Pampanga, Philippines — The Members Church of God International launches a new television channel outside the Philippines to broadcast the Gospel across many different states in South and Central America.
TV Verdade or Truth TV in English started its test broadcast in December, 2009. The channel banners Bro. Eli’s preaching in English and Portuguese for 24 hours, 7 days a week. Programs in Spanish are also to be aired soon.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano announced the big news to MCGI congregations gathered worldwide via live video streaming on the second day of their quarterly International Thanksgiving, December 25-27, 2009. The huge crowd gathered in Google Earth’s biggest land mass in Luzon, the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, cheered as the Presiding Minister showed the TV network’s logo on big LED screens positioned across the Center.
Bro. Eli then informed the MCGI brethren that he also wants to set up broadcast of The Old Path in India, where 20.1% of the views on his internationally acclaimed blog, Esoriano.wordpress.com, come from. Bro. Eli was recently hailed the Most Educational to Follow in Mashable.com’s 3rd Annual Open Web Awards: Social Media Edition through his blog.
The Old Path, known in the Philippines as Ang Dating Daan — the longest-running religious program on Philippine television — airs more than 15 hours of its programming daily in the Philippines via UNTV and 24/7 worldwide via the Internet through its live streaming websites: Theoldpath.tv and Truthcaster.com. Bro. Eli’s regular Bible Expositions, meanwhile, can also be watched live online through Justin.tv and UStream.tv.
“Having won the ‘Most Educational to Follow’ category in the Open Web Awards 2009, esoriano.wordpress.com takes its place among the top 50 websites and services of the year,” said Mashable.com CEO Pete Cashmore. The CEO is also columnist covering new media trends for CNN.com.
Mashable.com, host of the Open Web Awards 2009 in partnership with MOTOBLUR, ranks as one of the largest blogs in the World Wide Web, with a reported seven million monthly page views. According to the web site, the online international competition this year received over 440,000 nominations, with over 70,000 nominees and over 780,000 final votes. Readers voted in 50 categories to select the best in each field.
“Web users cast thousands of votes for the site, selecting it as the very best in its field.” said Cashmore, referring to Bro. Eli’s winning blog.
Prior to blogging, Bro. Eli has been preaching the Gospel through radio, television, newspapers, magazines, MP3 players, podcasting and video streaming web sites, taking full-advantage of technology to share his Bible-based education. On April 2007, he opened Esoriano.wordpress.com to further extend his multimedia audience.
Esoriano.wordpress.com dominated the Philippine Web Awards earlier this year, taking People’s Choice and The Most Popular Web Site of the Year.
Due to its comprehensive and scientifically-insightful content, Esoriano.wordpress.com was among the top five, out of the thousands of nominees, in the category “Most Educational to Follow” selected by Mashable.com through data verification and editorial judgment. It finally seized its first international recognition through online voting via web users’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Bro. Eli published a new blog article immediately after being informed of the prestigious award. He titled his latest entry “The Best Educational Book of All Time,” referring to the Bible.
“I, even at times, am hesitant to use some English words in writing my blog because of my limited knowledge in the English Grammar; but what inspire me most in composing my blog is my intense desire to share the truth that I have learned from the “most” educational book to follow — my Bible,” wrote the 62-year old blogging preacher.
Other Open Web Awards 2009 winners include The New York Times for Best Online Newspaper category and Facebook for Best Mobile Social Network App category. All winners are welcome to use Mashable’s Winner’s Badge on their web sites.
Pampanga, Philippines – For the Members Church of God International, the most wonderful times of the year is marked by expressing eternal gratitude to the Holy Creator.
This is why for this group of joyous Christians, the year is brimming with wonderful times and not just one.
Internationally known for the only congregation that incessantly acknowledges God’s goodness through weekly and grand quarterly thanksgiving ceremonies, MCGI ends the year the Christian way. On December 25, 26, and 27, the Church will be offering its fourth quarterly International Thanksgiving to God. On a global scale, the brethren will embark on long journeys to convene and express their gratitude to God.
While others will be busy opening store-bought gifts, MCGI shall open and revel in the best gift one could ever get — the understanding of God’s wondrous words and His never-ending blessings.
Remarkable Bible Exposition Numbers
The Church’s widely popular Grand Bible Expositions have reached epic proportions — and year 2009 has witnessed it firsthand. For every week since January, two to three Bible Expositions have been undergoing in the Philippines and abroad. An impressive average of 130 Bible Expositions have been held in 2009 alone.
MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano together with Vice Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon spearheaded this regular Church activity where visitors of all religions and races are welcome to ask any question regarding the Holy Bible — all while getting a copy of the Holy Book and a meal for free. Once popular only in the Philippine archipelago, this Bible-based question-and-answer event have infiltrated the worldwide scene during the early 2000s. Currently, the Church’s Bible Expositions being hosted by Bible Scholar Bro. Eli Soriano are being watched and participated in by people all over the world via the Internet.
Relief Operations and Charitable Works One of the Church’s primary teachings is to help those who need it most. And when Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines on September 2009, MCGI was quick to help out the victims of this calamity. With it being the worst tropical depression ever to hit the country in years, the Church exerted all its efforts as relief operations to the disaster-struck were put into action. The Church-supported Kamanggagawa Foundation Transient Home served as a second home for the homeless during those trying times, and housed a total of 600 typhoon victims on the month of September alone.
Aside from relief operations, the Church has been steadily providing charitable help via its free medical and legal assistance, bus rides, MRT rides for senior citizens, college scholarships, and blood donations.
Prestigious Web Awards and Nominations
Though relatively young in the World Wide Web, Bro. Eli Soriano’s Bible-based blog Esoriano.wordpress.com has already taken the People’s Choice Award and the Most Popular Web Site Award in the distinguished Philippine Web Awards this year. This award-winning blog has undoubtedly made waves in the Philippine web community.
But trust Bro. Eli’s sensible blog to find a great spot in an international awards-giving body.
November marked Bro. Eli’s blog site as one of the top finalists in Mashable’s prestigious third annual Open Web Awards. This international and multilingual online voting contest honors top websites in various categories whose past winners include famous sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google. Nominated in the Most Educational to Follow category, Bro. Eli’s is the only Filipino blog in the whole prominent awards body — giving Filipinos all over the world one more reason to be proud.
As the year winds down and a new year comes rushing in, the Members Church of God International will welcome it exactly the same way they ended it – with eternal gratitude to God while anticipating more wonderful times to come as calendar dates change.
Official international site launches as MCGI further expands global reach
Pampanga, Philippines – To serve as many people in various nations as possible, the Members Church of God International recently launches its international site, MCGI.org, in hopes of gradually breaking the language barriers in understanding the truths being preached by Bro. Eli Soriano.
With MCGI.org, the Church moves closer to building its global presence in as many nations as possible, albeit online. The site uses the world’s lingua franca, English, as its base language, and will gradually accommodate translations of its contents into Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish and more in the near future.
MCGI’s official web site boasts of a library robust with answered queries of faith, Bible Exposition topics, and blog articles by Bro. Eli Soriano. More than ever, it is ready and willing to show the world just what makes Bro. Eli an instant sensation among his international audience and why his program, Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path, remains the longest-running religious program in his home country.
For a richer web experience, MCGI.org also houses videos, particularly the personal experiences and testimonies of faith of some of the newly-baptized members from South America, Papua New Guinea and Africa. These stories of enlightenment capture these people’s long search for the Truth that they only found in the Presiding Minister’s preaching.
In the Library section, photo galleries are integrated to provide a profound experience of the history, culture and different facets of the global congregations of MCGI. Online visitors can also learn from these multimedia materials the early steps of the Church, including the start of the The Old Path, which kick-started on a shoe-string budget and the three-man production team of Bro. Eli, Vice-Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon, and Sis. Luz Cruz.
The new site also features a section for journalists and the media. The MCGI Newsroom is a one-stop site that carries the latest news and activities of the Church to keep members, and even journalists, informed of the affairs of the Church.
The comprehensive search facility allows users to easily find relevant information housed on the site. Another important feature of the site is the archive facility, a tool helpful for those who are interested in looking back on all the resources and materials posted on the site.
With the introduction of MCGI.org, the current official web site – AngDatingDaan.org – will be redesigned to reach out to the Church’s Philippine constituents. Launched in the year 2000, the AngDatingDaan.org holds the record for winning the most number of laurels from the Philippine Web Awards from 2002 to 2007 including the Most Popular Site of the Year title.
Like in the past year, the Members Church of God International saw many firsts in 2009 – from its membership in South America, Papua New Guinea and Africa growing by the hundreds, to its YouTube channels attracting millions of views, to Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s blog earning raves from an international award-giving body.
This year, the blog launched by Bro. Eli Soriano, Esoriano.wordpress.com, was also honored the Most Popular Web Site of the Year by the Philippine Web Awards and is one of the top contenders in the Most Educational to Follow category from out of 70,000+ nominees in the 3rd Edition of the Open Web Awards by Mashable, in partnership with Motoblur from Motorola.
From a Church that started with a few hundred members in northern Philippines to its international reach now, MCGI has indeed shown the world its commitment to reaching people, no matter how far they are or where they come from – and all in less than three decades. Certainly, only more can be expected to come from this ever-growing congregation.