“Songs for Heroes 2” Charity Concert that Raises P8-Million Gets Strong Show of Support from MCGI

Pasay City, Philippines – The Mall of Asia Arena overflowed with heart-rending music and big-hearted supporters of a good cause – the Songs for Heroes 2: Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa’Yo (To Die for Thee).

UNTV, the concert organizer, acknowledged the massive show of support from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) to this concert held on June 30, 2015.

The P8-Million proceeds were handed to PNP Director General Leonardo Espina and AFP Lieutenant General Gregorio Catapang Jr. in behalf of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), respectively.

Bro. Eli Soriano tells the crowd as to how he remembers our servicemen in his time spent abroad. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Eli Soriano tells the crowd as to how he remembers our servicemen in his time spent abroad. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Inspired by a single tweet of international televangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano of MCGI, the concert was able to raise P6-Million for the members of the AFP and PNP.

Moreover, Bro. Eli himself, together with UNTV President Mr. Atom Henares, donated an additional P2-Million, totaling P8-Milion.

To Pay Tribute to our Filipino Servicemen

In narrating his experiences abroad, Bro. Soriano said what he observed that the Filipinos’ nature of being dedicated and helpful remain unmatched anywhere else.

“I remember our servicemen because I saw that the same virtue we have in helping our countrymen cannot be found in other countries I’ve been to,” remarked Bro. Soriano.

To this, AFP Gen. Catapang Jr. and PNP Gen. Espina expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Bro. Eli and the support of MCGI.

“Despite your distance, you still remembered us,” said Gen. Catapang. “Thank you for remembering us, thank you for the support and aid you are giving.”

General Espina, who is retiring from service, remarked: “What a way to retire – with a concert, and with a cause!”

A Star-Studded Event for a Cause

The benefit concert began with cinematic sequences detailing the lives of two young boys aspiring to be a policeman and a soldier. Song performances and dance numbers interspersed the story sequence.

The movie-like presentation ended with the song, “That’s What Friends Are For” as performed by PNP Gen. Espina and AFP Gen. Catapang Jr. They were joined on stage by Mr. Atom Henares.

The performers and UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon as they take their bows after the concert's closing. Pictured from left to right, 5th Gen, Sam Shoaf, Arnie Hidalgo, Wency Cornejo, Gerphil Flores, Gen. Espina, Kuh Ledesma, Kuya Daniel Razon, Gen. Catapang, Mr. Atom Henares, Jed Madela and Jenine Desiderio. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
The performers and UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon as they take their bows after the concert’s closing. Pictured from left to right, 5th Gen, Sam Shoaf, Arnie Hidalgo, Wency Cornejo, Gerphil Flores, Gen. Espina, Kuh Ledesma, Kuya Daniel Razon, Gen. Catapang, Mr. Atom Henares, Jed Madela and Jenine Desiderio. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Among the night’s musical performers were the talented PMA and PNPA Cadets, and the AFP and PNP Soloists and Chorale. The UP Dance Company also lent their signature artistic moves on stage.

Singer/songwriter Wency Cornejo rocked the stage while top recording artist Jed “The Voice” Madela, and multi-talented pop and jazz singer Ms. Kuh Ledesma left audiences enchanted with their vocal prowess.

The benefit concert also showcased the vocal prowess of Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finalists Gerphil “Fame” Flores and Gwyneth Dorado.

Other performers who rendered heartwarming musical numbers include R&B singer Ms. Arnee Hidalgo and her son, singer/actor Jeffrey Hidalgo, The Voice Kids Philippines’ Sam Shoaf, actress/singer Jenine Desiderio, ASOP singer and UNTV’s Klasrum show host Shanne Velasco, as well as up-and-coming singing group 5th Gen.

Also gracing the charitable event were the Secretary of the Department of Justice, Hon. Leila de Lima, Deputy Court Administrator Midas Marquez, Congressman Neil Tupaz and Muntinlupa Representative Rodolfo Biazon.

