MCGI and UNTV Setup Relief Camp for Typhoon Yolanda Survivors in Tacloban

November 22, 2013 (Manila, Philippines) — Members Church of God International (MCGI), in partnership with UNTV, set up “Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) and UNTV Camp” to provide ready-to-eat food and relief packs for Typhoon Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City, Leyte.

About 1,000 residents were given food such as bread and rice porridge on November 15, 2013, during the camp’s first day of operations. MCGI and Public Service Channel UNTV will continue handing out food, relief packages and medicine to people devastated by the typhoon.

MCGI partners with UNTV to give free food and medicines to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, Philippines.
A UNTV correspondent interviews an MCGI representative as MCGI members hand out food and medicines to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Tacloban City, Philippines. (Photo by Melvin Camasis, Photoville International)

MCGI Leaders Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon also sent six generator sets including fuel to the region to power the camp’s operations.

News reports cited government officials that it could take two months to fully restore electricity in Tacloban as 90 percent of its power poles are down. (Links to Philstar.com article)

Source: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/11/11/1255314/power-restoration-typhoon-hit-areas-may-take-2-months

MCGI Measures

Before the storm hit, Bro. Daniel, following instructions from Bro. Eli, instructed Church Workers in the Visayas Region to force evacuate members from their homes and bring them to MCGI Coordinating Centers.

Bro. Daniel Razon looks at the playback of his advice to members of the Church of God International in Visayas to force evacuate before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippine Island in November of 2013.
In one of MCGI’s Thanksgiving service, Bro. Daniel Razon looking at the playback of his advice to brethren in Visayas to force evacuate before Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International)

The recently-acquired rental space for the Tacloban Chapter is on the third floor of its building. During the storm surge, the evacuated Church members watched as the floodwater rose in seconds up to the floor below them.

Trained members in nearby areas belonging to the organization’s Emergency Response Teams had also readied their vehicles and equipment for rescue missions and first-aid applications.

UNTV Initiative

Good Morning Kuya! (GMK) hosts initiated a ‘first-pay-first-sell’ effort to help raise funds for their fellows in Visayas. Bro. Daniel, also known as Kuya Daniel, is the main host of the show

“This is not an auction. This is really a sale to whoever will pay first and say ‘Mine,’” said Atty. Regie Tongol.

Atty. Tongol added that there have also been pledges from people outside the country to help the calamity-stricken families. “As of now Kuya, we have 800 Australian dollars as pledge from Australia, which we will add to the fund.”

The GMK hosts said the initiative is a surprise gift to UNTV CEO Daniel Razon, who will celebrate his 30th year in public service on November 28, 2013.

“We avoid placing account numbers [on our channel] as we prefer exerting our own efforts, like this one made by our hosts,” said the veteran broadcaster.

For his part, Bro. Daniel will also donate his belongings, including shirts he wore in the upcoming Isang Araw (One Day) film. Besides funding the various charitable works of UNTV — including a daily medical mission and feeding program — proceeds of the movie will also fund the needs of those affected in Visayas. 

(Words by Art Cruz)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 25, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 25, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Diane Quilala, 18, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel light inside, because I know that [my boyfriend and I] are members now in the true Church of God. I’m thankful that at my young age I became a member. This will help me as I live each day of my life.

As was mentioned, we’re blessed because we already have God’s guidance. It’s also a good start. Since we’re newly baptized, our lives will be more meaningful.

My boyfriend first brought me here in Apalit. Of course, I observed things at first as I had a different religion then. But eventually I liked the [members’] way of things. I said, “That’s right. It’s really great. It’s true. There’s righteousness in what’s being said.”

On MCGI Leaders
I’m very, very thankful that we have preachers like them who are really true and whose hearts are really in faith, that they may lead us to what’s good, to the right path.

~o~

Sis. Luisa Esporlas, 50, Former Born Again, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel special because I was supposed to be in the Mass Baptism, but I wasn’t able to join them. Now I feel special and I’m happy.

