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Malacañang Kamao, PNP Responders: Final face off for charity at UNTV Cup 5 Finals rubber match

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals Game 2 last March 14, 2017 at Smart-Areneta Coliseum(Marlon Bonajos/ Photoville International)

UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals Game 2 last March 14, 2017 at Smart-Areneta Coliseum (Marlon Bonajos/ Photoville International)

PHILIPPINES — The last game of the best of three finals draws near.  Both teams will take the last stand to determine who will bring home the UNTV Cup Season 5 championship trophy and the top prize, as Season 3 runner-up PNP Responders face the Malacañang Kamao at Smart-Araneta Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

The team who will emerge victorious will bring home P4,000,000 while P2,000,000 for the 2nd placer all for their chosen charity or beneficiaries.

Malacañang Kamao has chosen a group of cancer patients and Millennium Sports Support System Association Incorporated while PNP Responders pick Police Community Relations Group “Drug Rehabilitation Program” respectively.

As PNP is very eager to capture the ever elusive UNTV Cup title on their 4th try, so is Malacañang on its 2nd chance.

In Game 1, Malacañang Kamao defeated the PNP Responders with final scores 82-81, while the PNP Responders bounced back in game 2 beating the Malacañang team with final scores 67-61.

Malacañang Kamao admit they were not able to show their play in game 2 due to the tight defense showed by the PNP Responders. That is why in Game 3, the Kamao team will recuperate and show their fierceness.

Kamao’s Gonzales said, “Totoo yan, I give credit also doon sa depense ng PNP medyo na off talaga yung rhythm namin and they have a good game plan.”

(That’s true. I give credit to the PNP team’s defense. Their defense made us off rhythm, and they had a good game plan.)

With PNP’s intense defense in Game 2, the two best players of the game in game 1, Christian Luanzon, who made 29 points (in game 1) made only 15 points (in game 2), while Eric dela Cuesta, who made 23 points (in game 1) made only 1 point (in game 2).

“Siguro ang isa sa mga biggest adjustment na gagawin ko is we need to share the ball more. Siguro yung touches namin as much as possible kung sino yung mga naglalarong lima sa loob kailangan magkaroon ng touches, magkaroon ng opportunity kasi nagiging predictible kami masyado, eh. Maganda yung coverage nila kay Luanzon, maganda yung coverage nila specially kay Dela Cuesta.”

(Perhaps one of the biggest adjustments I will do is, we need to share the ball more. Perhaps the touches, as much as possible, the five players on the court must have touches and have opportunities because we have become too predictable. Their coverage on Christian Luanzon, especially on Eric Dela Cuesta, was good.)

Coach Louie Gonzales said that in game 3 they will exert all their effort to claim the championship.

“Sa tingin ko kailangan talaga, if we want to get the championship, we have to do good on both offensive and defensive, alam naman natin is a Game 3 closing out. Ang team na nanalo diyan madalas yung maglalaro as a team. It’s not kung sino yung malakas o sino mahina, pero kung sino yung magkakaisa, kung sino yung magtutulungan, kung sino yung magtatrabaho, yan madalas ang mga pinapalad”.

(I think we need to if we really want to get the championship. We have to do good on both offense and defense. We know that is a game 3 closing out. The team that wins in game 3 is usually the team that plays as a team. It’s not who’s strong or who’s weak, but who is united, helps one another and works hard for it — that’s the team that usually wins.)

Fans and audiences are going to witness an action-packed basketball game this Tuesday at Araneta as both teams are expected to play all out for this last game. This will reveal who wants it more for their chosen beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, in Game 3, the Most Valuable Player Finals will be named.

UNTV Cup Finals Game 3 entertainment will be provided by Kakai Bautista and Tawag ng Tanghalan finalists Marielle Montellano, Rachel Gabreza, Gidget Dela Llana, Karl Malone Montecido and Jex De Castro.

