Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 31, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on January 31, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Alvin Requinto, 40, Former Catholic, China

On Being Baptized
Like many others [here], I have received an inexplicable, unfathomable feeling. God is truly great.

I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel for the very good preaching. It is proof that this is the House of God and the Lord Jesus Christ who lead the brethren. Thanks be to God.

I worked in China. I’m an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). I’m alone in my apartment, so I searched for a (stress) outlet after work; I want to relax at the same time.

I wanted to watch TV. I really missed Philippine programs. That time, I downloaded to my cellphone applications with television [programs] – one of which is UNTV. That’s where I watched.

I also went to MCGI.org. Then I emailed, asking where an MCGI locale was or a coordinating center. Then after about two days someone contacted me there. I’ll be returning to China, God willing.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli, may the merciful Lord lengthen his life, make him stronger. Although He knows everything, this is what someone like me wishes for.

I’m thankful for so great a reading and preaching that is from the Bible. The verses he gives, they are so enlightening to the heart and mind of someone like me who seeks the truth, who seeks the true Church, the true brethren. For Bro. Daniel, his projects in MCGI, in UNTV are [admirable].

~o~

Bro. Emmanuelle Domo, 44, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
It feels good. I feel good, because the baptism here is different. It’s complete. What Bro. Eli said is true, nothing more, nothing less; it’s just complete.

My companions before were also members. I watched through UNTV. That’s where I listened [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano].

After I came back from the Middle East, I started listening already. That was about 2009 or 2010, continually.

Whenever Bro. Eli speaks, apart from the Bible, sometimes about your sickness he [tackles] about health, medicine, everything. You can’t ask for anything more from him. It’s like he’s “all in one.”

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli, firstly, may the Lord lengthen his life. May there be many more who will learn [his preaching], be really helped.

To Bro. Daniel, may his public service, UNTV, [continue] to help the needy. Then, good health also.

~o~

Bro. Kenneth Dabalos, 20, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I feel okay. I feel cleansed.

Almost all my parents and siblings are members already. I’m here at last so we can be [together] now.

On MCGI Leaders
May he continue, and his health be [good]. I always watch him on television, on UNTV. May he continue spreading the good news from God.

May there also many more people that we can help, especially our poor brethren.

~o~

Bro. Rommel and Sis. Mary Dades, 40 and 32, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Bataan Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Rommel: We were really called [by God]. We heard the preaching that’s true.

Sis. Mary: I feel like a new person.

Bro. Rommel: Before, I watched basketball games. But when I heard him, I always searched him on Channel 37 [UNTV]. Then my nephew invited me to listen to the doctrines.

Here you’ll really feel the things that you have never felt before. When we were immersed, we cried. It’s what they say, “Happy birthday,” because everything felt changed.

On MCGI Leaders
The doctrines here are very different from those of the [INC]. The teachings we heard here, what Bro. Eli says are not of his own thoughts.

~o~

Bro. Reynante and Sis. Maricel Mariano, 30 and 28, Former Born Again Members, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Reynante: Even when I wasn’t baptized, yet, I was already decided. I’ve long wanted to become a member here, but there were many hindrances.

First there was my job, then opportunities. So when I had a good chance, I took full advantage of it.

My relatives objected to my getting baptized here. They said that they [MCGI] don’t have churches in Bro. Soriano’s congregation.

But as I heard in his doctrine, we don’t need [physical] churches. What’s important are those gathering.

So I really felt even then that God was really looking for me already. But opportunities, parents, relatives were the odds that were against me. So when I was having problems at work, I asked for a sign.

I resigned from work because I didn’t really like what I was doing. Because there was deceit in it, and that was one of the main reasons why I left it and why I pursued my search for the Church of God in the Bible.

Sis. Maricel: I heard Bro. Eli on radio as my husband listened to him daily. It’s great; it’s good.

My husband is a fan of Bro. Eli, and me too. I said, “Right. He’s really good. For every question, it’s the Bible who answers. So that’s what’s right. That’s what’s true.”

