9th Anniversary of Manaoag Dominican Radio in the Philippines

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“May Kasama Ka Si Hesus, Si Maria at Kami”
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9th Anniversary of Manaoag Dominican Radio in the Philippines
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To Praise, to Bless, to Preach over the Radio
A Radio Station that talk to God and talk about God.
A Dominican Radio Station bringing blessings to every listener and participant, touching and changing lives by the power of the Word of God, Prayers, Holy Mass and Inspiring Messages and Christian Songs.
“Faith comes from hearing the message” (Rom 19:17)
 
Nine years ago when I became the Pastor of the Parish of Our Lady of Manaoag, my desire was to visit every barangays, every houses and homes and every corner in the area of Manaoag to share the blessings of God. My aim is to evangelize and preach to every parishioner in the convenience of their different situations. Some people told me that it is impossible. Some people said you cannot do that having only one body. Since I learned that impossibility is only an opinion and negative mind-set is only prejudice, what I did was to listen to inspiring and challenging people telling me to use the modern means of communication like the radio. After all, radio is the economical way to reach out to people far and near. Then, the dream became a reality. With the approval of the Prior and the friars of the Community of Manaoag, Manaoag Dominican Radio was set up.
 
Telling the people that there is an alternative radio station that puts on the air something different from other radio stations, we encourage them to tune in to Manaoag Dominican Radio in order to be blessed. A radio station that inspires, teaches, blesses and a source of strength. Manaoag Dominican Radio is a radio to give voice to the voiceless.
 
It is so encouraging when I visited houses in Manaoag and I discover that they have been listening to the Manaoag Dominican Radio. They became also evangelizers in a way as they listened. They were joining the recitation of the rosary and listening to the Masses.

It has been nine years already since the parishioners of Manaoag and the devotees of Our Lady of Manaoag turned on their radios and allowed us to enter into their homes at their convenience. By switching on their radios and opening iPhones, android devices, their Facebook and Youtube, they can see and listen to the live and alive, real time broadcast of Manaoag Dominican Radio. There they are able to join the praying of the rosary everyday, the morning prayer, the celebration of the Holy Mass live from the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag at the first hours of everyday. Then comes the inspirational and soothing religious songs to enliven the listeners. So that people may know more about the Catholic faith, programs like Catechism of the Catholic Church, Prayers, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Teachings and Instructions are heard over this radio. To reach out to those oversees and those living in different countries, there are three Masses from the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag at 6am, 11am and 5pm everyday and they are broadcasted on the air live. To end the day, the Evening Prayer and Office of the Readings being prayed by the Dominican Community of Manaoag direct from the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag are on the air live so that people can also participate.

Manaoag Dominican Radio is a vehicle for Evangelization, Catechesis, Sanctification and Service. This radio station is a member of the Radio Preaching Network of the Dominicans in the world, allowing Dominicans who work in radio ministries to exchange ideas, build links, share programs and reflect theologically together, especially with those who work in remote areas. Dominicans have preached on the radio for decades. An advantage of the Dominican Province of the Philippines from other Dominican Provinces working in the media is that Manaoag Dominican Radio is owned and managed by the Dominican.

There are seven radio stations of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Calayan Dominican Radio Station (est. in 2002), Manaoag Dominican Radio (est. in 2008), UST Tiger Dominican Radio Station (est. in 2010), Angelicum Dominican Radio Station (est. in 2005), Letran Calamba Dominican Radio Station (est. in 2009), Letran Abucay Dominican Radio Station (est. in 2014), and Aquinas Dominican Radio Station (est. in 2015). It is our hope and desire that all these Dominican Radio Station become a Radio Dominican Network by sharing materials, ideas, programs and other resources. These radio stations can become a powerful tools for evangelization reaching the “unchurched”, the lost, the last and the least in the peripheries. It is good for the mission and communication of the Good News to people out there. We can make this happen. It is not so much a matter of resources but resourcefulness. Becoming simply resourceful, we can simply use the team viewer to operate all seven radio stations with simply one click of a button. We can use the internet for connectivity. If other radio stations could operate that way, we can also do the same. Impossible is only an opinion. Decision is action. We can make this happen, yes!

May God bless us all. Subscribe to Manaoag Dominican Radio on Youtube and spread the news to everyone!

Fr. Gallardo “Butch” Asor Bombase, Jr., O.P.

 

(15 August 2017)