Wish 107.5 Music Awards: A Ground-breaking Success for OPM and Charity

It may be a humble newcomer in the award-giving scene, but what Wish FM 107.5 did last night at the Araneta Coliseum is something even the big guns in the music scene can only dream of mounting.

Daniel Razon Wish FM 107.5
Daniel Razon explains the rationale for Wish Music Awards before the crowd at Araneta Coliseum last January 26, 2016. (Photo: Wish 107.5 FM Facebook Page

Wish 107.5 Music Awards is a beautiful concept right from the very start. Conceptualized in partnership with UNTV, the award-giving event marries entertainment with charity. To underscore how big a thing this is, read further: it is something that has never been done before in this side of the planet or anywhere around the world.

Here’s how this award-giving thing works: Wish Awards presenters read the names of nominees and announce the winner. When called on stage, the winner receives the trophy and gives acceptance speech. Hep, wait, that’s not all! Because the winning artist’s chosen charity or foundation will also be announced to receive the P100,000 cash donation from Wish FM management.

Darren Espanto receives in behalf of World Vision the P100,000 cash donations from Wish FM 107.5.
Darren Espanto receives in behalf of World Vision the P100,000 cash donations from Wish FM 107.5. (Photo: Wish 107.5 FM Facebook Page)

And last night, this means that all the trophies (which if I was counting correctly tops 6 major awards) that Darren Espanto bagged translate to P100,000 each for his chosen charities (which, if my memory serves me right include World Vision Philippines).

A veteran broadcaster himself whose early stints in mainstream media was that of being a disc jockey along with his public service projects, Kuya Daniel said that he would like to introduce his advocacy through UNTV to the Wish 107.5 Awards.

Kuya Daniel’s objective has always been about injecting public service to his projects, such as UNTV Life. The radio station Wish FM 107.5 and its innovative blue-colored Wish FM bus are just among Kuya Daniel’s brainchild initiatives.

In fact, Wish 107.5 Awards was that once impossible dream that has nonetheless officially breathed new life as a reality, with God’s help! More than 22,000 attendees at the Araneta Coliseum witnessed this realization.

One of the Darrenatics group trooped to Araneta to witness their idol, Darren Espanto.
One of the Darrenatics group, “Darrenatics Team Oh My D” trooped to Araneta to witness their idol, Darren Espanto. (Photo: Wish 107.5 FM Facebook Page)

The event was even more miraculous that not only was Araneta full-packed. Fans of the nominated artists arrived to support their idols while the country’s veterans, up-and-coming, and popular personalities came to perform, if not support each other, and celebrate one night of Filipino artistry in music, and above all charity. The whole event proceeded and ended with just positivity (Wishing here next year will be even bigger, God willing!).

For many Filipinos, and as for this writer, Wish 107.5 Awards last night serves as that beacon of hope for a music industry that is reportedly ailing and feeling the brunt of its foreign musical rivals. But this event gave a big boost and magnification to what Filipino talents are capable of giving. Our artists are bar-none world-class and we can make it big worldwide given the chance!

And Wish FM is a very feasible platform to introduce them to the world stage (who haven’t yet watch of Darren Espanto’s phenomenal cover of “Chandelier” that continues to rack up millions of views as of this writing?).

The various spellbinding live performances from Darren Espanto, Morisette Amon, Darryl Ong, Jessica Reynoso, Maki Ricafort, Leah Patricio, Marlo Mortel, Brad Go, Paolo Oneza, Beverly Caimen, Juan Karlos Labajo, Sassa Dagdag, Joseph Fernandez, The Voysing, Nyoy Volante, Gerald Santos, and more, showed just a slice of what Filipinos are capable of doing in the world music scene.

(Video: MJ De Leon Youtube Channel)

Finally, what else can we say but declare that Wish 107.5 Music Awards offers a masterclass in producing an A+ musical event with a heart.

