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La Verdad Christian School delivers first batch of K-12 scholars

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Mrs. Pia Mallari with her daughter posing for a photo on the stage as they were called during the graduation ceremony at the La Verdad Christian School in Apalit, Pampanga.

MANILA, Philippines — Pia  Mallari had experienced difficulty in choosing which private school to enroll her daughter in after the government implemented the K-12 program.

Mallari is a Muslim from Jolo Sulu. She previously thought that La Verdad Christian College does not accept non-MCGI members.

This was until she proved that what other people were saying was false and that she liked the discipline being instilled by the school in its students.

“Para sa puso at isipan ko, number one ang La Verdad. Lalo pang bumabait ang mga kabataan. Lalo pa siyang bumait,” said Mallari.

(I wholeheartedly think La Verdad is the best. The children are becoming better individuals. My daughter has become kinder.)

Honor student Love Jezchem Colis said she will forever bring with her the valuable lessons she learned from La Verdad as she takes up architecture at a university in Manila.

“There are many valuable life lessons na nakukuha mo from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics,” said Colis.

(There are many valuable life lessons that you get from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics.)

For Love’s mom, Joy Colis, the scholarship program of Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon is a huge help to a single parent like her.

“Fair. It’s open for everybody. Talagang yung heart nila to help others. Very proud kami na pumasok dito yung anak ko,” said Joy.

(Fair. It’s open for everybody. They really have the heart to help others. We are very proud that our child is studying here.)

In the graduation of 299 scholars who are part of the first batch of the government’s K-12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) sees the potential of the school to produce children who can lift their families out of poverty.

“Ang La Verdad Christian School nasa mapa na (La Verdad Christian School is already on the map). Nasa record na ng (It’s already in the records of the) division of Pampanga as one of our best schools, even in the regional and even in the national,” said  DepEd Assistant Schools Division Superintendent officer-in-charge Rowena Tizon-Quiambao.

“I would be ordering Sir Alvin Gozum to give the same awards that we gave to our public schools. We counted the number of winnings and we gave them the achievement award. I’m sure if we count al isl the winning that you had yesterday, you’ll rank one,” said the official.

La Verdad’s founding chairman Bro. Eli Soriano and its president, Dr. Daniel Razon, emphasized to the students the importance of being humble and grateful so they could achieve their dreams in life.

“Una niyong pag-aralan ang tumanaw ng utang na loob. Una sa Dios. Ikalawa sa mga nagpalaki sa inyo. Ikatlo, sa mga tinatawag nating pangalawang magulang sa eskwela, ang ating mga guro, our mentors,” said Bro. Eli.

(The first thing you should learn is how to be grateful. Firstly, to God and secondly, to those who raised you. Thirdly, to those who we call, our “second parents” in school — our teachers and mentors.)

Meanwhile, Razon reminded the students, “Saan man tayo makarating, anuman ang kaalamang ating makuha sa buhay na ito, ay maisip natin, hindi natin ito dapat ipagmalaki. Hindi natin ito dapat ipagyabang, kundi ang ating maalala sa tuwina ay mayroong nagbibigay sa atin nito.”

(Wherever you may end up, whatever we learn from this life, we should remember to stay humble. We should not be arrogant about it but to always remember that it was given to us.) — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue

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Kuya Daniel Razon celebrates 35th year in public service with children, elderly and PWDs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018

 

Kuya Daniel visits senior citizens and PWDs in a facility managed by Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated (KFI) at Sta. Rosa, Laguna in celebration of his 35th year in public service.

MANILA, Philippines – “Good works bear no evil.” This has been the guiding principle of humanitarian and broadcast veteran, Kuya Daniel Razon in all of his advocacies.

His selfless dedication has earned him the moniker Mr. Public Service and that name has been reflected in all of his endeavors up to this day.

This year, Kuya Daniel celebrates his 35th anniversary in public service.

