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ASOP Music Festival Year 5 Grand Finalists Explain the Real Story Behind their Song Entries


MANILA, Philippines – The A Song of Praise (ASOP) Year 5 grand finalists wish to give inspirations and hope to people, especially those who are in grief — through their song compositions.

Ronald Calpis, one of the composers of the song “God Will Always Make A Way”, said their song entry also serves as an expression of their gratitude to God the Almighty for His loving-kindness.


Composers: Genn Bawa (L) and Ronald Calpis (C), and Bugoy Drilon (R), the interpreter.


“Kasi sa panahon ngayon, maraming nade-depress.  Maraming tao ngayon balisa, kaya po naisip namin ‘tong kantang ito para makapag-inspire sa mga tao na nagugulimihanan at nahihirapan,” explained Calpis, adding , “[through our song] nakakapag-puri kami sa Panginoong Dios.”

Calpis said that the idea to compose a song came after his friend and former bandmate, Glen Bawa, asked him if they could compose a song entry for the ASOP Music Festival.

Then, after a week of brainstorming, they were able to get the song’s idea from the Bible verses, 1 Peter 5:7 and Philippians 4:6, which delve on trust and faith in God who always provide solutions to problems. Hence, there is no need to worry.

Wanting the melody of the song to be joyful and lively, he chooses the reggae genre for their composition. It is the first reggae-themed praise song that earned commendations from the judges during the monthly elimination round, which then made it to ASOP Year 5 grand finals.

According to Ronald, this is not the first time that they joined ASOP. They may have failed four times, but the two didn’t stop as they are inspired to do a praise song. “Hindi po kami sumusuko, kahit matalo. Sali lang ng sali, alang-alang  sa karangalan ng Panginoon,” Calpis shared.

“Kung medyo may rejections man, try lang ng try, kasi darating din naman ‘yung araw na ibibigay sa atin ng Dios ‘yung awit na nararapat para sa atin mismo. Kasi ang Dios po, Siya po ang nagbibigay ng awit sa puso at labi natin, nakasulat po yon sa Awit 40:3,” Calpis added.

He also thanked Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan and Kuya Daniel Razon, the CEO of UNTV-BMPI, for spearheading the ASOP Music Festival on television. He said ASOP, as a songwriting competition, is a big help not only for the aspiring composers but as well to the OPM (Original Pilipino Music) industry itself.

“Dahil po sa ASOP, nabuhayan po ‘yung mga Pilipino, pati po yung mga composer, na bumuo po ng kanta. Ang laki ng naitulong ng ASOP para po sa akin. Kaya nagpapasalamat po ako kay Bro. Eli at kay Bro.Daniel at sa Dios dahil naibangon po ulit at sana tuloy tuloy pa rin pong maibangon ang industriya ng musikang Pilipino.” he gratefully said.

12 New Praise Songs on Music Fest Night

Twelve inspiring praise songs are vying for the ASOP “Song of the Year” title on its grand finals night at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on November 07, 2016. There will be over one million cash prizes to be given away to the winners.

The composer of the “Song of the Year” winner will receive Php500,000 cash prize plus trophy. Meanwhile, the composers for the first to third runners-up will bag Php250,000, Php150,000 and Php100,000 plus trophies, respectively.

The ASOP Year 5 “Best Song Interpreter” and the “People’s Choice Award” will also receive Php50,000 each plus trophies.


The ASOP Year 5 12 Grand Finalist. Photo by UNTV ASOP Facebook page.


ASOP provides an online voting for “People’s Choice Award”, which is now available via

Respected names from music and entertainment industry are expected to grace the event and will serve as judges for the grand competition night. The complete list of names of the judges will be revealed on the night of the event.

Now on its sixth year, ASOP Music Festival is a staunch supporter and promoter of Original Pilipino Music (OPM).

The program is dubbed not only as “the only songwriting competition” on television, but also as “the only songwriting school” on Philippine television.

To date, ASOP has already marked its milestones in the Philippine music industry, being awarded as the “Best Talent Search Program” at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television (organized by Philippine Movie Press Club).


READ: ASOP, KNC Show at hosts, pinarangalan sa 29th PMPC Star Awards for TV


On the other hand, ASOP 2012 commemorative album was also recognized as the “Inspirational Album of the Year” by the same organization and awarding body.


