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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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Wish Bus arrives in L.A. for its Hollywood launch on Sept. 7

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Day 2 (August 29) Sunset in Nebraska after a day-long drive from Iowa.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – “ [We’re going] a notch higher and continents farther, conquering not only the national scene but the global scene.”

These were the words of Wish 107.5 innovator Daniel Razon, as he spoke proudly of how far the station has come and how further it will go in the future.

With over three million subscribers and more than one billion accumulated views, Wish 107.5 is no doubt the leading YouTube channel in the Philippines and is now conquering the global music scene by storm with, of course, the first and Filipino original FM station on wheels — the iconic Wish Bus.

True to its commitment to be Filipino talents’ gateway to the world, Wish 107.5 is bringing the state-of-the-art, custom-built mobile Wish Bus to the entertainment capital of the world – Hollywood – to further wow foreigners especially big names in the music industry by the singing prowess of Original Pilipino Music (OPM) artists.

Wishclusive videos taken on the Wish Bus are continuously gaining worldwide attention through the Wish YouTube channel.

So to make the world experience how it is to sing inside, the Wish Bus has traveled for 7 days, 13 states and 2,789.6 miles from New York City to Los Angeles for the first outside-of-the-Philippines launch on September 7, 2018.

The official launch will be at the Universal City Walk in Hollywood, 6:00 p.m. local time.

For wishers in the Philippines who want to celebrate this milestone, a parallel event will be held at Eastwood City Walk in Quezon City on Saturday, 9:00 a.m. coinciding with the live launching in Los Angeles. — Marje Pelayo

Take a glimpse of the Wish Bus’ 7-day drive to Hollywood.

 

Day 1 (August 28) The Wish Bus getting ready to drive off New York City

 

Day 2 (August 29) The Wish Bus cruising through the cornfields at a countryside linking Illinois to Iowa

 


Day 2: (August 29) The Wish Bus as it passes by popular U.S. convenience-store chain in Nebraska

 

Day 3 (August 31) The Wish Bus crew as they touched down in Colorado for a three-day break and engine tune up from August 31 to September 2 (Day 3 to Day 5).

 

Day 5 (Sept. 2) The Wish Bus traversing the mountain ranges known as “The Rockies” as it exits Colorado and enters the state of Utah.

 

Day 5: (Sept. 2) A few more miles before it reaches its destination. The Wish Bus as it hits the desert road of Utah on the longest day of the week. The Grand Canyon is an eye squint away at this point. Arizona and Nevada next then finally, the long trip will be over.

 

Day 6: (Sept. 3) Nevada welcomes the Wish Bus as it arrives at dawn in Las Vegas.

 

Day 6: (Sept. 3) Almost there! The Wish Bus at broad daylight in Las Vegas about a six-hour drive to the destination.

 

Day 7: (Sept. 4) Finally at Universal Studios in Las Vegas. The Wish Bus is ready to conquer Hollywood!

 

 

 

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UNTV Cup season 7 opens on Monday at Araneta

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, September 1st, 2018

UNTV Cup — the league of public servants— will kick off its seventh season on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Twelve teams are enlisted to compete in this edition:

1. Armed Forces of the Philippines – AFP Cavaliers
2. Department of Agriculture – DA Food Masters
3. Department of Justice – DOJ Justice Boosters
4. Government Service Insurance System – GSIS Furies
5. Supreme Court – Judiciary Magis
6. Malacañang / Philippine Sports Commission – Malacañang-PSC Kamao
7. National Housing Authority – NHA Builders
8. Office of the Ombudsman – Ombudsman Graft Busters
9. Philippine National Police – PNP Responders
10. Senate of the Philippines – Senate Defenders
11. Philippine Health Insurance Corporation – PhilHealth Plus
12. Philippine International Trading Corporation – PITC Global Traders

There are two new teams included this season: PITC Global Traders and seasons 1 and 2 alumni, PhilHealth Plus.

The play-for-charity league is the brainchild of BMPI CEO and public service advocate, Kuya Daniel Razon. It aims to bring camaraderie among public servants in the government through their common passion for basketball.

With the main sponsorship of Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International, last season saw nearly P10-M cash prizes awarded to the teams’ chosen charities.

