PBA Legends’ fund raiser to showcase historic rival teams on February 17

UNTV News   •   January 31, 2019   •   7837

FILE PHOTO: PBA Legends’ fund raising activity for The Skywalker Samboy Lim during the UNTV Cup Season 3 Grand Finals on April 28, 2015 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY — Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) fans are sure to have a great time in the forthcoming exhibition game of PBA Legends Foundation Incorporated dubbed as the “Return of the Rivals” at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on February 17, as they once again get to see the hard-court heroes who kept the hearts of Filipinos burning for basketball for decades.

The exhibition game will feature the prominent archrivals in PBA history: the San Miguel Beer versus Alaska Milk and the Barangay Ginebra against the Purefoods Hotdogs.

UNTV Cup Commissioner and PBA Legend Fortunato “Atoy” Co said, “Naisipan namin, sina suggest nila Crispa-Toyota ulit, pero sinubukan namin kontakin lahat ng mga players pero karamihan hindi na makatakbo, siyempre kami yung nasa first generation. Kaya nag suggest sila Allan, sila Alvin, yung second generation na lang yung San Miguel – Alaska, Ginebra-Purefoods during second generation nagkaroon ng rivalry.”

(We thought of the Crispa-Toyota rivalry showdown but we had a problem with their availability and ability to play. So, we resorted to the second generation of rivalry San Miguel – Alaska, Ginebra-Purefoods.)

The said basketball charity event is a project of the Samahan ng mga dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista sa Pilipinas Foundation Incorporated, in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association or PBA and UNTV.

UNTV-BMPI Vice President for Marketing Jay Eusebio said, “Ang kanilang gusto ay to take care of their own. Bigyan nila ng tulong kung sino man yung mga nangangailangan, yung mga basketbolista, yung kanilang pamilya na ngayon ay wala ng kakayahan. Kaya ito po ay isang magandang adhikain isang magandang gawain kaya ito ay sinusuportahan ng UNTV.”

(What they want is to take care of their own, to help those basketball players and their families who are in need. This is a noble endeavor, that is why UNTV supports it.)

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said, “All-out support kami kung ano ang hilingin ng Legends, kasi kung hindi naman dahil din sa kanila hindi rin mabubuo ang PBA. So, malaking tulong ang Legends lalo sa UNTV na tumutulong sa kanila. So nagpapasalamat kami sa UNTV na tinutulungan kami mga PBA Legends.”

(PBA is giving its all-out support to whatever the PBA Legends need for their projects because if not for them, PBA will not be here. PBA Legends are a big help specially UNTV who helps them carryout their advocacies.)

The idea of forming the group started in April 2015 wherein an exhibition game was staged between several PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

The charity game was aimed at giving assistance to PBA Legend Avelino “Samboy” Lim Jr, also known as the Skywalker, who slipped into coma after collapsing in one exhibition game in November 2014.

In 2017, Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon, granted one million pesos seed money to the group as initial fund in helping former professional basketball players who are sick or have medical concerns.

The group formally registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018.

It was also in the same year when the group organized the first ever PBA Legends Charity Golf Tournament.

And this year, the PBA Legends, whom Filipino fans had adored in the 80s, 90s and the early 2000s, are raring to showcase their basketball prowess once again in this spectacular charity event. — BERNARD DADIS

Classic match: Alaska topples San Miguel in UNTV Cup PBA Legends face-off

Marje Pelayo   •   July 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Fans went wild at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday (July 8) as the Milkmen served the Beermen their first taste of defeat at the conclusion of UNTV Cup Off PBA Legends off-season games.

Even the Legends themselves were amazed to feel their old aggressive self coming back to life just like the good old days as they hit the hardcourt.

“Believe it or not, iyong intensity noong nasa dulo (the intensity through the end of the game) it felt like the 90s again,” exclaimed Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutchman” Lastimosa.

“So it was just like going back in time for the times. We were here 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the feeling was the same although a bit slower but the competition was there, the intensity was there,” he said.

“Sa totoo lang na-miss ko din talaga (Honestly, I missed [playing] so much),” said Kiko Adriano of San Miguel.

“The last time I played siguro 2008. Ito talaga ang ano ng player, iyong pride (This is the pride of a player) although medyo lack kami duon sa players pero up to the last na oras talagang laban pa rin (though we lack players but up to the last hour we continued fighting),” he said.

Basketball fans couldn’t sit still as they watch and shout to the breathtaking exchanges of double and triple shots, minute after minute of the game.

Indeed, a classic match they missed for decades.

Marlon Pangan is from a family of Ginebra die-hard fans. He made sure to witness the comeback of his idol Bal David into the hardcourt as he flaunted an old jersey of David like it was his ‘lucky charm.’