Written by: Gauden Joe Sumayod

#UNTVCUPSeason5 Opens Today; 13 Teams Playing in the League


UNTV Cup opened Season 5, its grandest season yet, today at Mall of Asia Arena with 13 government teams playing in the league and millions of pesos of cash prizes to be given away for their chosen charity organizations.

UNTV Cup is a basketball charity tournament organized by Kuya Daniel Razon through UNTV News and Rescue, in partnership with Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International.

Teams participating this season are:

  • MMDA Blackwolves
  • NHA Builders
  • AFP Cavaliers
  • Senate Defenders
  • BFP Firefighters
  • GSIS Furies
  • Ombudsman Graft Busters
  • DOJ Justice Boosters
  • Malacañan Kamao
  • Judiciary Magis
  • PNP Responders
  • HOR Solons
  • BOC Transformers

Catch the highlights of the opening ceremonies in photos:

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UNTV Cup fans jampack the Mall of Asia Arena for the opening of UNTV Cup Season 5 this August 29, 2016. (Photo by @RemarBarquilla)


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Comedian duo, Le Chazz and AJ, burst crowd into laughter with their funny entertainment. (Photo by @UNTVCup)


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UNTV-BMPI CEO Daniel “Kuya Daniel” Razon, who is also the brain behind UNTV Cup, pose for a picture with Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva. (Photo by @_soitsyou)


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Balladeer Jed Madela performs at the UNTV Cup 5 opening at the Mall of Asia Arena. @JedMadela thanks the MOA audience in a tweet, “Thank you to everyone who was at the UNTV CUP!!! Super fun crowd!!!” (Photo by @UNTVCup)


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RnB King Jay R calms the excited crowd with his soulful singing in the hardcourt. (Photo courtesy of UNTV Cup Facebook page)


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Kuya Daniel Razon leads the ceremonial toss that officially opens UNTV Cup Season 5’s games. Senate Defenders and AFP Cavaliers play the opening game. Cavaliers win, 85-71. (Photo by @_soitsyou)


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While waiting for the event to start, UNTV Cup fans and supporters pose for a fan sign. (Photo by @Kapatweets_Intl)


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Kuya Daniel Razon enjoys the UNTV Cup 5 opening with his cup of Daniel’s Coffee. (Photo by @_soitsyou)

Watch UNTV Cup 5’s exciting games every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. on UNTV News and Rescue.

UNTV Life is Now UNTV News and Rescue

07/28/2016 – The Public Service Channel, UNTV underwent a major rebranding of itself as a global news and rescue company starting July, which kicked off with the debut of its new one-hour public service program Serbisyong Kasangbahay hosted by Kuya Daniel Razon.

UNTV Life is now UNTV News and Rescue

Kuya Daniel Razon leads UNTV brand refresh as UNTV News and Rescue for intensified public service push.

On July 18 this year, UNTV Life officially became UNTV News and Rescue. The move reflected its attempt to pivot away from being viewed merely as a news and lifestyle-oriented broadcasting firm towards a news-and-rescue channel.

Veteran broadcaster and social good advocate Daniel Razon is Chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), the content creator for UNTV. Razon is also popularly-known as Mr. Public Service due to the public service endeavors he started through UNTV.

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UmalohokJuan Awards 2016 Honors Kuya Daniel Razon for his Public Services Through Broadcasting


Congratulations, Kuya Daniel Razon!

For setting a good example in the field of media and anchoring UNTV‘s broadcast programs to respond to the needs of the less privileged Filipinos, Kuya Daniel was honored with a Special Citation award in the UmalohokJuan Awards 2016 of the Lyceum of the Philippines.

AFP Steals Game 2 of UNTV Cup 4 Finals’ Best of 3, Gives PNP Slimmer Chance to First Victory


Having won Game 1 and high hopes to get their first UNTV Cup championship trophy, the PNP Responders are now seeing a slimmer chance after the AFP Cavaliers took over Game 2 last March 7. AFP upset the policemen with a 5-point lead, 71-66.

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AFP Cavaliers’ players and fans are up on their feet as the bell sounded off to end Game 2 of UNTV Cup 4 Finals’ Best of 3. AFP wins by 5 points against PNP Responders. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

This is the  second time the army and police troops go head to head in UNTV Cup finals. In Season 2, the AFP gave the Responders their second silver in the league. Will PNP resolve their being “always a bride’s maid but never a bride” this Season 4?

