MCGI Drums Up Support for UNTV Basketball Cup’s Season 2

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is rallying up support for the forthcoming second season of UNTV Cup, the Public Service Channel’s basketball league where cash prizes are donated to charities. 

Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, recently called on Church members and visitors to support the basketball tournament, which will bring in new participating government agencies and new public service innovations.

UNTV Cup, the only basketball game enjoining celebrities and government agencies for public service, opens another exciting and philanthropic season on February 11, 2014 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking at the kickoff event of Season 2 of the UNTV Cup.
   UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking at the kickoff event of Season 2 of the UNTV Cup.

New Teams, Bigger Public Service Innovation

Recently, UNTV introduced two new teams who are joining the coming edition of the tournament. The participation of Team Malacañan and Team Senate are welcome additions to the basketball league.

“We are very happy [to join this time] because we have watched and followed [the first season] on a weekly basis,” Major Paul Yamamoto said during the league’s kick-off celebration last January 14.

“It is basketball for a cause. This is a good motivation for our players – you are enjoying and playing while helping,” added Yamamoto, who will be acting as leader of Team Malacañan.

Meanwhile, Team Senate revealed that their line-up would include Senators Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino and Alan Cayetano. Atty. Dacsil is the leader of the team.

Teams Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Metropolitan Metro Development Authority (MMDA), PhilHealth, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Congress, Local Government Unit (LGU) and Judiciary, the league’s defending champion, complete the UNTV Cup’s competing groups this season.

One of the games of the UNTV Cup Season 1 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
One of the games of the UNTV Cup Season 1 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

A Vehicle for Heightened Public Service

Apart from new players and teams, the fans and followers of UNTV Cup Season 2 can look forward to the heightened public service that the league will offer.

Kuya Daniel announced that the participating government agencies would put up booths that will serve as public service desks. These booths will be opened every game and help answer and provide assistance to people seeking help.

“If you have a complaint to PhilHealth, you can go the PhilHealth booth, if you have a complaint to PNP, you can go the PNP booth … they will have representatives and you can directly ask them,” the veteran broadcaster remarked during the season’s kick-off affair.

PNP will accommodate police clearance processing through its booth.

In the same occasion, Kuya Daniel recalled the origin of the basketball league. “I am fond of playing basketball since I was a kid. Now that I am older, I thought that we should not only play this game, [but] we should use this [basketball] as a vehicle for public service.”

In spite of being a competitive game, Kuya Daniel reminded that it is the intent of helping people that serves as UNTV Cup’s foundation.

“We are partners in public service. We are partners in serving our countrymen,” Kuya Daniel emphasized.

(Written by Emmy Borromeo)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 3, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest members baptized on January 3, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

Bro. Aruel Nadura, 28, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy now, because before I was just listening to Bro. Eli as I [read] the Bible as well. But now, I’m baptized. With the teachings in the Bible, my life has now direction.

My father was a member as well of the Church of God, Bro. Primitivo Nadura, but he died last year.

Now, I’m really happy that I became a member of the Church of God.

I’ve been listening since I was in high school. My father and I listened to Bro. Eli [on radio], and I was able to watch also. But it was only now that I decided to get indoctrinated.

All the doctrines I heard are based in the Bible. I’m really happy because the doctrines I heard did not come from just anywhere, but from the Bible; they have basis.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that Bro. Eli will continue to preach and may the Lord give him a longer life that many more will become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Jaime Alfaras, 61, Former Born Again, Manila

On Being Baptized
Although I’ve been baptized only now, I’ve been watching The Old Path on television for a long time.

Now, I saw that the teachings here are really based in the Bible. I can see that the doctrines here are not of men, not invented by men as there are many kinds of faiths that only add [teachings] that are not in the Bible.

What I liked about this is that it’s purely Biblical, and when it comes to giving, they don’t force people, but out of their own will. As the Bible says, let us give according to our own will and not forcingly.

Sometimes I get to read the Bible on my own, [like the part that says] the day will come when Pharisees and scribes, and by false preachers will make the words of God into merchandize.

I said to myself that it seems like the things I read are becoming true. A preacher shouldn’t be focused on material things, but on spiritual. Although we are in the true [Church], we still need to accept financial [contribution] because we need to propagate the work of the Lord.

