OPM hitmakers collaborate in a ‘nostalgic’ reunion at Wishcovery Season 2 finals

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2019   •   4320

(Left to right) Wishcoverer-Composers Vehnee A. Saturno, Top Suzara, Jungee Marcelo, Odette Quesada Page, Rannie Z. Raymundo, Boy Christopher Ramos, Noel Cabangon, and Moy Ortiz II perform a medley of their respective hits during the Wishcovery Season 2 Grand Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A rare bonding moment, the best program, a very good project.

This was how veteran composers described Wish FM’s reality talent search, Wishcovery, during the finals night on Tuesday (February 27) at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Itong programa na ito ang pinaka the best kasi ito ay naglalayon (na ang) mga composer magkasama-sama na hindi naman usually nagagawa ng ibang programa, ng ibang projects. Pero ito, napakaganda ng proyektong ito,” expressed Boy Christopher Ramos.

“Itong project ni Kuya Daniel (ay) napakaganda kasi iyong bonding naming mga songwriters actually I don’t treat it as a competition,” said veteran composer Vehnee Saturno.

“I really truly enjoy my time with the other songwriters singing all their hits and getting to know that they were the ones who wrote the songs,” US-based Odette Quesada, one of the most prolific songwriters of her generation, said.

The hitmakers hyped the crowd up when they rendered their respective masterpieces in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration that literally turned the Big Dome into a huge jukebox.

It was like ‘a trip down memory lane’ when Odette Quesada sang her legacy song ‘Friend of Mine’ then crooner Rannie Raymundo with his 90’s hit song ‘Why Can’t It Be’ and Vehnee Saturno with his pop R&B crossover hit ‘Sana Kahit Minsan’.

Millennials then joined the jamming jamboree as song masters Moy Ortiz, Top Suzara, Noel Cabangon, Boy Christopher Dizon, and Jungee Marcelo belted out their compositions ‘Pakisabi na Lang’, ‘Before I Let You Go’, ‘Kanlungan’, ‘Bawal na Gamot’ and ‘Ako na Lang’, respectively.

They themselves were overwhelmed by their own performances and how the audience of mixed generations responded.

“It’s wonderful. Natutuwa ako dahil I wrote ‘Pakisabi na Lang’ in 1994 so that makes it 25 years and not all songs have the blessing of long legs, of longevity. When you (are) here (at) Araneta Coliseum singing a 25-year-old song and it was not forced, a good song does not have an expiration date ” said The Company’s Moy Ortiz.

“Humbly I would like to say, that’s a fact. If it’s a good song, it will outlast us especially if the situation is never over generationally,” said Moy’s best friend and fellow songwriter Top Suzara.

“Bawa’t generation may nasasaktan. Bawa’t generation mayroong minamahal pero hindi niya alam. Universal kasi iyong sitwasyon and the situation gets passed along generation to generation. It doesn’t matter what age you are,” he added.

“Actually, I was kind of afraid because bawa’t isa sumi-sing-along, tumitili. (Then) inilagay pa ako sa huli kasi they want to end up na masaya,” said producer-songwriter Jungee Marcelo of the audience’s reactions when he performed his part of the collaboration.

“First line ko ay may nag- react (then) pagdating sa chorus, kumakanta ako, kumanta sila. (I said) okay, I guess it can be considered a hit,” he added.

The composer-coaches admitted that despite the fact that they were technically into a competition, they all agreed over the common goal of honing new breed of talents who would pass on the prestige of OPM to future generations.

“It’s always a pleasure. It’s an honor to be singing our songs to the public, for the audience. Again, thank you Wish for the adventure. It’s really a very good project, (a) very good platform,” said pop singer and composer Noel Cabangon.

Wish 107.5’s innovator and the man behind Wishcovery, Daniel Razon, said this season’s concept was established not only to discover new talents but also to honor the songwriters who, for the longest time, usually stay hidden from the limelight.

“There are so many top hitmakers but are not really recognized doon sa song mismo nila kasi parang mas nare-recognize iyong mga singers,” he said.

“Tonight, we pay tribute to both the singer and the songwriters. Palakpakan naman po natin sila. Salamat po sa musika ninyo. Salamat po sa pamana ninyo sa aming kabataan,” he added.

Kuya Daniel said the hitmakers committed to collaborate with Wish 107.5 in producing more exciting projects in the future that Wish fanatics can look forward to.

“It’s overwhelming. Maraming salamat sa pagparito ninyo sa Araneta (at) kailangan ibigay natin ang lahat ng karangalan doon sa nasa itaas, salamat sa Panginoon,” he said.

