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Del Rosario, also known as "Doktor Musiko" in the OPM scene, ended his statement with a strong take on ASOP TV. "If you think of praise music in the Philippines, imposibleng hindi mo iisipin ang ASOP."
Tonight will again be a night to remember – a night dedicated to singing for the glory of God.
Fresh from bagging the Best Talent Search program award in last night’s 31st PMPC Star Awards for Television at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater – Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, the A Song of Praise Music Festival will stage its Year 6 Finals tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Also known as ASOP and seen weekly on UNTV News and Rescue channel every Sunday night, the praise songwriting tilt will feature its 12 monthly finalists who are all vying for the P1-million grand prize.
This year’s finalists are:
- Gabundok Man – Composer: May Alona Trogue; Interpreter: Brenan
- Sumasamba Sa’Yo – Composer: Joyner Dizon; Interpreter: Dan Billano
- Carry On – Composers: P.A. Atienza, Nonie Ramos, Nino Cristobal; Interpreter: Sam Mangubat
- Ikaw Ang Aking Dios – Composer: Lorna Petrasanta; Interpreter: Liezel Garcia
- Sapat Na Ba – Composer: Emmanuel Lipio Jr.; Interpreter: JV Decena
- Dahil Sa Iyo – Composer: Carlo David; Interpreter: Jay R
- Wala Kang Katulad – Composer: Reymil Anania; Interpreter: RJ Buena
- Ikaw Panginoon – Composers: Jocelyn Canlas and Jonathan Bobis;
Interpreter: Jay-R Siaboc
- If You Believe – Composer: Gio Levy; Interpreter: Apple Delleva
- You’re All I Need – Composer: Jessan May Mirador; Interpreter: Kris Angelica
- Hallelujah To The One – Composer: Zion Aquino; Interpreter: Gail Blanco
- Beside Your Heart – Composer: Shane Kim Lumanog; Interpreter: Zsaris
Last year, Noemi Ocio’s “Kumapit Ka Lang” made its way to the top of ASOP Year 5. The song later on became viral on social media and was also used on a tribute video for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. Another ASOP song, season 3 grand winner “May Awa Ang Dios” by Louise Lyle Robles, was used in a campaign video of President Duterte during the campaign leading to the 2016 presidential elections.
The sixth edition of ASOP Music Festival will be remembered for featuring an eclectic mix of genre in music, from R&B, jazz, glam rock, pop rock to ballad. The event will feature songs that reflect the songwriters’ fight with depression, hopelessness, battle with cancer, and death in the family. Another writer competing this year shared through his song how his life becomes complete after finding God.
ASOP On A League Of Its Own
In a press conference last Tuesday at the OMBU Kusina in Quezon City, ASOP resident judge Mon Del Rosario noted how great of an impact the A Song For Praise Music Festival had in the Philippine music scene.
The great Filipino composer highlighted how ASOP gave a fresh breath of air to the Philippine music industry amidst the issues like piracy, and dropping album sales. “Having worked with ASOP for the past six years and having worked with a lot of talented composers and a lot of very talented interpreters, nabubuhayan ako ng loob. In fact, I feel very encouraged, lumalakas ang loob ko every year.” The veteran musical director added,”With the current political climate, im sure malaki magiging suporta.”
He also made it clear how ASOP carved out a niche of its own that made it resonate well with Filipinos. “In the industry, ang ASOP is perhaps the only project that deals with praise music. Although maraming albums yan, maraming artists ang praise music in so many years, pero ang focus talaga I think more than any other project in the praise genre, ASOP ang nagstastandout.”
Del Rosario, also known as “Doktor Musiko” in the OPM scene, ended his statement with a strong take on ASOP TV. “If you think of praise music in the Philippines, imposibleng hindi mo iisipin ang ASOP.”
ASOP Gives The People More Power To Choose
ASOP also gave the public more power in choosing its preferred entry through revisions on its People’s Choice Awards mechanics.
The online voting and power viewing to select the People’s Choice Awardee kicked off on November 3. On the new scheme, fans and supporters rooting for their grand finalists to clinch the People’s Choice Award can cast one (1) vote a day in the official website of ASOP Music Festival, using their Facebook and Twitter accounts or through power viewing the official videos.
The winner of the popularity award will be selected based on total accumulated points from online voting (50%) and power viewing (50%) of the entries’ official music videos.
One account, one (1) vote per day will be counted. Voting period will last until today, November 13, at exactly 12 noon.
The UNTV Cup Executive Face Off will conclude with a do-or-die finals match-up between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders scheduled tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. Also known as a charitable basketball tourney, a P 1-million cash prize awaits the chosen beneficiary of...
