MANILA, Philippines – UNTV CUP. All is set for the country’s one and only charity-basketball tournament for public servants on television.
The much-awaited UNTV Cup Season 5 will have its opening ceremony on August 29 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Thirteen participating basketball teams from different government agencies complete this season’s tournament.
The participating basketball teams
Bureau of Customs, dubbed as the Team Transformers is the new team scheduled to play this season along with:
– Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP Cavaliers),
– Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP Firefighters),
– Department of Justice (Justice Boosters),
– Government Service Insurance System (GSIS Furies),
– House of Representatives Solons (HOR Solons),
– Judiciary (Judiciary Magis),
– Malacanang (Malacanang Patriots),
– Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA Black Wolves),
– Philippine National Police (PNP Responders),
– National Housing Authority (NHA Builders),
– Senate (Defenders), and
– Ombudsman (Graft Busters).
UNTV Cup is not just an ordinary basketball tournament as its main goal is to promote unity among public servants as well as to serve those who are in need of help. UNTV Cup also gave each team a chance to choose their charity as a beneficiary of their cash winnings.
This season, UNTV Cup will give a total of 9.5 million pesos. The 8.4 million pesos of the total cash prize will be given to the beneficiaries and 1.1 million pesos will be for the winning teams.
For the beneficiaries:
- Champion – 4M
- 1st Runner-Up – 2M
- 3rd Place – 1M
- 4th Place – 500k
- 5th to 13th – 100k each
For the winning teams:
- Champion – 500k
- 1st Runner-Up – 300k
- 3rd Place – 200k
- 4th Place – 100k
The list of each team’s beneficiaries will be announced during its opening ceremonies.
UNTV Cup fans are now excited as more well-known personalities, like Senator Manny Pacquiao, are expected to play.
Kuya Daniel Razon, of UNTV News and Rescue, and Bro. Eli Soriano, of Members Church of God International (MCGI), are the persons behind this charity advocacy through basketball. They are known for their public services that they have for people all over the world. La Verdad Christian School and College – a school that grants scholarships is one of those. Thousands of poor but deserving students all over the country and in Africa have been given the chance to study for free. UNTV Cup is just one of the many.
Razon and Soriano’s public services are set to stay and continue as they would always do their best to keep it going and to do more of it. Like In all of their accomplishments, with the all-out support of the MCGI, they would always recognize and thank the God Almighty.
“Ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama (Good deeds will bear no evil fruit).” This is Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel’s famous tagline that inspires others to do good.