“Kanina po noong kumakanta iyong mga composers natin. sabi ko may kasunod na tayo. I really am so proud to be a Filipino. To be watching you perform here. Ang galing,” the veteran broadcast journalist concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

AFP and DENR remain unbeaten at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   November 25, 2019

One of DENR’s key factors to victory was their tough defense, challenging the shots of Agriculture Food Masters, forcing them to commit more turnovers.

Season 7 third placer NHA Builders failed to defeat the defending champion AFP Cavaliers during their face off last Thursday with final score 86-84.

It will be recalled that the Cavaliers have beaten the Builders in the best of three semifinals series last season.

Former Letran Knights standouts Boyet Bautista and Air Man Jerry Lumongsod were hailed as Best Players of the Game with 17 points and 19 points a piece including a crucial 3-point shot from Lumongsod in the final one minute and 38 seconds for the AFP to get the lead, 83-80.

In the first quarter, the NHA Builders were ahead by 7 points against AFP, 19-12, led by Alvin Vitug who contributed 11 points that early.

But the AFP Cavaliers quickly recovered in the 2nd quarter and tied the game at 37 points.

And in the 3rd quarter, the AFP Cavaliers took the lead, 64-61.

The last period was a neck-to-neck bout as the games have tied many times.

NHA dominated the boards by 51 compared to 20 of AFP while the men in uniform assisted more, 14-9.

“It’s a hard-fought game, alam namin talaga na yung NHA malakas talaga yan since before dahil kumpleto rin sila. Siguro breaks of the game, sinuwerte lang kami noong huli,” AFP Cavaliers Corporal Sonny Manucat said.

NHA Builders Head Coach Benete Palad revealed, “Breaks din eh, hindi nagpapasok ang tira mga namin medyo napapabayan yung mga fastbreak nila, yung opensa nila pumasok yung mga three points. Medyo sinuwerte sila, overall maganda naman nilalaro ng players ko.”

In the other game, the rookie team DENR Warriors stayed undefeated after a triumphant bout over the Agriculture Food Masters, 94-85.

The Food Masters were leading over the DENR Warriors, in the first quarter and in 2nd quarter.

But in the 2nd half the DENR Warriors started to turn the game to their side as they took the lead at the end of the third period.

Aside from the tight defense of DENR, the bench players have stepped up too showing the depth of Warriors line up against the Food Masters.

“Sinabihan ko lang mga players ko na we have to remenber na we are playing as a team, if we continue individually tatambakan talaga tayo. Good thing, the team responded,” DENR Warriors Head Coach Dir. Norlito Eneran expressed.

“Noong nag-run na yung DENR ay nataranta na yung mga bata. Nawala na yung composure. Pero we lost to a better team,”Agriculture Food Masters Head Coach Rodney Santos said.

Ryan Abanes and Desiderio Ayson shined as the Best Players of the Game with 23 points and 18 points respectively.

Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao toppled the PhilHealth Plus with a 98-91 victory.

With this win, the Kamao now holds a 5-1-win loss record.

“Noong first half, wala kami depensa, binigay naming laro kaya ang tapos ng score ng first half 47-all. Sinabi ko lang sa dug out, Guys hindi yan laro natin. Kailangan nating dumipensa ng maayos, kailangan nating magsakrapisyo kung gusto nating manalo,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez revealed.

Next Sunday, December 01, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao will face PITC Global Traders in the main game of the triple header while the AFP Cavaliers will face former 2-time champion Judiciary Magis in the first game and the Agriculture Food Masters will take on the NHA Builders after.

Games will still be played at San Juan Knights Gym live starting at 2PM with telecast, webcast and live streaming at UNTV Cup’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. — Bernard Dadis

THE SCORES

GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC Kamao def. PhilHealth Plus, 98-91

Malacañang-PSC  98 – Dela Cuesta 20, Antonio 16, Javier 15, Besa 11, Jimenez 11, Roque 8, Javier 6, Punzalan 4, Gadong 3, Garrido 2, Ignario 2

PhilHealth 91 – Aldave 34, Mazo 20, Emata 17, Hernandez 13,  Armojallas 6, Pacheco 1

Quarter Scores: 24-26, 47-47, 75-68, 98-91

TEAM STATS

Malacañang-PSC : 41/86 FGm/a, 0.477% FG%,  9/27 3FGm/a,  0.333% 3FG%, 7/13 FTm/a, 0.538% FT%,  34 Rebs., 21 Asts., 5 Stls.,  4 Blks., 11 TOs

PhilHealth :  34/53 FGm/a, 0.642% % FG%,   7/19 3FGm/a,   0.368% 3FG%, 16/25 FTm/a,  0.640% FT%,  24 Rebs.,  6  Asts., 1 Stls., 1 Blks., 3 TOs

PLAYER OF GAME:

Visnu Das Javier – 15 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL

GAME 2: DENR def. Agriculture, 94-85

DENR  94 – Abanes 23, Ayson 18, Rivera 16, Bangal 13, Parreño 11, Mamac 8, Atablanco 2, Calungcagin 2, Baluyot 1

Agriculture 85 – Manigo 23, Fernandez 15, Mastelero 11, Casaysayan 11, Oreta 7, Silva 6, Dematera 6, Mayran 3, Hassan 1, Comerciase 1

Quarter Scores: 14-27, 39-41, 65-58, 94-85

TEAM STATS

DENR :  36/60 FGm/a,  0.600% FG%, 10/20  3FGm/a, 0.500% 3FG%,  12/21 FTm/a,  0.571% FT%,  23 Rebs., 10 Asts., 5 Stls.,  1 Blks.,  6 TOs

Agriculture : 30/71 FGm/a, 0.423% % FG%, 11/31 3FGm/a, 0.355% 3FG%, 14/23 FTm/a,  0.609% FT%,  30 Rebs.,  6  Asts., 7 Stls., 4 Blks.,  14 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Ryan Abanes – 23 PTS,  5 REB
Desiderio Ayson – 18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST,  2 STL

GAME 3: AFP def. NHA, 86-84

AFP 86 – Lumongsod 19, Baustista 17, Pascual 15, Almerol 11, Cordero 7, Rosopa 6, Casulla 6, Tan 3, Fernandez 2

NHA 84 – Vitug 33, Dizon 14, Mercado 10, Lustestica 6, Alastoy 6, Dizon 6, W. Tibay 3, Prado 3, Sumayang 3

Quarter Scores: 12-19, 37- 37, 64-58, 86-84

Statistics

AFP :  34/59 FGm/a,  0.576% FG%, 11/18 3FGm/a, 0.611% 3FG%, 7/14 FTm/a,  0.500% FT%, 20 Rebs., 14 Asts.,  6 Stls.,  2 Blks., 6 TOs

NHA : 30/70 FGm/a, 0.429% % FG%, 5/20 3FGm/a,  0.250% 3FG%, 19/32 FTm/a, 0.594% FT%,  51 Rebs.,  9 Asts., 9 Stls., 6 Blks., 21 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Jerry Lumongsod –  19 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL

Boyet Bautista –  17 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST,  1 STL

DENR, Malacañang to claim Group B throne of UNTV Cup on Sunday

UNTV News   •   November 2, 2019

DENR big man Ed Rivera rise above the situation to provide additional lift against Judiciary Magis

Being unbeaten in Group B of the league of public servants, DENR Warriors and Malacañang-PSC Kamao will settle on Sunday (November 3) at 5:00 pm, which one will remain untainted.

Both teams showed solid offense and defense strategies to overpower their earlier opponents this first round ellimination of UNTV Cup.

It gives the fans a glimpse of  their hardwork in their practices, unity and brotherhood on and off the court and their intense desire to give back to the community through their chosen charities.

The Kamao represents the children with cancer at Philippine Children’s Medical Center while the Warriors will fight for the slain individuals while protecting the environment through Environmental Heroes Foundation Inc. (EHFI).

The Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Erik dela Cuesta, Javier brothers, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeffrey Punzalan through the mentoring of Coach Raffy Gonzales.

Meanwhile, Atty. Norlito Eneran will coach the DENR squad bannered by Ralph Lansang, Desiderio Ayson, Ed Rivera and Arturo Atablanco, who all scored in double figures their previous game.

In the other games, PhilHealth Plus must win against SSS Kabalikat in the first game, 2 pm, of triple-header to get a better chance to advance to the next round of the league.

Also, the defending champion AFP Cavaliers will duel the GSIS Furies in the second game, 3:30 pm.

UNTV Cup triple-header Sunday will be aired live via its channel on TV, website and in social media.

The game venue, Pasig City Sports Center, is free admission. 

UNTV Cup: PNP faces Malacañang in must- win game on Sunday

UNTV News   •   October 19, 2019

Facing elimination in the League of Public Servants, PO3 Anton Tolentino must-take charge to win the remaining 3 games of PNP Responders. 

Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.

As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.

After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.

Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.

The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.

While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.

The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.

An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.

At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.

In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.

SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.

UNTV Cup can be seen live at Pasig City Sports Center for free or via Facebook and YouTube accounts and of course via UNTV channel and UNTV website.

Team Standings

GROUP A
AFP Cavaliers 3-0
Agriculture Food Masters 2-0
Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2
PITC Global Traders 1-2
PhilHealth Plus 1-2
SSS Kabalikat 0-2

GROUP B
Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0
DENR Warriors 2-0
NHA Builders 2-1
Judiciary Magis 1-2
GSIS Furies 0-3
PNP Responders 0-2  

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