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.

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/

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