Camaraderie and Charity: The two faces of the 1st UNTV Cup
Ball instead of papers and scripts, jersey instead of barong and flashy fashion, basketball court instead of offices and taping venues – witness the transforming faces of some Public Servants and Celebrities tonight as UNTV Cup opens its first season at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Like the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), UNTV Cup is going to be a league on TV. UNTV Cup, however, is not a game-for-profit but a game for charity. Seven public servants teams will play for their chosen charitable institution.
Kuya Daniel Razon, the man behind UNTV Cup, said that the league is to give public servants a chance for camaraderie and at the same time to help their chosen foundation with their prize. The champion and first runner-up will win 1 million pesos and 500 thousand pesos for their beneficiaries.
The seven teams to compete for the first season include the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Justice (DOJ), Judiciary, PhilHealth, and the Congress/Local Government Units (LGU). Two of the 14 celebrity players will join each team of public servants.
It can be recalled that Kuya Daniel started this basketball for charity game last year with Sing and Shoot 1 and 2. The two series were held for the full scholarships of hundreds of La Verdad Christian College students.
Written by Kristine Castro