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From the Big Dome to the World: Largest Gospel Choir Performance of Ang Dating Daan Chorale Earns Global Recognition

The performance of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum or the Big Dome has sent social networking sites abuzz after it bagged the new Guinness World Record for the title Largest Gospel Choir.

The choral group, which belongs to the Members Church of God International (MCGI), broke the record on October 12 during the 35th year anniversary celebration of the religious program Ang Dating Daan at the coliseum.

The official tally of participating choristers reached 8,688 as announced by Guinness adjudicator, Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem. The number was counted via turnstile counting and barcoded ticketing method, and was validated by external auditing firm Punongbayan & Araullo. Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas, Jr. served as the event’s witness.

While the topics “Ang Dating Daan” and “Ang Dating Daan Chorale” landed on the Philippines trends on the event itself, the hashtag #ADDLargestGospelChoir also entered the list after the performance’s online debut on October 18 on the ADD’s English format Youtube channel, The Old Path.

The 15-minute video was also picked up by the popular entertainment site, 9gag.com.

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Celebrating through Music

Months before the celebration, Bro. Eli Sorano and Bro. Daniel Razon, hosts of the longest-running program, called for the participation of choristers across the globe to offer praise songs to the Lord.

The two, who also serve as the Overall Servant and Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, are adamant ambassadors of the music genre as they see it as a way to extol the Creator’s loving kindness.

“Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride,” Bro. Eli remarked before the huge Araneta crowd.

Bro. Daniel receives the Guinness World Record plaque on behalf of MCGI (Photo from Ang Dating Daan's Facebook page).

Bro. Daniel receives the Guinness World Record plaque on behalf of MCGI (Photo from Ang Dating Daan’s Facebook Page).

Bro. Daniel also emphasized that bagging the Guinness World Record is only a bonus. “This is something that we did not intend to do – to get the Guinness Book of World Records.”

“Our hearts intended to give thanks to God and we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight as we thank Him for the 35 years of Ang Dating Daan…and so for that we will always say, ‘To God be the glory!’,” he added.

Choir members in Edmonton, Canada rehearse and prepare a special video presentation for the Ang Dating Daan anniversary (Photo from Photoville International).

Choir members in Edmonton, Canada rehearse and prepare a special video presentation for the Ang Dating Daan anniversary (Photo from Photoville International).

Praises sang from the western soil. ADD Choir members in Porto-Alegre, Brazil flock to an MCGI chapter in their area to partake in the program's anniversary revelry (Photo from Karol Rusczyk Klein).

Praises sang from the western soil. ADD Choir members in Porto-Alegre, Brazil flock to an MCGI chapter in their area to partake in the program’s anniversary celebration (Photo from Karol Rusczyk Klein).

Apart from the choristers at the Araneta, choir members abroad also gathered in key areas to celebrate the momentous occasion. From the Big Dome to as far as North and South American nations, the ADD supporters rendered songs of praises composed by MCGI affiliates such as “Enrich the Spirit,” “Praise the Name,” and “Hallelujah, Amen.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale performed a total of 18 songs in at least five languages.

Taking the Global Spotlight

The recent feat achieved by the group has also earned global recognition after getting featured by over 20 websites and publications.

The Wall Street Journal included in its “photos of the day” selections an aerial shot of the Ang Dating Daan chorale members filling the Big Dome to the brim.

This photo by EPA member Francis Malasig gets a feature from The Wall Street Journal.

The news also made it to The Straits Times in Singapore, and in the English edition of the Chinese media outlet, Yibada.

The Straits Times (Singapore) features the Ang Dating Daan Chorale.

The Straits Times (Singapore) features the Ang Dating Daan Chorale.

Meanwhile, the program’s supporters around the world also posted on their respective social media accounts photos of the news printed on foreign newspapers.

The news about the new world record title for the Largest Gospel Choir bagged by the ADD Chorale appearing at a German publication.

The news about the new world record title for the Largest Gospel Choir bagged by the ADD Chorale appearing at a German publication.

In this video, a Portuguese-language television program also featured MCGI’s record-breaking event.

Besides the gospel choir performance, the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 35 years of broadcast also highlighted charities for an estimated 1,700 persons with disabilities.

“Those with ‘disabilities’ are important before the eyes of God,” shares Bro. Eli Soriano (Photo from Ang Dating Daan’s Facebook Page).