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Reynante: May their lives be longer that they may continue to teach the true teachings in this world, that we are in the true Church.

Sis. Maricel: May the Lord give you longer lives that you may serve the brethren, and share the words of God. We’re thankful that we heard your [preaching]. We heard the words of God because of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. God bless.

~o~

Bro. Jason Alcantara, 19, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
I feel free, different from what I felt before. I was baptized when I was a baby, so I had no knowledge of what happened then.

I felt light. It’s like you’ve been cleansed. It’s like a new you.

My sister discovered The Old Path, and her husband as well. They were the ones who introduced it to me. I was attending [Church gatherings] even when I wasn’t baptized yet.

On MCGI Leaders
May they keep it up as they give a good influence to every person. Also, it’s really a great help spiritually. I can also say that they helped me know myself.

~o~

Bro. Albert Brace, 29, Former Philippine Independent Church Member, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
First of all, praise God. I thank God because for the longest time, despite [that] I’ve been serving in a wrong religion [before], I still found the true Church. Many, many thanks.

I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] in 2010. I tuned in to the program of Bro. Eli by accident. That’s when I started watching UNTV.

On MCGI Leaders
May the Lord God continue to help them. May He give them longer lives that they may help and lead many more in the right religion, in the right Church.

MCGI Supports Public Servants Playing for Charity via UNTV Cup 2

The loud and excited cheers of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) reverberated in the Smart Araneta Coliseum and in popular social media sites during the much anticipated UNTV Cup Season 2 Opening Games last 11 February this year.

Kuya Daniel Razon called for the support of Church members during the philantrophic basketball tournament’s second season. On the game day, Kuya Daniel made it clear who the real stars are behind the unique sports endeavor.

Kuya Daniel Razon speaks before the MCGI-supported UNTV Cup 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on February 11, 2014.
“Every game day is people’s day,” emphasized UNTV-BMPI CEO and UNTV Cup Creator Kuya Daniel Razon as each government agency will set up booths during game days so people can come and seek help for their respective concerns. (Photo courtesy of Rodel Lumiares, PVI)

“Every game day is people’s day,” said UNTV-BMPI CEO and MCGI Vice-Presiding Minister Kuya Daniel Razon. “There is only one goal. We are always thinking how to insert public service [in everything] because that is what UNTV does, [as] Your Public Service Channel,” remarked Bro. Razon.

The Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano was also in attendance via technology to kick-off the public service event. Bro. Eli thanked the players and audience of this season’s UNTV Cup for their continuous support for a worthwhile cause.

“Remember that this project [that] we are doing is for the benefit of others, and not for the benefit of ourselves,” stated Bro. Eli to the crowd in attendance in Smart Araneta, and those watching the event via UNTV 37 and UNTVweb.com.

Bro. Eli Soriano sends his message to the players and supporters of UNTV Cup 2, the first charity basketball league in the Philippines.
Bro. Eli Soriano called upon the audience of the UNTV Cup and thanked them for their continuous support, adding that the said project is being done for the benefit of others and not for ourselves. (Photo courtesy of Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

The international preacher added that the players were also playing the role of Christ, who is the pioneer inspiration of doing good to others. “It’s like being Christ tonight; playing the role of Christ, doing good for the benefit of other people.”

The support for UNTV Cup 2 extended to social media sites as well, as audiences tweeted live updates from the first game night of the season. For ten straight hours, the hashtag #UNTVCupSeason2 was a trending topic on Twitter’s Philippine trends.

What’s New in Season 2

The second season of the UNTV Cup promises better games and better public service.

For each game day, each participating government agency will set up desks manned by their representatives. This is for the benefit of the game watchers and other citizens who would like to seek help and information regarding their various concerns.

Two more teams have been added to the roster of players for this year’s tournament. The first of which is the Senate Defenders, whose Team Captain is Sen. Sonny Angara Jr.

