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UNTV Cup Opens Season 2, Jam-packs the Big Dome

02/12/2014

Thousands of basketball-charity enthusiasts gathered to witness the grand opening ceremony of UNTV Cup Season 2 on February 11, filling the 16,500-seater Smart-Araneta Coliseum to the brim.

The crowd was fired up when the teams and its star players were introduced during the parade of colors.

Ten agencies are vying for this season’s P1-million peso top prize which will be donated to the winning team’s chosen charity foundation.

Returning teams include first season’s champion Judiciary Magis, the Philippine National Police (PNP Responders), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP Cavaliers), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA Black Wolves), PhilHealth Advocates, and Department of Justice (DOJ Avengers).

The LGU/Congress combined team last season has split up to represent their own agencies, the Local Government Units (LGU Vanguards) and House of Representatives (HOR Solons).

Newbie teams, Senate Defenders and Malacañang Patriots, are also hopeful contenders this season.

UNTV is Your Public Service Channel


BMPI-UNTV Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon thanked God, the participants, and the supporters  for making UNTV Cup  Season 2 a success.

The crowd whistled and applauded as Kuya Daniel’s said that “Every game day is people’s day.”

He explained that the public can receive assistance of their concerns from the participating agencies during the games. People can go to the game venue where booths are also put up and where each agency’s representatives can attend to their problems or provide information they need about the agency and its services.

“Like what we always say, we only have one goal which is to always think on how we can deliver public service, because UNTV is Your Public Service Channel,” the veteran broadcaster added.

The Goal Behind Hard Court Plays


Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI), moved the crowd with his inspirational speech about the goal behind the basketball-charity tournament.

Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International said, that the effort is for the benefit of others, saying, “this is a project for the sake of others and not for our own advantage, and the primary example of this inspired act of kindness is our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International said, that the effort is for the benefit of others, saying, “this is a project for the sake of others and not for our own advantage, and the primary example of this inspired act of kindness is our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rovic Balunsay | Photoville International)

He cited the Bible explaining that Christ, being the heir of all things, humbled himself, endured, and worked not for His own gain but for the welfare of others.

“I hope that you continue to support us as you always do to support Brother Daniel’s project,” Bro. Eli remarked. 

UNTV Cup Season 2: Let the Game Begin


The Season 2 was officially opened by Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co announcing the two teams to play the first game of the season, the Senate Defenders and HOR Solons. Kuya Daniel led the ceremonial toss.

The hard court excitement heated up as the first game showdown kicked off between the two legislative teams.

The game tied at 20-all in the first quarter but the Solons made consecutive shots in the second quarter and made it on the lead at halftime, 42-41.

But the Defenders quickly managed to build strong defenses and offenses in the third quarter securing the lead with 62-55 score. It kept its advantage until the final quarter and won the game, 83-74.

Retired PBA player Kenneth Duremdes steered the Defenders to a win and received the Best Player of the Game.

(Written By: Carmi Tongol-Anecito)

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