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel doled out cash gifts and grocery items to all the PWDs and their aides. This is apart from the financial assistance and wheelchairs they gave to 30 raffle winners, and the Php 100,000 they handed to each of the twelve PWD institutions who attended the event.

Ang Dating Daan Celebrates 35th Anniversary with “Truth, Charity, Praise”

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The program “Ang Dating Daan” celebrates its 35th anniversary with the theme “Truth. Charity.Praise.” (Photo from Ang Dating Daan’s Facebook page).

The Ang Dating Daan, the country’s longest-running religious program hosted by International Evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano, is all set to celebrate its 35th anniversary this October with the theme “Truth. Charity. Praise.”

The program will hold a commemorative event on October 12, Monday, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The revelry’s highlights will include a roster of praise song performances and a tribute to selected persons with disabilities.

The Ang Dating Daan is produced by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) where Bro. Eli serves as the Overall Servant.

More Than Three Decades of Relentless Truthcasting

A known fact to avid fans, the Ang Dating Daan commenced its humble beginnings as a 30-minute radio program in 1980. Though operating in a shoe-string budget, the program was able to establish a name among the Filipino households with its segment, “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot (Ask Bro. Eli, the Bible will Answer).”

The segment gives the audience the opportunity to ask various questions about faith and salvation, and receive answers straight from the verses of the Bible.

Apart from radio and television broadcasts, the Ang Dating Daan also holds regular worldwide Bible expositions (Photo by Christian Mercado/Photoville International).

Apart from its radio and television broadcasts, the Ang Dating Daan also holds regular worldwide Bible expositions (Photo by Christian Mercado/Photoville International).

In 1983, the program debuted on Philippine television and has since then reached more people who seek biblical truths. The show, which currently airs on public service channel UNTV Life, is also available in other language formats such as English (The Old Path), Spanish (El Camino Antiguo) and Portuguese (O Caminho Antigo) to expand its audience to a global scale.

In its effort to relentlessly broadcast the teachings of the Bible, the show has also received various recognition such as the 2011 Gawad Amerika Awards’ “Best Religious Program” and the 2014 Dangal ng Bayan Awards’ “Best Longest-Running Religious Program.”

Beyond Broadcast, Ang Dating Daan Advocates Charity

Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano is also known as an advocate of public service. Hence, the program and its supporters continuously mount an array of charitable endeavors across the globe.

Among the philanthropic initiatives sustained by the program are free medical-dental-legal missions, mass blood donation activities, clean-up drives, feeding programs, and charity homes for abandoned babies, orphans and the elderly.

The Ang Dating Daan, in partnership with UNTV Life, conducts medical missions for free in key areas around the globe (Photo by Frederick Alvior/Photoville International).

The Ang Dating Daan, in partnership with UNTV Life, conducts medical missions for free in key areas around the world (Photo by Frederick Alvior/Photoville International).

Kuya Daniel Razon, the program’s co-host and its first director, also took inspiration from Bro. Eli and launched programs in line with his advocacy. These include the “Isang Araw Lang” campaign which encourages people to do good as acts of charity will yield no harm.

For the much-anticipated revelry, the two have invited groups of persons with disabilities to grace the event. According to the organizers, financial assistance and special gifts will be doled out.

Honoring the One Behind the Program’s Success through Praises

For Bro. Eli, the program owes its success to God. “Like what we always say, if we are able to do something, and if there is any glory attained, it is always for God – to God be the glory!,” he said in one MCGI thanksgiving service.

Citing Bible verses, the International Evangelist has always emphasized that a way to honor God is to offer Him songs of praise. Hence, the continuous campaign of the Ang Dating Daan host to craft more hymns dedicated to the Creator.

Thousands of Ang Dating Daan supporters rehearse for a special presentation for the upcoming anniversary celebration of the program (Photo from MCGI's Facebook page).

Thousands of Ang Dating Daan supporters rehearse for a special presentation for the upcoming anniversary celebration of the program (Photo from MCGI’s Facebook page).

In line with the upcoming anniversary, Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel lead the program’s supporters in preparing a special presentation composed of praise songs that highlight the mercy and loving kindness of the One behind the Ang Dating Daan’s triumph over the past 35 years.

