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.

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#Noynoyparin Initiated by @BroEliSoriano Breaks Record as Longest Trending Topic in Philippines?

As its foray as one of the top trending topics in Twitter enters fifth day, #NoynoyPaRin looked like it already broke new record as one of the longest-staying hashtag of Philippines Trends with socio-political theme and positive impact.

#Noynoyparin trending
#NoynoyPaRin enters fifth day as top trending topic in Philippines.

Within five days as one of the top trending topics in the Philippines, so many things have made Bro. Eli Soriano’s call to support and help President Benigno Aquino III finish his six-year term turned into even more meaningful and beneficial cause. Bro. Eli tweeted to his followers his opposition to statements by Catholic bishops for the Chief Executive to vacate his post.

On the fourth day (February 19) when some quarters contested the popularity of the topic as manipulated, Bro. Eli announced on Twitter that the Ang Dating Daan group will organize a charity event to raise funds for the bereaved families of the gallant 44 Special Action Force (SAF) in Maguindanao.

The move was the international televangelist’s answer to bashers and critics who accused #Noynoyparin supporters as only paid and that spin doctors were hired. Even worse, some of these critics made harsh commentary that supporters lack sincerity because tweets were spun, a misjudment of the strong throng of Ang Dating Daan members who are based in almost all corners of the globe today.

Before the charity concert was even held, Bro. Eli has tweeted an initial P1million pledge will come from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) for the fund-raising acitivty for the families of bereaved gallant 44 SAF troopers.

Longest Trending Topic Record for #NoynoyPaRin

After initiating the popular #NoynoyPaRin on Twitter early morning of February 16 (Monday), the tweets of the televangelist picked up steam that it did not wait for less than 30 minutes to climb the Philippines Trends list. The hashtag #NoynoyPaRin peaked at No. 1 in the local trending topics list.

The trending topic was lauded by the Philippine Chief Executive’s Office for keeping vibrant the spirit of democracy and supporting President Benigno Aquino III.

In the Philippines, Filipino recording artist and actress Sarah Geronimo was regarded as the record-holder when it comes to the longest running trending topic. The hashtag Sarah G Day trended in the Philippines, United Arab Emirates and Worldwide Trends for four days.

Sarah G. Day, however, is an entertainment-theme topic along with the #SarahGDay hashtag, floated by netizens from February 20, 2012 to February 23, 2012.

IlonggoTechBlog.com reported the reason the term trended was due to Geronimo’s guesting on three ABS-CBN shows — ASAP, The Buzz and Gandang Gabi Vice — to promote the new show of the actress Sarah G Live.

On February 20 this year, meanwhile, #NoynoyPaRin coninues to sizzle in local trending topics list, boosted when Bro. Eli tweeted additional details about his upcoming charity concert for the gallant 44 deceased troopers. Bro. Eli earlier tweeted that P1 million initial amount of contribution will come from MCGI.

Bro. Eli also tweeted his more than 64,900 followers to stay focused on the theme of the campaign: to express sympathies to families of the heroes of Mamasapano incident and to support causes for the country’s future.

Bro. Eli Appeal to Netizens
On February 19, the fourth day the hashtag is trending, Bro. Eli appeals to his followers on Twitter to remain calm and focused to the campaign’s objective.

Bro. Eli Soriano’s Support #NoynoyPaRin Campaign Still Trending for Third Day

Fanmade #NoynoyPaRin poster used by netizens in campaigning against calls for President PNoy to step down from his post.
Fanmade #NoynoyPaRin poster used by netizens in campaigning against calls for President PNoy to step down from his post.

Bro. Eli Soriano’s tweets since last Monday opposing a Catholic Cardinal’s call for the incumbent Philippine president to resign his post has beaten the odds for keeping its position in the Philippines Trends for three consecutive days. As of 3:30 a.m. of February 18 (PHT), the hashtag #NoynoyPaRin remains at No. 3.

It will be recalled that retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and other members of the National Transformation Council reportedly called for President Benigno Aquino III to step down, following what the bishops’ believe the “mishandling” of the Mamasapano incident was the Chief Executive’s fault. Vidal later on flipflops on this call.

Sensing the implication of an ouster could spell further trouble for a nation still grappling with poverty, corruption and peace and order, Bro. Eli, whose @BroEliSoriano account on Twitter has more than 69,400 followers, tweeted his sentiments on Monday. Here was his first:

“Pinagreresign pala ng cardinal ang Pangulong Aquino. Sana ‘wag siyang magresign (The cardinal is asking President Aquino to resign. Hopefully he doesn’t)! I believe he is an honest person.”

He defended the President that no Chief Executive would want his soldiers or policemen get killed.

Bro. Eli believes the blame game need to stop and people should help him instead.

It appeared a bit surprising for Bro. Eli why an honest government would be contradicted by none other than one of the high-ranking Catholic rector, thus he called on his followers on Twitter to support and back PNoy.

This is why the international evangelist wondered who then will take charge when the president resigns? “Saka sino ang papalit? Si Cardinal (And who is going to take his place? The cardinal!)? Come on!”

Trending Till Second Day

#Noynoyparin #1 trend in the PH! Trend set by @BroEliSoriano in support to President @noynoyaquino.
#Noynoyparin #1 trend in the PH! Trend set by @BroEliSoriano in support to President @noynoyaquino.

For more than eight hours that the hashtag #NoynoyPaRin was trending on Monday, media networks started picking up the call of the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host on Twitter to spare their time to tweet in support of the President as against those calling for his resignation.

According to the most sensible televangelist, those plotting for the President’s ouster should allow PNoy to complete his term of Officeuntil 2016 since he was elected by the majority of the Filipino people in 2016.

On Tuesday morning, the second day of the #NoynoyPaRin campaign, Bro. Eli tweeted to his Twitter followers that the minds behind the plot to oust the President of the Republic of the Philippines are sure enemies of the Bible.

Bro. Soriano tweeted that the Vice President — who will take the place of Aquino should the latter step down before his term is consumed — can await for the 2016 National Elections. “Let us pray for his (Vice President Jejomar Binay) health!”

Malacañang Welcomes the Popularity of #NoynoyPaRin

Inquirer Online reported an official statement from The Palace through Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr welcoming the hashtag trend, saying the expression of people’s sentiment is “part of a healthy democracy.”

The basis of democracy is the trust of the people to the incumbent leader, according to Coloma. He pointed out through social media, the people can now voice their views that the media only once has the power to popularize.

“Pwedeng mag-trending ‘yung idea nila, pwede itong malaman ng libu-libo, kahit milyung-milyong mga tao dahil sa umiiral na democratic space(Their idea can trend. It can be known by thousands of people, even millions, because of the prevailing democratic space.),” Coloma said.

For his part, Bro. Eli Soriano has always expressed high trust in the governance of President PNoy, even offering the Chief Executive a free airtime on air through media network UNTV to open a show called “The President’s Hour” to further make the President more accessible to the constituents that he is serving.