(Written by Yanna Ferrera)

Ang Dating Daan Has Come A Long Way, But Still Looks to Reach More Souls

“From the start of the program – though there have been many hindrances, we can say that with the help and mercy of God – Ang Dating Daan has come a long, long way.”

This was part of a presentation that Bro. Daniel Razon delivered before the guests who filled the Smart-Araneta Coliseum during the 34th anniversary of the Ang Dating Daan program last October this year.

According to Bro. Razon told that it was not all smooth-sailing running the program hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano. Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are the Overall Servants of the Members Church of God International or MCGI.

Bro. Daniel Razon speaking at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on the 34th Anniversary of Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
Bro. Daniel Razon speaking at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on the 34th Anniversary of Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Ang Dating Daan (which is named The Old Path for its English-speaking constituents) not only has a modest beginning. The award-winning show also experienced many financial hardships and challenges due to religious persecutions.

But in spite of the hindrances, Ang Dating Daan has achieved what its contemporaries has only dreamed of becoming – the longest-running religious program in the Philippines. More than this feat, it is also the only Filipino-produced religious show with the widest scope of international broadcast.

From a three-person team composed of the then still 17-year-old Bro. Daniel as its videographer and editor, Sis Luz Cruz as production assistant and researcher, and Bro. Eli as the host – Ang Dating Daan now has an international following, with the help and mercy of God.

Ang Dating Daan’s worldwide reach

Now posted on Ang Dating Daan’s Youtube channel, the keynote presentation delivered by Bro. Razon has observers commending the feat the religious program has gone in broadcasting the word of God through different forms of media and communication.

“Now, as we speak, we glorify the Almighty, that this program is being aired simultaneously in all the six populated continents of the world,” said Bro. Daniel, who is also known as Kuya Daniel in MCGI and among his constituents in the broadcast industry as a journalist and multimedia host.

One of its satellite providers, the SES-6, allows people in North America, as well several countries in the Central, South American and European countries to watch the Ang Dating Daan program.

During his keynote speech on The Old Path's 34th Anniversary on October 30, 2014, Bro. Daniel Razon told the jam-packed Smart-Araneta Coliseum of the various satellite services through which The Old Path is broadcast 24/7. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
During his keynote speech on The Old Path’s 34th Anniversary on October 30, 2014, Bro. Daniel Razon told the jam-packed Smart-Araneta Coliseum of the various satellite services through which The Old Path is broadcast 24/7. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

Meanwhile, the MEASAT 3A assists in extending MCGI’s broadcast efforts in majority of Asian, Middle Eastern, European, Eastern African, and Oceanic countries.

For South American audience, the Star One C2 satellite carries the religious program to Spanish and Portuguese-speaking audiences.

Apart from television, radio, and 24-hour broadcast on the Internet, audience with smartphones and tablet gadgets can access the broadcasts through the MCGI Broadcast App.

With worldwide reach, MCGI has started producing the program in different languages, such as The Old Path for English, and the Portuguese and Spanish versions of O Caminho Antigo and El Camino Antiguo, respectively.

“Besides these three languages, we are now translating the program Ang Dating Daan in different languages and dialects,” said Kuya Daniel, citing countries now served by the program in various language formats, such as Japan, China, Germany, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and others.”

The Fruits of Broadcast

Due to the intensified broadcasting of the program in different corners of the globe, more and more foreign listeners of the Ang Dating Daan have been baptized inside the Church.

“We continuously receive letters – from mails and emails, [as well as] chat and text messages, from different countries that the Ang Dating Daan broadcast reaches,” said Bro. Daniel during his presentation. “They are waiting for the doctrines of God and to be baptized in the Church of God.”

The Old Path Host and MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano answering queries of faith via live video streaming. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The Old Path Host and MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano answering queries of faith via live video streaming. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

With a great number of individuals wanting to get baptized from different countries, Church workers and Assistants to the Administration have to travel far distances to perform the baptisms.

The growing number of new brethren baptized in the Church also prompted the establishment of new coordinating centers in the Philippines and abroad.

“There have been many changed lives because of listening to and watching the program Ang Dating Daan. And these people have further cultivated their love for the Word of God and for their fellowmen,” stressed Bro. Daniel. “We give no credit to man – for it is all through God’s love, that this has become possible.”