Senator Sonny Angara graced the event as the Team Captain of the Senate Defenders, one of the two newly added teams this season.
Senator Sonny Angara graced the event as the Team Captain of the Senate Defenders, one of the two newly added teams this season. (Photo courtesy of Rodel Lumiares, PVI)

Other prominent members of the political community namely, Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Jinggoy Estrada are also part of the team’s roster of players.

The highest committee of the government also had its own team, the Malacañan Patriots, completing the ten teams of this season’s tournament.

With season 2 just beginning, UNTV Cup Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co, already called upon the game’s supporters to watch out for season three. According to the PBA legend, they are already making plans to increase the cash prize of winners and anticipating more teams to sign up and play for charity.

The first game of this season commenced with the House of Representatives Solons versus the Senate Defenders. The Senate Defenders won the game by 83-72.

UNTV Cup, a brainchild of Bro. Daniel Razon, is a basketball tournament for a good cause. The game’s grand prize winner will get to donate their 1 million-peso grand prize to a charity of their choosing.

Team Judiciary was hailed as the previous season’s winner, and granted their 1 milion PHP earnings to institutions that care for the victims of calamities in Central Luzon and war in southern Philippines.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Hinirangs grabbed the second spot and gave their 500,000 prize money to the Masonic Charity for Crippled Children.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)


UNTV, BMPI Thankful to God As Their 10th Year of Public Service Nears

Apalit, Pampanga – Kuya Daniel Razon led the thankful employees, volunteer staff and beneficiaries of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) in offering their gratitude to God on February 1 this year at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga.

The people behind UNTV – the country’s prime public service network stood on stage to thank God for nearly a decade of God’s guidance in all of the station’s public service endeavors.

An audio visual presentation played during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network's use of drones for news and public service.
An audio visual presentation played during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network’s use of drones for news and public service. (Photo courtesy of Prince Marquez, PVI)

During the thanksgiving number, BMPI-UNTV CEO and Chairman Daniel Razon remarked on UNTV’s making its mark in the field of public service.

In UNTV’s audio-visual presentation, Kuya Daniel said, “We are so small compared to bigger networks, but with God’s mercy, in our humble ways, we are instruments in helping our fellowmen.”

In the same AVP, MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano congratulated UNTV on how God has helped the station become what it is today – a station that truly serves the people.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV's public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV’s public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

“It is quite an achievement for UNTV, under the supervision of Bro. Daniel Razon. [That is] To bring glory and honor to the Lord through the instrumentality of UNTV,” stressed Bro. Soriano.

“We do not mean business, we mean public service,” concluded Bro. Daniel as what UNTV as a network is all about.

Nine Years of Public Service

Starting out as a small television network way back year 2004, UNTV has made a name for itself as the country’s dedicated public service channel. The network maintains the daily operation of its numerous charity institutions and public service works.

Now passing its 9th year, UNTV has already made marks with some of the most groundbreaking public service projects launched in the Philippines. 

One example is the “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” (Rescue First, Report Later) Advocacy, which encourages media men to prioritize life-saving rather than news reporting.

Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

UNTV has also pioneered the use of aerial drones for rescue and reporting in the country, employing the use of technology for faster information dissemination and a wider scope of public service to the masses.

UNTV also maintains partnership with the Members Church of God International (MCGI) through its Ang Dating Daan Foundation Inc. (ADDFI).

To extend help in far-flung areas in the country, UNTV has rolled medical missions. The station also put up numerous Clinic ni Kuya facilities around the archipelago to provide medical care help to our marginalized fellowmen.

Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church.
Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

UNTV’s main operating station located in EDSA also houses its Legal Center called “Law Center ni Kuya,” where people in need of legal assistance can seek counselling.

The station also provides continuous support for La Verdad Christian College’s free education and the Dunong Gulong Mobile School services, as well as its Libreng Sakay (Free Ride) buses and jeepneys throughout the country.

UNTV will celebrate its tenth anniversary this coming June 25-26, 2014.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 24, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga on January 24, 2014.

