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#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.”



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.


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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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.


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.


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

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.

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.


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).


Bringing Back the Good Old Days with the Radio through Dear Kuya

Time check: Five more minutes before 10 in the morning.

It is one of those typical Sundays for most people in the city, but for Isabel and Ruben, this is a much-awaited time of the week.

While their neighbors are doing morning errands with a weekly educational television program on the background, these two are getting prepared for that two-hour radio show that never fails to tickle their fancy every week.


Isabel, a freshman college student living cities away from her parents, grew up with the wonders of the radio as influenced by her mother who used to work as a voice talent and program host in one of the local radio stations.

This very Sunday, Isabel is decided to put on the great surprise she planned for her mother’s birthday. She notified her mother to tune in to the show they were always fond of listening to. As the DJ greeted her and asked who she is greeting through this call, Isabel exclaimed, “I just called to say a very happy birthday to my mother. I love you, mom!”


Ruben was touched with the caller’s all-out greeting for her mother’s birthday. He is one of the avid fans of the show. He just loves the idea of not seeing the whole set, leaving everything to his imagination. He even sent a letter to the program, asking for the host to give him an advice on his query. Today, he will be hearing those words he hopes will solve his problem.


The story above is fictional and is rooted from the scenario when the radio was still at par with other forms of entertainment. While the time came when the radio’s glory faded away, some of you could still be a bit of Isabel or Ruben until now, still captivated by the host’s soothing voice, the mellow background music played and by the touching story you can relate to.

And for you, there is good news: a program was born to bring back the grandeur that was radio.

Launched last January 14, Dear Kuya is the latest favorite of the fans and listeners of the UNTV Radio La Verdad 1350, the radio broadcasting arm of the Philippine television station, UNTV.  The show is hosted by the veteran broadcast journalist Daniel Razon who earned the nickname Kuya (Big Brother) after launching several public-service oriented projects, reflecting his personality of being a welfare-looking big brother to his siblings.

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Photos taken from Dear Kuya’s official Facebook account

The program airs from Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. until 12 n.n (Philippine time). Every episode revolves around a certain issue that concerns the society (for example, surrogacy). This will be scrutinized using the standpoint of the Bible through the show’s resource person, the well-known evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano.

As the clock strikes eleven, the segment Dear Kuya The Drama breaks in. This live dramatization is based on a story from a letter sender who wishes to seek a biblical solution to his or her problem. The voices of this segment belong to the scholars of La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), one of the projects launched by Kuya Daniel together with Bro. Eli which offers free education to deserving students.

Dear Kuya ends with Bro. Eli giving his Bible-based advice to the inquirer. Being a program that offers spiritual perspective on matters of life, the show is certainly shedding a light to the radio’s comeback to its previous state in the industry. In fact, it now has a captured audience from various parts of the archipelago and of the globe—people who always look forward to listen to the show wherever and in whatever time zone they may be.

So, if you are that Isabel or Ruben wanting to hear once more the marvel of the radio and bring the back those good old days, then turn on that radio and tune in to the 1350 khz. You can also visit their site for online streaming and follow the show’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts for live feed. The choice is at the tip of your fingers. Happy listening! 🙂

As Ang Dating Daan Hits 32, A Glimpse to Meaningful Anniversaries

October. This month marks the Ang Dating Daan’s 32nd anniversary.

Hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano, the Ang Dating Daan, also known as The Old Path for its English-speaking constituents, is the longest running religious program in the country. It is best known for its unique and straightforward way of addressing people’s spiritual queries whereby people from different parts of the globe can directly ask Bro. Eli and immediately get answers from the standpoint of the Bible, oftentimes accompanied with scientific and historical facts.

The Ang Dating Daan’s anniversary celebrations are always fascinating and worth keeping in our boxes of memories. They are always about humility, living up to its commitment, and thanking and glorifying God.

And now, as we await what is in store for us followers, fans, and supporters of the show, take a look at some of the past commemorations of the award-winning religious program:

Filling the Big Dome to the brim

It was a breathtaking, exhilarating picture. The Smart-Araneta Coliseum, more known as the Big Dome, was literally not enough for close to 24,000 individuals eager to witness the remarkable celebration of the Ang Dating Daan’s silver anniversary. It was a night of songs and dances offered to God. It was a night of biblical wisdom. The people were given the chance to ask spiritual queries right in front of Bro. Eli. All were satisfied after hearing heavenly melodies and Bible-based answers.

Ever sowing…sharing…sheltering

The Ang Dating Daan’s 30th anniversary was a different take to how the program celebrates its anniversary. Instead of congregating in one place, its supporters and partners gathered at key points across the archipelago to support a campaign by UNTV (the station where the program is currently aired) called Isang Araw Lang para sa Kalikasan (Just One Day for the Nature). Volunteers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Climate Change Commission, Bible Readers Society, students and faculty of La Verdad Christian College and the ADD Foundation united to plant and maintain trees as the group’s support to calls for global cooperation to combat the pressing issue of climate change.

