UNTV Cup Opening Ceremony Highlights
People from all walks of life gathered at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum to witness the opening ceremony of a first-of-its-kind basketball league aiming to unite local public service units and artists for a chance to give P1M as well as P500K to selected charity institutions. Grey clouds and drizzly weather did not prevent the crowd from filling the Big Dome. As early as 04:30 PM, people are already lined up in the red and green gates of the coliseum to get the best seats in the house. Here are some of the highlights of the evening’s UNTV Cup.
UNTV CUP’s Event Timeline
07:55 pm – The Philippine National Anthem performed by Birit Baby star, Shanne Velasco.
08:00 pm – Teatro Kristiano warmed up the crowd with an energetic dance number featuring Kuya Daniel Razon’s sons, Aaron and Joshua in the tune of PSY’s “Gentleman” and other medley hits.
08:05 pm – Hosts William Thio, Eagle Riggs and Angela Lagunzad welcomed guests and jumpstarted the opening ceremony’s parade of teams. The teams and their team members were introduced in the following order:
– Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
– Department of Justice (DOJ)
– Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
– Philippine National Police (PNP)
08:20 pm – PBA legend and current League Commissioner Atoy Co gave his speech.
08:33 pm – One of the proponents and main sponsor of the event, Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International gave his opening remarks, defining what the true meaning of public service is.
08:45 pm – Man of the hour, Kuya Daniel thanked each teams for giving their support for this league. He reiterated that each and every team represents a charitable institution that will benefit from the cash prize. The first two teams who will play were determined through draw-lots.
08:50 pm – First two teams to play were determined; DOJ versus AFP.
09:10 pm – Gretchen Espina, Jason Fernandez, Faith Cuneta and Gian Magdangal sang a medley of past and present UNTV themes.
09:15 pm – Shanne Velasco performed the hit single “Titanium” popularized by Sia Furler and David Guetta.
09:20 pm – The ballgame officially started. The ceremonial toss was led by Commissioner Atoy Co and Kuya Daniel Razon.
09:40 pm – The second quarter favored team AFP with an impressive lead.
09:59 pm – DOJ was trying to catch the lead of team AFP in the third quarter.
10:00 pm – Intermission number by Gretchen Espina singing “Habang May Buhay” followed by Faith Cuneta who performed the song “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin”.
10:28 pm – Both teams strove for good defense and run for layups.
10:42 pm – The first game of the season concluded. Watch the pilot airing of UNTV Cup on Sunday on UNTV to see who took home the first game victory.
The UNTV Cup will run until November and the championship game will still be held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Elimination games will take place in different venues and will be aired every Sunday on UNTV.
Written by Stacey Joyce Tee