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Senate commends Senate Defenders for winning UNTV Cup Season 6

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

(Left-Right) Senate Defenders’ Senator Sonny Angara, Sen. Joel Villanueva, Sen. Franklin Drilon and Sen. Migz Zubiri celebrate at the awarding ceremony being the champion of the 6th season of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. Sen. Bam Aquino was also in the venue to support their team. (Marjhon Obsioma‎ / Photoville Interanational)

MANILA, Philippines — At the plenary session on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proudly sponsored a resolution congratulating the Senate Defenders for bringing home the championship title in Monday night’s UNTV Cup Season 6 finals game against Malacañang-PSC Kamao.

“Mr. President, the UNTV Cup was conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon in 2012 as a charity basketball league dubbed as “Liga ng Mga Public Servants” to better serve the public thru sponsorship camaraderie and health competition sponsored by the Members of Church of God [International] (MCGI) headed by Bro. Eli Soriano,” said Drilon.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara expressed gratitude to their colleagues and employees of the Senate who supported them during the league.

“That four million cash price that we won last night will go straight to Tahanang Mapagpala, Kyth Foundation. These are cancer survivors and Pangarap Foundation,” said Villanueva.

“The fact that we defeated Malacañang Kamao shows that the principle of check and balances is very much alive, Mr. President,” said Angara.

WATCH: UNTV Cup Season 6 gives out nearly P10-M worth of financial aid to teams’ beneficiaries

“Lampaso po yung kalaban. This is not the close game,” said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The team’s manager, Senator Ralph Recto even joked about Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s key player, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go by asking Sen. Drilon, “Would the gentleman know the reason why Mr. Bong Go is interested running for the Senate?”

To which Drilon quipped, “So he can join the Senate Defenders basketball team,” sending everyone in the room laughing.

All senators became co-sponsors of the resolution which was eventually approved by the plenary. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue




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UNTV Cup Season 6 gives away nearly P10-M cash prizes to charity

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) receives P1,000,000 cash donation as part of AFP Cavaliers’ winnings after finishing on 3rd place this sixth season of UNTV Cup — the league of public servants. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)


MANILA, Philippines — The battle on the hard court between Malacañang-PSC Kamao and Senate Defenders at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday was intense during UNTV Cup’s Season 6 Game 2 Finals.

The two teams showed their hard work in an effort to provide huge assistance for their chosen beneficiaries.

The champion, the Senate Defenders won P4-million for their three beneficiaries namely: Kythe Foundation, Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, and Pangarap Foundation.

Meanwhile, runner-up Malacañang-PSC Kamao bagged P2-million with which they intend to assist around 600 cancer patients of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).

“Malaking tulong itong premyong nakuha namin at sana ipagpatuloy nila ang magandang hangarin nila sa pagtulong sa mga pasyente,” said PCMC Cancer & Hematology Center Administrative Officer Mercy del Rosario.

(This prize is really a great help and we hope they will continue their advocacy to help the patients.)

“We have partner hospitals where we have our child life program and the amount granted to us by Senate will go a long way in pushing for the medicine, the [transportation] and everything,” said Kythe Foundation Inc. president, Atty. Roy Santos.

The third runner-up, AFP Cavaliers, received P1-million for their beneficiary, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO).

The 4th placer NHA Builders received P500, 000 while the other 10 participating teams received P100,000 each for their chosen institutions.

Members of the Church of God International (MCGI) Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano  also delivered a message for the participants.

“We should complete the good works we started because in Galatians 6:10, it says while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men especially to those who are of the household of faith.

“There is special care for the household of faith but the words of God said we must do good unto all men, even to those who do not of the household of faith. It means we have obligation to do good even to those who are not of the household of faith, charitable works which prove ever since we were given the chance to manage the UN Television.

“These charitable works, these are not just for one day, once a year, once a month or once in a blue moon. This will be continuous. One of these is the UNTV Cup, in which the cash prizes will be given to chosen charitable institutions of the teams. If we are commanded to love our enemies, more so we should love those who are less fortunate and being sponsored by the teams through our basketball league,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Executive Face-Off of the UNTV Cup off-season games eye for level-up public service and more camaraderie between government officials and employees.

“Many committed to play for the Executive Face-Off. We’re hoping that our executives will give further participation including various government officials in the executive level because this is their chance as well to share not only the prize they won for their beneficiaries but also to develop camaraderie among the high-ranking officials, to take a break and exercise through the UNTV Cup off-season games, the Executive Face-Off. God-willing, it will be more exciting and more will participate,” said UNTV-BMPI CEO & president, Daniel Razon. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Complete List of Prizes for Beneficiaries 


Champion — Senate Defenders — Kythe Foundation, Inc., Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc. — ₱4,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱500,000 (team)

Second Place — Malacañang-PSC Kamao — Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc. — ₱2,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱300,000 (team)

Third Place — AFP Cavaliers — AFP Educational Benefit System Office — ₱1,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱200,000 (team)

Fourth Place — NHA Builders — NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. — ₱500,000 (beneficiary) + ₱100,000 (team)


PNP Responders — Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc. — ₱100,000

Judiciary Magis — Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities — ₱100,000

GSIS Furies — Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS — ₱100,000

PDEA Drug Busters — Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs, (CCOPS-NGOs) Inc. — ₱100,000

BFP Firefighters — Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc. — ₱100,000

