UNTV gives P3-M to the PBA Legends Foundation in “Return of the Rivals” game

UNTV News   •   February 19, 2019   •   4690

Participants of the Return of the Rivals basketball game for a cause receive the P3,000,000 cash donation of UNTV led by Kuya Daniel Razon as addition to the seed fund of PBA Legends Foundation for the benefit of former professional basketball players who are in need. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) greatest players of all time returned to the hard-court Sunday night in a one-of-a-kind basketball-for-a-cause event.

Basketball fans and PBA supporters were excited to witness their “old-time, all-time” favorites dribble, pass, and shoot the ball at the Big Dome.

The four big rivaling PBA teams — Alaska versus San Miguel, and Ginebra versus Purefoods — battled in “The Return of the Rivals”, a project of the PBA Legends Foundation.

“Magandang adhikain na makalikom ng pera, makatulong sa mga dating manlalaro na kapag medyo dumating ang may karamdaman, may pangangailangan, matutulungan natin sila,” said PBA Legends Foundation chairman, Fortunato “Atoy” Co.

(It’s for a noble cause of raising money that will be used to help former players for when they get sick and in need.)

UNTV, led by its President / CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, gave the PBA Legends Foundation P 3 million after the two hardcourt matches.



The Legends expressed their gratitude for being part of the charitable endeavor.

“Siyempre para makaipon ito, para makatulong tayo sa iba, ito rin yung mas masarap na pakiramdam,” says The Tower of Power Benjie Paras.

(Raising funds to help others feels good.)

Purefoods’ “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio said, “Lalo na Manila Clasico ang game ngayon, Thank you sa UNTV, PBA for the successful Return of the Rivals.”

While “The Flash” Bal David added, “Baka dumating na kami naman yung matulungan, so ibibigay namin ang lahat ng aming makakaya naming makatulong kami sa foundation namin,”

(There might come a time when we would be the ones to needing help, so we will do our best to contribute to our foundation.)

“The Flash” Bal David together with legends of the probably one of the most popular basketball team in history listen to the face of Ginebra franchise, former playing coach Robert Jaworski as they plot their way to victory just like the old times during the Return of the Rivals charity games organized by the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

Alaska’s “Mr. Clutch” Jojo Lastimosa expressed, “It’s just nice to be a part of something na we are giving back to our fellow players, ex-players. This is a very worthy cause naisipan nila Atoy, Allan, big kudos to them. Congratulations to UNTV and Kuya Daniel for being a part of this whole program, I know this is only a beginning.”

(It’s just nice to be a part of something that we are giving back to our fellow players, ex-players. This is a very worthy cause. Atoy and Allan thought of this, big kudos to them. Congratulations to UNTV and Kuya Daniel for being a part of this whole program, I know this is only a beginning.)

According to Kuya Daniel Razon, supporting the PBA Legends does not end here.

(Left-Right Front) PBA Legend Ramon “The El Presidente” Fernandez, BMPI-UNTV President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon, former Senator and PBA Legend Robert Jaworski, PBA Legends Foundation Chairman Fortunato “Atoy” Co and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial; (Left-Right Back) PBA Legends Ed Cordero and The Triggerman Allan Caidic. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

“Ang ating ginawa ngayon sa Return of the Rivals ng PBA Legends is pagsuporta natin doon sa kanilang foundation na tinulungan din natin na ma-organize sa tulong ng Dios. Naumpisan na yung kanilang foundation, after nun ito na ngang follow-up projects para magkaroon naman sila ng funding para dun sa mga dating manlalaro ng basketball na kailangang tulungan, medical assistance at iba’t ibang bagay pa na pwedeng maitulong pa sa kanila noong mismong foundation ng mga basketbolista,” BMPI President and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon said.

(The Return of the Rivals of the PBA Legends is our support to their foundation which we are reinforcing to be organized, with God’s help. Their foundation has been kick-started. After that are follow-up projects for them to have funding for the benefit of the former basketball players who need help, medical assistance, and other things which we could do to help the basketball players’ foundation.)

The concept of creating a foundation for retired basketball players began in 2015.

It was introduced in a charity game between the PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup all stars in April 2015.

The game was a fundraiser organized to give assistance to Avelino “Samboy” “The Skywalker” Lim Junior, who slipped into a coma after collapsing at a game in November 2014.

UNTV gave one million pesos to the foundation as assistance to Samboy Lim.

It was followed by another one million pesos which Kuya Daniel Razon gave as seed money of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyunal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas which is now called the PBA Legends Foundation.

Win or lose, though rivals on the hardwood, the PBA Legends were able to show their unity, collaboration, and solidarity which can never be withered by time. — NEL MARIBOJOC / UNTV News and Rescue

GMK hosts hailed as ‘Best Morning Show Hosts’ at PMPC Star Awards for TV

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—All hosts of UNTV’s morning show ‘Good Morning, Kuya’ (GMK) were hailed as ‘Best Morning Show Hosts’ at the 34th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television held on Sunday (October 17).

UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon, Angela Lagunzad, Angelo ‘Diego’ Castro III, Rheena Villamor, Barba-Cabodil-De Vera, Dr. Joseph Lee, and Dr. Bong Santiago have proven their dedication in providing morning entertainment and valuable information.

The recognition is based on content and on-air programming aired last 2019. The awards night had been delayed due to the pandemic but was eventually held digitally last Sunday.

Razon expressed his gratitude to the PMPC for the said recognition.

