30 Awesome Things You Should Know About Kuya Daniel Razon

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To celebrate Kuya Daniel Razon’s 30th year in service to God and humanity, here are 30 amazing things about the multitalented Filipino pride that is Kuya Daniel.

1. Bro. Daniel started speaking in public at age three. Bro. Eli Soriano, his beloved uncle, composed biblical poetry and other pieces for him to recite in front of crowds. He memorized them and delivered them to the delight of many.

2. He originally wanted to become a doctor. However, his desire to help propagate God’s words took him to the field of Mass Communications and broadcasting.

Superman's iconic logo. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org.

Superman’s iconic logo. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org.

 

3. His favorite superhero is Superman.

4. Bro. Daniel used to be a radio show host on DZRH. His moniker was Dr. Clark.

5. He is the nephew of famed Philippine photographer Bob Razon, father of Philippine portraiture. Bro. Daniel stays true to his lineage – he is an accomplished photographer, with published books showcasing his works. The sales of which, went straight to charity.

A Fusion of Photography and Art for the benefit of the Kamanggagawa Foundation. Photo courtesy of Jocas See. http://battlefieldman.wordpress.com/tag/acid-design-communications/

A Fusion of Photography and Art for the benefit of the Kamanggagawa Foundation. Photo courtesy of Jocas See. http://battlefieldman.wordpress.com/tag/acid-design-communications/

6. Even before entering college, Bro. Daniel served as the Ang Dating Daan TV program’s first director and video editor. He was 15 when he started the job.

7. Kuya Daniel worked with the nation’s Department of Education to bring Dunong-Gulong, an Alternative Learning System (ALS), to help educate children in far-flung provinces.

8. Kuya Daniel has recorded several albums. His first album “All My Life” is a platinum record-holder.

9. His second album, entitled “Isang Araw Lang,” made music history in the Philippines. It is the first album to become a gold record-holder on the first day of release.

10. He started the advocacy “Isang Araw Lang” or “Just One Day” which aims to encourage people to do good even if it’s just for one day.

11. Kuya Daniel is also a talented composer. He has composed many Church songs that the members of the Church of God International (MCGI) often sing during thanksgiving celebrations.

12. With God’s help and mercy, Kuya Daniel is able to create a new song of praise just in time to celebrate his spiritual birthday each year. This year, his composition is entitled “Magpakailan Pa Man” or “Forevermore.”

13. Kuya Daniel spearheaded the Kahit Isang Araw Lang Unity Run in Manila, Philippines, which holds the world record for the largest running event in history. At least 300,000 participants joined the run in 2012.

14.  Bro. Daniel Razon and Bro. Eli Soriano launched the first tuition-free college in the Philippines – the La Verdad Christian College.

15.  Kuya Daniel is also a writer, director and actor. He made his directorial and acting debut on 2009’s Isang Araw Lang movie.

16. This year, Kuya Daniel’s sequel to the 2009 film will be released. The premiere night will be shown in the Philippines and some parts of the world.

Isang Araw's poster featuring Kuya Daniel Razon himself. Photo from Daniel Razon's Facebook Fan Page.

Isang Araw’s poster featuring Kuya Daniel Razon himself. Photo from Daniel Razon’s Facebook Fan Page.

17. All of the proceeds for both films go directly to charity.

18.  Daniel started the Protest Broadcast concert series. Benefits of the concert and the album were given to the families of slain journalists.

19.  Kuya Daniel was given the Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa for his exemplary work as a public servant and humanitarian.

20.  His website www.danielrazon.com has won numerous times in the Philippine Web awards. In 2011, the website took home the People’s Choice award for the sixth consecutive time.

21. In 2009, Kuya Daniel was the first Filipino journalist to be nominated for a Shorty Award in the Best Journalist category.

Kuya Daniel gets nominated for a Shorty Awards in Journalism.

Kuya Daniel gets nominated for a Shorty Awards in Journalism.

22. He was crowned as The Outstanding Philippine Leadership Excellence’s (TOPLEAP) Philanthropist in the field of Journalism for 2011.

23. Kuya Daniel is the brains behind the first mobile radio booth in the country, the UNTV Mobile Radio.

24. Two years ago, for his 28th spiritual birthday celebration, Kuya Daniel invited  disabled street musicians namely Johnny Susi, Francia Abalos and Marivic Chengo as his main guests in his birthday concert.

25. He is the proponent behind “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” or “Rescue First, Report Later,” a movement that gives more importance to saving lives more than a news item.

A first in Philippine mass media practices: Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later). Screenshot from Youtube.com

A first in Philippine mass media practices: Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later). Screenshot from Youtube.com

26. Bro. Daniel had the whole UNTV News Team undergo a series of trainings for emergency and rescue situations. Thus, the UNTV News-and-Rescue team was born.