FINAL FOUR TEAMS:

Champion — Senate Defenders — Kythe Foundation, Inc., Pangarap Foundation, Inc. and Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion, Inc. — P4,000,000 (beneficiary) + P500,000 (team)

Second Place — Malacañang-PSC Kamao — Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc. — p2,000,000 (beneficiary) + P300,000 (team)

Third Place — AFP Cavaliers — AFP Educational Benefit System Office — p1,000,000 (beneficiary) + P200,000 (team)

Fourth Place — NHA Builders — NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. — P500,000 (beneficiary) + P100,000 (team)

OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS:

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 — P100,000

GSIS Furies — Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS — P100,000

PDEA Drug Busters — Confederation of Community Oriented Policing System NGOs, (CCOPS-NGOs) Inc. — P100,000

BFP Firefighters — Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc. — P100,000

DOJ Justice Boosters — Department of Justice Employees’ Association (DOJEA), Silong Tanglaw, Uswag Kabataan Inc., and Nazareth Home for Children Foundation, Inc. — P100,000

DA Food Masters — Don Bosco Foundation for Sustainable Development — P100,000

DOH Health Achievers — Dr. Gerry Cunanan Mindanao Heart Foundation, and Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko — P100,000

COA Enablers — Caritas Novaliches, Inc. — P100,000

Ombudsman Graft Busters — Ombudsman Provident Fund — P100,000

On Monday, starting at 4pm, the UNTV Action Center will organize a People’s Day Public Service Bazaar where the public and UNTV Cup fans can avail services from the following participating government agencies: SSS, NBI, PAG-IBIG fund, Philpost and Philhealth.

 

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Employers vow to regularize 300,000 workers this year – Bello

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

 

 

Labor Secretary Silvestre ” Bebot” Bello III

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced a good news on regularization during his interview with the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon” on Tuesday (August 14).

Bello said the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) signified their support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to end “endo” scheme or illegal contractualization in the country.

Secretary Bello said the group of employers in the country vowed to regularize 300,000 contractual employees within the year.

To make it happen, Bello said, ECOP promised to ink an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) before the year ends.

“Sabi ko kapag ginawa niyo iyan I will give you a labor holiday. In other words, hindi ko pabibisitahin ang mga inspectors ko. Just give me that 300,000 na i-regular niyo…Magkakaroon kami ng memorandum of understanding,” Bello assured.

ECOP serves as an umbrella organization of business communities from small entrepreneurs to large business companies and organizations such as the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, Chinese- Filipino Businessmen and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Giant firms such as SM Retail Inc. and Jollibee Foods Corporation are also members of ECOP.

Meanwhile, Bello admits they lack available labor law compliance officers to complete the inspection of 800,000 business establishments in the country. Since President Duterte issued the directive in May this year, DOLE was able to inspect only around 99,000 establishments to date.

Thus the Secretary encourages workers and employees themselves to volunteer by undergoing a DOLE-facilitated training to help in the inspection while the agency is awaiting the additional funds from the government in order to hire a new set of Labor Law Compliance Officers.

Ideally sana kung talagang mapagtibay namin ang aming pag- iinspect, tama na sakin muna ng at least 2, 500 additional for a start. Iyong mga nurse sabi namin mag- apply kayo. We will deputize you. After your training, kayo ang mag- inspect sa mga hospitals,” he said.

Secretary Bello admits that regularization is a huge challenge, noting that he needs to convince business giants and conglomerates.

He insists his conscience is clear against allegations being thrown at him, even linking him with giant private companies.

Bello made it to the headlines because of multiple accusations of corruption, extortion and unauthorized collection of fees for OFW iDOLE cards.

The Secretary said he is willing to step down anytime if the President orders him to do so. But Bello remains confident that he still has the trust of President Duterte.

Awa ng Dios hindi pa naman ako tinatawagan ng Presidente. Kasi sabi naman ng Presidente na kahit kaunting suspicion lang na meron kang kinasasangkutan na katiwalian, ‘Hindi lang kita tanggalin, papatayin pa kita,’ sabi niya. Awa ng Dios buhay pa ako. Alam ng ating Pangulo ang pagkatao ko,” he concluded. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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