‘Bring back values in media’ – broadcaster

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MANILA, August 10, 2014 — A Catholic lay broadcaster called on Filipino media practitioners to inject value formation in various television and radio programs aired in the country to remind the lay faithful about virtues they must possess.

“In the past, there are several programs on television that leave values to their viewers. Nowadays, why don’t we give emphasis to the same cause and inject values to our programs where people could learn from?” Bro. Jun “Dr. Love” Banaag O.P. said in his Marian Conference talk dubbed “Under Mary’s Guidance, the Lay Faithful – Agents of Social Transformation” held last Saturday at the San Carlos Seminary.

Media continues to be an influential force in modern day society, especially among Filipinos. (File photo)

He said just like programs aired in the past, television and radio shows must shun trivialities, promoting instead good values among viewers.

“You will not find the hand of God in programs and talks about the lives of showbiz personalities and programs that promote immoral acts. Let us ask Mary to help us contemplate on the face of the Lord,” he added.

Banaag, known as “Dr. Love” for his popular radio show of the same name in DZMM, is popular for giving love and spiritual advice to average people with troubled personal lives.

He noted that suggesting solutions to people’s problems shared in his radio show would be futile if they will not “receive God” in their lives.

“We are putting to waste a 2-hour program if we will not bring the Lord to people who are [on] the verge of losing hope. The truth is that the only solution to every problem is nothing and no one else but the Lord,” Banaag said in Filipino.

He also urged the people to put their prayers in their hearts and always seek the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother in all of their problems.

“Let us not let go of Mary. Whatever problems we face let us run to her for she will never abandon us,” Banaag said. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)

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