The former players of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), dubbed as PBA Legends, had expressed their gratitude to BMPI-UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon for organizing a charity basketball game dedicated to PBA legend Samboy ‘Skywalker’ Lim.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – It was during the SKYWALKER Exhibition Game at the #UNTVCupFinals3 when the PBA Legends reunited for the first time and to play again on the hardcourt for a noble cause. They were there to help and support the medical needs of their friend and former co-player Samboy Lim who is now recovering after being hospitalized following a collapse from a basketball game last year. The Exhibition Game was held at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on April, 28, 2015.
UNTV donates 1 million pesos for Samboy Lim
Samboy Lim and his family had expressed their gratitude to Razon and to UNTV Cup through his Facebook post. He was grateful for the help and support. A 1M proceed from UNTV Cup Skywalker Exhibition Game was given to Samboy’s Lim family.
PBA Legends also expressed their gratitude and overwhelming praises to Kuya Daniel Razon and to UNTV Cup organizers:
PBA LEGEND RONNIE MAGSANOC: “We expressed gratitude to the whole UNTV Cup family thru the leadership of Kuya Daniel Razon who gave help for the family of Samboy Lim.”
PBA LEGEND ATOY CO: “First we thank Kuya Daniel because he was the one who thought of the idea. And the UNTV cup is a charitable tournament.”
PBA LEGEND MON HERNANDEZ: “It’s very timely. I hope this will bring awareness to others to help those in need. And I commend my hats to Kuya Daniel!”
PBA LEGEND ALLAN CAIDIC: “It makes us happy because some volunteered to participate even though they were not a team of Samboy. Some were not even close to him but they are here for him.”
PBA LEGEND ED CORDERO: “As colleagues of Samboy one way or the other was very happy for the result of our reunion and for the help this will give to Samboy’s medical needs.”
PBA LEGEND BONG RAVENA: “It was good to help our friend who was once our team mate. also so we hope and pray for his recovery.”
PBA LEGEND JOJO LASTIMOSA: “This project is very important because it will help Samboy on his big monthly expenses. and given that large amount of money can ease a little bit of their expenses.”
PBA LEGEND NOLI LOCSIN: “This is the proof that we are solid and willing to help anybody.”
PBA LEGEND ALVIN TENG: “What we experience is the best, And it is all for Samboy Lim.”
Among the other PBA Legends present during the Skywalker Exhibition game including Alvin Patrimonio the Iron man of PBA 4 time MVP and Johnny Abarrientos, Allan Caidic, Gil Cortez, Bong dela Cruz, Freddie Hubalde, Bogs Adornado, Philip Cezar, Tonichi Yturri, Art Dela Cruz, Freddie Abuda, Franz Pumaren, Hector Calma, Jerry Codiñera, Nelson Asaytono, Pido Jarencio and last but not the least Olsen Racela.
A Foundation for PBA Players and Families
Following the Skywalker Exhibition Game, Kuya Daniel came up with the idea of setting up a foundation formed by PBA Legends for their benefit and their families.
“We have started talks with the group. Allan Caidic and I have also spoken. This is going to be the start of something bigger for all PBA players, so we are planning to come up with a foundation that will be formed by PBA Legends. It will have many projects, which will help them to sustain the support not only when former basketball players of the PBA players get sick but also the families of former basketball players in the Philippine Basketball Leagues that need help. ” -Kuya Daniel said during his interview on UNTV.
UNTV Cup Season 3 gave away a total of P5.450M to the chosen beneficiaries
During UNTV Cup Season 3 championship night, a total of 5, 450, 000 pesos was given away, all for charity.
The team Judiciary Magis was once again hailed as the champion of the cup season. They received 2M pesos for their chosen charity. While the team Malacañan Patriots was the 1st Runner Up. They received 1M pesos for their chosen charity. In the end all teams, were winners as they each received cash prizes for their chosen beneficiaries.
Here’s the complete details of each teams with their prizes and beneficiaries:
See their beneficiaries here:
P1-Million from the total cash proceeds were given to PBA Legend Samboy Lim as cash assistance for his recovery.
UNTV Cup is one of the many public services organized and continuously initiated by the multi-awarded broadcaster and journalist Mr. Public Kuya Daniel Razon, with the guidance and support of the well-known international televangelist, host of the multi-awarded international religious program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), Bro. Eli Soriano.
BRO. ELI SORIANO: “Hopefully, when it comes to public service let us set aside our personal agenda, beliefs, our religions, whoever we are, helping is impersonal, my countrymen, right? like what UNTV is doing, hence, we always support. Untv has been to many field of endeavors but we are not asking money in the streets. We work with dignity. Just like this UNTV Cup which is the brainchild of Bro. Daniel.”
KUYA DANIEL RAZON: “We are very thankful first to the Lord and to all the supporters. To all the players, teams who participated including the PBA Legends who joined us in this finals night, we are very thankful to all the supporters.”
“For certain, there will be more participants. An d we are looking forward to better things we can offer to charities chosen by participating teams .”
BRO. ELI SORIANO: “For UNTV Cup Season 4, I will be preparing my own help for charity institutions which we are going to help in Season 4. Like what Kuya Daniel said, this is continuous.”
WATCH: UNTV Cup 3 Finals: Skywalker Exhibition FULL GAME – April 28, 2015