UNTV Cup — the league of public servants— will kick off its seventh season on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Twelve teams are enlisted to compete in this edition:
1. Armed Forces of the Philippines – AFP Cavaliers 2. Department of Agriculture – DA Food Masters 3. Department of Justice – DOJ Justice Boosters 4. Government Service Insurance System – GSIS Furies 5. Supreme Court – Judiciary Magis 6. Malacañang / Philippine Sports Commission – Malacañang-PSC Kamao 7. National Housing Authority – NHA Builders 8. Office of the Ombudsman – Ombudsman Graft Busters 9. Philippine National Police – PNP Responders 10. Senate of the Philippines – Senate Defenders 11. Philippine Health Insurance Corporation – PhilHealth Plus 12. Philippine International Trading Corporation – PITC Global Traders
There are two new teams included this season: PITC Global Traders and seasons 1 and 2 alumni, PhilHealth Plus.
The play-for-charity league is the brainchild of BMPI CEO and public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon. It aims to bring camaraderie among public servants in the government through their common passion for basketball.
Champion — Senate Defenders — Kythe Foundation, Inc., Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc. — P4,000,000 (beneficiary) + P500,000 (team)
Second Place — Malacañang-PSC Kamao — Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc. — p2,000,000 (beneficiary) + P300,000 (team)
Third Place — AFP Cavaliers — AFP Educational Benefit System Office — p1,000,000 (beneficiary) + P200,000 (team)
Fourth Place — NHA Builders — NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. — P500,000 (beneficiary) + P100,000 (team)
OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS:
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 — P100,000
GSIS Furies — Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS — P100,000
PDEA Drug Busters — Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs, (CCOPS-NGOs) Inc. — P100,000
BFP Firefighters — Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc. — P100,000
DOJ Justice Boosters — Department of Justice Employees’ Association (DOJEA), Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc., and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation, Inc. — P100,000
DA Food Masters — Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development — P100,000
DOH Health Achievers — Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko — P100,000
COA Enablers — Caritas Novaliches, Inc. — P100,000
Ombudsman Graft Busters — Ombudsman Provident Fund — P100,000
On Monday, starting at 4pm, the UNTV Action Center will organize a People’s Day Public Service Bazaar where the public and UNTV Cup fans can avail services from the following participating government agencies: SSS, NBI, PAG-IBIG fund, Philpost and Philhealth.
The Members, Church of God International (MCGI) received the highest recognition at the Dugong Bayani Awards 2019 of the Philippine Blood Center and the Department of Health (DOH).
For the eighth consecutive year, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award for having the highest number of blood donors in the country.
The Jose Rizal Award is awarded to organizations who were able to donate 2,000 bags of blood in a year.
According to the DOH, the MCGI was able to donate 5,801 bags within a year which is the highest for 2019.
“Alam naman natin na iyong ating ginagawa ay [upang] hindi tayo maghabol ng pagkilala ng tao kundi ang mahalaga, makatulong tayo sa ating kapwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know that we are not doing this for the recognition but what is important is we are able to help our fellowmen in need)” according to MCGI representative Danny Navales.
The DOH has also awarded different government agencies, private sectors, and individuals who had huge contributions to the agency’s blood donation campaign.
“Voluntary blood donation is very important kasi ang dugo, hindi natin iyan nama-manufacture. Nakukuha lang natin ang dugo sa donasyon ng ating kapwa tao (because blood cannot be manufactured. We only get blood from our fellowmen),” according to Philippine Blood Center Medical Officer III Dr. April Charlotte Andal.
The DOH continues to encourage the public to donate blood.
The MCGI regularly conducts blood donation drives at all Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Centers across the country and abroad. This is part of the advocacy campaign of Brother Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of helping people in need.
“Kailan pa man at tayo’y binibigyan ng Panginoong Dios ng mabuting pagkakataon ay makaaasa ang ating mga kababayan na patuloy pa po nating palalaguin o pagyayabungin pa ang ganitong pagtulong sa kapwa (As long as God is giving us the opportunity, rest assured that we will continue to help others),” Navales said.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)
Season 7 third placer NHA Builders failed to defeat the defending champion AFP Cavaliers during their face off last Thursday with final score 86-84.
It will be recalled that the Cavaliers have beaten the Builders in the best of three semifinals series last season.
Former Letran Knights standouts Boyet Bautista and Air Man Jerry Lumongsod were hailed as Best Players of the Game with 17 points and 19 points a piece including a crucial 3-point shot from Lumongsod in the final one minute and 38 seconds for the AFP to get the lead, 83-80.
