ASOP celebrates 6th milestone with a successful finale

UNTV News   •   November 15, 2017   •   4212

 

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

‘Salamat sa Dios’ composer wins 1st weekly eliminations of ASOP Year 8 for August

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2019

Composer Rudielyn Chua (right) and song interpreter Jek Manuel (left)

‘Salamat sa Dios’ composer has won the 1st weekly eliminations of A Song of Praise (ASOP) Year 8 for August.

This is not the first time composer Rudielyn Chua entered ASOP. She already submitted two of her compositions but they did not make the cut.

However, Rudielyn said her failures are not the reason for her to stop writing songs of praises.

“Naisulat ko po iyong kanta dahil sa experience ko po sa buhay. Mula sa pagkabata ko po, naranasan ko po iyong kabutihan ng Dios kaya po iyong simpleng mayroon po akong buhay, lakas—iyong pag-iingat sa araw-araw, talaga pong ipinagpapasalamat ko po iyon sa Kaniya, (I wrote the song because I experienced it in my life. Ever since I was a child, I experienced the goodness of God. For simple things that I am alive, I have strength, I thank God for guiding me everyday)” she said.

The judges were amazed by the song.

“I agree na malaki, malakas iyong recall ng ‘Salamat sa Dios’, and naiintindihan ko rin na talagang sobrang grateful iyong gumawa ng ating kanta, (I agree, the recall of ‘Salamat sa Dios’ is great and I understood that the composer really feels grateful)” according to ASOP judge Sheryl Cruz.

In November, 12 original worship song compositions will attempt to capture the hearts of the viewers at the ASOP Year 8 Grand Finals.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Classic match: Alaska topples San Miguel in UNTV Cup PBA Legends face-off

Marje Pelayo   •   July 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Fans went wild at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday (July 8) as the Milkmen served the Beermen their first taste of defeat at the conclusion of UNTV Cup Off PBA Legends off-season games.

Even the Legends themselves were amazed to feel their old aggressive self coming back to life just like the good old days as they hit the hardcourt.

“Believe it or not, iyong intensity noong nasa dulo (the intensity through the end of the game) it felt like the 90s again,” exclaimed Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutchman” Lastimosa.

“So it was just like going back in time for the times. We were here 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the feeling was the same although a bit slower but the competition was there, the intensity was there,” he said.

“Sa totoo lang na-miss ko din talaga (Honestly, I missed [playing] so much),” said Kiko Adriano of San Miguel.

“The last time I played siguro 2008. Ito talaga ang ano ng player, iyong pride (This is the pride of a player) although medyo lack kami duon sa players pero up to the last na oras talagang laban pa rin (though we lack players but up to the last hour we continued fighting),” he said.

Basketball fans couldn’t sit still as they watch and shout to the breathtaking exchanges of double and triple shots, minute after minute of the game.

Indeed, a classic match they missed for decades.

Marlon Pangan is from a family of Ginebra die-hard fans. He made sure to witness the comeback of his idol Bal David into the hardcourt as he flaunted an old jersey of David like it was his ‘lucky charm.’

“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga yung kalakasan nila (Since 1994, I’ve seen them when they were at the peak of their career) – Bal David, Marlo Aquino, Noli Locsin. Natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami. Hanggang ngayon, sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (I am happy that until now, we’re still here, supporting their games),” he said.

Alaska supporter Jeon Yantada goes all-out for his idol Willie “The Thriller” Miller.

“Parang bumagal na siya lumaki na pero yung tira niya sa labas parang (Stephen) Curry. Hindi naman nagbabago (He seemed to have slowed down a bit but his shots were like Stephen Curry’s. Nothing changed),” the Alaska die-hard fan said.

“Nanonood ako ng PBA kapag may San Miguel fight lang. Nag-cheer ako even pumusta ko sa kanila (I watch PBA only when San Miguel fights. I cheered for them and even placed a bet on them),” said Allan Bernales of his favorite team San Miguel.

It was an intense one hour inside the Big Dome as Alaska Aces hit the hardcourt with a vengeance against the strong San Miguel Beermen who defeated them in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game with only seven points, 96-83.

The Beermen started strong in the first quarter, leading the ball game with two points, 21-19.

But the Milkmen was also up for the win and led the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 37-34, thanks to Willie “the Thriller” Miller’s 10 points contribution.

San Miguel again dominated the third quarter with an 8-point lead after Chris Calaguio fired four three-point shots, 60-52.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos displayed his ‘deadly crossover moves’, pushing Alaska closer to lead, 70-68.

There was non-stop intensity as John Ferriols added a free throw and Eddie Laure jumped for two.

The Milkmen finally scored ahead of the Beermen, 71-70 as both teams went neck and neck, scoring tied twice at 71 and 72.

At the final one minute and 42 seconds, the Beermen had the chance to win the game when Kiko Adriano stole the ball and attempted a shot but missed.

At 1:03, Miller fired a three-point shot but Allan Caidic couldn’t just watch so “the Triggerman” delivered his ‘shooting touch’ of three, bringing the score to a third tie at 75.

The last 46 seconds of the ball game brought out the best of both teams.

Abarrientos ended the showdown with a final lay up during the remaining 12 seconds, securing Alaska’s championship title, 77-75, while fans singing “Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!” (Nothing can beat Alaska!)