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

MCGI, UNTV and Equinet Team Up for Deep Water Systems Construction for Yolanda Survivors

(From left) Mr. Gerry Panghulan of BMPI-UNTV along with Mr. Antonio Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker of Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
(From left) Mr. Gerry Panghulan of BMPI-UNTV along with Mr. Antonio Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker of Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Tacloban, Philippines – With the goal of providing potable water to Typhoon Yolanda survivors, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV teamed up with Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support, Inc. for the construction of deep well systems in the province of Tacloban.

The construction and setting up of deep well systems across Tacloban – the first provincial stop of the Visayas-wide construction project – has started since July 27 this year, following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between UNTV and Equinet last June 11, 2014.

Under the MOA, UNTV will provide deep well water systems in over 100 places in Visayas which were struck by Typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan). Equinet will be the construction firm and MCGI as UNTV’s partner in the required financing and other welfare services.

“We are happy that Equinet has become our partner in fulfilling our long-time advocacy to help the needy,” UNTV VP for Administration Gerry Panghulan remarked.

Of the 100 places in Visayas to be recipients of the water systems, the city of Tacloban, Leyte is the project’s first stop. It was also one of the super typhoon’s most heavily-damaged areas when Yolanda hit the country on November 2013.

About five deep well systems have already been constructed in Tacloban city. Among these are Brgy. San Jose as well as the barangay’s largest public school, San Jose Elementary School.

“After Yolanda, most of our water systems got damaged and became unusable. It is a big help for the people in our community, and especially the school, that UNTV and Equinet had set up these water system units,” said Brgy. Captain Leo O. Bajin of San Jose.

Two more units of deep well systems are on the works to be set up in Magallanes Independencia and Brgy. Basper in Tacloban.

Typhoon Yolanda is known to be one of the strongest natural calamities to have been recorded in history. The most affected areas were the islands of Visayas and Mindanao which caused the displacement of several thousands of Filipinos.

During one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the nation, MCGI’s Coordinating Center in Tacloban served as a relief camp for the storm’s survivors, providing them with ready-to-eat food and shelter.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

MCGI Supports Public Servants Playing for Charity via UNTV Cup 2

The loud and excited cheers of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) reverberated in the Smart Araneta Coliseum and in popular social media sites during the much anticipated UNTV Cup Season 2 Opening Games last 11 February this year.

Kuya Daniel Razon called for the support of Church members during the philantrophic basketball tournament’s second season. On the game day, Kuya Daniel made it clear who the real stars are behind the unique sports endeavor.

Kuya Daniel Razon speaks before the MCGI-supported UNTV Cup 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on February 11, 2014.
“Every game day is people’s day,” emphasized UNTV-BMPI CEO and UNTV Cup Creator Kuya Daniel Razon as each government agency will set up booths during game days so people can come and seek help for their respective concerns. (Photo courtesy of Rodel Lumiares, PVI)

“Every game day is people’s day,” said UNTV-BMPI CEO and MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister Kuya Daniel Razon. “There is only one goal. We are always thinking how to insert public service [in everything] because that is what UNTV does, [as] Your Public Service Channel,” remarked Bro. Razon.

The Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano was also in attendance via technology to kick-off the public service event. Bro. Eli thanked the players and audience of this season’s UNTV Cup for their continuous support for a worthwhile cause.

“Remember that this project [that] we are doing is for the benefit of others, and not for the benefit of ourselves,” stated Bro. Eli to the crowd in attendance in Smart Araneta, and those watching the event via UNTV 37 and UNTVweb.com.

Bro. Eli Soriano sends his message to the players and supporters of UNTV Cup 2, the first charity basketball league in the Philippines.
Bro. Eli Soriano called upon the audience of the UNTV Cup and thanked them for their continuous support, adding that the said project is being done for the benefit of others and not for ourselves. (Photo courtesy of Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

The international preacher added that the players were also playing the role of Christ, who is the pioneer inspiration of doing good to others. “It’s like being Christ tonight; playing the role of Christ, doing good for the benefit of other people.”

