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Wishful Princess Sevillena hailed as first Wishcovery grand winner

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

(Left-Right) BMPI CEO Kuya Daniel Razon raises the hand of Wishcovery Grand Winner Princess Sevillena while being awarded with a Bria house and lot by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar. (Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The almost seven-month vocal battle of the biggest online singing competition Wishcovery concluded Tuesday night.

Fans of Wishful 5 Carmela Ariola, Hacel Bartolome, Kimberly Baluzo, Louie Anne Culala and Princess Sevillena flocked to the Big Dome to support their bets in the grand finals.

The scores of the first two rounds were computed from their last Wish Bus performance.

For round 3, the Wishfuls sang a medley of their previous performances but the challenge was to make foreign reactors Cicero Oca and Richie Rich appreciate OPM songs.

The next round showcased the Wishful 5’s ability to sing with a group as they perform an original composition of Wishcovery resident reactor Jungee-neer.

For the last part of the contest, the grand finalists gave their all in their solo performances.

Cavite’s Hacel was hailed the competition’s fourth runner-up who received P100,000.

Batanguena Wishful Carmela is the third runner-up winning a cash prize of P100,000.

Second runner-up is Bulacan’s Louie Anne taking home a total of P300,000.

Receiving half a million pesos is first runner-up Kimberly of Bicol and the first-ever grand winner is Metro Manila’s bet and wildcard pick, Princess.

She won P2-million worth of cash and contract, a house and lot and a brand new car.

Princess will also fly to New York for a musical training and a makeover.

“Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much. Big blessing talaga. Hindi talaga dapat sumuko. Dapat laban lang ng laban hanggang maabot mo ‘yung pangarap mo,” said Princess.

(Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much. This is really a big blessing. We really should not give up. We should keep on fighting until we reach our dream.)

Star Music also sees great potential in the grand champion.

“Sobrang deserving ng winner natin and I’m very excited to work with her and talaga she would be the next big diva,” said Star Music audio content head Jonathan Manalo.

(The winner is really deserving and I’m very excited to work with her and she would really be the next big diva.)

Meanwhile, aspiring singers should get ready for a bigger Wishcovery next season.

“Naka-ready na ‘yung Season 2 ng Wishcovery at mas malaki ang plano natin para dito. Hinihintay pa natin ang tamang panahon para i-reveal ito pero in the meantime ‘yun munang ating mga nanalo at especially yung Wishful 5 ‘yung kanilang kontrata sa atin, we will start to fulfill ‘yun. Ngayon ay binibigyan natin ng concentration ang pag manage sa kanila in collaboration with Star Music,” said Wishcovery originator, BMPI Pres. and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon.

(Wishcovery’s next season is now ready and we have big plans for it. We are just waiting for the right time to reveal this but in the meantime, [we’ll focus first on] our winners especially the Wishful 5. We will start to fulfill our contract with them and give concentration on managing them in collaboration with Star Music.) — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

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Rescue groups gear up for first-ever UNTV Rescue competition

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

 

MANILA, Philippines — For the third time, UNTV will hold a rescue summit to be participated by rescuers from different regions in the country.

The summit this July 11 will be different as it will open a competition for the most skilled and fastest-rescue teams that can respond to various scenarios, especially the Big One or a major earthquake.

“Kung dito nga naman mangyayari yun (major earthquake), we cannot expect na taga-dito pa rin. Tayo-tayo pa rin ang magtutulungan regarding that. We have to depend on the help from outside,” said BMPI-UNTV  Vice President for admin and external affairs Gerry Panghulan.

(If the ‘Big One’ hits us, we cannot expect help to come from here also. We have to help each other regarding that. We have to depend on help from outside.)

UNTV Rescue Summit is among the public service projects spearheaded by BMPI-UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon, who also pioneered the rescue training effort for its news reporters and personnel.

Major cash prizes await the winning rescue groups apart from the experience and opportunity to improve their abilities.

“Alam mo naman si Kuya Daniel pag nag-isip ng proyekto lagi gusto niya kasi ma-improve ang capabilities ng mga team na sasali para sa kanila rin,” said Panghulan.

(You know how Kuya Daniel thinks. When he comes up with a project, he wants to make sure that the capabilities of participating teams will also improve. It’s for their own good.)

But even without monetary incentives, participating rescue teams view the event as essential in enhancing their skills and knowledge in saving lives.

“Kasi dito, hindi po ang kompetisyon ang tinitignan naming kundi yung mga natutunan po namin. Mas marami kami natutunan tsaka yung camaraderie na nakikilala namin mga kapwa namin rescuers. Mas mabilis response namin,” said PDRRMO Nueva Vizcaya training head  Jennelyn Hernandez.

(We’re not looking to win the competition but rather what we can learn from it. We learn a lot and we enjoy the  camaraderie as we get to know our fellow rescuers.  We respond faster now.)

“Napakahalaga ng ginagawa ng UNTV ngayon lalo na sa aming mga responders upang mas lalo kami matuto o di kaya’y mas lalo kaming maging ready pagdumating ang the Big One,” said PDRRMO Isabela training head Robert Umoso.

