In Photos: Music, Awards, and Charity on Wish 107.5’s Wish Awards

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One of the Philippines’ newest radio stations made wishes come true last night, as it celebrated an evening full of talented OPM artists, world-class musical performances, and most of all, genuine charity with Wish 107.5‘s first ever Wish Awards.

The event was held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on 26 January 2016.

Winners of the awards show were able to donate PhP 100,000.00 each to the charities of their choice. The event benefitted organizations such as World Vision, which assists with the needs and rights of Filipino children, as well as Child Haus, a temporary refuge for children and adults undergoing cancer treatment in the country, to name a few.

Some of the night’s big winners were Yeng Constantino, Jason Dy, Jensen and the Flips, Morisette, Sponge Cola, among others. The night’s biggest winner, The Voice Kids 1st Runner-Up and Total Performer Darren Espanto, won five awards — a total of PhP 500,000.00 worth of donations — in just one amazing night!

For the complete list of winners, visit Wish 107.5’s official website. Follow their official Twitter and Facebook accounts for more photos and fun tidbits about the event.

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Total Performer Darren Espanto wins PhP 100,000.00 to his chosen charity as he is awarded the “Wish Young Artist of the Year” award.

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“I encourage you to use your talents wisely — and also, for the good of everyone.” – Mr. Larry Henares

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A “Darrenatic” raises a poster of Darren Espanto’s face as the artist wins the “Wischclusive Viral Video of the Year” award for his performance of “Chandelier.”

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Bright lights in different patterns accompany the goosebumps-inducing music for the evening.

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Darren Espanto thanks his supporters as he receives one of his five awards for the evening.

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(L-R) Marlo Mortel, Jason Fernandez, Brad Go and Nyoy Volante serenade the crowd with an acoustic medley of 90’s classics.

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Darren Espanto poses for a quick snapshot after winning the “Best Wish Cover” award for his song “In Love Ako Sa’yo”

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Love was heard in the airwaves as (L-R) Paolo Onesa, Beverly Caimen, Daryl Ong, Morisette, Lea Patricio and Maki Ricafort sang love songs in the evening’s most romantic duets medley.

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Morisette and Darren Espanto delivered a powerful rendition of Sia’s Chandelier to the delight and amazement of the crowd.

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(L-R) Lea Patricio and Beverly Caimen sang a medley of popular power ballads.

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“Wishpers of Love” jock D.J. Faye and Manila Standard Today Senior Entertainment Editor Mr. Isah Red presented the evening’s first round of winners.

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Jessica Reynoso and Maki Ricafort belt out Motown classics and R&B hits.

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(L-R) Lea Patricio and Beverly Caimen sang a medley of popular power ballads.

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Jason Dy’s winning the “Best Wishclusive Performance by a Male Artist” wins PhP 100,000.00 for his charity of choice — the Food for the Hungry Philippines.

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The Voysing sing wonderful classic tunes to the delight of the young and the young-at-heart.

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Morisette and Darren Espanto delivered a powerful rendition of Sia’s Chandelier to the delight and amazement of the crowd.

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The driving force behind the charitable endeavors and game-changing ideas of Wish 107.5 — Kuya Daniel Razon!

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ANSWERED PRAYERS AND PROSPEROUS TRAVELS: MCGI’S INTERNATIONAL THANKSGIVING TO GOD IN BRAZIL, 2015 – PART 2

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International Thanksgiving to God – Day One

April 3, 2015 — A little after 3:00 a.m., we were knocking on Bro. Aaron Romero’s hotel door, ready, willing — and with God’s help and mercy — able, to go to where the rest of the brethren are.

It was the first day of the International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) celebration of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Brazil, and even without a hint of caffeine, we were already wide awake.

The sky was still in its proud ebony state as we traveled our five-minute drive from our hotel to the venue. From inside Bro. Aaron’s rented car, I saw the familiar convention grounds, already lit up — a refreshing scene both for the eyes and the soul.

Chorale members were already starting to gather near the stage, wearing their pristine white and black uniforms, topped with ties and scarves. Pieces of notes and tunes escaped from the ADD Band and Orchestra’s instruments, and hung in the air for a few seconds before they fluttered away.

