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)

MCGI Overall Servants Dedicate a Day of Charity Works to Nueva Ecija Brethren

About 400 brethren received medical and dental care on February 10, the day when Bro. Eli
 Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon dedicated a whole day of charity works for Church members in the
 Nueva Ecija province.

The Overall Servants to the Members Church of God 
International (MCGI) also extended health care checkups for both adults and children and 
gave eyeglasses and dentures, all for free.

Both in tears, a member in Nueva Ecija Province hugging Bro. Daniel Razon during his visit on February 10, 2013.
Both in tears, a member in Nueva Ecija Province hugging Bro. Daniel Razon during his visit on February 10, 2013.

Bro. Daniel visited the brethren in Nueva Ecija, a province north of Manila, to personally
 oversee the charity outreach, including the distribution of gift packages that include food,
 money and health supplements.

MCGI gives special consideration to the widows, orphans and the elderly with James 1:27 as 
basis when mounting charity works.

In the evening, Bro. Eli gave time to hear about the members’ 
problems in life and faith during the Consultation segment of the program. The international evangelist heard and addressed members’ concerns via live video streaming.

Rendering his voice to inspirational songs of praise, Bro. Daniel held a concert to the sincere delight of the brethren.
Rendering his voice to inspirational songs of praise, Bro. Daniel held a concert to the sincere delight of the brethren.

Bro. Daniel, who is also himself a singer and songwriter, capped the day by throwing a
 concert for the brethren. Crooning songs of praise and encouragement, Bro. Daniel rendered
 musical numbers of faith that brought many smiles and tears to the members. He was joined
 on stage by the ADD Band, the Music Ministry Core, and the Teatro Kristiano.

The whole-day event ensued as a follow-up activity after Bro. Daniel’s visit to the Church
 region on January 27 this year, as part of MCGI Overall Servants’ duty to visit the brethren and know their condition in faith.

Doing good to others especially to members is one of the Church’s doctrines, as written in 
Galatians 6:10. Hence, its various daily public service works through media network UNTV and the ADD Foundation.

(Words by Rigor Arellano, Photos by Kenji Hasegawa)

Members of the Church of God International to Hold Nationwide Simultaneous Medical Mission in February

Members Church of God International partners with media network UNTV for medical mission in 2012.
A member of the Church of God International hands free medicines in a medical outreach with media partner UNTV in 2012.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is conducting next month its first massive public service event for 2013 dubbed as the Nationwide Simultaneous Medical Mission to be held in over 10 key locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Slated on February 24 of current year, the Medical Mission is being undertaken through the ADD Foundation as a yearly public charity commitment of MCGI and Bro. Daniel Razon to the Rotary Club of the Philippines. Bro Daniel, the Vice-Presiding Minister, has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kamuning for several years already.

Last year’s Simultaneous Medical Mission had served a total of 14,563 people. Out of the recorded figure, there were 7,872 who received free pedia care and dental care while 6,691 were given free health medications. From last year’s eight selected venues visited by the Medical Mission, including Quezon City, Laguna, Sorsogon, and Iloilo, among others, the activity will extend to two more places.

“This year’s medical mission will be even bigger with the addition of minor surgical services,” said ADD Foundation representative, Ms. Cyril Oira.

In a 2009 household survey conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the average amount of prescription needed to remedy acute illness would already amount to P485 ($11.59) while medicines for chronic diseases would amount to P946 ($22.52). The said amount excludes the extra expenses attached to renting medical equipment, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Mounting bigger, massive medical missions such as this one is only part of the regular medical health services given free by the organization through its charitable arm, Kamanggagawa Foundation and in cooperation with UNTV.

The Clinic ni Kuya Daniel stations, whose main clinic is at the UNTV Building, are established in various locations locally. Medical missions last year benefitted more than 170,000 people across the Philippines and abroad.

Other public service works being maintained by the ADD Foundation include the Transient Home in Quezon City and Pampanga, blood donation drives where its next massive undertaking will be held in March this year.

