#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.”

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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.

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.

UNTV’s English Language Evening Newscast ‘Why News’ Could Be Philippine TV’s Next Big Thing

It’s finally official! After waiting for my favorite TV network to launch its English news program, the Public Service Channel finally came up with something fresh and intriguing. Aptly called Why News, the show is quite refreshing, sharp and in-depth yet so fact-based and current.

Why News is UNTV's latest show, an English language early evening newscast that asks the question, Why.
Why News is UNTV’s latest show, an English language early evening newscast that asks the question, Why.

The UNTV English-language newscast aired its pilot broadcast last February 2. Its 30-minute running time is short because there’s so much issues to report and cover within the day, but it’s also a smart move, making Why News quite the most innovative thing to happen on national television in recent memory.

It being an English show is not what makes the show quite a novelty because other networks also bring newscast in English. But what makes Why News apart is its being something that others might be missing and forgetting: that news is a form of public service and accountable in making people understand why certain news matter to them and the public participation to the mix is essential to reflect positive social change.

Why News is also the newscast type that goes full throttle for laying only the essential news you might have missed within the day and cutting the unnecessary crusts of news that cling to sensationalism and poor tabloidy taste of most mainstream news coverage.

Its being an English newscast has also not gone overboard and there’s a quiet sincerity to how Why News covers the biggest newsmakers of the day by not merely giving the What, Where, When, Who, and How of a particular news. It also seeks to give answers Why this news matter.

One more admirable thing: Why News never insults the intelligence of Filipino audience. It might not have the loud bang of mainstream local news which deliver loads of junk, pseudo news slash character assasinations, biased reportage and dwelling on the mostly negative.

Why News got Angelo Castro III as one of its news anchor. Yes, he’s the Diego Castro of the now-debunked TGIS teen drama show of 90s. He’s aged a bit but by joining UNTV for the early evening newscast is like reliving and following the footsteps of his deceased father Angelo Castro Jr., who’s quite a legend already when it comes to his news anchoring stints for the late evening newscast of ABS-CBN called “The World Tonight” and other ANC news and current affairs shows.

Ateneo De Manila alumnus Gerry Alcantara co-anchors the newscast. Alcantara is presently a consultant for the University of the Philippines’ UPecon-HPDP, a USAID-funded development program. According to her LinkedIn profile, Alcantara’s also took a Senior Research Consultant works at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), contributing her skills in the institution’s CSR, social innovation and social entrepreneurship programmes.

So in brief, Why News is the kind of newscast that Filipinos deserve to watch. It’s admirable for courageously taking a different path and for trusting the thinking public. So if Why News for you looks “hindi pang-masa”, trust me that that’s only a perception you’ll immediately realize to be gravely unfounded.

Why News of UNTV could be the next big thing in Filipino news programming. It’s what newscast should be like whether in Filipino or English: bringing only what matters to your life.

Why News won me over because it’s easily one smart newscast that you can add to your busy schedule and plethora of social media distractions: short, simple and sweet. Don’t drop the word intelligent. I am pinning hopes the show will improve to even greater heights.

Catch the show at UNTV, from Monday to Friday, 7:30PM to 8PM. If you’re still on the go by that time, you can watch the free live streaming at www.untvweb.com. You can also watch past episodes of Why News at the station’s video archive page and its playlist on UNTV Youtube channel.

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.