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Fans show off memorabilia for tickets in PBA Legends’ ‘Return of the Rivals’ games

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – There’s one more day to go before the much awaited ‘Return of the Rivals’ in the Philippine basketball history.

On Sunday, February 17, legends of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will hit the hard court for a noble cause of helping their chosen charities.

Ginebra fans

Avid fans of the PBA legends couldn’t contain their excitement as they show off their treasured memorabilia in exchange for tickets to the much-awaited face off of some of the most renowned basketball stars in the history of the PBA.

One brought his well-kept album of signed photos of his idols.

A woman presented her framed photo of Ginebra’s jersey number 7 Robert Jaworski and so she got, not 1, not 2 but 4 tickets to the game.

Esperanza Magtira said her admiration for her favorite team has contributed a lot to her outlook in life.

“Iyong never-say-die attitude. Iyong never-say-die spirit parang nai-a-apply mo rin sa sarili mo. Laban lang nang laban,” she said with excitement.

Mark Geronimo is proud to say that he belongs to a family of die-hard Ginebra fans.


Ginebra fan Mark Geronimo

“Tumatakbo na siya sa pamilya naming mula sa lolo hanggang sa papa, hanggang sa akin ngayon .generation naming. Ginebra fan na talaga,” he said.

Michel Estember believes the ‘legends’ can still make a good game despite their age.

“Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda,” he said in jest.

They were just some of the thousands of fans who are more than excited to see their basketball idols show their signature moves again.

They said time will pass but their support to the 90s basketball icons will remain.

Fans are still encouraged to bring their coolest PBA Legends memorabilia at the lobby of UNTV Building until February 16, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jun Soriao)

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UNTV gives P3-M to the PBA Legends Foundation in “Return of the Rivals” game

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

Participants of the Return of the Rivals basketball game for a cause receive the P3,000,000 cash donation of UNTV led by Kuya Daniel Razon as addition to the seed fund of PBA Legends Foundation for the benefit of former professional basketball players who are in need. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) greatest players of all time returned to the hard-court Sunday night in a one-of-a-kind basketball-for-a-cause event.

Basketball fans and PBA supporters were excited to witness their “old-time, all-time” favorites dribble, pass, and shoot the ball at the Big Dome.

The four big rivaling PBA teams — Alaska versus San Miguel, and Ginebra versus Purefoods — battled in “The Return of the Rivals”, a project of the PBA Legends Foundation.

“Magandang adhikain na makalikom ng pera, makatulong sa mga dating manlalaro na kapag medyo dumating ang may karamdaman, may pangangailangan, matutulungan natin sila,” said PBA Legends Foundation chairman, Fortunato “Atoy” Co.

(It’s for a noble cause of raising money that will be used to help former players for when they get sick and in need.)

UNTV, led by its President / CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, gave the PBA Legends Foundation P 3 million after the two hardcourt matches.



The Legends expressed their gratitude for being part of the charitable endeavor.

“Siyempre para makaipon ito, para makatulong tayo sa iba, ito rin yung mas masarap na pakiramdam,” says The Tower of Power Benjie Paras.

(Raising funds to help others feels good.)

Purefoods’ “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio said, “Lalo na Manila Clasico ang game ngayon, Thank you sa UNTV, PBA for the successful Return of the Rivals.”

While “The Flash” Bal David added, “Baka dumating na kami naman yung matulungan, so ibibigay namin ang lahat ng aming makakaya naming makatulong kami sa foundation namin,”

(There might come a time when we would be the ones to needing help, so we will do our best to contribute to our foundation.)

“The Flash” Bal David together with legends of the probably one of the most popular basketball team in history listen to the face of Ginebra franchise, former playing coach Robert Jaworski as they plot their way to victory just like the old times during the Return of the Rivals charity games organized by the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

Alaska’s “Mr. Clutch” Jojo Lastimosa expressed, “It’s just nice to be a part of something na we are giving back to our fellow players, ex-players. This is a very worthy cause naisipan nila Atoy, Allan, big kudos to them. Congratulations to UNTV and Kuya Daniel for being a part of this whole program, I know this is only a beginning.”

(It’s just nice to be a part of something that we are giving back to our fellow players, ex-players. This is a very worthy cause. Atoy and Allan thought of this, big kudos to them. Congratulations to UNTV and Kuya Daniel for being a part of this whole program, I know this is only a beginning.)

According to Kuya Daniel Razon, supporting the PBA Legends does not end here.

(Left-Right Front) PBA Legend Ramon “The El Presidente” Fernandez, BMPI-UNTV President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, former Senator and PBA Legend Robert Jaworski, PBA Legends Foundation Chairman Fortunato “Atoy” Co and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial; (Left-Right Back) PBA Legends Ed Cordero and The Triggerman Allan Caidic. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

“Ang ating ginawa ngayon sa Return of the Rivals ng PBA Legends is pagsuporta natin doon sa kanilang foundation na tinulungan din natin na ma-organize sa tulong ng Dios. Naumpisan na yung kanilang foundation, after nun ito na ngang follow-up projects para magkaroon naman sila ng funding para dun sa mga dating manlalaro ng basketball na kailangang tulungan, medical assistance at iba’t ibang bagay pa na pwedeng maitulong pa sa kanila noong mismong foundation ng mga basketbolista,” BMPI President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon said.

