ASOP celebrates 6th milestone with a successful finale
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
ASOP Year 6 Grand Finals interpreters with hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda after the performance of the traditional opening song “Enrich The Spirit”. (Aaron Ricafrente / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — This year, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Inc.’s songwriting competition, A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival finals ended on a grand note after a new set of worship anthems filled the hearts of the crowd with uplifting heavenly music Monday night at the Big Dome. The grand finale drew thousands of ASOP fans of all ages.
It started out with this year’s interpreters’ adrenaline-pumping musical number of “Enrich The Spirit” accompanied by the tight harmony of ASOP chorale. The spirit of praise and worship was felt in the power production number.
The gospel fest named ASOP interpreter-turned-composer, Carlo David’s original praise song entitled “Dahil Sa Iyo” as the “Song of the Year”.
RnB King, Jay-R effortlessly delivered a smooth rendition of “Dahil Sa Iyo,” earning himself the Best Interpreter Award for his performance.
While many of the songs in this year’s line-up are emotional ballads, “Dahil Sa Iyo” is on the upbeat side.
The meaningful and inspiring worship anthem’s most memorable lyrics include: “Dahil Sa Iyo/ Ama, natuto akong mabuhay ng may pagmamahal/ At ang pagsunod sa Iyong salita ang siyang gabay/ Dahil sa Iyo namulat ako/ Sang-ayon sa ‘Yong paghahangad/ Ngayo’y buo, ako ay buo/ Dahil sa Iyo.”
Based on his real life story of finding completion and meaning in life after discovering God, the song inspires gratitude and sets out to send happy vibes through praise and worship.
A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 6 Grand Champion “Dahil Sa Iyo” composer Carlo David and interpreter Jay-R perform the Song of the Year after recieving the award.(Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
Grateful and overwhelmed, Carlo thanked ASOP for the opportunity to showcase his songwriting skills.
“I’ve already joined a lot of big competitions but ASOP is totally different because there is a purpose. I believe that through God’s grace, I was able to write ‘Dahil Sa Iyo’. The last line gives a gist of the song: I’m complete because of You’ and only Him, not because of my beautiful wife and family. Thank you ASOP for the opportunity,” said Carlo in an interview.
“It’s not the money. I have been playing music. I will continue,” he said.
3rd Runner-up: “Hallelujah To The One” Composer: Zion Aquino Interpreter: Gail Blanco Cash prize: Php 100,000
Best Interpreter: Jay R Cash prize: Php 50,000
People’s Choice: Carry On Composers: Nonie Ramos, PA Atienza and Nino Cristobal Interpreter: Sam Mangubat Cash prize: Php 50,000
Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.
Apart from setting the stage for the 12 powerhouse songs of praise, the gospel fest also led the audience down memory lane revisiting the best praise songs for the past years, bringing back the familiar gospel feels in a medley performed by today’s talented performers: Bugoy Drilon, Mela, Gidget Dela Llana, Leah Patricio, Tim Pavino, Jason Dy, Marielle Montellano, Jex De Castro with Carlo David.
(L-R) The intense production number of last year’s ASOP People Choice entries stirred everyone at the Big Dome as Marielle Montellano, Jex de Castro, Tim Pavino, Leah Patricio, and Jason Dy lend their beautiful voices to make the delightful event more memorable. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)
The event also paid tribute to the late singer-actress Isabel Granada, who had been a guest judge at the songwriting tilt.
Renowned hitmaker and resident judge Mon Del Rosario said that ASOP is evolving out of the traditional gospel music. According the highly regarded physician-composer and music producer, the sixth edition of ASOP is a drama-inducing album that features genres of RNB, jazz, pop rock, power ballad and EDM.
Moreover, he said that ASOP always gives him hope over all the problems of the music industry.
“I think that more than any other project in the praise music genre, ASOP stands out. If you think of praise music in the Philippines, it’s impossible not to think of ASOP,” Del Rosario said.
In his speech, BMPI Inc. CEO and President, Kuya Daniel Razon took the opportunity to thank all those who have been a part of the program: The songwriters who took part in the year-round competition for sharing their passion and music, the judges who critiqued song entries and advised composers and the audience who participated and applauded, the production for their hard work and most of all to the Almighty, the one who deserves all of our praises.
