MCGI Widens The Old Path Broadcasts to include India, Uruguay

After the successful broadcast in South America, the United States, and Canada, The Old Path (TOP) program now airs over India through SONY SABTV. Broadcast days and times are daily from 5:30-6:30 am, India local time.

The Old Path is the English title of the Philippine religious program, Ang Dating Daan, with Bro. Eli Soriano as program host.

Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International (MCGI), and The Old Path program host, said that the Gospel has finally reached one of the densely populated regions in the world.

In this recent photo, Bro. Eli Soriano answers questions from visitors of his Bible Expositions in South America.  Even in foreign shores, Bro. Eli  duplicates the format of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), his popular and award-winning television program well-appreciated for answering people's questions using the Bible as basis.
In this recent photo, Bro. Eli Soriano answers questions from visitors of his Bible Expositions in South America. Even in foreign shores, Bro. Eli duplicates the format of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), his popular and award-winning television program well-appreciated for answering people’s questions using the Bible as basis.

Prior to the The Old Path’s broadcast in India, Bro. Eli had received mails, one of which contained the message “India needs you.” Barely a month after the program aired, the number of inquiries increased.  On the average, Bro. Eli receives a minimum of a hundred emails a day.  Most questions are about membership and baptism.

Bro. Eli Soriano considers the introduction of The Old Path program a positive development in the religious image of India.  According to world demographics, the seventh biggest country in the world cradles 10 major religions. This statistic does not count in other existing religious minorities.

When he's in the Philippines, Bro. Eli Soriano's Bible Exposition at the Araneta Coliseum, the biggest in Southeast Asia, holds the record with the most number of attendance.
When he’s in the Philippines, Bro. Eli Soriano’s Bible Exposition at the Araneta Coliseum, the biggest in Southeast Asia, holds the record with the most number of attendance.

Hinduism is the dominant religion in India, which hosts other large religious denominations, like Islam and Buddhism, according to ReligiousTolerance.org.  Smaller charismatic groups have also penetrated the country.

In addition to India, Bro. Eli Soriano announced that the congregation has started airing The Old Path in Uruguay, which coincided with the pilot broadcast in India. The Old Path program in Uruguay is the latest addition to the expanding MCGI-produced programs already watched in many Latin American countries which are predominantly Catholic and dotted by varied Protestant sects as well.

The La Tele Channel 12 Free-to-Air National TV in Uruguay airs The Old Path program from Monday thru Friday, 6-6:55 am, and 7-8 am every Saturday and Sunday, Uruguay local time.

The addition of The Old Path programs broadcasting in these nations are proofs of the continuous efforts of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon in spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

The Old Path has been broadcasting for 30 years. It started as a 30-minute radio program in the Philippines in 1980.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

MCGI Introduces Redesigned AngDatingDaan.org

The new AngDatingDaan.org showcases Bro. Eli Soriano's "Ask Bro Eli" series in Filipino, where visitors can view hundreds of Q & A videos online anytime, anywhere.
Launched in 2012, the new AngDatingDaan.org features Bro. Eli Soriano’s in Tagalog “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano” where site visitors can view hundreds of Q & A videos online.

There’s no stopping the award-winning website of the longest-running Bible-based program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) on Philippine airwaves from evolving into something better. The AngDatingDaan.org will sport a new design that promises to be program-focused and dynamic starting September this year to coincide with its 11th anniversary online.

According to the MCGI’s Broadcast Division’s IT representative, “the new [Ang Dating Daan] site will be a lot different from the old one. It will now provide a wealth of updated information and news on Bro. Eli’s worldwide programming not just on TV, but also on the web.”

The new program site of the Ang Dating Daan will provide a new layout as well as a new and enhanced structure that is both dynamic and flexible. With clearer layout, finding information at the site will be easier.

The new and improved website will showcase the program’s public service commitments such as those being shown on UNTV’s public service morning show, “Good Morning, Kuya!” Aside from this, the Ang Dating Daan site will also feature the program’s foray into satellite television via the TOP Channel on Dream Satellite TV.