The support for UNTV Cup 2 extended to social media sites as well, as audiences tweeted live updates from the first game night of the season. For ten straight hours, the hashtag #UNTVCupSeason2 was a trending topic on Twitter’s Philippine trends.

What’s New in Season 2

The second season of the UNTV Cup promises better games and better public service.

For each game day, each participating government agency will set up desks manned by their representatives. This is for the benefit of the game watchers and other citizens who would like to seek help and information regarding their various concerns.

Two more teams have been added to the roster of players for this year’s tournament. The first of which is the Senate Defenders, whose Team Captain is Sen. Sonny Angara Jr.

Senator Sonny Angara graced the event as the Team Captain of the Senate Defenders, one of the two newly added teams this season.
Senator Sonny Angara graced the event as the Team Captain of the Senate Defenders, one of the two newly added teams this season. (Photo courtesy of Rodel Lumiares, PVI)

Other prominent members of the political community namely, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Jinggoy Estrada are also part of the team’s roster of players.

The highest committee of the government also had its own team, the Malacañan Patriots, completing the ten teams of this season’s tournament.

With season 2 just beginning, UNTV Cup Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co, already called upon the game’s supporters to watch out for season three. According to the PBA legend, they are already making plans to increase the cash prize of winners and anticipating more teams to sign up and play for charity.

The first game of this season commenced with the House of Representatives Solons versus the Senate Defenders. The Senate Defenders won the game by 83-72.

UNTV Cup, a brainchild of Bro. Daniel Razon, is a basketball tournament for a good cause. The game’s grand prize winner will get to donate their 1 million-peso grand prize to a charity of their choosing.

Team Judiciary was hailed as the previous season’s winner, and granted their 1 milion PHP earnings to institutions that care for the victims of calamities in Central Luzon and war in southern Philippines.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Hinirangs grabbed the second spot and gave their 500,000 prize money to the Masonic Charity for Crippled Children.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)


UNTV, BMPI Thankful to God As Their 10th Year of Public Service Nears

Apalit, Pampanga – Kuya Daniel Razon led the thankful employees, volunteer staff and beneficiaries of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) in offering their gratitude to God on February 1 this year at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga.

The people behind UNTV – the country’s prime public service network stood on stage to thank God for nearly a decade of God’s guidance in all of the station’s public service endeavors.

An audio visual presentation played during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network's use of drones for news and public service.
An audio visual presentation played during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network’s use of drones for news and public service. (Photo courtesy of Prince Marquez, PVI)

During the thanksgiving number, BMPI-UNTV CEO and Chairman Daniel Razon remarked on UNTV’s making its mark in the field of public service.

In UNTV’s audio-visual presentation, Kuya Daniel said, “We are so small compared to bigger networks, but with God’s mercy, in our humble ways, we are instruments in helping our fellowmen.”

In the same AVP, MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano congratulated UNTV on how God has helped the station become what it is today – a station that truly serves the people.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV's public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV’s public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

“It is quite an achievement for UNTV, under the supervision of Bro. Daniel Razon. [That is] To bring glory and honor to the Lord through the instrumentality of UNTV,” stressed Bro. Soriano.

“We do not mean business, we mean public service,” concluded Bro. Daniel as what UNTV as a network is all about.

Nine Years of Public Service

Starting out as a small television network way back year 2004, UNTV has made a name for itself as the country’s dedicated public service channel. The network maintains the daily operation of its numerous charity institutions and public service works.

Now passing its 9th year, UNTV has already made marks with some of the most groundbreaking public service projects launched in the Philippines. 

One example is the “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” (Rescue First, Report Later) Advocacy, which encourages media men to prioritize life-saving rather than news reporting.

Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

UNTV has also pioneered the use of aerial drones for rescue and reporting in the country, employing the use of technology for faster information dissemination and a wider scope of public service to the masses.

UNTV also maintains partnership with the Members Church of God International (MCGI) through its Ang Dating Daan Foundation Inc. (ADDFI).

