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A Song of Praise: Season 3 Grand Finals – Review

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Hosted by Toni Rose Gayda and Richard Reynoso, A Song of Praise Music Festival has been and still is the only Gospel Music TV Program in the Philippines, aired by no other than the leading station for Public Service, UNTV.

Personally, this is my very first time attending such a grand event. The “A Song Of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals Season 3 was held at the Smart-Araneta in Cubao, on September 23, 2014. For such a program to have lasted for 3 seasons, going on four, in fact, it proves that Praising God is never unwelcome in the hearts of people (at least, for Filipinos). And if you haven’t watched the program or listened to any of the song entries, I can definitely say you’re missing out!

What is it about Songs of Praises to God? It is just such a wonderful thing to listen to all the songs at the ASOP Grand Finals –there was this uplifting feel to it. It renews you within, and, as Daniel Razon, CEO & Chairman of BMPI mentioned in his speech after the performances, “Kung mayron man higit na dapat alayan ng ating tinig, ng ating talento walang iba kundi yung pinanggalingan nito. [If there is someone to whom we must offer our voices, our talents the most, it is none other than the One from which it all came from.]”

I spoke to one member of the audience, and she told me;

“Mas naappreciate ko yung ASOP ngayon dahil hindi naman nawala yung main purpose ng project na yun, na mahikayat pa ng mga taong gagawa ng Songs of Praises. Kahit artista, napasali natin gaya ni Cesar Montano, diba?… Kaya tama sabi ni Ingkong na yung music nakakaimpluwensya sa kaluluwa at puso ng tao. [I appreciate this ASOP because the main purpose of the project, which is to encourage more people to write Songs of Praises, was not lost. We were even able to invite actors like Cesar Montano, right?… Which is why when Ingkong (Bro. Eli) said Music influences the soul and heart of man, it is true.]” – Claire

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I enjoyed listening to the Lyrics of the Songs “Tanging Gabay” by Arniel Villagonza, sung by Rachel Alejandro, which made me cry, and “God Will Win Our Fight” by Ricardo Sanchez, the lyrics of which were very enlighting – a basic principle of faith, if you have faith in God, don’t go about putting your trust into others as though there is possibility that God can’t do it.

I found Cesar Montano’s composition, “Pagpupuring Walang Hanggan” quite breath-taking to listen to, with all the blendings. He expressed how blessed he is, mentioning that when people asked him why he’d join he responded, “it’s a group of people worshipping God..” After which, he proceeded to invite people even from his industry to join.

“…the simple message of the song is Humility before God. Ang pagtanggap kung gaano ka kapalad, yung kung gaano ka kasama, God will forgive you, through Jesus Christ. Yan ang message,” said Montano in his AVP.

The actor-director and composer received praise from Winny Nepomuceno, member of the board of judges who commended his humility. Nepomuceno also congratulated UNTV for the success of the program saying, “Eto ang kailangan natin, hindi katulad ng nakikita sa ibang television na drama. (This is what we need, not like what we see in other television [channels] which are [just] drama.)

Baka lalu mawalan ako ng trabaho rito (Maybe I’ll be risking loosing my job all the more because of this),” he jokes but proceeds, “eh kasi ganun tlga. Unang una, bakit ako pupunta rito? (Because it’s like that really. Firstly, why would I come here?) Because i believe in your program…”

But the one song that received quite a favor among the live audience, to which, I believe, the strongest applause was heard during the performance was Louise Lyle Robles’ “May Awa ang Dios,” interpreted by Beverly Caimen.

It was no longer surprising that Robles was the Grand Winner, and Caimen was awarded Best Interpreter.

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The winners were announced as follows:

Peoples’ Choice Awards, presented by Willy Nepomuceno to Jinnie Adilan for the Song, “Hanggat May Tinig Ako,” interpreted by Daryl Ong, who received a plaque and cheque for 50,000php.

Best Interpreter, presented by Wency Cornejo to Ms. Beverly Caimen for interpreting “May Awa ang Dios,” who also received a plaque and 50,000php.

Garnering an average of 88.72, the 3rd runner up was presented to Meldin Nabia for the song “Biyaya.” Nabia received 100,000php and trophy.

With an average of 89.27, 2nd runner-up was “Tanging Gabay” by Arniel Villagonza. Villagonza received 150,000php and also a trophy.

With 90.28 total average, at 1st runner-up was Marlon Nabia’s “Sa Bawat Araw.” Nabia received 250,000php and trophy.

And the Grand Winner, the Song of the Year, presented by the chairman of the board of judges, Danny Javier, and Daniel Razon, to Louise Lyle Robles for the song “May Awa ang Dios.”

The judges for the event received plaques of Appreciation, and all the ASOP composers received plaques of Recognition.

Overall, the event was fun, lively, and most importantly, Godly. As host Richard Reynoso put it, “Praising God: More fun in the Philippines.”

More testimonials:

“Okay lang. Mas maganda yung mga kanta nung nakaraan… Mas nagustuhan ko.” –Melvin, who also expressed how he enjoyed the re-cap performances for the song entries from season 2.

