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Alaska, San Miguel dominate UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off opening

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Alaska versus Ginebra San Miguel during the most-anticipated jump ball

Alaska and San Miguel dominated the opening games of the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off on Sunday (June 2) at the Pasig City Sports Center.

San Miguel was off to a good start after showing a strong offense against Purefoods. They took the first game, 88-68.

Allan Caidic, Nic Belasco, and Olcen Racela secured San Miguel’s 16-point lead (26-10) during the first quarter with their three-point shots. San Miguel maintained their advantage up to the last quarter, ending the game with 88-68.

Chris Calaguio led the team with 16 points, Danny Ildefonso recorded a double double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, Caidic scored 13 points while Belasco scored 10 points.

Caidic, also known as ‘The Triggerman’ is still unsure if they can secure another win due to other strong opponents. However, Caidic believes their win is a good moral boost for the team.

“Sana magtuloy-tuloy na ito, this is a good start for us and I know malalakas pa iyong mga kalaban so hindi pa rin kami nakakasiguro. A win is a win, magandang moral boosting sa amin ito pero this is nothing kung matatalo kami sa next two, kaya importatnte iyong next game, (I hope this continues, this is a good start for us. I know there other strong opponents so we cannot be sure [of the outcome]. A win is a win, this is a good moral boost for us but this will be for nothing if we lose the next two. The next game is important)” he said.

Kiko Adriano was hailed as the best player of the game after scoring 15 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal.

“Sa totoo lang nakaka-miss, the last time I’ve played 2008. So 11 years, pasalamat pa rin sa Panginoon nakakalaro pa rin, (To be honest, I missed this, the last time I played was in 2008. So that’s 11 years, I thank the Lord I can still play)” he said.

For Purefoods’s Jerry ‘The Defense Minister’ Codinera, their team went off to a bad start and admitted San Miguel to be the better team.

Meanwhile, from Alaska versus Ginebra faceoff, Willie ‘The Thriller’ Miller made it rain with five three-points shots and a total of 29 points. Alaska snatched the win from crowd-favorite Ginebra, 90-83.

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Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos, who scored 16 points with 7 assists and 5 rebounds, is grateful for the continued support of their fans.

“It’s so nice, feeling namin nasa Cloud 9 pa rin kami, with this crowd sobra. Remembering those days na maraming nagmamahal, well until today naman. Salamat sa lahat ng sumuporta especially sa UNTV, kay Kuya Daniel, sobra-sobrang salamat, (It’s so nice, we feel like we’re still on Cloud 9,especially with this crowd. [I’m] remembering those days where we are loved, well we are still loved until today. Thank you for the support especially to UNTV and Kuya Daniel. Thank you very much)” he said.

Eddie Laure’s 12 points, Bong Hawkins’s 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Poch Aquino’s 10 points also helped in securing Alaska’s win.

Ginebra’s Marlou Aquino, meanwhile, scored 24 points while Vince Hizon and Jay Jay Helterbrand scored 23 points and 6 points respectively.

Bal ‘The Flash’ David admits Alaska was more prepared than their team.

“Iyong pattern nila nandoon pa rin, we’re trying our very best na maka-catch up pa rin. I’m sure lahat ng teammates ko lahat gustong bumawi noon, (Their pattern is still there, we’re trying our best to still catch up. I’m sure all our teammates want to recover)” he said.

The UNTV Cup PBA Legends Faceoff will continue on Sunday (June 9) at the Pasig City Sports Center.(with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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Caidic, Helterbrand, Hizon show vintage form in Return of the Rivals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

PBA Legend Allan “The Trigger Man” Caidic of the San Miguel Beer gets a pick from his team mate Dondon “The Cebuano Hotshot” Hontiveros to get away from the defensive post of Alaska’s Rodney “The Slasher” Santos during the Return of the Rivals charity event of the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA on February 17, 2019 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. (James Malinao / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Big Dome was filled with cheers and thrills as legendary players in Philippine basketball history showed their fans they still have what it takes at Sunday night’s Return of the Rivals benefit game.

The crowd went wild during the Alaska versus San Miguel bout after Alaska Aces managed to lead by one point in the slow and friendly first quarter, 21-20.

And in the second quarter, the Alaska team intensified their triangle offense, leaving the San Miguel Beermen tailing behind by eight points.

The first half ended at 40-32, in favor of Alaska.

But in the third quarter, the Beermen stole the lead, 62-59.

And in the fourth and final quarter, with both teams racing for a win, the game just got even better.

“The Triggerman” Allan Caidic continued to fire up, with four more three-point shots raining down against the Alaska Aces.

And as the final buzzer of the ball game went off, San Miguel won, 96-83.

Allan Caidic was hailed the Best Player of the Game with 26 points, including six treys.