To extend help in far-flung areas in the country, UNTV has rolled medical missions. The station also put up numerous Clinic ni Kuya facilities around the archipelago to provide medical care help to our marginalized fellowmen.

Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church.
Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

UNTV’s main operating station located in EDSA also houses its Legal Center called “Law Center ni Kuya,” where people in need of legal assistance can seek counselling.

The station also provides continuous support for La Verdad Christian College’s free education and the Dunong Gulong Mobile School services, as well as its Libreng Sakay (Free Ride) buses and jeepneys throughout the country.

UNTV will celebrate its tenth anniversary this coming June 25-26, 2014.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

MCGI Drums Up Support for UNTV Basketball Cup’s Season 2

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is rallying up support for the forthcoming second season of UNTV Cup, the Public Service Channel’s basketball league where cash prizes are donated to charities. 

Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, recently called on Church members and visitors to support the basketball tournament, which will bring in new participating government agencies and new public service innovations.

UNTV Cup, the only basketball game enjoining celebrities and government agencies for public service, opens another exciting and philanthropic season on February 11, 2014 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking at the kickoff event of Season 2 of the UNTV Cup.
   UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking at the kickoff event of Season 2 of the UNTV Cup.

New Teams, Bigger Public Service Innovation

Recently, UNTV introduced two new teams who are joining the coming edition of the tournament. The participation of Team Malacañan and Team Senate are welcome additions to the basketball league.

“We are very happy [to join this time] because we have watched and followed [the first season] on a weekly basis,” Major Paul Yamamoto said during the league’s kick-off celebration last January 14.

“It is basketball for a cause. This is a good motivation for our players – you are enjoying and playing while helping,” added Yamamoto, who will be acting as leader of Team Malacañan.

Meanwhile, Team Senate revealed that their line-up would include Senators Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino and Alan Cayetano. Atty. Dacsil is the leader of the team.

Teams Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Metropolitan Metro Development Authority (MMDA), PhilHealth, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Congress, Local Government Unit (LGU) and Judiciary, the league’s defending champion, complete the UNTV Cup’s competing groups this season.

One of the games of the UNTV Cup Season 1 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
One of the games of the UNTV Cup Season 1 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

A Vehicle for Heightened Public Service

Apart from new players and teams, the fans and followers of UNTV Cup Season 2 can look forward to the heightened public service that the league will offer.

Kuya Daniel announced that the participating government agencies would put up booths that will serve as public service desks. These booths will be opened every game and help answer and provide assistance to people seeking help.

“If you have a complaint to PhilHealth, you can go the PhilHealth booth, if you have a complaint to PNP, you can go the PNP booth … they will have representatives and you can directly ask them,” the veteran broadcaster remarked during the season’s kick-off affair.

PNP will accommodate police clearance processing through its booth.

In the same occasion, Kuya Daniel recalled the origin of the basketball league. “I am fond of playing basketball since I was a kid. Now that I am older, I thought that we should not only play this game, [but] we should use this [basketball] as a vehicle for public service.”

In spite of being a competitive game, Kuya Daniel reminded that it is the intent of helping people that serves as UNTV Cup’s foundation.

“We are partners in public service. We are partners in serving our countrymen,” Kuya Daniel emphasized.

(Written by Emmy Borromeo)

Bro. Daniel Razon Debuts ‘Isang Araw’ Indie Film For Typhoon Relief Efforts

December 13, 2013 — Bro. Daniel Razon celebrated his 30 years of service to God and humanity on November 28, 2013 with the special screening of his latest film directorial effort, Isang Araw (One Day).

The sequel to Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day), the movie is inspired by Bro. Daniel’s advocacy of the same name that promotes doing good even for a day.

Kuya Daniel Razon's latest indie for charity debuted on his Rare Moments event at the Sofitel Plaza on November 28, 20113, his 30th year of service to God and humanity.
The Isang Araw charity-indie premiered during Kuya Daniel Razon’s Rare Moments event on November 28, 2013, his 30th year in service to God and humanity. (Photo by Fred Alvior, Photoville International)

The film’s screening was the highlight of the special gala dubbed Rare Moments held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Attendees had the privilege of not only seeing the film firsthand, but also of sharing photo sessions with its actor, writer, and director – Bro. Daniel himself.

