Daniel Razon an overnight actor to “shelter the homeless”
Just like his character in the movie, Razon did a most challenging craft just to fulfill the needs of others and answer the call to serve the public by all means. Razon did not just act though for the sake of gain, for he gave his best. What came out was a natural talent.
The film brought back the old-school, feel-good theme in Filipino movies. However, this is a smarter version with unconventional dialogues and quotes taken from the Bible. For a first-timer as an actor and director, Razon didn’t disappoint his fans and viewers.
Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day, 2009), the film that Razon directed and starred, premiered in Meralco Theater on July 19, 2009. It was followed by a series of screenings in various venues such as the PICC Plenary Hall on July 26, 2009 and even abroad. The screenplay was written by TV and film director Lito De Guzman.
For all of those who have not yet viewed the film, Isang Araw Lang is a story of a former cop turned jeepney driver, an epitome of a Christian man living his everyday life and making sure that doing good deeds is not just up for one day. From adopted orphans up to the inadequate fellow jeepney drivers, his helping hand is always open to anyone at anytime.
His passion to help had benefitted many to the extent of setting up an orphanage, helping random people in need, which sometimes is being misinterpreted by others. This is very much a mirror to the real life Daniel Razon. His compassion and being lover of truth eventually became the subject of the film’s antagonist’s wrath aggravating the tension between the characters in the story.
Just recently, Ricky Lo, a prominent entertainment writer, revealed that an academic professor gave his list for 2010 senatoriables, and Daniel Razon is included in the list. Lo wrote that “his [Razon’s] programs giving aid to the elderly and to the poor have put him in good stead.”
Isang Araw Lang is the film version of his advocacy, which he calls out from his home station UNTV. This is his debut in directing and acting in the movie industry.
With the success of his movie along his other successful ventures, he should have been a billionaire. But after the hardwork and dedicated performance, nothing remains for his own use. Everything is spent down to a single penny toward his humanitarian projects.
If other filmmakers’ aim for their film is to be recognized by award-giving bodies or nod by film critics, Razon’s expectation of this movie is for gross sales ticket. Razon explained in his privileged speech that ultimately the need to bring out such film is to raise funds for his numerous charitable works.
It is an undeniable fact that Daniel Razon is known for his public service endeavor, thus the moniker “Mr. Public Service”. These are projects that he and his uncle, Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International (MCGI), are currently laboring for.
A big and serious project he launched is the very first free Transient Home in the Philippines, located in Quezon City and Pampanga – a project that gives shelter to the homeless for a night. Along with this is an equally immense free College programs; free ride programs in buses and MRT for senior citizens; free medical mission for media as well as for the poor countrymen; free legal services and job fairs.
These are Daniel Razon’s priorities being the Vice-Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International (MCGI) and the host of the public service program in UNTV. MCGI is locally known as Ang Dating Daan after the name of the popular radio/TV program hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano. (Written by Robert Clarita)