31 years of community service
Tinig Pinoy helps promote Filipino culture on-the-air and is the First and Only Filipino radio program broadcasting LIVE in Canada’s National Capital Region. It is now on its 31st year of community service and counting.
Founded by Dan de Castro, Tinig Pinoy is a weekly radio program at Ottawa’s CKCU 93.1 FM. With its unique programming and meaningful community projects, the program is widely popular among the Filipino Canadians in the Ottawa Valley and has flourished into one of CKCU’s mainstays and consistent service-oriented community programs. It is regularly heard over CKCU 93.1FM every Tuesday evening at 6. It can also be heard at www.ckcufm.com or www.tinigpinoy.com.
Other than becoming the voice of the Filipino-Canadians on-the-air, Tinig Pinoy serves as a training ground, particularly among Ottawa’s youth, in community radio work. Numerous individuals earned their radio personalities and have served their communities through Tinig Pinoy. Throughout the last 31 years, Tinig Pinoy has served not only on-the-air with its unique programming but also through other various on-the-ground-initiatives benefiting the community. “Save Typhoon Yolanda’s Victims” fundraisers come to mind as one of the many Tinig Pinoy’s major initiatives raising thousands of dollars for the typhoon victims.
On April 27, 2012, at the illustrious Parliament Building of Canada and in the presence of senior federal cabinet ministers of Canada, e.g., then Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney, MP Kevin Lemoureaux and members of the official opposition; the then Philippines’ Ambassador to Canada Lesley Gatan and Philippine embassy staff; members of the media; leaders of the FilCan community and hundreds of proud local Filipino residents, Tinig Pinoy Radio (www.tinigpinoy.com) was launched. Its lofty goal was to reach and serve more communities, particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) approximated to over 10 million strong, around the world. Now considered the number one 24/7 OPM only cyber station, Tinig Pinoy Radio is heard worldwide with a continuously growing membership of over 32,000 composed mostly of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers). As it has been on its first 31 years, Tinig Pinoy Radio activities are powered by over two dozen volunteers from various walks-of-life functioning as site administrators, technical support, programming and promotions directors and live shows Hosts/DJs. Tinig Pinoy has soared greater heights in its quest to serve but challenges are continuous. There are millions more to reach and serve.
In its current incarnation, TINIG PINOY RADIO broadcasts OPM (Original Pilipino Music) all day and all night long, 7 days a week. KAHIT SAAN, KAHIT KAILAN. Your favorite OPM is available @www.tinigpinoy.com. It is also seen every Saturday, 9PM (10PM during Daylight Savings Time) Philippine Time OR at 9AM Eastern Standard Time EST. Tinig Pinoy Special livestreams every Saturday and is simulcast on Facebook LIVE, Youtube LIVE and www.tinigpinoy.com.
Consistent with Tinig Pinoy’s original objective, Tinig Pinoy Radio is committed to the promotion of Filipino culture thus plays only music composed or performed by Filipino artists. Tinig Pinoy is likewise committed in providing aspiring musicians (with their own compositions of songs In Pilipino or English) the venue to reach a wider audience through the magic of web radio.
Song requests and dedications are welcome on all live shows. However, consistent to its support of Pinoy Artists, only OPM (Original Pilipino Music) are allowed. To accommodate others, and in consideration of music’s evolution in the Philippines, Tinig Pinoy has widened its definition of “OPMs” and has allowed the playing of non Filipino music for as long as they are performed by Pinoy Artists or even of songs/music of Filipino composers but performed by non-Pinoy artists. Tinig Pinoy entertains constructive criticisms on this issue but declares that it is not aligned with people who consider themselves “purists” in their definition of OPMs.
During the scheduled shows, Tinig Pinoy Radio also brings you the latest news from the Philippines, updates from various Pinoy communities worldwide, special features/interviews of personalities and healthy exchange of thoughts and opinions on important issues whether political, social or Pinoy showbiz as well as the mundane that comes to mind.
