Beyond being a broadcast journalist and prominent television and radio personality, Bro. Daniel S. Razon acts as a Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
Bro. Daniel is fondly called by many as “Kuya Daniel” and “Mr. Public Service,” inspired by the works and innovations he has pioneered that are centered on helping the public, especially the marginalized members of society. “Kuya” is “Big Brother” in English.
He was born in Bulacan on October 11, 1967. Growing up, he was guided by his parents, Brother Dan and Sister Beth Razon, and his uncle Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant of MCGI. At a young age, he was exposed to public speaking when he performed poem recitals, Bible verse reading, speeches in Church and in school, as well as Bible preaching.
Although he once aspired to be a doctor, Bro. Daniel walked a different career path when he took up Mass Communications in college as advised by Bro. Eli. It proved useful when Bro. Eli started preaching on radio and television through the program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), now widely recognized as the longest-running religious television program in the Philippines.
In 1986, Bro. Daniel finished his degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications major in Broadcasting at the Centro Escolar University. Alongside his studies and, later on, his professional career in mass media, he played a significant part as the director and executive producer of Ang Dating Daan. Since then, he has been helping Bro Eli in the overall propagation and broadcast efforts of the Church which have now reached many countries.
He first served as a Regular Worker in the Church and was eventually delegated as the Officer-In-Charge for the Metro Manila Division. In 1997, he was officially elected as the Vice Presiding Minister to assist Bro. Eli in leading the activities and propagation endeavors of the Church, as well as to attend to the overall spiritual, physical, and mental welfare of the brethren.
Bro. Daniel founded many of MCGI’s ministries and committees, such as the Music Ministry, the “Teatro Kristiano” theater group, and MCGI Youth (formerly KKTK or Kapisanan ng mga Kabataan Tungo sa Kasakdalan) and many others.
He is also active in forming media partnerships to help the Church spread the gospel worldwide.
He likewise co-founded the Bible Readers (BRead) Society International, a non-profit, non-sectarian youth organization that promotes Bible reading primarily among students and other members of the academe. Other groups in MCGI that Bro. Daniel established include the Church’s photographers’ pool known as Photoville International, ADD Productions, and the Church’s ushering team called Guest Coordinators (GCOS).
Bro. Daniel, together with Bro. Eli, also conceptualized various activities that are aimed at edifying the brethren, like the A Song Of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival, International Youth Convention, Couples’ Conventions, and Music Ministry and Theatre Summits, among others.
The putting up of the Church’s renowned Worldwide Bible Expositions were also spearheaded by Bro. Daniel. This gathering, regularly held by MCGI in the Philippines and abroad, invites visitors from all walks of life to ask questions about faith and spirituality. They are given answers straight from the Bible through MCGI’s Overall Servant, Bro. Eli Soriano. Visitors attending at any MCGI remote point across the globe are able to participate via satellite and the internet. Bro. Daniel co-hosts the symposium, including those which are centered in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in the Latin Americas.
Bro. Daniel regularly visits MCGI Coordinating Centers in the Philippines and in other countries to personally see the brethren and look after their condition and well-being. His visits are usually coinciding with Thanksgiving gatherings and other special events.
Bro. Daniel’s professional career in media and communications started right after he finished his undergraduate studies in 1986. From 1987 to 1988, he worked as an FM disc jockey at DZRH and DWST on the radio airwaves. Though prior to this, he already did disc jockey stints at GV 99.1 in Angeles, Pampanga, and at KYFM.
He shifted to television in 1992, first as the host of People’s Television Network’s (PTV 4) “Pandayan ni Mang Pandoy.” From then on, Bro. Daniel had various stints in the country’s network giants, ABS-CBN and GMA, as a host and newscaster.
In 2004, he was entrusted to lead the television channel, UNTV 37. He then established media company Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) as a content provider and marketing firm of the channel. This marked the beginning of the many innovations at the local television channel both in broadcasting and public service through Bro. Daniel as CEO and President. Among these is UNTV’s “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” (Rescue First, Report Later) advocacy, launched in 2010, which encourages media practitioners to prioritize helping people in times of accidents and disasters. Bro. Daniel also pioneered the use of drones in broadcast journalism in the Philippines and the radio station-on-wheels of UNTV’s AM station Radyo La Verdad 1350 kHz and FM station Wish 107.5.
The religious programs of MCGI, “Ang Dating Daan” and “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano”, are being broadcast in the station, as well as in UNTV Radyo La Verdad 1350 kHz.
His being the Assistant Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International and a media personality, Bro. Daniel earned the moniker “Mr. Public Service” for his innovations and undertakings that are intended to help, not just the poor and the marginalized, but all people.
Among the main philanthropic projects of Bro. Daniel include the charity basketball league UNTV Cup and the free educational institution La Verdad Christian College.
Bro. Daniel also provides public service through UNTV programs “Serbisyong Kasangbahay” and “Munting Pangarap.” FM station Wish 107.5, a brainchild of Bro. Daniel, also has a one-of-a-kind feature of granting wishes and requests of its listeners. The station’s Wish Music Awards also gives monetary donations to charitable institutions, which were chosen awardees.