It was a historic moment that Wish 107.5 Award broke new grounds in the OPM scene. It also served as another testament to that another Kuya Daniel project that showcases originality, freshness, and undeniable inventiveness waiting to be imitated! But one thing that’s hard to replicate here is the heart of every Kuya Daniel project: SINCERITY and GRATITUDE TO GOD.

To Kuya Daniel, again, thanks be to God for introducing this amazing project! Your fervent support, selflessness and faith in OPM and Filipino talents are such an inspiration.

(Note: All photos used are produced by Facebook.com/WishFM1075)


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.)

Netizens Call Sofitel Manila on Boycott Statement as “Arrogant and Illogical”, Demand Public Apology

After more than 24 hours that the hashtags #NoToSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH enjoyed Twitter primetime slots under Philippine Trends, Sofitel Manila finally issued a statement around 3PM (Philippine time) amidst public clamor for the posh hotel to explain itself for delisting local Philippine Public Service Channel UNTV in its hotel channel listing.

For two days, the No to Sofitel campaign raised awareness about the posh hotel’s discrimination of UNTV station and poor people in favor of foreign guests.

But netizens quickly pointed out the illogical and airy arrogance of the official statement that the Manila office of Sofitel Plaza Hotel posted on Twitter.

Update: UNTV seems bent on pursuing its campaign for the rest of the week as it issued, #NoToSofitelDay3 and #BoycottSofitelPHDay3 as of 10:30PM Tuesday (7/15/2014). At 11:42PM, the hashtag #NoToSofitelDay3 debuted at No. 5 of Philippine Trends.

Official Sofitel Manila Statement over Boycott Campaign

Greeting its Twitter followers with “Bonjour!”, the @SofitelManila account continued with: In line with the ongoing campaign to boycott Sofitel Manila, we would like to share with you all the official statement of the management.”

It continued:

“We do not discriminate against any local or international broadcasting television channel. While we supply several television channels for our guests, the channels we air in the hotel are system-limited, and regularly changed based on several factors, including guest feedback and demand.”

“We are happy to hear the public’s concerns, and will consider to re-instate the UNTV Channel if this is a request from our hotel guests.”

To summarize Sofitel’s Statement, it impliedly revealed that it did removed UNTV based on guest requests and feedbacks.

“Illogical Excuse”, Netizens Demand Apology

As soon as Sofitel posted their statement, netizens bombarded them with tweets and comments. Some chastised the posh hotel for posting comment that was demeaningly insulting of Filipinos.

Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan radio-television program posted a series of tweets on his Twitter account @BroEliSoriano, expressing his sentiments over the controversial delisting of UNTV by Sofitel.

The International Evangelist pointed out that it is only Sofitel’s illogical excuse to think of hotel guests to be demanding the delisting of UNTV.

In another @BroEliSoriano tweet, the preacher noted that Sofitel must be wrong in thinking that Filipinos are stupid, saying there are sensible Filipinos who think. Unless guests belong to a religion bearing “three colors”, no guests will demand to delete channels.

Online boycotters flooded Twitter streams, decrying the suspicious removal of UNTV in its channel listing:

Fan support for #NoToSofitel campaign
Fan signs from supporters of #NoToSofitel #BoycottSofitelPH cause.

Netizens believe an influential group, the staunchest detractor of Bro. Eli and Ang Dating Daan whose programs are widely carried by UNTV, was behind Sofitel’s move to delist UNTV.

The Iglesia ni Cristo group who will celebrate its 100 years has already trumpeted the arrival of its members from abroad and whom the online citizens gathered would be staying at Sofitel.

From Where #BoycottSofitelPH started

UNTV’s Daniel Razon tells audience of his morning show Good Morning Kuya why the station waged a campaign to boycott Sofitel Manila.

Early Monday morning (7/14/2014) during the morning magazine show Good Morning Kuya, UNTV-BMPI CEO and Chairman Daniel Razon called on his viewers to boycott the Manila branch of the French luxury hotel for removing UNTV in its lineup of channels it served hotel guests.