Chorale members in Brazil ready themselves for the ITG's first day. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015]

Chorale members in Brazil ready themselves for the ITG’s first day. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015]

At about 4 a.m., chorale members boarded the stage whilst Teatro Kristiano members in their flowing blue and white uniforms took their spots just underneath the stage, directly in front of the brethren.

The combined force of the chorale and teatro members rendered a lively opening number — a song of praise to God. And even before daybreak, loud cheers and claps emanated from the convention grounds.

The MCGI chorale and Teatro Kristiano render an energetic opening number early in the morning. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

The MCGI chorale and Teatro Kristiano render an energetic opening number early in the morning. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

The chorale then led the brethren in Brazil and in various remote points all over the world in the congregational singing — an MCGI staple in all of its gatherings.

From upbeat to solemn songs, MCGI's international music ministry chorale members led the brethren in the congregational singing. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

From upbeat to solemn songs, MCGI’s international music ministry chorale members led the brethren in the congregational singing. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

And just as the brethren sang hymn no. 50 and 1 in three beautiful languages — Filipino, Spanish and Portuguese, respectively — the regal sun began to beam its rays on the brethren, casting a golden glow on everyone.

The prayer, which was also translated into three languages, was uttered solemnly. Since last year’s induction to the brotherhood, the trilingual hymns and prayers were quick to become dear to my heart.

After another round of joyful praises to God led by the chorale and teatro members, Bro. Daniel Razon meekly boarded the stage with his head bowed down, to teach the brethren the first part of the ITG topic — one of the main highlights of the event.

After the solemn opening prayer, the Music Ministry Chorale and the Teatro Krisitano members led the brethren in a joyful song of praise. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015]

After the solemn opening prayer, the Music Ministry Chorale and the Teatro Krisitano members led the brethren in a joyful song of praise. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015]

Bro. Daniel started the timely and interesting topic on the great value and the deeper biblical meaning of serving God. With Portuguese and Spanish translators on the stage with him, he discussed the topic with clarity and patience.

He would speak his point in Filipino, wait for it to be translated in Spanish then Portuguese, and continue with his train of thought. Now this was not an easy task — without focus and patience, there’s a big possibility that you’ll lose your train of thought.

Bro. Daniel Razon delivered the first part of the topic in Brazil for MCGI's first day of the International Thanksgiving to God celebration.

Bro. Daniel Razon delivered the first part of the topic in Brazil for MCGI’s first day of the International Thanksgiving to God celebration.

But Bro. Daniel carefully spoke and listened — making sure that his message came clear to all those in attendance who came from various parts of the world. He would pause and think, and take the time to ask everyone if they understood the important topic being discussed.

And based on the cheers, the smiles, the agreeing nods, coupled with the hands and flags shooting in the air, it was clear that the answer was a resounding yes.

Cheers for a well understood topic. [Percy Caroro, PVI PH. April 2015].

Cheers for a well understood topic. [Percy Caroro, PVI PH. April 2015].

At noontime, a short break was announced for the brethren to eat and rest for a bit. In the Philippines, where the bulk of the members are, it was already midnight.

Instrumental music of fast-beat Church songs were playing in the background while The little Teatro Kristiano from the day before started to dance one song to another. Before long, the brethren started to take notice — and he was being broadcasted in all MCGI remote points across the globe!

The adorable Brazilian Teatro Kristiano danced one Church song to another by heart, while the brethren in Brazil and in all parts of the world watched with joy. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

The adorable Brazilian Teatro Kristiano danced one Church song to another by heart, while the brethren in Brazil and in all parts of the world watched with joy. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

The adorable Brazilian Teatro Kristiano danced one Church song to another by heart, proving that he might be young at age, but his dedication to his craft is steadfast and well beyond his years.

Brethren from different countries who were visibly delighted by this little irmāo‘s dancing abilities and innate cuteness, whipped out their smartphones, videocams and cameras to record him in action.

They also put chocolate bars and dollar bills right next to him. But this did not sidetrack him. He didn’t even glance at the sweets nor the money. He kept on dancing. He kept on with his duties.