Part of Bro. Eli Soriano’s inspiring message for the night echoed the show’s aspiration to awaken the minds and hearts of the people through gospel music.
“My dream for ASOP is to be an international competition,” he said as he encourages everyone to compose songs with themes of unexplored angles about praise and worship, including thanking the Almighty for having parents who are of God.
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Labor Secretary Silvestre ” Bebot” Bello III
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced a good news on regularization during his interview with the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon” on Tuesday (August 14).
Bello said the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) signified their support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to end “endo” scheme or illegal contractualization in the country.
Secretary Bello said the group of employers in the country vowed to regularize 300,000 contractual employees within the year.
To make it happen, Bello said, ECOP promised to ink an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) before the year ends.
“Sabi ko kapag ginawa niyo iyan I will give you a labor holiday. In other words, hindi ko pabibisitahin ang mga inspectors ko. Just give me that 300,000 na i-regular niyo…Magkakaroon kami ng memorandum of understanding,” Bello assured.
ECOP serves as an umbrella organization of business communities from small entrepreneurs to large business companies and organizations such as the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, Chinese- Filipino Businessmen and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Giant firms such as SM Retail Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corporation are also members of ECOP.
Meanwhile, Bello admits they lack available labor law compliance officers to complete the inspection of 800,000 business establishments in the country. Since President Duterte issued the directive in May this year, DOLE was able to inspect only around 99,000 establishments to date.
Thus the Secretary encourages workers and employees themselves to volunteer by undergoing a DOLE-facilitated training to help in the inspection while the agency is awaiting the additional funds from the government in order to hire a new set of Labor Law Compliance Officers.
“Ideally sana kung talagang mapagtibay namin ang aming pag- iinspect, tama na sakin muna ng at least 2, 500 additional for a start. Iyong mga nurse sabi namin mag- apply kayo. We will deputize you. After your training, kayo ang mag- inspect sa mga hospitals,” he said.
Secretary Bello admits that regularization is a huge challenge, noting that he needs to convince business giants and conglomerates.
He insists his conscience is clear against allegations being thrown at him, even linking him with giant private companies.
Bello made it to the headlines because of multiple accusations of corruption, extortion and unauthorized collection of fees for OFW iDOLE cards.
The Secretary said he is willing to step down anytime if the President orders him to do so. But Bello remains confident that he still has the trust of President Duterte.
“Awa ng Dios hindi pa naman ako tinatawagan ng Presidente. Kasi sabi naman ng Presidente na kahit kaunting suspicion lang na meron kang kinasasangkutan na katiwalian, ‘Hindi lang kita tanggalin, papatayin pa kita,’ sabi niya. Awa ng Dios buhay pa ako. Alam ng ating Pangulo ang pagkatao ko,” he concluded. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo
MANILA, Philippines — For the third time, UNTV will hold a rescue summit to be participated by rescuers from different regions in the country.
The summit this July 11 will be different as it will open a competition for the most skilled and fastest-rescue teams that can respond to various scenarios, especially the Big One or a major earthquake.
“Kung dito nga naman mangyayari yun (major earthquake), we cannot expect na taga-dito pa rin. Tayo-tayo pa rin ang magtutulungan regarding that. We have to depend on the help from outside,” said BMPI-UNTV Vice President for admin and external affairs Gerry Panghulan.
(If the ‘Big One’ hits us, we cannot expect help to come from here also. We have to help each other regarding that. We have to depend on help from outside.)
UNTV Rescue Summit is among the public service projects spearheaded by BMPI-UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon, who also pioneered the rescue training effort for its news reporters and personnel.
Major cash prizes await the winning rescue groups apart from the experience and opportunity to improve their abilities.
“Alam mo naman si Kuya Daniel pag nag-isip ng proyekto lagi gusto niya kasi ma-improve ang capabilities ng mga team na sasali para sa kanila rin,” said Panghulan.
(You know how Kuya Daniel thinks. When he comes up with a project, he wants to make sure that the capabilities of participating teams will also improve. It’s for their own good.)