“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga yung kalakasan nila (Since 1994, I’ve seen them when they were at the peak of their career) – Bal David, Marlo Aquino, Noli Locsin. Natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami. Hanggang ngayon, sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (I am happy that until now, we’re still here, supporting their games),” he said.

Alaska supporter Jeon Yantada goes all-out for his idol Willie “The Thriller” Miller.

“Parang bumagal na siya lumaki na pero yung tira niya sa labas parang (Stephen) Curry. Hindi naman nagbabago (He seemed to have slowed down a bit but his shots were like Stephen Curry’s. Nothing changed),” the Alaska die-hard fan said.

“Nanonood ako ng PBA kapag may San Miguel fight lang. Nag-cheer ako even pumusta ko sa kanila (I watch PBA only when San Miguel fights. I cheered for them and even placed a bet on them),” said Allan Bernales of his favorite team San Miguel.

It was an intense one hour inside the Big Dome as Alaska Aces hit the hardcourt with a vengeance against the strong San Miguel Beermen who defeated them in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game with only seven points, 96-83.

The Beermen started strong in the first quarter, leading the ball game with two points, 21-19.

But the Milkmen was also up for the win and led the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 37-34, thanks to Willie “the Thriller” Miller’s 10 points contribution.

San Miguel again dominated the third quarter with an 8-point lead after Chris Calaguio fired four three-point shots, 60-52.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos displayed his ‘deadly crossover moves’, pushing Alaska closer to lead, 70-68.

There was non-stop intensity as John Ferriols added a free throw and Eddie Laure jumped for two.

The Milkmen finally scored ahead of the Beermen, 71-70 as both teams went neck and neck, scoring tied twice at 71 and 72.

At the final one minute and 42 seconds, the Beermen had the chance to win the game when Kiko Adriano stole the ball and attempted a shot but missed.

At 1:03, Miller fired a three-point shot but Allan Caidic couldn’t just watch so “the Triggerman” delivered his ‘shooting touch’ of three, bringing the score to a third tie at 75.

The last 46 seconds of the ball game brought out the best of both teams.

Abarrientos ended the showdown with a final lay up during the remaining 12 seconds, securing Alaska’s championship title, 77-75, while fans singing “Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!” (Nothing can beat Alaska!)

Battle for 3rd: Ginebra vs. Purefoods

Crowd-favorite Ginebra and Purefoods battle for the third place prior to the championship game.

The Gin Kings toppled the Hotdogs in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game, 97-89.

But it was a complete turn-around as the Hotdogs emerged victorious after defeating the Gin Kings and secured the third spot in the PBA Legends Face Off, 98-75.

Six players from Purefoods contributed double-digit scores – Roger Yap (20); Alvin Patrimonio (16); Tony Boy Espinosa (14); Glenn Capacio (13); Dwight Lago (10) and Jerry Codinera (10).

Meanwhile, leading Ginebra with high scores were Bennett Palad (16); Mike Orquillas (14); and Bal David (11).

The Legends have nothing but praises to the one-of-a-kind charity basketball game organized by UNTV president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon in cooperation with the PBA Legends Foundation chaired by former Crispa star Atoy Co.

“Congratulations to everybody. Siyempre giving back to the fans din ito, (Of course, this is also giving back to the fans,)” exclaimed Alvin ‘the Captain’ Patrimonio.

“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans kasi grabe yung cheers nila sa amin (I’m amazed with the way the fans cheered for us, so lively),“ he said.

“Congratulations to UNTV for making this event possible. We were very, very thankful hindi lang doon sa mga Legends na naglalaro kundi sa purpose nito (not only to the Legends who played but for the purpose of this game) – to help the Legends,” thanked Purefoods Bong ‘The Raven’ Ravena.

“Aside for the win this is for all the fans. Makabalik man lang kami sa kanila kahit maliit na kasayahan. Malaking bagay sa amin iyon (To give back to them and to be able to make them happy, that means a lot to us),” he added.

“Sana tuloy-tuloy pa at marami pang (ganitong) event (I hope for more of this event in the future). Thank you and all the best. More power Kuya Daniel and sa UNTV,” concluded Ginebra’s Bal ‘The Flash’ David.

The host UNTV has given the four teams P2-M which they donated to the PBA Legends Foundation. – with details from Bernard Dadis

How legends are made: UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-Off Finals

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 8, 2019

Two-time PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Danny Ildefonso will look to dominate the paint for the Beermen in tonight’s finals match. Photo courtesy of UNTV Cup.

San Miguel and Alaska will go head to head in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-Off Finals on Monday (July 8) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

A total of P2 million will be given to PBA Legends Foundation which helps former PBA players in need. The champion will get P1 million and half a million pesos for the second placer.

The third and fourth place will get P300,000 and P200,000, respectively.