Game 3 of the Best of 3 series is set on Monday, March 14 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

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PNP’s shooting guard Ollan Omiping struggles his way to a 2-point goal in Game 2 of UNTV Cup 4 Finals. Omiping is one of the UNTV Cup First Five this season. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon, however, expressed his confidence to the two teams that “whoever will win or become the champion, it’s still the desire to help their beneficiaries that every player has in his heart.”

UNTV Cup 4: The Grandest Public Service Showdown

UNTV Cup Season 4 does not only showcase the grand showdown between the PNP and AFP powerhouses but also the grandest public service of the league. A total of 8 million pesos is at stake for the teams and their selected beneficiaries.

UNTV Cup, launched through UNTV in 2013, was conceptualized by Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel mainly to promote good health and camaraderie among public servants while being able to help those in need.

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Third placer MMDA Blackwolves wins one million pesos, 800,000 of which will go to their beneficiaries. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Twelve teams participated this season. MMDA Blackwolves landed 3rd place with 1M pesos winning prize. P800,000 will go to their chosen beneficiaries, Philippine General Hospital-Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit, Philippine Cerebral Palsy Inc., and Damayan Fund through the MMDA Provident Fund. The team will get 200,000 pesos.

NHA Builders won 4th place. NHA Provident Fund Association Inc. will be given 400,000 pesos and 100,000 pesos for the team.

Beneficiaries of the non-winning teams received 100,000 pesos each.

Season 4 champ will bring home 4M pesos while the second placer will get 2M pesos. #

(Contributed by Hazel Chavez-David)

Kuya Daniel Razon Leads the Charity in the First Wish 107.5 Music Awards


“This night is not just a simple awards night. This night is also a night of giving and a night of lending our hand to the needy.”

Philippines’ Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon once again led a charitable work in partnership with Wish FM 107.5 in the first Wish Music Awards held January 26, 2016 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Six different beneficiaries chosen by the winners of the major award categories were granted a total of P1.1M.

World Vision, Darren Espanto’s selected beneficiary, received P400,000 as the total teen performer bagged four major awards – Best WISHclusive Performance by a Young Artist for Chandelier, Wish Ballad Song of the Year for I Believe In Me, Wish Original Song of the Year for Stuck, and Wish Young Artist of the Year.

5th Gen paved the way to their handpicked beneficiary Divine Mercy Center of Music and Arts Therapy in bringing home P100,000 for winning the Best WISHclusive Performance by a Group category for the single Contagious.

Jason Dy’s beneficiary Food for the Hungry Philippines was granted P300,000. Dy was awarded Wish Urban Song of the Year for Milagro, Best WISHclusive Performance by a Male Artist for the mash up song Stay With Me/ See You Again and Wish Male Artist of the Year.

Another P100,000 were given to I Fight Against Human Trafficking, the chosen charitable organization of Yeng Constantino. The pop-rock singer-songwriter won the Best WISHclusive Performance by a Female Artist award for the song Ikaw.

Wish Alternative Song of the Year was awarded to Sponge Cola’s hit single Move On. Sponge Cola’s chosen beneficiary, Child Haus, received P100,000.

Lastly, Morissette Amon’s recipient, Home for the Angels, Sta. Ana Manila was granted P100, 000 for winning the WISH Female Artist of the Year.

Kuya Daniel inspirited the spectators and Wish FM team as he delivered his speech.

“We wish for it (Wish 107.5) to be one that espouses an advocacy, bringing hope and positivity to the listeners by engraving to their minds the great feeling of performing acts of random kindness,” the veteran broadcaster spoke his intent for the FM station.

He also mentioned Wish FM’s upcoming projects that listeners and supporters should look forward to including the monthly granting of wishes and the Wisher’s Grand Eyeball. #

(Contributed by: Jelynne de Ocampo)

UNTV Rescue’s Emergency Race Opens


Quezon City – Philippines’ Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon launched through UNTV Rescue the country’s first-ever Emergency Race, a rescue   competition where participating rescue groups will showcase their best skills in rescuing.

The goal of the race according to Kuya Daniel is “to expand our network and the scope of our capabilities so we could reach more people.”

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