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UNTV CUP Season 3, nagsimula na!

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 05:25 PM

UNTV Cup Season 3 Ceremonial toss (Jun Rapanan / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Sa pagbubukas UNTV CUP Season 3 sa unang sagupaan pa lamang ay parang championship na.

Kaagad na ipinadama ng defending champion AFP Cavaliers ang kanilang puwersa matapos tiklupin ang new comer team na NHA Builders, 90-71, sa sagupaang ginanap sa MOA Arena sa Pasay City.

“Lumalamang kami ng 21 points pero nahahabol pa nila, paunti-unti magaling yung isang player nila paghahandaan namin uli next time na makalaban uli namin sila,” pahayag ni Alvin Zuñiga ng AFP Cavaliers.

“Yung depensa namin mas idedevelop namin siguro excited lang kami kasi bago yung team sa liga pero sa susunod siguro wala na yung pressure,” saad naman ni Waldemar Tibay ng NHA Builders.

Sa second game, exciting din ang sagupaan ng season 2 second placer PNP Responders at DOJ Boosters.

Namayani ang Responders sa Boosters sa score na 90-72.

Ngayong season ay tatlong bagong koponan ang nadagdag kabilang ang NHA Builders, GSIS Furies at BFP Firefighters.

Ang mga dati ng team ay ang AFP Cavaliers, PNP Responders, Judiciary Magis, MMMDA Blackwolves, Malacañang Patriots, Senate Defenders, HOR Solons at ang DOJ Justice Boosters.

Inaasahan na mas lalong titindi ang mga labanan ngayong season dahil sa mas pinalaking premyo ng tatanghaling kampeon.

Ipinasya ni Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon na mula sa P1.5 million ay gagawin ng P2 million ang premyo ng tatanghaling kampeon.

“Maraming natutulungan ito. Kaya sumasali dito ang HOR dahil naniniwala kami sa mga natutulungan ng UNTV ni Bro. Eli at ni Kuya Daniel Razon,” ani Rep. Niel Tupas Jr. ng HOR Solons.

Sinabi naman ni Sen. Sonny Anggara Jr., “Alam natin na lahat naman ng teams ay gumaling this year pero mas susubukan namin na pag-igihan ang season na ito.”

Samantala, inanyayahan naman ni Season 2 MVP Erwin Omiping ng PNP Responders ang lahat na patuloy na suportahan ang UNTV Cup dahil sa mas kapana-panabik na bakbakan sa hardcourt.

“Mas lalong lumakas ang motivation namin na makuha yun para makatulong sa aming beneficiary talaga.”

“Ini-invite ko po kayo na manood ng UNTV Cup Season 3, ito ang bagong game ko,” dagdag pa nito.

“Sa lahat ng mga teams sa mga bagong teams welcome po sa season 3 at we are looking forward sa masayang games sa mga darating pong panahon,” pahayag naman ni UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon.

Ang baway koponan ay may kanya-kanya nang napiling charitable institution na magsisilbing benipisaryo ng makukuhang premyo sakaling tanghaling kampeon.

Bukod dito ay maglalagay din ng public service booth ang mga koponan sa bawat game venue upang umasiste sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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AFP Cavaliers advances to UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:51 AM

AFP Cavaliers’ Darwin Cordero gets away with a lay up during the Game 2 of the Best of 3 Semifinals of UNTV Cup Season 7. (Paul Junnel Aquino / Photoville International)

For the third time, AFP Cavaliers scored another shot at bringing home the championship trophy from the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.

The men in uniform blew NHA Builders’ chances of qualifying as they swept the best of three semifinals series after an overwhelming victory in Game 2, 86-78, last Sunday (February 10) at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Darwin Cordero with 30 points and Wilfred Casulla with 17 points, were hailed as the Best Players of the Game.

“Hard work, pinaghirapan talaga ng team ito. We really focused on winning this semi-finals. We really practiced hard, marami kaming preparation. We are happy nagawa namin lahat,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.

(Hard work. We really worked hard for this. We really focused on winning this semi-finals. We really practiced hard, we had a lot of preparation. We are happy that we were able to do all of it.)

AFP also revealed that they had a hard time with NHA’s transition offense, but they were able to adjust.

Although the NHA dominated the rebounding department, they were shooting bricks from the outside. Out of their 14 attempts from the three point territory, they only made 3 shots while the AFP had 12 out of 30.

The AFP’s 11 steals and NHA’s 19 turnovers were also crucial to the result of the game.

“Nawala sa composure yung mga player ko, medyo napagod eh. Inabot pa kami ng sobrang malas sa three points, di maka-shoot, naaagawan. All in all nawala yung composure namin… ang dami naming error,” NHA Coach Benett Palad said.

(We lost our composure, we got tired. We were not connecting our shots and we lost a lot of possession. All-in-all, we lost our composure and we made a lot of errors.)

Meanwhile, the defending champion Senate Defenders were able to extend the series to a do-or-die match on February 24 after defeating the PNP Responders, 74-69.

The Senate Defenders capitalized on their defense to be able to keep their chance at securing the UNTV Cup Season 6 champion title this season.

“We played interior defense. Yung mga penetration nila nachi-check namin (We were able to neutralize their penetration attempts). And then, we cannot stop Omiping. What we can do is contain him. So, I think we were able to contain him and the rest ng mga players nila (of their players). Hindi naman namin na pa-contribute (We stopped them from contributing). We got lucky in the end,” Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin said.

Best Players of the Game Reynaldo Malaga Jr had 30 points while James Ryan Mangaran contributed 17 points.

