PBA and PBA Legends Foundation sign MOA to support former PBA players

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 23, 2019   •   3617

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the PBA Legends Foundation officially signed a contact on Thursday (June 20) that seeks to aid former PBA players in need of assistance.

The PBA Legends Foundation will provide financial assistance including medical help to former PBA players. The foundation can also grant assistance for the education of their children.

PBA Board Vice Chairman Dickie Bachman has vowed to support former players. The PBA has also authorized the foundation to use the PBA name and logo.

“We are basically glad that finally now we get organized with the PBA Legend Foundation Inc., and moving forward will support the past PBA players,” he said.

Meanwhile, UNTV Cup Commissioner and PBA Legends Foundation Chairman Fortunato Atoy Co is excited about upcoming projects to raise funds for the foundation.

Ako po ay malugod na nagpapasalamat sa PBA, kay Commissioner Willie Marcial, kay Dicky Bachman. Pinayagan na rin kami ng PBA na gamitin iyong lumang logo noong panahong naglalaro pa kami, (I am humbly thankful to PBA, to Commissioner Willie Marcial, Dicky Bachman. They also allowed us to use the old PBA logo that was used during our time),” Co said.

Former PBA legends are elated with the news. Ronnie Magsanoc hopes that this will be the beginning of new projects between PBA and the PBA Legend Foundation.

“Ito iyong hudyat ng belief ng tamang pagkakaisa between the league and the players. Sana mabuksan pa ng maraming proyekto, (This marks the belief of proper unity between the league and the players. I hope this opens more projects),” Magsanoc said.

One of the board of directors, Allan ‘The Triggerman’ Caidic hopes that this will also encourage active players to participate in the foundation’s upcoming projects.

“I hope someday we can link the present PBA players, iyong mga active players to join and help this cause. Kasi in the future magbe-benefit rin sila dito. So thank you again sa support ng lahat para mabuo ito, UNTV Group, Kuya Daniel Razon and siyempre mga PBA team, salamat po (Because they will also benefit from this cause in the future. So again, thank you for the support of everyone who made this happen: the UNTV group, Kuya Daniel Razon and of course the PBA team. Thank you),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Afghanistan Crisis: OFWs escape to Dubai, Qatar with help from employers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Relatives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Afghanistan confirmed with UNTV that their family members have reached Dubai safely after narrowly escaping the unrest in the Taliban-controlled country.

From Dubai, they are expected to return home to the Philippines soon.

On Tuesday (August 18), 35 Filipinos arrived in the Philippines from Afghanistan.

Based on records of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are around 130 Filipinos in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Joseph Glenn Gumpal, who acts as president of the Samahang Pilipino in Afghanistan, said 11 more Filipinos have already made it to Qatar with the help of their employers.

UNTV was able to get in touch with other stranded Filipinos in Afghanistan whose fates remain uncertain after a series of flight cancellations.

Among them is Rio Adrias, who confirmed that they are in constant communication with the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan which has jurisdiction over Filipinos in the Afghan country.

The only problem, Rio said, was that the chartered flight that they were supposed to board on Tuesday was canceled and they were told that they would need to take a commercial flight.

“Hindi pa rin po namin malaman kung kailan makakalapag ang eroplano dito sa Kabul kasi puno pa rin po ng tao ang Kabul airport. Hindi pa rin po lumilikas nasa 10,000 Afghan po ang naghihintay [na] doon na po natutulog,” she said.

Rio is one of the 24 Filipinos currently staying in a shelter some distance away from Kabul airport.

As for their personal needs, Rio said they still have enough supply for several days.

They also worry, however, for the safety of other Filipinos stranded in areas with no access to food and proper lodging.

“Sa pamilya ko, huwag kayong mag-alala ako’y nakakangiti pa pero ako’y naiiyak. Pero doon po sa gobyerno po natin sana po talaga una, matulungan nyo kaming mailikas talaga dito kaming lahat na gustong umuwi kasi talagang ang hirap,” Rio said asking for government support.

“Hindi safe. Hindi kami okay. Hindi namin ma-explain yung pakiramdam namin dito,” she added.

Rio said if she makes it back to the Philippines, she would never go back to Afghanistan.

All she asks for is a livelihood support from the Philippine government in recognition for their contribution to the country’s economy. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

IATF allows opening of new PBA season; hosting of Asian volleyball tournament

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has allowed the holding of two major sports events in the country.

According to IATF and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the task force on Thursday (July 15) approved the restart of the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the hosting the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, July 15, 2021, approved the request of the Philippine Basketball Association to restart their 46th season,” he said.

The Palace official, however, said that this is still subject to the strict compliance of the health and safety protocols as provided for under the guidelines of the Games and Amusement Board.

The PBA is set to begin the season on July 16 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City after being delayed for several months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The IATF also gave the go signal for the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) to host the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Roque said the IATF also reminded the PNVF regarding the strict implementation of health protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. —/mbmf

PBA team owner donates P50K for Crispa’s Atoy Co jersey

Maris Federez   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc. and owner of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Black Water Elite has donated P50,000 to the PBA Legends Foundation Inc., in exchange for a framed, signed epic jersey of Atoy Co.

Fortunato “Atoy” Co, Jr was one of the star players of then Crispa Redmanizers, the arch-rival of Toyota Super Diesels in the 1970s up to the early part of the 1980s.

Co wore the yellow Crispa jersey back in the PBA 1981 season when the Redmanizers won the Reinforced All Filipino Conference, the height of the Crispa-Toyota rivalry.

Atoy’s most prolific game that season was on July 7, 1981 when he scored 35 points in a 133-118 victory over Toyota.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation strives to continue helping its members.  Last April, it launched its collectible jersey project which was aimed at raising funds to continue helping PBA veterans during the difficult times brought by the crisis.

It was in this project that Sy saw Atoy’s jersey and subsequently pledged P50,000 to the Foundation in exchange for it.

Co, who chairs the PBA Legends Foundation, personally delivered the framed jersey to Sy’s office and received the donation of the latter in a simple exchange on Friday, May 28.

The PBA Legends Foundation, Inc. was created in 2017 with the seed money of P1-million donated by UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon that paved the way for the Foundation to reach out to and link with former PBA players who have automatically become its members. —/mbmf

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