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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.

WATCH: “Dahil Sa’Yo” hailed as ASOP’s Song of the Year

Here is the full list of winners:

Song of the Year: “Dahil Sa Iyo”
Composer: Carlo David
Interpreter: Jay R
Cash Prize: Php 500,000

1st Runner-up: “You’re All I Need”
Composers: Jessan May Mirador
Interpreter: Kris Angelica
Cash Prize: Php 250,000

2nd Runner-up: “Ikaw Ang Aking Dios”
Composer: Lorna Petrasanta
Interpreter: Liezel Garcia
Cash Prize: Php 150,000

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.

WATCH: First time ASOP judges express amazement 

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.

With regard to ASOP winning at the 31st PMPC Star Awards for TV as the Best Talent Search Program, the chairman said that all glory belongs to God.

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.

In the culminating event, Bro. Eli also thanked Members of Church of God International (MCGI) for overwhelming support to the program.

As the year closes, ASOP continues its search for the best worship songs dedicated all for the glory of God. — Yssa Jalmasco | UNTV New Media

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Wish Bus in Hollywood, to help introduce OPM talents to international scene

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

 

Last January 15, 2017 (Monday), Kuya Daniel Razon introduced to the crowd the new Wish Bus which will station at Hollywood, USA

MANILA, Philippines – Wish 107.5 stays true to its commitment to be Filipino talent’s gateway to the world.

Through Wish FM’s innovations, foreigners were wowed by the singing prowess of OPM artists.

Wishclusive videos taken on the Pambansang Wish Bus continue to gain worldwide attention through the Wish Youtube channel.

It now has almost 2 million subscribers and over 800 million views.

And now, aiming to further promote Filipino talent, Wish FM is set to bring the Wishclusive performances abroad through the popular Wish Bus.

“At this point, I would just like to let you know that in these coming months, we are already preparing for another big leap and we have that already. We have traveled our Wish Bus from New York to Los Angeles. Now it’s already in Hollywood and waiting for the inauguration,” said Wish creator, Kuya Daniel Razon.

“After this Hollywood thing, we’re looking forward to having also our Wish Bus in Europe,” he added.

OPM artists were amazed at the concept of a traveling Wish bus.

“If halimbawa, magkaroon ng Wish Bus sa ibang bansa and then magf-fly sila ng mga OPM artists doon tapos iikot sa iba’t ibang bansa, magandang idea iyon. Kasi sobrang unique eh kahit iyong mga foreigner’s pag narinig nila yung… ‘What? Studio in a bus?’ Parang sobrang nacucurious sila tapos hindi pa puchu-puchu iyong quality.  Kung gaano kaganda iyong quality sa regular na studio, kung hindi pa mas maganda parang pwede mo na silang i-compare. So nakakaproud na meron tayong nap-produce na ganun kaya sana matuloy yun,” said popular “soul supreme” singer, KZ Tandingan.

(If for example, there will be a Wish bus in other countries and they will fly OPM artists there and tour different countries. That’s a good idea because it’s so unique. Even foreigners, whenever they hear… ‘What? Studio in a bus?’ they seem so curious and the quality is very good.)

“Ang dami pong Filipino artists abroad that are just so great. Sa states pa lang po sobrang naguumapaw na din lahat ng talents ng Filipinos there and so to have Wish Bus go there so that they could help promote the OFWs or the Filipinos that are residing in different countries. It’s such a great opportunity and a great avenue once again that Wish has created,” said rising singer/song writer, Moira dela Torre.

(There are a lot of Filipino artists abroad that are just so great… So to have Wish Bus go there so that they could help promote the OFWs or the Filipinos that are residing in different countries, it’s such a great opportunity and a great avenue once again that Wish has created.)

“For us to be able to bring Wish to other countries and to reach our kababayans there and more, sobrang laking ano nun (it’s such a big deal). It’s an honor of course to be a part of this family and it’s so big for Wish. I’m only very excited, I’m looking forward for what else is in store for everybody kaya go. Congratulations po Kuya Daniel,” said stage actress and recording star Morissette Amon.

