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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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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 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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