Since 1990 to 2012, I was in the Born Again; although, I listened more to Bro. Eli Soriano on UNTV. He debated with Baptists about salvation. My husband and I watched Bro. Eli.

Sadly though, I was baptized in a Born Again group. I don’t remember my baptism there, what was it, or how was it; it’s like it was just nothing. I’m thankful because it’s in my baptism here that I really felt repentance in my heart.

Then, I was excited to be cleansed. I told my husband that when I closed my eyes when we were praying, I saw dark smoke. Then when I was immersed in the water, I saw blood; it was all blood.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank You, Lord, and thank you Bro. Eli. Like a flock who escaped and scattered, [we have been gathered]. I thank also my husband.

I was a lay evangelist in my previous Church, and my burden now is, God willing, to go back to the people I lead there one-by-one to bring them here. He [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] was the one I was waiting for; I didn’t know of him early on.

The number of people I lead [to my former religion] are more than the fingers in my hands. They’re my burden now. That’s why Bro. Eli, I love you. Thank you.

~o~

Bro. Rey Martinez, 35, Former Catholic, Mindoro Province

On Being Baptized
First of all, I really thank God because this has been long my dream: To be baptized, to lead a new life, to repent of the sins I’ve committed. This is really one of my most cherished dreams that finally came true. Thanks be to God!

One time one night, I was able to listen to [Bro. Eli Soriano’s program] on radio. I accidentally changed the channel to DZRH; that was about a year ago. Since then, I always listened to him.

I checked if what he was teaching is right. As I listened, I got my Bible to see whether the teachings that he reads are there, and all of them I have proven to be so. That became a way for me to baptized and listen here in the Church of God.

On MCGI Leaders
Firstly, I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. I’m one of those who want to be saved. I hope many more will be saved, many like me who want to repent and become a member of the true Church of God. I hope that their preaching will extend the more to different places in different countries.

~o~

Bro. Mark Jefferson Guerrero, 23, Former Born Again, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I thank God because it’s the grace of the Lord to call me, and I hearkened to it. I’ve had a lot of experience, and it’s hard to explain. I’ve long been listening to the teachings, but it’s only now that I grabbed this opportunity because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

I’ve been listening since I was in high school, but I was being held back by [wrong notions]. I thought that it was all about debates. But as I kept listening, I saw that the teaching was nice, nothing lacking and nothing being added; it’s just complete.

On MCGI Leaders
First of all, I thank God. I also thank them because they became His instruments. May God continue to guide them and give them good health, especially to Bro. Eli. May they continue [their works] and thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Reynaldo Villa, Former Born Again, Manila

On Being Baptized
I’m happy. Before when I was in the Born Again, I thought that you just had to believe, and that’s that already. I felt nervous, and cried [during baptism], but now I’m happy because I became part of the true Church of God.

I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli since I was a kid, but I was very angry at him then because he criticized all. Before, I had a Bible but I didn’t read it. I was a drunkard, and even became a drug addict.

I then joined a Born Again group; that’s when my faith was somehow restored. However when I was a Born Again member, I always watched television and I watched many [religious shows]. I watched the Iglesia ni Cristo and Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path], but I always tuned in to The Old Path until I realized that everything being said is in the Bible. If I believe in God, then it means I also believe in the Bible.

When we came to the Locale of Shaw, that’s when I felt that I’m going to be in the Church of God. That’s when I left the Born Again group. I told them the truth, that I believe the teaching of Bro. Eli more, and they frowned upon me. But, it was good that I was true to myself.

Then, I also read the Bible. Apart from listening to Bro. Eli, I also read the Bible. I proved that it’s really true. That’s why I decided to be baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
Because of him, I learned how to pray. I always include in my prayers that his life may be lengthened, that how many years God gave to Moses, may He do the same as well to him.

Sometimes, I fear: What if he’s gone? The one to replace him must be like him. I trust that what He gave to Bro. Eli will also be given to Bro. Daniel Razon. That’s my prayer always, for our preachers to always be guided by God.

