UNTV Raises P8-Million through Epic “Songs for Heroes 2” Benefit Concert to Support AFP and PNP

UNTV, locally-known as The Public Service Channel, has raised P8-Million through the Songs for Heroes 2 concert for the benefit of the uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

A milestone in the history of the land - one where world-class performances, stories of gallantry and heroism, big heart for the peacekeepers of the land, and public service were celebrated.

A milestone in the history of the land – one where world-class performances, stories of gallantry and heroism, big heart for the peacekeepers of the land, and public service were celebrated.

The follow-up concert after the successful Songs for Heroes 1 held in March this year marked another milestone in the history of Philippine public service and inter-private and public agency cooperation for peace and nation-building.

Present during the event held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015 include Department of Justice Secretary Hon. Leila De Lima, PNP OIC Deputy Director-General Leonardo Espina, AFP Chief of Staff General Pio Catapang Jr., and Deputy Court Administrator Midas Marquez.

Other government officials who graced the special gathering dedicated for the country’s peacekeepers are Rep. Neil Tupaz, and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon.

Bigger Donation for AFP and PNP

Chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Kuya Daniel Razon has handed P3-Million checks personally to PNP Gen. Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Catapang, respectively.

Out of the total P8-million generated, Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV President Atom Henares, meanwhile, donated the additional P2-Million for the police and military groups.

To this, the PNP Director Espina lauded the International Evangelist’s efforts, saying “despite your distance, you still remembered us.”

“Thank you for remembering us, thank you for the support and aid you are giving,” added PNP Gen. Espina.

For his part, AFP Gen Catapang, who was retiring from service, was also thankful for the event organized by UNTV, saying “What a way to retire – with a concert, and with a cause!”

To recall, the first and successful Songs for Heroes concert, also held at the SM MOA Arena, was able to raise P6-Million for the families of the brave 44 members of SAF troops who perished during the Mamapasano Anti-Terrorist operation in Maguindanao.

Bigger and Better Musical Event

The concert also served as a reunion of sort among some of the country’s top musical performers and high-ranking government officials.

Filipino pop and jazz artist Kuh Ledesma headlined the concert, together with OPM balladeer Jed Madela and Asia’s Got Talent Finalist Gerphil Flores, and more. Soloists from PNP and AFP and their chorale groups also performed during the concert, along with the UP Dance Company.

Other performers include singer/songwriter Wency Cornejo, another Asia’s Got Talent finalist Gwyneth Dorado, R&B singer Ms. Arnee Hidalgo and his son, The Voice Kids Philippines’ Sam Shoaf. They shared the stage with actress/singer Jenine Desiderio, ASOP singer, UNTV’s Klasrum show host Shanne Velasco, as well as up-and-coming singing group 5th Gen.

Independent film director Pedring Lopez directed the video sequences that was interspersed during the performances of the musical artists. Alex Cortez, UP associate producer and the incumbent creative director of the Dulaang UP, along with songwriter/producer Mon Del Rosario helmed the theatrical production segment of the concert.

MCGI is also one of the major suppporters of the first and second Songs for Heroes concerts.

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Gerphil Flores, Jed Madela and Kuh Ledesma to Perform at UNTV’s ‘Songs for Heroes 2’ Benefit Concert

Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finalists Gerphil Flores is set to headline the upcoming Songs for Heroes 2, a UNTV production to pay tribute to the country’s fallen 44 SAF heroes.

The 24-year-old Asia's Got Talent Grand Finalists Gerphil Flores will be one of the main performers during the Songs for Heroes 2 concert. Source: FB.com/SongsForHeroes

The 24-year-old Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finalists Gerphil Flores will be one of the main performers during the Songs for Heroes 2 concert. Source: FB.com/SongsForHeroes

Touted to be bigger and even more significant than the first Songs for Heroes, this benefit concert will also have OPM artists Kuh Ledesma and Jed Madela performing live.

Other musical artists invited to perform include Wency Cornejo, Jenine Desiderio, Shane Velasco, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Asia’s Got Talent kid finalist Gwyneth Dorado, The Voice Kids 1 Finalist Sam Shoaf, and 5th Gen, among other invited guests.