Immediately, hashtags boycotting the hotel started snowballing with users demanding Sofitel Manila to issue a statement.

Around 2PM (PHT), the #NoToSofitel jumped up the No. 1 spot of Philippines Trends of Twitter, accompanied by #BoycottSofitelPH.

Both hashtags sustained its power until the following day, July 15, as online citizens unceasingly tweet and retweet, asking and demanding Sofitel to explain its reasons and clarify reports about the alleged involvement of the Iglesia ni Cristo for singling out UNTV as the channel to remove.

#NoToSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH made landmark trending list for two consecutive days.
#NoToSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH made landmark impact for trending under Philippine topics for more than 24 hours, from July 14 to July 15.

UNTV Supporters from abroad  joined the call to boycott the controversial removal by Sofitel Manila of UNTV. UNTV has presence virtually all over the world, with programming that reaches the whole of Asia, Europe, Africa, South and Central Americas, North America and Canada, and Australia through satellite and live video streaming.

Daniel Razon Decries Sofitel Manila Bias vs UNTV, #NoToSofitel Trends

UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon earlier (7/14/2014) called on viewers of his morning magazine program, Good Morning Kuya, to boycott the biased move by Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (formerly Westin Philippine Plaza).

The hotel intentionally removed in its hotel TV programming UNTV, the only Philippine channel with focus on charities and public service.

As soon as the call was made by Razon, netizens took to Twitter to vent their sentiments to @sofitelmanila, instantly pulling the hashtag #NoToSofitel up the Philippines Trends ladder.

#NoToSofitel landed at No. 1 Philippine Trends spot as of 2 PM while #BoycottSofitelPH earned the No. 5 spot.

The incessant tweets from netizens, expressing their disappointments, frustrations and outcries were magnified instantly as #NoToSofitel peaked at No. 6 trending topic under Philippines before 12 noon. As of 1:30 PM, Philippine time, the hashtag is up at No. 3.

UPDATE: Since Monday morning (7/14/2014), the hashtag #NoToSofitel and #BoycottSofitelPH has sustained its place under Philippines Trends. Since Tuesday noon, more than 100,000 tweets were registered by the #NoToSofitel hashtag. 

Observers note such move is against the station’s freedom of expression rights, an absurdity in a democratic nation like the Philippines. Netizens, however, viewed the action as an utter shaming of UNTV in spite of its kid-friendly shows, public service projects for the poor, marginalized and the neglected in the society.

Another Scandal for Sofitel

Sofitel figured in another scandal when the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported about its denial to a senior citizen the government mandated 20% discount for the elderly.

Macalintal sues Sofitel execs for denying him 20% senior citizen discount

UNTV, Netizen Sentiments

At the UNTV Fan Page, the station posted its reason for the boycott campaign.

UNTV Statement vs SofitelManila
UNTV Facebook Statement on @sofitelmanila biased move vs UNTV

Here are some tweets culled from Twitter:

Among the supporters of UNTV, the Ang Dating Daan group is the biggest with a strong followings in the Philippines and across different countries abroad.

UNTV is Focused on Public Service

UNTV is a child-friendly station, garnering multiple Anak TV Seal awards for years. It is also home for different public service projects, including the daily medical, dental, and legal services, free legal consultation, free bus rides, free transient housing, and more.

UNTV conducts a monthly People’s Day event, a medical mission for poor urban and rural barangays and barrios.


UNTV Cup 2 Finals: #UNTVCup2Championship Trends at No. 1

As of 4:20 PM (PHT), the hashtag #UNTVCup2Championship has peaked to No. 1 of Philippines Trends, even before PNP Responders and AFP Cavaliers collide one last time this evening for the UNTV Cup Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

UNTV announced the news over its Twitter and Facebook account. The hashtag debuted at No. 5, then gradually climbing up to No. 3 and No. 2 until hitting No. 1 at 4:20 PM (PHT time).

UNTVCup2Championship Trends
Philippine Trends shows #UNTVCup2Championship at No. 1 as of 4:20 PM.

