The Future is here for Good, Literally – Thanks to UNTV

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Truth be told, a smorgasbord of newer, better technology are being brewed up in fancy tech offices the world over – but not all of them are being used for good.

But a public service network in the heart of the Philippines’ metro plans on changing that – by using technology for the good of the Filipino people.

UNTV CEO and broadcast journalist Mr. Daniel Razon has recently initiated the use of drone technology in news reporting – this looks like the first of its kind in Philippine broadcast history.

According to technology blog Yugatech, the type of drone being used by UNTV is called a DJI Phantom, a ready to fly aerial drone with photo and video capabilities.

A Reporting Eye in the Sky – UNTV Drones in Action

UNTV has used drone technology to give speedy and accurate reports in the damages that resulted from typhoon Haiyan’s striking different parts of Leyte.

Helping in getting fast and accurate imagery of the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte, UNTV made use of one of its drones. Photo courtesy of Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International

To get fast and accurate imagery of the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte, UNTV made use of one of its drones. Photo courtesy of Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International

On January 9, 2014, the drone circled around Quiapo, Manila, where the yearly feast of the Black Nazarene was held, to give a bird’s eye view of the Catholic procession.

UNTV covered the 2014 Black Nazarene procession in Quiapo, Manila. Screenshot from UNTV's Youtube page.

UNTV covered the 2014 Black Nazarene procession in Quiapo, Manila. Screenshot from UNTV’s Youtube page.

Aside from being on location with drone technology, UNTV’s very own Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First Before Reporting) also served the wounded people who attended the procession with basic first aid.

To date, UNTV is frequently using the unmanned drone in live traffic reports, helping serve Filipino commuters by giving them up-to-the-minute information during high-traffic hours in different areas of the Metro.

UNTV drones fly off and report traffic situations in high-traffic areas of the metro for the benefit of commuters everywhere. Screenshot from UNTV's Youtube page.

UNTV drones fly off and report traffic situations in high-traffic areas of the metro for the benefit of commuters everywhere. Screenshot from UNTV’s Youtube page.

A Better Good

But UNTV won’t stop at using these drones for reporting. According to Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon, the real intention is to use these drones  in rescue missions as well.

Simply put, these drones are intended for a better good.

“We are the first to use drones in news reporting here in the Philippines. But this is not the only aspect we’re looking into in terms of making use of drone technology. We are also looking into using drones for rescue; we are now acquiring drones that can carry life buoys,” remarks Kuya Daniel in this interview:

Aside from this, Kuya Daniel will also be utilizing underwater drones for rescue missions in the near future. All these, are not just for broadcasting purposes, but for lifesaving ones as well.

“In all possible ways that we can use technology in sustaining our public service efforts, our stand is that with the help of God, we maintain that UNTV is a public service channel,” remarks Mr. Razon.

Kuya Daniel is the brains behind revolutionary journalism endeavors in the Philippines such as Rescue First, Report Later and Rescue Cab, among others, both the first of its kind in Philippine broadcasting history.

The Other Face of Pride: MCGI Christians on The Good Kind of Pride

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People do not normally say, “I am a proud person” on a regular basis.

We do not normally hear that sentence mentioned with enthusiasm during the first day of school when students are asked to state their name and something interesting about themselves. Or when meeting one’s future mother-in-law for the first time, where first impressions are incredibly, life-alteringly important.

And it’s not that big of a mystery – pride has had a negative connotation over the years, with it being one of the seven deadly sins.

One can say that if the word pride were a novella, it would be the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, because the word pride doesn’t just represent a dark-sided face. It is one complexly beautiful term with an underrated good side.

Pride Has Two Faces

In the world of psychology, there are two types of pride. In a scholarly paper entitled “Types of pride and their expression,” the stark difference in pride’s two types based on the studies of Jessica Tracy, PhD and Rick Robbins, PhD, are explained:

Authentic pride, represented in words like accomplished and confident, is positively associated with personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and with genuine self-esteem, whereas hubristic pride, related to words like arrogant and conceited, is related positively to self-aggrandizing narcissism and shame-proneness.

Based on the types of pride, fortunate individuals possess the healthy authentic pride, which is a positive interpersonal trait that springs forth from accomplishing something great.

In an interview published in the American Psychological Association, Dr. Tracy remarked on the importance of having pride.

“If you have an achievement or success, it’s important that other people know about it. It says: ‘I’m someone who shouldn’t be rejected,'” stated Dr. Tracy.

Christian Pride at its Finest

And it is that good kind of pride that Members Church of God International (MCGI) Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano urged Church members to have: to be proud of being Christians.

Bro. Eli tweets how proud he is to be a follower of Christ's doctrines. Photo courtesy of Bro. Eli's official Facebook page.

Bro. Eli tweets how proud he is to be a follower of Christ’s doctrines. Photo courtesy of Bro. Eli’s official Facebook page.

The international preacher reminded the Christian members of MCGI to be proud of being Christ’s followers, because God Himself is proud of those who follow His words.

“The Son of God thinks of things that are of heaven. Brethren whose vision is directed towards things that are of heaven, those are the people that God is proud to call His children. He is delighted when they call upon Him,” remarked Bro. Eli.

Which was greeted by a positive sense of pride by Church members all over the world. From Apalit, Pampanga where the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center is located to various coordinating centers all over the world.

Online, MCGI Christians brandished their sense of pride on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Here are some of the crowd favorites:

Sis Karol writes in her native language how proud she is to be a Christian. Screenshot courtesy of Sis Karol's Facebook account.

Sis Karol writes in her native language how proud she is to be a Christian. Screenshot courtesy of Sis Karol’s Facebook account.

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Sis Aileen Ravalo posts one of the Bible verses discussed By. Bro. Eliseo Soriano on Christian Pride.

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Sis Aileen Ravalo posts one of the Bible verses discussed By. Bro. Eliseo Soriano on Christian Pride. Photo courtesy of Sis Aileen’s Instagram account.

Bro. Robin Mendiola states that the best thing that happened to his life was when he became a member of the Church. Courtesy of Bro. Robin's Facebook page.

Bro. Robin Mendiola states that the best thing that happened to his life was when he became a member of the Church. Photo courtesy of Bro. Robin’s Facebook page.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of. The word of God is something to be proud of every time and all the time,” remarked Bro. Soriano.

And so these Christians  herald their pride to the world, and they don’t stop at uttering and posting words — they strive with God’s help and mercy to live by it.

 

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References:

1] Carey, Benedict. (April 6, 2009) When All You Have Left Is Your Pride. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/health/07mind.html?_r=0

2]  Azar, Beth. (March 2006). The faces of pride: New research on pride suggests it deserves more credit as a basic human emotion than previously thought, Vol 37, No. 3. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar06/pride.aspx