Moreover, some Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers will perform during the big night on June 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Also joining are the AFP Chorale and PNP Combo.

Looking Back at the First Songs For Heroes

Kuya Daniel Razon on Songs for Heroes concert

Doing good will bear no evil serves as a unifying advocacy of Kuya Daniel Razon and the first Songs for Heroes concert is one of the direct applications of this cause.

The first Songs for Heroes concert aimed at raising funds for the gallant 44 families. And just before the concert ended, UNTV raised more than six million pesos, which it then turned over to the respective police and military agencies in behalf of the families.

The siblings of the bereaved families were also offered scholarship grant by the Members Church of God International Overall Servant, Bro. Eli Soriano and UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon.

The concert emerged out of a Twitter call of International Televangelist Bro. Eli to support and not blame the Philippine President who was then reeling from massive criticims for his handling of the fallen 44 crisis. So Bro. Eli offered to hold a benefit concert instead of resorting to means to unseat the presidency.

Songs for Heroes 2: Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo

Unlike the first musical concert, the beneficiaries of the Songs for Heroes 2 will be a charitable institution that will be selected by the AFP and PNP.

Songs for Heroes 2 performers are headlined by no less than Kuh Ledesma, Jed Madela and Wency Cornejo, among others. (Photo source: FB.com/SongsForHeroes)

Songs for Heroes 2 performers are headlined by no less than Kuh Ledesma, Jed Madela and Wency Cornejo, among others. (Photo source: FB.com/SongsForHeroes)

Theater and film director and writer Floy Quintos was tapped to write the concept of the concert while indie filmmaker Pedring Lopez directs. The musical director for the upcoming musical event is Alex Cortez, a University of the Philippines associate professor and current creative director of Dulaang UP.

As A World-Class Achiever, Bro. Eli Soriano Receives Dangal ng Bayan Award

Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano is one of the Dangal ng Bayan awardees for his world-class works as an international evangelist.

Given by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation on June 21 this year, the prestigious award named Bro. Eli as an “Outstanding Global Evangelist”. The award was given at the AFP Theater in Quezon City.

Bro. Eli is Outstanding Global Evangelist

Bro. Eli is 2015 Dangal ng Bayan Awardee as Outstanding Global Evangelist. Photo: Facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano

According to its website, the Dangal ng Bayan Awards recognizes “World-Cass Filipino Products and Achievers” whose achievement contributes to nation-building and Filipino “greatness” worldwide.

The award was founded in 1981 by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation with the Dangal ng Bayan Committee advocate Jonathan Navea.

This is the second award for Bro. Eli from the Foundation who selected him last 2014 as the “Best Bible-Based TV/Radio Evangelist”.

Bro. Eli’s Ang Dating Daan show was also recognized by the awards committee last year as the “Best Longest Running Religious Program”.

The Filipino preacher is the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International or more popularly-known for the name of its religious program Ang Dating Daan.

The international evangelist is the long-time host of Ang Dating Daan, which has been around since 1980. The show joined mainstream television in 1983. It will celebrate its 35th year in the airwaves this year.

Bro. Eli Soriano: 51st Year in Service to God and Humanity Poster, Campaign Unveiled

The official Facebook fan page of Bro. Eli Soriano has today published the theme for the celebration of the televangelist’s 51st year in service to God and humanity.

This year, the commemoration is aptly titled: “Bro. Eli Soriano: 5 Decades of Dedication in Spreading the Word of God.” Last year, during the 50th year of the preacher’s date of baptism in the Church of God, the campaign was dubbed, “BES 50 Years in Service to God.”

BES at 51

The official poster of the commemoration of Bro. Eli Soriano’s 51st year in preaching the word of God is now published at Facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano.

Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan radio-television show, was baptized in the Church of God on April 7, 1964. He is the Overall Servant of all Members Church of God International (MCGI), whose global footprints span the six continents of the globe.

Prior to the official release of the poster, the televangelist’s fanpage has initiated a series of countdown materials to mark his 51st baptism year, which provide a glimpse of the early years of Bro. Eli as a preacher.

Divided into “Facts About Bro. Eli”, “Testimonies” and “The BES Chronicle” “Facts About Bro. Eli” offers a snapshot of Bro. Eli Soriano’s life as a preacher, brief biographical information, and his accomplishments.