There are many finances of the Church that we must understand. It’s very understandable. Because if there were no Internet, if there weren’t television, how could I watch the teachings? So for me, I understand very much that we need to give.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli, I’m very, very thankful that I was able to watch the doctrines and teachings that are purely from the Bible. I saw that the explanations and doctrines are truthful, that they are really of God. They are not of the flesh.

What I liked about Bro. Eli is that he doesn’t place himself on a pedestal. He doesn’t want to be called as if he is an important person.

He doesn’t like being treated that way, unlike others who are called archbishops or reverend apostles. Others even let themselves be called “Christ,” which we know is sin according to the Bible.

We know he doesn’t like exalting himself. As the Bible says, the Lord casts down the haughty. That means he is able to follow what’s in the Bible.

~o~

Bro. Grando Dela Rosa and Sis. Caroline Dela Rosa, 42 and 44, Former Catholic and Born Again, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Grando: First of all, of course I feel blessed because this is my first time to be baptized, [and] to know that you are in the true religion.

You’re here for the first time, so [I’m really] greatly grateful to God, and of course to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Actually, they were the key for us to watch their program. The key of truth was really made known [to us].

Actually, there are many [preachers] there. Many say that they are the true ones, but it’s because of Bro. Eli’s program, his The Old Path Bible Exposition on UNTV, all the programs [that] we have proven to be truthful.

So we asked about the Mass Indoctrination, and we went to the Locale of Pag-Asa to be indoctrinated.

Sis. Caroline: I”m happy because for the first time, we found the true religion, true teachings through Bro. Eli. All the teachings are in the Bible, unlike in others.

I was baptized in the Born Again, but I didn’t feel anything. You really feel that you’ve been cleansed [here]. Now, I feel light.

Bro. Grando: I really feel light, and really cleansed. Then, your expectation is high that you’ll be able to follow the doctrines because there is the cleanse. As Bro. Eli, said, the baptism is a symbol, but what’s important is our obeying the doctrines of Christ.

That’s what we really felt when we were baptized. This is the formality, but obeying the doctrines is life-long. It’s like, it’s the beginning, so we have to religiously and faithfully follow.

On MCGI Leaders

Sis. Caroline: I wish good health for Bro. Eli, and may he still be with us for a long time.

Bro. Grando: I feel so blessed and I’m thankful to the Lord that I still saw Bro. eli, although not personally. But hopefully, one day, may we see him in person. With Bro. Daniel, we have a chance.

May Bro. Eli be in good health always, and may God always guide him. May he live longer that he may be able to lead many more souls. Bro. Eli is really true.

~o~

Bro. Conrado Canlas, 54, Former member of Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I feel as if I’m the happiest man in the whole world. I have forgotten all of the sins and errors I’ve done. And I hope that, as Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said, I will be able to continue this until the end. May the Lord guide me.

[The] first time I heard his [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] teachings, I really liked it instantly, as I was amazed by it.

You see, I was from the Kingdom of Jesus Christ of Pastor Quiboloy. But when I was baptized there, I didn’t understand what my state was. It was just like nothing. I didn’t feel anything, as I do now. Now, I’m ready to turn my back against [vices].

When I was baptized there, my mind got the more confused. It’s only here that I felt tranquil, peaceful.

On MCGI Leaders
All I can say to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope that all people will be able to listen to them that all the world will become [members] of the Church of God.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 27, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 27, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Nieves Valdez, 27, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy, like I’m floating in air.

My husband is already a member, for three years now. However, his siblings have long been members.

A blessing has been given to us. I’m now pregnant. It’s our second child.

It’s actually my second time to be indoctrinated, but now I decided to be baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
Many thanks for the teachings they taught us. We have known the true God.

~o~

Bro. Carlos Rabanera, 31, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy because the sins I committed when I did not know God yet are now gone. My wife and I are happy that we are now with the brethren.

I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio as I was driving until I watched him on television as well. Things took off from there and last month, we decided to go to the locale to attend the indoctrination sessions.

It was about six years ago; it’s been a long time already. I didn’t mean to [find] that station. As I was driving, I heard it by switching radio stations. Then I always came back to that station. Whenever I have long trips, I start listening to it.

I ran into an accident sometime in the past, as I got sleepy while on a trip. It was June 20. But with God’s mercy, I’m healing now [and] I got through it.

I was driving when I got sleepy. I [woke up] when I was about to hit it [a road post] already. I saw it coming, and I saw how I hit it.

When I hit it, my vehicle got displaced to the middle [of the road], and there were many vehicles coming. I just closed my eyes and said, “God, you’re in charge. My children are still small.”

