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Charity basketball tournament pits gov’t officials, senators in Executive Face-Off

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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MANILA — UNTV Cup supporters have more to cheer for as the annual charity basketball league that features public servants from the three branches of government, raises the stakes this season.

Previous seasons have seen regular government personnel turn into hard court superstars.

This time, executive officials aged forty and above will have their chance to battle it out at UNTV Cup’s off-season game Executive Face-Off.

Yesterday, the six joining teams were formally introduced.

These are PNP Responders, BOC Transformers, Senate Sentinels, AFP Cavaliers, DOJ Justice Boosters and Judiciary Magis.

National Capital Region Police Office Regional Director, PDIR Oscar D. Albayalde of  PNP Responders said  “This is really good. This is one way of fostering camaraderie and of course, unity and cooperation among the agencies of the government.”

Brigadier General Gener Del Rosario of AFP Cavaliers said, “The different government offices were very busy and this is the best venue for us to mingle, to bond, to see each other and to talk with each other especially the public servants.”

And as always since its first season, UNTV Cup aims to fulfill its advocacy of helping those in need.

“Well, first of all, we are thankful to God and to everyone who participated…Like before, this is the continuation of public service we are doing. Each team still has its own beneficiary who will receive its prize. So this is still for charity and this is still for public service,” Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon said. — Leslie Longboen |  UNTV News and Rescue

 

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AFP defeats ex-champs Senate at UNTV Cup elimination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Best Player of the Game Jerry Lumongsod put up 17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals together with co-awardee Darwin Cordero’s 20 points, 2 rebounds and 1 steal to lead the AFP in beating the former champion Senate Defenders on November 8, 2018 at the closing of the 1st round elimination of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. (Frederick Alvior / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Two-time champion AFP Cavaliers prolonged their winning streak to five after downing the Senate Defenders at the end of the first-round eliminations of UNTV Cup Season 7 last Thursday.

The AFP banked on its tight defense plays to rout the season six champion by maintaining a five to nine-point advantage and controlling all game quarters.

The Cavaliers leaned on its cagers, Darwin Cordero and Jerry Lumongsod, who gave a total of 37 points after bucketing four three-point shots each in the last quarter. Cordero and Lumongsod were hailed as the best players of the game.

With five victories and zero defeats, the AFP still tops Group-A while Senate’s 3-2 win-loss record puts them in the third spot.

The Malacañang -PSC Kamao, meanwhile has stolen Group-B’s lead from the DA Food Masters after the latter received a beating in their match, 75-63.

Best players of the game, Visnu Das Javier and Eric Dela Cuesta led the Malacañang to victory with their combined 35-point finish.

The Ombudsman Graft Busters, on the other hand, bowed out of the charity league after their stinging loss against the NHA Builders, 94-57.

Jose Adolfo earned the best player of the game title after bucketing 17 points.

The NHA has now settled in the second Group-B ranking from the third place following its latest win. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES

GAME 1: NHA defeats Ombudsman, 94-57.
Quarter Scores: 22-9, 45-29, 65-49, 94-57
NHA Builders
Box Scores: 94
A. Adolfo 17, J. Dizon 13, C. Torrente 12, J. Alastoy 8, W. Tibay 8, A. Lustestica 7, R. Tibay 7, J. Prado 7, M. Mercado 5, S. Crisostomo 5, J. Mahamud 4, M. Dizon 1
Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 57
F. Palacio 18, A. Sanchez 10, E. Ojerio 9, R. Lumague 8, X. Malones 5, W. Romero 5, A. Lazo 2
Best Players of the Game: Adofo Jose Adolfo (17 points, 1 rebound)
GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC defeats Agriculture, 75-63.
Quarter Scores: 14-15, 30-35, 45-57, 75-63
Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 75
E. Dela Cuesta 22, V. Javier 13, M. Antonio 10, J. Jimenez 9, I. Garrido 9, J. Besa 4, A. Catipon 4, G. Gadong 2, R. Abalos 2
Department of Agriculture Food Masters
Box Scores: 63
E. Oreta 23, S. Silva 15, C. Dematera 14, M. Manigo 5, H. Fernandez 3, J. Comerciase 2, B. Mastelero 1
Best Players of the Game: Visnu Das Javier (13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks) and Eric Dela Cuesta (22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals )
GAME 3: AFP defeats Senate, 76-70
Quarter Scores: 22-17, 35-29, 59-50, 76-70
AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 76
D. Cordero 20, J. Lumongsod 17, J. Quiambao 14, B. Bautista 10, E. Rosopa 9, W. Sergio 3, W. Casulla 2, R. Pascual 1
Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 70
J. Mangaran 15, R. Balboa 15, G. Sevilla 13, J. Sanders 8, M. Omega 6, R. Malaga 4, E. Villanueva 3, M. Legaspi 2, S. Marata 2, H. Ng 2
Best Players of the Game: Darwin Cordero (20 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steals) and Jerry Lumongsod (17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 3 steals )

