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In The Eyes of A Child: Kuya Daniel’s November for the Children

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon commemorates his 32nd year of service to God and humanity by celebrating children. This November, following the World Children’s Day last Friday the 21st, a charity concert benefiting children was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The UNTV Life Channel announced many notable celebrities to be there, and the concert raised hundreds of thousands in donation. Beneficiaries include: Kanlungan Sa Er-Ma Ministry, Inc, Cancer Warrior Foundation, Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation, Inc, Persons With Disabilities Federation Of San Mateo Rizal, Handicapped Center Lourdes, Inc, Rizal High School, Manila Boystown Complex, Baby Sybyl Shynn Mabulay, Norfil Foundation, and the Families And Children For Empowerment and Development (FCED) Foundation Inc.

Kuya Daniel Razon sings on-stage next to his sons, Aaron and Joshua, and nephew, Stephen. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International) | A Fan Blog of Kuya Daniel

Razon has long been an advocate for children’s welfare. As CEO of UNTV-BMPI, he saw to it that their programs would be child-friendly and cater to the needs of growing children. It does not surprise me that such a man would be recognized by AnakTV, the Philippine Advocacy for Child-sensitive, Family-Friendly Television, as Makabata Awardee together with his wife Arlene Razon.

The “In The Eyes Of A Child” Benefit Concert is just one in many that proves how Mr. Public Service lives up to his name. For more on this, see the following:

In Photos “In The Eyes of a Child Charity Concert of Kuya Daniel | by A Fan Blog For Kuya Daniel

In The Eyes of a Child Charity Concert: Daniel Razon’s Celebration of His 32nd Year in Public Service | by Tessator

A Charity Concert for Children in Need | DanielRazon.com

Children w/ disabilities, orphans & foundations, serve as beneficiaries of Kuya Daniel’s concert | by Why News

 

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Excerpts of Life: I Speak, Therefore I Rant.

Uarts.edu Art by Lindsay Beach

 

I used to think that the reason I’m not prone to grammar-lapses was because I hooked onto the American accent as a kid. No.

Proper English grammar was hard-wired into me not only by the sole effort of my mom who strictly forbade speaking Tagalog inside the house (until we moved), and her TV choices for the both of us (me and my sister), but also my grade school teachers who were exemplary at teaching and speaking the language, using words in variety and non-redundancy, and explaining diversity very accurately.

Being able to speak English in this manner (as my primary language) has been very useful to me. I have seen the benefits of it even in my growing years. I became confident and was good with academics.

(Heck! I often used the words “complacent” and “redundant” in grade 6. My 4th grade diary is full of words you’d think a high school student should be using in essay-writing. And some FilAms I meet, who don’t know me, are remarkable, as though I insulted them for responding in the same language.)

Teaching English as a first language in a country whose native tongue isn’t English is quite a issue for many, but should children have or not have this privilege? Research have shown that being bilingual from a young age have positive effects on brain development. (Read-up on that! I’m not posting any links here, you can google it.) And, it’s not like you are also going to deprive the child of his heritage and culture? You can still teach him how Apolinario Mabini was a great man but suffered Polio so he definitely wouldn’t stand up in those movies. He’ll learn Tagalog once he starts day care, it’s the perfect place to learn! When he’s three, you can take him out to meet people, and he’ll want to learn those languages they’re speaking too, so by the time he enters school, he won’t be at a total loss.

I share this in order to inspire, because I want parents to emulate this example of my mother who contemplated early-on the importance of teaching your child the most-spoken language in the world, and not just to a level of complacency, but to perfection.

Granted, no one is perfect. But what use is any effort if you don’t strive for the best, give your best. And if you are a mother, you must know what it means to want the best for your child.

For this, I thank you, mom.

 

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