The Old Path Launches in Argentina as New Souls Get Baptized in India

After just a few months of propagating God’s words in India, the world’s second-most populous country, Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently launched broadcast in the second largest country of South America – Argentina.

El Camino Antiguo, the Spanish version of the award-winning The Old Path (Ang Dating Daan) program will have its daily airing in Argentina’s airwaves via free TV, América, from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. on channel 2; and on a cable TV from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. The program started last January 17.

While broadcast efforts are being initiated in South America, the South Asian country of India has started its first baptism ceremony on January 10, 2011.

Bro. Eli Soriano during one of his live broadcast for The Old Path for his constituents in South America.

This was announced by Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano on the Church’s Thanksgiving service last January 8, saying that the evangelization effort in India is now turning new souls into the fold of MCGI.

Piyush Luhar, one of the letter-senders who requested for a missionary from the Church, became one of the newly-baptized Indian last January 10. In a video testimonial showed during the Thanksgiving service last January 17, the former Catholic expressed his gratitude to God and to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, for their worldwide evangelization efforts.

“The teachings of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel are very truthful, based on facts – scientifically and historically, remarked Bro. Piyush. “I want to thank them for broadcasting in India, to which I could come and become a member.”

Today, as a new member in the Church, his wish remains the same. He added, “I am requesting that the Church will send even more ministers to India to spread the word of God. I’ve experienced, after watching this program, that I found the true Church and the real meaning of the Bible,” explained the Indian.

Indians who have expressed interest in learning more about the Church are growing after the launch of Bro. Eli’s The Old Path program at the beginning of the second semester of 2010.

Simultaneous with the start of the evangelization works in India, MCGI brought the Spanish version of The Old Path in Uruguay in South America.

Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Daniel Razon, announced that MCGI opened two coordinating centers in India.

“If you have plans of going to India, we now have coordinating centers there,” Bro. Daniel said before more than 100,000 members who attended the Thanksgiving service that Saturday in Apalit, Pampanga, a province north of the capital Manila.

He added: “As it is stated in the Holy Gospel, it is God ‘who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth’.”

The Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) is now being beamed in at least six continents globally. The Portuguese and Spanish versions of the award-winning program are now available in countries in South America.
The Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) is now being beamed in at least six continents globally. The Portuguese and Spanish versions of the award-winning program are now available in countries in South America.

The Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) is now being beamed in at all six continents globally. The Portuguese and Spanish versions of the award-winning program are now available in countries in South America.

Bro. Eli holds a weekly Bible Exposition and Internet webcast via Livestream.com for his Philippine constituents and avid web followers, respectively. The International Evangelist can also be reached via the popular micro-blogging site, Twitter, answering questions as tweets. He also writes for his blog, esoriano.wordpress.com.

(Written by: Pol Arellano)

Songs of Praise for Year-end 2010 Winners

“It’s hard to judge a song of praise, it involves the way of thinking, faith, passion, and ability with the words of God in the Bible.” These are the words of the Presiding Minister to the Members of Church of God International (MCGI), Bro. Eliseo Soriano, one of the judges in the 2010 A Song Of Praise Year-End-Finals.

The ASOP is being done twice a year by the MCGI as being administered by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. By years of sustenance, the program produced many songs of praises that could be used to praise God. The songs’ lyrics are carefully and vividly criticized according to the teachings based on the Bible. This competition is not more on the musicality of the song; it is more in the lyrics if it is according to the Bible. ”It carries the most important message of the song,” according to Bro. Eliseo Soriano who is the initiator of this program.

The ASOP Year End Finals Night was comprised of thirteen finalists who were from different parts of the world gathered together to promote the singing of songs of praises to God.
The ASOP Year End Finals Night was comprised of thirteen finalists who were from different parts of the world gathered together to promote the singing of songs of praises to God.

The A Song Of Praise (ASOP) Year-End-Finals was held at the Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Convention Center of the MCGI. The competition was comprised of thirteen finalists who were from different parts of the world gathered together to promote the singing of songs of praises to God.

Also, the songs presented in this competition are newly composed by various composers around the world, both amateur and professionals. ASOP aims to produce remarkable songs of praise for God.

The ASOP is being done twice a year by the MCGI as being administered by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. By years of sustenance, the program produced many songs of praises that could be used to praise God.
The ASOP is being done twice a year by the MCGI as being administered by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon. By years of sustenance, the program produced many songs of praises that could be used to praise God.

The newly composed songs presented in this program are the following: Ama Salamat sa Iyo (Mindanao) by composer, Bro. Alfonso Malasaga and interpreted by Sis. Robbie Rose Demelletes, Huwag Nang Mawalay Pa (LBMR) by composer Bro. Reynar Salba and interpreted by Bro. Eugene Bayal, Ama Aming Moog at Tanggulan (Quezon-Marinduque) by composer Bro. Rogelio Fernandez and interpreted by Sis. Irene Barcellano, Sa Isang Sulok Lang (Visayas-Cebu) by composer Bro. Ariel Trias and interpreter, Sis. Catherine Campos; Salamat (Visayas-Bohol) by composer and interpreter, Sis. Venice Boliche, and In This Journey (NCR) by composer Bro. Jay Alvin Consigo and interpreter Sis. Naomi Sorianosos. The last one interpreted by Sorianosos was awarded as the song of the year while the one interpreted by Campos was hailed as second placer.

   In this Journey (NCR) by composer Bro. Jay Alvin Corcilla and interpreter Sis. Naomi Sorianosos, was awarded as the song of the year.
In this Journey (NCR) by composer Bro. Jay Alvin Corcilla and interpreter Sis. Naomi Sorianosos, was awarded as the song of the year.

There were also entries from outside of the Philippines. Alleluia to our King (Hongkong) by composer and interpreter Bro. Erwin Friend, which got the third place, Grande Deus (South America) by composer Bro. Idlao Fernandez and interpreted by Bro. Oliver Lumanang and Sis. Ronnie Postero, Ang Aking Dios (Malaysia) by composer Bro. Rex Blaza and interpreted by Luela Andres, Maglilingkod sa’Yo (Asia-Singapore) by composer Bro. Jude Abarca and interpreted by Bro. Andy Abanto; and Dakilang Pag-ibig (Europe-London) by composer Bro. Dennis Damasco and interpreted by Sis. Joan Trance. The one interpreted by Abanto was held as first placer.

In the years of its continuous holding, new various genres of song of praises are being introduced.

All the ASOP Year End Finals Night winners for a photo call.
All the ASOP Year End Finals Night winners for a photo call.

Although, not all got a place in the rankings, none of them went home without a prize. Bro. Eli Soriano told the organizers to give them “recognition prizes”; this is to encourage the composers to create better songs. As of now, the UNTV where Bro. Daniel Razon is a CEO is planning to launch this coming year a Tawag ng Tanghalan-like program which features a competition presenting newly composed songs of praises.

(Written by: Mark Juneil Bucao)


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