In Couples Convention at MCGI, Hundreds Tie the Knot

Apalit, Pampanga — The aisle adorned with white calla lilies welcomed the 814 pairs of brides and grooms as the Members Church of God International (MCGI) held the Couples’ International Convention (CIC) on November 3, 2013.

Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Presiding Minister and Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, respectively deliver a special topic dedicated for married couples in the Church of God International.

At the ADD Convention Center, couples participate in the Mass Wedding of MCGI on November 3, 2013.
Participants of the Couples International Convention at the ADD Convention Center on November 3, 2013. (Photo by Dominic Meily, Photoville International)

“When you get married, practically you are surrendering your freedom to your husband or wife,” Bro. Eli reminded the couples attending the ceremony about entering marriage.

Emphasizing the importance of being faithful to their husbands or wives, Bro. Eli advised couples, “Do not give each other the chance to be unfaithful.”

Moreover, the benefits of faithfulness can go beyond the husband and wife. “Being faithful has an effect on your children. Your children will always be taken cared of by God,” the Presiding Minister remarked in his closing remarks.

Before the couples are wed, Bro. Eliseo Soriano advises them of Christian doctrines regarding married life.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano advising couples at MCGI of the Biblical standards of married life in Couples International Convention 2013. (Photo by Dominic Meily, Photoville International)

 

“After this event in your life, try to be faithful to each other,” said Bro. Eli then adding, “Remember you are one, you were made one by God. There should not be any third party.”

To answer the couples’ questions and spiritual concerns, Bro. Eli opened a consultation session before delivering the prepared topic and couples exchanged vows.

“We are having this consultation for couples to remove their doubts before they get married,” stressed Bro. Soriano. Queries from couples came from the Philippines and those abroad.

Couples wishing to receive the matrimony of marriage officiated by the Church Leaders look forward to the Church’s annual mass wedding and convention for newly-weds.

Bro. Daniel Razon speaking at The Couples International Convention 2013 with participants joining from Europe to South America via satellite and Internet.
Bro. Daniel Razon speaking at The Couples International Convention 2013. Countries as far as South America join the event via Internet and satellite. (Photo by Dominic Meily, Photoville International)

Beside the local participants, couples from MCGI chapters across the globe join and attend this solemn event. Through live streaming, newly-weds from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and Canada take part in the annual ceremony regardless of time zone differences.   

“We also have participants from South America,” Bro. Daniel said when reporting about the the scale of the global reach of the Couples International Convention.

(Words by Rona Valdez)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 18, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 18, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Lorena Dizon, 43, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I was able to watch [Bro. Eli Soriano] on television. I just listen to his Bible Expositions then after three months, I decided to get indoctrinated. I’m happy. I have no doubt in my heart.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that he’ll have a longer life. I hope that he’ll be able to help many more people, lead many more souls to the truth, because the world now is chaotic. [I hope that] those listening to his doctrines will continue to be baptized, until they become brethren in faith.

~o~

Bro. Ronald Naluz, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I have accepted the teachings of Bro. Eli accordingly. I’m happy. I can’t explain the happiness that I feel.

On MCGI Leaders
Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel [for] I have known the truth [in the Bible].

~o~

Bro. Jose Concep Tawat, 71, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
The night before in Laguna, I’ve been thinking about my vertigo and blurring eyesight, hoping that both may be gone. Because whenever I remove my glasses, I feel something’s blocking [my sight].

As I went into the water, my knees shook. After I was immersed, I was kind of surprised when [the baptizer] said, “Do you still need help?” I said, “Not anymore. I’m fine.”

It’s as if my vertigo was gone. Then, after I changed my clothes, I no longer needed my glasses.

My in-law became a member [of the Church of God] one year ago. I, on the other hand, was still reluctant. Since I was Catholic, there were many [idols] that were on my altar.