When I opened my eyes, we were there in the middle, and the truck that was coming didn’t even hit us. The many approaching vehicles were able to swerve. I then said, “There really is God.” Then, I asked for His help, and He did.

The road post was the one that says “100 KPH” in the expressway.

May we all return to the Lord, as He will always help us everytime.

On MCGI Leaders
Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel for the things I learned from them. They became instruments for me to be saved from disaster, that would’ve lead to death.*

I am very thankful that I became a member here, because when I was saved [from the accident], that’s what I thought of, that perhaps God has a reason why He still gave me life. It was a blessing to me.

*When asked in the interview if the interviewee has heard from MCGI Leaders to call on the name of the Lord during trouble, he replied “Yes.”

~o~

Sis. Patria Noronio, 15, Former KNC, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
It feels light inside. And I feel as if I have just been born again. Oh! I can’t explain it. All I know is that I’m happy.

I hope that my parents will not tire in supporting me in Church works and may they not tire in always taking care of me.

On MCGI Leaders
May God keep them and may they be able to spread the teachings of God more.

~o~

Bro. Dennis Macandog, 36, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy, and I can’t explain what I feel in being a member of the Church of God. I have not felt this in others.

It’s here that I found the true teachings of this true religion that will lead me to salvation. It’s here that my heart melted, [a feeling] that I have not experienced in other religions.

On MCGI Leaders
I also thank Bro. Eli for his broadcast on television. I observed in myself that I gradually became fond of watching [The Old Path] on TV, and I learned with my whole heart how pleasant his teachings are through television and such that we have watched.

Like me, who was a Catholic, I have never experienced [such] from attending masses, from priests. This is where I learned the prohibitions, because priests really don’t teach those. By watching [Bro. Eliseo Soriano], I knew the truth.

I asked myself, “Why doesn’t our priest teach us these things?”

So that’s all I can say in becoming a member of the Church of God. I never experienced this in other religions.

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 20, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from newly baptized brethren on December 20, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Bryan Quijano, 19, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy and it’s fulfilling because I’ve long been wanting to [be baptized], but there had been too many hindrances.

I was a freshman in high school that time [when I got to listen to Bro. Eliseo Soriano]. At first, my parents didn’t like it. Then, things happened and I got to go to other religions. But my calling is really here.

I was bored in high school. I got to listen first to the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), but they were like always emphasizing lagak (deposit), things like that. Then I just happened to switch [the television channel] to [Bro. Eli] until watching Itanong Mo Kay Soriano (Ask Soriano) became a habit, and things took off from there.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope they will continue and may they be given longer lives and healthy bodies that they can save many more people from wrong religions.

~o~

Bro. Marlon Melo, 35, Former Catholic, Rizal

On Being Baptized
It feels good inside, as if all the [burdens] I had are now gone. Yes, problems are still there but at least I feel relieved now, like I can face them. And it’s because we have known God.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Daniel, to Bro. Eli, I’m thankful that I met them. They are [instruments] of the Lord for me to turn back to Him. Because for people like us who were once lost, at least we now have time and opportunity to know the wrong things we did before.

~o~

Bro. Jonathan Dacasin, 34, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I’m happy of course. I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television, then afterwards in the indoctrination sessions in the locale.

On MCGI Leaders
Of course, good health, and may they continue with their works. I hope we’ll get to encourage many more to join the Church as well.

~o~

Bro. Freddie Rodriguez, 35, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy, and I hope that I’ll be able to fulfill my obligations with God’s mercy.

I’ve been watching [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television for about six or seven months now. I got enlightened because in Catholicism, I didn’t hear such [doctrines].

My grandfather was a priest, but he never told me about such things until he died. When I heard Bro. Eli, I felt that what he says is true, that’s why I joined.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful because perhaps if it [weren’t] for him, I would [not] have found the true religion.

~o~

Bro. Richard Ang, 27, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I’m happy. I can say that what I feel now, I never felt in my former [religion] being a Catholic. It was the religion I grew up with in my family’s place in Cotabato.

I never saw any doctrine like this, which is based in the Bible, wherein what is written will be read to you – nothing added, nothing lacking. I said once, “It’s hard,” but that is what’s really right; that’s what you must do.

I was so amazed with Bro. Eli. It has been about six or eight years that I have been [in the National Capital Region], and I’ve been listening [to him] for almost seven years on television.