Crowd Reactions

As the film credits rolled and the lights turned on, some of the audience members found themselves switching between clapping their hands and wiping their eyes.

One in attendance was Famy, Laguna Mayor Renonia Muramatsu. When asked what lesson she learned, she said in tears: “No good deed will ever bring forth evil.”

“These things are what’s happening in reality,” reflected Annie Flores from Bataan province upon watching the film.

Coming from far provinces such as Ilocos and countries like Singapore and London, members of the Church of God International came to see Bro. Daniel Razon and his latest charity-indie, Isang Araw, on November 28, 2013 at the Sofitel Plaza.
Members of the Church of God International came from far provinces such as Ilocos and countries from Singapore to London to see Bro. Daniel Razon and his latest charity-indie, Isang Araw, on November 28, 2013 at the Sofitel Plaza. (Photo by Fred Alvior, Photoville International)

Meanwhile, Tess Caleon from Cavite province said that “I’m not a member of The Old Path (Church of God International or MCGI), but I feel drawn.”

Ms. Caleon noted that it was her son in Dubai who bought her a ticket and urged her to watch. Despite being reluctant at first as she just “sleeps in movies,” she was very touched by what she has seen and that “the people are very warm.”

In Full Support

Church members came all the way from London, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates, and even from Philippine provinces as far as llocos just so they can show their support for the cause of the film and for the 30th spiritual birthday of Bro. Daniel, MCGI’s Vice-Presiding Minister.

Award-winning artists like Gerald Santos, Catherine Loria, and Raymond Sajor entertained the crowd with Kuya Daniel’s original compositions including “Pag-asa ng Puso,” “Alay Sa’Yo,” and “Magpakailanman.”

Part of the proceeds of Isang Araw will go to various public services captained by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel, like daily medical missions and feeding programs.

MCGI members and UNTV staff conducting a feeding program that started on November 15, 2013 for Yolanda Survivors in Tacloban, Leyte. (Photo by  Photoville International)
MCGI members and UNTV staff conducted a feeding program for Yolanda Survivors in Tacloban, Leyte that started on November 15, 2013. (Photo by Photoville International)

Also held was a special auction of apparel worn in the movie to benefit Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) survivors in southern Philippines. Due to public demand, the auction was extended.

The Rare Moments event was hosted by Actress Jackie-Lou Blanco and UNTV Host Eagle Riggs. 

(Words by Art Cruz)

Bro. Daniel Razon: “Let’s Keep On Doing More”

December 12, 2013 — “Let’s keep on doing more,” remarked Bro. Daniel Razon after winning the first-ever Do More Awards as The Ultimate Luminary.

The awards night by Rappler.com and Rexona was held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on November 28, 2013. UNTV Host Atty. Reggie Tongol accepted the award on behalf of Bro. Daniel, who was at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for his Rare Moments charity event.

At the Sofitel Plaza, Kuya Daniel Razon accepts The Luminary Award from Rappler.com and Rexona on November 28, 2013. Atty. Reggie Tongol received it on his behalf the same night.
At the Sofitel Plaza, Kuya Daniel Razon accepts The Luminary Award from Rappler.com and Rexona on November 28, 2013. Atty. Reggie Tongol received it on behalf of the UNTV CEO the same night at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. (Photo by Jerson Ona, Photoville International)

Bro. Daniel, Vice-Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI), is publicly known as “Kuya Daniel” of UNTV, the Philippines’ Public Service Channel.

He spearheads the network’s many one-of-a-kind services like daily free rides and medical missions.