Bro. Rabbi Malapas, 20 Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I felt light. However, there’s the challenge that I will face everyday, especially since I’m waiting for the baptism by fire. I know it’s going to be hard, but with God’s help, I know I can bear it.

I feel light; it’s a different feeling that I can’t explain.

Everything started with my Father who is an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). He listens through the Internet while working.

Then there’s also my grandfather. However, he already passed away, and wasn’t baptized. However, in the final days of his life, he was able to listen.

I grew up in a Catholic school until high school. Even for college, I went to a Catholic university.

However, when [The Old Path] was introduced to me by my dad, I didn’t have a hard time [accepting the teachings] as I was open to them.

Also, even as a kid, what [Catholics] did struck me as weird. Though, I haven’t yet heard the teachings, I already disliked what they were doing. So when my father introduced [the teachings] to me, it was easy for me [to accept them].

On MCGI Leaders
Thanks for the Bible. I forgot to say that this is where it started.

I tried requesting a Bible through Twitter. Then, a brother went to our house, and I found that the Bible request is true.

I said I’d just try out the free Bible. And it was true, so that’s when I started believing that it was true.

I’m thankful to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel because what they do is no joke. What they do is a great sacrifice.

~o~

Bro. Cruzaldo and Sis. Yolanda Genova, 48, Former Catholics, Italy

On Being Baptized

Bro. Cruzaldo: I feel that all my [sins] have been washed, like I’m a new person; I can’t explain it.

I feel like as if I was born again, because all my sins have been washed. It feels so good, unlike before in my previous religion, Catholicism, where there are many vices and worldly deeds.

Now, we have learned what we really shouldn’t do. So now that we’ve been baptized, we feel happy.

Sis. Yolanda: We were baptized together, and got indoctrinated together.

Bro. Cruzaldo: It’s a blessing.

Sis. Yolanda: We were indoctrinated twice in Italy, but it got postponed. We were far from Milan, but Bro. Tony [Church Worker in Italy] tried for us to be guided by a Church Worker here.

We’re thankful that there’s a baptism here. So when we return, we’re okay, we’re content already.

We’re happy, because we were really expecting that before we get back to Italy, we’re already been baptized. So we thank God that we have been baptized this day.

We have been listening for a long time [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] on television.

Bro. Cruzaldo: Then, we were still immersed in Catholicism. But there was our great admiration towards Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

Sis. Yolanda: We always watched it [The Old Path].

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, many, many thanks. May many more souls be saved through our bold preachers. We hope that their lives be longer and for continued guidance. Let us all pray for the brethren and for our true preachers. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Reynato Resurreccion, 41, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
It’s a new life as a Christian. This is the chance for me to serve the Lord and turn away from my previous life, which was wicked. Now, it’s really all for Him.

I’ve been listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] since 1999. I studied in Japan; I was there till 2003.

It was really nice because the teachings I learned from Bro. Eli, I used [to discuss with] Seventh Day Adventists. They were the ones who collected money from people in the streets.

Then, what Bro. Eli says about that religion, I always debated with them. It seems that they know about The Old Path in the Philippines.

They shied away from me. Whenever they see me, they avoided me because they don’t like discussing about religion.

When I returned here, my brother had already been baptized. I said, “You got ahead of me, when I’m the one who often listens.”

Then, all my friends in Pandacan, Manila have already been baptized as well. So I listened again.

You see, I got lost [from God’s way] in New York; I really separated myself. When I was still a Catholic, I didn’t go to Church. When I returned here, I listened again to Bro. Eli. That’s when I decided to become a member, to be baptized.

On MCGI Leaders
May you continue your works. You are able to save many souls, who are converted to be good Christians, to be servants of God.

~o~

Bro. Renato Mejares, 35, Former Catholic, Pangasinan Province

On Being Baptized
First of all, I thank the Lord God, the Father God because I was able to turn back to Him. I also thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

My former deeds are gone. It’s really tear-jerking. While they were singing, I felt like crying. Of course, my soul got tired of the evil in me, so I turned back to God.