And I stood there, basking in the humbling event unfolding before my eyes with a huge grin plastered on my face.

Bro. Rodel Mangiliman, one of the Helpers of the Ministry, then came on the microphone and announced that the rest of the brethren should join the child in praising God through dance — and that’s exactly what ensued, to the delight of everyone.

Believers from different nations sing songs of praises to God during day one of the International Thanksgiving to God celebration of MCGI in Brazil. [Aaron Romero, PVI NY. April 2015].

Believers from different nations sing songs of praises to God during day one of the International Thanksgiving to God celebration of MCGI in Brazil. [Aaron Romero, PVI NY. April 2015].

And I will never forget that the whole congregation, not just those gathered in Brazil but in other places as well, was united in praising God — led by an innocent little boy — who performed his duties without hesitation.

Children truly are of heaven, I thought with a smile, while singing and dancing with the rest of the grateful ones.

A beautiful Brazilian Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) member smile adorably for the camera. [Diane Mercaida, PVI UAE. April 2015].

A beautiful Brazilian Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) member smiles adorably for the camera. [Diane Marcaida, PVI UAE. April 2015].

Then came Bro. Eli Soriano

Bro. Eli arrives on stage with a smile on his lips . [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

Bro. Eli arrives on stage with a smile on his lips . [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

Walking down the stage, with a smile on his lips and his Bible in hand, the crowd in Brazil almost immediately stood up and cheered simultaneously, as if a zealous orchestra played beautiful symphony all at the same time at the first sight of their loving conductor.

A few of the brethren from Singapore and North America weren’t able to contain their excitement upon seeing Bro. Eli again — some of them, for several years, while others, for almost exactly a year. They stood up and crowded near the stage, taking photos of Bro. Eli.

With a smile, he asked the brethren to sit down so that the important part of the festivities — the studying of God’s words — may commence. With happy faces, the brethren did as they were told, and readied their Bibles and notebooks for the discussion.

During the discussion of the topic’s final leg, the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) made sure that the importance of what it is truly like to be a preacher of God’s words were understood by all.

He patiently discussed a biblical detail in Filipino, then in English, Spanish and Portuguese. He listened intently as translators spoke to the Spanish and Portuguese brethren, making sure that the translations are accurate. He spoke and listened with love for the word of God, and for those who are intently listening to it from all across the globe.

As Bro. Eli discussed during the second part of the topic, the true servants of God who preach His words are ordained by God to teach the brethren how to render their service — all according to what the Bible dictates.

“We do not just serve God. We serve God in an exact manner,” added Bro. Eli as he read 1 Corinthians 9:26.

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Bro. Eli speaks in Portuguese to further elaborate on a biblical point during MCGI’s International Thanksgiving to God celebration in Brazil. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

 The basis is God’s holy words, and the lives of those whom God chose to preach them as stated in the Bible.

“The true apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ are not dependent on the members for what they are going to eat and what they are going to dress,” said Bro. Eli to the congregants.

And Bro. Eli lives by this belief in his own life — working from daybreak to nightfall to finance the growing number of coordinating centers and broadcasts in South and Central America, he has put up his own businesses with his own two hands, with the help and mercy of God.

Bro. Eli talks in Spanish for the brethren hailing from Central and Latin America. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

Bro. Eli talks in Spanish for the brethren hailing from Central and Latin America. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

Today, he has purchased a bigger coordinating center named after the Church in the city of Sao Paolo, for the ever-growing number of congregants in the area. Another bigger coordinating center in Curitiba was also purchased, without members being asked for any financial support whatsoever.

His selflessness is something that’s known not only to the brethren, but also to those outside the Church. The many charities that he and Bro. Daniel Razon have started cater to people of all ages, nationalities, and beliefs. Most of the charitable institutions spearheaded by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel remain in his land of origin, the Philippines.

Bro. Eli looks on to the brethren in the Philippines on the LCD monitor in Brazil, as he tells them how much he misses his native land. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

Bro. Eli looks on to the brethren in the Philippines on the LCD monitor in Brazil, as he tells them how much he misses his native land. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

It is quite evident that the Philippines remains to be a very special place for Bro. Eli — during the event, he recalls walking along the aisles of the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, where he used to conduct his teachings to the brotherhood in person almost a decade ago.

