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PNP survives another day at UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

PNP Responders capitalized on their tight defensive play and their hunger to bring back their championship form to beat the Judiciary Magis to stay alive on UNTV Cup Season 6. (Frederick Alvior / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Season 5 champion PNP Responders still holds the chance to defend the title as the cops overpowered the Judiciary Magis, 90-57 in the 2nd game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Anton Tolentino led the Responders as he bucketed 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, made 2 assists and 2 steals, which hailed him the best player of the game.

“Nag-usap-usap kami nitong before January. Mawawala na lamang ba ng ganoon ang paggiging champion namin? Talaga mula first quarter tinao namin yung guard, kasi yun yung nawala sa amin — yung depensa,” Tolentino said.

(We had a talk before January and asked ourselves, ‘Are we going to stop being champions just like that?’ Since the first quarter, we really employed tight defense because that is where we are lacking.)

With this victory, Coach Artemmio Marquez’s side eases to a 5-4 win loss standing.

“Nagkaroon ng sagot yung puspusan naming practice noong mga nakaraang araw, so nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord buti nanalo kami … yung buong team nabuhayan,” Coach Marquez said.

(Our hard practices before this game, really paid off. So, I thank the Lord for this win; our team was rejuvenated.)

The Responders are set to face Malacañang-PSC Kamao on January 28. In case the cops win the match, they will advance to the quarter-finals. if they fail, the GSIS Furies takes the slot instead.

In the other game, the National Housing Authority Builders’ hope for a slot in the semifinals lives on as the NHA hoopsters defeated the GSIS Furies, 99-88.

Season 4 Most Valuable Player Antonio Lustestica Jr. was hailed as the best player of the game as he rallied with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.

With the loss, the Furies drops to a 5-5 win-loss standing, while the Builders are in a comfortable spot with 7 games won and two games lost.

And in the main game, Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeated the Senate Defenders in a neck-and-neck battle, 63-59, and now holds a big chance to gain the twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinal round with seven games won and two games lost.

The Palace hoopsters’ strong defense limited Senate’s big men Jeffrey Sanders with only 8 points and Marlon Legaspi with only 4 points.

“Talagang tiwala lang sa mga players ko, dahil paglabas talaga namin sa dug out, nag-usap-usap sila na defense lang talaga para makuha namin itong game na ito,” Coach Raffy Gonzales narrated.

(It’s really about having trust in my players because the moment they came out of the dugout,  they agreed that they need to play defense seriously in order to win this game.)

Christian Luanzon was named the best player of the game with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block.

The Kamao’s next meeting with the PNP Responders is an anticipated do-or-die match for the cops. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

The Scores
GAME 1: NHA Builders defeat GSIS Furies, 99-88.
Quarter Scores: 21-27, 56-49, 82-72, 99-88
NHA Builders
Box Scores: 99
A. Lustestica 27, A. Vitug 17, J. Dizon 16, M. Mercado 13, W. Tibay 12, C. Santos 10, M. Ladia 2, S. Crisostomo 2
GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 88
R. Banzali 33, J. Abugan 21, N. Nuyana 17, M. Beran 4, N. Cacatian 4, A. Sunga 4, M. Alfonso 3, D. Bunyi
GAME 2: PNP Responders defeat Judiciary Magis, 90-57.
Quarter Scores: 22-17, 36-36, 62-42, 90-57
PNP Responders
Box Scores: 99
A. Tolentino 19, J. Cabahug 16, O. Omiping 14, J. Criste 9, R. Abaya 7, J. Misola 7, A. Yanquiling 7, R. Cabrera 6, H. Decena 2, H. Sta. Cruz 2, J. Tacsay 1
Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 57
C. Tolomia 11, C. Camaso 10, V. Puno 9, F. Salamat 9, W. Ybañez 6, H. Bergonio 4, J. Rabino 4, C. Roma 4
GAME 3: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeat Senate Defenders, 63-59.
Quarter Scores: 15-17, 28-30, 49-42, 63-59
Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 63
C. Luanzon 14, J. Jimenez 13, E. Dela Cuesta 11, I. Garrido 7, J. Besa 7, G. Gadong 6, V. Javier 5,
Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 59
R. Balboa 18, G. Sevilla 15, J. Sanders 8, J. Mangaran 7, H. Ng 5, M. Legaspi 4, M. Omega 2,