Tinig Pinoy has been on the air this long because Filipinos have been proudly supporting it. Katinig, you have helped us keep the voice of our people on the airwaves through Tinig Pinoy this far. We hope that you’ll continuously support us and help us stay the course and provide joy, music, fun and community service to many more Filipinos wherever they may be.
We can achieve this goal, with your help! Maraming salamat po!
Meet the team of creators, technicians, and support that makes all these possible.
Dan de Castro, Founder & Executive Producer
Dan is a father of five and worked in IT before returning as a licensed Financial Advisor. He is IT industry certified including Microsoft, Cisco and A+. He has been serving his community for as long as he has resided in Ottawa. Dan values volunteerism and believes in the importance of family.
Regina Sosing. Director, Programming
Regina is a caring team player passionate about community involvement. She comes from a family with a tradition of community engagement and has dedicated her life to creating and sustaining communities. Regina is the VP-Marketing of Links Bridges.
Gerry Orcia. Manager, Technology & Support
Gerry Orcia migrated from Patnongon, Antique to Canada in 2003. With a background in radio and communication, he studied radio programming at TESDA and communication operations in Iloilo City. He served as a radio technician for almost five years at Manila Broadcasting Company radio station in Laua-an, Antique before becoming the technical production and support manager for Tinig Pinoy Radio. Today, he manages the 24/7 operation of www.tinigpinoy.com and hosts the show "Pinoy Musikahan," while living with his wife Cheryl Magluyan and daughter Geril.
Dan de Castro
Kuya Dan as he is known to many, especially in the digital world, hosts TALAKBAYAN SA TINIG PINOY RADIO that airs LIVE (simulcasts LIVE on Facebook and Youtube as well as on www.tinigpinoy.com) every Sunday at 9AM Eastern Standard Time. He shares hosting chores with high-school buddy, a resident of Hamamatsu, Japan, William Obedencia. Topics usually cover socio-political and economics during live discussions with various guests.
Gerry who is father to one-and-only beautiful daughter may appear to be a very serious person but don’t let that look fool you: he is every bit fun to be with. He loves cracking funny one-liners. He is the go-to guy of TPR’s Hosts/DeeJays since he is the only member of TPR staff with actual radio experience. He brings with him more than five years of job experience with DZRH-Aklan with his industriousness, generous mien and love of music. And as he would say…whatever!Gerry has been running his own show “Pinoy Musikahan” for years now fulfilling his dream of bringing joy and happiness to people, friends and strangers, thru the magic of radio and the internet.
Maridy de Leon a.k.a. Maridy Quiridack (DECEASED)
Charlene May Calina Dampil originally hails from Pampanga. A single mother who dreams of great future for her children she ventured abroad as an OFW much like most of us here in TPR. She currently works in Bahrain. Cha loves music which is what attracted her to online broadcasting. Prior to joining Tinig Pinoy, Cha was a DJ with Destiny FM but wants to broaden her online presence thus her joining Tinig Pinoy. A strong supporter of Indie Artists, she has taken many initiatives in getting many Indie Artists invited as guests to many online radios including TPR. With her strong commitment in the promotion of Indie Artists, we expect CharMay to continue promoting many more deserving OPM artists with TPR as their platform.We wish Cha the greatest experience in being with Tinig Pinoy Radio, the home of non-stop fun, camaraderie and 24/7 of beautiful OPMs.
Tinig Pinoy Radio Group Admins
Affairs within Tinig Pinoy Facebook Group and Tinig Pinoy Page are actively monitored and managed by eight wonderful ladies located in at least four countries. Together they police the activities of group members and administers both the Page and membership to the Group. They create, edit and posts beautifully designed banners for the various shows hosted by TPR DJs. They are an important cog in the successful and protracted operations of Tinig Pinoy Radio for the many years of the station’s service to Filipinos worldwide.