Pointing at the screen where he used to tread as he spoke God’s words, he uttered with a wistful smile, “I miss the Philippines.” The joyful brethren in Brazil waved hello to the brethren in the Philippines through the wonders of modern technology.

Bro. Eli had the brethren in the Philippines deep in his heart and mind — he wanted to make sure that the brethren in the Philippines had enough time to rest so that they can listen and understand the trilingual topic being discussed, not just for the event’s first day, but for the rest of the event’s proceedings.

Bro. Eli keeps an eye on the time, out of his love and concern for the brethren in the Philippines. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

Bro. Eli keeps an eye on the time, out of his love and concern for the brethren in the Philippines. [Pol Arellano, PVI NY. April 2015].

And so the first day of the International Thanksgiving to God officially concluded to give way for the brethren in the Philippines and nearby countries to rest their eyes and gather strength for the next day.

But the day was not over for Bro. Eli. It was still quite young for the likes of Bro. Eli, to be honest.

He called for a consultation session for the brethren in Brazil to ask their questions of faith. And Bro. Eli, being the man that he was, asked for his table and chair to be brought down from the stage and be transferred to where the brethren are — so he can listen to their concerns more clearly.

Bro. Eli sits right in front of the brethren to better listen to their concerns and problems. [Aaron Romero, PVI NY. April 2015].

Bro. Eli sits right in front of the brethren to better listen to their concerns and problems. [Aaron Romero, PVI NY. April 2015].

A sister from Brazil asks her question to Bro. Eli during the consultation session served by Bro. Eli Soriano. [Derrick Manila, PVI Canada. April 2015].

A sister from Brazil asks her question to Bro. Eli during the consultation session served by Bro. Eli Soriano. [Derrick Manila, PVI Canada. April 2015].

At nighttime, when questions of the brethren from South America have been answered with biblical bases, Bro. Eli Soriano bade farewell to the congregants so that they could rest for another round of biblical studies on the following day.

[To be continued…]

The Faces of Love on FM: Dear Kuya Talks Love for All Seasons

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For two years now, Kuya Daniel Razon has been sharing love via the airwaves on Dear Kuya, a two-hour radio program on UNTV’s Radio La Verdad 1350. Dear Kuya has the good goal of bringing the glory of radio back by tackling interesting and timely topics on air, paired with an active interaction with its listeners, and an abundant peppering of good music.

And for two years and going strong, the program is doing just that. Kuya Daniel Razon and Dear Kuya resident biblical advisor Bro. Eliseo Soriano help give light to letter-senders’ dilemmas of the heart with advice guided by the Holy Scriptures.

Here are a few of Dear Kuya’s tweets showcasing the many faces of love from the show’s official Twitter account:

From contemplating courtship…

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"Let us not be reckless, let us not rush into things." - Kuya @Daniel Razon

“Let us not be reckless, let us not rush into things.” – Kuya @Daniel Razon

"The things that we worked hard to get -- those are important things." - @BroEliSoriano Bro. Eli on working hard for something.

“The things that we worked hard to get — those are important things.” – @BroEliSoriano
Bro. Eli on working hard for something.

To the love of sweethearts…

"In our group, even before they start living as husband and wife, they already have words of God to follow."  Romance guided by the Bible!

“In our group, even before they start living as husband and wife, they already have words of God to follow.”
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"The point of agreement truly is the word of God." - Kuya @DanielRazon

“The point of agreement truly is the word of God.” – Kuya @DanielRazon

To the love of married couples…

"God wants marriage to be preserved. God doesn't want the union of married couples to be destroyed."  - @BroEliSoriano #DearKuya

“God wants marriage to be preserved. God doesn’t want the union of married couples to be destroyed.” – @BroEliSoriano
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“The Bible says, ‘Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.'” – @BroEliSoriano #LoveAdvice by #BroEli on #DearKuya

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Love compensates our shortcomings. “At the point when we have problems, at the point when we have shortcomings, that’s when love will enter.”