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‘A Song of Praise’ caps off 7th season of original Filipino praise music with 12 masterpieces

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

 

A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 grand winner John Paul Salazar and BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon

Enrich the spirit… inspired by music!

The first and only worship songwriting tilt on Philippine television, A Song of Praise Music Festival (ASOP), capped off its seventh Grand Finals Night at the country’s premier performing arts venue, New Frontier Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao Quezon City on November 11.

Twelve masterpieces written by aspiring songwriters took center stage echoing uplifting heavenly music right into the hearts of the crowd.

Upcoming OPM trio Bradz as they perform live John Paul Salazar’s “Tugtog” at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

The gospel fest named visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar’s original composition entitled “Tugtog” as the song of the year with P500,000 cash prize tax-free. Upcoming OPM trio Bradz made the audience sway and dance to the upbeat melody of the song.

Salazar penned his original composition despite suffering from blurry vision due to stage 3 glaucoma, he turned to music as it helps him heal in a passionately life-changing way.

Songwriting has become his hobby since his condition compels him to stay at home for most of the time. Though troubled at times by his condition as he has difficulty seeing what he writes down, he still spends time composing songs, memorizing them word for word.

 

“Tugtog” songwriter John Paul Salazar together with his interpreters, pop trio Bradz

 

“The song ‘Tugtog’ for me denotes a human heartbeat. One artist I heard said, ‘Music is a part of our lives, and our hearts always plays music.’ I made the song out of that idea and turned it into a song of praise to the Lord. Every time I sing for the Lord, my heart is in sync with the music!” said Salazar.

Twenty-four-year-old songwriter Edward Salde’s “Isang Milyong Pasasalamat” secured the first place.

ASOP Year 4 Best Interpreter awardee Leah Patricio returned to ASOP stage to render a powerful performance of Salde’s composition. Salde received Php 300,000 for his winning  entry.

Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Emmanuel Lipio’s hope-filled, soul-soothing gospel hymn “God Is With Us” took home Php 150,000 for the 2nd runner-up award.

With his 90s-sounding worship hymn “Di Na ‘Ko Aawit, Rommel Gojo bagged the Php 100,000 for winning third runner-up. Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.

“God Is With Us” interpreter Cello Nuñez has been named as this year’s Best Interpreter. Nuñez was awarded with Php 50,000 cash prize.

“I feel that singing a praise song is more profound because you can relate to it in everyday life. Also, the lyrics are more meaningful. “God is with us” is my favorite line because it is true,” said Nuñez.

People’s Choice Award was given to LJ Manzano’s original, “Banal Mong Salita”, which was interpreted by R&B Charmer Mark Michael Garcia. Manzano received Php 50,000 prize.

Apart from the major awards, the gospel fest launched a new special award with a P200,000 cash, “Bro. Eli Soriano’s Choice” which was given to “Hiling”, a self-penned gospel track by visually-impaired composer Jeffrey Lim. The song was interpreted by OPM rock outfit Plethora.

The celebration’s official hashtag #ASOP7Finals also made noise online making it to the local Twitter trends list, peaking at the 6th spot.

Wish 1075’s Wishfuls performs ASOP medley at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

Wish 1075’s Wishfuls also graced the gospel fest and took the audience down memory lane as they performed a medley of ASOP originals.