27. Kuya Daniel brought back the glory of radio with “Dear Kuya,” a radio program showcasing real-life stories of people seeking advice. The resident advisor is Bro. Eli Soriano, who bases his answers on verses from the Bible.

28. For his role in providing free medical services and revolutionizing healthcare in the country, Kuya Daniel is one of the Eight Pioneering Individual or Community (EPIC) awardees for 2013.

29.  He started the Rescue Cab: Tulong Muna Bago Pasada, which aims to educate taxi drivers in providing life-saving first aid measures and emergency help to those in need.

30.  For his exemplary and revolutionary contributions in the fields of journalism and public service, he is given the prestigious Dangal ng Bayan Award for being an Outstanding Journalist and Public Servant.

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Going Beyond Time Zones with Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon: The Bible Exposition Experience in America

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Queens, New York – At 5:15 a.m. EST, Phoebe awoke with a slight excited jolt. In the dark, she reached for her glasses. She wanted to see what time the alarm clock right next to her empty cup of coffee said. She feared that she slept through her alarm and she couldn’t afford to have that happen: today was the Ang Dating Daan’s Worldwide Bible Exposition, after all. Phoebe allots a special Friday to wake up extra early and listen to her favorite preachers Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

Phoebe had nothing to fear, apparently. She didn’t sleep through her alarm – she even beat it with several minutes to spare. In the dark, she smiled and uttered a short prayer of thanks to God for the gift of life and all the blessings, both big and small.

Outside, the sun was glowing a hazy yellow, seemingly covered in a blanket of frost. As she braved the cold and walked towards the Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Center in New York, Phoebe was convinced that this is the way all Fridays must start from those in the West, and how it should end for those in the East.

The Ang Dating Daan’s Bible Exposition

From the Philippines to the rest of the world. The Ang Dating Daan Worldwide Bible Exposition, hosted by Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, aims to address the spiritual questions of people from various countries in one memorable night. Photo grabbed from Ang Dating Daan's Facebook Page.

From the Philippines to the rest of the world. The Ang Dating Daan Worldwide Bible Exposition, hosted by Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, aims to address the spiritual questions of people from various countries in one memorable night. Photo grabbed from Ang Dating Daan‘s Facebook Page.

The Ang Dating Daan’s Bible Exposition has always been a one-of-a-kind event. The event started in 1993, and it has since then gathered guests who are interested to ask spiritual queries or listen to interesting biblical answers in one location.

This event is the brainchild of Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon, who raised the suggestion of inviting one or two of the brethren’s close friends or family members to form an intimate gathering, where they can freely ask their questions about the Bible, big or small, and learn from others’ interesting questions as well.

The intimate gathering, which began in Manila, has now become a global event unlike any other.

And with the advent of newer, more advanced technology, the opportunity for the Bible Exposition to occur in various countries simultaneously happened. Today, the Bible Exposition has become a worldwide phenomenon, significantly increasing its uniqueness.

Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host Bro. Eliseo Soriano spearheads this live question and answer symposium focusing on biblical truths. The international preacher, who is the Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) hosts the event from South America.

Beyond Time Zones

Listeners from New York gather together to attend one of Ang Dating Daan's Worldwide Bible Exposition Marathons held in 2012. (Pol Arellano, PVI NY)

Listeners from New York gather together to attend one of Ang Dating Daan‘s Worldwide Bible Exposition Marathons held in 2012. (Pol Arellano, PVI NY)

Through technology, people in America and in various parts of the world are able to attend the Bible Expositions and ask questions of faith to Bro. Eli.

To accommodate the great number of individuals who follow varying time zones, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel has started the “Marathon Bible Exposition,” which lasts for a whopping 10 to even 12 hours of non-stop biblical Q&A with the preachers. From evening in the East until morning in the West, the preachers try their best to answer as much questions from as many people as possible.

The Ang Dating Daan’s Bible Exposition hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon is regularly done every first and last week of each month. Live tweets of important points during the event can be read by following @AngDatingDaanTV and @TheOldPathTV on Twitter.

Prayer is the Answer: The Philippines’ Refuge against Typhoon Haiyan

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In one of the more popular coffee houses in New York, a Filipino man stood in line, waiting for his order. His eyes fall from the colorful displays to the shabby newspaper stand. He sees a photo on the front page of the New York Times depicting a frightening sight – uprooted trees, houses and buildings reduced to rubbles, and traumatized people stood still in one scene. This is what a town’s been reduced to after the fierce ravaging of Typhoon Haiyan.

The scene is set in Tacloban City, Philippines. After almost a week since one of the deadliest typhoons in history struck the country, the scene has not improved significantly.

