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)


#UNTVRepaso2015 Trends at No. 2, Kuya Daniel Reveals New UNTV Projects to Expect in 2016

Quezon City, PHILIPPINES – (December 31, 2015) Yearly, UNTV Life looks back at the events, big stories, public services and people that shaped history in a year.

Kuya Daniel Razon UNTV Repaso 2015
Kuya Daniel hosts UNTV Repaso 2015, saying: “Kami po ay narito para magsilbi sa inyo.” (Photo credits: FB.com/UNTVLife)

This year is no different as it presents Repaso 2015 Year-End Special Presentation,albeit a news-and-rescue effort that is even bigger than the previous year.

Repaso 2015 Yearend Report this year features audio-visual presentations about the reportorial team’s coverage of disasters and calamities, health issues, the historic APEC Summit, BBL deliberations, transportation issues, President Benigno Aquino III’s last SONA, pre-election issues, and the Mamasapano case.

Prominent social pundits invited to lend their insights about the year that was include Prof. Josephine Aguilar Placido and Prof. Eleonor Briones.

Other than the presentation of AVPs, part of the program was the ceremonial deployment of all rescue units nationwide led by UNTV’s Gerry Panghulan, giving of charities to the less fortunate.

“UNTV Tulong Muna Bago Balita” is the news-and-rescue initiative of Kuya Daniel Razon, Chairman and CEO of BMPI-UNTV.

UNTV Repaso 2015.
UNTV kicked off its news-and-rescue mission to assist in providing emergency and rescue relief during the traditional year-end revelry of Filipinos. (Photo: FB.com/UNTVLife

Meanwhile, among the invited performers include ASOP TV host Richard Reynoso, The Voysing, The Bueno Sisters, The Voice Philippines contestant Philippe Go, and social media sensation Myka Cloma.

UNTV Repaso 2015
Philippe Go and Myka Cloma duet of Disney song, “A Whole New World”. (Photo credit: FB.com/UNTVLife

The hashtag #UNTVRepaso2015 climbed the Philippines Trends as early as 8:30 pm, peaking at No. 2 spot and lasted for 12 hours, the next day (Friday, January 1, 2016). The hashtag registered over 45K tweets until it exited the trends list.

UNTV Repaso 2015
The hashtag trended for more than three hours during the live coverage of UNTV Repaso 2015.

From 8 pm to 12 midnight, Repaso 2015 was hosted by Atty. Reggie Tongol and William Thio.

UNTV Repaso 2015
Atty. Regie and William Thio hosted the Year-End Special UNTV Repaso 2015. (Photo credit: FB.com/UNTVLife)

As the time clocked 12 midnight, Kuya Daniel entered the rescue command center and joined Atty. Regie and William to host the special presentation.

When asked about his vision for the station in 2016, Kuya Daniel stressed that he wants to continue what UNTV has started, further improve and expand the coverage of public service.

“Kung ano ang naumpisahan, mas maimprove, mas mapalawak pa natin, [and] hopefully itong 2016 na ito, magpapasimula ang UNTV News International,” said Kuya Daniel.

(What we have started, we want to improve and expand [these initiatives]. Hopefully this 2016, the new UNTV News International would be launched.)

As Kuya Daniel added and elaborated among other projects that he want to launch in 2016, the veteran broadcast journalist said that he hopes UNTV “will start a new chapter of public service.”


For more photos, visit: the Facebook page of UNTV Life.

Wish FM Fulfills Wishes of Fans Posted on Facebook and Twitter

True to its name, Wish FM is granting the first batch of wishers’ wish during its August 10 launching concert titled “Wish Concert.”

One those featured was 17-year old Rochelle Pondare who got her wish fulfilled to become a singer and a recording artist. Rochelle is reportedly the only Filipino inflicted with the extremely rare disease called Progeria – a genetic disorder that manifests as premature aging.

Rochelle Pondare
Rochelle Pondare, 17 and afflicted with Progeria, got her wish fulfilled to become a singer and a recording artist.

Rochelle along with other lucky wishers were welcomed in the Wish Concert stage that was held at The World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Tita Tatad Valderama
Tita Tatad Valderama not only received a birthday cake for her 80-year old father, Wish FM sponsored a full party for her father.

Tita Tatad Valderama of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan got her wish of a birthday cake for her 80-year old father. Meanwhile, Jullea Rosqui will now be able to finish her last two years in BS Education. While the Kids of Gemma Querubin can now go and enjoy Enchanted Kingdom.

Bobby Espaldon
Bobby Espaldon’s child will now undergo hydrocephalus treatment after Wish FM granted financial assistance.

