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Philippine Blood Center gives the highest accord to MCGI

by UNTV News   |   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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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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MCGI collaborates with Philippine Blood Center for mass blood donation drive

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

 

Philippine Blood Center Technical Division head Dr. Francis Dematera receives recognition from MCGI representative Bro. Danny Navales for allowing the organization and ADD Foundation to use PBC’s facilities for the blood donation drive.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Over 700 volunteers from Members, Church of God International (MCGI) flocked to the grounds of Philippine Blood Center (PBC) on Saturday, April 28, in a regular mass blood donation drive.

The group was able to donate a total of 452 units of blood that could save countless lives.

Blood donations were extracted using the center’s state-of-the-art facilities with volunteers from MCGI assisted by PBC’s in-house staff for better facilitation.

“Nakikita kasi natin na ang Center naman ay open sila. Nakita natin na mas magiging kumbinyente kung dito natin ito gaganapin,” MCGI Representative Brother Danny Navales said.

(We know that the Center is very open. We figured that it would be more convenient to conduct the event at the center.)

Donors enjoyed the “opportunity of sharing” as it benefits not only the recipient of their blood donations but their own health as well. Also, they believe that donating blood is more than monetary donations.

“Kasi po pagbibili po ng dugo sa ibang institution, mahal po, naasa 2,000 pesos. Pero kung makakapagbigay tayo ng dugo, wala man po tayong pera, parang nakapagbigay na po tayo ng pinansyal na tulong sa kanila, wala man po tayong pera lalo na po sa mga wala at kapos,” said Vernie Mangacer, a blood donor.

(When you buy from other institutions it can cost up to P2,000. But by donating blood, it’s almost as if you’ve given financial help to those in need.)

The PBC management, meanwhile, expressed their gratitude for the massive support that the MCGI rendered in the said blood donation drive.

“Natutuwa kami na dito mismo sa Philippine Blood Center ang activity na ito.  Lubos po ang pasasalamat namin sa pamunuan ng Ang Dating Daan, kay Bro Eli at Bro. Daniel Razon. Maraming-maraming salamat po,” Dr. Francis Dematera, the Head of PBC’s Technical Division exclaimed.

(We are happy that they held this activity right here at the Philippine Blood Center. We are very grateful to the leadership of Ang Dating Daan, to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon. Thank you very much.)

MCGI has been in partnership with PBC in this endeavor for six years now. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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First-time donors join MCGI bloodletting in Zamboanga

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

The opportunity to help others and the health benefits of donating blood are two reasons first time-donors cited for joining the mass bloodletting event of Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Zamboanga on April 14, Saturday.

For 17-year-old Claricel Manson, she has long wanted to participate in this kind of event.

“Dumalo ako sa bloodletting last time and then ni-reject lang ako kasi 16 years old pa lang ako (I tried to join the bloodletting last time but was rejected because I was only 16 years old),” she said.

Though it can be daunting, first-time donor Ellyn Marie Yu finds helping others more important and such a fulfilling experience.

“Kabado baka medyo mahihirapan sa paghahanap [ng ugat] dahil chubby, pero okay naman po. So far so good,” she said.

(I’m a little nervous. Finding a vein might prove difficult because I’m chubby, but I’m fine with it. So far so good.)

A total of 65 bags were donated to Zamboanga Medical Center.

The partners of MCGI have expressed happiness over the success of high-volume recruitment of donors.

According to Carlo Evardo, head of the hospital’s donor recruitment, they need 50 to 60 on a daily basis.

“Priority po natin mga indigent persons kasi sila iyong mas nangangailangan, kasi hindi sila nakaka-afford ng dugo. Actually, iyong dugo libre lang but the processing fee iyong binabayran,” said Evardo.

(We prioritize indigents because they need it more and they cannot afford it. Actually, the blood is free but you have to pay for the processing fee.)

Meanwhile, four members of MCGI are set to receive the  Galloner Award of the Department of Health for donating  10 times.  — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

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