If news stories are to be believed, days after the Typhoon, the situation in the typhoon-hit areas have not improved at all.

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The Destructive Force that is Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan, locally named Typhoon Yolanda, has managed to make a mark – rather, a painfully unforgettable dent – if you will, in Philippine history. Bringing with it brisk winds and a deadly storm surge as high as about 20 feet, the famous typhoon took the lives of about ten thousand Filipinos, and still counting.

If the unbelievable pain of tragically losing family members and friends isn’t bad enough, survivors also battle the hard-hitting realities of hunger, diseases, lack of shelter, lack of security, lack of a whole list of things that are ideally, the rights that each individual should have.

“Get international help to come here now – not tomorrow, now!” states one of Typhoon Yolanda’s survivors as interviewed by Anderson Cooper. Screen grab from CNN.com.

“Get international help to come here now – not tomorrow, now!” states one of Typhoon Yolanda’s survivors as interviewed by Anderson Cooper. Screen grab from CNN.com.

On broadcast journalist Anderson Cooper’s report on CNN, viewers see just how widespread the devastation is in the region of Visayas, Philippines, and just how badly the people seek the international community’s help – because the local and national government units are just not as effective in giving aid to people in the affected areas than expected.

The Surge of Problems after the Storm

With the surge of financial donations from private individuals, small and large companies, and even from various international organizations and countries, not to mention donations in kind hauled and repackaged in various makeshift centers, it is still a wonder how majority if not all news materials stemming from the region still feature the hungry, angry, homeless citizens of the nation.

Up until now, not all areas have been reached. And in the areas that have been reached, not all of the people have received help in any form.

With relief operations at a snail’s pace, the very hungry survivors are said to have no choice but to resort in looting and other similar acts, in order to live.

With the low security in local subdivisions and main streets, people fear that rebel groups and criminals will take advantage of the situation and cause trouble for the already troubled folks.

The bodies of those who did not make it after the super typhoon still lay on the roads, on main streets, and some, even inside barangay centers. Not all of the corpses identified, there are still an unknown number of dead people underneath the piles of debris in the streets of Tacloban and neighboring cities.

It would seem that attaining relief in situations as dire and as dismal as these, a question would inevitably dance inside a person’s mind – who can a person turn to? When the forces of nature overwhelm the combined forces of man, where can a person run to seek solace?

The Power of Prayer

Bro. Eliseo Soriano's take on the power of prayer. Image taken from MCGI.org.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s take on the power of prayer. Image taken from MCGI.org.

“A prayer is an act of humbling oneself before God! The reason we pray is that we are asking God to do something we cannot do,” writes Bro. Eliseo Soriano on his blog entitled A Prayer and a Wish, where he discusses the importance of prayers.

“In prayers we admit before His majesty that we are inferior and helpless! In prayers we thank and praise Him, realizing that what He is doing, He alone can,” adds Bro. Soriano. The international preacher and blogger is also the popular host of television show Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).

Members Church of God International (MCGI) Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano has recently launched a Community Prayer service on UNTV 37 together with the Church’s Vice-Presiding Minister, Bro. Daniel Razon.

At a time when it could be considered to be right on spiritual cue, the UNTV Community Prayer aims to unite the country by promoting the Christian lifestyle of regularly calling upon God’s name in prayer.

And a nation that has been so badly beaten and bruised by one devastating calamity after the next needs the help of He who can do more than what any experienced medical practitioner or any generous millionaire can.

He can give us the strength to stand up after the storm, the wisdom to see through the hardships and the pain, and the hope that there will be perfect justice in God’s perfect time for those who do His will.

In times like these, the value of a solemn, heartfelt prayer is a little over the cost of being priceless.

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The man in the coffee house stared at the frightening image on the newspaper for a while without him realizing it, almost mesmerized by the destruction brought about by Typhoon Haiyan. For a moment he felt that everything had stopped in mid-air.

And it is in that moment when the man —  standing inside one of the more popular coffee houses in New York, in the middle of the coffee smells, bossa nova music, and people stating and taking coffee orders — that Filipino man closed his eyes to silently and secretly pray.

 References:

1] http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/11/11/world/asia/typhoon-haiyan-photos.html?_r=1&

2]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10448420/Typhoon-Haiyan-Philippines-government-on-defensive-over-slow-response.html

3] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2507119/Philippines-Typhoon-Haiyan-UN-aid-chief-admits-response-slow.html

4] http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/12/21419678-typhoon-haiyans-hungry-survivors-we-are-not-looters?lite

5] http://www.mcgi.org/multimedia/downloads/

6] http://esoriano.wordpress.com/?s=power+of+prayer

7] http://www.mcgi.org/community-prayer-philippine-tv-launched/