I’m Maruja Canega. My friends called me JR or Maru. I was born in Carigara, Leyte. I’m a mother of three: 2 handsome boys and a beautiful daughter. I finished my diploma as a Caregiver at the International Management School (IMS) in Singapore. I work as part-timer in convalescent homes for the elderly in Singapore for a year now. I have worked for 10 years in Singapore as a Household Help.I joined Tinig Pinoy Radio in 2013 as a member of the Tequila Team. I decided to have a group of my own because I have a lot of friends here in Singapore. I named it The Powerpuff Angel’s with 62 members. I’m currently an Admin of Tinig Pinoy. I am fun to be with and a happy woman. My motto is “wag mong problemahin ang problema, hayaan mong ang problema ang mag problema sayo”
Sonia Magbanua Nava
I’m Asuncion M. Nava. My family & friends call me Nene or Sonia. I was born in Anini-y, Antique. I am a Professional Caregiver course graduate of Saint Augustine School of Nursing in Caloocan City. I’m fifth among nine siblings. I worked in Hongkong for five as Domestic Helper. Then for two years I worked in Singapore’s Saint Theresa Home for the elderly. I also worked as a nanny for an Australian family where the salary was better. Presently, I work in Manila at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center.I love listening to music to lessen my loneliness. I joined Tinig Pinoy in 2013. I consider myself as a shy person but a happy woman. I am single but not available, hehehe. My motto is “Give your Smile to everyone but give your ♥ heart to onlyone.”
Suzzane Crystal Jhay
I’m DAISY GRACE RAMOS my friends call me sussane bcoz of my fb account (which stands for my sister and kid’s name.) My family, relatives and friends call me Grace or Gracia. ? I am from my beloved province of Isabela, a proud pure Ilocano. ? I have for the past 11 years been a single parent to two gorgeous children: a boy (age 25 soon) and a girl (age 17). I graduated on a 2-year General Radio Communication course in the Philippines. While working in Singapore, I managed to complete a Caregiver Course and also acquired a certificate in Culinary Arts.I joined Tinig Pinoy Radio in 2014 as a member of Team Power Puff Angels and the Bulabog Team (untill now nambubulabog. I am at present a proud and happy Tinig Pinoy Admin. I consider myself to be flexible and friendly. My motto: “Biruin mo na ang lasing, huwag lang ang bagong gising. Lalo na pag si Kuya Dan, pakakantahin ka ng singtunado, hehe JOKE
“Tita” Lou Medina as she is endearingly called is the Host of “GABAY NG OFWs International”, one of the most relevant OFW-directed radio programs in the Philippines. It is regularly simulcast through Tinig Pinoy Radio per agreement with Radyo Aguila and TPR to further both agencies’ mission to serve the Filipinos’ modern heroes located in many parts of the world.
Ka Freddie Aguilar
The Philippines’ original and true OPM icon goes on-the-air once-a-week via RADYO DWIZ to entertain millions of “atin ito” music and Pinoy humor with Direk Chris. Polls indicate their show “Pusong Pinoy” is the country’s number 1 in its genre. To reach homesick Pinoys, numbering to over 2 million spread across the globe, Tinig Pinoy carries Pusong Pinoy in its 24/7 playlist to audience worldwide.
DJ Ronan “Noypi” Mesa
“TP opened a lot of doors for me and gave me the opportunity to serve and reach out to our Kabayans. It’s such a good feeling to know that in our own little way we have made a difference in every TP listener who loves to hear their favorite OPM songs, the latest news back home and of course showbiz news. I would like to thank God, my wife Jeana, my son Kobe, mamang Jovita, family, relatives, and friends, my TP family, and FCC (http://filipinasclothingco.bigcartel.com). So proud to be a YOGAD! And thanks to all our listeners all over the world. Mabuhay ang Tinig Pinoy!! Global na kami!!”
Rhea Rivilla, Host
Aside from being a mom to 4 beautiful kids, happily married and career-oriented, she is curious and inquisitive – believes that life is a great big adventure, with so much to discover! She always thinks that for a person to exist, they need not to be intelligent but smart! She is compassionate and wouldn’t hesitate to share with what she has. A strong Christ believer, bubbly, and will get things done as if there’s no tomorrow for it. She holds head up high with Positive outlook and would never be shaken with challenges.