Game 3: AFP v PNP

The winner will emerge as season two’s champion, taking home P1.5 million cash to be donated to the chariatable institution of choice of the victorious team. The second placer will get P650,000, which was an increase from P500,000 prize that was originally announced.

PNP held Game 1 while AFP took Game 2, which led to this decider game of the best-of-three series.

AFP v PNP over UNTV Cup 2 Title
Team PNP Responders and Team AFP Cavaliers will battle it out for the title of UNTV Cup 2 Finals tonight. (Photo: UNTVweb.com

Before the match between the PNP and AFP, a curtain raiser exhibition game will be held between the Legislatives and Executives.

Other Winners

During Game 2 last July 1, the other winners were already announced. Former UNTV Cup champ Team Judiciary only managed to scoop third place with P250,000 for their chosen charity.

Fourth placer, MMDA received P150,000 for their chosen charity.

UNTV Cup is a project by UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon, whose goal is to encourage government offices and departments to play basketball for charity.

An additional P500,000 was donated by Bro. Eli Soriano of the Ang Dating Daan group, which eventually increased the championship pot from P1-Million to P1.5-Million.

UNTV Marks 10th Year with “Caring for Elderly” Advocacy

Knowing UNTV as the local station with a heart and focus for the often neglected and marginalized sectors of the nation, the Public Service Channel under the helm of veteran broadcaster Daniel Razon will this time celebrate its 10th anniversary by paying tribute to our beloved seniors.

#UNTVBig10 Theme of UNTV Anniversary
UNTV celebrates its Big 10 anniversary on June 25-26, 2014 with key activities geared for the senior citizens.

Much more than that, video pluggings being aired by the station show what it has become over the years: “Big 10: Bigger. Better. Broader”. In its ten years of operation, Filipinos following this humble station already saw UNTV as one whose focus has always been about delivering cause-oriented shows, public service and advocacies aimed at uplifting the global Filpino’s welfare and supporting nation-building initiatives.

Caring for the Elderly

A campaign that won for the station its KBP Golden Dove Awards for Public Service Announcement, Kuya Daniel wants more than awareness to be raised about caring for the beloved elderlies. The CEO and Chairman of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), content provider for UNTV, wants the campaign to become a regular part of the public service offerings of UNTV.

“Most of the time, when one is old, the pervasive notion is that the elderlies are already useless, as if only waiting to die,” said the broadcast journalist. Kuya Daniel believes similar programs like giving priority lanes and senior citizen discounts to elderlies could help increase awareness to finally give attention to the significant roles of the elders.

“When one is already old, little attention to their needs is provided for; there is [often] no realization that those who are old now were the ones providing the needs of those who were also once young. These elders need care and concern now,” said Kuya Daniel  in an interview with reporters.

Empowering the elders is one of the main concerns that Kuya Daniel wants to address, starting with the “UNTV Big 10 Elderpowerment Expo Services,” stressing that this is one way to help make the elders “become active” through significant projects that would make them busy.

“We can also tap organizations for senior citizens that will trace their concerns and increase awareness about this caring for the elderly campaign,” added Kuya Daniel. “Our concern is how we can help make them become active part of our society and be recognized for their contributions, considering the experience and wisdom they have acquired through the years.”

Elderpowerment Expo 2014

Elderpowerment Expo 2014 of UNTV
Elderpowerment Expo 2014 is UNTV’s 10th Anniversary culminating activity on June 25-26, 2014.

