OPM hitmakers collaborate in a ‘nostalgic’ reunion at Wishcovery Season 2 finals

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2019   •   4181

(Left to right) Wishcoverer-Composers Vehnee A. Saturno, Top Suzara, Jungee Marcelo, Odette Quesada Page, Rannie Z. Raymundo, Boy Christopher Ramos, Noel Cabangon, and Moy Ortiz II perform a medley of their respective hits during the Wishcovery Season 2 Grand Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A rare bonding moment, the best program, a very good project.

This was how veteran composers described Wish FM’s reality talent search, Wishcovery, during the finals night on Tuesday (February 27) at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Itong programa na ito ang pinaka the best kasi ito ay naglalayon (na ang) mga composer magkasama-sama na hindi naman usually nagagawa ng ibang programa, ng ibang projects. Pero ito, napakaganda ng proyektong ito,” expressed Boy Christopher Ramos.

“Itong project ni Kuya Daniel (ay) napakaganda kasi iyong bonding naming mga songwriters actually I don’t treat it as a competition,” said veteran composer Vehnee Saturno.

“I really truly enjoy my time with the other songwriters singing all their hits and getting to know that they were the ones who wrote the songs,” US-based Odette Quesada, one of the most prolific songwriters of her generation, said.

The hitmakers hyped the crowd up when they rendered their respective masterpieces in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration that literally turned the Big Dome into a huge jukebox.

It was like ‘a trip down memory lane’ when Odette Quesada sang her legacy song ‘Friend of Mine’ then crooner Rannie Raymundo with his 90’s hit song ‘Why Can’t It Be’ and Vehnee Saturno with his pop R&B crossover hit ‘Sana Kahit Minsan’.

Millennials then joined the jamming jamboree as song masters Moy Ortiz, Top Suzara, Noel Cabangon, Boy Christopher Dizon, and Jungee Marcelo belted out their compositions ‘Pakisabi na Lang’, ‘Before I Let You Go’, ‘Kanlungan’, ‘Bawal na Gamot’ and ‘Ako na Lang’, respectively.

They themselves were overwhelmed by their own performances and how the audience of mixed generations responded.

“It’s wonderful. Natutuwa ako dahil I wrote ‘Pakisabi na Lang’ in 1994 so that makes it 25 years and not all songs have the blessing of long legs, of longevity. When you (are) here (at) Araneta Coliseum singing a 25-year-old song and it was not forced, a good song does not have an expiration date ” said The Company’s Moy Ortiz.

“Humbly I would like to say, that’s a fact. If it’s a good song, it will outlast us especially if the situation is never over generationally,” said Moy’s best friend and fellow songwriter Top Suzara.

“Bawa’t generation may nasasaktan. Bawa’t generation mayroong minamahal pero hindi niya alam. Universal kasi iyong sitwasyon and the situation gets passed along generation to generation. It doesn’t matter what age you are,” he added.

“Actually, I was kind of afraid because bawa’t isa sumi-sing-along, tumitili. (Then) inilagay pa ako sa huli kasi they want to end up na masaya,” said producer-songwriter Jungee Marcelo of the audience’s reactions when he performed his part of the collaboration.

“First line ko ay may nag- react (then) pagdating sa chorus, kumakanta ako, kumanta sila. (I said) okay, I guess it can be considered a hit,” he added.

The composer-coaches admitted that despite the fact that they were technically into a competition, they all agreed over the common goal of honing new breed of talents who would pass on the prestige of OPM to future generations.

“It’s always a pleasure. It’s an honor to be singing our songs to the public, for the audience. Again, thank you Wish for the adventure. It’s really a very good project, (a) very good platform,” said pop singer and composer Noel Cabangon.

Wish 107.5’s innovator and the man behind Wishcovery, Daniel Razon, said this season’s concept was established not only to discover new talents but also to honor the songwriters who, for the longest time, usually stay hidden from the limelight.

“There are so many top hitmakers but are not really recognized doon sa song mismo nila kasi parang mas nare-recognize iyong mga singers,” he said.

“Tonight, we pay tribute to both the singer and the songwriters. Palakpakan naman po natin sila. Salamat po sa musika ninyo. Salamat po sa pamana ninyo sa aming kabataan,” he added.

Kuya Daniel said the hitmakers committed to collaborate with Wish 107.5 in producing more exciting projects in the future that Wish fanatics can look forward to.

“It’s overwhelming. Maraming salamat sa pagparito ninyo sa Araneta (at) kailangan ibigay natin ang lahat ng karangalan doon sa nasa itaas, salamat sa Panginoon,” he said.

“Kanina po noong kumakanta iyong mga composers natin. sabi ko may kasunod na tayo. I really am so proud to be a Filipino. To be watching you perform here. Ang galing,” the veteran broadcast journalist concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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

Wishcovery runner-up Kimberly Baluzo reaches new heights in ‘Rak of Aegis’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2019

Kimberly Baluzo

Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo takes on new heights as she plays the role of ‘Aileen’ in the hit musical ‘Rak of Aegis’.

Born in Daet, Camarines Norte, the 20-year-old Kimberly started singing when she was only three years old.

