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UNTV Cup: For the love of basketball and public service

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Judiciary Magis (3rd placer) receives the P1,000,000 cash prize for their chosen charity: Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities. It was awarded by BMPI-UNTV CEO Daniel Razon (leftmost) VP Commissioner Atoy Co and Gerry Panghulan (rightmost) during the Game 2 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, March 14, 2017. The recipient of P4,000,000 and P2,000,000 cash prizes is yet determine on March 21 as Malacañang Kamao and PNP Responders face on the deciding game. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

UNTV Cup, the league of public servants, as conceptualized by public service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon aims to promote camaraderie, brotherhood and sportsmanship among the participating government agencies through basketball.

Over the years, it has evolved into a more dynamic and exciting tournament giving the participants to play basketball alongside with their idolized professional players and the amount of money given for their chosen charities has tremendously increased with the augmentation from Bro. Eli Soriano from Members Church of God International.

This year, UNTV Cup Season 5, the cash prizes for all participating teams and individual honors were awarded on Game 2.

The teams which did not qualify to the Final 4 received P100,000 each for their chosen charities.

Here are the teams and their chosen beneficiary / charity:

1. AFP Cavaliers – AFP-EBSO (Education Benefit Systems Office)
2. BFP Firefighters – Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc.
3. MMDA Blackwolves – Philippine General Hospital – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc. and Damayan MMDA Provident Fund
4. Senate Defenders – Kythe Foundation Inc., Pangarap Foundation and Share An Opportunity, Philippines Inc.
5. Ombudsman Graftbusters – Ombudsman Provident Fund 6. DOJ Justice Boosters – DOJ Employees Association
7. GSIS Furies – Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS
8. HOR Solons – Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Missions, Inc. and Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc.
9. NHA Builders – NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc.

While the 4th and the 3rd placer teams received P500,000 and P1,000,000 respectively.

4th Place: BOC Transformers – Caritas Manila, Inc.
3rd Place: Judiciary Magis – Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities

A total of P2,700,000 were already awarded for charity on Game 2.

Come Game 3, the top prizes will be awarded to the top 2 teams of the season.

The champion gets P4,000,000 while the 2nd placer, P2,000,000 all for their chosen beneficiary / charity.

For this, Malacañang Kamao has chosen a group of Cancer Patients and Millennium Sports Support System Association Incorporated while PNP Responders pick Police Community Relations Group “Drug Rehabilitation Program” respectively.

As for the individual awarding, Chester Tolomia of Judiciary Magis bagged 3 honors: Most Valuable Player, Scoring Champion and Member of UNTV Cup Starting 5.

Harold Sta. Cruz of PNP Responders got Defensive Player of the Season.

Ian Vincent Garrido of Malacañang Kamao got Step Up Player of the Season.

The season’s Starting 5 awardees are Vishnu Das Javier of Malacañang Kamao, Jeffrey Quiambao of AFP Cavaliers, Gilbert Malabanan of BFP Firefighters, Ollan Omiping of PNP Responders and Chester Tolomia of Judiciary Magis.

There will be a Finals MVP award that is yet to be announced at the Game 3 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals next Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The brilliance of the concept of this league, UNTV Cup, have transcended to the personal lives of the players as their dream of playing basketball aired on national TV and in a world-class arena with their idol professional basketball players is matched with the joy of giving or helping someone in need through their chosen charities or beneficiaries.

UNTV Cup is only on its fifth year and hopes to continue in the years to come.

As Kuya Daniel Razon would always say, “Thanks be to God and to God be the glory!”

— with reports from Bernard Dadis / Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Wish 107.5 makes various innovations in music industry

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – It has just been 3 years since Wish 107.5 started its operations yet it has become a favorite of many music fans

Because of its innovations and one-of-a-kind concepts, it has received numerous awards and gained attention here and abroad.

Among these is the very popular Wish bus which was introduced during the station launch.

The Wish Bus, the first and only FM booth on wheels, is the brainchild of veteran broadcaster and humanitarian, Kuya Daniel Razon.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities used to produce your favorite Wishclusive videos. Because of its uniqueness, this roving music hub has never failed to catch the attention of commuters.

“Wish 107.5 Bus was actually conceptualized because we have noticed that here in the metropolis, traffic is really terrible. So one of the things that we would like to introduce is something that would assuage the feeling of boredom and also the feeling of going crazy in the traffic jam,” Razon said.

The bus regularly visits different parts of the country to provide free mini-concerts of promising Filipino and international artists —and soon we’ll be able to see it roaming abroad.

“Gusto namin nga po talaga, mas marami yung Wish bus namin. So naumpisahan na natin na naicustomize na natin yung sa Hollywood. So what we wanted to do is ma-i-showcase po ang ating Filipino artists all over the globe,” Razon added.

(We really wanted to replicate our Wish bus so we have started to customize one in Hollywood. So what we wanted to do is to showcase our Filipino artists all over the globe.)

Among the popular programs of the station is Wishcovery which showcases the talent of aspiring singers in the country.

It is the biggest online singing competition in the country today.

Apart from these innovations, Wish 107.5 is considered unique for being an FM station with a heart.

“What we wanted to do is to help yung mga nandoon sa (those in the) music industry. And by opening up our station, we wanted to incorporate kasi (because of) the element of helping other people. The reason why we named it Wish is because we wanted to grant wishes,” Razon said.

Every small wish fulfilled brings smiles to the beneficiary.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa wish kasi tinupad po nila iyong wish ko (I thank Wish for granting my wish),” wisher from Bulacan Sheila Laudera said.