(UNTV’s initiatives are so valuable especially in training responders to be more alert when the Big One comes.)  — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

 

 

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Wishcovery’s Wishful 5 marks ‘historic’ album launch

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

(L-R) BMPI Events Head Bobby Delos Santos, Star Music Audio Content Head Jonathan Manalo,
Wishcovery’s resident reactor Jungee Marcelo, Star Cinema executive Roxy Liquigan, BMPI CEO and President Kuya Daniel Razon, Wishful Ace, Carmela, Louie Anne, Kimberly, Princess, VP for TV and Marketing Jay Eusebio, VP for Radio Bong Etorma at Wishful Journey Album Launch Concert held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 2018. (PVI/Paul Junel Aquino)

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – There is no stopping Wishcovery’s Wishful 5 – Ace Bartolome, Carmela Ariola, Louie Anne Culala, Kimberly Baluzo and grand champion Princess Sevillena – from achieving their dreams as they mark the very first in the music history’s album launch record.

Award-winning Music Producer Junjee Marcelo and Star Music Audio and Content Head Jonathan Manalo both agreed that the Wishful 5’s album launch was indeed “historical.”

A total of 15,000 units of the group’s “Wishful Journey” album were sold out in a matter of hours on Monday, June 18, which accorded them both a gold and platinum award. According to Manalo, it was rare for a new group of artists to receive such overwhelming support from fans.

“First time na talagang for a new artist, sa isang baguhang grupo ng artist na ganoon karami at ganoon kahaba iyong pila. Sobra talagang natutuwa ako na iyong supporters nila talagang sobrang loyal at talagang pinilahan…First day nag- gold, nag- platinum agad and first time nangyari iyon sa history,” exclaimed Manalo.

The Philippine Association of the Record Industry Inc. (PARI Inc.) considers an album a gold record if it reaches 7,500 units of sales mark and platinum if it reaches the 15,000 unit sales mark.

The gold and platinum awards were given to the Wishful 5 during their successful “Wishful Journey” concert at the Big Dome on Tuesday, June 20.

Meanwhile, music veteran Junjee Marcelo considers it a great honor to be part of the Wishful 5’s songwriting team and have a hand in the five artists’ training, seeing their exceptional potential.

“I have no words. Ibang level talaga. Iyong ma- appreciate iyong ginawa mo, one thing iyon. Pero para ma- appreciate ng nakararami iyong ginawa mo ay sobrang blessing iyon. It can only happen because the LORD made it happen,” he said.

Kuya Daniel Razon, the innovator behind Wish 107.5, expressed his gratitude to the Lord for the record sales and for the success of the Wishful Journey concert.

“One day platinum, one day gold, kasi magkasama na…Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat na sumuporta sa Wishful 5. Una ang ating laging pasasalamat sa Panginoon sa lahat ng Kaniyang kabutihan…Sa mga hindi natin ine-expect pero ipinagkakaloob Niya pa rin,” he said.

Junjee, meanwhile, commended Kuya Daniel for the success of the project and hopes for more to come from Wish FM.

“Si Kuya Daniel na laging mahirap sundan iyong mga ideya dahil laging trail blazer. I just want to tell you personally Kuya Daniel na don’t ever stop doing those things kasi it really blesses a lot of people. People who really need a break. People na katulad namin who are looking for talents and nagawa lahat iyan nitong buong experience na ito,” he concluded. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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Wishful 5 begins album recording

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 21st, 2018

2nd runner-up Louie Anne Culala (Left) and wildcard finalist, grand winner Princess Sevillena (Middle) and fourth runner-up Hacel Bartolome (Right),

 

MANILA, Philippines — After a short break from their Wishcovery journey, the five Wishfuls  have returned to work.

On Wednesday, they started working on their album featuring the best of their Wishclusives and some of their original songs.

First to record their singles are fourth runner-up Hacel Bartolome, 2nd runner-up Louie Anne Culala and wildcard finalist and grand winner Princess Sevillena.

“‘Yung binigay ‘yung kanta, talagang syempre alam mong sa ‘yo, nakakatuwa, napaiyak ako. Nabiyahe ako nun eh, tapos tumawag ako sa nanay ko, sabi ko ‘Ma, may kanta na akong akin’,” said Hacel.

(When they gave me the song and realizing it was made for me, it was thrilling, it made me cry. I was on the road when I called my mother. I said to her,”Ma, I now have my own song.” )

They also gave hinted on what to expect from their original songs.

“Sobrang millennial. Sobrang millennial ng tunog and parang may pagka-Sarah G feels. Ganun,” said Louie Anne.

(So millennial. The sound is so millennial, it has a Sarah G feels to it. )

“Hindi biro ang magrecord ng isang upbeat song. I mean, it takes a lot of strength din sa vocals,” she added.

(Recording an upbeat song is no joke. I mean, it takes a lot of vocal strength.)

“Hoping and wishing and praying na magustuhan ng mga tao ito kasi unang-una relatable siya. Pangalawa, ang ganda ng melody niya. Pangatlo, ‘yung lyrics sobrang tagos sa puso,” said Princess.

(Hoping and wishing and praying that people will like it because firstly, the song is relatable. Secondly, the melody is beautiful. Thirdly, the lyrics just goes straight to the heart.)

Composer and Wishcovery resident reactor Jungee Marcelo, who also penned their singles, directed them in the album recording.

The composer is optimistic with the outcome of the recording.

“Madali silang i-guide. Sabihin mo ito, ibibigay naman nila. Ibig sabihin, magagaling ‘yung ating mga Wishfuls. Meron silang natural na musicality,” said the veteran music producer.

(Their easy to guide. You tell them to do this, and they deliver. It means our Wishfuls are truly talented. They have natural musicality.)

“It’s very tough writing these songs, coming up with something that would fit each one. So I hope I gave justice to whoever gets the song and I hope and I feel good now, hearing them singing the song,” he added.

Included in the album are some of the songs they performed at the Wishcovery Grand Finals. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

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