“I thank everyone who came. It’s more than the physical play, and whoever won or lost. What I’m glad about is the solidarity. And we saw our old supporters. It’s overwhelming. It’s a reunion indeed,” Caidic said.

Alaska Aces was led by Willie Miller who bucketed 21 points, and Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos who recorded a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“The feeling is like returning to the good old days. The starting five, it took them like two, three minutes before they got into the groove. Those on the bench were saying, ‘It’s coming back. It’s coming back.’ They seemed to have amnesia. But the triangle [offense] came back. After that they were having fun,” Alaska Aces Coach Joel Banal said.

“It’s fun. There’s a huge crowd. They [the players] were not like that before. But it’s fun like a reunion. This also helps for a cause. I miss seeing a lot of people,” San Miguel Head Coach Jhong Uichico said.

And in the Ginebra versus Purefoods clash: the Big Dome crowd got even louder with fans cheering for the Manila Classico.

“The Fast” Jayjay Helterbrand and Vince “The Prince” Hizon were both hailed as the Best Players of the Game as they led the Gin-Kings to a win against archrival Purefoods.

Ginebra’s “The Fast” Jayjay Helterbrand pulls a behind-the-back pass in front of Purefoods “The Defense Minister” Jerry Codiñera at the Return of the Rivals. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)
Ginebra’s Vince “The Prince” Hizon looks for an open man as Purefoods Roger Yap closing in. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)

Marlou “The Skyscraper” Aquino also contributed 15 points, together with Noli “The Tank” Locsin with 14 points, and Bal “The Flash” David with 12 points.

The Purefoods team, on the other hand, was led by Roger Yap with 27 points together with Paul Artadi and Tony Boy Espinosa who both bucketed 14 points.

Purefoods Head Coach Ramon Fernandez couldn’t help but reminisce the good old days.

“On this court is where I have grown to become a senior citizen. Of course, it’s time to reminisce those days. But what’s more important is that the fans enjoyed it. We did it for the fans, and to help our less fortunate colleagues,” Purefoods Head Coach Ramon Fernandez said.

Each winning team received P100,000 plus other prizes, while each best player of the game received P25,000 and additional prizes.

The players are thankful that the PBA Legends exhibition match for a cause was a success.

“The rivalry lives on indeed. We are blessed that this pushed through. This is for the crowd, for the fans, and of course for the PBA Legends Foundation. I hope there’s a part 2. We will bounce back,” Purefoods’ “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio said.

While Ginebra’s “The Tank” Noli Locsin expressed, “I want to thank UNTV, and Kuya Daniel for the help you give us and those in need.” — Vincent Arboleda, UNTV News and Rescue

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10 families rescued from flash flood in San Miguel, Bulacan

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Saturday, September 15th, 2018



BULACAN, Philippines – Several barangays in the town of San Miguel were affected by a sudden flash flood on the onset of Typhoon Ompong on Saturday, September 15.

According to Bulacan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, floodwater of up to six feet rushed into residential areas, particularly in Barangay Banga-Banga.

Authorities said they have rescued at least 10 families from the flash flood with the assistance of the San Miguel Disaster Office.

A platoon of scout rangers is also on standby to respond to rescue operations when necessary. The local government has also prepared food relief packs for residents affected by the calamity. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Gerry Galicia)

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More than 20 drug pushers killed in PNP’s one time, big time operation in Bulacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines — 21 individuals were killed in Tuesday’s one time big time drug operation conducted by the Bulacan Philippine National Police (PNP).

Police claimed the suspects resisted arrest after noticing that the people their transacting with were just poser buyers.

Bulacan Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat said they have planned the operation for one month.

Of the nine towns raided by the police this morning, two suspected drug pushers were killed in Barangay Poblacion Guiguinto Bulacan; wwo men in Barangay Loma de Gato Marilao Bulacan while another one in Barangay Wawa in the town of Balagtas.

Casualties were also reported in the towns of San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan, Malolos, Baliuag, Norzagaray, San Miguel, Plaridel, San Rafael and Sta. Maria.

Aside from the killed suspects, 94 drug personalities were also arrested, while 22 guns and 150 grams of suspected shabu were confiscated.

The said one time big time drug operations are part of the campaign of the PNP against illegal drugs.

“We decided to conduct simultaneous police operations to make them feel and see that all drug pushers are being targeted in our campaign against illegal drugs.”

“To show them that the Bulacan PNP is not ceasing with its campaign and we will further intensify our operations,” Bulacan PNP Provincial Director PSSupt. Romeo Caramat said.

The police target to conduct raids in 15 towns in Bulacan.

“It began at exactly 12:01 A.M. And it will end at 12 midnight. This is the final. This is where we will tally how many we have arrested, and the result of our one day operation,” Camarat added. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue

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