4 K’s and 1 P: Key to Successful Marriage at MCGI — Bro. Eli

How a couple should live to have a God-centered and successful marriage is summed up to four K’s and a P according to Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International.

It’s a biblical formula he taught for a successful marriage to 865 newly-bound couples during the International Couples’ Convention of MCGI held Sunday, November 20, at the main venue, the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, and at monitoring centers in Philippine provinces and abroad via the Internet.

At the MCGI mass wedding held during its Couples' International Convention recently, more than 800 couples took their vow.
At the MCGI mass wedding held during its Couples’ International Convention recently, more than 800 couples took their vow.

The four “K’s” refer to Katwiran (righteousness), Kahatulan (judgment), Kagandahang-loob (lovingkindness), and Kaawan (mercy). Meanwhile, “P” refers to Pagtatapat (faithfulness). This is what Hosea 2:19-20 is all about as expounded by Bro. Eli Soriano.

In a sermon he delivered during the mass marriage ceremony, the Presiding Minister also stressed the weight of the marriage vow – that it is not a joke and that the bond expires only at death.

Bro. Eli Soriano taught that the key to successful marriage can be summed up by 4Ks and 1P.  The four "K's" refer to Katwiran (righteousness), Kahatulan (judgment), Kagandahang-loob (lovingkindness), and Kaawan (mercy). Meanwhile, "P" refers to Pagtatapat (faithfulness).
Bro. Eli Soriano taught that the key to successful marriage can be summed up by 4Ks and 1P. The four “K’s” refer to Katwiran (righteousness), Kahatulan (judgment), Kagandahang-loob (lovingkindness), and Kaawan (mercy). Meanwhile, “P” refers to Pagtatapat (faithfulness).

The mass marriage is the main part of the annual International Couples’ Convention, an annual event where couples get married and consult Bro. Eli about their spiritual worries and marital problems. This year’s event began at 6:30 a.m. and started off with a congregational singing and prayer followed by a consultation traditionally done prior to the official marriage ceremony. Bro. Eli, with the help of medical doctors, also provided information on reproductive health. Services given by the Church as a policy are all free.

At around 9:30 a.m., the couples took their vow to be faithful – without reservation – to one another in comfort or in difficulties from that day until their last breath.

(Written by: Hazel Chavez-David)

Gawad Amerika Honors Ang Dating Daan as Best Religious Program of 2011

For more than three decades, the Ang Dating Daan program has answered countless queries about the faith and the Bible with Bro. Eli Soriano reading the answers straight from the Holy Scriptures.

The 10th Gawad Amerika Awards honored Ang Dating Daan hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano as the Best Religious Program for 2011 on November 5th — its second laurel from the award-giving body.

In 2006, Gawad Amerika awarded Ang Dating Daan, The Most Informative Religious Program, in recognition of the radio-television program’s outstanding contribution in religious broadcasting in the Philippines.

The award is the latest addition to the roster of recognitions that the flagship program of the Members Church of God International has reaped since it first aired in 1980 as a 30-minute radio show in the Philippines.

Outside the country, the program is called The Old Path, which is being aired in some parts of North America, Europe, and India. In Latin America, the program is titled O Caminho Antigo in Portuguese and El Camino Antiguo in Spanish.

The awarding ceremonies were held at the Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood, California. Bro. Josel Mallari, a Church minister, received the award on Bro. Eli’s behalf.

Other awardees from Gawad Amerika included Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay and Ms. Venus Raj, 2010 Ms. Universe 4th runner up. A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival on TV judge Vehnee Saturno was awarded Composer of the Year.

Gawad Amerika honors young achievers and exemplary citizens who brought about a difference in their lives and their communities. It is the only Filipino-American independent award-giving body that recognizes the achievements of Filipino-Americans and outstanding Filipinos and their works.

Gawad Amerika is known and respected both in the Philippines and the United States for its commitment to community service. It has become a yearly tradition honoring the best Filipino-Americans in their field.

Gawad Amerika started as a civic organization called the “Gawad Amerika Foundation.” It was founded by Charles Simbulan, current Chairman of the Board of Gawad Amerika Awards.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)

MCGI Celebrates Ang Dating Daan’s 31 Years in Broadcast

A website banner for the ADD 31st Anniversary in celebration of 31 years of broadcast.

For Members Church of God International (MCGI), October 22 was not just a regular Saturday for thanksgiving. It was a celebration of 31 years that MCGI has been serving to propagate the Gospel through its award-winning religious program, Ang Dating Daan.

The festivities began at four in the morning, with a long parade of MCGI congregants who marched into the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga. By six o’clock, the tail-end finally made its way into the decked facade of the biggest convention center in Luzon. Along with the drum and bugle corps, flag bearers, and a cheering squad, the delegation was greeted with cheers, applauses, and fireworks.

A flood of multi-colored flags filled the hall of the ADD Convention Center. At the signal, triumphant songs of praise and dances opened the ceremonies. Visitors who came to witness the celebration were wowed with the lively production number presented by MCGI’s Music and Theater Ministries.

Government officials, philanthropists, and media personnel from various print and online publications graced the occasion. As the program moved along, ADD awarded plaques to public officials and individuals from private organizations for their consistent support to ADD’s spiritual and social welfare advocacies.

Documentaries of different working groups in MCGI that are behind the success of the Ang Dating Daan program were shown. After each video presentation, the groups presented lively song and dance numbers of thanks and praise.

On the World Wide Web, an outpour of greetings and well-wishes dominated Twitter and Facebook as fans and followers posted their messages to the official fan page and message wall of Ang Dating Daan.

Bro. Eli Soriano, Bro. Daniel Razon, and Sis. Luz Cruz fondly recalled the past 31 years that has gone by since the program started airing in 1980. Bro. Eli Soriano said that when the broadcast first aired through radio, he never thought that that humble beginning would eventually be one of the biggest efforts in Philippine evangelization history.

Sis. Luz Cruz, the first executive producer of Ang Dating Daan remembered the birth pains of Ang Dating Daan, like their lack of standard equipment and needed skills to produce a 30-minute program on television. She added that they had to resort to improvisations to get things done, not to mention, multitasking: researching, doing make-up, set designing, directing, editing, setting the lights, recording, and sleeping late.

The program encountered series of suspensions and censorships in the Philippines, as the program’s nature is that of Bro. Eli Soriano’s fearless expositions of the Bible, which often revealed and attacked inconsistencies in the doctrines of other religious groups.

Ang Dating Daan has been an avid promoter of biblical awareness in the last 31 years. Derived from Jeremiah 6:16, the program name has served to mean an in-depth study and exposition of the Bible on radio and television. From a humble group of three, it has now turned to a massive evangelization work that is making waves across the world.

Aside from broadcasting biblical truths, Ang Dating Daan has also launched many public service programs that especially benefit the underprivileged. Projects like public transport (land, air, water) and medical services, legal aid, transient home, orphanage, feeding program, college education and more — all rendered for free — have been introduced to the public through the program’s initiative.

(Written by: Cecile Vizcaya)