With only several more weeks before the opening of ‘Rak of Aegis’, Kimberly has three words to describe how she feels about the whole experience: overwhelmed, blessed, and grateful.

She auditioned for ‘Rak of Aegis’ without any idea about the musical. However, she was able to get the part, besting quite a number of aspirants who auditioned for the role.

READ: Wishcovery Season 1 first runner-up Kimberly Baluzo stars in “Rak of Aegis”

“I didn’t have any clue kung ano ang daloy ng play, as in 0%! Talagang expect the unexpected. God is so amazing dahil binigay niya itong Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. Tunay nga ang kasabihan na kung para sa’yo, para sa’yo talaga, (I didn’t have any clue about the flow of the play, as in 0%. It was really an “expect the unexpected” moment. God is so amazing for giving me Rak of Aegis as part of my journey. What people say is really true: if it’s meant for you, it will be yours),”Kimberly said.

What is it like working with the team and other famous singers?

Sobrang nakakainspire (It’s so inspiring), and knowing them more and hearing their experiences make me feel motivated. Also, [they inspire in me] the eagerness to explore and learn more.

What is your most unforgettable experience with the production so far?

For me, the most unforgettable experience is the bonding and family-like relationship that has been established among the Rak of Aegis cast. Dito ko na feel na pantay-pantay kaming lahat. Walang mas sikat o bago. At lahat rin nagtutulungan. Walang lamangan o pagalingan. Magkasama sa hirap at ginahawa (They never made me feel anything less than an equal. No one is a star or a newbie. Everyone helps each other. There is no competition. We are together through thick and thin). [During performances] pinapalakas nila loob ko, (they encourage me) to stand strong and face my fears.

What is your next goal after Rak of Aegis?

I don’t have any goals yet after this. I will keep trusting God’s plan in my life dahil ang plano niya ang the best, (because His plan is the best).

What is your advice for singers who would also like to perform in a musical?

Don’t ever ever give up and just be yourself. Huwag kang mag padala sa takot at kaba (Don’t let fear and anxiety drag you down). When you dream, aim high. Stay humble and don’t forget to thank God for everything that He has given you.

Kimberly Baluzo (right) with original lead star, Aicelle Santos (left) and the rest of the Rak of Aegis cast

Kimberly’s ultimate goal and wish as a singer is to have a solo concert, release an album, serve as an inspiration to others, and be of help to the less fortunate especially abandoned children.

Rak of Aegis is Kimberly’s first professional theater experience

The iconic original Pinoy musical will have its 7th run starting on July 5 to September 29 at the PETA theater. — aac

Daniel Razon announces P100K reward for the capture of anyone asking donations for La Verdad Christian College

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2019

Daniel Razon

MANILA, Philippines – Veteran broadcast journalist and philanthropist Daniel Razon on Monday (June 10) announced a P100,000 reward for the capture of anyone using his groups’ advocacy to collect money.

Razon, the Vice Overall Servant of the Members, Church of God International (MCGI) that serves as the backbone to many charitable works and institutions including La Verdad Christian College (LVCC), said such an act is never a practice in MCGI.

“We vehemently deny the involvement sa mga ganyang klase ng pangongolekta, panghihingi ng donasyon sa kalsada o saan mang lugar, (in any practice of collecting or begging for donations on the streets or just anywhere),” he announced live on air during the program “Good Morning Kuya” on UNTV.

“Hindi trabaho ng mga members sa Church of God International, ng mga taga-Ang Dating Daan ang mangolekta sa kalsada. Wala hong ganyan. As a matter of fact, sa MCGI ay hindi humihingi ng donasyong pinanysal sa mga hindi naman miyembro, (It is not a practice among members of Church of God International or Ang Dating Daan to collect money from [just anyone] on the streets. That’s not allowed. As a matter of fact, MCGI does not accept monetary contributions from non-members), ” he further stressed.

Ang Dating Daan, the longest running religious program on television and on the Internet, is the main broadcast program of MCGI.

Meanwhile, La Verdad Christian College is an institution that provides scholarship to deserving but financially challenged students, also supported and funded by MCGI. Each scholar is entitled to college education, books, uniform and meals without paying any amount.

Razon said he was informed that some usurpers were spotted somewhere in Manila asking cash donations allegedly for MCGI’s medical missions and for the operations of LVCC.

“Anybody na gumagawa ng ganyan, ipahuli ninyo. Kuhanan ninyo ng video dahil iyan ho ay scam, isang paninira din iyan na maituturing dahil wala hong ganyan na ginagawa ang mga members ng Church of God International o anybody na nagtataguyod po ng La Verdad Christian College or ng ating mga ginagawang mga charity works, (Anybody who engages in that [scheme], have them arrested. Get videos of them because that is a scam, a form of provocation and defamation because such is not a practice among members of Church of God International or anybody who supports La Verdad Christian College or any of our charity works), ” Razon said.

“At sinuman sa inyo ang makapagpapahuli na gumagawa ng ganyan, magbibigay ho kami ng reward. Isandaang libong piso (P100,000) sa bawat isang maipapahuli ninyo na ganyan ang ginagawa na trabaho, (We will reward anybody who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of individuals who engage in such schemes. A reward of P100,000 for each scammer that is arrested), ” he added.

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