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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 10, 2019   •   2025

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)

Yulo wins gold in men’s vault at world championships

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

Carlos Yulo has bagged the gold medal in men’s vault at the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Yulo scored an average of 14.916 after two attempts, beating Japan’s Yonekura Hidenobu who ranked second with 14.866, and Israel’s Andrey Medvedev who scored 14.649.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old athlete also took home a silver medal at the parallel bars final. Yulo ranked second with the score of 15.300. China’s Hu Xuwei took home the gold after scoring 15.466, while China’s Shi Cong placed third with a score of 15.066. AAC

UAAP eyes resumption of sports league in February 2022

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is eyeing to resume the basketball and volleyball tournaments by February 2022.

UAAP Season 84 president Nonong Calanog on Wednesday (October 20) reported that all basketball and volleyball athletes of UAAP have been fully vaccinated. The league is looking to begin sports training by November to prepare for the competition next year.

“That’s why November, December, January we have about three and a half month for them to train to get back to competition to be able to start on February. Ang volleyball naman, ang target namin doon. is after Holy Week […] more or less that’s the schedule and of course what the government will allow at that time,” he said.

Calanog said they are currently conducting retrofitting and adjustment in their sports facilities.

According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero De Vera III, the agency is preparing guidelines for sports activities and student athletes as quarantine classifications continue to ease amid the decline in new COVID-19 cases.

“Ngayong marami na ang bakuna mababa-vaccinate na ang mga studyante, mga athletes, the only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given these circumstances now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 are aiming to boost the vaccination program for students and teachers. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC

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