Manila, Philippines [8/31/2016] The opening of the UNTV Cup Season 5 and the arrival of basketball enthusiasts flooded at the Mall of Asia Arena on August 29th 2016. For this season, 13 teams will vie for the championship title and their chosen charity.
A crowd of excited fans arrived early to get the best seats and to meet up close and personal of their favorite team players. The crowd outside the MOA, cheering their and singing as they waited for the gates to open.
In anticipation of the much-awaited opening, singers Jay R and Jed Madela serenade the crowd on their current hit singles. On the lighter side, AJ and Le Chazz entertains the crowd with their funny tag lines. Both a veteran in stand-up comedy.
The introduction of the 13 groups is followed by Fortunato “Atoy” Co’s announcement with minor changes consist of 2 groups. Here as follows:
Ombudsman Graft Busters
DOJ Justice Boosters
Welcome the new team, the BOC (Bureau of Customs) Transformers which is supported by Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Marlou Aquino also joins the team joining fellow veteran Kenneth Duremdes.
A ceremonial toss between the AFP Cavaliers and the Senate Defenders’ start of the opening game. On the first 2 quarters, both teams are having a hard time making points. AFP won the first game with a score of 85- 71.
Pasay City, Philippines. The long wait is finally over as UNTV Cup Season 4 opens at SM Mall Of Asia Arena on August 24, 2015, Pasay City. The event is highlighted by introducing the teams from different branch of the government.
APF Cavaliers, BFP Fire Fighters, DOJ Justice Boosters, GSIS Furies, House of Representatives Solons, Malacanang Patriots, NHA Builders, MMDA Blackwolves, PNP Responders, The Senate Defenders, The Judiciary Magis.
The Ombudsman Graftbusters were added to the line up of the players. Expect the best game plays and best moves for this season has to offer.
Johnedel Cardel of the Blackwolves used to play for the Negros Slashers (Metropolitan Basketball Association); Warren Ibanez of the Judiciary Magis (former player of the Red Bull Barako); Boyet Bautista (former player of Harbour Center Batang Pier, PBL)– pointguard, AFP Cavaliers.
Veteran players like Arnold Gamboa, Gerald Francisco and Kiko Adriano for the HOR Solons (House of Representatives) , Jeffrey Sanders of MMDA Blackwolves, Kenneth “Captain Marbel” Duremdes, Don “the Hammer” Camaso at Potch Juinio of Malacanang Patriots.
“Mga kasangbahay, sa bawat participation nyo po at pagpunta ninyo sa mga ganitong activities, nagiging bahagi po ng pagtulong sa ating kapwa-tao. Ito po ay hindi para sa mga sarili ng mga naglalaro. Maraming salamat po sa pag participate ng ating mga teams dahil alam natin na, this is for a noble cause at kami po ay nakikiisa na magpagod para makapag bigay tayo ng tulong sa lahat nating mga kapwa-tao na nangangailangan.”
“To our kasangbahay and everyone who participated in these activities serves as an opportunity to help, not for themselves, but for our fellowmen. I would like to thank all the teams who participated for this noble cause to help the needy.” — Kuya Daniel Razon
Edward Joseph “E.J.” Feihl used to play for the PBA Team Ginebra. He stands 7’1” – tallest Filipino player to play at the PBA. He was included in The Ombudsman Graftbusters.
The MMDA Blackwolves beat the Judiciary Magis, 76-56. Still injured, Don Camaso and John Hall of Magis is missed by the fans for their good plays.
“Naniniwala po kami na ang isang bagay na nagpaginhawa sa kalooban ng isang kapwa-tao, yun po ay nakapagpapasaya sa Dios. Pagka po ang isang tao ay naaawa sa isang mahirap o tumutulong sa isang mahirap, is tantamount na parang napapautang natin ang Dios. Yun ang sinasabi sa aklat ng Kawikaan, ang naaawa sa dukha, nagpapautang sa Panginoon. Kaya parang naiisip ko, na yung mga naglalaro – mga senador, mga taong kilala sa lipunan, siguro bawat dribol nun, pag nanalo siya, dinonate yung kanyang napanalunan sa mga nangangailangan, parang nagpautang na siya sa Dios. At pagka ang Dios ang nagkautang, nagbabayad Siya. Kung magbayad ang Dios, maka- pupong mahigit kaysa sa ating ginawa. Yun po ang sinasabi sa kasulatan. “ — Bro. Eli Soriano
“We believe that a chance to ease the pain of our fellowmen pleases God. To feel some pity or the urge to help the helpless, to the needy is tantamount to lending to God. In the book of Proverbs, it says, he who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord.In my thoughts, those senators, those well-known in the society … in every dribble, in every win, they would donate it to the needy, it is like lending to the Lord. And if God pays, he pays more than what you have given, more than what you have done for Him. That is written in the scriptures.” — Bro. Eli Soriano
The opening of the UNTV Cup Season 4 is one of the highlights of the 11TH anniversary of UNTV themed UNTV Live Bigger,a two-day celebration.