“Gustong gusto ko yung Bawat Araw.. Tsaka yung Kislap..” –Annie, when asked about the lyrics she enjoyed most.

“Best na awit sa ‘kin, ‘May Awa ang Dios.’ Para kasi makasurvive tayo sa magulong sanlibutan na to, kailangan talaga natin ng awa ng Dios. Yung awa kasi ng Dios, pagkakatanda ko, sabi ni Ingkong, malaking malaki yun. Kaya title palang ng nung awit panghahawakan mo na talaga. Lalo na yung lyrics at melody.” –Claire

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Dictates of Society: Stop Complaining, Get Involved

A few weeks ago I heard, as it was mentioned in an editorial from the Manila Bulletin, for the first time, the total number of registered overseas Filipino voters exceeded a million.

Somehow, this is a good sign for Philippine Politics.

This shows that more Filipinos want to be involved–want to change how things work.

 

Although, I must say, I have nothing major against the president and how he runs things, except maybe that thing about letting muslim Mindanao become a separate state. But let’s not talk about that.

So far, probably since the time I was born, PNoy has been the most non-corrupt president ever. His service to the people, despite not being perfect, is genuine. But he lacks something. And that is something I will discuss in another time.

Also, Bong Bong Marcos is probably going to make presidency not because the people see potential, but because the people are so submerged in hate and discontent with the present administration that they already refuse to see the good.

 

For now, yes, let us focus on the people–on us. Why are we a failure of a nation in the aspect of choosing the people who’ll run our government?

I’m not exactly convinced we care enough to make a change.

 

Sure, the government should be helping us out, but we shouldn’t be all talk either.

How is the economy doing? Good? Why? Is it because we’re purchasing products and brands of the Philippines rather than inviting foreign brands and companies to invest and open stores here?

Are you supporting our economy, are you supporting our tourism? Are we circulating the money that OFWs in our society bring home to invest in our economy’s growth or to be spent for foreign gain.

How much time do we spend on the internet playing DOTA than personally or as a group volunteering at charity foundations or rehabilitation centers–like, even if we’re nobody.

How much time do we spend everyday complaining than making better our society?

Have you donated blood within the past 3 months or so? Maybe even within the past year?

Are you a certified Deceased Donor? Will your organs be donated when you die so that the poor patients in our hospitals won’t have to die because they lost an organ, or so that people will STOP SELLING THEIR KIDNEYS for thousands of dollars or so that children won’t be randomly kidnapped and killed for their organs to be sold?

 

There are many things we can do as a society. Individually, we can start small.. but the small things eventually get bigger, contributing to the whole.

 

South Korea is a successful country today because they love and patronize their own.

My advice actually doesn’t only apply to Filipinos.

Corrupt administrations become a problem in many countries, but when the citizens refuse to see the good and degrade the already-degraded administration, nothing good comes out of it.

 

It’s not wrong to have an opinion. But it’s wrong to be opinionated only upon complaints and don’t do anything for the society despite the capacity to.

 

You don’t need to throw tomatoes, we are civilized enough to hear each other out: Government to People, People to Government. Afterall, it’s how the system should work.

 

Learn from the mistakes of our past. Don’t just vote, get involved.

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Wednesdays Made Special: CNK Missions on the Road

Part of the public service channel UNTV’s project was offering free medical services. This was an initiative later known as “Clinic ni Kuya” after Kuya Daniel Razon who pioneered the Medical Mission in his program, Good Morning Kuya. Since being established distinct from other massive social charities offered by the local television channel, it has continued the mission of providing health care to even the most indigent, regularly visiting far-flung areas and provinces where health care and medicine is scarce if not fully absent.

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Seeing the need, Satellite branches of Clinic ni Kuya started opening up in key provinces like Cavite. There is now at least 13 branches Philippine-wide. Later on, the free health clinic had become one of the longest-running social care services of Kuya Daniel Razon.

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Re-established in October 2013, Clinic Ni Kuya – Cavite had since been consistent with its weekly schedule of free medical and health care provisions such as Dental, Physical Therapy, General Medicine, Optometry, Orthopedic and Pediatrics.

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In August of this year, it was decided that, to best serve more of those seeking medical care & attention, CNK Cavite, along with its staff will be travelling to different places of the province. The Medical Mission will be destined to different places each week on Wednesdays.

So far, we have been destined to Aguado, Trece (Aug 13/20), Area C, Dasmariñas City (Aug 27), Imus City (Sept 3), and Molino, Bacoor City (Sept 10).

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This coming Wednesday, September 17, Clinic ni Kuya will be at Panapaan, Bacoor City.

To date, there are a number of professional health care providers who regularly volunteer, and we are more than happy to serve you

To find out where and when you can avail of CNK’s free medical services, look for the Ang Dating Daan Cooordinating Center near you.

Thanks and Glory to God always.

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Sources:

UNTVweb.com

DanielRazon.com

MCGI.org

Photos taken from the web.