La Verdad Christian College – Quality Education at No Cost

The man in front of the computer was whistling a happy tune, but Brandon’s heart wasn’t pumping a rhythmic beat. As the man handed him his printed papers, Brandon felt his heart drop as he looked at the amount printed in bold, black ink at the bottom of the page. It was enrolment day; he had just got his subjects assessed and validated by his college. The paper handed to him was the form for payment which displayed his total tuition fees for the semester.

What an amount to pay for just a couple of units, he muttered to himself. He was studying in a public school were tuition was subsidized by the government but the fees he pay were still too high for what he can afford.

He makes his way to the cashier’s office, counting and recounting his recently withdrawn money to make sure they were enough and exact for payment. Upon reaching the office and finding a stream of students, his eyes wandered to a huge plastered sign sprawled to his side, directing students like him to the miscellaneous queue. Underneath the bold print were words like dorm fees, lab and library fees and more, screaming at him and making his heart sink even lower. His mind were occupied with thoughts about daily transportation fares he’s going to have to pay, the food he’s going to eat, the school supplies he’s going to provide. And buying a uniform too, he thought.

As he takes his spot on the long line to pay his tuition, he looks back at the miscellaneous fees queue and thinks to himself with a resigned look, “Is education now a privilege?”


Brandon’s experiences are something unrare. These situations and stories happen more often than we believe, prompting the debate as to whether education in our country is a right or a privilege.

It’s June once again, the month of weddings, of Father’s days and beginnings of school. School commencing would mean enrolment and enrolment would also mean money.

High Cost of Education = Out of School Youths?

According to recent figures by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and Annual Poverty Indicators Survey (APIS), a steady growth of percentage of out-of-school youths was listed from 2000-2011, with over 6.24 million youths out of school, or 16% of the country’s 39 million Filipinos in the age bracket between six and 24.

Aside from geographical and temporal reasons, one of the most cited reasons for this increase was the high cost of education. Moreover, the NSO’s 2014 Report of the Country’s Figures listed more than 23 million of the population as no more than elementary undergraduates, with 3 million having no education at all.

That is why in these times, government bodies and non-governmental organizations have conducted programs to help. Various scholarships are now made able to deserving youth, offering several chances for qualification. But there is one non-governmental organization that has taken steps higher than the others.

Free Education through LVCC

The Members Church of God International, through UNTV 37, the country’s public service channel, has established a college wherein free education is one of its services.

With campuses in Pampanga and Caloocan, La Verdad Christian College (LVCC) leads as the country’s first private institution wherein aside from free tuition, other expenses such as uniform, food and lodging fees are shouldered entirely by the school. This is inspired by Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon’s advocacy of helping poor but deserving students to earn their college degrees.

La Verdad Christian College is the first private institution in the country that offers free education along with free meals, uniforms, books and even lodging.
Video Courtesy: youtube.com/untvweb

“It’s a very good feeling to know that God has given us instruments in doing good — those who help the youth like me to be able to study. That is wy I thank God for Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel for giving us the chance to go to college despite the lack of our financial ability,” says Kim Santiago, a Second Year AB Broadcasting student from LVCC Caloocan Branch.

“Here in La Verdad, aside from availing of the free services the school offers, we are being taught to excel academically and spiritually,” says Maryjane Largueza, a recent graduate of AB-Broadcasting in LVCC Caloocan Campus. “LVCC not only aims to produce capable students but also good citizens of the country. I am proud to be a LaVerdarian, and I am grateful to God and Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel, because without them, this will not be possible.”

Aside from offering kindergarten until secondary schooling, LVCC also offers Bachelor degrees in nursing, computer technology, mass communications, culinary and many more. Moreover, extensive training and career opportunities are also given to students during their stay at the college with help of partner groups such as UNTV.

LVCCA shot of one of the main buildings of La Verdad
Christian College in Apalit, Pampanga.
Photo Courtesy: Rovic Balunsay of Photoville International

First established in 2009, the two campuses are always being improved and maintained by its administration. Citing Bro. Soriano in a speech during the inauguration of the LVCC Branch in Caloocan, he says, “We have spent much to establish this school, and much is to be spent still to sustain it. But we do not look at the amount, just as it is written in the Bible,” adding that, “This is our mandate from knowing the truth in the Bible. Students do not owe this to us. They owe it to God.”

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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!

The 1st UNTV Cup: Shooting Hoops for a Cause

Who would’ve thought that a sport like basketball, commonly thought to be just a leisurely activity, can be means of promoting “unity, camaraderie and healthy living among public servants”?

These are the words of CEO and Chairman of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Inc. Kuya Daniel Razon, in a press conference held in the Mall of Asia as he talks about the up and coming, first UNTV Cup.

Celebrating its 9th Anniversary of genuine public service, UNTV continues to launch its massive public service programs which may be considered firsts in Philippine television history. UNTV, under Kuya Daniel and through partnerships with the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and Brother Eli Soriano, will hold its first ever UNTV Cup come Monday, July 29 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The UNTV Cup is a basketball sports event wherein players are local government officials and celebrities vying it out to win a 1 Million Peso grant to their charities of choice. This is not the first in UNTV’s history of sports-initiated charity work, Kuya Daniel is also the brainchild of the successful Takbo Para sa Libreng Kolehiyo (Run for Free College Education), a fun run held in the MOA Grounds aimed at raising funds for the construction of La Verdad Christian College, wherein education, meals and books are all for free. Not to mention the full-housed Big Dome during the Sing and Shoot 1 & 2, a concert-type event and basketball game, which aimed also to raise funds and support for the free education given to poor yet deserving students wanting to study in La Verdad.


There had already been press conferences and official signings with regards to the UNTV Cup participants and these are just some of the government officials that confirmed to take part in the said event: Col. Agane Adriatico of AFP, Reynaldo Agoncillo of PNP and Isagani Obispo Jr. of Department of Justice. There also these ‘news’ flying around about the boxing legend and Sarangani representative, Manny Pacquiao’s attendance and participation in the said charity work, but it’s still not yet confirmed by official sources.

Whether the country’s kamao will indeed come to shoot some hoops for a cause this coming Monday, we hope all our kasambahays and everyone else out there will support this wonderful initiative from our very own public service channel, UNTV. Until then, let’s all continue to watch and support UNTV through its 9th Anniversary celebration and live up to its theme of Inspiring Change and Building Better Communities, starting with ourselves.

Have a blessed day!