Couple reminisce romance as fans at UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 9, 2019   •   2318

Photo of Jef and Gerald Simbu with their favorite Purefoods player, Alvin Patrimonio

Two Purefoods fans were able to find love while supporting their favorite team.

Jef and Gerald Simbul met in 2009. They were both supporting their favorite player, Purefoods’ Alvin Patrimonio.

“Parehas kaming mahilig sa basketball, early days pa lang, (We both love basketball even in the early days), we met year 2009. Because sa support namin kay Cap (Because of our support for Cap [Patrimonio]), all of a sudden we became lovers,” Jef said.

Gerald added that because of their love for the Purefoods team, they were able to find each other, and they have been together since then.

“Dahil sa pagkahumaling namin sa Purefoods team then kay Cap, na meet namin isa’t-isa then naging asawa ko siya, (Because of our love for the Purefoods team and Cap, we met each other and she became my wife),” he said.

Jef and Gerald were among the thousands of fans who watched the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off Finals on Monday (July 8) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Some fans wore their team’s jersey and brought their old photos with their favorite player.

Marlon Pangan, a Ginebra fan, recalled the glory days of Bal David and Marlou Aquino. He is still happy to have witnessed their game at the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off.

“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga iyong kalakasan nila Bal David, Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin so ngayon natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami hanggang [ngayon] sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (Since 1994, I was able to see Bal David, Marlou Aquino, and Nilo Locsin at their peak. I am happy that until now, I am still able to support their games),” he said.

Some of the PBA Legends said the fans’ support brings back the strength they had back in the days.

“Siyempre napaka-importante sa amin iyon lalo na mababagal na kami. Kapag naririnig namin iyong chant nila, ginaganahan rin kami (Of course that is very important to us. We are already slow but when we hear them chant, it motivates us),” Bal David said.

“Kahit iyong feeling na lang ma-reminisce namin iyong good old days noong sobra kaming nakipag-battle, iyong passion actually sa kanila namin lahat nakukuha iyon (They allow us to reminisce on how it felt back in the good old days when we were battling hard. We get our passion from our fans),” Johnny Abarrientos said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

Viral act of kindness sparks doubts on social media

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

“Kindness is not lost,” ÅcdhiRr Ailnv Diaz wrote on his Facebook post.

His post went viral with 197,000 reactions and 50,000 shares after he shared a story of a man suffering from Leukemia.

In his post, Diaz said he saw a man getting wheeled in by guards inside the train. He noticed that the guy was in pain whenever the train moves.

Another passenger approached the guy.

“In a weak voice he was apologetic thinking he was causing an odd scene, or causing discomfort by his presence,” Diaz said.

Later they found out the guy has stage 3 Leukemia. He was on his way to seek help from a media company to pay for his medical examination.

Passengers from that part of the train began chipping in P100 pesos.

“Before we reached the next station he had enough money for the lab test he needed, plus food and fare. The guys at the back called for a guard for assistance so he could go back to MaDocs [Manila Doctors Hospital],” Diaz recalled.

However, some netizens are claiming the guy was a fake and was only doing it for the money.

According to some netizens, the guy’s Leukemia story was just a fabrication and is only a part of his ‘budol-budol’ scheme. One netizen recalled a similar story.

But according to Diaz, he doesn’t have the capability to further investigate on the matter. He was just sharing what he saw and experienced.

“What I believe I shared was my experience of #Bayanihan, of people coming together to help someone in need. That is all I can say about that,” Diaz said.—AAC

UNTV Cup has donated P50-M to beneficiaries in the past 7 seasons

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

For the children of soldiers who died in duty.

For the rescued street children.

For patients suffering from cancer.

For the victims of calamities and disasters.

These are just some of the beneficiaries of UNTV Cup.

Since the league started in July 2013 and up to its seventh season, UNTV Cup has already donated a total of P50,250,000 cash prize to the beneficiaries of all the competing teams.

For the players from all the government agencies, it was never about the glory. They are prepared to give their all for their chosen charity.

“Punto for punto talagang masarap sa pakiramdam as a player na naglalaro, (As a player, each point feels fulfilling)”—Reneboy Banzali from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Furies

“Naglalaro ka na nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga beneficiary natin. So enjoy lang kami, makatulong, (We are helping our beneficiaries by playing. So we are just enjoying)“—Malacañang Head Coach Raffy Ginzalez

“Nagpapasalamat nga kami sa kanila lalo na kay Brother Eli. Sa pamamagitan niya ang daming natutulungan, pati na iyong team namin. So nagiging instrument kami makatulong din sa ibang tao, (We are thankful to Brother Eli. Through him, we are helping a lot even our team. So we also become instruments to help others)“—National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders Head Coach Benett Palad

“Kami po, kasama lahat ng players and of course kasama ang management ng PhilHealth ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa magandang adhikain ni Brother Eli and ni Kuya Daniel na hindi lang ma-showcase iyong mga talento ng ating mga public servants kundi makatulong din sa ating mga beneficiaries, (On behalf of all the players and, of course, the PhilHealth management, we will continue to support the good advocacy of Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel of not just showing the talents of our public servants but also to help our beneficiaries)“—Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II

UNTV Cup is also helping former professional basketball players through the PBA Legends Foundation.

For the 8th season of UNTV Cup, over P10 million is allotted for the beneficiaries of the 12 competing teams.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Sports and Public Service, the right mix for UNTV Cup Season 8

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).

Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).

“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.

Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.

Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.

Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.

“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.

Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.

“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.

Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.

“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.

“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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