Bro. Eli Soriano at 51

“Facts About Bro. Eli Soriano” is one in a series of countdown campaign materials drumming the celebration of the televangelist’s 51st year in service to God and humanity.

“The BES Chronicle”, however, provides a glimpse of Bro. Eli’s five-decade spanning ministerial works through objects and artefacts that serve as proofs of tireless preaching of the man more popularly-known as “The Most Sensible Televangelist” living today.

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Another posted material on Facebook to commemorate Bro. Eli’s 51st year in the Church of God is the so-called “The BES Chronicle”. BES stands for Bro. Eli Soriano.

The “Testimonies” portion gives a portrait of the kind of preacher and person is Bro. Eli Soriano through the eyes and accounts of people who have witnessed him work, preach and lead an international organization.

These testimonies to the preaching, ministerial works and charities of Bro. Eli are testament to five decades of the televangelist's works.

These testimonies to the preaching, ministerial works and charities of Bro. Eli are testament to five decades of the televangelist’s works.

Head over to Bro. Eli’s biography page to read more.

Families of Gallant 44 SAF, Soldiers to Receive More than P6-Million from UNTV, MCGI Through “Songs for Heroes” Charity Concert

The families of the gallant 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will receive more than P6-million in cash, the amount raised through the “Songs for Heroes” benefit concert initiated by UNTV and Members Church of God International (MCGI).

Bro. Eli donates P1-Million to dependents of 44 SAF and Soldiers

Kuya Daniel Razon turns over the P1-million check to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., a fund donated by Bro. Eli Soriano. (Photo: Photoville International)

The P1-million of the total amount was donated by Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan religious program. The AFP Finance Center will distribute this amount to the families left behind by the soldiers killed in the all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Songs For Heroes Concert Raised Millions for SAF 44 Kin

Kuya Daniel Razon (L) with Mr. Atom Henares (R) turns over the P6-Million check to PNP Representative Nestor Quinsay as the MCGI’s assistance to the PNP and the families of the fallen 44. (Photo: Photoville International)

The PNP Special Assistance Fund, recipient of P6-million, will then distribute this amount to the deceased families of the 44 members of the SAF.

Apart from these support, Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon, CEO and Chairman of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, offered to give scholarship grants to deserving dependents left behind by the brave SAF members and soldiers.

Meanwhile, Bro. Eli gave each of the families cash envelopes containing P10,000 in cash during the concert. “Songs for Heroes” benefit concert was held on March 19, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Bro. Eli tweets for peace

“Songs for Heroes” came as a response to the tweets of Bro. Eli Soriano calling for peace and unity.

Progressive Broadcasting Corporation’s Atom Henares has pledged an additional Php 500,000 for the bereaved families as well.

Bro. Eli said the children of the SAF members can avail of the sholarship package offered at the La Verdad Christian College in Caloocan City. It will be noted that La Verdad’s free education program provides qualifying college students free lodging, meals, uniform and books.

UNTV produced the charity concert following Bro. Eli’s tweets calling netizens to support the incumbent administration, instead of calling for President Benigno Aquino III or P-Noy’s resignation.

Bro. Eli calls on netizens to support the presidency of Benigno Aquino III amidst criticisms.

Bro. Eli calls on netizens to support the presidency of Benigno Aquino III amidst criticisms.

“Instead of blaming the President, why not help?,” recalled Bro. Eli as the content of the tweets he posted using his @BroEliSoriano Twitter account. He added,“there is no Commander-in-Chief na gusto niyang mapatay ang kanyang mga sundalo (there is no Commander-in-Chief who wants his soldiers to perish).”

“Kaya, as a way of helping the President, maintain peace and order, naisip ko na mag-launch ng isang concert, for these heroes, they are heroes, (As a way of helping the President, maintain peace and order, I thought of launching a concert dedicated for these heroes, [because] they are heroes.).”

Observers note that the Aquino administation faced its harshest criticisms from different groups for allegedly mishandling the Mamasapano operation.

The official hashtag: #Songs4HeroesConcert debuted at No. 2 in Philippines trends on Thursday morning in the Philippines.