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Volunteers from the National Capital Region plant thousands of seedlings in Tanay, Rizal during the Ang Dating Daan’s 30th anniversary. Photo taken by Sophiya Baluyot

An atmosphere of festivity

The most recent commemoration of the birth of Ang Dating Daan on its 31st started with a parade towards the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, a province north of Manila. With all the colorful flags and contagious smiles from the participants, the day of festivity kicked off to a great start, including an awe-inspiring presentation of songs and dances that added excitement. On this event, the people behind the program from UNTV and Members Church of God International acknowledged figures from the private and public sectors for their unwavering support to their campaigns and projects.

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Police Chief Supt. Edgardo T. Ladao, PNP-PRO 3, accepted the plaque of appreciation in behalf of Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome during the celebration of the Ang Dating Daan’s 31st anniversary. Photo taken from

Looking forward to the 32nd and to more anniversaries

The story of the program’s humble beginnings to its current status is a wonderful tale of people who found joy in rendering spiritual and public services. Thinking about how far and amazing the journey for the program has been, it is just apt to give a day to celebrate in any way possible and to give the glory to God.

Now that there only few days left before the Ang Dating Daan’s 32nd anniversary, the thrill and anticipation are escalating. And for the opportunities yet to unfold, for the campaigns yet to be done, for the biblical wisdom yet to be heard, we will be looking forward to more anniversaries of the program that touched many people’s lives from the Philippines and now around the world.

A Different Kind of LSS

Caught yourself humming or singing the K-pop hit Oppa Gangnam Style? Well, you probably are “LSS-ed” with the song.

The Last Song Syndrome  or LSS occurs when a portion of a song or even the whole song repeats compulsively, oftentimes unconsciously, within one’s mind. Technically, this is called earworm, a translation of the German word Ohrwurm– a song or a musical piece, commonly with an upbeat melody, that has a strong appeal to people.

Why could you be “LSS-ed”? Catchy lyrics? Playful melody? Or just for the sake of joining the bandwagon? (Sometimes, though you do not like the song, you find yourself singing it because everybody does so).

While that song  is still in the airwaves, while the world is still waiting for the next big hit, some songwriter is probably composing something. The question is, what will he or she talk about? It could be a song about Saturday. Or December.  Or about deeper and more meaningful things like world peace, debt of gratitude for a friend, or for our parents, or for our Creator.

Aren’t you excited to hear wonderful songs with wonderful thoughts? Isn’t it great to cry or laugh because of the relation of the lyrics to your own experiences? For sure, it will be refreshing because those are what the music industry is lacking now. That kind of soothing sensation a new composition brings… when could it be felt again?

Perhaps, a songwriting competition showcasing songs of praises to God would shed a light.

As the end of September was fast-approaching, a big crowd filled the Smart Araneta Coliseum, a multi-purpose dome with an almost-17,000 seating capacity located at Quezon City, Philippines, and witnessed 12 vying songs in the A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival Grand Finals.  For a background: ASOP Music Festival is the perfect, and as far as I know, the only avenue where budding and experienced writers can share with people their musical masterpieces dedicated to giving thanks to God. You may visit their site for more information.


Upper left: UNTV’s CEO Kuya Daniel Razon tells the crowd how grateful he is for the success of ASOP’s 1st Grand Finals Night; Upper right: Gian Magdangal, one of the Philippines’ best voices, renders “Reasons to Believe” by Rommel Arguelles; Middle: International preacher Bro. Eli Soriano of the group Ang Dating Daan emphasizes the importance of singing and offering songs of praises to our Creator; Bottom: ASOP hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda add vibrance to the night with their delightful lines

With all the cheers from the crowd and the overwhelming feedbacks from the panel of judges,any person present there could not deny the fact that the songs he or she heard were all good, all appealing, all pleasures to the ear, to the heart and to the soul.

More than having catchy lyrics, theirs are very substantial and moving. They serve as little reminders of our obligation to give back all the praises to God. From the simplest to those reasons we could not burst out in words, we must thank God. Just the fact that you are there, sitting and reading this post, is enough to send your gratitude to him. Offering Him songs of praises is a way.

More than the playful melodies, their sequences of notes are resounding, and very much easy to recall. I even found myself humming them days after that night.  And, can I forget to mention that amazing feeling brought by the “magic” of their melodies? It is as if you are already hearing their sincerest thank You’s even without the lyrics.

You can listen to and download the songs here for free, and let your auditory senses (and heart) speak 🙂 Aren’t these songs, these stories, these sentiments more relevant to sing, and share?

It’s high time. Don’t you think these reasons are more than enough to put these songs of praises to the spotlight, and let the rest be “LSS-ed”? Or better yet, let these songs be part of their everyday playlist!