The jury panel for A Song of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals Night Year 7

This year’s roster of judges includes Doktor Musico Mon Del Rosario, record producer Pat Castillo, OPM hitmaker Rannie Raymundo, ASOP Year 2 grand winner songwriter Boy Christopher Ramos, award-winning director Jose Javier Reyes and Philippine opera diva Fides Cayugan-Asensio.

BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon delivered his inspirational remarks for the celebration, thanking the songwriters and interpreters for sharing their talent to glorify the Almighty.

Members Church of God International (MCGI) Overall Servant Bro. Eliseo Soriano as he delivers his inspiring message at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

ASOP TV originator and primary supporter Members Church of God International (MCGI) Bro. Eliseo Soriano read verses from the Scriptures, citing that singing praises to God is a commandment in the New Testament as it is written in James 5:13. He also expressed thanks to the program hosts Mr. Richard Reynoso and Ms. Toni Rose Gayda for the seven years of taking part in the pursuit of inspiring people back to God through gospel music.

Yet again, ASOP expressed gratitude to God for another amazing year and also thanked supporters for the overwhelming support. ASOP vows to continues to inspire talents and celebrate original Filipino praise music to glorify the Maestro of music. — Yssa Jalmasco

 

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AFP still unbeaten; Judiciary snaps losing streak at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Best Players of the Game Vicente Evidor AFP #19 produced a total of 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal to go with co-awardee Boyet Bautista’s 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. (Charles Ember Paña / Photoville International)

Two-time champion AFP Cavaliers maintains its pristine record after routing the GSIS Furies, 93-87, in a match held on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Best Players of the Game, Vicente Evidor and Boyet Bautista, led the AFP with their combined scores of 40 points and 9 rebounds.

This fourth victory earns the AFP a ticket to the second-round eliminations while the GSIS Furies bid farewell to this season after failing to win any of their games.

“Hopefully, magtuloy tuloy. It’s a long way to go. Syempre, hindi pa kailangang mag-relax,” AFP Cavaliers Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said.

(Hopefully, our winning streak will continue. It’s a long way to go. Of course, we should not relax yet.)

The AFP is set to face the Season 6 champion Senate Defenders in a match on November 8, Thursday.

Two-time champion Judiciary Magis, meanwhile, finally barged into the win column after clobbering the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 104-65.

Richard Litonjua and Edu Mustre’s combined 24 points led the Judiciary to victory which has now climbed up in the rankings with one win and three losses.

“Itong huling ensayo namin, hard practice na kami, more on defense na kami dahil yun ang nagiging problema,” Judiciary Magis head coach said.

(Our last practice was a hard one, we practiced more on defense because that’s where we are lacking.)

The Judiciary is set to battle with PhilHealth Plus, who keeps two-two win-loss record, in a knockout game on Sunday.

The Ombudsman meanwhile will collide with the NHA Builders in a non-bearing game on November 8.

The rookie team PITC Global Traders also gained a bigger chance to advance to this season’s second round eliminations after defeating DOJ Boosters, 74-60.

Rod Vasaloo and Haddi Porto earned the Best Players of the Game title after bucketing 22 and 15 points, respectively.

“Kaya masaya kaming lahat dahil alam namin na this game is very important to the team. We promised Boss Dave [ Alamarinez] na pag-uwi nya may lalaruan pa sya na liga. So eto nag trabaho naman lahat,” PITC coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(We are happy because we know how important this game is. We promised Boss Dave Almarinez that when he returns he still has a league to play in. So, everyone worked hard for it.)

Meanwhile, DOJ Justice Boosters Coach Reynaldo Tomas Jr. said, “Back breaker talaga yung dalawang tres ng (PITC) imbes na apat na lang yung lamang nila naging sampu agad, eh. So kahit papaano nakakabawas ng moral yun…kaya hindi na namin kinaya noong huli.”

(The 2 consecutive three-pointers of PITC were back breakers. Instead of catching up only 4 points, it ballooned to 10 points. It was quite demoralizing; we failed to recover.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

 

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