More wish granting with Wish 107.5

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 1, 2019   •   1020

Nanay Teresita

Nanay Teresita showed off her favorite dance moves on the newly renovated floor of their home in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

It was well-polished and better compared to their old floor.

Nanay Teresita, along with nine others, lives in one of the elderly homes of the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE). COSE is one of the beneficiaries of top radio station Wish FM that received P100,000 cash grant.

The floor of COSE’s elderly home gets a makeover

Because of the cash grant, COSE was able to further provide a comfortable home for these lolas.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios na mayroong may mga mabuting puso na nagdo-donate dito, (I am thankful to God for the kindhearted people who donated this)” Lola Conchita Salas said.

COSE is a non-governmental organization that aims to keep older people involved in the community.—AAC (with reports from Ninya Armillo)

Wish 107.5 celebrates 7th year with music and 7 ‘Gifts of Love’

Marje Pelayo   •   August 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In its seventh year, Wish highlighted seven different charitable acts benefiting the underprivileged across the country to make the celebration more meaningful.

These charities included a seven-day food caravan to 100 children with disabilities in Cavite; the installation of free potable water supply for a community in Barangay Vinapor, Agusan Del Norte; installation of 30 solar lamps for the Dumagat Tribe of Sitio Tala in Tanay, Rizal; and distribution of free grocery items to 740 indigents nationwide.

The station also granted a food cart business to three deserving breadwinners from the National Capital Region;  donated printers and paper supplies to five schools in Bicol, Rizal, and Quezon for the printing of modules; and the construction of a new home for a single parent in Mauban, Quezon who has never had a permanent shelter for four years.

Hindi nga po ako makapaniwala na bahay namin ito. Sabi ko, sa mga apo ko, masayang masaya ako. At least, kapag nabagyo, ang mga anak ko hindi na kailangan pang lumikas. Dito na lang sa akin pupunta,” said beneficiary Yolanda Garcia.

(Translation: I still can’t believe that this house is ours. I told my grandchildren how happy I am. At least, during typhoons, my children won’t need to evacuate. They can just stay with me.)

Sunday’s anniversary was the second time Wish 107.5 held a virtual anniversary concert that featured OPM artists to give back and entertain their fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPM stars who graced the occasion included Asia’s phoenix, Morissette Amon; singer-songwriter Moira dela Torre; indie-pop duo, Leanne and Naara; alternative rock and pop band Magnus Haven; R&B band Soul Republiq; and solo performances from Arthur Nery, Janine Teñoso and Zild.

“I will always be grateful to my Wish family for continuing to believe in me and for allowing me to share my music on their platform since the beginning. Because of a lot of my Wishclusives, I was able to get recognition from all over the world and that has opened up so many opportunities not just for me but for so many OPM artists as well,” Morissette said as she recalled how Wish 107.5 played a role in her career.

“I will always be proud to have grown with the station and witness its early years to what it is now,” she added.

The innovator and the man behind Wish 107.5, Kuya Daniel Razon, said the station hopes to continue to be of service to our fellow men through music and acts of charity, with the help and mercy of God.

“We at Wish 107.5 will continue to spend our God-given time as wisely as we can, sa tulong po at sa awa ng Panginoon (with God’s help and mercy),” he said.

“We will continue to grab every opportunity to share the amazing talent of our Filipino artists all over the world and to spread love and compassion to everyone. And in the coming years, we will continue to be of service to Filipino artists and our fellowmen in need. It’s because we believe in good music, hopeful wishes and more importantly good works are worth spending time on,” Razon said.

Afghanistan Crisis: OFWs escape to Dubai, Qatar with help from employers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Relatives of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Afghanistan confirmed with UNTV that their family members have reached Dubai safely after narrowly escaping the unrest in the Taliban-controlled country.

From Dubai, they are expected to return home to the Philippines soon.

On Tuesday (August 18), 35 Filipinos arrived in the Philippines from Afghanistan.

Based on records of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are around 130 Filipinos in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, Joseph Glenn Gumpal, who acts as president of the Samahang Pilipino in Afghanistan, said 11 more Filipinos have already made it to Qatar with the help of their employers.

UNTV was able to get in touch with other stranded Filipinos in Afghanistan whose fates remain uncertain after a series of flight cancellations.

Among them is Rio Adrias, who confirmed that they are in constant communication with the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan which has jurisdiction over Filipinos in the Afghan country.

The only problem, Rio said, was that the chartered flight that they were supposed to board on Tuesday was canceled and they were told that they would need to take a commercial flight.

“Hindi pa rin po namin malaman kung kailan makakalapag ang eroplano dito sa Kabul kasi puno pa rin po ng tao ang Kabul airport. Hindi pa rin po lumilikas nasa 10,000 Afghan po ang naghihintay [na] doon na po natutulog,” she said.

Rio is one of the 24 Filipinos currently staying in a shelter some distance away from Kabul airport.

As for their personal needs, Rio said they still have enough supply for several days.

They also worry, however, for the safety of other Filipinos stranded in areas with no access to food and proper lodging.

“Sa pamilya ko, huwag kayong mag-alala ako’y nakakangiti pa pero ako’y naiiyak. Pero doon po sa gobyerno po natin sana po talaga una, matulungan nyo kaming mailikas talaga dito kaming lahat na gustong umuwi kasi talagang ang hirap,” Rio said asking for government support.

“Hindi safe. Hindi kami okay. Hindi namin ma-explain yung pakiramdam namin dito,” she added.

Rio said if she makes it back to the Philippines, she would never go back to Afghanistan.

All she asks for is a livelihood support from the Philippine government in recognition for their contribution to the country’s economy. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Wish USA Special features global Filipino talents for month-long Independence Day celebration

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 7, 2021

Wish USA has a lot in store for the month-long celebration of the Philippine Independence Day, featuring global Filipino talents.

During the celebration opening on Friday (June 4), Morgan Ashley also known as DJ Mo sang a heartwarming cover of “Til My Heartaches End” inside the Wish USA Bus.

DJ Mo said singing the song brought out a lot of emotions and that she is happy to have performed it.

“I’m very excited, I love bringing the whole Filipino culture to the next level. I feel honored that I am being a part of it,” she said.

Stay tuned for more Wishclusive performances as Wish USA celebrates Philippine Independence Day for the whole month of June.

Every Friday at 3:00 a.m., a Wishclusive performance will be featured on Wish USA YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, on June 10, singer-songwriter Raining Sorrow or RS will perform an original song.

American singer Noelle Lydyoff will also sing “With a Smile” by Eraserheads.

“There will be an end to this COVID. It’s not going to last forever. We will be back to normal sometime and that you can persevere through it. And as the song said, there will be people that can be alongside you and help you go through hard times like this,” she said. AAC (with reports from Sonny Cos)

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