Source:

WHO survey. The Philippine Daily Inquirer. Available on: opinion.inquirer.net/33107/medicines-still-beyond-reach-of-many

(Written by: Faye Ferrera)

MCGI Renders Assistance to Flood Victims in Davao

A Church member gives relief goods to a resident of Apalit, Pampanga when floods due to continuous rain hit the town in 2012.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) carried out relief missions in Davao, Philippines after a flash flood hit the city on June 28. Days of heavy rain made the Pangi River to overflow causing a ten-foot high flood that severely affected residential areas in five barangays. To date, the flood claimed 30 lives and displaced about 15,000 families.

Through the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Presiding and Vice Presiding Ministers to MCGI, the victims at the evacuation centers were supplied food, clean drinking water, clothing, and medicines.

General medicine and dental services were also provided to the residents of Matina, one of worst-flooded towns in Davao. The medical services benefited 246 individuals.

In addition, a feeding program was put up: hot soup and porridge were served to families who had gone almost a week without food and had no means to cook.

MCGI missionaries assigned in Davao were grateful that the local congregation remained safe while floods devastated many areas. One missionary said, “This phenomenon shows how fortunate MCGI is to have a compassionate God, and to have preachers in the persons of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon who look after its welfare. Thanks be to God!”

On July 10, during the 7th anniversary of UNTV, MCGI-Davao will return to do a second round of expanded relief missions, but this time adding a clean-up drive in muddied towns. The congregation anticipates serving more families and individuals on that day.

Local authorities in Davao compared the flash flood to the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) when it hit the Philippines in 2009. They said that this is the first time in Davao’s history that a flood almost wiped-out two large communities from the map. Chocolate-colored waters rushed from the overflowed Pangi River, swallowing everything in its path. This was after the six-hour rainfall slugged the towns of Matina and Bangkal, another flood-stricken community.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

MCGI to March for Greener Environment

Miss Earth Foundation represented by Kris Psyche Resus and Sandra Inez Seifert are also present during the opening of the ADD-a-Tree event by MCGI and UNTV in 2010. Bro. Daniel discusses with them the intent of the eco-friendly event.

This October, Members Church of God International will participate in one of the biggest tree-planting initiatives launched so far in the Philippines. Dubbed “Isang Araw Lang Para Sa Kalikasan” (Just One Day For Nature) the event is a response to the challenge of global warming and climate change which are at the forefront agenda of world leaders today. The project even highlights MCGI’s similar campaign and commitment for a healthier, cleaner, and greener global environment.

Teaming up with Philippine local television channel UNTV 37 through its Kahit Isang Araw Lang advocacy, and the Philippine government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Climate Change Commission, MCGI will make the tree planting project its major contribution and legacy for the protection of the environment and increasing environmental awareness among people. The project is also seen as a relevant, timely, and meaningful joint undertaking between the public and the private sectors.

The massive tree planting activity will involve simultaneous tree seedling anchorage on local and global points. The one-hectare allocated by the government are prone to catastrophic flooding, soil erosion, and mudslides caused by wide-scale deforestation and denudation of mountains and watersheds.

In the Philippines, a number of landslides and excessive flooding had occurred, all pointing to denuded forests as the culprit of casualties. Back in 2009, typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng (international names Ketsana and Parma) lashed out a combined strength bringing about widescale flooding especially in the country’s capital. Disaster findings indicated that waters which had descended to low-lying areas or ‘catch-basins’ were the effect not only of unabated rains but contributory human activities, such as logging and improper garbage disposal, that magnified the damage. The aftermath were houses engulfed in thick mud and water, destroyed properties, displaced and homeless people, physical-emotional injuries and trauma to survivors, and more than a hundred casualties, to name a few.

The tree-planting project is just one of the several environmental advocacies MCGI is engaging in this year. So far, MCGI had tied-up with several organizations and local government units in clean-and-green themed projects. Among these were the clean-up drives in urban and rural communities, river clean-up in Caloocan City and Bulacan, and tree-planting day activities in Marikina City, mostly on Philippine territory. A similar arbor day activity was also held in Singapore with MCGI congregants as main project sponsors.

The project also serves as one of the highlights of MCGI’s celebration of 30 years in religious broadcast and public service through its radio-television program, Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path. The program is hosted by MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano.

For this event, MCGI is launching its anniversary website titled “ADD @ 30”.


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