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/.

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.

A Big Heart for Big Talent: Kuya Daniel Razon Champions Special Olympics Philippines Team

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The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

It is very hard to be more awww-inducing than talented and adorable very special children of the Special Olympics Philippines Team, who are actively brightening up our world one great achievement at a time. But somehow, the big-hearted people who love and support them unconditionally are right up there in the awww-inducing spectrum. One of their champions is Kuya Daniel Razon, who gave his unwavering support as the Special Olympcs Philippines Team gave their best at the 2013 Special Olympics Singapore National Games.

Kuya Daniel was behind the team of special young men and women as they competed in Singapore this month. The Special Olympics Philippines Team played a rousing game of bocce, a ball sport. Though the game is not as well known in the country, the talented Filipino children of the team still managed to bag more than a dozen medals during the competition.

The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team meets and greets Kuya Daniel Razon. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

The talented athletes of Special Olympics Philippines Team meets and greets Kuya Daniel Razon. Screenshot taken from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

Which is why this group of exceptionally talented young athletes, together with their parents, guardians and coaches, went to UNTV 37’s studio to show their gratitude to Kuya Daniel Razon, who greeted the be-medalled champs and those who love them with warmness and sincerity. As a token, the Special Olympics Philippines Team, headed by NCR North Chapter President Ms. Thelma Saldito, presented Kuya Daniel with a Plaque of Appreciation for his continued support to the young athletes.

Dr. Jocelyn Flores-Cabarles, a parent of one of the Special Olympics Philippines Team's athletes, expresses her gratitude to Kuya Daniel. Screenshot from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

Dr. Jocelyn Flores-Cabarles, a parent of one of the Special Olympics Philippines Team’s athletes, expresses her gratitude to Kuya Daniel. Screenshot from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

The most heartfelt gift of appreciation comes from the grateful heart of a loving parent. “Kuya Daniel, thank you very much. Talagang from the deepest sa aming puso sa aming mga magulang. It’s difficult to find in today’s society such people who have great hearts to offer opportunities for the marginalized sector of the society. Thank you very much,” states Dr. Jocelyn Flores-Cabarles, a proud parent of one of the Special Olympics Philippines Team’s athletes.

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon congratulates the athletes and their parents and urges them to keep up the good work. Screenshot from UNTVweb's YouTube Account.

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon congratulates the athletes and their parents and urges them to keep up the good work. Screenshot from UNTVweb’s YouTube Account.

Supporting the talented special athletes of our country is one of Kuya Daniel’s advocacies. He has pioneered a slew of public service firsts in the country like the Libreng Sakay (Free Bus/Jeepney Rides), Free MRT rides for senior citizens, the first ever Transient Home in the heart of the metro, Home for Abandoned Babies, free college education, free clinic and law services. For all these and more unmentioned, he is aptly called “Mr. Public Service.”

Kudos to the wonderful athletes of the Special Olympics Philippines Team for a job well done! And for the parents, guardians, coaches and supporters of these fine young individuals, we give you a much-deserved standing ovation.  For continuing to support our country’s pride and joy, bravo to all of you! May God bless your big hearts!

Watch UNTV 37’s news report regarding these wonderful athletes here.

Something NY Cab Drivers Should Learn: UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada

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A driver is trained to help motorists in need in UNTV's Tulong Muna Bago Pasada

A driver is trained to help motorists in need in UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada. Photo Credit: Screenshot from UNTVweb’s Youtube Account

New York is famous for its yellow taxicabs running circles in Manhattan. All 13,237 of them are ready to bring Yankees and tourists to their destinations, except of course when it’s raining, when it’s almost next to impossible to hail a taxi. Now, what I, as a glorified commuter in this great state, wish would be impossible is to be a witness (or be part of) a road accident in the beautiful streets of the Empire State. So imagine if the estimated 42,000 New York City cab drivers took part in a program like UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada, another revolutionary public service effort from the Philippines’ prime Public Service network – UNTV 37, we would have lesser road accidents. We would have thousands of real-life superheroes. We would have more people on the side of good and justice and all things great and in vivid Technicolor.

Now wouldn’t New York be a safer place to live in if this happened?

UNTV’s Tulong Muna Bago Pasada is a mouthful for those who aren’t Filipinos, and that’s fine and understandable. But what it translates to, in essence, is “Help First, Tansport Later.” Basically, this puts a greater deal of importance on human life than a cab fare. By learning to become more disciplined drivers and become certified first aid rescuers to give aid to those who need it in emergency situations, cab drivers are now the extension of our healthcare practitioners on the streets — where the action happens.

This public service endeavor has recently started in the Philippines, spearheaded by Kuya (That’s the Filipino term for “big brother”) Daniel Razon.  Tulong Muna Bago Pasada aims to educate cab drivers with first aid and BLS techniques. They are also trained based on real-life scenarios – they learn what to do first and who to call in case they witness a hit-and-run, a head-on collision, and other street emergencies requiring fast thinking and helping.  After they become well equipped with enough life-saving knowledge, they become certified. The intensive training that lasts for several days, like most of what UNTV’s projects, is absolutely free of charge for Filipino cab drivers.

Kuya Daniel Razon has concocted this one-of-a-kind public service project with the goal of hitting two public service goals with one unique project: making the streets safer for motorists, commuters, and pedestrians and increasing the number of Filipino public servants. The Tulong Muna Bago Pasada is an off-shoot to the Tulong Muna Bago Balita project of UNTV – which is the first of its kind in Philippine media, where reporters, cameramen, and drivers put helping first, before reporting; they are on-field rescuers primarily, valuing the lives of others than news reporting, and consequently, high ratings. Pure, unadulterated public service.

Kuya Daniel Razon spearheads another public service project - Tulong Muna Bago Pasada. Photo Credit: Screenshot from UNTVweb's Youtube Account

Kuya Daniel Razon spearheads another public service project – Tulong Muna Bago Pasada. Photo Credit: Screenshot from UNTVweb’s Youtube Account

Bringing this project in New York would be amazing and ideal. Not only will there be more public servants driving around the city, but since taxicabs are usually around at any given hour all year round, there will be trained cab drivers will be roaming the streets, ready to pull over and help out anyone in need. There will be a rebranding if you will, of our cab drivers’ reputation. They will become street superheroes.

Wouldn’t end-of-the-world movies find another place to sink rather than poor old Lady Liberty by Ellis Island? Instead of superheroes wreaking (unintentional, I guess) havoc in Manhattan, real ones would be driving all around it. Instead of a large lizard stomping all over the city, cab drivers will be actively on the look out for people in distress that they can help.  Once Tulong Muna Bago Pasada pushes through, I can’t guarantee that it will be easier to hail a taxicab, but hey, you’ll feel safer that the cab driver bringing you to your friend’s place can help you or other motorists in times of emergencies. So sit back, relax, and tip your cabbie well.

Sources:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/taxi-cab-statistics/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=exINwpNNuRQ#!