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Kuya Daniel: A True Friend and Big Brother to All

Kuya.

It is a title that resounds. A title that befits him for his kindness and generosity.

Mr. Public Service: a friend, and brother.

Is he not but one man?

Reflecting upon his numerous achievements and noble works in broadcasting and numerous others in public service, one can say that such feats are but impossible to achieve by a single person.

But Kuya Daniel Razon has done through God’s help these amazing works, showing once again what pure motive to serve God can do – exceeding the ordinary, even the wildest expectations anyone can set.

(Photo from Daniel Razon Official Facebook Page)

In the thirty-three years that he had committed to serve God and his fellowmen, Kuya Daniel Razon has alit a candle, the light of which brought forth causes that benefit many people.

What would modern journalism be like without UNTV News And Rescue, which tweaked mainstream practice focused on being first? This news-and-rescue advocacy prioritizes saving lives of others at the expense of breaking news first.

Or where would some thousand deserving yet poor students be now without the chance to get enrolled at  La Verdad Christian College? The tuition-free education program is one of the country’s first that have yielded thousands of graduates and now socially-useful citizens of the country.

Moreover, many of residents from various urban barangays and provincial areas are satisfied beneficiaries of his People’s Day Medical Mission outreaches, not the least those who avail the free services of Clinic Ni Kuya, Legal Center ni Kuya and Botika ni Kuya, among others.

As a nurse, the works of this man we call simply as Kuya Daniel is truly an inspiration. Like the thousands of lives changed through his works, inspirational speeches and sermons before the congregants of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), my life’s been changed and improved each day by big brother.

What encouraged me to pursue nursing as a professional career was the beauty of its nobility: spending a very fulfilling life serving others. Thankfully to God, I had been given the chance to become a volunteer staff of Clinic ni Kuya (CNK) Medical Mission in Cavite.

This opportunity gave me a grasp of Kuya Daniel’s genuine commitment to a lifelong advocacy. As a weekly regular volunteer with Clinic ni Kuya, we catered to hundreds of patients every week for free, including medication and follow-ups.

Many look up to him, and many should.

(Photo from Daniel Razon Official Facebook Page)

In line with advocacies that are truly patriotic, committed to nation-building and life changing, my admiration of Kuya Daniel’s bold ambition has given me a rich well of inspiration to do good despite the odds – because as Kuya Daniel always utter: doing good will reap no evil in due time.

Many look up to him, and many should.

So I take this opportunity to tell my fellow youth, let us walk in his example.

Of course, it cannot be expected of many of us to institute Transient Homes like the one Kuya Daniel Razon has helped put up in  Quezon City, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines, nor put up an all-expense-paid school like the La Verdad Christian College.

But what can be expected of us is to devote our works to things that are not futile – to things that are of greater cause.

 

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon has a name that is not simply words. He is an elder brother, a teacher, a father, and even a friend to those in need.

For a man of true valor – kind and God-fearing, we are thankful forever to God. Happy 33 Years of Service to God and Humanity, Kuya Daniel Razon!

 

To God be the Glory!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Strong at 34: The “Ang Dating Daan” Anniversary 2014

“The truth of the Bible is not dependent on any book on earth.”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

Oct. 30, 2014 – Even under the scorching heat, people had already started to amass at all entrances at the Smart Araneta as early as 2:30pm. What was the fuss all about? This day specifically marks the 34th anniversary of the longest running religious program on Philippine TV, Ang Dating Daan. In celebration, a Worldwide Bible Exposition was to be held at the Big Dome.

To-date, the Bible Exposition has become a gathering where people all across the globe can ask questions regarding Christian faith, answered straight from the Bible by none other than Bro. Eli Soriano, presiding minister of Members Church of God International. Bible Expositions have since made up the show “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” (“Ask Soriano, the Bible Will Answer”) which is one of the first segments produced by the Ang Dating Daan program.

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Humble Beginnings

The first ever airing of Ang Dating Daan on television was in 1983 (apart from the radio broadcast which started in 1980), with a three-person production staff. Despite the lack of personnel, financial constraints and other setbacks, there was no stopping the program from airing on Philippine Television.

Starting with an initial air time of 30 mins, the program slowly developed, and in years to come, the program would have faced many more obstacles including media critics, religious enemies, and conspirators.

In 2005, the religious host, Bro. Eli Soriano left the country, during which time one could hardly realize that this would be the start of expansion of the program and its works toward other countries, slowly infiltrating the Global Arena.

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For the anniversary special, it had been a collaborative effort from MCGI members in selected parts of Luzon including Laguna, Cavite, and Metro Manila.

And since Ang Dating Daan had long focused on and continue to shape a nation zealous of good works, hand-in-hand with the celebration had been continuous medical missions, clean-up drives and other public services.

Worldwide Bible Exposition at Araneta Coliseum

The event began with a few intermission numbers. ASOP interpreters presented most defining Songs of Praise to God. Songs such us “Ikaw,” and “May Awa ang Dios” were one of the highlight performances.

But none was of astounding brilliance as the view of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale, together with MCGI Music Ministry Choir in the background.

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The stadium was already jam-packed as early as 3:30pm, but there were thousands more guests who were no longer able to enter. Despite that, there were Ang Dating Daan coordinating centers/ local chapters (live-viewing centers) which were open to accommodate them.

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As with every Bible Exposition, many were given the chance to ask their questions and hear Bro. Eli answer straight from the Bible.

“Naniniwala akong hindi nakadepende ang pag dami [ng miyembro ng isang samahan] sa debate, kundi yung aral ng Dios ang nakapagtuturo…”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

Bro. Eli had earlier on taken the opportunity to thank their sponsors with which the broadcasts were able to continue despite difficult times, apart from making known his gratefulness for all those who were able to grace the occasion. Bro. Eli was proud to mention that, especially in Brazil, Filipinos were not seen as liabilities.

Bro. Eli was not meek to point out his unrest regarding the rise in number of Atheists—people who do not believe in God, pointing out that there is nothing wrong with believing in God. From there, he reminisced the history of how he and his program had kept up with enemies trying to halt the propagation of their cause.

“Ang tao ay may instinct ng pagiging maka-Dios. Naco-corrupt lang ito ng demonyo.”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

In addition to the success of the event, the featured hashtag #Happy34YearsADD had made it to the top of Philippine trends on Twitter.

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And even for me, it was simply a wonderful experience to have taken part in this celebration. For to merely listen to this man, how he conforms to every question, and how he is able to answer queries according to the Bible, but most importantly how he is able to care for the flock in these grave times with the guidance of the holy Gospel–these things are not the work of man but of God.

Thanks be to God.

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Sources:

angdatingdaan.org

mcgi.org

facebook.com/AngDatingDaanTV

facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano

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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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