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.