Quezon City, Philippines (September 11, 2017) – Expect more action-packed games as new teams enter the sixth season of UNTV Cup, a unique basketball tournament for a cause, which is about to start tonight, September 12, 2017 (6 pm) at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The league aims to gather public servants from the Philippine government to play basketball for charity.

UNTV Cup promises more excitement with the entry of four new teams from the Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Meanwhile, Bureau of Customs (BOC), House of Representatives (HOR) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have decided to skip the race.

UNTV Cup Season 6 participating teams. Photo courtesy of UNTV Cup.

For this season, the league of will be giving away a total of Php 8.5 million worth of cash donations, all tax-free, to more than 17 charitable institutions selected by participating government agencies.

The team who will emerge victorious will bring home the championship trophy and Php 4 million top prize. Php 2 million, Php 1 million and Php 500,000 will be given to second, third and fourth placers, respectively. The rest of the teams will still get Php 100,000.

File photo: UNTV Cup Season 6 will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of UNTV Cup.

UNTV Cup Season 5 champion Philippine National Police (PNP) got Php 4 million for the Police Community Relations Group’s (PCRG) “Drug Rehabilitation Program.”

Second placer Malacañang Kamao got Php 2 million for a group of cancer patients and Millennium Sports Support System Association, Inc.

Two-time champions Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine Judiciary will try their best to regain their titles.

Completing the list of strong contenders are Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), National Housing Authority (NHA), Office of the Ombudsman and Senate of the Philippines.

Regular games will be held every Sunday at 2 pm with a live telecast via UNTV News and Rescue.

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Opening Ceremonies

UNTV-Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon and UNTV-BMPI Vice President for Administration Gerry Panghulan together with UNTV Cup Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co, are expected to welcome guests, officials and participating teams in front of the huge crowd at the Big Dome.

File Photo: Jump ball led by UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon. Photo courtesy of UNTV Cup.

There will be a drawing of lots among the 13 participating teams to determine which group will be facing last season’s champ PNP Responders.

Comedienne Angel Misstres and music artists Sassa Dagdag, Carmela “Mela” Ravanilla and Jason Dy were invited as guest performers during the opening night.

Gates will be opened at 4 pm and the program proper will start at 6 pm. There will be a delayed telecast at UNTV News and Rescue by 9 pm.

UNTV Cup Season 6 guest performers. Photo courtesy of UNTV Cup.

Participants and Beneficiaries

A total of 14 teams will participate in the UNTV Cup Season 6:

  1. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP Cavaliers) – AFP Educational Benefit System Office
  2. Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP Firefighters) – Philippine Science High School Foundation
  3. Commission on Audit (COA Enablers) – Caritas Novaliches, Inc.
  4. Department of Agriculture (DA Food Master)To be announced
  5. Department of Health (DOH Health Achievers) – Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko
  6. Department of Justice (DOJ Justice Boosters) – Department of Justice Employees’ Association, Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc. and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation, Inc.
  7. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS Furies) – Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS
  8. Malacanang-Philippine Sports Commission (Malacanang-PSC Kamao) – Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association, Inc.
  9. National Housing Authority (NHA Builders) – NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc.
  10. Office of the Ombudsman (Graft Busters) – Ombudsman Provident Fund
  11. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA Drug Busters) – Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs, (CCOPS-NGOs) Inc.
  12. Philippine Judiciary (Judiciary Magis)To be announced
  13. Philippine National Police (PNP Responders) – Association of Chiefs of Police of the Philippines, (ACPPI) Inc.
  14. Senate of the Philippines (Senate Defenders) –Khyte Foundation, Inc., Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc.

UNTV Cup

As conceptualized by veteran broadcaster Kuya Daniel Razon, UNTV Cup aims to promote camaraderie, brotherhood and sportsmanship among the participating government agencies through a basketball tournament.

The league has been supervised by Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co and Deputy Commissioner Ed Cordero since the first season, and games are regularly analyzed by veteran sports analyst and commentator Sev Sarmenta and retired PBA player and basketball legend Ronnie Magsanoc.

File photo: UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon conceptualized UNTV Cup, “Ang Liga ng Public Servants.” Photo courtesy of DanielRazon.com

Through the years, it has evolved into a more dynamic and exciting tournament giving participants the avenue to play basketball aired on national TV and in a world-class arena, alongside with the best professional players.

File photo: UNTV Cup Commissioner and PBA legend Fortunato “Atoy” Co. Photo courtesy of DanielRazon.com

On top of it is the joyous feeling of being instruments in helping someone in need through their chosen charities or beneficiaries.

File photo: International televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano is a major sponsor of UNTV Cup. He is the overall servant to Members Church of God International and host of the longest-running religious program in Philippine television, Ang Dating Daan. Photo credits to the respective owner.

The tournament’s cash prize pool given to the chosen charities has tremendously increased with the all-out support of Bro. Eli Soriano and Members Church of God International (MCGI).

UNTV Cup is only on its sixth year and hopes to continue in the years to come. [techthetruth]



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