#NotoSofitel, #BoycottSofitelPH Outpour on Social Web: UNTV Supporters’ Campaign vs Sofitel Manila Bias

Netizens, using the hashtags #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH, filled every corner of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to support the UNTV’s boycott campaign against Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

#NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitel, the official hashtags of the boycott campaign of UNTV against Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, made it to the Philippine trends and peaked at the number 1 and 3 spots, respectively. (Photo grabbed from UNTV's Official Facebook Page)

#NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitel, the official hashtags of the boycott campaign of UNTV against Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, made it to the Philippine trends and peaked at the number 1 and 3 spots, respectively.
(Photo grabbed from UNTV’s Official Facebook Page)

During the July 14 episode of UNTV’s morning program, Good Morning Kuya (GMK), UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon revealed that the hotel allegedly removed the station in its TV programming.

On the same episode, Razon called on the supporters of UNTV for a massive social media campaign that will echo their cry for justice against this media discrimination. Hence, the outpour of the hashtags, #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH.

#NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH Trend, Campaign goes WorldWide

The #NotoSofitel debuted at the 6th spot in the Philippine trends before 12 noon yesterday. At 2 p.m., it landed on the 1st spot (Philippine time) and the hashtag #BoycottSofitelPH entered the list at the 5th spot. #BoycottSofitelPH peaked at no. 3.

Here are some tweets posted by UNTV supporters:

Fighting for our rights!!! NO TO MEDIA DISCRIMINATION!!#NotoSofitel#BoycottSofitelPH#NotoSofitel#BoycottSofitelPH                          – @hilarygale_17

We won’t fight for nothing. This is a battle against discrimination to nannies,elders and charitable station.#NOTOSOFITEL #BoycottSOFITELPH – @officiallyjenny

A big NO to discrimination! Everyone deserves equal access to opportunities for public service. #NotoSofitel #BoycottSofitelPH –@ryanjavier

The station, having a loyal audience around the world through its satellite monitoring centres and online streaming facilities, also gathered the support of its fans abroad. Below are a few tweets coming from UNTV supporters across the globe:

All the way from Queens, NY, I am outraged over the media discrimination of @SofitelManila towards Public Service channel UNTV. #NotoSofitel – @polarellano

From Montreal, Canada we support @UNTVweb @gmk_untv37 @BroEliSoriano Kuya@DanielRazon #NotoSofitel #BoycottSofitelPH – @marchcelebrant

No to Sofitel Movement, Sustained

Earlier this morning, on the recent GMK episode, Razon stressed out why he is sustaining this social media movement. He said,

“There are times when you need to speak up, you need to voice out your rights. You do not need to always let things go especially when there are people who are already being affected.”

UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon stresses out the need to speak up for your rights, especially when there are people who are already being affected.  (Photo grabbed from Good Morning Kuya's Official Facebook Page)

UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon stresses out the need to speak up for your rights, especially when there are people who are already being affected.
(Photo grabbed from Good Morning Kuya’s Official Facebook Page)

In support to this statement, netizens eye to prolong this outcry against media discrimination for at least a week. The boycott campaign is making a huge impact on the social web for two days now.

Two days in a row: #NoToSofitel hashtag trending. Black Monday and Gloomy Tuesday for @SofitelManila . We are gunning for a week! – @verybradryan

Let us sustain the trend of #NoToSofitel #BoycottSofitelPH for at least 1 week so that they’ll know how supporters of UNTV unite for good – @kasangbahay

Bro. Eli’s Bible-based Reason for the Campaign

Through his official Twitter account (@BroEliSoriano), host of Ang Dating Daan, Bro. Eli Soriano, expressed his straightforward sentiments about the removal of UNTV from Sofitel Manila’s hotel program listing, the root of the on-going #NotoSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH campaign.

On July 14, the same day the movement was launched, he posted a Bible-based reason why the followers of UNTV should not keep mum about the issue.

Bro. Eli shares a biblical perspective about the recent social media campaign of UNTV supporters against Sofitel Manila's bias move.

Bro. Eli shares a biblical perspective about the recent social media campaign of UNTV supporters against Sofitel Manila’s bias move.

Ang Dating Daan, the longest-running religious show in the country, is one of the flagship programs of UNTV.

The International Evangelist’s posts encouraged more people to join the online movement. He is also one with the sustained campaign against Sofitel Manila.

“Let us sustain the trend that was established yesterday; Boycott those that ban UNTV, the public service channel in the Phil.”

 

 

There’s More to Music, I’ve Learned from Bro. Eli

Music is interesting and very much enchanting. Words woven with notes, or notes woven with words, or just the notes themselves can tickle your heart and bring about a multitude of feelings. It can touch your mind and launch a thousand memories, even relive a long-forgotten dream.

