Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag Celebrates 5!

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The one and only Dominican Radio Station in Manaoag, Pangasinan Philippines is now 5 years old. Five years on the air on a broadcast schedule of 18 hours every day reaching many listeners and bringing the Word of God to Manaoag and indeed to all parts of the world through the web. Radyo Manaoag brings the Church to every home throughout the world by having Masses live on the air. 

The 5th Anniversary celebrations took place on the 17th of August, 2013 with the theme, “Manaoag Dominican Radio Communicating the Word of God to the World”.

Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag was a project initiated on June 29, 2008 by Fr. Gallardo “Butch” Bombase, Jr. OP as his gift to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Manaoag on the occasion of his 24th priestly anniversary. Being a radio enthusiast and a broadcaster at Radio Veritas, Philippines and in response to the challenge of the Acts of the 9th Provincial Chapter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines on Media Evangelization, he established the Radio station.

On October 3, 2008, Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag was blessed by the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, Fr. Quirico T. Pedregosa, Jr. OP. The next day, Mr. Wilson Chua, a friend of the founder and the owner of the e-radio portal.com, gave Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag an access to be heard throughout the world through the web.

During the 5th anniversary celebration, fr. Bombase reflected on the Five “Ps” of Radyo Manaoag.

The first P stands for People, the People of God for whom Radyo Manaoag exists. To make the people come closer to God, that they may be able to listen to the Word of God, that is the aim of Radyo Manaoag. Thanks to the People of God.

The second P stands for Prayer. In addition to praying the Rosary four times a day, prayers are being said at every hour on this station. Prayers make it possible for the station to exist with very meagre financial resources. We rely totally on God's Providence for our operations. God provides indeed.

The third P stands for Preaching. In Radyo Manaoag we have preaching programs from famous Catholic preachers, both Dominicans and non-Dominicans like Bro. Bo Sanchez.

The fourth P stands for Presence. We are now present in the media. In the past, only the Protestants were present in the media, on TVs and Radios and even in the Print media. Our presence matters now. Catholic can now have access to pure Catholic content on their radios, with the message of hope and encouragement to live like Christ.

The fifth P stands for Power. Radio is powerful, it uses the power of the air waves to reaches many people. On the pulpit and in the classroom, only a few can be reached but with the media like radio and internet, we can reach millions of people at the same time.

Now as we celebrate our 5th years, we need to grow more, reaching out to more people and improve on our programmes so as to touch the hearts and enlighten the minds of the people.

Fr. Bombase is a member of the Federation of the Catholic Broadcaster of the Philippines and a member the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. 

You can visit http://www.eradioportal.com/dominican-radio-manaoag-102-3-fm/ and http://www.ustream.tv/channel/radyomanaoag.

(19 August 2013)