To May-December romances…

The solution:  "Fear of God. If a younger and older partner fear God, they will remain faithful to each other." - #BroEli

The solution: “Fear of God. If a younger and older partner fear God, they will remain faithful to each other.” – #BroEli

To the love of parents and children…

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“The love of one’s parents bring blessings. This is the first commandment with a promise.” Eph. 6:1

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“It’s wrong to always be having fun and being carefree. Balagtas said, ‘He who grew up in pleasures is usually wanting. In sense, in reflection, in judgment lacking;'” – @BroEliSoriano

  To the love of others…

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 To the love of our own lives and our work…

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 To the love of living life with the Almighty…

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“It is such a beautiful thing for a person to learn to have fear of the Lord.” – Kuya @DanielRazon

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“Our lives shall be lived in faith. We walk in faith, not by sight.” – @BroEliSoriano #BroEli on living life. #DearKuya

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“It is always better for us to be guided by much knowledge — knowledge that comes from the Bible.” – Kuya Daniel #DearKuya #KuyaDaniel

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“What must be maintained, what must not be lacking is love, the fear of God — because these will fix everything.” Kuya Daniel #DearKuya

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Read the Bible especially in moments when you feel lonely. There is a joy that you will acquire from reading the Holy Scriptures. #DearKuya #DanielRazon

"If you are patiently enduring, you will have hope. There is hope in endurance." - @BroEliSoriano

“If you are patiently enduring, you will have hope. There is hope in endurance.” – @BroEliSoriano

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More of the biblical aspects of the many faces of love on Dear Kuya, which airs Mondays through Fridays on UNTV Radio La Verdad from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PHT. Listeners abroad may stream the radio program online via http://www.untvradio.com/.

Something to be proud of: MCGI’s Hapi Christians Adopt Gays in Golden Years

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The month of June marks the celebration of LGBT Pride in the USA. Here in New York, a whole week of vibrant, rainbow-colored rallies, parties and dances were organized to show that they are happy and proud to be members of the LGBT community.

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, a group of proud gay Christians show the world their unique brand of gay pride – by being gay men that the world can truly be proud of.

On June 18, 2014 in celebration of Philippine public service channel UNTV’s 10th year anniversary with the theme of “Caring for the Elderly,” MCGI’s Hapi Christians extended help to the Home for the Golden Gays – by giving them a new home, in Novaliches, Philippines.

Atty. Imelda Roque (L) and Brgy. Chairwoman Mila Uy (R) cut the ribbon to mark the relocation of The Home for the Golden Gays at Novaliches, Philippines. Rodel Lumiares, Photoville International 

Atty. Imelda Roque (L) and Brgy. Chairwoman Mila Uy (R) cut the ribbon to mark the relocation of The Home for the Golden Gays at Novaliches, Philippines. Rodel Lumiares, Photoville International

The Gift of Love for the Elderly Gay Community

“The Hapi Christians’ participation for UNTV’s 10th year anniversary is the establishment of the adoption house for the special elderly. We have chosen to welcome the golden gays into our home,” said Mr. Robi Lolin, PRO for the Hapi Christians.

“This is our way of showing our love, and this is under the guidance of our leaders, Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel,” Lolin added, referring to MCGI leaders Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

 

MCGI, UNTV and Hapi Christians gleefully welcome members of the Home for the Golden Gays to their new home. Rodel Lumiares, Photoville International

MCGI, UNTV and Hapi Christians gleefully welcome members of the Home for the Golden Gays to their new home. Rodel Lumiares, Photoville International

To make sure that the special elderly in the Home for the Golden Gays utilize their skills, talents and time, the Hapi Christians will also organize seminars and trainings for the elderly gays.

“Based on interviews that we conduct, we check what the elderly are still capable of doing, based on their age. We want them to be productive. Some of them have experience with being masseuses, and some of them know how to cut hair,” said Mr. Relin Gimena, Hapi Christians’ Business Manager.

“We are planning to organize ways on how to come up with services for them to generate income for themselves,” stated Gimena.

Mr. Ramon Busa, President of the Home for the Golden Gays, thanked the Hapi Christians organization for their help and support to the Golden Gays during the live telecast of the MOA signing at the UNTV building.