From Commentary to Advocacy

Kuya Daniel launched the Kahit Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) advocacy on February 24, 2009. What started as a commentary on the plight of poor Filipinos have become the moving force behind professionals to give a day or more of their services to others for free.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team in Cordova, Cebu helping a man injured by Typhoon Haiyan in November of 2013. (Photo by Romaldo Solon, Photoville International)
UNTV News and Rescue Team coming to the aid of a man in Cordova, Cebu after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, 2013. (Photo by Romaldo Solon, Photoville International)

The advocacy has also been the inspiration of Bro. Daniel’s benefit concerts and films that have helped countless people — from the bereaved families of the Maguindanao Massacre to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

The UNTV-BMPI CEO also pioneered the network’s News and Rescue bureau on July 18, 2010, an effort acclaimed as the first in the country. News reporters were trained to become first-aid personnel.

Doing Good, Doing More

As the special screening of Kuya Daniel’s second charity-indie Isang Araw (One Day) ended, applauses subsided as Atty. Reggie called on him to go on stage to receive his award.

Gerald Santos singing "Pagasa ng Puso," an inspirational composition by Kuya Daniel Razon during his Rare Moments event at the Sofitel Plaza on November 28, 2013.
The Philippines’ “Prince of Ballad” singing “Pag-asa ng Puso,” an inspirational composition by Kuya Daniel Razon during his Rare Moments event on November 28, 2013 at the Sofitel Plaza. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, Photoville International)

“Thanks be to God, because I know that the honor and glory are not ours, but His in the heavens. To God be the glory,” said Bro. Daniel.

Earlier in November, Kuya Daniel received the 1st Gintong Palad Awards for Public Service by the Movie Writers Welfare Foundation (MWWF). UNTV Host Louella De Cordova received the plaque on Bro. Daniel’s behalf at the One Esplanade, Manila Philippines.

(Words by Rigor Arellano)

PH Quake and War Victims Beneficiaries of 1st UNTV Cup Winners

Justice wins! Team Judiciary with UNTV VP of Administration Mr. Gerry Panghulan, CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno (middle), Dr. Larry Henares Jr. with Ms. Juno Henares (right), Kuya Daniel Razon (right), and PBA MVP Atoy Co (far right). (Photo by Prince Marquez, Photoville International).
Joining Team Judiciary in celebration is UNTV VP of Administration Mr. Gerry Panghulan, CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno (middle), Dr. Larry Henares Jr. with Ms. Juno Henares (right), UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon (right), and PBA MVP Atoy Co (far right). (Photo by Prince Marquez, Photoville International).

Manila, Philippines — Bagging the top prize in the first UNTV Cup on November 5, 2013, Team Judiciary won P1-Million for quake and war victims in Cebu, Bohol, and Zamboanga.

The one-of-a-kind basketball tourney conceptualized by UNTV CEO Daniel Razon united different government sectors to play and win tax-free prizes for their charities of choice.

Kuya Daniel is Vice-Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI).

Team Judiciary won against the Philippine National Police or PNP, 86-83, who battled under the Smart-Araneta Coliseum or The Big Dome. The PNP received P500,000 as second-placer. Their prize will go to the benefit of crippled children in the country.

In third place was the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who got P250,000 for the orphaned children of fallen soldiers through the AFP Educational Benefits System Office.

Team Philhealth, in fourth place, will be donating their P150,000 to the Cancer Warriors Foundation.

Inspiring Team Judiciary to win the first-ever UNTV Cup on October 24, 2013 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum was Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Cheering for Team Judiciary during the first UNTV Cup Finals on November 5, 2013 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum was the Chief Justice herself, Hon. Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Cheering for Charity

Supporting the basketball tournament for a cause and rooting for the winning team was the Chief Justice herself, Hon. Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno.

“Well, the boys we’re really inspiring. You saw their hard work. I think they deserved it. The PNP gave us a very good fight,” remarked CJ Sereno.

Bro. Daniel thanked the organization for their support from the cup’s kickoff to its culmination.

“These innovations would not have been possible without your support, and all who believe in this cause,” said Bro. Daniel.

Bro. Razon also thanked the primary supporter of all of UNTV’s public services, MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano.

“Thanks to all the judiciary staff and the PNP who work just to make a contribution for the poor,” remarked the international evangelist Bro. Eli via live video streaming.

Bro. Eli also expressed his gratitude to MCGI, and to all the teams who participated “in this endeavor by Bro. Daniel to do good to our poor fellowmen.” 

