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San Miguel, Alaska hold twice-to-beat advantage in UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off semi-finals

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

San Miguel and Alaska hold twice-to-beat advantage at the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-off semi-finals on Sunday (June 23) at Pasig City Sports Center.

Alaska will take on Ginebra in the first game of the semi-finals followed by San Miguel versus Purefoods.

The two teams will face head to head in the finals if they remain unbeaten on Sunday.

Alaska’s John ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos calls on everyone to watch the game on Sunday.

“Come here and watch po sa UNTV sa Pasig Sports Center. Thank you, Kuya Daniel, salamat po sa suporta, (Watch in UNTV, in Pasig Sports Center. Thank you Kuya Daniel, thank you for your support)” he said.

Nic Belasco of San Miguel is proud to be a part of the UNTV Cup PBA Legends.

“I just want to invite everyone, it’s for the PBA , for UNTV, the PBA Legends Foundation. It’s something great that Atoy Co [and] all the guys [including] Allan Caidic did. They did something really nice and I’m glad to be part of, so we give back,” he said.

Over P2 million combined prizes will go to the PBA Legends Foundation, which provide aid to former PBA players. —AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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Palace: Pacquiao embodies Filipino spirit

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Philippine boxing legend, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao | Courtesy: Reuters

Malacañang congratulates Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for defending his WBA welterweight belt against Keith Thurman on Sunday (July 21).

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud. Pacquiao won in a split decision and knocked down Thurman in the first round.

“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he said.

Meanwhile other lawmakers have sent their congratulations to the Pambansang Kamao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also joins the Filipino people in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.

“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country,” according to their statement. “Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work.”—AAC (With reports from Lea Ylagan, Rosalie Coz, Harlene Delgado, Grace Casin)

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San Miguel goes head to head with Alaska in UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face-Off Finals

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

San Miguel will go head to head with Alaska in the finals after remaining undefeated in the UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face Off.

San Miguel took down Purefoods in a heated match on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Kiko Adriano is one of the ‘best players of the game’ with 24 points and 3 rebounds.

The other two best players of the game were Danny the “Demolition Man” Ildefonso and Dondon the “Cebuano Hotshot” Hontiveros.

The Demolition Man had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds, while the Cebuano Hotshot scored 16 points and 6 rebounds.

Adriano, meanwhile, is happy to be a part of the tournament.

“Itong makarating kami dito at mapasama sa tournament ni Kuya is champion na kami especially iyong beneficiaries samin. Sobra-sobra napakalaking bagay maitutulong nito especially sa mga kasama nating players (Just by being here in Kuya’s [Daniel Razon] tournament, we are already champions, especially our beneficiaries. This is a huge help especially to our fellow players),” he said.

Purefoods opened the game with a strong offense leading in the first two quarters of the game.

Glenn Capacio, Alvin Patrimonio, and Roger Yap led the team with their performance. Purefoods was ahead by 15 points, 23-38, during the last four minutes of the second quarter.

Sam Miguel switched to a man-to-man defense and sped up their offense to break through Purefoods’ defense. They managed to bridge the gap by a point, 39-40.

By the third quarter, San Miguel was able to take the momentum from Purefoods leading the score with 55-53 and managed to take the game, 79-70.

Hontiveros was relieved they were able to adjust their strategy upon seeing Purefoods’ strong performance.

“Expected namin na pakikita nila magandang start buti naka-adjust kami, (We expected they will show a good start, but it was a good thing that we adjusted)” he said.

Ildefonso said their opponent studied their zone defense which gave them a difficult time during the first half of the game.

“Sa zone defense namin, mukhang pinag aralan nila. Mukhang nag-practice sila kasi halos ano nila sa labas sumu-shoot kaya nahirapan kami (They studied our zone defense. They really practiced because they were shooting from the outside. We had a hard time),” he said.

Alaska advances in the finals

Alaska was able to take the game from Ginebra, 84-69, securing a slot for the finals.

The best players of the game are Willie Miller, 25 points, Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos with 16 points, and Jeffery Cariaso with 17 points.

Abarrientos is elated to be able to play in the finals.

“It’s a great habit for us even before when I used to play parang naging habit na namin, iyong character namin (it became our habit, our character) [that] every game we need to play possession by possession,” he said.

Pido ‘The Fireman’ Jarencio, meanwhile, scored 18 points where six of them came from the rainbow area.

Bal David and Marlou Aquino, scored 13 and 10 points respectively.

Jarencio said he is honored to be a part of UNTV Cup PBA Legends Face Off.

“Masaya ako naglalaro dito kasi this is for the foundation, this is for the players na may problema, may sakit kaya inspired ako to play (I am happy to play here because this is for the foundation, this is for the players who are facing difficulties, health issues. I am inspired to play),” he said.

Alaska and San Miguel will battle for the finals while Ginebra and Purefoods will battle for third place on July 8 at the Araneta Coliseum.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

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)

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