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New foundation created to help former basketball professionals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 13 July 2017 03:11 PM


MANILA, Philippines —  UNTV Cup commissioner Atoy Co said the idea to create the Samahan ng mga Dating Professional na Basketbolista Foundation also came from UNTV, inspired by “Kuya” Daniel Razon.

“This idea was formed two years ago when we played for an exhibition game for Samboy Lim who at that time suffered an accident,” said Co.

“And then after that the idea to create a foundation for former basketball players of the Philippines so that in case something bad happens to one of us, we could help. Kuya Daniel was the one who gave that idea,” he added.

For those dubbed as legends of Philippine basketball, it’s high time to realize the said advocacy.

“This should have been done a long time ago because we have a lot of players who have let themselves go, and failed to lead better their lives. This is a big help to those former players,” said Philip “The Scholar” Cesar.

Another former hardcourt legend, Kenneth “Captain Marbel” Duremdes said, “We hope the launch would be successful and will attract attention. To basketball fanatics who supported us in the past, who may now have have successful businesses or doing well in life, if you can help, it’s a good welcome to the group.”

This is why they are glad to return to the hardcourt to perform good deeds.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank UNTV for the donation to our foundation,” Art dela Cruz said.

Bong “The Hawk” Hawkins also lauded the advocacy.

“This event has a very good purpose, that is, to help the ex-PBA players who are in need. I hope you won’t stop supporting us,” he said.

Jojo “Jolas” Lastimosa, another 90’s basketball icon was also present at the event.

“Any benefit game that helps, I’m on for it so I’m glad to be here , I’m honored to be here,” said Lastimosa.

Noli “The Tank” Locsin also expressed his appreciation.

“To Kuya Daniel and UNTV, thank you so much. I know you have already helped many. You have been thinking of helping many, including us. This is a big thing for us. May God bless you,” .

The group targets to help basket players from 1975 to 1990 who are now in need of medical assistance. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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PBA legends and UNTV Cup all-stars unite for Samboy Lim benefit game

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:49 AM

Family of PBA Legend Samboy ‘The Skywalker’ Lim receiving the P1M donation from the “Skywalker” exhibition part of the UNTV Cup 3 Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last April 28, 2015. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — It was a successful exhibition game between PBA Legends and UNTV Cup All Stars on Tuesday night.

PBA Legends won the match versus UNTV Cup All stars with a score of 102-94.

The proceeds of the exhibition game were given to the mother of Avelino ‘Samboy’ Lim Jr., at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon himself handed the one million pesos to Mrs. Corazon Lim as assistance.

All the players in the PBA Legends team expressed their gratitude to Kuya Daniel who organized the exhibition game for the Skywalker.

PBA Legend and UNTV Cup Deputy Commissioner Ed Cordero said, “Lahat kami ng nakasama ni Samboy Lim, one way or the other eh natutuwa sa nangyari at resulta nitong aming pagsasama-sama at doon sa maitutulong doon sa kanyang medical needs.”

(All of us who have played with  Samboy, one way or the other,  are happy with the result of our reunion and for the help this will generate for Samboy’s medical needs.)

Some light moments on the court side with the referee and PBA Legends. (Rovic Balunsay / Photoville International)

Former San Miguel Beer and Purefoods cager Bong Ravena expressed, “Masarap magtulong sa kaibigan na alam mo yun naging teammate ko rin, so we hope and pray na gumaling sya.”

(It was good to help our friend who was once our team mate also. So, we hope and pray for his recovery.)

Former Alaska superstar Jojo Lastimosa also expressed his sentiment, “Very important ito’ng project na ito because makakatulong talaga kay Samboy ito. Ang laki masyado ng expenses niya ng monthly and giving that large amount of money can ease up a little bit sa expenses nila.”

(This project is very important because it will help Samboy with his hefty monthly expenses. And given that large amount of money can ease up a little bit of their expenses.)

Lim’s long-time close friend Allan “The Trigger-man” Caidic conveyed his gratitude, “Nakakataba nga ng puso kasi yung iba nag-volunteer sila na sumali kahit alam kong di sila naging teammate ni Samboy. Yung iba hindi naging close pero makikita mo nagkaisa talaga for him.”

(It’s heartwarming because some (players) volunteered  to participate even though they never played with Samboy,  but they still got together for him)

Ginebra’s ‘The Tank’ Noli Locsin attested, “Ito ay nagpapatunay na kami (PBA Legends) ay buo at willing tumulong kung sinoman (ang mangailangan).”

(This proves that we (PBA Legends) are united and willing to help anyone in need)

PBA Legend, actor and UNTV Cup Commissioner Fortunato “Fortune Cookie” Atoy Co said, “Una ay pagpapasalamat kay Kuya Daniel kasi talaga sa totoo siya ang nagbigay ng idea kasi totoo naman yun ang UNTV Cup ay talagang charitable tournament.”

UNTV Cup Commissioner and PBA Legend Fortunato “Fortune Cookie” Atoy Co breaching the defense of the UNTV Cup All-Stars during the Skywalker Exhibition Game. (Rommel Flores / Photoville International)

(Firstly, we thank Kuya Daniel because he was the one who came up with the idea.  UNTV Cup truly is a charitable tournament anyway.)

The ‘Robo Cop’ Alving Teng added, “Ito yung experience namin na napakaganda eh para kay Samboy Lim.”

(This is a beautiful experience for us; to do this for Samboy Lim)

PBA’s Point Laureate and UNTV Cup resident sports analyst-commentator Ronnie Magsanoc also gave his thanks, “Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa buong pamilya ng UNTV Cup sa pamumuno ni Kuya Daniel Razon sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa pamilya ni Samboy Lim.”

(We thank the whole UNTV Cup family thru the leadership Kuya Daniel Razon for helping the family of Samboy Lim)

The family of Samboy Lim was grateful for the 1 million peso assistance from the exhibition match.

Lim’s mother Corazon said, “Nagpapasalamat kami at hindi pa nila nakalilimutan ang anak ko. Maraming Salamat po.”

(We are thankful that people have not forgotten my son. Thank you very much.)

The PBA Legends hope that this will not be the last time that they will have an exhibition game for the benefit of our fellowmen. (BRYAN DE PAZ / UNTV News)

Participants of Skywalker Exhibition charity game at UNTV Cup 3 Finals: UNTV Cup All Stars and PBA Legends. (Jun Rapanan / Photoville International)

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