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AFP Cavaliers donate P4-M cash prize for scholarships of fallen soldiers’ kin

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

All smiles as the UNTV Cup Season 7 Champion was hailed. The AFP Cavaliers together with their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office (EBSO) are awarded with their prize after a season of hard-work and sacrifices paid off. With this cash donation won by the soldiers for their fellow soldiers children, new scholarship grants is expected to be made available. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

During the flag ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, the AFP Cavaliers officially gave their 4 million grand prize to their beneficiary, the AFP Educational Benefits System Office (AFP EBSO).

According to AFP Cavalier team captain Sgt. Alvin Zuñiga, they chose AFP EBSO to help in the education of children of fallen soldiers.

“It is our way of doing it the best that we could para mabigay namin iyong P4-M sa mga beneficiary kasi alam namin na mas maraming matatawid na estudyante na mag-aaral ng EBSO (It is our way of doing it the best we could for us to the P4 million to our beneficiary because we know EBSO can provide a lot of scholarships to students),” he said.

He is also grateful to UNTV for the opportunity it has given to help the scholars of AFP EBSO.

“Sa UNTV lalo na kay Kuya Daniel at kay Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team at ng buong AFP lubos na nagpapasalamat sa malaking pagkakataon na ibinibigay sa amin. Patuloy niyo pa pong palakasin at pagandahin ang ating tournament alang alang po sa mga beneficiary na matatawid at matutulungan po ng ating programa, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo(Thank you to UNTV, Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team and the whole AFP. Continue to strengthen our tournament for the beneficiaries that are helping our program. Thank you),” Zuñiga adds.

AFP EBSO chief Col. Antonio Dulnuan said the money they received from the AFP Cavaliers will help 233 students.

“Iyong ating programa covers elementary to college, tuloy tuloy po iyan, basta pumasa and we will support them giving them free tuition fee, allowance at miscellaneous na binibigay sa kanila kahit saang eskwelahan, [Our program covers elementary to college and it will continue as long as they pass the entrance examination, we will support them by giving them free tuition fee]” he said.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is proud of the achievement of the AFP Cavaliers and its contribution to the armed forces.

“What you have achieved is no small feat yet you have consistently manifested utmost excellence, compassion and patriotism that will serve as an inspiration to do more, to gave more and be more,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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NHA Provident Fund receives P1-M at UNTV Cup Season 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The NHA Builders together with their chosen beneficiary NHA Provident Fund receive their cash prize of P1,000,000 after finishing 3rd in seventh season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. The prize was given during the 2nd game of the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on March 11, 2019 by the UNTV Cup innovator, BMPI-CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon together with BMPI vice presidents and UNTV Cup commissioner Atoy Co. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)

Despite finishing third at the UNTV Cup Season 7, the National Housing Authority (NHA) basketball team, NHA Builders, still enjoyed the opportunity to donate P1,000,000 to their chosen beneficiary: the NHA Provident Fund.

Since joining the League of Public Servants in 2014, the NHA Builders have been providing for their chosen charity.

The NHA Provident Fund was created in 1981 by the first general manager of NHA, Retired Major General Gaudencio Tobias. It was established as a way of providing support to the employees of the agency through loans and extending assistance to dependents of employees who passed away.

“It’s a big help to the members and to the members’ dependents. Malaking tulong talaga ito [It’s really a big help]. It became an additional working capital to our welfare fund because many of our employees are getting older,” NHA Provident Fund Chairperson Wilma Hernandez said.

“For Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli, thank you very much. This tournament helps a lot to our provident fund and of course to our players. I wish that you will continue with this tournament. It is a worthy endeavor. We are looking forward to a continuing relationship with your team and our team also. Thank you very much,” Chairperson Wilma Hernandez added.

The players and coach were happy with what they achieved this season and promised to do better in the next season.

