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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019   •   1157

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)

Hidilyn Diaz bags 3 golds in Weightlifting World Cup

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 29, 2020

Hidilyn Diaz dominated in the Weightlifting World Cup in Rome, Italy after bagging three gold medals in the women’s 55kg category.

The Olympic silver medalist has lifted 93kg in the snatch and 119kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 212kg,

Ukraine’s Kamila Konotop won two silvers with total lift of 196kg and 90kg lift in the snatch while Russia’s Kristina Novitskaia bagged the silver in clean and jerk with a 109kg lift.

Diaz is aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in July where fourteen lifters per weight category will qualify. Diaz is currently ranked 4th in the 2019 Annual Ranking.

Meanwhile, Southeast Asian Games silver medalist John Fabuar Ceniza bagged the bronze medal in the men’s 61kg category with a total of 269kg: 117kg in the snatch and 152kg in the clean and jerk.—AAC

PH keeps lead in SEA Games last day medal tally

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

Team Philippines has securely kept the top spot in the medal tally as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ended on Wednesday (December 11).

As of December 10 at 10:00 p.m., the Philippines has collected 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze, securing a total of 385 medals. The country is set to win the overall championship during the closing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon.

The final day of competition of the #2019SEAGames saw the Philippines officially claiming the title as overall champion of the biennial regional sports event,” according to the 2019 SEA Games’ official Facebook.

Vietnam was able to snare the second spot with 96 golds while Thailand settled for the third spot with 92 golds.

The SEA Games closing ceremony will be held at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium starting at 4:00 p.m.—AAC

Nesthy Petecio punches gold in SEA Games boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 9, 2019

Nesthy Petecio (L) of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Women’s Featherweight (57kg) final match against Ni Nwe Oo (L) of Myanmar at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Philippine boxing bet Nesthy Petecio clinched another gold for the Philippines in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games women’s featherweight finals on Monday (December 9).

Petecio defeated Myanmar’s New Ni Oo by a unanimous decision. This is Petecio’s first SEA Games gold and the sixth gold medal for the Philippine boxing team.

In an interview with reporters, Petecio said that at first she felt pressured and nervous in going to the finals.

“Ang bigat po talaga, lalo na nung sasabihin nila ‘nanalo ka sa world so panalong-panalo ka na rito’, (It felt really heavy, especially when they said ‘you won in the world so you can win this’)” she said.

She recalled that she just prayed and stopped thinking about all the pressure in order for her to focus on the game.—AAC

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