Deciding UNTV Cup game set on Sunday; teams all eyes on finals
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018
“Go win or go home”, the theme of UNTV Cup Semifinals’ last game on February 18, 2018. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)
Expect this Sunday to be one of best games of the season as the last four teams of UNTV Cup Season 6 this Sunday, February 18 at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City, try to secure tickets to the much-anticipated finals of the only charity basketball league in the country.
Two-time champions Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers will battle it out with the much-improved Senate Defenders at 3 PM while last year’s runner-up, Malacañang-PSC Kamao will try to seal a finals berth as they face the National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders at 5 PM.
The losers of these battles will settle for the knockout battle for third place on March 4, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center.
All teams are equally hungry for the prestige of winning the Cup and the P4-M top prize and P2-M 1st runner-up.
In the first game, the AFP Cavaliers will rely on their veteran and winning experiences in the league with the help of their rookie players, Lumongsod and Almerol. The Senate Defenders, on the other hand, led by the playmakers/lawmakers senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva, will capitalize on their unselfish plays and a rigorous defense.
In the second game, the NHA Builders will count on their deep pool of young and talented rosters while Malacañang-PSC Kamao will hold on to their eager desire to help their chosen charity, the children with cancer.
The Kamao and the Defenders have the momentum, but Cavaliers and the Builders have the desire to bounce back.
All participating teams have their own partner charitable institutions with the champion winning P4-M while the second placer with P2-M.
BMPI-UNTV CEO and Public Service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon, the originator of the play for charity league UNTV Cup, launched the League of Public Servants in 2013 and has been giving millions in pesos every year for beneficiaries of respective winning teams each season with the league’s primary sponsor Bro. Eliseo Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
These games will be shown live on UNTV News and Rescue local channel 37 and via web streaming at www.untvweb.com. — UNTV New Media
CHAMPIONS. The Senate of the Philippines formally commended the Senate Defenders for winning the UNTV Cup championship title.
MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the Philippines formally commended on Wednesday, the Senate Defenders for winning the championship title in UNTV’s basketball league of public servants — the UNTV Cup Season 6.
Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara delivered their manifestation in the plenary regarding the approved resolution last March 13.
“And those who gave all-out support, we will no longer mention what they did for us, Senator Ping Lacson and Senator Cynthia Villar,” said Villanueva.
The highlights of the game of the Senate Defenders was shown during the plenary session.
Senate President Koko Pimentel also thanked UNTV at the event.
UNTV vice presidents Gerry Panghulan and Ruth Soriano received the certificate of appreciation for UNTV, Kuya Daniel Razon, and Members Church of God International (MCGI) led by Bro. Eli Soriano.
“In behalf of the Senate Defenders, our senators, in behalf of the beneficiary na sabi nga namin (as we have said), we play basketball but we save lives,” Senate Tax Study and Research Office Director-General Atty. Rodelio T. Dascil said.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa taas at binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na kahit sa paraan na ito ay nakakatulong na ito. Nakita niyo naman ang mga benepisyaryo ay kasama natin sa araw na ito,” said UNTV Vice President for Adminsitration Gerry Panghulan.
(We thank God for giving us the opportunity to help even through this way. You have seen the beneficiaries who were with us today.) — UNTV News & Rescue
(Left-Right) Senate Defenders’ Senator Sonny Angara, Sen. Joel Villanueva, Sen. Franklin Drilon and Sen. Migz Zubiri celebrate at the awarding ceremony being the champion of the 6th season of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. Sen. Bam Aquino was also in the venue to support their team. (Marjhon Obsioma / Photoville Interanational)
MANILA, Philippines — At the plenary session on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proudly sponsored a resolution congratulating the Senate Defenders for bringing home the championship title in Monday night’s UNTV Cup Season 6 finals game against Malacañang-PSC Kamao.
“Mr. President, the UNTV Cup was conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon in 2012 as a charity basketball league dubbed as “Liga ng Mga Public Servants” to better serve the public thru sponsorship camaraderie and health competition sponsored by the Members of Church of God [International] (MCGI) headed by Bro. Eli Soriano,” said Drilon.
Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara expressed gratitude to their colleagues and employees of the Senate who supported them during the league.
“That four million cash price that we won last night will go straight to Tahanang Mapagpala, Kyth Foundation. These are cancer survivors and Pangarap Foundation,” said Villanueva.