“We greatly thank the Hapi organization for their helping and welcoming the members of our organization,” remarked Mr. Busa.

“Yesterday, we were formally relocated and were welcomed by the Hapi organization in Barangay Talipapa. In fact, some of the members of the Home for the Golden Gays are already living there. Thank you very much,” stated Busa.

“We will not be able to carry on with this project if it weren’t for God’s help. It is through Him that we are able to do this,” replied Mr. Larry Espinosa, President of the Hapi Christians group.

“Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel [always] teach us that we must help those who are in need of it,” he added.

The Hapi Christians is the Christian gay community of the Members Church of God International, who are being taught to utilize their talents, skills and abilities for the glory of God. Read more about them here.

 

 

References:

1] Pascual, P. (2014). A moment for the sunset beauty queens. Retrieved from: http://outragemag.com/moment-sunset-beauty-queens/

2] UNTVKasangbahayMo. (2014, June 23). MOA Signing between BMPI, UNTV, Hapi Christians and Home for the Golden Gays. [Video file] Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IogG3xmJ2sg

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

It’s More Beneficial in the Philippines: A New Brand of Healthcare Reform Powered by UNTV’s Unique Public Service Firsts

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While democrats and republicans are still battling it out on the famous Obamacare, debating whether if it’s a good idea or otherwise, a man with a big heart somewhere in the small yet beautiful islands of the Philippines is busy bringing his own brand of healthcare reform in his homeland.

And for the thousands of Filipinos who will benefit from this landmark public service endeavor, this is more than just a good idea. It’s a great, lifesaving idea that has never before been attempted in the whole nation.

The man behind this is Daniel Razon, broadcast journalist and CEO of Breakthroughs and Milestones Productions, Inc and UNTV and he is bringing free healthcare to Filipinos who need it most – in all parts of the country. This is part of what was announced on the 9th anniversary of UNTV 37 on July 18, 2013.

UNTV 37's 9th year anniversary held on July 18, 2013 with the theme: Inspiring Change, Building Better Communities. Photo courtesy of UNTV 37'S Facebook Page

UNTV 37’s 9th year anniversary held on July 18, 2013 with the theme: Inspiring Change, Building Better Communities. Photo courtesy of UNTV 37’S Facebook Page

Sit back, stop arguing, and watch how it’s done, America:

 Free Healthcare In Manila and Nearby Regions..

The UNTV 37 station in Edsa, Quezon City, Philippines is the only station in the Philippines with a built-in clinic. This is where people get free medical services from Mondays through Fridays, as seen on the network’s morning show Good Morning, Kuya!:

  • General medicine consultation
  • Optometry
  • Dental
  • ENT
  • Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Dermatology
  • Dental
  • Orthopedic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Minor surgeries
  • Free medicines

Aside from this, another free clinic is situated in the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, ready to aid those in the area for free. UNTV ambulances are on standby 24/7 for emergency situations, ready to transport and give first aid to those in need without asking for a single penny.

…And to the rest of the Philippine Islands

Debuted just this July 18, UNTV Health Coupons will be distributed to those who are in far areas. Holders of UNTV Health Coupons may go to nearby affiliated hospitals in their area to avail of free medical services.

Kuya Daniel Razon, dubbed as Mr. Public Service, as he tells everyone of the new health services UNTV is offering for all Filipino indigents across the country.

Kuya Daniel Razon, dubbed as Mr. Public Service, as he tells everyone of the new health services UNTV is offering for all Filipino indigents across the country.

If that weren’t enough, UNTV is also giving away UNTV-sponsored PhilHealth insurance cards in all parts of the country for Filipino indigents. Those who will be eligible for these medical freebies will be determined in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and local government units.

These are of course, in addition to the regular medical missions carried out by the network – which brings a team of medical professionals along with medical equipment and medicines to far-flung barrios and villages. As promised by Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel, the medical missions in partnership with the Members Church of God International, will be more extensive this year.

In partnership with MCGI, UNTV holds medical missions in provinces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of MCGI.org

In partnership with MCGI, UNTV holds medical missions in provinces of the Philippines. Photo courtesy of MCGI.org

This just blows me away. Not only are these healthcare programs ingenious, but also, a budding network is behind them.

