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Philippine Blood Center gives the highest accord to MCGI

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

That’s why the Philippine Blood Center (PBC) believes volunteer blood donors can be considered heroes.

To recognize these heroes, PBC holds Dugong Bayani Awards yearly.

This 2017, Members Church of God International (MCGI) received once again the Jose Rizal Award.

This is the highest award PBC gives to organizations and agencies that donate more than 2,000 blood units.

Since October last year, MCGI recorded the most number of donated blood units with a total of 6,264.

“Ipinagpapasalamat natin ng maraming marami sa Panginoong Dios dahil sa loob po ng anim na taong sunod-sunod ay sa awa at tulong ng Panginoon ay nakukuha po ng Members Church of God International ang pinakamataas na gawad pagkilala para sa mga nagdodonate ng dugo sa Philippine Blood Center,” said MCGI Representative Danny Navales.

(We thank God because for six consecutive years, with God’s help and mercy, Members Church of God International has been receiving the highest recognition for blood donors to Philippine Blood Center.)

“Kaya ito po ay ating malaking kaligayahan sapagkat alam nating nagbubunga iyong pagpapagal ng ating mga mangangaral, si Bro. Eli Soriano at si Kuya Daniel Razon na hikayatin ang bawat kapatid sa pagsasama-sama na magkaroon ng diwa ng pagabot o pagmamahal sa kapwa tao sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng dugo na napakahalaga lalo na sa ating panahon,” he added.

(That’s why this gives us great joy because we know that the efforts of our preachers, Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon, to encourage every brother in the organization to have a sense of service and love for fellowmen through the donation of blood which is very important especially in our time.)

These blood units are from MCGI blood donors in Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal and some parts of Bulacan, Pampanga and Laguna.

These are apart from the blood donations from different parts of the country.

The Philippine Blood Center, meanwhile, thanked the organization for its tireless support.

“Halos noong nagsimula kami, kasama na namin sila sa aming journey towards 100% voluntary blood donation. Ito ang pinakaessence ng ating programa na gusto natin na lahat ng dugo na isasalin sa ating mga pasyente ay galing sa volunteer donors. At ang tingin ko, nakuha na natin ito, na-attain na natin at napakalaking tulong ng inyong organization,” said PBC head Dr. Andres Bonifacio.

(When we were starting, they were already with us on our journey towards 100% voluntary blood donation. This is the very essence of our program — we want all the blood to be transfused to our patients to be from volunteer donors. And as I see it, we already achieved it, we attained it and your organization is a big help.)

MCGI has already received awards from different blood centers and organizations because of its regular blood drives not only in the Philippines but also around the world.

MCGI is the primary partner of UNTV in all its public services. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue 

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Senate formally commends Senate Defenders for winning UNTV Cup title

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

CHAMPIONS. The Senate of the Philippines formally commended the Senate Defenders for winning the UNTV Cup championship title.

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the Philippines formally commended on Wednesday, the Senate Defenders for winning the championship title in UNTV’s basketball league of public servants — the UNTV Cup Season 6.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara delivered their manifestation in the plenary regarding the approved resolution last March 13.

“And those who gave all-out support, we will no longer mention what they did for us, Senator Ping Lacson and Senator Cynthia Villar,” said Villanueva.

The highlights of the game of the Senate Defenders was shown during the plenary session.

Senate President Koko Pimentel also thanked UNTV at the event.

UNTV vice presidents Gerry Panghulan and Ruth Soriano received the certificate of appreciation for UNTV, Kuya Daniel Razon, and Members Church of God International (MCGI) led by Bro. Eli Soriano.

“In behalf of the Senate Defenders, our senators, in behalf of the beneficiary na sabi nga namin (as we have said), we play basketball but we save lives,” Senate Tax Study and Research Office Director-General Atty. Rodelio T. Dascil said.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa taas at binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na kahit sa paraan na ito ay nakakatulong na ito. Nakita niyo naman ang mga benepisyaryo ay kasama natin sa araw na ito,” said UNTV Vice President for Adminsitration Gerry Panghulan.

(We thank God for giving us the opportunity to help even through this way. You have seen the beneficiaries who were with us today.)  — UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV Cup Season 6 gives away nearly P10-M cash prizes to charity

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) receives P1,000,000 cash donation as part of AFP Cavaliers’ winnings after finishing on 3rd place this sixth season of UNTV Cup — the league of public servants. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)


MANILA, Philippines — The battle on the hard court between Malacañang-PSC Kamao and Senate Defenders at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday was intense during UNTV Cup’s Season 6 Game 2 Finals.

The two teams showed their hard work in an effort to provide huge assistance for their chosen beneficiaries.

The champion, the Senate Defenders won P4-million for their three beneficiaries namely: Kythe Foundation, Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, and Pangarap Foundation.

Meanwhile, runner-up Malacañang-PSC Kamao bagged P2-million with which they intend to assist around 600 cancer patients of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).

“Malaking tulong itong premyong nakuha namin at sana ipagpatuloy nila ang magandang hangarin nila sa pagtulong sa mga pasyente,” said PCMC Cancer & Hematology Center Administrative Officer Mercy del Rosario.

(This prize is really a great help and we hope they will continue their advocacy to help the patients.)

“We have partner hospitals where we have our child life program and the amount granted to us by Senate will go a long way in pushing for the medicine, the [transportation] and everything,” said Kythe Foundation Inc. president, Atty. Roy Santos.

The third runner-up, AFP Cavaliers, received P1-million for their beneficiary, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO).

The 4th placer NHA Builders received P500, 000 while the other 10 participating teams received P100,000 each for their chosen institutions.