It has been with us- enchanting us- since time immemorial. Odes to triumph and losses, hymns of love and sorrow, symphonies of bliss and melancholy– men have enveloped a plethora of emotions and themes in musical pieces.

Music’s irrefutable charm has enthralled many, including me, and perhaps you too.  Personally, I have viewed music as a way to connect with others, a way to confirm that “Oh, the writer has the same sentiments as mine”. And as I tried to craft songs too— on plain papers, on edges of lecture notebooks, and on my phone— I realized that it is a wonderful outlet for my emotions.

But, throughout the years, I have learned that music can be so much more than that. Bro. Eli Soriano, a man of music and a much-loved evangelist celebrating his 50th year of service to God  this year, has taught me important things about this well-adored indulgence.

Music, how old is it really?

You have probably come across this question once, in one way or another: How old is music, really? I love music, but I do not know its history, and it seemed quite absurd. Knowing its history can make me appreciate it more, I thought. But for a long time, I have this question left unanswered.  Even the answers provided by the superb searching prowess of Google were not much of a satisfaction. But thank God, one evening, during a music festival’s grand finals night, I was able to hear the answer.

“Music is older than the world and praise songs are the oldest of musical kinds,” Bro. Eli shared citing the Bible verse Job 38:7:

When the morning stars sang together, and all the songs of God shouted for joy?

It was a joy to have a question answered, and I even got a bonus— I learned what was the oldest among all sorts of music!

Why sing praise songs?

Today, one pressing fact is that praise songs are not the ones considered by many as LSS-worthy. Scan someone’s playlist, and more often than not, praise songs are not included. But why? Are there too few artists composing such kind of music? Is there no market for these songs? For whatever reasons that may be brought about, the point is, men have been missing the great bounty singing praise songs brings.

Bro. Eli is always adamant in emphasizing the benefit of making and singing songs dedicated to our Creator’s works and loving kindness. In one musical summit of the Members Church of God International (where he is the Presiding Minister), he revealed that “singing to God is one of the few things that we can do directly to Him. We cannot serve God with our hands. But we can offer him the fruit of our lips, praising His name.”

Below, I share some words that Bro. Eli himself posted through his Twitter account. These are few reasons why we must keep our “devotion of singing and writing songs of praise to God.”

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Through these words, I have found the ultimate inspiration to go on humming praise songs every now and then. Anyway, as what Bro. Eli also told, it is not the voice from our vocal cords that counts— it is that voice from our hearts.

Music, for the benefit of others

Indeed, music, praise songs especially, offers us a grand meed, but it does not end there. Being a philanthropic man Bro. Eli is (he maintains orphanages and an infant care center and regularly mounts medical and legal missions), he used music as an avenue to help others.

Through the proceeds of the albums he made through the years, he was able to sustain the charitable projects he initiated and launched. Aside from the albums that serve as a compilation of his beloved songs, he has also held concerts that nonetheless aid in the maintenance of his public service programs.

With these albums and concerts celebrating good music, I, along with fellow supporters, am also given the opportunity to reach out to the needy alongside having relaxation and entertainment.  Having music icons such as John Claude Gummoe of The Cascades, The Platters, Air Supply and the Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corales, seen live on stage is just one big bonus.

The Platters with Bro Eli

On the stage of the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Bro. Eli Soriano sings with the vocal group, The Platters, during the evangelist’s 49th birthday concert last year (Photo by Jason Consigo).

 

Bro. Eli released albums ("Dala Kong Nakalimbag", "The Songs That I Love", "B-Side", "Bro. Eli Soriano's Wonderful World", and "Songs from My Heart") not only to share well-loved songs like "And I Love You So" and "La Historia de un Amor" but more importantly, to use the proceeds in maintaining his charitable programs.

Bro. Eli released albums (“Dala Kong Nakalimbag”, “The Songs That I Love”, “B-Side”, “Bro. Eli Soriano’s Wonderful World”, and “Songs from My Heart”) not only to share well-loved songs like “And I Love You So” and “La Historia de un Amor” but more importantly, to use the proceeds in maintaining his charitable programs.

Music truly is a precious treasure for us. Its “magic” has given refuge to men who seek to express their emotions and feelings stylishly, and has provided sanctuary to men who look for sense of belonging, a confirmation that what they feel is universal. More importantly, through the things I have learned from Bro. Eli, I realized how music can bring us closer to God, and how it can bring our charities closer to people.