These health reform ideals are proof that the relatively small can create ginormous ideas for the good of all.

Living away from my country of origin, it makes me all the more proud to see how progressive Filipinos are in thinking of ways to help improve the plight of others.  UNTV 37 is one big, lifesaving reason why it’s more beneficial in the Philippines. And ultimately, just more fun.

9 on the 9th: Nine Reasons Why UNTV is Inspiring Change and Building Better Communities

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Just one year shy of a decade, UNTV 37 has successfully redefined Philippine public service – and is continuing to do so on a daily basis. In a short span of time, a television network has become something more than just a mere media presence. It has become something that the country desperately needed – a real, no-nonsense public service machine like no other.

In celebration of its nine years of Inspiring Change and Building Better Communities on the air and in the lives of Filipinos, we count down nine of the reasons why UNTV stays true to being the Philippines’ undisputed public service network.

 No. 9 – Real Infotainment Minus the Ugh

What needs to change: Shows that showcase the short, the skimpy and the skintight with not much substance.

UNTV’s Answer: UNTV is dedicated to making sure that its programming are not only enjoyable but are informative and wholesome.

 

No. 8 – Kid-Friendly Programming

What needs to change:  Cartoons are rampant, but there aren’t enough shows  on TV that are actually centered on rearing good, God-fearing children.

UNTV’s Answer: Good programming that will inevitably help kids grow up to become smart, goodhearted and conscientious adults. Just like what yesterday dreamt of. Did we mention that UNTV is the recipient of 13 Anak TV awards? 

No. 7 – An Entrepreneurial Hand at Hard Times

What needs to change: The notion that being your own boss is tedious and that starting your own business is hard.

UNTV’s Answer: Shows that serve as easy walkthroughs to small and big-scale businesses, sharing need-to-know secrets of the trade while entertaining audiences both young and old.

No. 6 – Get Fit In and Out

What needs to change: A lack of television programs that will encourage the maintenance of healthy bodies from the inside and out.

UNTV’s Answer: Shows that will inspire us to keep being fit so we could utilize our strength and abilities for the greater good.

No.  5 – Get Inspired with Real Life Stories in the Real World

What needs to change: More learnings about important national issues, inspirational stories of hardworking folks who made it to the top of their fields and heartwarming stories of goodwill shared with people who need it most. Less of shows that brandish mostly cloying rumors and exploit the poor under the guise of helping them.

UNTV’s Answer: UNTV’s roster of public affairs programs are intent on informing and inspiring the public. The more the public’s hearts are touched with truthful and heartfelt stories, the more they are aware of what realities others face. This will hopefully create more people who would be standing up on the side of justice.

No. 4 – Journalism with a Heart

What needs to change: The notion that helping others has to take a back seat to news reporting and that a news item is a bigger deal than the lives of others.

UNTV’s Answer: Training media men and women to become certified lifesavers so that they can put public service first, reporting later with Tulong Muna Bago Balita.

No. 3 – Unique Public Service

 What needs to change: Public service for ratings’ sake.

UNTV’s Answer: The many public service deeds on and off the camera. Aside from these programs…

It is at the UNTV station where the Clinic ni Kuya and Law Center ni Kuya are. In partnership with the Members Church of God International and Kamanggagawa Foundation, UNTV supports the first free Transient Home, which also offers free food and social services. Not to mention the free rides, livelihood grants to indigents, free education and other services for the benefit of the public.

No. 2 – Kuya Daniel Razon

What needs to change: Broadcasters who don’t walk their talk.

UNTV’s Answer: Kuya Daniel Razon is the driving force behind the many unique and fruitful public service efforts of UNTV. The strong and confident figure behind “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon,” Kuya Daniel gets to the bottom of important issues by asking the questions everyone is afraid to ask. Kuya Daniel is a broadcast journalist who is most comfortable when he is on the streets, seeing the plight of the masses.  With all of the public service projects he has created and is still creating, no one deserves the title “Mr. Public Service” more.

 No. 1. – Bro. Eliseo Soriano

What needs to change? Religious shows that do not focus on what’s important — Christ’s teachings written on the Bible.