After I got immersed, I felt like I got relieved of my problems. It’s like a new life, as we have forgotten our former deeds.

I was working in Silang, Cavite, when I got to watch the Bible Expositions. People were asking questions, and I got to watch that for about five months.

I was just surfing the channels in our barracks. I was alone and even late at night, I still watched. Even when I got asleep, the TV would still be on [UNTV].

Then when I returned to Pangasinan, I asked about The Old Path, about the Church of God as I was really looking for it.

This year, I readied myself, and perhaps the Lord had called me already, so I searched for a locale. I found a locale in Taguig. And that was it.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, may you expose many more [teachings] that our fellowmen now [may learn], especially in our times when there are many calamities like Yolanda where many lives were claimed. May they not be just listeners.

~o~

Bro. Teofilo Prestoza, 26, Former Born Again Pastor, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
Now that I’ve been baptized, I’m feeling that I’m complete. I’ve completed the one requirement that would involve my salvation.

Actually, this is my only burden last time that I cannot give to the Church unless I was baptized, [unless] I became a member. Now I feel that I’m one of the members of this Church. So I’ll be able to help; I’ll be able to give. And I’m a complete Christian right now. I’ve been baptized in the correct church.

Though I’ve been experiencing sleepless nights, after the baptism, I feel healed. I’m a newborn.

I’ve been watching Bro. Eli since I was still seventeen years old. Oh no, sixteen. So I regretted the time that passed by. I became a pastor of the Born Again for two years. I regret that experience.

I got baptized with my girlfriend. I let them watch the program [The Old Path] first at home. I’ve been explaining to them. I have been studying this ministry for almost three years.

Even though I was pastoring then, I was teaching the same teaching of Bro. Eli, because I graduated from a non-denominational Bible school. So we don’t belong to any denomination. That’s why I have an open mind. I’ve been listening to debates, to Bible Expositions.

On MCGI Leaders
I would love to see them personally. I want to learn more from them. My message is: May they continue to be brave enough to share the Good News of God, especially to all of us.

May they not get tired of teaching the Good News of God through television because that’s where I knew God. That’s where I knew about this ministry, through the radio [as well].

And I hope by the strength of God, by the power of God, they would not stop in preaching God’s words.

~o~

Bro. Marvin Cunanan, 40, Former Seventh Day Adventist, Bataan Province

On Being Baptized
What I felt was the true baptism that is really from the Lord and true teachings.
I got to listen [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano] through radio, television. [My wife and I have] been listening for a long time, for about five years already.

We’ve been together for 20 years. I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli since I was young, but since I went abroad, my listening to Bro. Eli wasn’t regular.

On MCGI Leaders
May the Lord continue to give them longer lives, and may they continue helping the brethren, as well as the people who haven’t known yet God.

~o~

Bro. Vergilio Torreliza, 71, Former Seventh Day Adventist, Bataan Province

On Being Baptized
I’m so happy right now as I was from being an Adventist. Here is where I’ve seen the right explanations, charity to our fellowmen. I really saw that it was good.

Also, Bro. Eli is kind, helpful and really well in preaching. My in-law has been listening to him for about five years now.

Since I used to go abroad, my listening was not continuous. But it has been about three years that I’ve been listening intently through radio.

On MCGI Leaders
I really saw that Bro. Eli preaches well, and is really helpful to others, to the poor.

I saw that he has many [charities]. He has free schools, free clinics, free meals, and there are many elderly people whom he cares for.

These are really important for us listeners. Many are being helped. And where else will you join, but in that [group] who truly helps people.

Then, there’s also a free ride from Caloocan to Baclaran and back again. It’s really well. When you’re in Manila and you have no ride or a place to sleep there’s a place you can go to [Transient Home]. And here as well, I believe.

It’s really helpful for us. The Lord took us in. Those are really the things I looked for, for a long time now. The Lord really showed that this is the true one.