 

 

 

 

A Film for Philanthropy: ‘Isang Araw’ Makes Mark as Advocacy Film and Public Service Effort for Yolanda Victims, Charity Works

‘Isang Araw’, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2009’s ‘Isang Araw Lang’ movie, aims to give a fresh insight on the nation’s concerns as well as raise funds for the benefit of Typhoon Yolanda victims.

Written and directed by Members Church of God International (MCGI) Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon, ‘Isang Araw’ follows the story of Daniel, a jeepney driver who extends a helping hand in any way that he can to those around him, even during trying times.

Isang Araw as Advocacy Film

Aside from featuring an all-star cast, the ‘Isang Araw’ film serves as an advocacy film which highlights Bible-based lessons atypical in most films today.

The advocacy film Isang Araw, which started its production last September, is the second directorial project of Bro. Daniel Razon. Both this and his 2009 movie ‘Isang Araw Lang’ aim to share to the public the virtues of goodwill and genuine acts of charity. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International)

The advocacy film Isang Araw, which started its production last September, is the second directorial project of Bro. Daniel Razon. Both this and his 2009 movie ‘Isang Araw Lang’ aim to share to the public the virtues of goodwill and genuine acts of charity. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International)

“This is one thing that can serve as an eye-opener, for sometimes we tend to be confused because of the sufferings, persecutions and other circumstances— we snap, we get lost and we think of terrible things,” Bro. Daniel shared in one interview.

“Advocacy films are always awakening and are reminders to us all,” remarked premier actress Jackie Lou Blanco as she admired Bro. Daniel for coming up with an insightful movie, which is according to her, “not an easy thing to do.”

Actor Toby Alejar also commended Bro. Daniel for such project, saying that artists should do something that will leave a legacy to people notwithstanding profits or any material gains. “It is only Kuya Daniel who has the guts to create a film with sense,” said the actor.

For the Benefit of Yolanda Victims

Last November 28, UNTV personalities and fans gathered at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel for the film’s special screening and sponsors’ night entitled “Rare Moments with Kuya Daniel Razon”.

The participants of the event are all delighted for having the opportunity to watch the film and at the same time to help the less fortunate.

“The movie was great! It has many values—good values for those who have lost their ways,” said Ms. Adelina Tanuego, one of the film’s sponsor, in an interview

Mr. Edwin Consumo, a sponsor from Nueva Ecija also commended the film, “It was good not only for its Bible-based principles but also for its cause to help the needy and the victims of the recent typhoon Yolanda.”

True to is public service theme, proceeds of the film will go to the continuous charitable programs of MCGI and supported by UNTV such as the free clinic, free college, free legal consultation, free rides, among many others, under the leadership of Presiding Minister, Bro. Eli Soriano.

The sponsors of his film, ‘Isang Araw’, gathered at the Grand Plaza Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on the eve of Bro. Daniel’s 30th anniversary to show their exceeding support to the celebrator. The organizers also prepared a special program, a generous meal and a place to showcase the items included in the ‘Isang Araw’ auction for the event’s participants. (Screenshots from UNTV's Youtube Channel)

The sponsors of his film, ‘Isang Araw’, gathered at the Grand Plaza Ballroom of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on the eve of Bro. Daniel’s 30th anniversary to show their support to the celebrator. The organizers also prepared a special program, a generous meal and a place to showcase the items included in the ‘Isang Araw’ auction for the event’s participants. (Screenshots from UNTV’s Youtube Channel)

The film’s production staff is also organizing an ‘Isang Araw’ auction for the benefit of the recent super typhoon Yolanda’s victims that struck the Eastern Visayas region of the country middle of November. All proceeds of the auction will be given to the victims.

Items to be auctioned off will include clothing worn by Bro. Daniel himself during the making of the film.

A Star-Studded Film

‘Isang Araw’ reunites the memorable characters in the prequel, which include those played by actors Rey PJ Abellana, a power-hungry congressman, Robbie Packing, Daniel’s close friend cum sidekick, and Rene Jose, Daniel’s nemesis in the Drivers Association in their community.

The movie also welcomes back Natasha Ledesma, Gerry Casupanan, and UNTV’s talents Ryan Ramos and Ley-Ann Lugod.