The UNTV Cup Executive Face Off will conclude with a do-or-die finals match-up between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders scheduled tonight at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Also known as a charitable basketball tourney, a P 1-million cash prize awaits the chosen beneficiary of the champion team while 500 thousand pesos will be given to the partner charity organization of the runners up. These charitable institutions turn out to be Cavaliers’ AFP Education Benefits Systems Office and the Responders’ Sangguniang Masang Pilipino International Foundation (SMPIFI) Inc.
Both teams are known for fast-paced, high-octane offenses and lockdown defenses that will surely be a big blast for the UNTV Cup basketball league fans.
The offseason pocket tournament, which is organized by UNTV News and Rescue channel for participating government agencies, was conceived by its head honcho Daniel Razon specifically for high-ranking executives aged 40 and above.
The championship ceremonies, which is scheduled 6pm tonight, will also feature a curtain-raising exhibition game between the UNTV Cup Offseason All-Star selection and PBA Legends.
The PBA Legends Team, composed of UNTV Cup Commissioner Atoy Co and Deputy Commissioner Ed Cordero, Ramon Fernandez, Jerry Codinera, Jojo Lastimosa, Ronnie Magsanoc, Allan Caidic, Dindo Pumaren, Vince Hizon, Olsen Racela, Noli Locsin, Bogs Adornado, Pido Jarencio, Philip Cezar, Alvin Patrimonio, Bong Hawkins and Kenneth Duremdes, will go against top government executives like Senator Joel Villanueva, BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, DOJ Undersecretary Erickson Balmes, PCGG Commissioner Reynold Munsayac and Supreme Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez.
Another P1-million peso grant will be given by UNTV as proceeds of this exhibition game to the charity group Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas for the benefit of former professional players in need of medical assistance.
A crucial do-or-die Game 3 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals is on tonight as an intense match is expected between the Malacañang Kamao and the Philippine National Police Responders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum later at 7 PM. A momentum-shifting victory, 67-61, by the Responders in the second game of the finals of the...
A crucial do-or-die Game 3 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals is on tonight as an intense match is expected between the Malacañang Kamao and the Philippine National Police Responders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum later at 7 PM.
A momentum-shifting victory, 67-61, by the Responders in the second game of the finals of the said inter-agency charitable basketball tournament sponsored by TV network UNTV News and Rescue saved their aspirations for an elusive first championship and the P 4-million cash prize for the champion and its chosen beneficiaries.
Former UE Warriors sniper Ollan Omiping carried the load for the PNP five, scoring 21 points for the PNP side that led by as much as 10 points, 38-28 by halftime.
However, the Palace squad refused to go down without a fight as they brought the game to a 54-all deadlock with 7:49 remaining in the final quarter. The PNP refused to crumble amidst the Kamao comeback, scoring on key possessions while defending the Malacañang attack well.
The P4-million tax-free cash prize sponsored by UNTV News and Rescue and their primary sponsor, Members Church of God International, is up for grabs for the victor of tonight’s game, as well as their partner charitable institution. The Malacañang Kamao selected two beneficiaries; the Millennium Sports Support System Association, Inc. and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center Cancer and Hematology Center. Meanwhile, the Responders will donate their winnings to the PNP-PCRG Drug Rehabilitation Program.
Live feed of the championship game is also available on Twitter and Facebook through the hashtag
The Malacañang Kamao and the Philippine National Police Responders do battle once again as the UNTV Cup season 5 championship series shifts to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday for its second game. The Responders look to even the series at one apiece as the Palace five escaped with a nail-biter, 82-81, to claim the first...
The Malacañang Kamao and the Philippine National Police Responders do battle once again as the UNTV Cup season 5 championship series shifts to the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday for its second game.
The Responders look to even the series at one apiece as the Palace five escaped with a nail-biter, 82-81, to claim the first game of the best-of-three series last Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Former UST Tigers guard Christian Luanzon powered the Kamao comeback from 8 points down in the first quarter of the first game with 29 points and 11 rebounds while amateur standout Eric Dela Cuesta fired 23 points with 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Luanzon said in a post-game interview, “We’re gonna go back sa tape. Tignan naten saan pa kami mag-i-improve.”
He added of the PNP five, “This is a very tough team. Kapag binigyan pa namin sila ng pagkakataon sa next game para i-tie 1-1, it’s anybody’s ballgame Game 3, so we’re gonna make sure na we’re gonna do everything that we can para i-close out na yung game Tuesday next week.”
Meanwhile, Dela Cuesta recalled the slow start of the Kamao that almost cost them the game. “Kelangan start strong kami kasi nung first quarter kanina medyo nag-sluggish yung umpisa namin kaya tinambakan kami. So, luckily nakuha namin yung rhythm namin pagdating ng second quarter, pagdating ng third at fourth yun nakuha na namin kaya siguro kami nanalo sa game na ito.”