~o~

Bro. Arturo Alcantara, 63, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Being Baptized
I feel as if I got out of a tight space. I feel relieved.

The things I thought about whenever I was alone, “What if I died? Will I have salvation?”

It’s like I was searching for something I haven’t seen before. I didn’t know where really to go. But here [I am], because before I already got to listen on radio, on Don Manolo Favis’ [program].

Then, I lost track of it because I’ve been to different places. In 2001, we [my friends and I] always talked about Bro. Eli, that he was really good. Though he was good for me however, there’s Someone better than him. I said, “One day, I’m going to be there.” And here I am.

Whatever I may do, to the point of turning things upside down, everything [Bro. Eli] says is from the Bible. May people twist it or debate him about it, in the end, the one debating against him folds.

I said, “How can I not believe when he answers straight from the Bible?” There are no inventions; he just reads he answers from the Bible. How then can I not believe? So I said, “This is it.” And I didn’t get hindered.

Of course, the things I saw here are only flashed on his program: The homes, the buildings he had built for those in need.

I have already proven it. I don’t need to go to Manila, because these are proofs already. He’s good. He can encourage many people because it’s purely truth. Also, he fights what’s wrong. That’s where I’m amazed by him. So it feels nice.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, Bro. Daniel, thanks and may your lives be longer. So that if it’s possible, may you get everyone, that all may be saved.

Bro. Eli Soriano: Triumph, Glory Belong to God on Debate Win

“The word of God cannot lose.”

This was just one of Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano’s memorable quotes that proved to be true during a live debate held last February 7 this year. There were more than 20,000 guests in attendance all over the world.

Guests gathered to watch the debate between MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano and Church of Christ preacher Mr. Catarinen on the Ang Dating Daan Mobile Coordinating Center situated at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Guests gathered to watch the debate between MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eli Soriano and Church of Christ preacher Mr. Catarinen on the Ang Dating Daan Mobile Coordinating Center situated at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Wisdom Ison, PVI International)

Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Bro Eli emerged as the debate’s victor against Mr. Eusebio Catarinen, a pastor of the Church of Christ in Negros Oriental.

Catarinen signed the theme of the debate, which reads: “I will prove that the true Church was built by the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is He who owns it according to the Bible.” The pastor was in the affirmative, while Bro. Eli was in the negative.

The pair faced off via satellite from two points: Catarinen was situated at the MCGI Coordinating Center in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, while the Ang Dating Daan host addressed his challenger through a video streaming platform from South America.

Mr. Simplicio Villegas Mijares, former Mayor of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental moderated the event, while Janice B. Bulandres (New Apostolic Church member) and Roejen M. Tejamo (Born Again member) served as the official timekeepers.

The debate was watched in 1,281 remote points simultaneously all over the world, aside from a number of online viewers.

Bro Eli is Netizens’ Declared Champ

On social media, the hashtag #DebateBroEli became one of the top five trending topics in the Philippine Trends on Twitter.

The official Twitter accounts of MCGI’s religious program @AngDatingDaanTV and @TheOldPathTV tweeted the debate events as it happened.

Mr. Catarinen and Bro. Soriano both had three 20-minute stands during the debate. In between each stand, a 15-minute cross-examination for either party ensued.

The edge-of-your-seat debate which lasted for 4.5 hours, ended with Bro. Soriano’s win. Before the night came to an end, Bro. Soriano and Mr. Catarinen both gave their closing remarks.

To Whom Glory Truly Belongs

“The intent of this debate is not to show that one has lost, or one was defeated, and the other, triumphed – because triumph belongs to God; glory belongs to God,” remarked Bro. Eli.

The debate winner further emphasized on the reason why all through these years, the preacher involves himself in Bible-based debates.

