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“Isang Araw, Ikatlong Yugto” – a movie like no other

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Director / Writer / Actor Kuya Daniel Razon watching his advocacy film with the guests on the sponsors night. (Kenji Hasegawa / Photoville International)

PASAY CITY, Philippines — Celebrity cast of Isang Araw, Ikatlong Yugto agree that the film is a must-watch for its extraordinary theme.

Veteran Actor and Rescuer Jeffrey Santos expressed, “Hindi kasi lahat ng pelikula yun ang binibigay eh, normally ang lesson ng pelikula is human nature. It’s very seldom na word of God…not many Filipino movies are done like that. It’s a good thing na si Kuya Daniel nag-iisip ng ganung klaseng forte.”

(Because not all movies offer the [Words of God]. Normally, the moral lesson of a movie is about human nature. It’s very seldom that the Word of God is the main topic… not many Filipino movies are done like that. It’s a good thing that Brother Daniel Razon thought of making this kind of film.)

Budding actress Michelle Vito commended, “Dapat naman talaga siguro na sa lahat ng pinapanuod natin may about God kasi yun ang maganda sa pakiramdam, eh. And kung galing talaga kay God, yung mga message galing sa Biblia, yun ang tamang lesson na binibigay sa atin.”

(Maybe it really should be like that that what we watch have contents about God because that is what can make us feel good. And if the content is really from God, the messages are based from the Holy Bible, and that is the right lesson we can get.)

RELATED: ‘Isang Araw:Ikatlong Yugto’ is a moral booster to the country’s police force, says PNP 

Each of them shared the lesson they’ve learned from being part of the production and after watching the final version of the movie that was written, starred and directed by Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Respeto pa rin sa mga magulang dapat andoon pa rin,” Ms. Jackie Aquino shared one of the lessons she learned.

(Respect for parents, should always be there.)

Santos added, “Yung simplest na eksena nabibigyan ng aral ng moral values. I am thankful and blessed na makasama ako sa pelikulang tulad noon na nagpapasa ng ganung klaseng aral.”

(Even  the simplest scene in the movie, you can get moral values. I am thankful and blessed that I became  part of a movie that imparts life lessons.)

The presentation of casts present on the movie’s sponsor’s night at Marriott Hotel Ballroom in Pasay City. (Kenji Hasegawa / Photoville International)

Around 2,000 spectators flocked the sponsors’ night at Marriott Grand Ballroom on Tuesday to witness the premier showing of the movie.

Everyone was overwhelmed to have first viewing and some even shared how the film has touched them.

Audience Kevin Vitug explained, “Yung mga turo sa kanya ng tatay na kailangan mo talagang magpakababa, hindi mo kailangang maging mayaman, pakinggan mo lang yung sinasabi ng magulang mo sa’yo—tumatak sa akin yun.”

(The lessons on humility that his father has taught him, wherein you don’t necessarily have to be rich, you just need to listen to the teachings of your parents — that stood out for me.)

While another viewer, Mark Talagtag, shared, “Yung isang natutunan ko doon yung kay Wendell at Lara na hindi mo maaayos ang isang bagay pag parehas kayong tama. Minsan kailangan kunin mo yung pagkakamali para magkasundo kayo para malaman nyo ang tama.”

(One thing I learned from the characters of Wendell and Lara is that, you cannot fix an argument if both of you claim to be right. Sometimes you need to admit you’re wrong to patch things up.)

And Reyna Ladimora shared, “Palaging may takot sa Dios kahit sa pulubi dapat laging may awa.”

(We should always be God-fearing and always have a heart for the poor.)

Attendees grabbed the chance to get a photo souvenir with Kuya Daniel Razon — the director, writer and lead actor of the advocacy film “Isang Araw” Ikatlong Yugto. (Wilson Domingo / Photoville International)

The Isang Araw film director, writer and lead actor Kuya Daniel Razon said, the movie offers messages that will open the minds of children, parents, and even ordinary people to things that seem to have been forgotten by many in today’s society.

“Kasi ang tao kapag may takot ka sa Dios at may kinikilala kang Dios, at kinikilala mo ang Dios na makapangyarihan sa lahat, alam mo na nakikita ka Niya kahit saan ka nandoon at Siya ang nakakaalam ng puso at isip mo, so ito ay isang bagay na dapat gagawin mo yung tama may nakakakita man sa’yo o wala dahil He is always watching.”

(When a person has  fear of God and acknowledges God and that God is the Almighty, and you know that God sees what you do all the time, and that God knows the content of your heart and mind, this will discipline you to do good with or without people around because you know that God is always watching.) — GRACE CASIN / UNTV News and Rescue


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

by UNTV   |   Posted on Saturday, November 4th, 2017

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

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BOC begins mass recruitment of 2,000 new employees

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_103117_Dir Wilkins Villanueva

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has opened plantilla positions for additional 2,000 employees.

Those who will be hired will fill in the vacant positions in the agency in accordance with the directive of BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapeña to strengthen the agency’s operation.

Among the vacant positions are in the Administrative Department and intelligence agents.

In an interview on the program ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, BOC’s Dir. Wilkins Villanueva said many of the workers in the agency are servicing on  a contractual basis. This is why they have begun the regularization of deserving contract employees.

“There are a lot of them. That’s among the changes we are implementing now. We open it now. We have published the openings,” Villanueva said.

“Others have been contractual workers for more than 15 years now,” he added.

Director Villanueva assured the public that Comm. Lapeña is doing all he can to implement reforms in the system of the BOC.

“All the reforms he wants are all in the pipeline. This is a long process. Let’s not be impatient in supporting the BOC. Because the reform system we will implement is institutional… we will ask for nothing but to stop the graft and corruption in the BOC and increase its revenue collection..,” Villanueva said. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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