I’m just sorry that I didn’t attend early on, when I was in San Mateo, Rizal in the [locale of] Ampid. In a street there was a sign that said “Ang Dating Daan” (“The Old Path”) near my uncle’s house.

In 2007, I had an interest in listening. I said, “This preacher is something else.” It’s like he can answer all of your questions, if you have any confusion over a verse or you really don’t understand it, that your previous religion can’t explain to you.

They really can’t give you a good explanation. But with him, it’s right on the dot. It’s really good; you’ll understand it well.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may they be given longer lives on earth as they are able to help many people like me who [now know] that it’s your faith that you can rely on.

I hope that we won’t be the only ones whom they will lead, but that all will be [converted] to this religion so life will be happy.

~o~

Bro. Birthooven Digno Jr., 35, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I feel light inside, happy, as if I’ve forgotten the past, [been given] a new life.

It was my uncle who took me to the locale, and my wife as well. She was baptized about two months ago. She knows that I’ve been baptized. I’m sure she’s very happy today.

On MCGI Leaders
Many, many thanks for preaching faithfully.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel Cueto, 25, Former Born Again, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy and it feels light inside. I feel as though I won’t sin easily. I always watched [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television, since about one year ago.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli, I hope that he’ll have a longer life that many more will be enlightened and be taught [of God’s words].

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 13, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from newly baptized brethren on December 13, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Armi Haleli Nueva, 40, Former Mormons, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
Amazing! Before we were already baptized. First, Catholic, then Mormons, but this one is different. It’s really different, the feeling is different. You will feel that you are in the true Church.

In the Mormons, we were also immersed in a pool also. But I don’t think the water there was blessed by the Lord. I knew I was baptized but it was like nothing.

Here, I was shaking and I felt fresh as if I wasn’t thinking of any problem. I felt cold and really light. I said, “It’s really different here.

On MCGI Leaders
Oh! When it’s Bro. Eli who speaks, you’ll really feel that what he says is very sincere. That man is very simple. He doesn’t desire anything but for people to be saved; he doesn’t mind his own self even.

When I heard him crying I said, “This man is amazing. He doesn’t want anything but for men to be saved.”

I remember him saying, “I’m already old. Perhaps even just half of the Christians I will be able to lead to the Church,” so they’ll be saved. I was crying because he’s a simple man.

Bro. Eli, may you be given a longer life by our Lord, that you may be able to save many more people.

~o~

Bro. Jose Castillo, 46, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Being Baptized
I can’t explain what I’m feeling.

My wife has a brother who was already a member. I asked him about The Old Path [as I] saw [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television one time.

[The preaching] was clear to me; however, I was inquisitive. I asked my in-law about the things I wanted to know more about though he wasn’t able to answer me directly or clearly.

In the end, I turned out to be the one to find out about them as I [heard] from Bro. Eli myself. He really told it clearly.

Even when I went to Catholic masses, I [have proven] that what Bro. Eli says is right. [There], they just say a few things, and then they tell a story. It has no bearing. But it’s with Bro. Eli that I got enlightened of various things that I need [to do].

On MCGI Leaders
Thank the Lord for giving you to us, to me.

~o~

Sis. Leonisa Prohibido, 46, Former Catholic, Quezon Province

On Being Baptized
I thank God because since the span of almost three years, I have been called by the Lord to His Church. I can’t understand what I’m feeling, but I’m really very happy now that I became a member of the true Church.

My husband, Bro. Rommel, will be three years now in the Church, and he brings me to the locale. Before, I tried to be baptized, but I guess I wasn’t really ready that time. But this day, I’m really, really happy.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, many, many thanks for teachings us. Now, I am a part of the true Church. May God continue to guide you that you may be able to help many more people to know the truthfulness of our congregation.

~o~

Sis. Brigit Marie Centeno, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Being Baptized
I feel good inside, happy.

I thank my parents because I didn’t need to look at other religions because I am here in the true one.

On MCGI Leaders
May they continue [their works], and I’m thankful that I met them.

~o~

Sis. Lizette Diadid, 25, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I felt light, and my mind became clear, enlightened.

I watched for almost a year on television. Then, I decided I wanted to hear the doctrines in the Locale of Dolores.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that the Lord will give them more strength for them to be able to continue in their works and preachings. More power.