“Regardless sa mga challenges na pinagdaanan, maswerte kami pumasok kami sa Final 4. Pero yung mapanalunan namin yung 3rd place, this is one-step higher sa na-achieve namin last season (Regardless of the challenges we faced, we were lucky to be part of the Final 4 teams this season. But to win the 3rd place, this is one step higher from what we have achieved last season),” NHA Builders’ Chief-of-Staff Atty. John Christopher Mahamud said.

“Nakakatuwa dahil madodoble namin yung maibibigay namin sa beneficiary namin — from P500,000 last season to P1,000,000 this season— sa Provident Fund (I feel happy because we will be able to double our grant to
the NHA Provident Fund ; from P500,000 last season to P1,000,000 this season), NHA Builders shooting guard Alvin Vitug said.

“We are one step higher ngayon di ba? Next year, season 8 gusto na namin lumaban sa championship. Hindi na namin papakawalan ito (We are one step higher. Next year, season 8, we want to battle for the championship title. We will not miss the chance),” NHA Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad. — UNTV Cup Staff

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PARDSS Foundation receives P500,000 from PNP Responders at UNTV Cup Season 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The PNP Responders together with their chosen beneficiary PARDSS Foundation International receive their cash prize of P500,000 after finishing as 4th placer in seventh season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. The prize was handed by the UNTV Cup innovator, BMPI-CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon together with BMPI vice presidents and UNTV Cup commissioner Atoy Co. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)

Even though PNP Responders just finished 4th place in the seventh season of the league of public servants, they were still entitled to donate P500,000 to their chosen beneficiary.

The cash prize was awarded on March 11, 2019 during the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

PARDSS Foundation International has been PNP’s chosen beneficiary for 2 season’s now and in an off-season edition in 2018.

The Peace Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society (PARDSS) is a SEC-registered non-governmental organization with a mission to assist the PNP and other local government units in promoting peace, unity, public safety and development in the country.

The organization has almost 300 chapters in the Philippines and abroad conducting activities such as feeding programs, relief and rescue operations in times of calamities and disaster, assisting some communities of indigenous people, providing school supplies and shoes for destitute students and organizing medical and dental missions to name a few.

Arcie Fabon, the founder and president of PARDSS Foundation, says that part of their advocacy is to be an anti-crime entity in the society, “Sa bawat chapter po namin ine-endorse po namin sa chief of police sa malapit na station sa kanilang lugar. So dahil po dito nagiging katuwang po ng kapulisan ang ating PARDSS Foundation members sa pag-monitor, gathering information. Dahil po doon, natutulungan po namin sila [PNP] sa kanilang kampanya kontra krimen, kontra droga.”

(We endorse our chapter members to the local PNP officials for us to be of help. We usually help the policemen in monitoring and gathering information which is vital to PNP’s campaign against crime and drugs.)

In the latest executive face off before UNTV Cup Season 7 began, PNP Responders were able to donate P1,000,000 to PARDSS Foundation as championship prize. Part of the prize went to the acquisition of a parcel of land in Taytay, Rizal where they plan to build their national headquarters. The remaining amount went to the purchase of some rescue equipments, medical supplies and as budget for their relief operation in Bataan and Albay.

“Sa amin pong PNP Responders, sa pangunguna ni Chief Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, ang director ng PNP-PCRG, maraming maraming salamat po sa ikatlong pagkakataon na kami ay maging inyong beneficiary,” PARDSS Foundation President Arcie Fabon expressed.

(To PNP Responders, led by PNP-PCRG Director Chief Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, thank you very much. For the third time you chose PARDSS as your beneficiary.)

“To Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli Soriano, thank you for inspiring us to help others. Dahil po sa inyo, nagkaroon ng UNTV Cup charity basketball league. At dahil po sa inyo, maisasakatuparan ang pangarap ng aming samahan na mas makatulong pa sa ating mga kababayan,” Fabon added.

(To Kuya Daniel [Razon] and Bro. Eli Soriano, thank you for inspiring us to help others. Because of you, a charity basketball league like UNTV Cup came into existence. And also because of you, PARDSS dream of helping more is getting into reality.) — UNTV Cup Staff

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