UNTV News and Rescue Team Singapore hailed as “Natatanging Organisasyon” for media and journalism

admin   •   November 4, 2017   •   5961

The Sulo Ng Overseas Filipino Singapore Chapter recognized UNTV News and Rescue Singapore’s advocacies and presented the award of ‘Natatanging Organisasyon – Media & Journalism’. Maila Guevarra and Rose Annie Reyes Mancilla represented UNTV Singapore Team in receiving the trophy. (Jeffrey Navarro / Photoville International)

The Gawad Sulo Foundation Singapore has recognized UNTV News and Rescue Team for its contributions in the establishment and to the overall state of the Filipino community in the country.

“Yung sa UNTV, natatanging organisasyon for media and journalism. Yung pagkakaroon ng walang bias, yung pagkakaroon ng upright information. Nakikita talaga namin yung service dun sa Filipino communities kaya yun yung naging basis namin sa pagpili sa UNTV,” said Gawad Sulo Foundation Singapore Secretary General Rex Nebre.

( Translation: UNTV received the award for outstanding organization for media and journalism. It’s for their unbiased reporting and upright information. We can really see the services being provided to Filipino communities which is where we based our decision to select UNTV.)

“Sa UNTV po, nagpapasalamat po ako dahil hindi ninyo nakakalimutan ang mga Filipino, na binibigyan ng medical mission, na yan ang importante sa atin. Kasi yung health natin dito kung wala kung may sakit tayo hindi tayo pwede magtrabaho. UNTV is the best in Singapore for TV,” said Zeny Leong, ambassador of Gawad Sulo Foundation Singapore.

(Translation: I would like to thank UNTV for always remembering the Filipinos by conducting medical missions which are really important to us. If we get sick here, we won’t be able to work. UNTV is the best in Singapore for TV.)

The ceremony was held at York Hotel on October 29 and attended by various Filipino organizations and embassy officials. UNTV’s Singapore correspondents, Maila Guevarra and Annie Mancilla, received the award.  They said the achievement would not have been be possible without the help from God and UNTV’s major partner in public service, the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

“Una po sa lahat ay nagpapasalamat po kami sa Dios sa bawat pagkakataong ibinibigay Niya sa amin upang makapaglingkod kami sa kapwa. (First of all we thank God for every opportunity to serve our fellowmen.) ,” said Annie Reyes Mancilla a correspondent.

“Salamat din po sa ating mga katuwang sa paggawa ang Members Church of God International sa patnugot nina Bro. Eli Soriano at Kuya Daniel Razon. Gaya po ng parati nilang tinuturo sa atin, with or without recognition patuloy po tayong magbibigay serbisyo at maglilingkod sa publiko. To God be the Glory,” said Maila Guevarra,  a  UNTV News and Rescue Singapore correspondent.

(Translation: Thank you also to our partner in these endeavors, the Members Church of God International through the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon. Just like what has been taught to us, with or without recognition, we will continue to serve the public.)

Aside from UNTV, some of the awardees of “Natatanging Indibidwal ” (Outsanding Individual) were Aniceta Cataran of POLO-OWWA and Labor Attache Ramon Lamberto Pastrana of DOLE Singapore.

Gawad Sulo for overseas Filipino is a recognition given to outstanding individuals and organizations doing great contributions to the Philippine society in Singapore.

The Gawad Sulo Foundation Singapore looks forward to more Filipino overseas, whatever their stature in life, who would step up and start community services and charity works for the improvement of the society. — Queenie Ballon | UNTV News & Rescue

6th Wish Music Awards pioneers a groundbreaking new normal for PH music industry

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s top FM station Wish 107.5 staged another milestone in the Philippine music industry with a concert inside not just any venue but at the Big Dome on Sunday (January 17).

The radio station of the famed Wish Bus, once again proved that it is truly “breaking boundaries”, that despite the pandemic it was able to pull off a grand concert for a cause and gathered some of the top Filipino artists at the 6th Wish Music Awards hosted by celebrity-athlete Gretchen Ho and “Asia’s Romantic Balladeer,” Christian Bautista. 

“It’s so nice to see people get a chance again to perform for their fans live, to just have a feel of the stage again,” said Ho.

Attendees underwent swab testing, while health protocols and proper sanitation procedures were strictly observed.

Each of the hosts and performing artists was given a microphone for their exclusive use throughout the event.

For the RT-PCR and antigen tests, Wish 107.5 partnered with Maxicare Health Corporation.

Only attendees with negative results were allowed to enter the venue.

The entire Big Dome also underwent massive disinfection for the safety of the attendees.

All productions and technical crew were required to use face masks and face shield throughout the event and floor markings were placed to guide them of the proper social distance.

The event at the Big Dome was not opened to the public, but fans and supporters were still able to enjoy the show as it was streamed live through Wish 107.5’s official YouTube channel.

Viewers on Sunday night reached to over 40,000 and the event hashtag #WishMusicAwards trended on Twitter with almost 200,000 tweets.

