Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag was a project initiated on June 29, 2008 by Fr. Gallardo “Butch”Bombase, Jr. O.P. as his gift to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Manaoag on the occasion of his 24th priestly anniversary. Being a radio enthusiast and broadcaster of Radio Veritas, Philippines, a member of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and a member of the Media Board of the Dominican Province of the Philippines, he would like to response to the challenge of the Acts of the 9th Provincial Chapter of the Dominican Province of the Philippines in Media Evangelization “as an avenue for preaching and an means of effective preaching” (no. 99, 101, 107), in particular. Following the command of Jesus “preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15), through the use of the radio and the internet be able to listen to the Word of God, participate in the prayers like the rosary and Prayers of the Church, having a knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Doctrine, inspired by gospel and religious songs, having a regular access in the celebration of the Holy Mass on the air through the comforts of their homes, in offices, in cars and those in abroad, Radyo Dominiko ng Manaaog is founded from a simple beginning and resources, and eventually turned its name into Manaoag Dominican Radio.
Having necessary requirements from the National Telecommunications Commission, Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag was given the permission on July 17, 2008 by the N.T.C. Regional Director Amadeo Y.Yabes, CESCO V. Having also a verbal permission from Fr. Pedro V. Salgado, O.P. the Prior of Manaoag Convent, the construction of the radio booth near the information and the putting up of the Antenna at the tower of the Church begun. Being the parish priest of Manaoag, the parish takes a new way of reaching out to the parishioners aside from the pastoral visitation through the use of the media like radio making it possible to be at every home in the parish. Information, communication and evangelization were given avenues. The parish initiated in financially making it a reality. Later on, the shrine supported the project by sharing financial resources through giving the radio announcers only a transportation allowance.
The transmitter and the antenna purchased from the United States of America through the support of the sister of the founder arrived on August 15, 2008. Helped by Mang Raul Marzan, a technician friend of the founder, Wilson Manaois and Danny Dulay, the transmitter and antenna was put up at the belfry of the Shrine of Manaoag. From that time on, Radyo Dominiko ng Manaoag occupies the air on the frequency of 102.3 Mhz.
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. O.P, present were the Prior of Manaoag Convent, Fr. Pedro V. Salgado, O.P., among others and the Dominican Priests like Fr. Conrado Marra, O.P., Fr. Joseph Raquid, O.P., Bro. Raul Obsioma, O.P., Fr. Arturo Perstin, O.P., Bro. Stephen Besa, O.P., Fr. Gaudencio Mondragon, O.P., Fr. Pong Canceran, O.P., Fr. Jerry Manlangit, O.P. and lay people like Col. Mateo Casupang, the chief of Police, Major Barcenas, PNP as witnesses.
My dearest Listeners of Manaoag Dominican Radio,
You are all our blessings and our joy! As you listen to this radio, we pray that God's abundant graces be with you always. It is our dream that this radio becomes an instrument where we Evangelize, Catechize, Sanctify and Serve that the voice of God be heard through His Word and Life. There are many voices in this world, with this radio the Word of God can be heard, proclaimed and shared. We ask you to pray for the sustenance of its program that we improve better in the proclamation of God's Word.
By the songs we played inspire you, by the prayers we recited heal you and give us the graces of God. May we all be the medium of the message. Thank you for supporting us. Please feel free to give your comments.
Rev. Fr. Gallrdo (Butch) A. Bombase, Jr. OP
Founder/Chairman of the Board
ATTY. EDGARDO Y. PASCUA
Volunteer Legal Council
Radio Station Manager
Radio Program Director