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

UNTV News   •   January 31, 2019   •   8486

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

‘Behind the Wishper’ virtual concert pays tribute to Wish 107.5 innovator, donates gadgets to deserving students

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — All-hits FM radio station, Wish 107.5 on Sunday (December 20) took “wishers’” and fans all over the world to a journey into its inception and success while being serenaded by some of the top Filipino artists in a virtual concert entitled “Behind the Wishper.”

OPM A-listers such as KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Morisette Amon, Bugoy Drilon, balladeer Marco Sison, the Wishfuls , The Juans among other special guests performed during the special digital concert streamed live on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel.

The artists paid homage to Kuya Daniel Razon, the station’s innovator — and the voice behind the station’s “voiceprint”— for conceptualizing a unique platform for singers and composers of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), to showcase their talent not only in the Philippines but in the international music scene.

“It feels good na mayroong [Wish 107.5] na sobra ang support sa OPM. Hindi lang sa malalaking singers. Talagang open ang pinto ninyo for the new breeds to show their music,” said snger-composer Yeng Constantino.

Singer Bugoy Drilon echoed the same sentiment: “Sobrang malaki ang naitulong ng (Wish 107.5) kasi nagbigay sila ng avenue sa Filipino talents around the world.”

“Not only mainstream but even underground, they all deserve na marinig ang talent nila at music nila and (Wish 107.5) gave it to them, to us,” he added. Bugoy celebrated his 10th year anniversary in the industry with a first solo concert organized by Wish 107.5 in 2018.

Part of last night’s concert was a look back at the station’s charitable endeavors among which is the Wish Music Awards where winning artists are given the chance to help their chosen charities.

“The reason why Wish 107.5 is getting bigger and bigger kumbaga mas marami pang blessings na natatanggap ang Wish 107.5 is because they never forget to give back and to pay it forward,” noted Asia’s soul supreme, KZ Tandingan.

KZ was the first Filipino artist to perform at the Dubai World Trade Center which was made possible through Wish 107.5. She was proud to note how her Wishclusive videos helped her land a spot in a singing competition in China. The experience was an important milestone in the artist’s career.

During the concert, the station distributed 107 tablets to student beneficiaries for their online classes.

“Sabi ko nga mas blessed iyong feeling na nakaka-bless din tayo ng ibang tao kasi the fact na mayroon tayong abilidad at may pagkakataon tayong makatulong. Sobrang thankful ako na ginagawa ng Wish iyon kasi nagkakaroon kami ng venue para makatulong din sa iba,” said singer Daryl Ong who was hailed Wish Male Artist of the Year in 2016.

Like most wishers, the artists expressed their gratitude to Kuya Daniel for breathing new life into Filipino music through digital media and paving the way for OPM into the global airwaves.

“I think that’s the reason why a lot of artists love to always come back to Wish 107.5 kasi kay Kuya Daniel pa lang ang sarap na palagi ng trato. He respects you as an artist and as an individual,” noted KZ

“Thank you again for all your efforts, for your vision of Filipino music, for putting Filipino musicians and artists sa harapan ng publiko para makita nila kung gaano kaganda ang ating sariling musika,” said national artist for music, Ryan Cayabyab who wished Kuya Daniel more wisdom and more innovations ahead for OPM.

After the special concert, Wish 107.5 announced the next big project happening on January 15, 2021 — the 6th Wish Music Awards. Nominations for favorite artists officially opened on November 9, 2020.

As an added milestone, “Behind the Wishper” concert trended at number one spot with the hashtag #BehindTheWISHper on Philippine trends logging 14,400 tweets on Twitter.

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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. 

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