(Words by Art Cruz)

The Platters Share a Night of Classic 50s Music with Bro. Eli

Bro. Eli Soriano, together with the famed 1950s music ensemble, The World Famous Platters, turned the ADD Convention Center into a music hall filled with classic ballads and medleys for just one night.

Dubbed “Remember When,” the benefit concert started at around 6 p.m. on March 31 this year, a day after MCGI’s three-day Thanksgiving of the Body. Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon made sure that the night’s concert would be marked with memorable performances from MCGI’s homegrown talents and local artists.

Members of the World Famous Platters at MCGI Headquarters: (From left), Mose Stovall, Yolanda Branch-Fletcher, Eddie 'the Emperor of Soul' Stovall, Lawrence 'Rooster' Lockard, and Jerrad Tilley.
On the ADD Convention Center stage in Pampanga, Philippines (from left), Mose Stovall, Yolanda Branch-Fletcher, Eddie ‘the Emperor of Soul’ Stovall, Lawrence ‘Rooster’ Lockard, and Jerrad Tilley.

MCGI’s own pool of theater dance troupes opened the concert with their creative dance interpretations. Performers who graced the evening’s first part included Frank Packing, ASOP TV song interpreter; Lilibeth Garcia, Karaoke World Championships runner up; Hammilan, band vocalist, and; MCGI’s Music Ministry.

Filipino singer-composer Rey Valera was another highlight of the evening. Valera sang some of his best-loved songs like “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko” before smoothly transitioning to the night’s special performances, including the duet between The Platters and Bro. Eli.

The Platters serenaded tens of thousands crowds at the convention hall and other MCGI coordinating centers all over the world via live video streaming with songs they popularized between the late ’50s and early ’60s. These performances included “Only You,” “Twilight Time,” “Remember When,” “Stand by Me,” “The Great Pretender,” and other Motown medleys. In between songs, The Platters shared trivia and fun facts about their group’s more than 50-year career-spanning accomplishments.

Via live video streaming, Bro. Eliseo Soriano took on the lead part in 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,' while The Platters graciously sang as backup vocals. 'I thought he did pretty good from singing from so far away,' remarked Jerrad Tilley.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano with the World Famous Platters singing “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” via live video streaming.

A special duet of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by The Platters and Bro. Eli proved to be one of the crowd’s favorite parts of the night. “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like that, but it was really fun,” remarked Jerrad Tilley of the technology-aided performance. To cap off their gig, they thanked the audience and greeted Bro. Eli who celebrated his baptism anniversary on April 7.

After the last song of The Platters, Bro. Daniel took to the stage and offered some covers of songs and teased on a new song, which is part of a new music album he is launching this year. MCGI’s Vice Presiding Minister also performed “Yesterday,” “Together Again,” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.” After a few songs, Bro. Daniel led the crowds in singing the Church birthday song to Bro. Eli.

When it was Bro. Eli’s turn, the Presiding Minister to MCGI’s rendition of “And I Love You So” and “A Certain Smile” further heightened the entertainment and celebration. Bro. Eli afterwards thanked everyone who made the concert possible and shared words of wisdom from the Bible to the audience.

The proceeds of the "Remember When" concert-for-a-cause will be for the new Convention Center in Manila that will include a free hospital, college, and Transient Home for all.
Proceeds of the “Remember When” concert will be for the new Convention Center in Manila whose plans include a free hospital, college, and Transient Home for all.

The song, “Walk with Faith in your Heart,” was performed by Bro. Eli as attendees left the convention hall. While majority have left already, Bro. Eli continued singing until the wee hours of the night (Philippine time) for those who were still monitoring the concert through live streaming and satellite facilities.

The “Remember When” concert was aimed at raising funds for a new convention center dedicated to families of MCGI and Jesus Christ’s One Thousand-Year Reign on earth.

The concert was a week shy of Bro. Eli’s 49th year in service to God and the people on April 7. In all those years he served, Bro. Eli only missed one Church service due to severe illness.

(Written by Apple D. Arco)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)


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