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

These players have proven themselves timeless which makes them legends in the PBA hardcourt. But what does it take to be a legend? We asked the legends themselves.

“When you’re talking about being a legend, siguro iyong someone na nakapaglaro ng matatagal (maybe someone who has played for a long time). Kailangan may accomplishment ka, (you have to have an accomplishment) so you should have impact while you are playing. Your life off basketball should be spotless and impeccable for you to be considered a legend.” —Jojo ‘Mr. Clutch’ Lastimosa, PBA Legend Alaska

“Ang puhunan ng basketball players ay ang body. So kailangan pangangalagaan natin. Ito iyong magde-determine kung gaano kahaba ang lalaruin natin. Sa mga new generations of basketball players, minsan lang nag-na-knock iyong opportunity whether sa basketball or sa ibang field kapag may pagkakataon. Grab it. Take it. (The investment of basketball players is their body. We need to care for it. This will determine how long will we be able to play. For the new generation of basketball players, opportunity doesn’t often knock. Whether that is in basketball or other fields. Grab it. Take it).” —Kenneth ‘Captain Marbel’ Duremdes, PBA Legend Alaska

“Kapag naglalaro sila ibigay lang nila ang talagang nararapat, unang-una para sa team, para sa sarili nila, para sa pamilya. Dahil alam naman natin iyan ang nagbibigay buhay sa kanila. Huwag nilang pabayaan lalong-lalo na iyong mga sumusuporta sa kanila. (They should give what is expected of them when playing. Give it for the team, first of all, then for themselves and their families. Because we know, that’s what drives them. They should never neglect it, they should never leave their supporters.)Philip ‘The Scholar’ Cesar, PBA Legend

Aside from maglaro ulit kami together, ang added motivation doon is iyong makatulong kami sa kapwa manlalaro na nahihirapan ngayon. Iyon ang nagpapagana sa amin na maglaro ang tagal na naming hindi ginagawa ito. Alam namin na maganda ang patutunguhan ang aming ginagawa. (Aside from being able to play again together, the added motivation there is we are able to help other players who are having difficulties in life. That is what motivates us now. It has been a long time since we’ve done this. We know our actions will bear good fruits).” —Olsen ‘Rara’ Racela, PBA Legend San Miguel

Daniel Razon announces P100K reward for the capture of anyone asking donations for La Verdad Christian College

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2019

Daniel Razon

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran broadcast journalist and philanthropist Daniel Razon on Monday (June 10) announced a P100,000 reward for the capture of anyone using his groups’ advocacy to collect money.

Razon, the Vice Overall Servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI) that serves as the backbone to many charitable works and institutions including La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), said such an act is never a practice in MCGI.

“We vehemently deny the involvement sa mga ganyang klase ng pangongolekta, panghihingi ng donasyon sa kalsada o saan mang lugar, (in any practice of collecting or begging for donations on the streets or just anywhere),” he announced live on air during the program “Good Morning Kuya” on UNTV.

“Hindi trabaho ng mga members sa Church of God International, ng mga taga-Ang Dating Daan ang mangolekta sa kalsada. Wala hong ganyan. As a matter of fact, sa MCGI ay hindi humihingi ng donasyong pinanysal sa mga hindi naman miyembro, (It is not a practice among members of Church of God International or Ang Dating Daan to collect money from [just anyone] on the streets. That’s not allowed. As a matter of fact, MCGI does not accept monetary contributions from non-members), ” he further stressed.

Ang Dating Daan, the longest running religious program on television and on the Internet, is the main broadcast program of MCGI.

Meanwhile, La Verdad Christian College is an institution that provides scholarship to deserving but financially challenged students, also supported and funded by MCGI. Each scholar is entitled to college education, books, uniform and meals without paying any amount.

Razon said he was informed that some usurpers were spotted somewhere in Manila asking cash donations allegedly for MCGI’s medical missions and for the operations of LVCC.

“Anybody na gumagawa ng ganyan, ipahuli ninyo. Kuhanan ninyo ng video dahil iyan ho ay scam, isang paninira din iyan na maituturing dahil wala hong ganyan na ginagawa ang mga members ng Church of God International o anybody na nagtataguyod po ng La Verdad Christian College or ng ating mga ginagawang mga charity works, (Anybody who engages in that [scheme], have them arrested. Get videos of them because that is a scam, a form of provocation and defamation because such is not a practice among members of Church of God International or anybody who supports La Verdad Christian College or any of our charity works), ” Razon said.

“At sinuman sa inyo ang makapagpapahuli na gumagawa ng ganyan, magbibigay ho kami ng reward. Isandaang libong piso (P100,000) sa bawat isang maipapahuli ninyo na ganyan ang ginagawa na trabaho, (We will reward anybody who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of individuals who engage in such schemes. A reward of P100,000 for each scammer that is arrested), ” he added.

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