Then he said to me, “Dad, when we are all members here, let’s remove those idols.” I shrugged my shoulder. Then he said, “Come on! You should go on with [the indoctrination], so the feelings you feel will be gone.

When they called for the Mass Indoctrination [on October 7, 2013] , I started it and continued with the baptism. I said to myself, “I’m going to go on with this,” especially when I heard the teachings of Bro. Eli [about baptism].

On MCGI Leaders
I cannot say anything more, except that this religion I joined is really different. This is the true Church. That is why I thank the Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord God. Thank you Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Rico Guerrero, 21, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
Now, I feel that I’ve been so much enlightened, like really so much. I hope that in the days to come, whatever will happen to me, He’ll guide me.

I can say that this experience is very interesting; I learned a lot. The things I thought were right, are wrong; the things that I used to do, I shouldn’t have done. This is a turning point for me.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli, he’s old, so may he be given more strength; and wisdom on the spiritual aspect that he may continue what he started, because it’s really good.

For Bro. Daniel, may he keep on doing what he does, because it’s inspiring for people like us. We are inspired by people like them. [We hoped before] that someday we could serve God as well.

~o~

Sis. Arianne Acebuche, 19, Former KNC, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I feel changed, a new person. Unlike before when I was quite hard-headed. I was always going out with friends until I realized [my sins]. He [Bro. Johnie Recto] was really the one who lead me here.

Actually, it was supposed to be the other way around because my parents are already members. But with God’s help and mercy, [I’m here].

On MCGI Leaders
They preach honestly. They are sent by God. They are not unlike those who are false ones out there. Other preachers will bring you to hell. There are those who teach their members to kill, and not love their enemies.

~o~

Bro. Johnny Recto, 21, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
All I can say is that it’s good. Everything will benefit you.

I’m really not into vices; I didn’t have [bad habits]. But then when I became a member, it’s really here that I learned the benefits of what I was doing, plus the pleasant words from Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

It was kind of an accident on cable when I switched the channel [and saw The Old Path], since sometimes the channel lineup is different on cable. Then, she [Sis. Arianne Acebuche] became my girlfriend. Since her parents are members, I also listened to the program.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope he [Bro. Eli Soriano] enlightens more youth’s minds, those aged 19 or 16 who have taken illegal drugs. Sometimes, even a five-year old swears already; they are not properly guided by their parents.

~o~

Bro. John Jose Louise Sarza, 25, Former KNC, NCR

On Being Baptized
We were able to listen at first on radio through Don Manolo Favis’ [program]. Then, it was on SBN 21. Actually, my parents are already members. It’s a long time that I wasted [before being baptized] as I was a KNC before.

With God’s mercy, He really guided me until I reached baptism, and it was a success. All I can say is that I feel very light, because the sins we bore for so long have been cleansed.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli, you are always in our prayers and we are thankful because God used him for us brethren to be enlightened. Of course, [I wish him more] strength, and may he continue [using] the gift God gave him. Many thanks.

~o~

Sis. Kim Quilla, 21, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I first heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television. My aunt is already a member and my cousin lead me here. I really felt the true doctrines. I saw the great difference with my last religion.

I’m happy and I feel relieved, as if something was taken away from me. But above all, my faith in God [has changed]. Before, I was Catholic and my faith was in idols. But when I heard the true doctrines, it changed. Everything changed when I heard the teachings of Bro. Eli.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, this is all I can say: Firstly, I thank God for calling me, and to you. Take care always.

~o~

Bro. Jun Paulino, 24, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
Before even when I prayed, it felt like I wasn’t being heard. But now that I’m baptized, I feel that my faith is stronger. Actually, my family are already members; I was a KNC (Kawan ng Cordero or Children’s Ministry) member before.

Only, I got back to being a Catholic and then got invited to other religions, so I was also able to investigate. But then, it’s only here that I found the true teachings. All the questions that formed in my mind were answered even in the indoctrination sessions alone. With God’s help, I was able to understand them.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli, may God give you more time to be able to preach for a long period, even, God willing, [until] the Lord Jesus Christ arrives.

