BREAD SOCIETY’s The Great Debate – A Success, Tallies 100+ Participants

Students from the University of the Philippines Diliman were given the chance to hear God’s words through Brother Eli Soriano, in an event entitled “The Great Debate: Creationism vs. Atheism.”

Hosted by Bread Society InternationalUP Diliman Chapter, the event was part of the university’s ACLE or Alternative Classroom Learning Experience. The ACLE is a university-wide event where student organizations can hold symposiums, film-showings, and other similar programs to provide a day where UP students can learn new things in alternate classroom settings.

Held last January 16 in CAL 206, the event was jampacked with UP students and non-UP students alike, with the total tally of attendees reaching 140 participants.

ImageCAL 206 was jam-packed with students, some weren’t able to have any seats.
Photo Courtesy: Aileen Dorosan
UPD Bread’s Account

ImageBecause of lack of space inside the venue, students piled outside the room’s window areas to be able to watch the event.
Photo Courtesy: Aileen Dorosan
UPD Bread’s Account

Despite some misunderstanding about the event being aired live, it did not hinder fellow UP students to attend the said event. The video played was actually a former Bible Exposition video held in Nasugbu, Batangas last 2011, where Mr. Gerome Almodovar, co-founder of RDNA, Rationalists and Darwinists of Nasugbu, asked an atheism question to Brother Eli Soriano, host of the Bible Exposition. Spanning an hour and a half, the video details how the Exposition became an impromptu debate, when both sides started giving arguments.

“It was a good event, I saw the different arguments of both sides,” says Leo, a first year BS Economics student. “Having watched the event, it made me know which points to consider in atheism and creationism.” He added.

“My attention did not stray anywhere else, just on the video. Every moment, we were waiting [for] what’s going to happen next!” Exlaims Ian, also a first year BS Economics student.

“I like how Bro. Eli’s arguments were laid out. The other guy also had good arguments, but he wasn’t able to back up his claim,” commented Jaycee, a third year BA European Languages student.

ImageParticipants of the event had good things to say about the debate.
Photo Courtesy: Aileen Dorosan
Interview Courtesy: Emmy Borromeo
UPD Bread’s Account

In the end, UP BRead had achieved its goal of providing an excellent alternative classroom learning experience, judging by the feedback given by its event participants.

Come last week of February or the first week of March, UP Bread will once again hold an event geared towards promoting the Bible.

God-willing, UP Diliman will be one of the remote points of Ang Dating Daan’s Worldwide Bible Exposition, as hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. Here, UP students, professors and staff are all welcome to ask questions and be answered by the Bible.

The upcoming event, unlike the previous one, will be LIVE.

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Never Again: Commemorating the Fourth Year Anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre

It was year 2009, the 23rd of November to be exact. I remember fairly well because it was a day before my birthday, and of course, because of the dreadful events that transpired. 58 people, including lawyers, journalists and pregnant women, were brutally murdered and buried in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines.

Esmael Mangudadatu, along with his wife and two sisters, media men and people were on their way to the provincial office of Shariff Aguak to submit his Certificate of Candidacy for the 2010 elections, going up against the then mayor, Andal Ampatuan Jr., when they were stopped by over a 100 armed men who abducted and killed almost all of the convoy.

The details the news were giving were extremely horrifying. There were evidence showing that the abducted women were first raped before being shot in the genitals and killed. The men were also beheaded.

I was only in my first year of high school then. I was only fourteen.

Last Friday night, me and a couple of friends joined the Bible Readers Society or BREAD Choir as they performed in UP College of Mass Communication for an event entitled: Pangalay, Isang Gabi ng Pagtatanghal at Pag-alala.

ImageThe official poster of the said event.
Photo Courtesy: UP CMC Student Council Official FB Page

Hosted by the Graduate Students’ Association of UP CMC, it was a night filled with solidarity speeches and cultural performances aimed to raise awareness about the Maguindanao Massacre, and as to how justice is still not being served, and how we must always commemorate that day when lives did not simply got took away, but were brutally taken.

