UNTV Cup 8: Another Season of Hope

UNTV News   •   September 6, 2019   •   408

UNTV Cup: Ang Liga ng Public Servants. As the title suggests, it’s a charity basketball tournament among government personnel and officials.

Industry innovator and UNTV Cup founder, Kuya Daniel Razon, created the event to foster camaraderie among government agencies.

Over the years, more than P50-M has been donated to various charities selected by participating government units, with Bro. Eli Soriano — host of the longest-running religious program Ang Dating Daan and leader of the Members Church of God International — as the major sponsor.

Continuing with the tradition of fellowship through public service and basketball, another season is set to open on September 9, 2019, at the MOA Arena.

Twelve teams will participate in UNTV Cup Season 8. These are the AFP Cavaliers, DA Food Masters, GSIS Furies, Judiciary Magis, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, NHA Builders, Ombudsman Graft Busters, PITC Global Traders, PhilHealth Plus, PNP Responders, and the newcomers SSS Kabalikat and DENR Warriors.

More than 12 charities are set to benefit from the event.

Through the years these charities have been blessed by the teams that chose them to be recipients of their hard work on the hardcourt.

Season 7 champions, AFP Cavaliers, have donated P4-M cash prize to the scholarship fund of fallen soldiers’ kin.

According to AFP Cavalier team captain Sgt. Alvin Zuñiga, they chose the AFP Educational Benefits System Office (AFP-EBSO) to help in the education of surviving military children who have lost a parent to armed conflicts in the country.

The President’s men, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, dedicated their winnings to the cancer patients of Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC).

Dr. Malou Abiera of PCMC Cancer and Hematology Center stated, “Nagamit ang pondong ito karamihan sa pangangailangan sa laboratoryo ng mga pasyente at ang iba sa mga gamot. ‘Yung iba naka-spread out na ‘yan sa MRI, CT scan at ultrasound.”

The Philippine National Police, on the other hand, have empowered other public servants using the prize money they competed hard for at UNTV Cup.

At the latest executive face off that preceded UNTV Cup Season 7, the PNP Responders were able to donate P1,000,000 to PARDSS Foundation as part of their championship prize.

A portion of their winnings went to the acquisition of a parcel of land in Taytay, Rizal where they plan to build their national headquarters.

The remaining amount went to the purchase of some rescue equipment, medical supplies and as funds for their relief operation in Bataan and Albay.

On the first year of PITC Global Traders’ participation, they were able to share hope to the orphans at Biñan Laguna’s Bahay Pag-asa along with their two other chosen beneficiaries: Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute and Mga Munting Hiling Foundation, Inc.

With the addition of the SSS and the DENR as new teams this season, more stories of hope and charity are expected to unfold.

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