Members of the Church of God International (MCGI) Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano  also delivered a message for the participants.

“We should complete the good works we started because in Galatians 6:10, it says while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men especially to those who are of the household of faith.

“There is special care for the household of faith but the words of God said we must do good unto all men, even to those who do not of the household of faith. It means we have obligation to do good even to those who are not of the household of faith, charitable works which prove ever since we were given the chance to manage the UN Television.

“These charitable works, these are not just for one day, once a year, once a month or once in a blue moon. This will be continuous. One of these is the UNTV Cup, in which the cash prizes will be given to chosen charitable institutions of the teams. If we are commanded to love our enemies, more so we should love those who are less fortunate and being sponsored by the teams through our basketball league,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Executive Face-Off of the UNTV Cup off-season games eye for level-up public service and more camaraderie between government officials and employees.

“Many committed to play for the Executive Face-Off. We’re hoping that our executives will give further participation including various government officials in the executive level because this is their chance as well to share not only the prize they won for their beneficiaries but also to develop camaraderie among the high-ranking officials, to take a break and exercise through the UNTV Cup off-season games, the Executive Face-Off. God-willing, it will be more exciting and more will participate,” said UNTV-BMPI CEO & president, Daniel Razon. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

Complete List of Prizes for Beneficiaries 


Champion — Senate Defenders — Kythe Foundation, Inc., Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc. — ₱4,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱500,000 (team)

Second Place — Malacañang-PSC Kamao — Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc. — ₱2,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱300,000 (team)

Third Place — AFP Cavaliers — AFP Educational Benefit System Office — ₱1,000,000 (beneficiary) + ₱200,000 (team)

Fourth Place — NHA Builders — NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. — ₱500,000 (beneficiary) + ₱100,000 (team)


PNP Responders — Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc. — ₱100,000

Judiciary Magis — Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities — ₱100,000

GSIS Furies — Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS — ₱100,000

PDEA Drug Busters — Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs, (CCOPS-NGOs) Inc. — ₱100,000

BFP Firefighters — Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc. — ₱100,000

DOJ Justice Boosters — Department of Justice Employees’ Association (DOJEA), Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc., and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation, Inc. — ₱100,000

DA Food Masters  — Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development — ₱100,000

DOH Health Achievers — Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko — ₱100,000

COA Enablers — Caritas Novaliches, Inc. — ₱100,000

Ombudsman Graft Busters —  Ombudsman Provident Fund — ₱100,000


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Canadian gov’t finally grants former INC Minister Lowell Menorca asylum

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Vancouver, CANADA — Former Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Minister Lowell Menorca should be considered “a person in need of protection from a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment and a risk to his life.”

This has been the decision of the Canadian International Refugee Board (IRB) in the petition filed by the former minister of the religious group INC.

The IRB believes the statements of Menorca are credible. On the other hand, the minister’s counsel of INC failed to submit any evidence disproving the accusations of Menorca.

According to the former INC minister, the supposedly several days of the process of hearing took more than a year due to the many counter-petitions sent by the members of the religious group.

“Actually, kaya tumagal kasi ang aming ipinadala ng INC na iba’t ibang mga tinatawag nila na unsolicited letters. Kumbaga inirereport nila… everything that they can do to convince the board to deny my claim,” said the INC ex-minister.

(The process took longer because INC was sending various unsolicited letters. They were reporting… everything that they can do to convince the board to deny my claim.)

Menorca is worried about the safety of his wife and children.

He is hoping that he can finally be with his family at the soonest possible time.

“Of course having my family here, I’m trying every way na makuha sila. And I know, that ever since na lumabas itong desicion, nag-escalate yung threat, not only for my life, since I am now considered as a person in need of protection, a status given by the Canadian government, my fear now is for my family because they’re very vulnerable,” he said.

(Of course, having my family here, I’m trying every way to get them. And I know, that ever since this decision came out, the threat escalated, not only for my life, since I am now considered as a person in need of protection, a status given by the Canadian government my fear now is for my family because they’re very vulnerable.)

Menorca also has this message to the top leader of the INC.

“It’s never too late. Maging si Apostol Pablo na isa sa mga namahala noon sa unang iglesia, siya nagkaroon ng kababaan ng loob, ng humility na nagawa niyang sabihin na, kahit na ang mga apostol o kahit mga anghel sa langit di ba, magturo ng ibang aral na hindi nila ituro, itakwil ninyo pero sa panahon ng ka-Eduardo ngayon, kahit na mali, basta galing sakaniya, basta itinuro niya, dapat ay sundin ng walang reklamo,” said Mernorca.

(It’s never too late. Even apostle Paul, who was among those who previously led the first Church, he became humble. We were able to admit, that even the apostles or even the angels in heaven, to teach other teachings that are not theirs, renounce them. But during the time of Eduardo, although the teaching was wrong, as long as it came from his, everyone should follow, and no one should complain.)

Menorca, meanwhile, apologized to Bro. Eli Soriano, the host of the program Ang Dating Daan.

The former INC minister admitted that he became part of the detraction against the international televangelist.

“With this, we are extending a sincere apology to all our Christian brothers, especially to the members of the “Ang Dating Daan”, particularly to Bro. Eli Soriano. This is because we believe real Christians do not hold a grudge and do not harm others. I had been a witness of the things that happened to Bro. Eli Soriano because of what the management of the INC did. And I believe that many members so the MCGI are really true Christians. I have met many who are members of your group,” he said.

Meanwhile, the leadership of INC has refused to comment on the issue. — UNTV News & Rescue

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