Among those who graced the concert include the heads of PNP and AFP, namely, P/CSupt. Nestor Quinsay and Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang.

Noel Cabangon performs at "Songs for Heroes" benefit concert.

Kuya Daniel Razon is seen on screen watching Noel Cabangon (R) perform during the Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines on 19 March 2015. (Photo: Photoville International)

Present to perform during the concert were: Noel Cabangon, Faith Cuneta, Bo Cerrudo, Jonalyn Viray, Jay Durias, Neocolour with Ito Rapadas, 5th Gen, Gerald Santos, The Voysing, the Bueno Sisters, and Bembe and Trifosa Erese. The AFP and PNP Chorales also performed during the concert.

A repeat of the concert, which will be dedicated to the 77 injured SAF staff in Mamasapano incident last January 25, this year, is already being planned.

(Erratum: The amount to be received was incorrectly placed at P7-million. This has been corrected.)

UNTV to Give Financial Help to 44 SAF Kin Through ‘Songs for Heroes’ Concert

Local media network UNTV, known as Your Public Service Channel, will hold a charity event dedicated to the gallant 44 PNP Special Action Force (SAF), who were killed during the Mamasapano operation against some international terrorists in Maguindanao. Titled “Songs for Heroes,” the event will be held on March 19, 2015, 7 p.m., at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The benefit concert came as an idea tweeted by the Ang Dating Daan televangelist on February 19 this year, expressing his willingness to support projects geared toward helping the families of the military heroes slain in the Mamasapano incident.

A P1-million initial contribution will come from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) announced Bro. Eli.

A P1-million initial contribution will come from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) announced Bro. Eli.

Bro. Eli Soriano, Servant to all Members Church of God International (MCGI), announced on Twitter that the religious group he leads will contribute, through the concert, an initial P1-Million to help the families of the deceased and the wounded soldiers.

Songs for Heroes by UNTV

Bro. Eli invites his Twitter followers to support a charity event dedicated for the gallant 44 SAF and their families.

In the concert poster released by UNTV, local artists and performers will participate, together with the PNP and AFP Chorale and the AFP Combo. From the music industry, performers include Noel Cabangon, Neocolours, Jonalyn Viray, Beverly Caimen, and Faith Cuneta.

UNTV presents Songs for Heroes

A benefit concert dedicated for the gallant 44 soldiers, Songs for Heroes, is a production of UNTV.

Other performers include The Voice Philippine finalists Miro Valera and Jason Fernandez. Other local performers joining the “Songs for Heroes” concert include Shane Velasco, Gerald Santos, Bo Cerudo, Jay Durias, Mcoy Fundales, The Voysing, 5th Gen, Bueno Sisters, and Bembe and Triposa Erese. Netizens, who first learned of the announcement about the concert, have praised the move as a reflection of taking action over joining other camps who resorted to blaming and destabilization. Days prior to this announcement, Bro. Eli was tweeting to his more than 70,000 Twitter followers calls to support and back President Benigno Aquino III who is being blamed for the failed Mamasapano incident. When Bro. Eli tweeted his message of support for the Commander in Chief with the hashtag, #NoynoyPaRin, concerned netizens never hesitated to join the Twitter advocacy to back up the President in fostering peace and unity. The hashtag emerged as one of the top trending topics each day, even pulling in a record-breaking five-day stay in the Philippines Trends list.

In Debate Featuring Bro. Eli, Triumph of Truth Electrifies the Internet

A few hours before last Monday midnight’s debate reeled, some people anticipating the mano a mano featuring the international evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano and his opponent Carlos Montemayor, a pastor of Iglesia Luz do Mundo, took to Twitter their sentiments about who will and should win.

#DebateBroEli Live Stream

The debate between Bro. Eli Soriano and Pastor Carlos Montemayor is streamed live via the official Youtube Channel of O Caminho Antigo. (Screengrabbed image by @abelrsuing

In the debate challenge to Bro. Eli, Pastor Montemayor has the task to: 1) prove that in this time there is an existing apostleship; 2) prove the use of the material veil in woman is a commandment of God in the New Testament; and 3) defend tithing is aso for our time. The debate was streamed live over the Portuguese counterpart of the Ang Dating Daan radio-television’s Youtube Channel — Youtube.com/OCaminhoAntigoHD — for those watching from the different corners of the world.

