A jam-packed Araneta crowd witness the opening ceremonies of UNTV Cup Season 6. (Photo by Louie Banao)
In the midst of a worsening weather due to Tropical Depression Maring, the first-charity basketball league in the country, UNTV Cup, unwrapped its 6th season to a huge crowd of basketball fans inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City last Tuesday.
“We’re looking forward to a more energetic UNTV Cup Season 6 because of the additional teams and hopefully we can help more charitable groups for each participating government agencies,” said BMPI president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon — the brains behind UNTV Cup.
BMPI president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon delivers his speech at the opening of UNTV Cup Season 6. (Photo by Lian San Miguel Opol)
He added that even though the participating teams have yet to win, they already have something to give to their chosen charitable institutions.
Meanwhile, the main sponsor of the league, Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International, delivered his opening remarks.
“Naniniwala po kasi kami na na ang paggawa ng mabuti, laging ang bunga nito ay mabuti. Mabuti sa tao na gumagawa at mabuti rin doon sa ginagawa niya ng kabutihan,” (We believe that doing good will always bear good fruit: good blessings to the person who is doing it and to the person he’s doing it for.) said Bro. Eli.
Teams line up during the opening rites of UNTV Cup Season 6 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Photo by Lian San Miguel Opol)
A total of 14 participating teams from various government agencies will battle it out for supremacy as they try to dethrone the defending champion, Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders.
Returning teams are GSIS Furies, former champion AFP Cavaliers, Judiciary Magis, Ombudsman Graftbusters, Senate Defenders, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, DOJ Justice Boosters, BFP Firefighters, and NHA Builders.
New teams for this season are the Department of Agriculture (DA) Foodmasters, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Drug Busters, DOH Health Achievers and the Commission on Audit (CA) Enablers.
Each team has their chosen beneficiary, with the grand champion guaranteed of winning a cash prize of P4 million.
Performances from Sassa Dagdag and Jason Dy of The Voice Philippines, A Song of Praise winning interpreter Mela and Angel Misstres from Asia’s Got Talent graced the lively opening rites together with a dance number from the Breakthrough and Milestone Productions (BMPI) Dancers.
By: John Kenneth Jaramilla