Special Screening of ISANG ARAW: A Heart-warming Evening with a Surprise Ending
Celebrating his 30th year in service to God and the public, Doctor of Humanities Kuya Daniel Razon arranged an evening of banquet, music, inspiration and a special film viewing of Isang Araw for the sponsors. The event is called “Rare Moments with Kuya Daniel Razon – Sponsors’ Night” held at Sofitel Manila’s Grand Plaza Ballroom on November 28, 2013.
The night begins as scrumptious dinner is served at the 1500-person capacity ballroom. While the sponsors dine, they await their turn as Kuya Daniel visits each table for a chance to meet and take photos with the guests.
Hosts Mr. Eagle Riggs and Ms. Jackie Lou Blanco introduced various artists who interpreted songs composed by Kuya Daniel over the years. Some of them are – Ava Santos, vocalist of the band, Freestyle who sang “Story of my Life”, A Song Of Praise Music Festival interpreter Raymond Sajor who performed “Ang Pag-Ibig Mo” and young balladeer Gerald Santos who serenaded everyone with his rendition of “Pag-Asa ng Puso”.
Send comedian-singer Bayani Agbayani on stage and watch as he turns a banquet into a hearty feast of laughter and positive energy. Giving a background to the song he’s about to perform, Agbayani reminisced the time he first joined ASOP as an interpreter of “Hallelujah” – an OPM novelty song that suits his singing style quite well. He recalls asking for a sign if the song was indeed for him. “Kung makakabisa ko itong kanta sa loob ng isang oras, sasali ako.” (If I’ll be able to memorize this song within an hour, I’ll join.) To his surprise, he did memorize the entire song in an hour.
ASOP Grand Finals 2012 Champion Anton Estrella Jr. and “The Doctor” Mr. Mon Del Rosario set the stage ablaze while singing the movie’s theme in a Filipino-Spanish duet. The movie-titled song is a powerful one that sends a message about that one day when God’s justice will prevail and be served to those who are gravely persecuted and aggrieved today.
A Banquet Still with Public Service
An event conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon is never without public service. Just outside the banquet hall was a showcase of selected garments (used by Kuya Daniel in filming the movie) were up for auction. The amount raised will be donated to the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Visayas.
Words from Kuya Daniel’s Mentor
Bro. Eli magnified his pride as a mentor and as a father figure to Kuya Daniel when he recalled moments where Kuya runs out of his own money just to continue helping those in need.
“Nakita ko na yung itinuro kong aral kay Kapatid na Daniel, na-acquire nya iyon na kahit siya maubusan, makatulong lang siya sa kapwa. Siguro ang makakasaksi nito ay ang kanyang mga kasama sa trabaho, mga naging kaalakbay niya sa araw-araw na kahit maubusan siya ay ginagawa niya yung naituro ko sa kanyang laging gumawa ng kabutihan, wag mamimili ng gagawan ng kabutihan — lahat ng tao. And that is exactly what I have learned also from reading the Scriptures.” — Bro. Eli Soriano. (UNTV News) (I saw Bro. Daniel acquired the lessons I taught him — even if he runs out [of his own money], just to be able to help others [in need]. Perhaps the ones who can testify to this are those that he’s working with; those who have been with him in day-to-day occurrences where he would run out of what he has just to be able to do what I taught him: always do good, do not choose whom you’ll do good unto – [do good unto] all people. And that is exactly what I have learned also from reading the Scriptures.”)
A Surprise to End the Evening
After the much anticipated screening of the film Isang Araw, Kuya Daniel thanked the sponsors for watching the movie and called it a night – until UNTV’s resident host Atty. Regie Tongol interrupted Kuya Daniel’s farewell.
Atty. Tongol called Kuya Daniel to the stage to give an award for being chosen as Rappler.com’s “The Luminary” of the 2013 Do More Awards by Rappler and Rexona. The Luminary award is given to a deserving public figure who has used his popularity to provide a unique kind of public service.
It was a perfect evening and a spectacular celebration of a man serving the public for three decades and going strong.
For those who have not seen the film Isang Araw, next screening date is on December 16, 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) – first screening will be at 4:00 PM. Stay tuned to UNTV for further announcements on different screening schedules nationwide.
Written by: Stacey Joyce Tee