Making the sequel film bigger and better, ‘Isang Araw’ features veteran actors and actresses like Jackie Lou Blanco, Bayani Agbayani, Daria Ramirez, Ritz Azul, Jess Lapid Jr., Toby Alejar, Pinky Amador, Lou Veloso, Ricardo Cepeda, Eagle Riggs, Jeffrey Santos, Dinky Doo, Brandon Legaspi, Kier Legaspi, and more.

UNTV personalities like Louella De Cordova, Rep. Erin Tañada, Atty. Regie Tongol and Bro. Daniel’s wife Sis Arlene Razon, will also play pivotal roles in the movie.

The film Isang Araw is also a celebration of Bro. Daniel’s 30th year in service to God and to humanity this November.

In a recent thanksgiving celebration, Bro. Daniel, joined by his family and the rest of the Church members, offered songs of praises to God for this milestone. He also sang his newest original composition, “Magpakailan Pa Man” as part of the expression of gratitude to the Lord for another year added to his service.

UNTV Begins the Journey to its Tenth Anniversary with Fresh Charitable Services

Taking public service to a higher level has always been the job of UNTV, a television station commemorating its 9th anniversary this month. As the countdown towards the celebration of its first decade in broadcast industry commences, it launches its first wave of newest campaigns and projects.

Basketball Event for a Cause

The station’s avid followers are expected to fill the Smart Araneta Coliseum to witness the first-ever UNTV set on July 29. Public servants will take a break away from the office and celebrities will spend a “lights-camera-action-free” night for a basketball face-off intended to give entertainment and at the same time fund public charity programs for the winner’s chosen charity.

You can watch the event’s official video invitation here.

Quality Medical Services for the Indigents

Apart from the intensified free medical and dental services of UNTV, health coupons will also be distributed among the marginalized as a means for them to avail quality hospital services from UNTV-affiliated medical institutions.

According to BMPI-UNTV CEO Daniel Razon, this will be tied-up with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the local government units to help the station in identifying who the recipients of the coupons will be.

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UNTV Heath Coupons will be given to selected indigents to help them access quality medical services

The station will also be partnering with the national government through its health insurance program, PhilHealth, to enroll qualified indigents in the said program. The annual premium needed to maintain a PhilHealth card will be paid by the station.

Taxi Drivers Turned Lifesavers

As part of widening the Tulong Muna Bago Balita campaign of UNTV, the public service channel also unveils Rescue Cab (Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada). On this venture, UNTV coordinated with taxi operators and tapped their cab drivers to be trained and be fully-equipped with rescue skills. The concerted effort between the taxi-drivers-turned-lifesavers and the station’s News and Rescue Team is seen to be helpful in reducing the increasing road accident statistic in the country.

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Photo courtesy of DanielRazon.com

New Intelligent Broadcast Alternatives

Accompanying the 9th anniversary celebration of UNTV is the launching of its newest television shows. The station is known for broadcasting intelligent alternatives— programs that are both informative and delightful, and are centered with the channel’s mission of delivering genuine public service. Soon, programs such as “Sinewikain”, dubbed as the first short clip festival on air, and “Justice on Air”, a show dedicated in discussing how equity and justice are governed by the country’s Department of Justice will be gracing the small screen. The all-new “Good Morning Kuya”, the station’s flagship program, will also be released.

Kuya Daniel: “We are expanding our public service initiatives”

With the digitalization of the UNTV’s broadcast operations, the station’s enthusiastic fans can all the more look forward for better journalism. Now that the one channel that gives priority to humanitarian services has turned nine and is just a year away to its tenth year anniversary in the tough broadcast industry, its avid supporters can all the more hope for more ground-breaking advocacies.

“We are expanding our public service initiatives. We want to reach more people. We have started with just a small scope- with the family which is the basic unit of society- and now, we are going community-wide. Then, we will expand to even bigger scope, Godwilling,” Mr. Daniel Razon remarked during the 9th year anniversary celebration last July 18 in Makati Shangri-La.

For this year, UNTV’s campaigns and projects will revolve around the theme “Inspiring Change, Building Better Communities”.

The Public Service Continues As UNTV Reaches 9th Anniversary

UNTV, the Philippines’ Public Service Channel, gives one big hint that the station is set to intensify its charitable programs and campaigns as it launches the theme for its 9th anniversary celebration this July, “Inspiring Change, Building Better Communities.”

The station in its budding years has already captured the hearts of many Filipino households. Deviating from the usual small screen banquet, it offers its own roster of intelligent alternative programs and innovative campaigns carrying its prime advocacy: tendering genuine charitable services to humanity.

