na darating sa iyo,” Janice said.

Susan Degula and Venus Ragragio, also among the stranded Filipinos, expressed gratitude to the UNTV and MCGI for their assistance.

“Kung hindi po dahil sa inyo, hindi po kami makakauwi agad. Maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat,” said Susan. – Marje Pelayo (with report from Ferdie Petalio)

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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 underwater drone: A new first in Philippine broadcast

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 February 2019 03:54 PM

MANILA, Philippines – UNTV pioneered drone journalism in the Philippines in 2013 during the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda.

Viewers were given a picture of the devastation in a different perspective uncommon to traditional news reporting.

Through the years, UNTV has shown the public the beauty of different places in the Philippines; the extent of damages brought about by illegal mining; the massive fires; the raging volcanoes and other important events in the country.

This year, UNTV has set another milestone in Philippine broadcast industry with the use of a Remotely-Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) drone.

This can be used in exploring the beauty of aquatic bodies and the problems that water creatures are suffering as a result of urbanization.

Such is the case in Manila Bay when UNTV explored its seabed to reveal the extent of the damage in its underwater environment.

During UNTV’s Digital Interactive Broadcast, the station’s drone journalism chief Argie Purisima described how the underwater drone struggled during its exploration in Manila Bay.

Ang makikita nyo po sa seabed is puro burak. Maraming mga basura. Katunayan nga, pag-ahon ng drone natin, lahat po ng elesi natin, itong tatlong elisi, punong puno ng basura. Puro mga plastic, (What you can see on the seabed is pure mud. A lot of trash. In fact, when the drone emerged, all its blades were tangled with trash, plastic trash,)Purisima said.

UNTV’s underwater ROV drone can go up to 150 feet underwater.

In Manila Bay, it was able to reach 10-feet deep but the environment was already zero visibility.

Mayroon diyan kuha akala mo corals, parang corals na mga basura. Then iyong iba, burak talaga (In one shot, it looked like corals, corals made of trash. The rest was mud),” he added.

UNTV drone journalism is the brainchild of the company’s
chief executive officer (CEO), Daniel Razon who has contributed a number of innovations in the Philippine broadcast industry.

UNTV is proud to be the only TV station that was given three licenses by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in June 2015:

*Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Controller Certificate of Registration (license for drone pilots)   

*Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Certificate of Registration (license for drone units)    

*Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS) Operator Certificate of Registration (company license)     

These certificates attest that all drone units of UNTV are safe to use and can be used for commercial purposes like in news broadcasting. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Kim Jong-un and Rodrigo Duterte look-alikes take Hong Kong by storm

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 04:08 PM


RODRIGO DUTERTE AND KIM JONG-UN LOOK-ALIKES WALKING AROUND HONG KONG ON FEBRUARY 3, 2019| REUTERS

Kim Jong-un is not only the leader of North Korea, but Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s agent — according to his Hong Kong based impersonator.

Kim look-alike Howard X and his new talent, Duterte impersonator known as Crecencio Extreme were surrounded by crowds of excited, selfie-snapping, Filipino domestic helpers on Sunday (February 3) as they walked around town, smiling, waving and also eating at a fast food outlet from the Philippines.

Crecencio Extreme normally works as a civil servant in the Philippines and describes himself as an admirer of the Philippine President. He’s now undergoing training to master key phrases and expressions.

“Things that you have to learn to become an impersonator, is that you must learn a lot about the history, and the current political climate. You know, everything, all the facts in relation to that country, and the person you impersonated. And you need to be updated all the time, to the latest news. And second of all, you need to look like the person. And try to just get their mannerisms, at least, if you don’t speak. But if you’re able to speak, even better,” says Howard X.

Howard X who hopes to bring more political figure impersonators into the industry to join people like himself and his Donald Trump look-alike friend, who created havoc in Singapore ahead of the first Trump-Kim summit last year.

According to Howard X, the most successful impersonators of political figures can make as much as US$15,000 for a single appearance.
— Reuters

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