(The Return of the Rivals of the PBA Legends is our support to their foundation which we are reinforcing to be organized, with God’s help. Their foundation has been kick-started. After that are follow-up projects for them to have funding for the benefit of the former basketball players who need help, medical assistance, and other things which we could do to help the basketball players’ foundation.)

The concept of creating a foundation for retired basketball players began in 2015.

It was introduced in a charity game between the PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup all stars in April 2015.

The game was a fundraiser organized to give assistance to Avelino “Samboy” “The Skywalker” Lim Junior, who slipped into a coma after collapsing at a game in November 2014.

UNTV gave one million pesos to the foundation as assistance to Samboy Lim.

It was followed by another one million pesos which Kuya Daniel Razon gave as seed money of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyunal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas which is now called the PBA Legends Foundation.

Win or lose, though rivals on the hardwood, the PBA Legends were able to show their unity, collaboration, and solidarity which can never be withered by time. — NEL MARIBOJOC / UNTV News and Rescue

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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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PBA Legends roster for Return of the Rivals charity event

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2019

The long-awaited reunion of PBA legends on February 17 is almost here.

The charity event, titled Return of the Rivals, will rekindle the best PBA rivalries in recent Philippine basketball history for a worthy cause.

Here’s a look at the roster of the four participating teams:

PUREFOODS TEAM

  • # 1 Bong Ravena
  • # 3 Bonel Balingit
  • # 4 Paul Artadi
  • # 5 Ronnie Magsanoc
  • # 6 Tonyboy Espinosa
  • # 8 Al Solis
  • # 10 Dindo Pumaren
  • # 12 Glen Capacio
  • # 13 Roger Yap
  • # 16 Alvin Patrimonio
  • # 19 Joey Sta. Maria 
  • # 31 Peter Naron
  • # 44 Jerry Codiñera
  • # 55 Richard Yee
  • # 71 Totoy Marquez
  • # 9 Elmer Cabahug
  • Coach – Ramon Fernandez
  • Asst. Coach – Ed Cordero

GINEBRA TEAM

  • # 1 Bal David
  • # 6 Noli Locsin
  • # 8 Bennet Palad
  • # 9 Leo Isaac
  • # 11 JV Gayoso
  • # 12 Vince Hizon
  • # 13 Marlou Aquino
  • # 13 Jayjay Helterbrand
  • # 14 Joey Loyzaga
  • # 16 Benny Cheng
  • # 17 Rudy Distrito
  • # 18 Wilmer Ong
  • # 22 Romulo Mamaril
  • # 25 Pido Jarencio
  • # 32 EJ Feihl
  • # 33 Bobby Jose
  • Coach Robert Jaworski
  • Asst. Coach – Philip Cesar

ALASKA TEAM

  • # 6 Jojo Lastimosa
  • # 7 Roehl Gomez
  • # 9 Rodney Santos
  • # 11 Willie Miller
  • # 11 Eddie Laure
  • # 14 Johnny Abarrientos
  • # 16 Bong Hawkins
  • # 19 Kenneth Duremdes
  • # 22 Jeff Cariaso
  • # 30 Earvin Sotto
  • # 32 Poch Juinio
  • # 33 Bogs Adornado
  • # 35 Tony de la Cruz
  • # 55 John Ferriols
  • Coach – Joel Banal
  • Asst. Coach – Aric del Rosario

SMB TEAM

  • # 2 Denok Miranda
  • #3 Nic Belasco
  • # 4 Elmer Reyes
  • # 6 Ato Agustin
  • # 7 Dondon Hontiveros
  • # 8 Allan Caidic
  • # 10 Alvin Teng
  • # 10 Danny Ildefonso
  • # 11 Nelson Asaytono 
  • # 11 Biboy Ravanes
  • # 14 Benjie Paras
  • # 17 Olsen Racela 
  • # 18 Art de la Cruz
  • # 22 Arnold Gamboa
  • # 23 Bong Alvarez 
  • # 25 Freddie Abuda
  • # 88 Chris Calaguio
  • Coach – Filomeno “Pilo” Pumaren
  • Asst. Coach – Joseph “Jong” Uichico

The proceeds of this event will go to the humanitarian endeavors of the PBA Legends Foundation, particularly for the benefit of the former professional basketball players who are in need.

The idea of forming a foundation for retired PBA players began in April 2015 during an exhibition game between members of the PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

The Return of the Rivals is already a sold out event but PBA fans may still get free tickets if they bring any PBA Legends memorabilia to the UNTV station located at 907 EDSA, Philam, Quezon City, Philippines from February 14 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — UNTV News and Rescue

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