As always, he chooses to give rather than to receive on his special day.

Prior to that, Kuya Daniel reached out to the orphans and families at the Home for the Minors managed by Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated (KFI).

He surprised the children with presents and gave them a biblical advice.

“Meron akong natanggap na wish list ninyo (I received your wish list,)” he told the delighted crowd, Basta magpapakabait lang kayo. Iyon ang susi ng lahat ng bagay sa buhay ng tao, na kumilala sa Dios, magkaroon ng takot sa Dios. (Be kind. That’s the key to everything in man’s life. Recognize God in your life, have fear in God),” he said.

Afterwards, Kuya Daniel went straight to the Ang Dating Daan Foundation Incorporated (ADDFI) Charity Home for the Elderly to check their needs.

One of them asked if they can have at least some time in a day or in a week to use a cellular phone to communicate with their loved ones, which Kuya Daniel immediately answered.

“Gusto ko lang po makita kahit sa FB iyong mga anak ko, kasi hindi ko sila nakikita 17 years na (I just want to see my children in FB because I haven’t seen them for 17 years now),” said one of them.

“Tingnan nyo baka may araw sila na pwede, (pagamitin nyo ng iPad). Bantayan nyo lang baka makipagligawan. (See if they can have a day when they can use iPads. Just check on them. They might date someone online,” Kuya Daniel told the social workers in jest.

On a separate occasion, Kuya Daniel traveled all the way to Sta. Maria, Laguna to surprise the elderly as well as persons with disability (PWD) under the care of KFI in a facility there.

Kuya Daniel serenaded the residents and staff in the facility.

They were overjoyed to see Kuya Daniel in person and more so, hearing him sing which according to them, was more than a bonus.

The said facilities for the minors, the elderly and the persons with disability are just some of Kuya Daniel’s projects aiming at extending public services to those in need – all for free.

On the big day Wednesday (November 28), Kuya Daniel was greeted by his friends, colleagues and loved ones in a simple celebration in Quezon City. – Marje Pelayo

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‘A Song of Praise’ caps off 7th season of original Filipino praise music with 12 masterpieces

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018

 

A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 grand winner John Paul Salazar and BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon

Enrich the spirit… inspired by music!

The first and only worship songwriting tilt on Philippine television, A Song of Praise Music Festival (ASOP), capped off its seventh Grand Finals Night at the country’s premier performing arts venue, New Frontier Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao Quezon City on November 11.

Twelve masterpieces written by aspiring songwriters took center stage echoing uplifting heavenly music right into the hearts of the crowd.

Upcoming OPM trio Bradz as they perform live John Paul Salazar’s “Tugtog” at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

The gospel fest named visually-impaired songwriter John Paul Salazar’s original composition entitled “Tugtog” as the song of the year with P500,000 cash prize tax-free. Upcoming OPM trio Bradz made the audience sway and dance to the upbeat melody of the song.

Salazar penned his original composition despite suffering from blurry vision due to stage 3 glaucoma, he turned to music as it helps him heal in a passionately life-changing way.

Songwriting has become his hobby since his condition compels him to stay at home for most of the time. Though troubled at times by his condition as he has difficulty seeing what he writes down, he still spends time composing songs, memorizing them word for word.

 

“Tugtog” songwriter John Paul Salazar together with his interpreters, pop trio Bradz

 

“The song ‘Tugtog’ for me denotes a human heartbeat. One artist I heard said, ‘Music is a part of our lives, and our hearts always plays music.’ I made the song out of that idea and turned it into a song of praise to the Lord. Every time I sing for the Lord, my heart is in sync with the music!” said Salazar.

Twenty-four-year-old songwriter Edward Salde’s “Isang Milyong Pasasalamat” secured the first place.

ASOP Year 4 Best Interpreter awardee Leah Patricio returned to ASOP stage to render a powerful performance of Salde’s composition. Salde received Php 300,000 for his winning  entry.

Overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Emmanuel Lipio’s hope-filled, soul-soothing gospel hymn “God Is With Us” took home Php 150,000 for the 2nd runner-up award.

With his 90s-sounding worship hymn “Di Na ‘Ko Aawit, Rommel Gojo bagged the Php 100,000 for winning third runner-up. Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.

“God Is With Us” interpreter Cello Nuñez has been named as this year’s Best Interpreter. Nuñez was awarded with Php 50,000 cash prize.

“I feel that singing a praise song is more profound because you can relate to it in everyday life. Also, the lyrics are more meaningful. “God is with us” is my favorite line because it is true,” said Nuñez.

People’s Choice Award was given to LJ Manzano’s original, “Banal Mong Salita”, which was interpreted by R&B Charmer Mark Michael Garcia. Manzano received Php 50,000 prize.

Apart from the major awards, the gospel fest launched a new special award with a P200,000 cash, “Bro. Eli Soriano’s Choice” which was given to “Hiling”, a self-penned gospel track by visually-impaired composer Jeffrey Lim. The song was interpreted by OPM rock outfit Plethora.

The celebration’s official hashtag #ASOP7Finals also made noise online making it to the local Twitter trends list, peaking at the 6th spot.

Wish 1075’s Wishfuls performs ASOP medley at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

Wish 1075’s Wishfuls also graced the gospel fest and took the audience down memory lane as they performed a medley of ASOP originals.

The jury panel for A Song of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals Night Year 7

This year’s roster of judges includes Doktor Musico Mon Del Rosario, record producer Pat Castillo, OPM hitmaker Rannie Raymundo, ASOP Year 2 grand winner songwriter Boy Christopher Ramos, award-winning director Jose Javier Reyes and Philippine opera diva Fides Cayugan-Asensio.

BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon delivered his inspirational remarks for the celebration, thanking the songwriters and interpreters for sharing their talent to glorify the Almighty.

Members Church of God International (MCGI) Overall Servant Bro. Eliseo Soriano as he delivers his inspiring message at A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 7 Grand Finals Night

ASOP TV originator and primary supporter Members Church of God International (MCGI) Bro. Eliseo Soriano read verses from the Scriptures, citing that singing praises to God is a commandment in the New Testament as it is written in James 5:13. He also expressed thanks to the program hosts Mr. Richard Reynoso and Ms. Toni Rose Gayda for the seven years of taking part in the pursuit of inspiring people back to God through gospel music.

Yet again, ASOP expressed gratitude to God for another amazing year and also thanked supporters for the overwhelming support. ASOP vows to continues to inspire talents and celebrate original Filipino praise music to glorify the Maestro of music. — Yssa Jalmasco

 

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Wish 107.5 wins big in Umalohokjuan Media Awards 2018

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

 

Umalohokjuan Media Awards 2018 recognized outstanding media programs, personalities and organizations in the country Wednesday, May 14.

Umalohokjuan is the official award-giving body of the Lyceum of the Philippines University which hailed Wish 107.5 as the “FM Station of the Year”.

Wish FM is known for its various innovations in the music industry such as being the first and only FM booth on wheels.  They also incorporate  public service in their endeavors such as the Wish Music Awards where winning artists get to share cash prizes with their chosen charities.

 

FILE PHOTO: Wish FM features live performances  inside the Wish Bus as fans and passers-by stop to watch (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

 

“It’s so amazing how Wish has come in just almost four years and being a part of this really is overwhelming. We’re just really thankful for this recognition,” said DJ Alice.

Wish FM has also received a special citation for its YouTube channel that now garnered 2.6 million subscribers and almost one billion views.

“Being part of Wish is so humbling because it’s a transcendent station and the reason why it’s transcendent is because of a true rockstar in broadcasting, Kuya Daniel Razon. I’m just really proud to be working under his supervision kaya, congrats to Wish and to god be the glory,” said DJ Adam. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

 

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