~o~

Bro. Marlon Salazar, 40, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
It’s really a big difference with my former [religion], as I was from Roman Catholicism. I really feel that it’s very different. I can’t explain it; it’s hard to.

I’ve been listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] since 1998 on television. There would be debates then. I watched every night on UNTV until I met a brother in the Church of God.

I told him about such things and that I wanted to be a member, but that I didn’t know anyone. Then, he was the one who guided me for me to be here. Thank God that I was able to join.

On MCGI Leaders
I can’t say anything about [Bro. Ei]; he’s good. He explains completely. It’s where I learned how to live well with others, that God is there. That’s where I felt it. To Bro. Daniel, he’s always supporting Bro. Eli. It’s good.

~o~

Bro. Felix De Luna, 65, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I am exceedingly happy because I’ve long been wanting to join the true Church.

Nightly, I watched [The Old Path] n television. Once I lay down from 9 in the evening, I would not turn it off till the next morning, until about 6 or 7 a.m. All the programs I am able to watch. When I sleep, when I wake up, I hear what Bro. Eli Soriano says.

I’m delighted with everything he reads, the words of the Lord God in the Bible. I am really very glad as I understand them clearly. I pray to the Lord God that they will not be gone from my heart and mind.

I will try that the teachings be kept in my heart. I wish, for it would be well, that all the people will have the same religion as ours, the Church of God. You love your fellow; there will be no trouble. It would be very nice.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that in the very last moment of his life, he will not tire in spreading the Word to all men in the whole world… He [leads] people to the true faith, to the true Church of God.

I understand that all religions are established by men. He [Bro. Eliseo Soriano], didn’t establish, but joined the one founded by the Lord Jesus Christ. So we cannot boast anything, because we only joined. The teachings are complete. It feels so good.

I hope that his life will be longer, that he may [lead] other people in the world, that the earth may be peaceful and people love each other.

~o~

Sis. Welgine Mellomida, 24, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
It’s just different. Before I was immersed, I said that it’s cold. But afterwards, I felt [like] floating, and it’s refreshing. It’s like, “This is the new you.”

It just really feels so nice. I observed in the organization that it really is so well organized. It feels nice because when the brethren greet, it is done wholeheartedly. So when you worship, it’s different.

I really listen on Radyo La Verdad. I am able to listen to Dear Kuya. My work starts at 2 p.m. so I’m always listening to it.

Once, I wondered who this preacher is and why he says the word “stupid,” so I watched him on television. Sometimes I watched it with my boyfriend who is already a member.

The more I listened to him, I learned so much more. I even watched his debate with an atheist.

On MCGI Leaders
I’ll take this opportunity. Thanks firstly to God and to our preachers. They were made humble instruments for people like us who don’t know anything [about God’s words] to learn.

He [Bro. Soriano] dissects words differently. He can explain it specifically and in an easy-to-understand manner. Other pastors are not like that. As he said, the Bible is open. It’s really different.

~o~

Sis. Antonia Miras, 81, Former Catholic, Quezon Province

On Being Baptized
I feel good, as if I was sick and was healed.

I only got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] in the Locale of Infanta. It’s like I was drawn to him, instead of to other religions. I have been to many religions, but there are some things unexplained.

On MCGI Leaders
[Bro. Eli] explains well. His explanations can be understood by people. He doesn’t just read verses or chapters, but explains. His explanations of the verses and chapters are clear.

MCGI and UNTV Continue “Good Works, Not Fireworks” Advocacy for 2014

Revellers in Libis, Quezon City, Philippines during New Year's Eve of 2014. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, PVI)
Revellers in Libis, Quezon City, Philippines during New Year’s Eve of 2014. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, PVI)

For the second year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) gave gift packages to homeless indigents on the streets as part of its “good works, not fireworks” campaign.

MCGI and its media partner UNTV doled out food, grocery items and cash to start a small business to chosen beneficiaries during the New Year’s eve until sunrise.

UNTV, which annually holds its year-ender coverage with ‘Tulong Muna Bago Balita’ (Rescue First Report Later) or news-and-rescue as the focus of the effort, has MCGI or Ang Dating Daan religious group as its key sponsor for the public service endeavor.

Good Works

Among the beneficiaries was Velyn Latindin of Malabon City, Manila, who lives under a bridge with her seven children.

An Aeta family in Malolos, Bulacan were given hot pancit (Filipino stir-fried noodles), fruits and grocery items. Upon receiving their gifts, they called fellow Aetas nearby to eat with them.