~o~

Bro. Joebert Rellama, 21, Former Born Again, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I thank the Lord because I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, in the name of the Lord. I felt the presence of God when I was baptized.

It’s as if He touched me, that I really needed to change, as I was a Catholic before. Now when there was a Born Again member who preached to us, I joined the Born Again. But still, I wanted to know more, but I didn’t want to ask.

So I watched [UNTV] Channel 37, even on my older brother’s cellphone. I was able to listen to Bro. Eli Soriano preach. That’s when I learned many things, like the prohibitions. I learned that pastors shouldn’t let themselves be called pastors as we are all just brethren. There is only one pastor, the Lord.

On MCGI Leaders
I thank Bro. Eli because of him, I learned what I must know. My wish to the Lord for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is to keep giving them physical and spiritual strength, and wisdom that they may be able to explain well to people the words of the Lord.

May they also be given, God willing, longer lives that they may be able to teach, indoctrinate [more people] with God’s words.

Community Prayer on Philippine TV Launched

Children sit by the entrance of the Hagnaya Elementary School in San Remegio, Cebu after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastates their town.
Filipino children sit by the entrance of the Hagnaya Elementary School in San Remegio, Cebu looking at devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). (Photo by Romaldo Mico Solon, Photoville International)

Manila, Philippines — In a country devastated by a 7.2 magnitude quake and Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), prayers came to be seen as a timely refuge as Members Church of God International (MCGI) introduced a community prayer service through UNTV-37. 

Dubbed as UNTV Community Prayer, the latest project is aimed at bringing the prayerful lifestyle using mass media and technology. The service was piloted on November 9, at 12 noon.

With five time slots a day, people can tune in to UNTV-37 to pray. The scheduled community prayer will be timed during the ceremonial sign on of the station at 4 a.m. in Filipino. Then, this will be followed by the 12 p.m, and 8:10 p.m. schedules, which are also offered in Filipino. The 10 p.m. and 12 m.n. services, on the other hand, are done in English.

MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano and Bro. Daniel S. Razon said that people can also join the UNTV Community Prayer via UNTVweb.com and UNTVradio.com or tune in to Radyo La Verdad 1350 on the AM band. For live participation, people may visit at more than 1,000 MCGI satellite centers in the country.

Vice Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Daniel Razon announced the Community Prayer program on UNTV in a Thanksgiving service to members.
MCGI Vice Presiding Minister and UNTV CEO Bro. Daniel Razon announced the Community Prayer program on UNTV in a Thanksgiving service to members. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, Photoville International)

The Community Prayer is in line with the anniversary theme of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path): “Building a Prayerful Nation Through Broadcast Evangelization”. The longest-running religious program in the country celebrated its 33rd year of broadcast last October.

A day before Typhoon Haiyan began roughing seas and coastal areas in the country’s Eastern Visayas region, Bro. Daniel called upon members to pray and prepare. The MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister spoke via satellite on the 24/7 Community Prayer broadcast of the Church. 

While MCGI Emergency Response Teams have been alerted and Church Workers advised to gather brethren in Coordinating Centers, Bro. Daniel reminded members of the strong tower that is the name of the Lord recorded in Proverbs 18:10. “God is merciful,” he added.

In 2011, Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel launched the 24/7 Community Prayer online portal with an hourly prayer and songs of praise playing in between.

People can now tune in to the MCGI-hosted UNTV Community Prayer, five times a day to pray. (Photo by Prince Medina Marquez, Photoville International)
A video about the UNTV Community Prayer plays at the ADD Convention Center and at remote points across the globe during an MCGI Thanksgiving service.

The Importance of Prayer

Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path host Bro. Eli Soriano urged members to “pray for all the nations of the earth,” citing 1 Timothy 2:1-3 in a recent Thanksgiving service.

In his blog, Bro. Eli stresses the importance of prayer by laying down logical and biblical reasons why people need to pray. “The impossibility of a human doing things greater than his entire being necessitates the need to pray!”