Battle for 3rd: Ginebra vs. Purefoods

Crowd-favorite Ginebra and Purefoods battle for the third place prior to the championship game.

The Gin Kings toppled the Hotdogs in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game, 97-89.

But it was a complete turn-around as the Hotdogs emerged victorious after defeating the Gin Kings and secured the third spot in the PBA Legends Face Off, 98-75.

Six players from Purefoods contributed double-digit scores – Roger Yap (20); Alvin Patrimonio (16); Tony Boy Espinosa (14); Glenn Capacio (13); Dwight Lago (10) and Jerry Codinera (10).

Meanwhile, leading Ginebra with high scores were Bennett Palad (16); Mike Orquillas (14); and Bal David (11).

The Legends have nothing but praises to the one-of-a-kind charity basketball game organized by UNTV president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon in cooperation with the PBA Legends Foundation chaired by former Crispa star Atoy Co.

“Congratulations to everybody. Siyempre giving back to the fans din ito, (Of course, this is also giving back to the fans,)” exclaimed Alvin ‘the Captain’ Patrimonio.

“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans kasi grabe yung cheers nila sa amin (I’m amazed with the way the fans cheered for us, so lively),“ he said.

“Congratulations to UNTV for making this event possible. We were very, very thankful hindi lang doon sa mga Legends na naglalaro kundi sa purpose nito (not only to the Legends who played but for the purpose of this game) – to help the Legends,” thanked Purefoods Bong ‘The Raven’ Ravena.

“Aside for the win this is for all the fans. Makabalik man lang kami sa kanila kahit maliit na kasayahan. Malaking bagay sa amin iyon (To give back to them and to be able to make them happy, that means a lot to us),” he added.

“Sana tuloy-tuloy pa at marami pang (ganitong) event (I hope for more of this event in the future). Thank you and all the best. More power Kuya Daniel and sa UNTV,” concluded Ginebra’s Bal ‘The Flash’ David.

The host UNTV has given the four teams P2-M which they donated to the PBA Legends Foundation. – with details from Bernard Dadis

MCGI receives third Gold Award from Singapore Red Cross

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2019

SINGAPORE – Singapore Red Cross has accorded more than 1,600 blood donors as well as community partners in a recognition ceremony on June 29, 2019.

The SRC made the recognition as a gesture of gratitude in celebration of the 16th World Blood Donor Day.

During the occasion, the SRC was pleased to announce that more than 29,000 patients benefited from a total of 116,000 blood units donated by more than 73,000 active blood donors last year.

During the ceremony held at Downtown East, the SRC together with the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) accorded 21 champion blood donors with the Medal for Life Award, the highest honor given to blood donors who have contributed more than 200 blood units.

The annual ceremony also recognized some of the 35 corporate and community blood-mobile organizers for their invaluable contributions to the growing blood donors’ pool in Singapore.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), as among the blood-mobile organizations, received its third Gold Award for sharing a total of 500 blood units last year.

“We thank GOD for every opportunity to do good. MCGI Singapore shares the love by donating blood. It is a continuing act of the church thru the leadership of Bro Eli and Kuya Daniel. We thank the Singapore Red Cross for being our faithful partner through the years,” expressed MCGI’s Representative Robert Navoa.

The group has been an active partner of SRC in its blood donation drives for years now and it is constantly encouraging the public to join them in this noble endeavor.

“Nananawagan (kami) sa inyo na samahan po natin ang ating mga mangangaral sa paggawa ng mabuti. Ang pag-donate ng dugo ay isa sa kabutihang itinuturo sa atin, (We call on your support to our Preacher’s advocacy of doing good. Donating blood is one good deed being taught to us,)” said Oli Caraan, an MCGI representative.

“Sa ngalan po ng MCGI blood mobile organizers sa Singapore nagpapasalamat po kami una sa Dios at inaanyayahan po namin ang aming mga kababayan na patuloy po suportahan ang Red Cross sa Blood Donation Drive (On behalf of the MCGI blood-mobile organizers in Singapore, we thank first God for this and we encourage our compatriots to continuously support Red Cross in its blood donation drives),” added Archie Federico, also of MCGI.

Blood donation is a very important task for the community, according to Benjamin Williams, the Secretary General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross.

“If we do not have sufficient blood then the important things like essential medical services may be hindered so we are always constantly encouraging people who are healthy to donate blood. In particular, in the case of Singapore and many countries, we want to encourage young people to donate blood,” he said.

Singapore is an aging population, he noted, and as a person ages, he or she is not able to donate blood that’s why he emphasizes on the importance of constantly encouraging young people to donate, especially those in their healthy age of 16.

“We have a long journey of blood donation and it will help to ensure that the country has a safe and adequate supply of safe blood,” Williams concluded.

Aside from being one of Singapore’s blood-mobile organizers, the MCGI also renders different public services for Filipinos and foreign nationals alike including free international calls to the Philippines for overseas Filipino workers, free blood pressure checkup, free vitamins and computer lessons for OFWs.

The group is also engaged in various wellness programs for senior citizens in Singapore in cooperation with the NTUC Health from which, the MCGI is expecting to receive another recognition come July this year. – with details from Annie Mancilla | UNTV Singapore

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