“Masarap sa pakiramdam kasi merong isang radio station na nag-grant ng wish. I hope sana marami din kayong ma-grant na Wish (It feels good that there is a radio station that grants wishes. I hope you grant more wishes),” Quezon City Wisher Regine Ann Abaigar said.

Also among the one-of-a-kind concepts of Wish FM is the Wish Music Awards which aside from being a night of honoring promising artists is a charitable event. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Crucial games on UNTV Cup Sunday, GSIS must win vs Malacañang-PSC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

GSIS Furies’ #14 James Patrick Abugan and #7 Rene Boy Banzali are expected to carry the team again in bouncing back from the loss against the Judiciary Magis. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)


Games on Sunday, January 14

Game 1: 2pm – GSIS vs Malacañang-PSC
Game 2: 3:30pm – Senate vs PDEA
Game 3: 5:00pm – NHA vs AFP

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


Despite a loss from two-time champion Judiciary Magis last Sunday, January 7th, the GSIS Furies is confident ahead of a collision with Season 5 runner-up team Malacañang-PSC Kamao at 2:00 PM on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Coach Mike Saguigit said, “Even natalo kami rito (Judiciary Magis) yung moods sa dug out, maganda pa rin. They are still hoping, tatrabahuhin daw nila.”

(Even though we lost against the Judiciary Magis, the mood in the dugout was still good. They are still hoping, they will work even harder.)

The Furies now have a 5-3 win-loss standing, while the Kamao has 5 games won and 2 games lost.

For the Furies winning the match against the Palace’s hoopers is a must to be able to ease to the quarter-final round.

“Magde-determine yun sa Final 4 eh…. yung top four. Kumbaga, if we’re gonna win on that game, yung aming status sa top four medyo magiging solid,” Saguisit added.

(In the coming games, it will be the Final 4-defining games.  If we win against the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, we will have a solid standing in the bid to be included in the last 4 teams vying for the championship.)

Coach Myk Saguitguit’s side also awaits a hardcourt battle against the NHA Builders on January 21.

Of the eight remaining teams in the second round elimination, the seventh and eighth placers will exit the league this season.

Numbers one and two teams will automatically advance to the semifinal round both holding a twice-to-beat advantage, while numbers three to six will battle in the quarter-finals, with the third and fourth placers both possessing a twice-to-beat advantage. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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NHA upsets Senate at UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The hailed Best Player of the Game Alvin Vitug led the NHA Builders with 35 points in defeating the Senate Defenders in overtime. (Richard Cortez / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup fans witnessed a thrilling overtime game as the NHA Builders demolished the Senate Defenders.

The Sanders-Legaspi led defenders dominated the first to third quarters of the ball game.

However, the Builders stepped up in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter with Alvin Vitug, Marvin Mercado and Antonio Lustestica showing what they’ve got.

NHA Head Coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad III said, “Actually, hindi bumigay yung mga players ko. Yung puso nila, nanduon na kahit na anong mangyari, kailangan nilang maglaro at kailangan nilang lumaban (Actually, my players did not give up. Their heart was in the game and that no matter what happened they had to play, they had to fight).”

NHA’s Alvin Vitug was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 35 points.

Meanwhile, UNTV Cup two-time champion Judiciary Magis squelched the GSIS Furies’ winning streak during Sunday’s double-header at the Olivarez gymnasium in Parañaque City.

Joey Yabut said, defense was a key to the Magis’ 90–81 victory.

“Ang depensa namin, sa zona. At least, gumanda ang depensa… eh, nagka-problema kami yung wingman namin foul trouble kaagad kaya yung mga number two namin naging ano na … sa ilalim na laro. Buti naman gumanda yung depensa,” Judiciary Magis Assistant Coach Joey Yabut said.

(We employed zone defense. At least our defense worked. Our wingman went in foul trouble early in the game so our number 2 player took over the role inside the paint. Good thing that our defense became better.)

The Furies’ performance, on the other hand, was below par.

GSIS Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Parang extended vacation pa rin yung game nila kanina… lagi kaming may lapses sa depensa, parang ang bagal ng reactions namin. Everytime nagsu-swing yung bola — sa wing meron kami rules eh — kaso ang bagal ng recovery kaya lagi sila nakaka-shoot sa labas.”

(It seems like our players were still in vacation mode. We had lapses in our defense, our reactions were slow. Everytime the ball swung…on the wings we have rules, but the recovery was too slow that is why the Judiciary Magis were able to shoot outside.)

Don “The Hammer” Camaso was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 19 points.

Only three weeks are left in the second-round elimination for the eight remaining teams to battle for the top six spots.

The top two teams will automatically ease to the semi-final round, while the quarter-finals will see the sixth to eighth placers.

The bottom two will exit the league this season. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Judiciary defeat GSIS, 90-81.

Quarter Scores: 21-20, 43-40, 66-65, 90-81

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 90
C. Tolomia 28, C. Camaso 19, J. Rabino 14, F. Salamat 10, W. Ybañez 8, H. Bergonio 6, V. Puno 5

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 81
J. Abugan 30, R. Banzali 26, A Cuevas 11, S. Tamayo 4, A. Sunga 4, T. Hernandez 3, D. Bunyi 3


GAME 2: NHA defeat Senate in overtime, 104-100.

Quarter Scores: 13-34, 39-50, 69-79, 97-97, 104-100

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 104
A. Vitug 35, A. Lustestica 19, J. Dizon 17, C. Santos 9, M. Mercado 8, S. Crisostomo 6, J. Alostoy 4, R. Tibay 4, W. Tibay 2

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 100
G. Sevilla 28, J. Mangaran 16, J. Sanders 15, S. Marata 11, M. Legaspi 10, R. Balboa 9, R. Malaga 8, M. Omega 3


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