“Ask Bro. Eli” Live on Livestream.com

The phenomenal Q-&-A format TV and radio religious program in the Philippines, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot (Ask Bro. Eli, the Bible Will Answer), now has its online channel on Livestream.com.

Airing live on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. (EST), Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s new web show allows Internet users to ask him questions of faith straight from their own homes or offices.

“It is our intense desire to preach the Gospel. That’s why we are using all resources available in our time,” said the international evangelist, just before today’s webcast ended. This was actually a reply to a question by Dan, an American who visited one of the Members Church of God International’s coordinating centers in the States to listen to Bro. Eli.

However, not all are like Dan who has the time to drop by a nearby MCGI chapter. So people like Carlos, a caller from Spain, simply calls Bro. Eli through the Yahoo Messenger ID: mytruthcaster, and starts a video conference with him.

The Spaniard then appears on screen via his webcam, and by using a headset asks, “What is the basis in the Bible of the Semana Santa or Holy Week?”

“Believing on Semana Santa means that the rest of the year is ‘Semana Mala’. One holy week implies that there are 51 unholy weeks; meaning that you can eat whatever meat you can, even the meat of other people. There are people who are cannibals,” retorts Bro. Eli. And after reading a series of verses coupled with explanations, Bro. Eli says “Muchas gracias!” to the caller who got disconnected.

Fortunately, Livestream has a chat feature. Viewers can post their questions to Bro. Eli using a Livestream account, which actually just takes a few seconds to set up; no e-mail confirmation is required. But just in case a new online account proves a hassle, inquirers can always “tweet” their questions away and send them to @BroEliSoriano on Twitter for the Truthcaster to answer.

“The Truthcaster”, which is both the name of the show and the channel, piloted on Livestream on January 20, but originally aired via Justin.tv on January 6, 2010 at 7 p.m. (EST).

On its website, Livestream.com indicated that it has more than 700,000 channels launched since November 2009 with more than 16.7 million unique visitors each month. The company, with headquarters in New York and Bangalore, India, was founded by Max Haot, co-founder and CEO of Mogulus.

Among the platform’s unique features include the ability to mix multiple live cameras, imported videos clips, and overlay graphics.

(Written by: Jay Arellano)

Praise songs end 2009

A Song of Praise Interpreters singing on the stage

Pampanga, Philippines – There is a safer, better, and more meaningful way to close the year.

The year-end biannual A Song of Praise Music Festival echoed December 29 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, two days after the last quarter thanksgiving of MCGI.

“For Your Delight” composed by Bro. Rigor Jay Arellano of Pampanga Central Division was selected Song of the Year. His composition earned praise at the on-the-spot critiquing of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. Last June, his piece “No Words and Notes” was first runner-up, while the grand prize went to Sis. Liezl Capulong who represented North America, with the song “Awit ng Pag-asa” (Song of Hope).

Sis. Robie Rose Demelletes bagged the Best Interpreter citation for her outstanding rendition of National Capital Region’s “Walang Makapaghihiwalay” (Nothing Can Separate).

Bro. Alfonso Malasaga of Agusan del Norte received a special citation for his lively reggae composition “Buhay Ko’y Nabago” (My Life’s Been Changed), which perked the audience to dance. Bro. Eli Soriano remarked, “Napasaya mo kami, kapatid.” (You made us happy, brother.) Before the program’s finale, the audience insisted an encore of his song. Vice Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon eased himself to dance to his unique beat.

Ten finalists from various regions have reached the final leg of the festival after all songs have been pre-selected in their respective localities. These local and foreign entries were from Pampanga (Gaano Pa Kung Ikaw-How Much With You) which ranked third, Bicol (Dakila Ka O Ama-You Are Great Oh Father) which placed second, Negros (Forever We Praise You Father), Panay (My Song of Gratitude), Butuan (Dakila Ka-You Are Great), Chicago-USA (Hiwaga sa Pasalamat-Mystery in Thanksgiving), and Singapore (Dakila ang Pag-ibig Mo-Your Love is Great), which both tied at the first place. The non-winning finalists received consolation prizes for their contribution to the musical contest.

Bro. Eli Soriano emphasized his challenge to the Congregation to produce more beautiful and meaningful songs. To this, Bro. Daniel Razon added memoirs of his first try in composing as something he did not expect because he is not really a composer. In his frequent contacts with the Music Ministry Core, they often asked him to compose songs for the Church. He often replied, “Pray unto the Lord that He satisfies your heart’s desire. Ask Him to give you a song.” Surprisingly, according to him, it did not cost a day to finish one. Bro. Daniel was surprised to finish song after song. All the pieces that he composed are now being used by the MCGI Congregation in offering praises.

Both encouraged the brethren to continue supporting the goal of making more and better songs for God’s glory. They hope that the next festival will feature more and finer songs than their precedents.

The ASOP Music Festival has been producing songs for five years. The next musical mid-year celebration comes July 2010.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

Tweet Bro. Eli, the Bible Will Answer

Bro. Eli Soriano's official twitter account

Mashable.com’s Most Educational to Follow Bro. Eliseo Soriano can now be “tweeted” for biblical answers to queries of faith and spirituality via Twitter.

People usually ask Bro. Eli personally in his Bible Expositions, which happen twice a week on the average worldwide via the Internet. Now, they simply have to log in to Twitter, follow @BroEliSoriano and type away their questions for the host of the longest running religious program in the Philippines, the Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path, to answer.

He announced the news to the members of the Church of God International who attended the A Song of Praise Music Festival, an international song-writing competition for members, held last December 29, 2009 (PHT) at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. To date, Bro. Eli has more than 3,800 followers since it opened just two weeks ago.

The MCGI Presiding Minister launched his Twitter account following his Open Web Award win last December 16, 2009 in hopes of reaching out to as many people as possible via the Internet — a move also taken by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, CEO’s like Eric Schmidt, and President Barack Obama.

“You can sing from the heart and from the mind (1 Cor. 14:15),” was one of the first tweets Bro. Eli posted via Twitteriffic, a mobile application that lets Twitter users send and receive tweets straight from their iPhones — another gift of technology that Bro. Eli takes advantage of in spreading the Good News to all.

(Written by: Jay Arellano)