TV network UNTV News and Rescue, through the efforts of its CEO and veteran broadcaster Daniel Razon, will give away more than 10 million pesos to the winning teams and their chosen partner charitable institutions.
A deciding Game 3 will be on March 21, if necessary.
PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa will have a role in an upcoming indie advocacy movie “Isang Araw: Ikatlong Yugto” which will premiere mid-December of this year. In an Instagram post by UNTV host Arlene Razon (@soitsyou), Gen. Bato is seen back to back with her husband, the movie’s lead character and director and UNTV’s...
PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa will have a role in an upcoming indie advocacy movie “Isang Araw: Ikatlong Yugto” which will premiere mid-December of this year.
In an Instagram post by UNTV host Arlene Razon (@soitsyou), Gen. Bato is seen back to back with her husband, the movie’s lead character and director and UNTV’s main anchor Daniel Razon, in a photo with a caption “Shooting w/ Gen. Bato”.
Isang Araw: Ikatlong Yugto is the latest in a one-of-a-kind advocacy movie conceptualized by UNTV’s Razon, who is known by the monicker “Kuya Daniel” and “Mr. Public Service”.
Incidentally, Kuya Daniel’s UNTV is also in partnership with Gen. Dela Rosa and the Philippine National Police in delivering much-needed and well-rounded rehabilitation to surrendering drug addicts through the “Baraks Ni Good Brother” program, which includes livelihood programs and spiritual guidance. A portion of the proceeds from the movie will go to the funding of this joint project.
Daniel Razon stars in the trilogy as an ex-soldier turned jeepney driver who’s out to always do good to everyone despite his travails in life. In his quest to atone for his sins by doing good to all, he has faced society’s evils head on. The movie’s resounding motto, “doing good will never cause evil”, is reminiscent of an actual advocacy “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” which was also initiated by Razon.
The movie, despite its low-profile appeal, is not short of star power as veteran actors and actresses such as Rey “PJ” Abellana, Lara Quigaman, Wendell Ramos, Gina Pareño, Bayani Agbayani, Jess Lapid and no other than the Superstar herself, Nora Aunor, will be in the said movie.
Other big-named artists such as Jacky Lou Blanco, Ritz Azul, Emilio Garcia, Pinky Amador, Jeffrey Santos, Daria Ramirez and Arnel Ignacio also appeared in the first two installments of the movie.
It remains to be seen what PDGen. Dela Rosa’s participation in the trilogy is, but it will definitely be a big first for the Philippine National Police to have its Chief star in the Big Screen.
UPDATE: Watch the news video below for more about this article.
Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title with a unanimous victory over former champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center arena in Las Vegas today (Saturday night in the US). It was a comeback fight for the Pacman, after announcing his retirement seven months ago in a victory...
Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao reclaimed the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title with a unanimous victory over former champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas and Mack Center arena in Las Vegas today (Saturday night in the US).
It was a comeback fight for the Pacman, after announcing his retirement seven months ago in a victory against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand.
Pacquiao, 37, did not show any signs of aging with his solid left punch sending Vargas to the canvas late in the second round. Another solid left to the head after a clash of heads in the eight round made Vargas bleed from the eyebrow.
Two judges scored the fight 118-109 while a third while a third judge scored it close, 114-113, all in favor of Pacman.
“It was a flash knockdown in the 3rd, he (Pacquiao) has tremendous speed. Sometimes you get caught with those quick shots you don’t see and it knocks you down”, Vargas said in a postfight interview. “We are only improving. I apologize if I let the fans down but I tried my best and we are only getting better. Fighting Pac only elevated my game and it makes me better.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao was gracious in victory by acknowledging Vargas’ strengths. “I feel happy because I’m trying every round to knock him down but not being careless. I’m very careful to go inside because I know he will counter me. I feel I can do more but every round is to try and knock him out.”
With the dominating victory, Pacquiao has sent the message that he is still one of the premiere boxers today despite his advanced age. It also sparked talks about him having a rematch with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather in a controversial yet underwhelming megadollar bout May of last year. Mayweather, Jr. was at ringside to watch the Filipino senator’s comeback fight today.
There were also reported interactions between the two future hall-of-fame boxers. Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports reported:
Pacquiao wins, climbs the ring ropes and smiles down at Mayweather. Mayweather congratulated him. Pacquiao grinned and said, 'Thank you.'
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) November 6, 2016
Mayweather asked what he thought of the fight: "Not bad."
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) November 6, 2016
Pacquiao, however, was quick to downplay the possibility of a Mayweather rematch. “I’m going back to senate and the next fight I talk to Bob (Arum). He added, “I don’t know, whoever the people want me to fight, I am not picking an opponent, whoever my promoter gives me I will fight. Anybody at 147 (welterweight).”
Pacquiao’s slate is now at 59-6-2, while former champion Vargas falls to a 27-2-0 record.
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