AFP Cavaliers’ Paulino Fernandez and PNP Responders’ Ollan Omiping scored the first 2 points and a fade away shot. A back to back 3 point shot by Alvin Zuniga as the PNP fumbles in a transition. Eugene Tan added another 3 points with 3 minutes remaining, a score of 16-4 in favor of the Cavaliers and finishing the second quarter with 18-7.
The Cavaliers dominated the 2nd quarter, 22-7 making it the lowest game score. AFP used a man to man guard and a full body contact to stop the Responders from scoring. Omiping made 2 free throws but Alvin Zuniga steals the ball from the running game of the Responders. With 21 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 steals and a block at the second quarter, the Cavaliers stopped the defense of the Responders. The final minutes of the 3rd quarter, the Responders crashed down to a 22 point lead by the AFP Cavaliers with a score of 59-37.
Center Jeffrey Quiambao, Ian San Esteban, Roger Araneta and Eugene Tan also played their best at the crunch time while Alvin Zuniga boxing his way through the net as the score of 75-52 with less than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The 4th quarter ended with 75-64 as the Cavaliers’ 43 rebounds, 10 assists, 9 steals and 5 blocks.
“Ang atin na ngayong magiging grand prize for the champion na mapupunta sa kanilang charitable institution of their choice, its either AFP or PNP, ang mangyayari, ang atin ng grand prize ngayon ay instead of 1 million ay magiging 1.5 million. So instead na 500,000 naman po yung sa runner up ay ginawa na po ni Jerry Panghulan na 650. Good luck to AFP and PNP. May the best team win. “
— Kuya Daniel Razon
… dahil sa collective effort coming from all of these people, itong team AFP Cavaliers na ito, we manage and secure the game and we will be back again in game 3, that’s a promise.”
— Alvin Zuniga, Best Player of the Game
“Kagaya ng sinasabi ko palagi sa mga tao ko, let us start practicing. Kung ano yung mga lapses natin, i-recover natin, kagaya ng paghahanda namin, itong coming week, maghahanda pa rin kami to refresh yung aming mga players dun sa aming mga plays na ginagawa. At nakita ko na very commited ang aking mga players ngayon kaya una pa lang binanatan na namin.”
— Coach Alfredeo Cayco, AFP Cavaliers
MMDA Band opens the UNTV Cup 2 Finals hosted by Ryan Ramos and Rheena Villamor.
An exhibition game between Team Executive vs Team `Legislators welcomes the first game. Captain Yamamoto and Sec. Joel Villanueva rallied at the last minute of the second quarter but the Legislators fought back to gain the lead. Team Manager of the Legislators, Senator Ralph Recto, Cong. Neil Tupas and Senator Sonny Angara also played their best plays. The tight ball game between the Executives and the Legislators final score, 66-65 in favor of the Legislators.
On June 8, 2014 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the two teams will fight for the coveted title for UNTV Cup Season 2 Finals is on.
Pasig City, Philippines — The first tap of the ball goes to the PNP Responders as the second game at the Ynares Sports Arena is once again attended by the supporters of both teams.
The first quarter is a close game fight with a 19-16 score in favor of the PNP Responders. Harold Sta. Cruz had been a factor for the PNP’s team’s stability in terms of defense inside the basket. The defense force of the Responders plays a critical factor against the Cavaliers. Forcing AFP to play outside the 3 point area wherein the Cavaliers lost its flow of shooting range. They took advantage to play a man to man game. Rebounders for Cavaliers injured their scoring and committed a back to back lapse and forced turnovers in the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Cramming for the ball of the PNP and a superb defense of the Responders, as Yanquiling played as the stopper for the Cavaliers’ running game. The collaboration of the coaches and players’ strategic play made easy for the players to find an open spot to go for the score.
The offensive play of the AFP Cavaliers is low with its impatient players under the basket. Boxing off the ball is the main problem of the Cavaliers. Their transition game and inconsistent shooting range outside and the lack of scorers under the basket paved way as the Respondents took advantage to a back to back score.