“The fact that we defeated Malacañang Kamao shows that the principle of check and balances is very much alive, Mr. President,” said Angara.
“Lampaso po yung kalaban. This is not the close game,” said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.
The team’s manager, Senator Ralph Recto even joked about Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s key player, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go by asking Sen. Drilon, “Would the gentleman know the reason why Mr. Bong Go is interested running for the Senate?”
To which Drilon quipped, “So he can join the Senate Defenders basketball team,” sending everyone in the room laughing.
All senators became co-sponsors of the resolution which was eventually approved by the plenary. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) receives P1,000,000 cash donation as part of AFP Cavaliers’ winnings after finishing on 3rd place this sixth season of UNTV Cup — the league of public servants. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — The battle on the hard court between Malacañang-PSC Kamao and Senate Defenders at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday was intense during UNTV Cup’s Season 6 Game 2 Finals.
The two teams showed their hard work in an effort to provide huge assistance for their chosen beneficiaries.
The champion, the Senate Defenders won P4-million for their three beneficiaries namely: Kythe Foundation, Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, and Pangarap Foundation.
Meanwhile, runner-up Malacañang-PSC Kamao bagged P2-million with which they intend to assist around 600 cancer patients of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).
“Malaking tulong itong premyong nakuha namin at sana ipagpatuloy nila ang magandang hangarin nila sa pagtulong sa mga pasyente,” said PCMC Cancer & Hematology Center Administrative Officer Mercy del Rosario.
(This prize is really a great help and we hope they will continue their advocacy to help the patients.)
“We have partner hospitals where we have our child life program and the amount granted to us by Senate will go a long way in pushing for the medicine, the [transportation] and everything,” said Kythe Foundation Inc. president, Atty. Roy Santos.
The third runner-up, AFP Cavaliers, received P1-million for their beneficiary, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO).
The 4th placer NHA Builders received P500, 000 while the other 10 participating teams received P100,000 each for their chosen institutions.
“We should complete the good works we started because in Galatians 6:10, it says while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men especially to those who are of the household of faith.
“There is special care for the household of faith but the words of God said we must do good unto all men, even to those who do not of the household of faith. It means we have obligation to do good even to those who are not of the household of faith, charitable works which prove ever since we were given the chance to manage the UN Television.
“These charitable works, these are not just for one day, once a year, once a month or once in a blue moon. This will be continuous. One of these is the UNTV Cup, in which the cash prizes will be given to chosen charitable institutions of the teams. If we are commanded to love our enemies, more so we should love those who are less fortunate and being sponsored by the teams through our basketball league,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Executive Face-Off of the UNTV Cup off-season games eye for level-up public service and more camaraderie between government officials and employees.
“Many committed to play for the Executive Face-Off. We’re hoping that our executives will give further participation including various government officials in the executive level because this is their chance as well to share not only the prize they won for their beneficiaries but also to develop camaraderie among the high-ranking officials, to take a break and exercise through the UNTV Cup off-season games, the Executive Face-Off. God-willing, it will be more exciting and more will participate,” said UNTV-BMPI CEO & president, Daniel Razon.— Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
Complete List of Prizes for Beneficiaries
FINAL FOUR TEAMS:
Champion — Senate Defenders — Kythe Foundation, Inc., Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc. — ₱4,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱500,000 (team)
Second Place — Malacañang-PSC Kamao — Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc. — ₱2,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱300,000 (team)
Third Place — AFP Cavaliers — AFP Educational Benefit System Office — ₱1,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱200,000 (team)
Fourth Place — NHA Builders — NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. — ₱500,000 (beneficiary) + ₱100,000 (team)
OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS:
PNP Responders — Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc. — ₱100,000
Judiciary Magis — Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities — ₱100,000
GSIS Furies — Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS — ₱100,000
PDEA Drug Busters — Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs, (CCOPS-NGOs) Inc. — ₱100,000
BFP Firefighters — Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc. — ₱100,000
DOJ Justice Boosters — Department of Justice Employees’ Association (DOJEA), Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc., and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation, Inc. — ₱100,000
DA Food Masters — Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development — ₱100,000
DOH Health Achievers — Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko — ₱100,000
COA Enablers — Caritas Novaliches, Inc. — ₱100,000
Ombudsman Graft Busters — Ombudsman Provident Fund — ₱100,000
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