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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 01:19 AM

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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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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UNTV Cup Season 7: Charity organizations receive over P10-M cash prizes

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:50 PM

UNTV Cup Season 7 2nd Placer Senate Defenders pose for a photo together with their beneficiaries and UNTV Cup Founder Kuya Daniel Razon. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

Aside from fostering camaraderie between players from different government agencies, participating teams of UNTV Cup are given the
opportunity to help people in need — that alone already makes every team a winner.

In line with the public service advocacy of UNTV Cup innovator, Daniel Razon, the charitable event allows each team to choose a charity institution that will receive corresponding cash prizes.

With the recently concluded UNTV Cup Season 7, chosen beneficiaries of respective teams once again received total cash prizes of ten million pesos tax free.

One of these charities is the Senate Defenders’ beneficiary, Pangarap Foundation Incorporated.

Pangarap Foundation provides shelter and care to street children and abused minors.

“Every year, we allocate the fund. So, yung mga previous na binibigay sa amin, dinadagdag namin sa pagkain because that is the most expensive item that we usually [provide], kasi hindi naman pwede magutom ‘yung mga bata. Pero last year, kasi marami, more than one million, ginamit namin sa pagpapa-aral sa mga anak. So, we have 43 na pinag-aaral at lahat sila ay nasa school,” Executive Director Leah Lanzuela of Pangarap Foundation, Inc. said.

(Every year, we allocate fund. So, the previous cash prizes we received, we used it to augment fund for food because that is the most expensive item. But last year, we had a lot — more than one million— which we used on the children’s education. We are currently sending 43 children to school.

The AFP Cavaliers dedicated their victory to the orphans of more than four thousand soldiers who were wounded or killed in action while on service.

It is the team’s third championship, and the cash prizes they have won from previous seasons of UNTV Cup have helped their chosen charity — the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) — in rebuilding the lives of the fallen soldiers’ families.

This season, the AFP Cavaliers once again bagged the grand prize for UNTV Cup Season 7, which means, their beneficiary will receive anew the coveted cash prize of four million pesos.

“Maliban sa pagpapa-aral, mayroon kaming mga allowances na binibigay ‘yung per semester and libreng miscellaneous, ‘yung mga libro, mga pangangailangang pang-araw-araw ng mga beneficiary natin,” AFP-EBSO Chief NCO MSG Manuel de Leon said.

(Aside from education, we have allowances provided per semester and free miscellaneous like books and daily needs of our beneficiaries.)

Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva lauded the advocacy of UNTV Cup.

“Napakaganda, talagang modern fairy tales itong ginagawa ninyo para sa ating mga kababayan. At kami naman, very privileged kami na maging parte nito at nagiging instrument kami through the game we love,” Sen. Sonny Angara said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva echoed the same sentiments, saying, “Itong ginagawa nila Kuya Daniel, ng UNTV leadership, talagang kakaiba ito eh. It’s such a great honor na to be part of really something big, something that has never been done before in the history of this country.”

Meanwhile, public service advocate, Daniel Razon, is thankful for the continued opportunity to help and do good for other people regardless of what others might say or think.

“We will always be happy doing it at nagpapasalamat tayo palagi sa Panginoon sa patuloy na pagbibigay sa atin ng pagkakataon na maipagpatuloy ito at dalangin natin na sana habang mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon ay makapagpatuloy tayo na magawa ‘yung ating natutunan na makagawa ng mabuti sa lahat ng mga tao at ‘yung ating paniniwala na ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama,” the UNTV Cup innovator said.

In the next season of UNTV Cup, more teams from other government agencies are expected to participate which will extend help to more of our fellow Filipinos in need. — Asher Cadapan

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AFP, first to have 3 UNTV Cup champion titles

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 02:31 PM

UNTV Cup Season 7 Champions AFP Cavaliers pose for a photo together with their their beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office, the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado and UNTV Cup Founder Kuya Daniel Razon. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

The AFP Cavaliers did not give any chances for Senate Defenders to recover in the best-of-three UNTV Cup Season 7 finals series where the men in uniform defeated the defending champion at their face-off on Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with final score of 88-78.

