UNTV CUP Season 5 Opening: Joel Villanueva Changes Team

MANILA, Philippines – The Team Senate Defenders officially welcomed Senator Joel Villanueva  in their line up for the upcoming Season 5 of the UNTV CUP.

Welcoming our new teammate with Sen @sonnyangara #tesdaman #senatedefenders #untvcup #kobe11elite4kb

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Senator Villanueva, who was a former member of team Malcañang Patriots in his previous plays in UNTV CUP, has now automatically joined Senate Defenders after he was elected as Senator last May 2016. Sen. Villanueva, dubbed as TESDA Man by his former team, will still have the number 3 on his basketball jersey uniform during the games.

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Senator Joel Villanueva posted on his Instagram his official Senate basketball uniform which he will be using for UNTV Cup Season 5. Photo screen grabbed from Sen. Villanueva’s Instagram.

Senate Defenders had been practicing in preparation for UNTV Cup Season 5. Even though they were not able to enter the top finals during the UNTV Season 4, the team has never stopped to give their best to support this unique basketball advocacy of Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon. Senate Defenders still received a P100,000 worth of cash as a consolation prize, which was given to their chosen beneficiaries.

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UNTV Cup Season 5 is set to start this August 29, 2016 at SM MOA Arena in Pasay City. Kuya Daniel Razon spearheaded this unique basketball game on TV to promote unity among government agencies and to help them reach more people who are in need of their assistance. Last season, the UNTV Cup gave a total of 8 million cash prizes – all for charity.

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UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO, Kuya Daniel Razon, the man behind the UNTV Cup. Photo from UNTV.

13 Teams from government agencies are set to compete for UNTV Cup Season 5: MMDA Blackwolves; NHA Builders, AFP Cavaliers, Senate Defenders, BFP Firefighters, GSIS Furies; PNP Responders; Judiciary Magis; Malacañang Patriots; HOR Solons; Ombudsman Graft; Bureau of Customs.

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Meanwhile, PNP Chief Dir. Gen Ronald ‘BATO’ Dela Rosa also expressed his full support to UNTV CUP and promised to make sure that the PNP Responders would be able to win the Championship by this time. Read: PNP Chief ‘Bato’ dela Rosa Ensures Bagging the UNTV CUP Season 5 Championship.

The UNTV Cup Season 5 is a much-awaited basketball game of the year.

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