There will be a delayed telecast of the game at UNTV by 9PM. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP selects players for UNTV Cup Season 7, Executive Face-Off rosters

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2018

The opening ceremony of a basketball league within the different police districts in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines — It took the Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders four seasons in the league of public servants before finally taking home the championship title in Season 5.

However, the cops failed to defend the title last season, when the Senate Defenders ousted them in the quarterfinals.

At the UNTV Cup Executive Face-off last year, the AFP Cavaliers beat the PNP executive roster in an overtime game.

This time around, the Responders is prepping up a new and stronger lineup to once again win a ticket to the finals of the UNTV Cup Season 7.

On Thursday, the PNP Responders themselves kicked off a basketball competition within the police institution, from which their new players for the next season and the off-season games will be selected.

Hoopster cops from the Manila Police District (MPD), Southern Police District (SPD), Eastern Police District (EPD), Quezon City Police District (QCPD), Northern Police District (NPD) and the national headquarters are among the participants.

The UNTV Cup Executive Face-Off kicks off in may where colonels and generals of the police force will step and battle on the UNTV Cup hardcourt.

“Hopefully we will be able to get [players] with ‘fightiness’ and the most powerful,” said PNP Directorate for Operations PDir. Camilo Cascolan.

“Sana makagawa din kami ng sariling team sa NCRPO, payagan tayo ni Kuya Daniel,” said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(We hope we can also establish our own team in the NCRPO if Kuya Daniel permits.)

Meanwhile, the two-time most valuable player of the league, reveals the team’s main goal for the coming season.

“Kasi nawala kami sa Final 4. Gusto naming maging competitive. Gusto naming makabawi at gusto naming andon kami sa Top 4. Yun ang pinakagoal namin,” said PNP Responder forward Ollan Omiping.

(We were not able to make it to the Final 4. We want to be competitive. We want to bounce back. We want to be in the Top 4. That is our main goal.”

The PNP Responders won P4-million after lifting the championship trophy in Season 5, all for their chosen beneficiaries. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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Wishful Princess Sevillena hailed as first Wishcovery grand winner

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

(Left-Right) BMPI CEO Kuya Daniel Razon raises the hand of Wishcovery Grand Winner Princess Sevillena while being awarded with a Bria house and lot by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The almost seven-month vocal battle of the biggest online singing competition Wishcovery concluded Tuesday night.

Fans of Wishful 5 Carmela Ariola, Hacel Bartolome, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala and Princess Sevillena flocked to the Big Dome to support their bets in the grand finals.

The scores of the first two rounds were computed from their last Wish Bus performance.

For round 3, the Wishfuls sang a medley of their previous performances but the challenge was to make foreign reactors Cicero Oca and Richie Rich appreciate OPM songs.

The next round showcased the Wishful 5’s ability to sing with a group as they perform an original composition of Wishcovery resident reactor Jungee-neer.

For the last part of the contest, the grand finalists gave their all in their solo performances.

Cavite’s Hacel was hailed the competition’s fourth runner-up who received P100,000.

Batanguena Wishful Carmela is the third runner-up winning a cash prize of P100,000.

Second runner-up is Bulacan’s Louie Anne taking home a total of P300,000.

Receiving half a million pesos is first runner-up Kimberly of Bicol and the first-ever grand winner is Metro Manila’s bet and wildcard pick, Princess.

She won P2-million worth of cash and contract, a house and lot and a brand new car.

Princess will also fly to New York for a musical training and a makeover.

“Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much. Big blessing talaga. Hindi talaga dapat sumuko. Dapat laban lang ng laban hanggang maabot mo ‘yung pangarap mo,” said Princess.

(Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much. This is really a big blessing. We really should not give up. We should keep on fighting until we reach our dream.)

Star Music also sees great potential in the grand champion.

“Sobrang deserving ng winner natin and I’m very excited to work with her and talaga she would be the next big diva,” said Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo.

(The winner is really deserving and I’m very excited to work with her and she would really be the next big diva.)

Meanwhile, aspiring singers should get ready for a bigger Wishcovery next season.