This year, the station gave two prestigious awards to individuals who made major contributions to the Philippine music industry, starting off with OPM legend and renowned lyricist, Rey Valera and Journey frontman and singer-philanthropist, Arnel Pineda.

“It is an honor to be bestowed this prestigious award; the prize money you’re going to give to us will definitely make a difference to the lives of our beneficiaries,” Pineda said, receiving the KDR Icon of Music and Philanthropy award.

“Salamat sa Kuya Daniel. Natutuwa ako puro kabataan ang nakikita ko. Nakikita ko ang kinabukasan ng OPM. Napakinggan ko ang mga lyrics nila. Importante sa akin iyon. Gusto kong mangyari kung ano ang mangyayari bukas,” Valera said receiving the KDR Icon of Musical Excellence award.

Winners in this year’s Wish Music Awards received P25,000 each while their chosen charities received P100, 000 each.

Among the highlights at Sunday’s event was the debut performance at the Wish Awards of OPM royalty, ‘Parokya ni Edgar’ and the award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian.

Wish 107.5’s creator and innovator Kuya Daniel Razon, who on Sunday graced the event inside the Wish Bus, expressed his gratitude to all OPM artists for keeping their music alive to heal, to inspire and to give hope in the face of a pandemic. 

“I wish to tell all of you, that your endeavors are very much appreciated,” noted Kuya Daniel, President and CEO of BMPI-UNTV which manages Wish 107.5.

“Ang inyong mga awitin at musika ay nanatili para patuloy na umaliw, patuloy na dumamay, sa bawat lumbay, sa bawat pangamba at sa bawat takot. Mayroon pong mga titik, mayroong tinig at tunog na palaging nagbibigay buhay at kahulugan sa mga damdaming ito. I would like to thank you all for being our hidden heroes during this difficult time,” he added.

Kuya Daniel vows to continue helping more Filipino artists by providing an avenue for the promotion of their music and an opportunity to spread goodwill through Wish 107.5. MNP (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)

READ: 6th Wish 107.5 Music Awards: Complete List of Winners

Suspects in Dacera rape-slay send ‘surrender feeler’; PNP insists victim was raped

Marje Pelayo   •   January 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) stands by the rape-slay angle in the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera on January 1 inside a hotel room in Makati City.

This is despite claims from suspects that they have no interest in women as they are members of the LGBT community.

On Wednesday (January 6), PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas, National Capital Region Police Office Director PBGen. Vicente Danao Jr, and some members of the PNP Command Group met with Dacera’s family.

Sinas updated Dacera’s mother on the ongoing police investigation wherein some of the suspects have sent surrender feelers to the PNP following his 72-hour ultimatum for them to surrender.

Sinas maintained that Dacera was raped based on the bruises and contusions found in different parts of the victim’s body.

“We have evidence but we do not reveal it now kasi ongoing pa ang investigation at na-file na ang initial case sa court,” the PNP Chief said. 

But based on the autopsy report acquired by UNTV, there was no mention of male semen found in Dacera’s private part though the report claims there was a  “deep-healed laceration” in her hymen.

There were also no traces of illegal drugs in her body based on the report though some undetermined ‘blackish fluid’ was found inside her stomach.

Bruises and contusions were also found on her knees and a mark from a needle prick in her right arm.

The autopsy report named Christine Dacera as the victim signed by the Medico Legal Officer PMaj. Dr. Michael Nick Sarmiento and was marked ‘Certified True Copy.’

Dacera’s mother Sharon expressed gratitude for the outpouring support, especially coming from President Rodrigo Duterte. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Singapore confirms first case of new COVID-19 strain

Marje Pelayo   •   December 24, 2020

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed on Wednesday (December 23) that one case of a new potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) virus — the B117 strain— circulating in the United Kingdom, has been detected in the country.

The patient is a 17-year-old Singaporean student who returned from the UK.

She had been studying in the UK from August 2020 and returned to Singapore on December 6. She served the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at a dedicated facility upon arrival. 

She developed a fever the next day, and was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on December 8.

All her close contacts had been placed on quarantine, and had tested negative for COVID-19 infection at the end of their quarantine period. 

“As she had been isolated upon arrival in Singapore, we were able to ringfence this case so that there was no further transmission arising from her,” the Ministry assured.

Following the recent report, the National Public Health Laboratory is performing viral genomic sequencing for confirmed COVID-19 cases who had arrived from Europe recently. 

From arrivals of passengers from Europe between November 17 and December 17, a total of 31 were confirmed to have COVID-19 infection in December which included one who has been found carrying the B117 strain.

The MOH said another 11 cases are pending confirmatory results who are preliminarily positive for the B117 strain. 

The agency assured that there is no evidence that the B117 strain is circulating in the community and all the cases had been placed on 14-day ‘stay at home notice’ (SHN) at dedicated facilities or isolated upon arrival in Singapore, and their close contacts had been quarantined earlier.

As a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of spread to Singapore, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced effective immediately, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the UK within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. 

Meanwhile, returning Singaporeans and permanent residents will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore, at the start of their 14-day SHN.


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