In the first quarter, the NHA Builders were ahead by 7 points against AFP, 19-12, led by Alvin Vitug who contributed 11 points that early.
But the AFP Cavaliers quickly recovered in the 2nd quarter and tied the game at 37 points.
And in the 3rd quarter, the AFP Cavaliers took the lead, 64-61.
The last period was a neck-to-neck bout as the games have tied many times.
NHA dominated the boards by 51 compared to 20 of AFP while the men in uniform assisted more, 14-9.
“It’s a hard-fought game, alam namin talaga na yung NHA malakas talaga yan since before dahil kumpleto rin sila. Siguro breaks of the game, sinuwerte lang kami noong huli,” AFP Cavaliers Corporal Sonny Manucat said.
NHA Builders Head Coach Benete Palad revealed, “Breaks din eh, hindi nagpapasok ang tira mga namin medyo napapabayan yung mga fastbreak nila, yung opensa nila pumasok yung mga three points. Medyo sinuwerte sila, overall maganda naman nilalaro ng players ko.”
In the other game, the rookie team DENR Warriors stayed undefeated after a triumphant bout over the Agriculture Food Masters, 94-85.
The Food Masters were leading over the DENR Warriors, in the first quarter and in 2nd quarter.
But in the 2nd half the DENR Warriors started to turn the game to their side as they took the lead at the end of the third period.
Aside from the tight defense of DENR, the bench players have stepped up too showing the depth of Warriors line up against the Food Masters.
“Sinabihan ko lang mga players ko na we have to remenber na we are playing as a team, if we continue individually tatambakan talaga tayo. Good thing, the team responded,” DENR Warriors Head Coach Dir. Norlito Eneran expressed.
“Noong nag-run na yung DENR ay nataranta na yung mga bata. Nawala na yung composure. Pero we lost to a better team,”Agriculture Food Masters Head Coach Rodney Santos said.
Ryan Abanes and Desiderio Ayson shined as the Best Players of the Game with 23 points and 18 points respectively.
Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao toppled the PhilHealth Plus with a 98-91 victory.
With this win, the Kamao now holds a 5-1-win loss record.
“Noong first half, wala kami depensa, binigay naming laro kaya ang tapos ng score ng first half 47-all. Sinabi ko lang sa dug out, Guys hindi yan laro natin. Kailangan nating dumipensa ng maayos, kailangan nating magsakrapisyo kung gusto nating manalo,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez revealed.
Next Sunday, December 01, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao will face PITC Global Traders in the main game of the triple header while the AFP Cavaliers will face former 2-time champion Judiciary Magis in the first game and the Agriculture Food Masters will take on the NHA Builders after.
Games will still be played at San Juan Knights Gym live starting at 2PM with telecast, webcast and live streaming at UNTV Cup’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. — Bernard Dadis
GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC Kamao def. PhilHealth Plus, 98-91
Malacañang-PSC 98 – Dela Cuesta 20, Antonio 16, Javier 15, Besa 11, Jimenez 11, Roque 8, Javier 6, Punzalan 4, Gadong 3, Garrido 2, Ignario 2
After the recently concluded ASOP Year 8 on November 10, there is a new challenge for composers who want to participate in the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 9.
The song ‘Sa ‘Di Mabilang Na Tala’, written by Carlo David and interpreted by Gidget Dela Llana, was hailed as the ASOP Year 8 winner.
For the upcoming ASOP Festivals, International Televangelist and the man behind the concept of ASOP, Bro. Eli Soriano calls on composers to write a song that can be sung by the whole Christian community.
“Let us create songs na hindi para lang sana sa individual singers, parang sa group singing, para bang congregational song (Let us create song that are not just for individual singers but also for group singing, like a congregational song),” he said.
He also prepared to increase the grand prize for the next ASOP Festivals.
“I will share some of my hard-earned money. Kung mayroon sanang magandang awit na pang congregational, I will come up with P2 million grand prize sa susunod nating mga ASOP (If there is a good congregational song, I will come up with P2 million grand prize for the next ASOP [Festivals]),” he added.
Meanwhile, ASOP resident judge Mon Del Rosario said the new concept for the upcoming ASOP competition is challenging and exciting at the same time.
“That is a good direction, dahil nga competition ito, may tendency ang mga songwriter na sumulat ng mga competition type na mga kanta (Because this is a competition, there is a tendency for songwriters to write competition-type songs),” Del Rosario said.
Del Rosario said they will adjust the mechanics of the competition to fit congregational songs in the ASOP Music Festival.
To participate in the ASOP Festival visit the program’s social media websites and asoptv.com—AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)
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