The Ang Dating Daan website was previously the local online presence of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), a religious organization that started out in the Philippines that has now taken over a worldwide scope.

“Ang Dating Daan or ADD,” which stemmed out from Jeremiah 6:16, has become so popular in the Philippines that MCGI is almost always equated with the program’s name. And since year 1999, the Church and its program have shared a common website — AngDatingDaan.org.

But now that the Church’s official website, MCGI.org, is already in full swing, the revamped AngDatingDaan.org is out on a mission to help the propagation of God’s Word as the program’s official online home.

Taking into great consideration a multitude of audiences, the website’s developers indicated that the new AngDatingDaan.org will cater to all types of Internet users – from the youngest to the oldest of Truth-seeking souls.  With its navigation-friendlier features and television-program-centered content, AngDatingDaan.org becomes more accessible to a wider range of publics.

In a few weeks’ time, the website’s makeover will be complete, and it is hoped the improvement will produce its most-promising effects so far. “We are always hopeful with God’s help that these two sites [AngDatingDaan.org and MCGI.org] will be windows to learn about the Church and the teachings that we believe in through our preacher, Bro Eli,” the Broadcast Division’s IT representative said.

AngDatingDaan.org, which made its foray online in 1999, is an award-winning Philippine religious website, earning from the Philippine Web Awards the “Most Popular Website Award” from 2002 to 2006. The website cemented its status as the most honored religious website from the Philippines.

(Written by: Pol Arellano)

Bro. Eli Soriano’s redesigned site gets Facebook boost

Follow Bro. Eli Soriano on Facebook for updates to his site and more.

The launch of the redesigned website of Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), this month was one of the top feeds posted on the wall of the phenomenal preacher’s Facebook page.

In an instant, “like” and comments poured in from Bro. Eli’s avid fans and supporters, commending the refreshed and enhanced look of the site — EliSoriano.com.

On August 7 when the news were posted on Facebook, Bro. Eli’s more than 25,700 Facebook followers were the first to know of the enhancements. Bro. Eli’s new website is much-awaited and relevant.

Currently, Elisoriano.com is sporting a big banner image showing the preacher speaking during one of his Bible Expositions in foreign shores, with a very simple yet powerful text: “To God be the Glory!”

It is also hoped that through this simple yet elegant website, people researching about the evangelist will have a more credible means to learn about Bro. Eli’s activities and whereabouts.

In the last couple of years, Bro. Eli’s detractors and enemies on the web are unstoppable in creating hate blogs, fake Facebook and Twitter accounts.  The enemies’ tactics are geared to destroy the good reputation earned by the evangelist in his over 40 years of ministerial works.

The new site includes news for and about Bro. Eli Soriano, his Bible Exposition schedules and reliable and credible information about the phenomenal Filipino preacher, who is best known for answering any biblical query using the Bible.

As the evangelization efforts have reached farther countries like Latin America, and this month in India, foreign followers will get to have a more in-depth look at Bro. Eli’s humble beginnings as a preacher in the South East in his biography.

Aside from links to his Twitter account and his Mashable.com award-winning blog, EliSoriano.com also showcases recent and old photos and testimonial videos of new brethren and visitors at the site’s media gallery section.

For the avid fans and bloggers, the site offers free RSS feeds of the preacher’s news and events, a feature that can be used to receive fresh and upcoming updates. .

(Written by: Pol Arellano)

MCGI Announces Third Quarter Thanksgiving Schedules

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will hold its third quarter International Thanksgiving this year on September 3 to 5, 2010, with the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga as its main base.

Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister of MCGI, recently announced the dates for the three-day International Thanksgiving, in response to inquiries of members from chapters worldwide.

It has been customary for the congregants to ask for the next thanksgiving calendar right after the previous grand assembly. This way, members can right away allow themselves full physical and spiritual preparation before the upcoming event.