The concept of the first FM booth on wheels and state-of-the-art Wish Bus is praised not only by Filipinos but also by international artists who have performed there. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Wish 107.5 makes various innovations in music industry

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – It has just been 3 years since Wish 107.5 started its operations yet it has become a favorite of many music fans

Because of its innovations and one-of-a-kind concepts, it has received numerous awards and gained attention here and abroad.

Among these is the very popular Wish bus which was introduced during the station launch.

The Wish Bus, the first and only FM booth on wheels, is the brainchild of veteran broadcaster and humanitarian, Kuya Daniel Razon.

It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities used to produce your favorite Wishclusive videos. Because of its uniqueness, this roving music hub has never failed to catch the attention of commuters.

“Wish 107.5 Bus was actually conceptualized because we have noticed that here in the metropolis, traffic is really terrible. So one of the things that we would like to introduce is something that would assuage the feeling of boredom and also the feeling of going crazy in the traffic jam,” Razon said.

The bus regularly visits different parts of the country to provide free mini-concerts of promising Filipino and international artists —and soon we’ll be able to see it roaming abroad.

“Gusto namin nga po talaga, mas marami yung Wish bus namin. So naumpisahan na natin na naicustomize na natin yung sa Hollywood. So what we wanted to do is ma-i-showcase po ang ating Filipino artists all over the globe,” Razon added.

(We really wanted to replicate our Wish bus so we have started to customize one in Hollywood. So what we wanted to do is to showcase our Filipino artists all over the globe.)

Among the popular programs of the station is Wishcovery which showcases the talent of aspiring singers in the country.

It is the biggest online singing competition in the country today.

Apart from these innovations, Wish 107.5 is considered unique for being an FM station with a heart.

“What we wanted to do is to help yung mga nandoon sa (those in the) music industry. And by opening up our station, we wanted to incorporate kasi (because of) the element of helping other people. The reason why we named it Wish is because we wanted to grant wishes,” Razon said.

Every small wish fulfilled brings smiles to the beneficiary.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa wish kasi tinupad po nila iyong wish ko (I thank Wish for granting my wish),” wisher from Bulacan Sheila Laudera said.

 

“Masarap sa pakiramdam kasi merong isang radio station na nag-grant ng wish. I hope sana marami din kayong ma-grant na Wish (It feels good that there is a radio station that grants wishes. I hope you grant more wishes),” Quezon City Wisher Regine Ann Abaigar said.

Also among the one-of-a-kind concepts of Wish FM is the Wish Music Awards which aside from being a night of honoring promising artists is a charitable event. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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PBS encourages Bible reading among public in line with National Bible Month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Janine has been a member of the Bible Readers Society (BREAD) for four years now.

BREAD is a group that encourages Bible reading among the youth.

Janine said she has noticed changes in her life since she learned to read the bible.

“I used to read pocketbooks but since I started reading the Bible, I also learned to obey my parents to study well, to be a good citizen and especially to thank God in the morning and at night,” said Janine.

Under Presidential Proclamation No. 124 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the National Bible Month will be celebrated in the whole month of January.

Based on research conducted by the Philippine Bible Society, 55 percent of families in the country have no Bible.

This is why the Philippine Bible Society secretary-general, Nora Lucero urges the public and government officials to take some time to read the Bible.

“The word of God will be our guide now that our country is facing challenges,” said Lucero.

The BREAD was formed in 1998 with the aim of encouraging the youth to stay away from vices and take time to read the Bible.

“Its high time for us to invite the youth to read the bible at least 5 to 10 minutes. If some of us have time for Korean movies and Facebook but the 5 to 10 minutes reading the Bible we will learn good things,” said BREAD-NCR official Brian Gil Bautista.

On one episode of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) program, Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International (MCGI) has said that the Bible is a legacy of God to mankind.

“You memorize the love letter of your suitor. The Bible is a love letter from God to his children his love, care and promises are there in the Bible,” said Bro. Eli.

Meanwhile, the MCGI gave away 300 copies of the Bible to the provincial library of Cavite.

“In behalf of the provincial government of Cavite, thank you very much. This will be a big help to our visitors in our provincial library and also for students,” said Cavite Vice Governor Hon. Ramon Jolo Revilla III.

“First of all thank you to Ang Dating Daan for donating Bibles to our library. This is very important and timely since we are celebrating National Bible Month,” said Cavite provincial librarian Mrs. Concepcion Villanueva. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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