I remember the moment distinctly when Bro. Eli Soriano, whom I have accustomed to seeing in person weekly in our Thanksgiving service, said during a call that he couldn't go back to the Philippines, and he didn't know when either . Our enemies in faith and in the government back then succeeded in filing unbelievable charges against him in court, ultimately forcing him to leave the country. During the closing prayer, the whole Ang Dating Daan Convention Center sounded as if hordes of bees buzzed together simultaneously. The old stage, where we offered our songs of praise to God, resounded with sobs. I was fond of sitting by the stairs of the stage just so I could listen more intently and closely to the man whom I have heard things about the Lord and the Bible of which I will fail time and time again to try and find human words to describe. I remember jotting down on my notes the title of the topic we studied, whether on that same Thanksgiving or the following I'
From the idea that baranggays (villages) can team up to play basketball and help underprivileged youths secure their futures with full scholarship grants , UNTV Cup has materialized into a much wider undertaking — one that is most certainly, a league of its own. S eason 1 kicked off with just seven departments of the Philippine government . Now, 13 teams of public servants take it out agai nst each other not just in the name of sportmanship, but of c are for their respective chosen beneficiaries . Indeed , the winning teams may bag the title s , but its their charitab le institutions that bring home the prizes. And millions at that. What started as over ₱ 1M in tax-free donations now sum up to nearly ₱ 10M . And th ese to o ur fellowmen who were displaced or hurt by war or typhoons , who were born with disabilities of th e body or mind, w ho were bereaved families of their fathers or mothers who sacrificed themselves for the sake of peace. As Season 5 ends, we wil