FILE PHOTO: Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon during opening ceremony of UNTV Cup Season 5. (Kenji Hasegawa / Photoville International)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — UNTV Cup, the basketball league for a cause of “Mr. Public Service” Kuya Daniel Razon, is now on its sixth season. Four new teams will debut at the opening ceremony this Tuesday, September 12 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The new teams include the Commission on Audit (COA) Enablers, Department of Agriculture (DA) Food Masters, Department of Health (DOH) Health Achievers and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Drug Busters.
A total of P8.5 million worth of prizes are at stake this season: 1st Place: P4,000,000, 2nd Place: P2,000,000, 3rd Place: P1,000,000; 4th Place: P500,000; other participating teams: P100,000.
Each of the 14 participating teams will be representing its chosen charity / beneficiary to which the prize money will be donated:
1. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP Cavaliers) – Educational Benefit System Office
2. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP Firefighters) – Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc.
3. Department of Justice (Justice Boosters) – Department of Justice Employees’ Association, Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc. and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation Inc.
4. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS Furies) – Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS
5. Judiciary (Magis) – To follow
6. Malacanang-Philippine Sports Commission (Kamao) – Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc.
7. National Housing Authority (NHA Builders) – NHA Provident Fund Association Inc.
8. Philippine National Police (PNP Responders) – Association of Chiefs of Police of the Phils. (ACPPI) Inc.
9. Senate (Defenders) – Khyte Foundation, Inc. and Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion Inc.
10. Ombudsman (Graft Busters) – Ombudsman Provident Fund
11. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (Drug Busters) – Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs Inc. (CCOPS-NGOs Inc) (NEW)
12. Commission on Audit (Enablers) – Caritas Novaliches, Inc. (NEW)
13. Department of Agriculture (Food Masters) – To follow (NEW)
14. Department of Health (Health Achievers) – Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko (NEW)
The league has been supervised by Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co and Deputy Commissioner Ed Cordero since season 1, and games are regularly analyzed by veteran sports analyst Sev Sarmenta and basketball legend Ronnie Magsanoc.
UNTV Cup’s main sponsor is Bro. Eli Soriano of the Ang Dating Daan and Members, Church of God International.
The gates of The Big Dome this Tuesday will be open at 4PM and the program will start at 6PM with performances by Sassa Dagdag, Jason Dy, Mela and Angel Misstres. — UNTV News & Rescue