In the first period, both teams exchanged defensive and offensive plays rapidly but, in the end, the Senate Defenders led by 4 points, 18-14.

But the men in uniform started to dominate the Senate team in the 2nd quarter.

The lead of the Cavaliers blew up to 10 points, 62-52, led by the scorching Jerry Lumongsod who bucketed 11 points.

The Defenders tried to rally back but it was not enough because Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumongsod were on fire, shooting 5 threes. All in all, the AFP team made 11 three-point shots while Senate only had two.

Champion coach Sonny Manucat said, “Talagang pinaghirapan namin, since day 1. Talagang sabi namin sa isa’t- isa, nagkaroon kami ng commitment na pipilitin naming kunin ulit yung championship…with God’s grace, eto binigay sa amin [We really worked hard for this since Day 1. We all agreed to aim for another championship… with God’s grace, we achieved it].”

Jerry Lumongsod was hailed as the best player of the game and Finals MVP with 26 points, 3 steals, 3 assists and 1 rebound.

“Sobrang saya, second season ko sa UNTV Cup nakuha namin yung kampyonato. Ako pa yung Finals MVP, talagang overwhelmed [I am very happy. In my second season at UNTV Cup, we earned a championship title and I am also the Most Valuable Player in the Finals. It’s really overwhelming],” said the Air Force Cavalier.

AFP’s rookie player Darwin Cordero also added 19 points while the “Bullet” Boyet Bautista listed 18 points and center Jeffrey Quiambao dropped 11 points.   

As for the Senate Defenders, Season 7 MVP Jeffrey Sanders produced 13 points, James Mangaran and Harly Ng got 12, Marlon Legaspi got 11, while Rommel Balboa connected 10 points.

Senator Sonny Angara said, “Unang-una, congratulations sa AFP Cavaliers, very deserving sila na maging kampeon. At pasalamat kami ulit sa UNTV Season 7, pitong taon ng pamimigay po, palaki ng palaki. Thank you mula sa aming mga beneficiaries yung Kyte Foundation, saka yung Pangarap [Foundation]. Scholarship po at mga gamut. Marami pong matutuwa at salamat [Firstly, congratulations to the AFP Cavaliers. They are really deserving. Thank you to UNTV Cup, seven years of giving and the league continue to grow. Thank you also from our beneficiaries, Kythe Foundation and Pangarap Foundation. [Our cash prize will be used for] scholarships and medicines. Many will be happy. Thank you].”

“Yung sa amin, sinubukan namin pero talagang kinulang. Kung effort lang pag-uusapan, hindi naman kasi kinulang pero ang galing ng shooting ng AFP [On our part, we tried but it really fell short. But talking about effort, we did a lot but AFP was its best in shooting],” the senator explained.

 The champion, AFP Cavaliers will be able to donate their cash prize of P4,000,000 to their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office.

The Senate Defenders, on the other hand, will receive P2,000,000 for their charities: Kythe Foundation and Pangarap Foundation.

 AFP Cavaliers now holds the record of being the first team to have 3 regular season champion titles and will have the opportunity to be the first team to have a back-to-back championship come Season 8. – Bernard Dadis

BOX SCORES

AFP (88) – J. Lumongsod 26, D. Cordero 19, B. Bautista 18, J. Quiambao 11, E. Tan 5, W. Casulla 4, R. Pascual 3, R. Almerol 2

Senate (78) – J. Sanders 13, J. Mangaran 12, H. Ng 12, M. Legaspi 11, R. Balboa 10, R. Malaga 9, M. Omega 6, G. Sevilla 5

QUARTER SCORES: 14-18, 39-37, 62-52, 88-78

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