“Thank you for this award. It is with pleasure that I, on behalf of Good Morning Kuya co-hosts, received this wonderful recognition. I believe that PMPC knows and recognizes the many works that come into broadcasting a show,” he said.

“This award means a lot to the show and to the rest of the cast of Good Morning Kuya. I’d like to mention my appreciation to my co-hosts who have been there day-in and day-out, and the men and women who are working relentlessly in ensuring that the show airs daily. I appreciate all your hard work and dedication. Most importantly, thank God for this and to God be the Glory,” he added.

GMK airs every Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on UNTV and other social media platforms. AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

PBA team owner donates P50K for Crispa’s Atoy Co jersey

Maris Federez   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc. and owner of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Black Water Elite has donated P50,000 to the PBA Legends Foundation Inc., in exchange for a framed, signed epic jersey of Atoy Co.

Fortunato “Atoy” Co, Jr was one of the star players of then Crispa Redmanizers, the arch-rival of Toyota Super Diesels in the 1970s up to the early part of the 1980s.

Co wore the yellow Crispa jersey back in the PBA 1981 season when the Redmanizers won the Reinforced All Filipino Conference, the height of the Crispa-Toyota rivalry.

Atoy’s most prolific game that season was on July 7, 1981 when he scored 35 points in a 133-118 victory over Toyota.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation strives to continue helping its members.  Last April, it launched its collectible jersey project which was aimed at raising funds to continue helping PBA veterans during the difficult times brought by the crisis.

It was in this project that Sy saw Atoy’s jersey and subsequently pledged P50,000 to the Foundation in exchange for it.

Co, who chairs the PBA Legends Foundation, personally delivered the framed jersey to Sy’s office and received the donation of the latter in a simple exchange on Friday, May 28.

The PBA Legends Foundation, Inc. was created in 2017 with the seed money of P1-million donated by UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon that paved the way for the Foundation to reach out to and link with former PBA players who have automatically become its members. —/mbmf

‘Behind the Wishper’ virtual concert pays tribute to Wish 107.5 innovator, donates gadgets to deserving students

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — All-hits FM radio station, Wish 107.5 on Sunday (December 20) took “wishers’” and fans all over the world to a journey into its inception and success while being serenaded by some of the top Filipino artists in a virtual concert entitled “Behind the Wishper.”

OPM A-listers such as KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Morisette Amon, Bugoy Drilon, balladeer Marco Sison, the Wishfuls , The Juans among other special guests performed during the special digital concert streamed live on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel.

The artists paid homage to Kuya Daniel Razon, the station’s innovator — and the voice behind the station’s “voiceprint”— for conceptualizing a unique platform for singers and composers of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), to showcase their talent not only in the Philippines but in the international music scene.

“It feels good na mayroong [Wish 107.5] na sobra ang support sa OPM. Hindi lang sa malalaking singers. Talagang open ang pinto ninyo for the new breeds to show their music,” said snger-composer Yeng Constantino.

Singer Bugoy Drilon echoed the same sentiment: “Sobrang malaki ang naitulong ng (Wish 107.5) kasi nagbigay sila ng avenue sa Filipino talents around the world.”

“Not only mainstream but even underground, they all deserve na marinig ang talent nila at music nila and (Wish 107.5) gave it to them, to us,” he added. Bugoy celebrated his 10th year anniversary in the industry with a first solo concert organized by Wish 107.5 in 2018.

Part of last night’s concert was a look back at the station’s charitable endeavors among which is the Wish Music Awards where winning artists are given the chance to help their chosen charities.

“The reason why Wish 107.5 is getting bigger and bigger kumbaga mas marami pang blessings na natatanggap ang Wish 107.5 is because they never forget to give back and to pay it forward,” noted Asia’s soul supreme, KZ Tandingan.

KZ was the first Filipino artist to perform at the Dubai World Trade Center which was made possible through Wish 107.5. She was proud to note how her Wishclusive videos helped her land a spot in a singing competition in China. The experience was an important milestone in the artist’s career.

During the concert, the station distributed 107 tablets to student beneficiaries for their online classes.

“Sabi ko nga mas blessed iyong feeling na nakaka-bless din tayo ng ibang tao kasi the fact na mayroon tayong abilidad at may pagkakataon tayong makatulong. Sobrang thankful ako na ginagawa ng Wish iyon kasi nagkakaroon kami ng venue para makatulong din sa iba,” said singer Daryl Ong who was hailed Wish Male Artist of the Year in 2016.

Like most wishers, the artists expressed their gratitude to Kuya Daniel for breathing new life into Filipino music through digital media and paving the way for OPM into the global airwaves.

“I think that’s the reason why a lot of artists love to always come back to Wish 107.5 kasi kay Kuya Daniel pa lang ang sarap na palagi ng trato. He respects you as an artist and as an individual,” noted KZ

“Thank you again for all your efforts, for your vision of Filipino music, for putting Filipino musicians and artists sa harapan ng publiko para makita nila kung gaano kaganda ang ating sariling musika,” said national artist for music, Ryan Cayabyab who wished Kuya Daniel more wisdom and more innovations ahead for OPM.

After the special concert, Wish 107.5 announced the next big project happening on January 15, 2021 — the 6th Wish Music Awards. Nominations for favorite artists officially opened on November 9, 2020.

As an added milestone, “Behind the Wishper” concert trended at number one spot with the hashtag #BehindTheWISHper on Philippine trends logging 14,400 tweets on Twitter.

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