1st UNTV Cup lures government agencies, celebrities
Seven government agencies and a team of celebrities mix it up starting today with the unfolding of the 1st UNTV Cup at the Araneta Coliseum sa Cubao, Quezon City.
A colorful opening ceremony is set at 7 p.m., with 2009 Birit Baby runner-up Shanne Velasco singing the national anthem.
The traditional parade of teams will follow, while other guest performers invited to spice up the ceremony are Telenovela Diva Faith Cuneta, Pinoy Idol Gretchen Espina, former Rivermaya frontman Jason Fernandez and Philippine Idol runner-up Gian Magdangal.
Breakthrough and Milestones Production International Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Daniel Razon will deliver the inspirational message and will do the ceremonial toss to kick off hostilities.
BMPI is organizing the tournament to promote camaraderie among the public servants and celebrities and at the same time, allowing the different teams to help their favorite charitable institution.
The champion in this eight-team tournament will receive a cool P1 million as prize, which BMPI will donate, in the team’s behalf, to their chosen charitable institution.
The seven government agencies competing are Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Judiciary, Philhealth, Department of Justice, MMDA and Congress/LGU.
The drawing of lots will be held earlier today to determine the matches, with the inaugural game to start at 8 p.m.
Fortunato “Atoy” Co will be the league commissioner while games will be aired on a delayed basis on UNTV Channel 37, with former pro players Ronnie Magsanoc and Benjie Paras joining Sev Sarmenta as commentators.
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