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Stephen Speaks returns to the Philippines for music and charity

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

Rockwell Ryan Ripperger of Stephen Speaks together with DJ Faye and DJ Robin on Wish 1075 Bus. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Ninety’s pop band Stephen Speaks is back in the Philippines to promote his latest single ‘Alive to Fight’. The song debuted on board the Wish Bus of Wish 107.5 FM radio station

Stephen Speaks also took Wishers back in time with some of the band’s biggest singles “Passenger Seat” and “Out of my League”.

“This bus is awesome. When they say I was going to be on a bus, I did not expect this. This is really cool. The quality, the sound quality is amazing. You got good microphones. It’s air-conditioned. So yeah, I love it in here. It’s great,” said the band’s front man, Rockwell Ryan Ripperger, about the Wish Bus.

Apart from sharing his music, Ripperger is also in the country for charity.

“I did a benefit tour for the soldiers of Marawi. I actually went to Fort Bonifacio and sang for the wounded soldiers and the rest of the army. And I’m also donating a portion of ticket sales to them to help them rebuild and support the people who fought there,” said the frontman.

Ripperger even wanted to help in coral reef rehabilitation in Concepcion, Iloilo.

“I went down to Iloilo and I went snorkeling on the beaches and they have some great beautiful corals and there was a lot of dead corals,” he said.

“I said I wanted to talk to some of the government officials here and see if I can set up a little of reef restoration and show them how to take fragments and grow them out and put them back on and kind of rebuild the reef so we go working on that and I’m pretty excited about that too,” he added.

Stephen Speaks promised their fans to return to the country in September. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Joe Jackson, patriarch of U.S. musical family, dead at 89 — media

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Joe Jackson, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of the film “Sils Maria” (Clouds of Sils Maria) in competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

 

Joe Jackson, the patriarch of an American musical dynasty who started his son Michael and his Jackson 5 brothers on the road to stardom but also verbally and physically abused them, has died at the age of 89, CNN reported on Wednesday (June 27).

Jackson, who lived in Las Vegas and had been estranged from much of his family, had been suffering from cancer, according to media reports.

TMZ.com first reported the news. Both TMZ and CNN cited an unnamed source close to the family. — Reuters

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UK’s Prince Harry and Meghan in first royal event after wedding

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

 

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace, their first royal engagement as married couple, in London, May 22, 2018. Dominick Lipinski/Pool via Reuters

Britain’s Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – appeared at their first official engagement since marrying last weekend when they attended an event in the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday (May 22).

The couple, whose wedding in Windsor on Saturday (May 19) was watched by millions of TV viewers worldwide, was at a party to celebrate Harry’s father Prince Charles’ charity patronages and military affiliations ahead of his 70th birthday this year.

Also, there were several emergency services personnel who were first responders after the Manchester suicide bombing exactly a year ago which killed 22 people, the Palace said.

Charles and his wife Camilla visited Manchester Arena last June to meet staff who were first on the scene immediately after the bombing.

Heir to the throne Charles, who will be 70 in November, played an impromptu role in Saturday’s royal wedding, accompanying Markle up the aisle in the absence of her own father who was unable to attend.

Harry and U.S. former actress Markle are expected to go on honeymoon later, though no details of when or where have been announced. — Reuters

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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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