Through end of the second half, 33-28 as the PNP Responders scores ahead of the Cavaliers. 3rd quarter
In the first minute of the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers had sliced the lead of the Responders by one point forcing a turn over and another at the transition play of the Cavaliers. AFP’s running game is answered by the Cavaliers and converting every play into points. 2 minutes in the end of the 3rd quarter, the 3 point shot by the Cavaliers is quickly answered by a quick lay-up by the Responders; ending in a 41-41 score at the end of the 3rd quarter crunch game. 4th quarter
Eugene Tan fires a 3 point shot at the 4th quarter. But De la Cruz blasted a critical 3 point shot and an unconverted 3 point shot attempt by the Cavaliers. Abaya of the PNP snapped a 3 point shot basket leading them to 5 point lead, 42-47 in favor of the Responders.
A short jump by Casulla cuts the lead but the fast break offense of the Responders ignited as an unselfish pass of Japhet Cabahug for an easy 2 for Abaya and Casulla cut the lead by 3. But the unstoppable Ollan Omiping blasted an important 3 point shot for a 6 point Responders lead.
Coming from a 9 minute time out, cramming and uncoordinated play for the AFP lead to a disastrous game for the Cavaliers and a total of 14 fouls for the team Cavaliers. An assist and a fake pass of Cabahug resulted an easy 2 to Misola for the Responders.
The corner play of the AFP Cavaliers had anticipated by the PNP Responders for a fast transition, thus, frustration of the AFP Cavaliers resulted the 3 point shot of Ollan Omiping – 2 tripples in the 2nd half. Zuniga tried a 3 point clutch but the ball did not score.
Harold Sta. Cruz with a free shot and a 15 point rebound. Last two minutes play with a score 66-54 lead by the Responders. Cabahug with 5 assist and less than a minute, Cabahug scored another point and a free throw. The game ended with a score of 74-64 win of the #PNP Responders.
Pasig City, Philippines — PNP Responders at the finals. On June 15, 2014, Sunday afternoon, fans of both MMDA and PNP eagerly awaited and anticipated the knockout games of #UNTV Cup Season 2 Finals at the Ynares Sports Complex.
PNP ‘s energy shook the Blackwolves taking advantage to the unforced errors of the MMDA Blackwolves at an early fight. PNP lead throughout the game and after the 3rd quarter, the Responders’ 9 point lead prevails against the Blackwolves.
Ollan Omiping took two difficult shots at the first quarter fast break offense. A 36-17 in favor of PNP. The second quarter offensive rebound of Omiping is a major factor for MMDA’s most turnovers. MVP Ollan ‘the Sniper’ Omiping is the best player of the game.
The second half had been a running game for the MMDA Black Wolves down with a 17 point lead against the Responders . The PNP Responders dominated and ending the game with a 13 point lead.
Ollan Omiping blasted another 3 point shot with a dance. With a total of 31 points and 4 assist, Omiping lead the Responders. Harold Sta. Cruz with 14 rebounds and 4 steals and Jay Mann Misola with 3 blocks respectively.
The second season of the UNTV Cup, PNP Responders had chosen PNP Special Educational Assistance Program as their beneficiary. According to PSSupt. Tomas Colet Apolinario, Chief Morale and Welfare Division, by giving financial assistance to their 465 students (scholars) as beneficiaries, this would help these less fortunate to continue their studies for the betterment of the families left by the policemen at duty.
DO or DIE GAME of AFP Cavaliers against Judiciary Magistrates
The close game between the Cavaliers and the Magistrates had made the bench of both teams hardly sat on because of the head to head fight. The second quarter finishes off with a 38-36 score in favor of the AFP Cavaliers.
On the 3rd half, Don Camaso was ejected with 2 technical fouls. This would mean an ejection of a player to a game. The 3rd quarter left a 1-point lead of the Judiciary against the Magis.
With seconds away from the end game, a turnover by the Magistrates as the Cavaliers pressed pressure. The tight game between two teams resulted a collision between Don Camaso of the Judiciary Magis against Alvin Zuniga of the AFP Cavaliers.
[referees discuss the clash between Alvin Zuniga and Don Camaso]
The top players headed by the AFP Cavaliers’ Rolando Pascual with 24 points and 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Eugene Tan with 8 assists and Alvin Zuniga with 2 steals. With the Judiciary Magis, Don Camaso scored 22 points, 12 rebounds and 1 block. Julius Caesar Rabino with 2 assists and 3 steals and F. Salamat with 3 assists.
[ Photo credit: UNTV Cup Season 2 ]
This is a do or die game more than what the audience expected. A close game fight vie for the finals night to be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The AFP Cavaliers’ beneficiary AFPEBSO (Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office ) fulfilling its slogan, “Leaving No Soldiers’ Orphan Behind. Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon took time to watch this close fight game. AFP Cavaliers will be facing the PNP Responders in the best of 3 championship games. Expect the best of the best games at the finals.