MCGI and UNTV partnered once more to give food packages and cash for small business to indigents on the streets on January 1, 2014.
MCGI and UNTV staff took to the streets once more on January 1, 2014 to give food packages and cash for small business to indigents on the streets across the Philippines. (Photo by Mark Santillan, PVI)

Felipe and Jocelyn Bautista of Batangas Province were also thankful for the surprise package. Felipe, a bus vendor, was delighted for the “great thing” they got, especially since his wife is recovering from a myomatic operation.

Not Fireworks

“If every centavo used for firecrackers will be utilized to help the poor, it’s more than enough to feed them for the whole year,” will be remembered as Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s tweet in 2009, reminding people about sending money wisely for charity works.

Together with UNTV CEO Bro. Daniel Razon and his Rescue First, Report Later advocacy, the MCGI Leaders continue their public service endeavors at times when people need them most – during the holiday season where crime and accidents are rampant.

UNTV News and Rescue Team staff come to the aid of an injured man in Manila on January 1, 2014, as part of its Rescue First, Report Later advocacy that started in 2010.
Part of its Rescue First, Report Later advocacy, UNTV News and Rescue Team staff come to the aid of an injured man in Manila on January 1, 2014. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, PVI)

On New Year’s eve, Tulong Muna, Bago Balita (TMBB) news and rescue teams once again scoured Manila and other places across the country for those needing first aid and a safe ride to a nearby hospital.

Bro. Soriano and Bro. Razon are the proponents and advocates of the Philippines’ first free Transient Home, daily medical and feeding missions, and free public transportation among others.

To know more about MCGI’s charity works, please read here.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano Leads MCGI Senior Citizens in Thanksgiving Offering to God

Pampanga, Philippines – The beloved elderly population of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) sang and swayed in the ADD Convention Center’s main stage in Apalit, Pampanga for a special thanksgiving offering to God.

Leading the thanksgiving presenters was Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano, who invited the Church’s senior citizen members – aged 60 years old and up – to offer a heartfelt thanksgiving to God for His safekeeping and kindness through decades of service.

Bro. Eli made the invitation during the International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) held last December 21-23, 2013.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano is all smiles talking to senior citizens in a  Thanksgiving service of the Members Church of God International on December 29, 2013.
MCGI Presising Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano is all smiles as he talks to the senior citizen thanksgiving presenters during the senior citizens’ special thanksgiving presentation held on December 28, 2013. (Photo by Prince Maverick Marquez, Photoville International)

During the senior citizens’ thanksgiving celebration, Bro. Eli Soriano stated that as the youth and middle-aged members of the Church offer songs of praises to God, the elderly members should all the more be consistent in their thanksgiving offerings.

“For us to reach the age that we are considered to be senior citizens, aging 60 and above, it means that we have seen so much of God’s safekeeping,” said Bro. Eli, adding “more so when we became members of the Church, we were able to see more of His goodness in our lives.”

Hence, according to Bro. Soriano, it is but rightful for this group of members to give thanks to God. “It is only righteous for us senior citizen brethren to thank God,” remarked the international evangelist.

Decades of God’s Love

Bro. Eli, who is situated in South America, marveled with the rest of the brethren all over the world at the number of senior citizens who offered thanks to God.

“Look at God’s love for the senior citizen members; there is a large population of senior citizens in the Church. It means, these people are being kept safe by God everyday, and they are still strong – they can still stand,” stated Bro. Eli.

Aside from the senior citizen members who filled the stage in Pampanga, senior citizens in various coordinating centers in the Philippines and all over the world also sang their gratitude to the God of Israel.

One of the senior citizens who offered thanks is Sis Asing, a member from Magalang, Pampanga, told her remarkable story.

According to Katulong ng Pangangasiwa (KNP) Bro. Ricardo Erese, after hearing Bro. Eli preached, Sis Asing wanted to be baptized immediately. However, Bro. Eli told her that she was not yet ready.

Senior citizens of the Members of the Church of God International offer thanks in Apalit, Pampering and all over the world for God’s loving kindness through the many years of service.
The elderly members of the Church of God International (MCGI) in Apalit, Pampanga and all over the world rejoice through lively songs of praises for God’s loving kindness through the many years of service. (Photo by Prince Maverick Marquez, Photoville International)

Bro. Candong told Sis Asing’s story to the whole congregation. “Sis Asing said, ‘Bro. Eli knew what was inside me, that I was not ready [to receive baptism],’ stated Bro. Ricardo. “Though they did not converse, Bro. Eli asked me to indoctrinate her once more. And so she was indoctrinated a second time, and it was then that she was baptized.”

