Bread Society Takes Part in Metro-Wide Public Service Campaign for UNTV’s 11th Year Celebration

On its 11th year of genuine public service to the community and the country, UNTV through the Bible Readers Society International (BREAD Society International) took part in a Metro-wide public service campaign in support of UNTV’s anniversary celebration.

Living up to its mission as the country’s premier public service channel, UNTV, on its 11th year, has teamed up with Members Church of God International (MCGI) and various youth groups to conduct public service efforts in universities and high schools.

Mobilizing its chapters all across Metro Manila in support of the campaign, public service endeavors such as Clean-Up Drives, Free Haircut Services, the donating of supplies to schools, as well as Free Book Covering Services benefitted schools and universities throughout the capitol, among these were Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa Campus, Taguig City University and Rizal High School.

Bread members and other youth organizations from Taguig City University pose for a picture with a UNTV 11th Anniversary banner after the clean-up drive session. Photo Courtesy: Bread Society International

Bread members and other youth organizations from Taguig City University pose for a picture with a UNTV 11th Anniversary banner after the clean-up drive session. Photo Courtesy: Bread Society International

Aside from the Bread Society, volunteers from the youth arm of MCGI also seized the opportunity to give back to the community. “As a student and member of Bread Society, I am grateful to God that even in my littleness, I am able to take part in helping fellow students in schools and universities,” expressed Mark Angelo Venus, a Bread member and officer. “We greet UNTV a happy 11th anniversary. We wish for more power in continuing their endeavors, and we from Bread Society are always one with the channel’s advocacy in doing good, and we are always here to help.”

A student from Rizal High School gets free haircut services from a volunteer barber, in cooperation with UNTV, Bread Society and Rizal HS Admin. Photo Courtesy: Bread Society International

Members of the schools’ administration also expressed their gratitude for the charity event that took place in their campuses. “We from Rizal High School are very thankful for the free services that you offered,” said Ms. Virgina Membrebe, Principal of Rizal High School, in remark to the Free Haircut Services provided to the students of the school. Ms. Membrebe added that it is already a huge help, especially since not all of the students get regular haircuts because of financial constraints. “We also greet UNTV a happy 11th anniversary. We hope that you will continue to reach out to students in public schools like ours.”

Eleven Years of Advocating Genuine Public Service

Starting out way back in 2004, UNTV has made a name for itself as the country’s public service channel,

For its 11th year celebration, UNTV has teamed up with various government groups and private organizations to conduct a Rescue Summit and Disaster Preparedness Seminar. With the goal to gear up Filipino citizens and raise awareness for upcoming natural disasters and calamities, the event includes seminars on rescue training, basic life and property saving, emergency responses and disaster preparedness.

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With the goal to gear up Filipino citizens and raise awareness for upcoming natural disasters and calamities, UNTV has teamed up with various government groups and private organizations to conduct seminars on rescue training, basic life and property saving, emergency responses and disaster preparedness.

The anniversary celebration will be held on August 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center.

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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.