“Naka-ready na ‘yung Season 2 ng Wishcovery at mas malaki ang plano natin para dito. Hinihintay pa natin ang tamang panahon para i-reveal ito pero in the meantime ‘yun munang ating mga nanalo at especially yung Wishful 5 ‘yung kanilang kontrata sa atin, we will start to fulfill ‘yun. Ngayon ay binibigyan natin ng concentration ang pag manage sa kanila in collaboration with Star Music,” said Wishcovery originator, BMPI Pres. and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon.

(Wishcovery’s next season is now ready and we have big plans for it. We are just waiting for the right time to reveal this but in the meantime, [we’ll focus first on] our winners especially the Wishful 5. We will start to fulfill our contract with them and give concentration on managing them in collaboration with Star Music.) — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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La Verdad Christian School delivers first batch of K-12 scholars

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Mrs. Pia Mallari with her daughter posing for a photo on the stage as they were called during the graduation ceremony at the La Verdad Christian School in Apalit, Pampanga.

MANILA, Philippines — Pia  Mallari had experienced difficulty in choosing which private school to enroll her daughter in after the government implemented the K-12 program.

Mallari is a Muslim from Jolo Sulu. She previously thought that La Verdad Christian College does not accept non-MCGI members.

This was until she proved that what other people were saying was false and that she liked the discipline being instilled by the school in its students.

“Para sa puso at isipan ko, number one ang La Verdad. Lalo pang bumabait ang mga kabataan. Lalo pa siyang bumait,” said Mallari.

(I wholeheartedly think La Verdad is the best. The children are becoming better individuals. My daughter has become kinder.)

Honor student Love Jezchem Colis said she will forever bring with her the valuable lessons she learned from La Verdad as she takes up architecture at a university in Manila.

“There are many valuable life lessons na nakukuha mo from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics,” said Colis.

(There are many valuable life lessons that you get from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics.)

For Love’s mom, Joy Colis, the scholarship program of Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon is a huge help to a single parent like her.

“Fair. It’s open for everybody. Talagang yung heart nila to help others. Very proud kami na pumasok dito yung anak ko,” said Joy.

(Fair. It’s open for everybody. They really have the heart to help others. We are very proud that our child is studying here.)

In the graduation of 299 scholars who are part of the first batch of the government’s K-12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) sees the potential of the school to produce children who can lift their families out of poverty.

“Ang La Verdad Christian School nasa mapa na (La Verdad Christian School is already on the map). Nasa record na ng (It’s already in the records of the) division of Pampanga as one of our best schools, even in the regional and even in the national,” said  DepEd Assistant Schools Division Superintendent officer-in-charge Rowena Tizon-Quiambao.

“I would be ordering Sir Alvin Gozum to give the same awards that we gave to our public schools. We counted the number of winnings and we gave them the achievement award. I’m sure if we count al isl the winning that you had yesterday, you’ll rank one,” said the official.

La Verdad’s founding chairman Bro. Eli Soriano and its president, Dr. Daniel Razon, emphasized to the students the importance of being humble and grateful so they could achieve their dreams in life.

“Una niyong pag-aralan ang tumanaw ng utang na loob. Una sa Dios. Ikalawa sa mga nagpalaki sa inyo. Ikatlo, sa mga tinatawag nating pangalawang magulang sa eskwela, ang ating mga guro, our mentors,” said Bro. Eli.

(The first thing you should learn is how to be grateful. Firstly, to God and secondly, to those who raised you. Thirdly, to those who we call, our “second parents” in school — our teachers and mentors.)

Meanwhile, Razon reminded the students, “Saan man tayo makarating, anuman ang kaalamang ating makuha sa buhay na ito, ay maisip natin, hindi natin ito dapat ipagmalaki. Hindi natin ito dapat ipagyabang, kundi ang ating maalala sa tuwina ay mayroong nagbibigay sa atin nito.”

(Wherever you may end up, whatever we learn from this life, we should remember to stay humble. We should not be arrogant about it but to always remember that it was given to us.) — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue

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