Today, Sis Asing has been faithfully serving in the Church for 33 years. “After the re-indoctrination, she was successfully baptized, and that was from1980 until now,” remarked Bro. Soriano.

After Sis Asing’s baptism, her siblings were soon baptized in the Church, and have been serving for decades as well.

Until Life Everlasting

Bro. Eli expressed his gratitude to God for having kept the elderly members of the Church safe throughout the years.

The preacher stressed the importance of seizing the good opportunity to give thanks to God while we are still given the opportunity to do so. “We do not know if in the coming years, there will be some among us who will be gone, or if we will be lesser in numbers, but that is the appointed time for all of us, which is written on Hebrews 9:27.”

And though life on earth perishes, Bro. Eli gave a message of hope for the thanksgiving presenters to look forward to life everlasting with God in heaven.

“Our hope, in our advanced years, is that we pass away with hope in life everlasting: that in the coming of our Lord Jesus, we will once again awake in eternal life,” remarked the international evangelist.

“May you all remain steadfast until the end, trusting God and His kindness, power, and His great deeds in our lives,” wished Bro. Eli. “I wish you everything that is good from above.” 

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: December 6, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on December 6, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center.

Bro. Vicente Perez, 49, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy and thankful to God that I became a member in the true religion.

I started listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on radio in 1997. Then, I got to listen on UNTV and on the Internet. I saw and read that his basis is always from the Bible, purely truth.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, I am wholeheartedly thankful because God used you and now, I am here, a member of the Church of God because I saw this as the true religion.

~o~

Bro. Virgilio Macalalay, 40, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I feel so very happy and it’s as if so many burdens have been taken away from me.

I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] in 2004 on radio. Then, it stopped until I got to watch him on television consistently in November of 2013.

What he says which are purely Bible-based served as a wake-up call to me regarding my former religion. It had so many errors, so it’s as if something drew me here.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope their lives will be longer that they may continue to lead many more in the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Alvin John Navarro, 24, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy because I feel cleansed of my sins, and have learnt the true teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

I watched the Bible Expositions on television continually. I don’t have a job now so I was able to pursue the indoctrination sessions. [The doctrines] are really true and you won’t hear them from other religions, because here, the essence of the Holy Scriptures are being explained.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope their lives will be longer that the Lord God will continue to use them that many more souls who are not members yet will learn much more [of the doctrines of Christ].

~o~

Sis. Dolores Bello, 48, Former Born Again, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
All I can say is that I’m really happy that I was baptized. I feel light, and I have this fear of committing any sin. I feel really light and happy.

I got to listen on radio as we live on the mountains. I was a former Born Again and whenever I attended here, my husband wouldn’t let me.

I got to listen on radio and I said that what Bro. Eli teaches is true, that’s why I decided to be baptized. It was one year ago through Radyo La Verdad.

On MCGI Leaders
My message to Bro. Eli is that I thank the Lord, then Bro. Eli because if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have learned the teachings of the Lord.

~o~

Bro. Nicasio and Sis. Sadyheny Biong, 41, Former Catholics, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Nicasio: It feels pleasant. I can’t explain it. It’s just different.

Sis. Sadyheny: I feel strong, getting stronger.

Both: We were able to watch on television, about one year ago.

Bro. Nicasio: I felt [different] because there were true teachings that weren’t being explained to us in our former [religion].

Sis. Sadyheny: We are spiritually fulfilled with what we hear. Your soul will really get satisfied.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Nicasio: Firstly for Bro. Eli, may the Lord give him a longer life, so that his preaching will last longer for those who are not yet members here. As well as with Bro. Daniel, may he be given more wisdom in preaching the word of the Lord God.

Sis. Sadyheny: May Bro. Eli be given more physical strength that the Lord may continue to use him for the lost souls.

~o~

Sis. Rizalina Fabian, 47, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I feel good. I feel as if I’m floating and I believe the doctrine is good. The things I heard are really pleasant and the brotherhood as well.

At the locale in Lourdes, they invite us. We watched [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] there for seven days. Sometimes [I watch] on television, as my husband, when he sees Bro. Eli Soriano on television, he watches, so I was able to watch as well.