UNTV’s Answer: Bro. Eliseo Soriano or Bro. Eli for short is not only the international preacher who is tirelessly sharing God’s words to six of the seven continents, he is also the big heart behind this public service network, being the primary champion and supporter of all the public service endeavors of UNTV and beyond. His award-winning religious program “Ang Dating Daan” or “The Old Path” is being broadcasted via radio, television, satellite, and the Internet. What sets Bro. Eli’s religious programs from the rest is its truthful, Bible-based format: anyone can ask any spiritual question and it is guaranteed a biblical answer. Spirituality at its finest, just what our country needs — and UNTV is home to this longest-running religious program in Philippine broadcasting history.

Cheers to UNTV 37 on nine great years of making a difference on Philippine broadcasting and most especially, in the lives of countless Filipinos.

With the number of unique public service efforts that continue to inspire change and build better communities, I can honestly say that there is no other network like UNTV on the face of the planet.

One More Reason to Heart This Place: Finding Apalit in New York – Day 2

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It’s safe to say that if there’s one place in the world I so terribly miss, it’s the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Believers from the Add Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga wake up to a special day -- Day 2 of MCGI's International Thanksgiving. Photo Credit: Rovic Balunsay, PVI

Believers from the Add Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga wake up to a special day — Day 2 of MCGI’s International Thanksgiving. Photo Credit: Rovic Balunsay, PVI

Every so often, I would regale myself with memories of ADD Con – traveling by bus very early in the morning from Baclaran to get to Apalit, smelling the freshly cooked arroz caldo and champorado from nearby vendors, walking the aisles of the convention center to find the perfect seat, singing at the wide stage with the rest of the brethren, the jamming sessions after the international thanksgiving celebrations.

And of course, the people I share those memories with.

By fate, it seems, I’ve found myself living in America. And though I am thousands of miles away from that special place in Apalit, somehow, I have stumbled upon Apalit here in New York. This is a realization that came to me during the second day of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) International Thanksgiving to God celebration.

To get to Apalit before 7 a.m., I used to have to make it to Baclaran at around 4:30 a.m. with my family and friends. Here in NY for the second day of the ITG, I travel with friends from New York, Connecticut and Canada to our ITG venue a little over four in the afternoon.

On our way to the ITG venue!

On our way to the ITG venue!

Arriving early at Apalit years ago, I always see choir members practicing before the congregational singing commences. In NY, choir members do the same, making sure that they perform their best because God deserves the best — a bit of wisdom we have learned from our preachers Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon.

Choir members practicing their opening song number in NYC. Pauline Arellano, PVI NY

Choir members practicing their opening song number in NYC. Pauline Arellano, PVI NY

The beautiful and colorful presentation of choir members and the Teatro Kristiano never failed to astound me as I sat in one of the ADD Con’s white monobloc chairs. I may be sitting on a different kind of chair in NY, but the feeling upon watching these talented individuals remains the same.

Starting day two with music. East Coast USA & Canada Choir members together with the Teatro Kristiano on MCGI's International Thanksgiving to God on July 5, 2013. Pauline Arellano, PVI NY

Starting day two with music. East Coast USA & Canada Choir members together with the Teatro Kristiano on MCGI’s International Thanksgiving to God on July 5, 2013. Pauline Arellano, PVI NY

With the bountiful wisdom being unfolded with each topic delivered by Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, rejoicing is inevitable. I have experienced it seemingly endless times in Apalit, and I, together with the believers in America, feel it still, even from afar; simply thankful to God for His wisdom and kindness.

Rejoicing in New York for the many biblical knowledge learned. Photo courtesy of Members Church of God International official Facebook fan page.

Rejoicing in New York for the many biblical knowledge learned. Photo courtesy of Members Church of God International official Facebook fan page.

And the same way as it when I was in Apalit, I am blessed to enjoy hearing such biblical brilliance with God-given friends.

Time will come, in His will, that I will get to walk in ADD Con’s aisles once more and sing, listen, and praise with the rest of the brethren in Apalit. But for now, I am truly grateful for having found a version of Apalit right here in NYC.

Time flies when you’re learning spiritual wisdom! Day 3, up next, God willing!