Also, Bobby Espaldon was granted financial assistance for his child’s medical needs for hydrocephalus treatment.

Joviena Abrigo
Joviena Abrigo received from Wish FM fresh funds to buy a livelihood calf for her family in province and for her mother’s optical examination.
Jhennilyn Puod
Jhennilyn Puod was’ wish to celebrate her daughter’s 10th birthday party was fulfilled.

Joviena Abrigo was given funds for buying a livelihood calf for her family in province and for her mother’s optical examination, as the daughter of Jhennilyn Puod was given a gift of celebration for her 10th birthday party.

Novie Rissa Padilla
Novie Rissa Padilla got her wish fulfilled – an all-expense paid trip provided by Wish FM, to finally reunite with her family in Antique.

Moreover, Novie Rissa Padilla will now be able to go to his family in Antique for a chance to join a reunion with fare provided for her transportation.

They are just few of the many wishers included in the first batch of wishers.

Most of the wisher posted their wish on Wish FM’s Facebook and Twitter account days before the station’s launching and the lucky chosen one was randomly picked during the event.

One of the special guests of Wish Concert is the veteran disk jockey, Daniel Razon, who is also known for numerous charitable ad innovative projects through his radio and TV programs.

Leading the sign on, Razon gave his support with the humanitarian advocacy that Wish FM has envisioned.

Wish FM also introduced a state-of-the-art mobile FM bus, the first-of-its-kind in the Philippines.

The bus transforms into a musical stage every 11:30am to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm weekdays for live performances of musical hit makers in the country.

Wish FM is owned and operated by Progressive Broadcasting Corporation and is heard over 107.5 on the airwaves.

[Photos were sourced from the Facebook fan page of Wish FM

Wish FM Launched, Grants Wishes and Offers Live Concert Daily

Wish FM could be the freshest thing on Philippine radio today, meshing musical entertainment for all ages with a mission to bring joy in the hearts of people by granting wishes.

107.5 Wish FM, the latest radio station unveiled in mainstream Philippine airwaves. Source: https://www.facebook.com/WishFM1075

Apart from featuring a daily mini-live concert on the airwaves, Wish FM uses a custom-built bus as FM booth. The innovative bus will hold the live performances of sought-after musical performers and artists today.

The official sign on was preceded by a 3D mapping presentation of Wish FM bus, the state-of-the-art FM booth that is expected to trail blaze the industry once again. 

Progressive Broadcasting Corporation launched 107.5 Wish FM in a live concert at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, last August 10 this year.

Another quality that sets Wish FM apart compared with other stations in the FM band is its wish-granting feature. During the official sign on concert, the station has granted the wishes of some online wishers.

Top and up-and-coming bands like Rivermaya, Sponge Cola, 6Cyclemind, Callalily, Gracenote, Banda ni Kleggy, Imago, Moonstar88, and Kenyo joined and performed their hit songs.

Popular hit songs from the 70s to 90s were covered by the likes of Nyoy Volante, Noel Cabangon, Hamilan, Frank Packing, Aia de Leon, Richard Poon, Ronnie Liang, Jason Fernandez, Gerald Santos and Jonalyn Viray.  

Wish FM 107.5
Wish FM unveiled its first ever mobile FM bus, a state-of-the-art booth, that is expected to roam Mega-Manila. Source: https://www.facebook.com/WishFM1075

Revival of 107 Radio Frequency

Fromthetube reported on August 12 how Wish FM became the third iteration of 107.5 frequency. From 1987-2010, the station was known as NU 107 offering hard rock and alternative music format.  

It then became 107.5 Win Radio playing contemporary format from 2010-2014. Then after completed the transition, Progressive Broadcasting Corp revived the station with a rebranded name, Wish FM.  

Wish FM Programs 

The daily program line up is set to start with The Morning Wish with Hillbilly Willy from 5:00am to 9:00am.

Listeners will be led to a fantasy world in The Wonderland with Princess Leigh & Alice at 9:00am to 11:30am.

The daily mini-live concert is one of the features of The Roadshow with Jelly Kiss, from 11:30AM to 1PM and 6PM to 7PM.

Listeners, who will otherwise be called Wishers, will be given the chance to fulfil their wishes with The Wish List with Russel & Flynn, at 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  

Wishers are sure to enjoy the lazy sunset with The Afternoon Cruise with Uncle Harry, at 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Weeknights will continue to enjoy hit songs from the 70s to the present. 

Daniel Razon, a veteran disc jockey and notable for his equally innovative projects, graced the occasion and led the Wish FM signing on.


Listeners can tune in to Wish FM via live streaming on their desktop or mobile devices. WishFM.com can be opened through web browsers like Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

Congratulations to Wish FM.

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.