The Return of the Rivals is already a sold out event but PBA fans may still get free tickets if they bring any PBA Legends memorabilia to the UNTV station located at 907 EDSA, Philam, Quezon City, Philippines from February 14 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — UNTV News and Rescue
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)
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
MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of the life and legacy of Brother Eli Soriano, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) set up a week-long public service to Filipinos and foreign beneficiaries in its various chapters in the Philippines and abroad.
The project entitled, “The Legacy Continues” is a tribute to Brother Eli’s unrelenting service to the poor and those in need during his lifetime.
The week-long celebration ran from April 4 to 10 and served thousands of beneficiaries here and abroad.
First among its public services is the MCGI Free Store where recipients can get their basic needs for free.
“Minsan kapag tinitignan mo parang imposible na mayroong ganun na manlilibre. Lahat nga tayo natamaan ng pandemya pero despite of that, itong MCGI ay gumawa pa rin ng paraan para at least kahit papaano makatulong sa mga nangangailangan,” said beneficiary Jerry Lingaling.
Among the beneficiaries are persons with disability (PWDs), persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and people of all ages, from all walks of life across the globe.
“I am actually surprised that there is such an organization.. It’s such a better world if everyone is willing to cooperate together,” said Aaron Quay, a Malaysian location/event planner in Kuala Lumpur who helped MCGI Malaysia chapter in organizing the event.
The project set the social media abuzz with images, videos and testimonies of recipients sharing their heartwarming experiences inside the MCGI Free Store.
One of them is Ederlinda Clariza who said it was her first time to experience shopping. Her image was captured by netizen Heidee Baderamos.
Pasensya na hindi ako Marunong mag grocery First time ko kasi ito
Netizen Josie Carl Le Blanc posted on his social media page that he left his house with only a P20-bill in his wallet but was grateful to go home with a bag full of free items from the MCGI Free Store.
Bente lang laman ng wallet ko, pero binigyan ako ni Lord ng libreng grocery 🥰
Thankyou Dating Daan #FREESTORE Thankyou 😘😘 Mark Kabigting Cenizal Lea Lizli-an Libaste Amper
Meanwhile, frontline medical workers of the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City also took part in the initiative.
Instead of keeping the food packs from MCGI for themselves, they chose to give them to their patients.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa MCGI Feeding Program kasi napakasarap ang tumulong lalo sa mga maliliit, sa mga less fortunate na katulad ng mga in-patient natin,” said Esther dela Cruz, the Center’s assistant chief dietician.
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The week-long activity is just the start for Members, Church of God International (MCGI) as it is brewing more genuine charity works through its servant Brother Daniel Razon.
“Salamat po sa Dios, sa isang buong taon ng Kanyang pag iingat sa atin at sa pag gabay din sa atin dito sa ating Serbisyong Bayanihan. Pero hindi po dito nagtatapos ang ating paggawa dahil sa awa’t tulong po ng Panginoon, atin pong ipagpapatuloy ang pag abot sa ating mga kapwa tao may pandemya man o wala,” said Kuya Daniel.
“Gaya po ng aral na itinawid sa atin ni Bro. Eli Soriano na gumawa ng mabuti sa lahat with God’s help and mercy Bro. Eli’s legacy of hope, faith and most especially love will continue through the good works of the Members of the Church of God International,” he concluded.
MCGI’s week-long public service activity was aired over UNTV and on the Internet through its official social media accounts.
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