Offline or even from his hometown, the Philippines, locals already expected victory for Bro. Eli, whose many constituents believe remains to be the Philippines’ finest when it comes to debates. Netizens root for Bro. Eli to win, not simply because of ‘Pinoy pride’ or the glory brought by representing the Philippines in the international scene.

As soon as Bro. Eli’s and Montemayor’s camp get seated, the viewer counter of O Caminho Antigo Youtube channel busily rise up to reveal more than a thousand watchers, where majority of viewers came from the Philippines, followed by those from North and South America and Middle East.

While Portuguese was the main language used in the debate, such became less of a problem as soon as fellow netizens offered to help by pouring their translation of the discussion into the Youtube Channel’s chatboard.

Of Tweets, Emojis and Emoticons

Simultaneous with the raves and wild applause from the audiene in the venue, netizens expressed their amazement on social media. The Web then serves as an extension of the venue, giving a bigger spotlight to winnings yet magnifying the humiliation of the losing party.

Hence, everytime Bro Eli would stand to speak, cross examine Montemayor and defend his side, the crowd’s reaction reverberated not only within the confines of the venue’s four corners. The crowd emotion and raves extend far onto the boundary-defying world wide web.

As in every moment when Montemayor unreluctantly showed his rude behavior, took his unfair swipes against Bro. Eli and untoward attitude before the audience, netizens are quick to take note and poured in their sentiments into the Youtube chatboard.

Witty chat messages on Youtube, tweets and posts on Facebook streamed through the social media timelines and walls, often punctuated with emojis and emoticons and accentuated by screengrabbed images from the Youtube channel. What these whole thing showed was what netizens discovered as a unique mode of online expression.

On Twitter, the situation was 180-degree different. Sharp and sometimes humor-laced banters, candid observations and screenshots of captured moments were quite succint and easily digestible because Twitter limits posts to 140 characters per tweet.

In Celebrity-Worship Era, Twitterverse Has A New Tribe

In a celebrity-worship age that dominate Twitter, it has of late becoming rare to see real conversations and real humans using Twitter for more meaningful, significant and intellectual discussions among netizens. But participants of the #DebateBroEli social media conversation could hardly be discounted as mere bots because sentiments expressed through tweets were filled with careful reasonings, sound logic, that come with thoughtfulness and sincerity in the manner of communication.

Moreover, what #DebateBroEli showed however, was the vibrant and dynamic interaction that blossomed among netizens. As some shared their sometimes poignant, clean humor and overwhelmed expression about their experience in watching the debate, some even offered assistance in the form of translation.

Thus, the collective fervor of netizens that leaned in favor of Members Church of God International’s Bro. Eli winning the debate has electrified Twitter on early Morning morning. It was not a long shot, according to netizens who believe the televangelist’s mastery of the Bible has always been his huge edge over the Peruvian pastor.

Filipinos used to watching the radio-television host beat all his debate opponents from the Philippines and abroad knew already what the outcome will be. And the moment everyone’s waiting – after more than three hours of debate – Bro. Eli was declared the winner of the debate.

With ego bruised, Montemayor, walked out of the venue with his men even before the debate was over. Observers noted the pastor’s walking out was a tactic to leave the impression that he was not given due process, but the reality spoke of the contrary. During the debate, the Peruvian pastor was also said to be unruly and arrogant, setting a bad example as the supposed leader of their sect.

Yet Bro. Eli has shown the opposite of Montemayor’s uncalled for behavior. The Filipino evangelist was well-composed, coolly-relaxed, and humble as always.

To this win, Bro. Eli tweeted:

And as soon as Twitter noticed the euphoric tweets of netizens, it eventually opened its trends list gate and allowed the hashtag #DebateBroEli to debut at No. 2 in Philippines trends. For more than 10 hours trending, it rested for more than five hours in the No. 1 spot.

For the nth time, the debate triumph solidified Bro. Eli’s position as the most sensible televangelist and best Filipino debater in religion. Some netizens tweeted there is one lesson that those challenging the televangelist to a debate must learn right away: to ask around who Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano is, the one and only Truthcaster.