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Its program listing comprises a variety of television shows that are interesting enough to tickle our attention and inspirational enough to satisfy our appetite for enlightening and at the same time entertaining broadcasts. Some of its well-known programs include “Good Morning Kuya”, “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon”, “Manibela”, “Munting Pangarap”, “Klasrum”, “Polwatch”, and “Ang Dating Daan”.

UNTV is also the station that comes into the picture when talking about all-out public service. From the freely given medical, dental, legal and transport services to the inventive mobile-based clinics, educational classrooms and driving and livelihood academy to the ground-breaking Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later) to the establishment of La Verdad Christian School and College, the only academic institution that offers 100% free education, it certainly covers almost all aspects of humanitarian development.

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Dr. Daniel Razon, also dubbed as Mr. Public Service Channel, during UNTV’s 8th anniversary celebration at One Esplanade (Photo courtesy of untvweb.com)

With its constant partners and supporters, including the Department of Education, Philippine Red Cross, and the Members Church of God International, the station under the supervision of UNTV-BMPI CEO and Chairman Dr. Daniel Razon has been well-versed in utilizing its scarce resources just to transform its vast vision of a better community into reality.

It has only been nine years, but looking back, UNTV has already touched and inspired many lives. Many households were delighted and informed with the station’s fresh television show alternatives. The marginalized were given medical, dental, legal and transport services for free. Batches of scholars were able to continue on studying through La Verdad Christian School and College. Many were rescued by the reporters, staff and crew who learned first-aid fundamentals via Tulong Muna, Bago Balita. The farthest areas were reached through the mobile-based innovations…You can just imagine how fruitful the next nine years for UNTV will be.

Indeed, with the coming opportunities, the avid followers can anticipate for a wider horizon of public services- may it be in the form of broadcasts or of charitable projects- all gearing towards social welfare improvement.

A Hark Back to MCGI’s 2nd Quarter International Thanksgiving

It was only Thursday last week. I was walking to and fro inside my room, checking in my mental list the things I need to prepare for the awaited Second Quarter International Thanksgiving of the Members Church of God International. Hours have passed,  I found myself amidst a queue at a van terminal heading towards Apalit, Pampanga— a place that has continually witnessed how every quarter, thousands would congregate to celebrate that very special occasion.

As I stepped out of the van after a peaceful one-hour ride, the evening breeze accompanied me until I reached the grounds of ADD Convention Center. Seeing my brothers and sisters in faith all set for the next days’ gathering, I cannot help but be exceedingly thankful. I am grateful that they are still there and I am still with them. We are still, under God’s grace, part of the fold who learned through the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro.Daniel Razon that it is an obligation to give thanks.

Even before the Friday sun has risen here in the east, the brethren has already started to settle, and the eagerness to witness the commencement of the awaited festivity has filled the atmosphere. Opening the three-day revelry was a congregational singing and a prayer. As soon as the voice of the Bro. Eli was heard, cheers and applause roared from the crowd. I told myself, this is going to be an experience beyond compare.

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Photo courtesy of MCGI.org

From learning the deeper meanings of previously taught biblical truths to the unfolding of new wisdom, we, the congregants were surely guaranteed of delicious sets of spiritual dishes meant to edify our faith. And each time the overwhelming sensation brought by understanding a topic heightened, a thrilling drum roll will serve as our cue— we will stand up and rejoice. It is just right to offer songs and dances of praises to translate the gratitude we have in our hearts.

The glow in our smiles and joyous tears, and the twinkle in our eyes were not bound to wane. As more praise songs and dances were presented, they all the more brightened. As the portion where the story of how our faith has started in the humble Philippine islands and how it reached the foreign shores was narrated, they all the more lightened. Until the last minute of Sunday near-the-midnight hour, they remained.

I admit my words cannot capture all the pictures of that memorable celebration. But I do hope that with this small piece of writing, I was able to share even the thinnest slice of it.

Now, a week has swiftly passed and it is Thursday once again. God willing, eleven more Thursdays and I will be waking up once more to that Fridaywhich will mark the start of another three-day International Thanksgiving. Until then, I fervently wish of everyone’s wellbeing. May God bless us all!

