Rappler will livestream charity hoops game

Natashya Gutierrez

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MANILA, Philippines – When typhoon Sendong hit the country last month, UAAP’s Rookie of the Year Kiefer Ravena was affected.

He joined the rest of the nation in mourning the tragic death of thousands of Filipinos, and wanted to do his part to help the victims.

The idea of Fastbreak was born.

Ravena toyed with the idea of organizing a charity basketball game for the victims of Sendong, where all proceeds from ticket sales would go to those most affected by the typhoon in Northern Mindanao.

“I just put it up on Facebook as my status and a lot of people volunteered to help,” says Ravena. “So I pushed through with it.”

The game is set for Friday, January 6, 2012 at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan, 3pm.

Tomorrow’s tentative line-up include Chris Tiu, Gab Valenciano, Nico Salva, Gerald Anderson, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, JP Erram, Joshua Webb, Sam Marata, Joross Gamboa, Jon Hall, Young JV and Thirdy Ravena for the Meralco White Team. The opposing team, the Smart Red Team, will be led by Kiefer Ravena, RR Garcia, Xian Lim, Jhong Hilario, Rico Blanco, Jason Abalos, Champ Lui Pio, Justin Chua, Marco Alcaraz, Dan Sara, Von Pessumal, Anton Altamirano and Raf Melocoton.

Tickets are still available and Ravena encourages fans, supporters, and anyone who would like to contribute to their efforts to watch,

“They should watch because its for a good cause,” he says. “and at the same time, they get to watch their favorite celebs and players.”

Rappler will host an exclusive livestream of the game for those who cannot physically attend the match. – Rappler.com

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Natashya Gutierrez

Natashya is President of Rappler. Among the pioneers of Rappler, she is an award-winning multimedia journalist and was also former editor-in-chief of Vice News Asia-Pacific. Gutierrez was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders for 2023.