It’s been four years, and some people have already forgotten. But for the families and friends of the victims in those killings, four years will only seem like a week. The hurt and pain will come back every November, like a fresh, bleeding wound.

UNTV-37, known in the Philippines as the country’s Public Service Channel, is a part of those grieving families, having lost four media men in the event.

Three years ago, last May 17, 2010, UNTV, through its chairman and CEO, Daniel Razon, spearheaded a fund-raising for the families of the victims of the massacre. Some of the country’s greatest musical artists graced the event to pay tribute and lend a hand to the bereaved families.

ImageDaniel Razon, Chairman and CEO of UNTV, spearheads the Protest Broadcast 3: Cry for Justice held at the Big Dome last 2010, to help raise funds for the families of the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre.
Photo Courtesy: Flickr account of Eldon Tenorio

Aside from tribute concerts, UNTV also consistently commemorates the days that have gone by since the bloodshed, usually every after its news reports segment at night.

In accordance to what Kuya Daniel Razon always says, “Walang gawang mabuti na magbubunga ng masama” (Nothing evil will come out of doing good), UNTV will remain steadfast in their campaign to serve the public and do good to others, despite the tragedy that transpired amongst its co-workers and friends. UNTV journalists and media men are trained to prioritize and value rescue first before their news reports, promoting that lives are far much more important.

ImageViewers of UNTV’s popular morning show, Good Morning Kuya, request that supporters wear white on
November 21 and black on November 22 in commemoration of the Maguindanao Massacre.
Photo Courtesy: Good Morning Kuya’s Official FB Page

This coming November 21, 22 and 23, let us all be one in commemorating the Maguindanao Massacre, and together, let us all say never again to impunity.

Kuya Daniel Razon, Always Doing More In 30 Years of Public Service

As November 28 comes along the corner, Kuya Daniel Razon celebrates his 30th year in service to God and humanity by Doing More.

Daniel Razon or Mr. Public Service, more fondly called as “Kuya” (Big Brother), is the man behind revolutionary public service innovations like the Tulong Muna, Bago Balita (Rescue First, News Later) advocacy, wherein media personnel are trained to prioritize lives more than their news reports.

His principle of “Service First” as a media personnel earned him his nomination and current leading votes as an Ultimate Luminary in Rappler’s Do More Awards.

ImageKuya Daniel leads the voting as Ultimate Luminary in Rappler’s Do More Awards 2013.
Photo Courtesy: Rappler.com

In Rappler’s interview for the Do More Awards, Kuya Daniel is quoted, saying “Doing more is like grabbing every opportunity that you have and not letting it pass. Every opportunity that you have to do good, you grab it.”

In his upcoming 30th year of public service, he has indeed grabbed every opportunity to touch the lives of our countrymen and to become a well of inspiration to those who hear his words and see his actions. Truly, he has done more and is doing more with his innovations to public service through his company, UNTV – Your Public Service Channel and the charity arm of Members Church of God International.

The free Clinic ni Kuya sites across the country as well as the maintenance of free college education through La Verdad Christian College are just some of his works to name a few.

Leading by example, Kuya Daniel Razon encourages everyone to DO MORE as well, as we are all “capable of doing something good to other people”.

Kuya Daniel Razon
Photo Courtesy: Marvin Pongos of Photoville International

So to our Dearest Kuya, cheers for 30 years in service to God and humanity!

Happy 9th, UNTV!

In a country where resources are scarce and good intentions are tinted with political agenda, what happens when you put together a man with ideals to serve the public and a television network? You come up with UNTV.

UNTV  is spearheaded by Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon, along with continuous partnerships with the charity arm of Members Church of God International (MCGI) and Brother Eli Soriano.  It is the country’s first and true home of public service, evident by the numerous advocacies it had launched and is launching such as the Tulong Muna, Bago Balita, Dunong Gulong: Mobile School, Clinic ni Kuya, and the latest, Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada.