Aiming to Transform Cab Drivers to Lifesavers, UNTV Launches Tulong Muna Bago Pasada

For the people behind UNTV, the Philippine’s Public Service Channel, even the cab drivers roaming around the busy streets of metropolitan areas have the capability to carry out emergency responses and lifesaving operations. Hence, the launching of its latest advocacy, Tulong Muna Bago Pasada (Rescue Now, Transport Later).

Akin to Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue Now, Report Later), the television station’s innovative journalism campaign that started last 2010, this most recent addition to its list of charitable endeavors aims to impart the value of prioritizing saving lives – whenever at hand- before anything else.

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The first batch of cab drivers are now undergoing a series of basic life support training to equip them with the technical know-how needed to perform rescue operations. After this, they will be handed certificates as proofs of their ability to function as lifesavers-on-the-street.

This initiative is UNTV’s answer to the alarming road accident statistics in Metro Manila. According to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the total number of road accidents last 2011 numbered to as high as 77, 110. Also, the area is home to major thoroughfares considered by the MMDA as Accident Prone Stretches like Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Avenue, Gil Puyat Avenue, Pres. Sergio Osmeña Highway and some parts of EDSA.

“If only all cab drivers will learn rescue, maybe our roads will be safer,” said Mr. Daniel Razon, UNTV’s CEO. Also, he has high hopes that this campaign will not only transform cab drivers into on-field rescuers but into more disciplined citizens as well.

For inquiries, you may contact UNTV through the following numbers: 0938 803 0777 (Smart), 0926 633 5744 (Globe), 0923 416 1377 (Sun) and 441 8688 (PLDT).

Sources:

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/tag/statistics

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/tag/road-mishaps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=exINwpNNuRQ

Bro. Eli’s Charity Concert ‘Remember When’ Relives the Music of Yesteryear

Last night, the time when music was still music was remembered.

Following the festive International Thanksgiving of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) last March 28-30 was an evening of celebration of meaningful songs from the last decades. Entitled Remember When, this charity concert brought together thousands of congregants at the MCGI Headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga and at other more chapters all around the globe.

As early as 6 p.m. (Philippine time), the ecstatic mood was already set as MCGI-grown talents staged thrilling musical performances. This atmosphere continued to escalate as local artists Hammilan Pavoreal and Lilibeth Garcia rendered their versions of “Memory”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”,  and “If Ever You’re in my Arms Again.”

Rey Valera, a renowned Filipino hitmaker, sent the audience into bursts of laughter as he narrated comic anecdotes about his career as an artist. The crowd sang with him as he crooned his classic hits “Naaalala Ka”, “Maging Sino Ka Man”, and “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako”.

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The Platters with Bro Eli

The almost two-hour performance of The Platters, a very successful vocal group from the 50s, was one of the highlights of the event. They shared their passion for music with the audience as they sang their chart-topping hits like “Only You”, “The Great Pretender”, “Harbor Lights”, “He’s Mine”, and “Twilight Time”.

And who would forget the remarkable moments of delight during their act? A rendition of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” together with the Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano. A lady invited to be with them on the stage and then serenaded with the sweet song “My Prayer”. A member of group, then wearing a genuine smile, wholeheartedly gave red roses to some lucky ladies. All these added splendor to the evening.

The ambiance was at its best, yet the night was still young.

Soon after Kuya Daniel Razon went on stage, he led the crowd in singing a birthday song for Bro. Eli Soriano. The international evangelist will be celebrating his 49th birthday in spirit on April 7, a commemoration of the day when he was baptized in the Church. A set of standard songs–“Diana” , “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, “What Kind of Fool Am I”, “Together Again,” and “Mr. Lonely” to name a few–performed by Kuya Daniel followed the gracious greeting of the congregants to Bro. Eli.

Kuya Daniel

Bro Eli Soriano

Carrying on the remembrance of the music from the past, Bro. Eli lent his voice singing heartwarming songs with “Through the Years” being one of the most sentimental and moving.

He also cited verses and shared wisdom to complete last night’s wonderful concert. He said that the proceeds of the event will go to the construction of a convention center in Metro Manila that will be used as an avenue to centralize the charitable works of the Church. He further explained that in the course of doing this endeavor, there will always be hindrances. He then firmly uttered, “Let us be vigilant. Let us be watchful.”

The rest of his loving reminder he expressed through tearfully singing “Walk with Faith in Your Heart”— a sight that for sure has lingered in everyone’s heart.  The evening ended with the yesteryear’s music relived, and the ardent faith of the believers edified.

(Photos by Jason Consigo)