Due to Senate’s tough defense, two-time MVP and PNP’s main gunner, Ollan “The Sniper” Omiping was only able to score 12 points.

“Yung pinaka-lapses namin ang baba ng fieldgoals namin especially, sa labas… kailangan naming i-improve namin ang shooting sa labas. And the same thing, kailangan namin i-improve ang depensa namin,” PNP’s playing coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.

(Our main lapse was our field goals, it’s so low; especially our outside shooting. The same thing with our defense, we need to improve that.)

The winner in Game 3 of PNP vs Senate series will face season 2 and 4 champions, AFP Cavaliers in the Season 7 Finals. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 04:54 PM

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault.  — Lea Ylagan

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PBA legends gear up for historic rival teams’ exhibition game on February 17

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 02:59 PM

Some of the former professional basketball players of the Philippine Basketball Association
who will play for the “Return of the Rivals”, a charity event of the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA on February 17, 2019 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

Philippine basketball fans will once again get to see their hard-court heroes who have kept Filipinos’ passion for basketball burning for decades.

Dubbed as the ‘Return of the Rivals,’ PBA Legends of the 90s will face off anew in an exhibition game slated on February 17 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The game will feature the prominent archrivals in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history: the San Miguel Beer versus Alaska Milk and the Barangay Ginebra against the Purefoods Hotdogs.

“It is really nice to be back on the court again with the players na nakakalaban namin before na hindi kami naglaro for a long time. So magsasama ulit kami and it’s really nice to be part of this project na pinangunahan ni Kuya Daniel (It is really nice to be back on the court again with the players that we have played against before. After a long time, we will be able to play with them again and it’s really nice to be a part of this project led by Kuya Daniel Razon),” former Alaska player Jojo “Jolas” “Mr. Clutch” Lastimosa said.

Former Purefoods player, Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio echoed the excitement.

“It’s really a blessing kasi nagsama-sama ulit. Parang reunion ulit with the players, former players. Tapos ang kalaban mo ay ‘yung rival mo nung panahon. So, talagang excited and talagang nagpe-prepare lahat for this big event (It’s really a blessing because we’re together again. It’s like a reunion for us. Then, we get to play with our rival teams from before. We are really excited and we are really preparing for this big event).”

PBA legends participating in the game have been preparing for their big reunion, promising to bring fun and excitement to the viewers.

Former Alaska point guard, Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos explained the sense of fulfillment that the game brings.

“Yung fulfillment kasi ito ‘yung passion ng mga PBA Legends, ‘yung makabalik ulit, makapag-perform, makita ng fans na we can still play. Sobra, sobra kaming thankful (It is fulfilling because this is the passion of the PBA Legends: to be able to play again, to show the fans that we can still play. We are so very thankful).”

For Lastimosa, the raised stakes will reignite the competitive spirit of old rivals.

“Sa ngayon, nagsasabi sila na we’re not out there to win, pero pagdating sa court niyan, walang magpapatalo niyan especially na may matatanggap ‘yung winning team. I think the competitive side of the players will come out eventually pagdating naming sa court (For now, some say we’re not out there to win. But when the game starts the competitiveness will kick in, especially since there’s a price at stake for the winning team. I think the competitive side of the players will come out eventually on the court),”

Bonel “The Gentle Giant” Balingit of Purefoods Hotdogs recalled their heydays.

“Siguro noong panahon ang basketball, halos lahat galing probinsya. Tapos hindi pa ganoon ka-high-tech din ‘yung paggamot ‘nung mga injury. ‘Pag galing sa probinsya, pinapagpag lang, okay na (Back in the day, most of the PBA players were from province. Treatment of injuries were not that advanced yet. In the province, you just pick yourself up and dust yourself off).”

But beyond the excitement and entertainment, the Return of the Rivals project serves a more noble purpose — giving assistance to former professional basketball players who are sick or have medical concerns.

The said basketball charity event is a project of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista sa Pilipinas Foundation Incorporated, in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association or PBA and UNTV.

The idea of forming the group started in April 2015 wherein an exhibition game was staged between several PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

“Well, we’re so thankful kay Kuya Daniel, without him, without UNTV, this wouldn’t be possible. In fact, napakalaking utang na loob naming sa kaniya kasi siya ang nag-spearhead at nag-push sa amin to form this foundation two years ago and he even donated one million for the seed money. Saludo ako kay Kuya Daniel. Maraming maraming Salamat Kuya Daniel. We owe you big time,” San Miguel Beer’s Trigger Man Allan Caidic said.

(We are so thankful to Kuya Daniel Razon. Without him, without UNTV, this charity endeavor wouldn’t be possible. In fact he spearheaded and pushed us to form the PBA Legends foundation two years ago and he even donated one million for the seed money. I salute Kuya Daniel, thank you very much. We owe you big time.)

“Sana naman ay sa mga darating na ibang legends ay sana gawin ulit ni Mr. Daniel ito mabuting project para sa kapuwa nating manlalaro rin,” Ginebra’s Joey Loyzaga said.

(I hope Mr. Daniel Razon will continue this noble project with the future PBA Legends for the benefit of our fellow basketball players in need.)

The players are inviting the public to support the Return of the Rivals exhibition game, which will also be aired in UNTV.

“Sa lahat po ng mga fanatic at naniniwala pa po na kaya pa pong maglaro ng mga players ng Return of the Rivals, suportahan ninyo pong muli kami this coming February 17 at Araneta Coliseum,” Abarrientos invited.

(To all of our fans, to those who still believe that we can still play, let’s watch the Return of the Rivals on February 17 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.) — Asher Cadapan Jr / UNTV News and Rescue

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