Bro. Daniel Razon delivers the first part of the topic readied during the second quarter of 2010 International Thanksgiving.
Bro. Daniel Razon delivers the first part of the topic readied during the second quarter of 2010 International Thanksgiving.

Among the most-anticipated part of the International Thanskgiving is Bro. Eli Soriano’s deep discussion of topics about the mysteries and wisdom of the Bible. For years this segment has not only awed the members, but has also enlightened and captured the interest of visitors. Some visitors are eventually led to a more in-depth study of the Scriptures and become members.

MCGI considers the International Thanksgiving as an opportunity to see their fellow brethren from distant regions, continue doing good works, offer thanksgiving, and reflect on the new and interesting topics prepared by Bro. Eli Soriano.

Every Saturday, Philippine time, the Church conducts regular thanksgiving services. This practice had been the trademark of the organization, and by far, is the only religious group which frequently offers thanksgiving to God.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

UNTV Names MCGI Outstanding Public Service Partner

Together with UNTV, MCGI  conducts  free medical missions, give free public transportation and meals and other public services to Filipinos, especially the poor, on a daily basis.

Philippine media station UNTV recognized Members Church of God International (MCGI) as an outstanding public service partner during its sixth year anniversary celebration dubbed “UNTV: The Pillar of Public Service.” The celebration featured many free offers which included medical, legal, educational, informational, and other worthwhile social services especially for the underprivileged citizens.

In his message via web conferencing, Bro. Eli Soriano acknowledged in return UNTV as MCGI’s prime partner in truthful journalism, public service, and evangelization. Bro. Eli encouraged the station’s staff to remain humble and to remember that their ability to work and serve is not of their own making, but the work of God. He also advised them to be in a grateful attitude and say “Salamat sa Dios” (Thanks be to God) whenever they are given the opportunity to do good.

Bro. Eli, the Presiding Minister of MCGI, also bid the continuous support of the station’s owners, Mr. Hilarion Henares and his son Mr. Atom Henares whom he thanked for their gracious lending and entrusting of their station to the care and management of Bro. Daniel Razon, allowing it to be an instrument in propagating the Gospel.  Bro. Eli is optimistic that UNTV will perpetuate good service to all, not only for a particular group, but to everyone as “true good serves many, and that true service is not done in hypocrisy.”

Vice Presiding Minister Bro. Daniel Razon who is also chief trustee for UNTV management spearheaded the occasion. In the event, he launched what is to become a first in the broadcasting industry with field correspondents and reporters helping victims of accidents, calamities, and other untoward incidents before delivering the news (Tulong Muna Bago Balita or Rescue First Before News). This journalistic innovation was inspired by the biblical principle he learned from Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano – “No good deed shall bear evil fruit.”

Bro. Daniel Razon expressed appreciation for all the individuals and organizations who volunteered and freely offered their help and expertise to serve the greater welfare of the public.  Bro. Daniel referred to those who cannot afford basic services, not only during the anniversary celebration, but also during the daily public service efforts through his morning program at UNTV. He also congratulated the Members Church of God International congregation who have always been supportive to many of his public service endeavors.

A number of social service projects were launched prior the anniversary day. The biggest so far since the Transient Home is the Free College Project through La Verdad Christian College. Its Caloocan branch, which now accommodates a carefully selected batch of scholars, was inaugurated in mid-June. This project is the result of the joint undertaking among Kamanggagawa Foundation, UNTV  management and MCGI which share the same humanitarian vision and passion for charitable service.

MCGI and UNTV have been collaborating since the latter started its pilot broadcast in 2004. To date, the union of their efforts and the advocacy of one of its chief sponsors, Bro. Eli Soriano, have yielded major social welfare services which are now gaining not only the confidence of its loyal patrons but also of private companies, non-government organizations, and even government agencies. The recognition is due to their unabated and sincere service to people. Free transport services, free legal and medical consultation, free transient home service, and free college are among the major social and charity works which have resulted in the joint effort of the two organizations.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)


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