To join the UNTV Community Prayer via mobile device, download the UNTV App available on Google Play and the iTunes store for free. 

(Words by Rigor Arellano)

PH Quake and War Victims Beneficiaries of 1st UNTV Cup Winners

Justice wins! Team Judiciary with UNTV VP of Administration Mr. Gerry Panghulan, CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno (middle), Dr. Larry Henares Jr. with Ms. Juno Henares (right), Kuya Daniel Razon (right), and PBA MVP Atoy Co (far right). (Photo by Prince Marquez, Photoville International).
Joining Team Judiciary in celebration is UNTV VP of Administration Mr. Gerry Panghulan, CJ Maria Lourdes Sereno (middle), Dr. Larry Henares Jr. with Ms. Juno Henares (right), UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon (right), and PBA MVP Atoy Co (far right). (Photo by Prince Marquez, Photoville International).

Manila, Philippines — Bagging the top prize in the first UNTV Cup on November 5, 2013, Team Judiciary won P1-Million for quake and war victims in Cebu, Bohol, and Zamboanga.

The one-of-a-kind basketball tourney conceptualized by UNTV CEO Daniel Razon united different government sectors to play and win tax-free prizes for their charities of choice.

Kuya Daniel is Vice-Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI).

Team Judiciary won against the Philippine National Police or PNP, 86-83, who battled under the Smart-Araneta Coliseum or The Big Dome. The PNP received P500,000 as second-placer. Their prize will go to the benefit of crippled children in the country.

In third place was the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who got P250,000 for the orphaned children of fallen soldiers through the AFP Educational Benefits System Office.

Team Philhealth, in fourth place, will be donating their P150,000 to the Cancer Warriors Foundation.

Inspiring Team Judiciary to win the first-ever UNTV Cup on October 24, 2013 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum was Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Cheering for Team Judiciary during the first UNTV Cup Finals on November 5, 2013 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum was the Chief Justice herself, Hon. Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Cheering for Charity

Supporting the basketball tournament for a cause and rooting for the winning team was the Chief Justice herself, Hon. Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno.

“Well, the boys we’re really inspiring. You saw their hard work. I think they deserved it. The PNP gave us a very good fight,” remarked CJ Sereno.

Bro. Daniel thanked the organization for their support from the cup’s kickoff to its culmination.

“These innovations would not have been possible without your support, and all who believe in this cause,” said Bro. Daniel.

Bro. Razon also thanked the primary supporter of all of UNTV’s public services, MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano.

“Thanks to all the judiciary staff and the PNP who work just to make a contribution for the poor,” remarked the international evangelist Bro. Eli via live video streaming.

Bro. Eli also expressed his gratitude to MCGI, and to all the teams who participated “in this endeavor by Bro. Daniel to do good to our poor fellowmen.” 

(Words by Art Cruz)

MCGI Marks TV Program Anniversary with Concert for the Elderly and Disabled Persons

MCGI dedicates a concert for the elderly and persons with disability as part of the 33rd anniversary of The Old Path on October 29, 2013.
As part of the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of The Old Path, a concert dedicated for the elderly and persons with disability was held on October 29, 2013. (Photo by Frederick Alvior, Photoville International)

As part of the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of Ang Dating Daan religious radio and television show, a concert dedicated for the elderly and persons with disability was held on October 29 this year.

While the ADD Convention Center served as the main venue, major coordinating centers across the Philippines and abroad attended through web streaming and satellite feeds.

In the Members Church of God International (MCGI), senior citizens and persons with disability or Very Important Disabled Persons (VIDP) are regarded with high concern and respect.

Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano said that the religious program Ang Dating Daan that is now 33 years in broadcasting started as a radio program.

“To all our brothers and sisters abroad, we are commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the program, Ang Dating Daan,” said Bro. Eli. “With God’s help and inspiration, we started this program 33 years ago in radio, in a radio station in the Philippines.”