UNTV dedicates two days to accommodate all the activities it lined up for the Elderpowerment Expo, from June 25 to 26, 2014, at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) at the Sen. Gil Puyat ave. cor. Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

Among the services that will be offered during the Expo are as follows:

  1. Senior Citizens ID application (OSCA) assistance.
  2. Assistance in obtaining Voter’s ID (Comelec), Police and NBI Clearance (PNP and NBI), Philhealth (Philhealth), NSO Personal Documents (NSO).
  3. Driver’s License renewal (LTO),
  4. Pag-ibig Fund general inquiry, status verification and loan application
  5. SSS change status, membership, disability claims, status verification, retirement pension, maternity form, loan application and general inquiry.
  6. GSIS membership concerns, disability claims, status verification, retirement pension concerns, loan application, Pabahay Project and general inquiry (Government Service Insurance System).
  7. Philippine Veterans Affairs Office services for veterans.
  8. Passport renewal, Visa application forms, change status or name service and consultation with Office of Consular Affairs (Department of Foreign Affairs)
  9. Application for Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (Philippine Retirement Authority)
  10. Land registration and other concerns (Land Registration Authority)
  11. Assistance for Martial Law Victims (CHR and Martial Law Victims Claims Board)
  12. Assistance for women and children (PNP-Women and Children Protection Center)
  13. Legal Assistance and Consultation (Department of Justice, Judiciary and Law Center ni Kuya)
  14. Assistance for OFWs (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration at Overseas Workers Welfare Administration)

Public services that will be offered are as follows:

  1. Free medical and dental services:
    • General Medicine Consultation and Check up
    • Ophthalmology & Cataract Consultations
    • Minor Surgery
    • Diagnostic at laboratory tests
  2. Special services
    • Dermatology service
    • Massage
    • Foot Spa
    • Reflexology and others
  3. Job Fair featuring the following companies and agencies:
    • Teletech Inc.
    • ETE Employment Services
    • Pioneer Manpower Services & Placement Agency
    • Royal Employment Agency
    • SM Malls thru SM Cares Program
  4. Livelihood Seminars
    • Ultima Entrepinoy Forum Center
    • Sikap Buhay Entrepreneurship
  5. Health seminars
    • Managing Diabetes in Geriatric Age
    • Defy Aging Through Proper Nutrition
    • Weight Management Problems of the Elderly
    • Managing Urinary Incontinence & Other Related Problems
    • Moods Swings by the Bay: Dealing with Old-Age Tantrums
    • Oral Care for the Oldies
  6. Medical, Financial, Educational Assistance at Jobs Referral (Local Government Unit, House of Representatives at Senate)
  7. Referrals for Office for Senior Citizen Affairs and answer inquiries on Senior Citizen discounts, Social Pension and Pantawid Pamilya program (Department of Social Welfare and Development)

Congratulations to UNTV on your 10th year.

#UNTVRepaso2013: UNTV Year-end Coverage Highlights ‘Tulong Muna Bago Balita’ Advocacy

UNTV year-end coverage highlights giving rescue response to emergency cases. This has been the practice of the Public Service Channel as part of its ‘Tulong Muna Bago Balita’ advocacy launched by Daniel Razon.

Year-end coverage by media networks usually focus on news of the revelry and countdown to welcome a new year, as well as reports of deadly aftermath of stray bullet firings, fires, and emergencies.

But it is saving lives through emergency and rescue response that UNTV has long injected in its year-end coverages.

Tonight at 10 p.m. (Manila time), UNTV delivers its #UNTVRepaso2013 in the same beat.

The Philippine Public Service Channel has long shifted gears in bridging public service through rescue delivery and news reporting by way of ‘Tulong Muna Bago Balita’ (Rescue First, News Later) advocacy.

The network’s CEO Daniel Razon is the brain behind this one-of-a-kind journalism brand and possibly the first such practice in global news reporting. Do More Awards has recognized this brainchild by Razon through UNTV.

As in Repaso 2012, Repaso 2013 will be kicked off by UNTV’s special presentation to review the headline-grabbing news of 2013, the good and bad news, and stories of heroism and advocacies, while waiting for the clock to strike 12.

Repaso 2013 will also feature human-interest stories about the outlook of the indigents, homeless and poor people as the new year enters. Last year, Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano of Ang Dating Daan even took advantage of the event to sponsor and dole out grocery packs to the homeless people that UNTV visited.

There will be simulcast of Repaso 2013 at UNTV Radyo La Verdad.