But even without monetary incentives, participating rescue teams view the event as essential in enhancing their skills and knowledge in saving lives.
“Kasi dito, hindi po ang kompetisyon ang tinitignan naming kundi yung mga natutunan po namin. Mas marami kami natutunan tsaka yung camaraderie na nakikilala namin mga kapwa namin rescuers. Mas mabilis response namin,” said PDRRMO Nueva Vizcaya training head Jennelyn Hernandez.
(We’re not looking to win the competition but rather what we can learn from it. We learn a lot and we enjoy the camaraderie as we get to know our fellow rescuers. We respond faster now.)
“Napakahalaga ng ginagawa ng UNTV ngayon lalo na sa aming mga responders upang mas lalo kami matuto o di kaya’y mas lalo kaming maging ready pagdumating ang the Big One,” said PDRRMO Isabela training head Robert Umoso.
(UNTV’s initiatives are so valuable especially in training responders to be more alert when the Big One comes.) — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
(L-R) BMPI Events Head Bobby Delos Santos, Star Music Audio Content Head Jonathan Manalo, Wishcovery’s resident reactor Jungee Marcelo, Star Cinema executive Roxy Liquigan, BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon, Wishful Ace, Carmela, Louie Anne, Kimberly, Princess, VP for TV and Marketing Jay Eusebio, VP for Radio Bong Etorma at Wishful Journey Album Launch Concert held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 2018. (PVI/Paul Junel Aquino)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – There is no stopping Wishcovery’s Wishful 5 – Ace Bartolome, Carmela Ariola, Louie Anne Culala, Kimberly Baluzo and grand champion Princess Sevillena – from achieving their dreams as they mark the very first in the music history’s album launch record.
Award-winning Music Producer Junjee Marcelo and Star Music Audio and Content Head Jonathan Manalo both agreed that the Wishful 5’s album launch was indeed “historical.”
A total of 15,000 units of the group’s “Wishful Journey” album were sold out in a matter of hours on Monday, June 18, which accorded them both a gold and platinum award. According to Manalo, it was rare for a new group of artists to receive such overwhelming support from fans.
“First time na talagang for a new artist, sa isang baguhang grupo ng artist na ganoon karami at ganoon kahaba iyong pila. Sobra talagang natutuwa ako na iyong supporters nila talagang sobrang loyal at talagang pinilahan…First day nag- gold, nag- platinum agad and first time nangyari iyon sa history,” exclaimed Manalo.
The Philippine Association of the Record Industry Inc. (PARI Inc.) considers an album a gold record if it reaches 7,500 units of sales mark and platinum if it reaches the 15,000 unit sales mark.
The gold and platinum awards were given to the Wishful 5 during their successful “Wishful Journey” concert at the Big Dome on Tuesday, June 20.
Meanwhile, music veteran Junjee Marcelo considers it a great honor to be part of the Wishful 5’s songwriting team and have a hand in the five artists’ training, seeing their exceptional potential.
“I have no words. Ibang level talaga. Iyong ma- appreciate iyong ginawa mo, one thing iyon. Pero para ma- appreciate ng nakararami iyong ginawa mo ay sobrang blessing iyon. It can only happen because the LORD made it happen,” he said.
Kuya Daniel Razon, the innovator behind Wish 107.5, expressed his gratitude to the Lord for the record sales and for the success of the Wishful Journey concert.
“One day platinum, one day gold, kasi magkasama na…Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat na sumuporta sa Wishful 5. Una ang ating laging pasasalamat sa Panginoon sa lahat ng Kaniyang kabutihan…Sa mga hindi natin ine-expect pero ipinagkakaloob Niya pa rin,” he said.
Junjee, meanwhile, commended Kuya Daniel for the success of the project and hopes for more to come from Wish FM.
“Si Kuya Daniel na laging mahirap sundan iyong mga ideya dahil laging trail blazer. I just want to tell you personally Kuya Daniel na don’t ever stop doing those things kasi it really blesses a lot of people. People who really need a break. People na katulad namin who are looking for talents and nagawa lahat iyan nitong buong experience na ito,” he concluded. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo
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