In 1980, we had neighbors in San Jose, Del Monte, Bulacan who were members already. But it’s only now that I joined. I haven’t seen them, but when I do, they’ll be glad.

We moved here as my husband is Pampango. But our brethren-neighbors are still in Bulacan. I will see them as they are often here. They have transportation and have food whenever they come here.

I thought before that [they were going] to an excursion. But they were going to The Old Path instead. When I moved here, it was only then that I knew what “ADD (TOP)” was.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful that God called me!

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 29, 2013

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 29, 2013 at the ADD Convention Center.

Bro. Harold Florendo, 34, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
After I was immersed in water, I felt good. I have accepted the doctrine wholeheartedly. I can really say that the doctrines are holy and perfect. This is truly the religion that God established.

On MCGI Leaders
For me, Bro. Eli Soriano is a hero of faith. He’s really sent by God the Father and Bro. Daniel as well. They two are sent messengers in our time.

~o~


Sis. Cecilia Armamento, 44, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I thank God because He gave me a chance to hear His teachings for me to know the truth in my heart and in my mind. There is nothing added nor lacking in the teachings of Bro. Eli.

Since I was a child, what I learned was Catholic doctrine, so I really saw a lot of errors. It seemed hard to accept but it’s the truth and I have to accept it.

Now, I feel somewhat sad because my children are quite grown-up already and I brought them Catholic teachings. So I have to be strong for them, that I will hold on [to the teachings] until the end. It’s as if I turned 360o and I need to totally change their beliefs. It’s difficult, but I can do it with the help of the Lord God.

I first heard Bro. Eli on television; it’s as if a miracle given by God. Though it was a short time since I knew the doctrine, I was given wisdom to discern what is really the right teachings of the Lord. If you won’t strengthen yourself, you won’t become a member, because there are many struggles that come.

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may the Lord bless you and give you longer lives for the people living on this planet full of evil. May God bless you, and may we see each other in the life to come.

~o~

Sis. Michelle Ramos, 29, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Being Baptized
I feel light and as if all the evil spirits in my body were gone when I got baptized. I’m really very happy that I became a member here. I’ve long been yearning to join as my husband has already been a member here for 12 years. I’m really happy that I became a sister here!

On MCGI Leaders
To Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I’m thankful for them because if it weren’t for them, they would not be able to lead many Filipinos who really want to be part of the brotherhood.

I’m happy that I became a member here because of them. The doctrines they teach to really good. I hope that many more will become members!

~o~

Bro. Marlo Garbo, 26, Former Born Again, Cavite

On Being Baptized
All I can say is that I can’t explain what I feel.

It feels really good. It’s different from the doctrines I heard before in the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). The doctrines here are different from theirs. Here, it depends on the Bible, with the INC, there are a few from the Bible, but mostly, not.

I decided I didn’t want to get baptized there; I was indoctrinated for six months. And you have to memorize the doctrines there. Though, I had many questions that they weren’t able to answer.

I got to listen through a television I bought. Two weeks afterward, all the channels were gone, and only UNTV 37 was left. That was the only one that had clear reception.

It was a year ago and [Bro. Eli] was debated with an atheist that time. I was delighted because there was a debate, until I got so amused I didn’t know it was already 3 AM.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that they will continue so that many more will be encouraged.

~o~

Sis. Mary Jane Lopez, 24, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
It feels good inside.

When I was searching on the Internet on movies about Jesus, I saw the video of Bro. Eli Soriano, so I watched it. Then, I also knew someone who was from The Old Path [the Church of God] and we talked.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope he’s always okay as [Bro. Eli] is already old. I hope that he will be given a longer life. I’m lucky  because I was able to still see Bro. Eli.

~o~

Bro. Regidor Ronquillo, 19, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I feel as if I was born again after being baptized. Like what Bro. Eli said, you will feel anew, like you died, was buried, and then lived again.

When I was a child, my mother [listened]. I was about 8 or 9 years old, but I wasn’t interested then. My mother is now 18 years in the Church of God.

Then, I had a girlfriend who is a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, about two years ago. As time passed by, we talked about religion as members of other religions are not allowed in the INC.

What happened was we had a conflict regarding religion, until we separated ways. Then, I looked at the way Bro. Eli preached until I got interested.

On MCGI Leaders
May you continue to spread in the whole world the true doctrines, unlike in other religions, unlike in the Iglesia ni Cristo.


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