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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 23, 2019   •   5640

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)

Sports and Public Service, the right mix for UNTV Cup Season 8

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019

Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).

Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).

“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.

Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.

Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.

Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.

“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.

Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.

“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.

Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.

“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.

“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

PH pole vaulter first Filipino to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

Pole vaulter EJ Obiena leaped to victory surpassing the 5.80-meter qualifying standard.

Philippine pole vaulter, Ernest John Obiena, is the first Filipino to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Games.

Obiena has cleared the 5.81 meters in the Men’s Pole Vault competition of Salto Con L’asta In Piazza Chiari 2019.

He was able to surpass the 5.80 meter qualifying standard for men’s pole vault for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Obiena posted on his Facebook story that he is grateful to everyone who supported him.—AAC

Fil-Am artist to perform in SEA Games ceremonies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 21, 2019

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), hosted on Tuesday the signing of a pledge of support by world-renowned music artist, to the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. (Courtesy: House of Representatives)

Fil-Am hip-hop artist Allan Pineda Lindo or most widely known as will perform at the opening and closing ceremony of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The ceremonies will be held on November 30 and December 11 at the New Clark City in Pampanga.

Lindo said he is excited to perform onstage and be part of the SEA Games.

“[I want to perform] simply because I’m from Angeles City, Pampanga and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. I wanted to be part of this historical moment. It only happens every 20 years. I’m really proud of my country and I just really wanted to share my talent and what I can provide for this event,” Lindo said.

He also added that his group, the Black Eyed Peas, will also perform alongside him.

The signing was held at the House of Representatives on August 20. Meanwhile, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano hopes more Filipinos will be inspired by the musician.—AAC


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