For his part, Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, asked the elderly and the members of the VIDP to pray to God for more help in reaching out the brethren in need and fellowmen.

“We hope that you’ll help us pray to God for guidance and help in order in order to render more help to our brethren and fellowmen,” said Bro. Daniel during the “Concert By Demand: For Our Dearly Beloved Elderlies”.

The event was aired by UNTV-37 last November 10, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Both Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel serenaded the crowd with musical classics while home-grown musical talents and some invited celebrity artists also performed oldies songs and played classical musical instruments.

Another highlight of the concert was Kuya Daniel’s special number with the elderly. Also known as Kuya Daniel for his broadcast works, he called some audience to sing their favorite songs on stage and performed a duet with him.

“For us older people, this is a great delight,” remarked Teresa Vargas, one of the elderly who attended the concert, then continued, “because even though I’m in a sickly state, I was still given a chance to have fun.”

Bro. Razon announced next anniversary theme of UNTV as “Caring for the Elderly.”

(Words by Regine Recede)

Mass Breastfeeding Attempt for Guinness Earned Support from MCGI, UNTV

Members of the Church of God International participated in the Simultaneous Breastfeeding on October 24, 2013 that broke the Guinness World Record for it with more than 35,000 mother-infant pairs.
At the Marikina Convention Center, hundreds of mother-child pairs took part in the Nationwide Simultaneous Breastfeeding on October 24, 2013. (Photo by: Frederick Alvior, Photoville International)

For the benefit of newborns and mothers in the Philippines, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) took part in a simultaneous breastfeeding activity in 1,000 key points nationwide on October 24 this year.

Gathering a total of 35,749 mother-child pairs, the data from the organizers showed that it already surpassed the 2007 Guinness World Record for simultaneous breastfeeding in multiple sites. Guinness is yet to make an official announcement after three weeks of careful audit of records and adherence to its guidelines.

The mass breastfeeding has Nurturers of the Earth as organizer, together with MCGI and UNTV, in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record with the most number of breastfeeding mothers in multiple sites.

Coinciding with the mass breastfeeding is the celebration of the radio-television religious program, Ang Dating Daan’s 33rd anniversary.

MCGI is known for supporting social welfare and life-saving advocacies. The mass breastfeeding, which promote awareness among Filipina mothers regarding the same’s health benefits, is just one.

MCGI is also a strong supporter of the quarterly mass blood donation drives by the Philippine Red Cross and Philippine Blood Society.

 

Sharing the Bible's perspective on the importance of breastfeeding, Ang Dating Daan host and MCGI Leader Bro. Eli Soriano gave a few remarks in the event. (Photo by: Frederick Avior, Photoville International)
Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan and Presiding Minister to MCGI, shares the Bible’s perspective on the importance of breastfeeding during the event. (Photo by: Frederick Alvior, Photoville International)

“Coinciding with the 33rd anniversary of Ang Dating Daan, this is one way for us to support them,” said Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI. “Given that breastfeeding is beneficial to our children as it gives them protection against diseases that proliferate in our environment, we decided to cooperate with (Nurturers of the Earth) and mobilize 1,000 of our sites,”

The Nurturers of the Earth and the Children for Breastfeeding have proven to be passionate in their efforts to promote their breastfeeding advocacy.

In 2006, these two advocacy groups were able to gather 3,541 nursing mother-child pairs in Manila and the year after, a total of 15,128 pairs in 295 sites across the country.

In their efforts, they earned two Guinness World Records: the Simultaneous Breastfeeding in a Single Site and the Guinness World Record for Simultaneous Breastfeeding in Multiple Sites, respectively.

Alongside this nationwide breastfeeding program, Church members throughout the Philippines have also organized clean-up drives and tree-planting activities in commemoration of the anniversary of Ang Dating Daan

Bro. Eli Soriano, the Presiding Minister to MCGI, is the host of what is now the longest-running religious program in the country.

(Words b Emmy Borromeo)


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