DOJ Justice Boosters — Department of Justice Employees’ Association (DOJEA), Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc., and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation, Inc. — ₱100,000

DA Food Masters  — Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development — ₱100,000

DOH Health Achievers — Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko — ₱100,000

COA Enablers — Caritas Novaliches, Inc. — ₱100,000

Ombudsman Graft Busters —  Ombudsman Provident Fund — ₱100,000


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Senate Defenders wins UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders celebrate at the awarding ceremony of their cash prize of P4,000,000 to be donated to their chosen beneficiaries, Kythe Foundation Inc., Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion Inc., and Pangarap Foundation, Inc and P500,000 to the team. Also in the picture is Senator Franklin Drilon and Senator Juan Miguel Zubirri together with the representatives of the said beneficiaries and of course the UNTV Cup founder, Dr. Daniel Razon of BMPI-UNTV and MCGI. (Frederick Alvior / Photoville International)

On Monday night’s Game 2 between Malacañang-PSC Kamao and Senate Defenders, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go showed for the first time what he’s got on the UNTV Cup hard court at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

SAP Bong Go bucketed several early shots, including 3 pointers, before the first period ended, with the Kamao on the lead by 4, 21-17.

In the second quarter, the Defenders stole the lead before the first half buzzer went off, 39-34.

In the third period, the Defenders intensified their hustle on the defense which brought them to a bigger lead, 59-50.

And in the last quarter, as the UNTV Cup crowd got more excited, the Senate team displayed increasing determination to end the final series with them lifting the trophy.

The Senate’s tough defense prevented the Kamao from bucketing scores with only two shots made in five minutes.

Their efforts resulted in a 20-point lead in favor of the Defenders as the final buzzer of the ball game went off, 84-64.

WATCH: UNTV Cup Season 6 gives out nearly P10-M worth of financial aid to teams’ beneficiaries 

Jeffrey Sanders, who made 20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals at 1 block, was hailed the finals MVP.

Meanwhile, Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva contributed 9 points combined.

Coach Mike Fermin’s side was able to limit the Palace hoopsters’ key players, Eric Dela Cuesta and Chirstian Luanzon, with only single-digit points.

“Ang ganda ng preparasyon, nasunod ang game plan to the hilt talaga. Yun ang key dyan eh, dumipensa kami,” the Senate Defenders coach said.

(We prepared well for this game and our game plan was followed to the hilt. The key to our victory was our defense.)

Meanwhile, SAP Bong Go expressed gratitude and greetings through a text message to congratulate the Senate Defenders as well as the UNTV Cup crowd. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News Rescue

The Scores
Senate Defenders (84) — J. Sanders 20, M. Legaspi 17, G. Sevilla 15, J. Mangaran 11, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 7, R. Balboa 5, E. Villanueva 2
Malacañang-PSC (64) — J. Besa 11, C. Go 10, E. Dela Cuesta 9, C. Luanzon 8, J. Jimenez 8, V. Javier 6, M. Ignario 6, G. Gadong 4, I. Garrido 2
Quarter Scores:  17-21, 39-34, 59-50, 84-64

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Senate looks to get UNTV Cup title in game 2

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Senate Defenders’ #2 Sen. Sonny Angara elevates for a lay up shot during the game against the Malacañang-PSC Kamao on March 4, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center for the Game 1 of the Best of 3 Finals series of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. (James Espiritu / Photoville International)


MANILA, Philippines — Ending the UNTV Cup Season 6 on Monday means championship for the Senate Defenders.

“Confident kami na papasok kami sa game 2, at confident kami na makukuha naming yung panalo na ito despite the fact na mahirap ito,” Senator Joel Villanueva said.

(We’re confident of making it to game 2 and also of winning despite the fact that’s it’s going to be tough.)

The Senate Defenders is adamant to put an end to the Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s campaign and seal a championship this season in the league of public servants.

After the game 1 triumph in the best of three final series, the Defenders took to the hard court to gear up for game 2 against the Kamao, who vowed to bounce back in their next meeting.

Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said, “Focus kami ngayon sa game 2 sa execution namin ng offense. Kasi nakita namin, ni-review namin yung tape pagka nagse-set kami, nagkakaroon kami ng problema, kasi minsan nawawala yung pasensya namin.”

(We’re focused on Game 2 on our execution of offense, because when we reviewed the tape on our previous game we saw that we have a problem because we sometimes lose patience.)

Coach Mike Fermin’s side is also focusing on formulating plays against Kamao’s key players.

“Special instructions: who to guard sa kabila. Kasi si Luanzon, I think he made 20 plus points. So, kailangan ma-limit namin siya.”

(One of my special instructions is to determinewho to guard on the other team. Because Christian Luanzon in the  last game was able to make 20 plus points. So, we need to limit him.)

With beneficiaries in mind, the Senate team has its eye on the prize.

Sen. Joel Villanueva added, “This is more than a basketball game. Every time we look at our beneficiaries: Tahanang Walang Hagdan, cancer survivors, the struggles that they are under going to fight for their lives. And he we are playing basketball to win and have a chance to help them… It’s something that I would say, definitely more than a basketball game.”

Game 2 of the best of three finals between the Senate Defenders and the Malacañang-PSC Kamao is set on March 12, Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. — Bernard Dadis |UNTV News & Rescue

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