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Screenshot from UNTV’s coverage of its advocacy, Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada
Video Link here.

Known for the popular programs, “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano: Biblia ang Sasagot” and “Ang Dating Daan“, UNTV is so much more than a religious channel. It caters to a wide-variety of shows that are both educational and inspirational, such as Kuya Daniel Razon’s very own show, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, wherein prolific members of the political community are being put to the hot-seat to give ‘straight’ answers to questions they wouldn’t dare entertain in normal circumstances. They also have A Song of Praise Music Festival, wherein amateur composers could send in their praise song entries and be evaluated on the spot by veteran people from the music industry, such as the likes of Mr. Noel Cabangon and Mr. Vehnee Saturno. Not only does it encourages the creation of more praise songs to God, (in which I babbled on about here), but also the promotion of more Original Pinoy Music or OPM. Then there are shows that cater to the youth too like Klasrum and Bread ‘n Butter.

ImageOne of UNTV’s signature shows: Good Morning Kuya
Photo taken: UNTV’s Official Site

All in all, UNTV is not your regular television channel brimming with mucky, overrated soap-operas or foreign-based gameshows. UNTV is all about genuine public service without hidden motives. True public service, which in consideration, is actually hard to do because of the scarce resource condition of our country. Yet, UNTV pushes on, armed with God’s guidance and a chock full of talented people, as well as those avid watchers who never fail to support.

So kudos to UNTV for celebrating its 9th Anniversary this July! Kudos to Our Public Service Channel!

You can watch UNTV via live streaming here.

From Cab Drivers to Superheroes, with Help from UNTV’s “Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada” Public Service Campaign

I’ve never been one who frequently uses a taxi. From what my very little experience offered me was that taxis (and the cab drivers) are your quicker modes of travelling, especially when running late. But as my daily allowance would only consist of lunch money and some jeepney fare, riding taxis are just out of my options. To be honest, I’ve only ridden a taxi once (on my own, with me shouldering all the flag rates and the additional costs) and that was when I was going to be late for an extremely important major exam (and yes, I was still late).

Basically, my knowledge and appreciation of taxis are those of your average and regular commuter. But thanks to a brilliant initiative by one of the country’s first public service-oriented TV Stations, UNTV, my opinion on taxis has drastically changed.

Owing to its name, UNTV – Your Public Service Channel recently launched its latest advocacy, “Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada” (Rescue First, Drive Later). Like its predecessor, “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” (Rescue First, News Later), it aims to invoke the habit of putting lives first before anything else. As taxis are indeed knowledgeable with all the possible routes, of city roads, and also almost always available at any time of day, they can become our extra patrol for the streets to prevent crimes and accidents. When they do happen to come across accidents on the road, they can help carry out emergency responses, thanks to the training provided to them.

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“Tulong Muna, Bago Pasada” had now started its first batch of training sessions for taxi drivers willing to be part of this advocacy. The sessions include series of first-aid training and basic life support technicals useful for real-life scenarios like hit and runs and collisions. After undergoing several days of free training, our taxi drivers are given certificates, proving that they are well-equipped to give out the knowledge they learned in emergency situations.

This one-of-a-kind public service campaign is spearheaded by the country’s Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon, with goals to make our roads safer for motorists and involving as many Filipino people to become public servants.

Thanks to this endeavours, I now see our Manong Taxi Drivers as not just road magicians, being able to transport you in one place to another with the least possible time, but also as the next line of dedicated and disciplined superheroes who do their part in serving the country and our fellowmen.

So the next time you ride a taxi, try to tell the Manong Driver about this public service campaign, and how he can help by contacting the following UNTV hotlines : 0938 803 0777 (Smart), 0926 633 5744 (Globe), 0923 416 1377 (Sun) and 441 8688 (PLDT).

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