One of the verses Bro. Soriano used to win the debate and disprove Mr. Catarinen’s claim – Hebrews 3:4 - For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
One of the verses Bro. Soriano used to win the debate and disprove Mr. Catarinen’s claim – Hebrews 3:4 – For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. (Photo courtesy of Rovic Balunsay, PVI International)

“I want people to realize that we are holding debates not because of hatred. We are holding debates, we are engaging in debates, to prove the truth,” said Bro. Soriano.

“I am thankful to God because He gave me the chance to have faced Bro. Eli Soriano,” stated Mr. Catarinen. Before he ended his closing spiel, he said that he “would continue studying the teachings of Eli Soriano.”

The debate moderator, former Mayor Mijares, also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the organizers of the debate. “I thank you all for inviting me here, and I am also thankful for I have learned many things,” remarked Mr. Mijares.

“May God bless us all, and may we continue our quest for the truth as long as we live,” said Bro. Eli Soriano in the conclusion of the event.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 17, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga on January 17, 2014.


Bro. John Rommy Revoltar, 15, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
Just like the other people here, I can’t explain what I feel. It’s really something I can’t explain when I got baptized.

My classmate, Mario Victor, he was the one whom I heard discussing about [The Old Path], and I listened to them.

Then, I went to them to a locale, [and that was] my first time to listen to Bro. Eli.

On MCGI Leaders
My message to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel is, thank you. They became the way for me to lead me back to the Lord, and they taught us the teachings or words of God.

~o~

Bro. Arnold Mallari, 49, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
I learned a lot. But I still have to learn a lot from the words of the Father, because in my previous religion, there were many things untaught.

After baptism, all the heavy problems I had, the sins against God I committed, now all feel light for me.

I learned about Bro. Eli through television, if I’m not mistaken, about ten years ago.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that Bro. Eli will be given a longer opportunity [to serve] that many more brethren, souls will join the Church.

~o~

Bro. Modesto Tamisin, 64, Former Born Again, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
It feels light inside that I’ve received the true God.

I watched Bro. Eli on television, about three or four years ago. I really liked his explanations in the Bible. It’s like, really dissected and settles in the heart.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli, may we continue this work that many may learn the Word of God.

~o~

Bro. Francis Allen Dayao, 29, Former Catholic, Manila


On Being Baptized
All I can say is that this is really true. Out of all the [preachings] I heard, all the things that Bro. Eli says are truly Biblical. Everything is written, so I don’t have any doubts in joining here.

I got to listen to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] when I was still a kid. My grandfather used to listen to The Old Path.

Then when I grew up, I was invited here by my brother. He said, “Try to watch. You won’t lose anything after all.” So I tried to watch and with God’s mercy, I did. I listened and I realized that everything said was true.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may you continue the work of preaching the Word of God to people who have not yet [heard it]. I hope they will be enlightened, that their minds and hearts have understanding and see what’s true from what’s not.

I hope that they also have longer lives that they may continue this work of [preaching] God’s words.

~o~

Sis. Jenny Guevarra, 43, Former Born Again, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I feel light, as I was from an accident. Three tires rolled over my foot. But thanks be to the Lord Father who saved us with the help of our faith because it wasn’t that easy feeling what we felt that night that we were from an indoctrination session.

It was a Friday and we were from indoctrination. We were by the stoplight when there was a car bigger than [a Nissan patrol] coming from our right side. It overtook our lane and it hit us [We were on a motorcycle].

My foot underwent the car. And the tire rolled back and forth over my foot. So it was really of great help that you have faith in the Lord, because if it weren’t for the Father, perhaps we would have been dead already.

[After I was baptized] as they said, you have to give all your load [to God]. I really felt the relief, the peace. It was like I really fought. As [Bro. Eli] said, you will face [trials]. I thought it wasn’t true, until I experienced this. It was a great hindrance.

Thanks be to God. We really need to be closer to the Lord. Because in these times, we don’t know how accidents can happen.

On MCGI Leaders
Now that I am baptized, I’m thankful because I was so close-minded before to this kind of faith. But I thank the Lord because He gave them to preach the message that people really need to hear for them to turn back to the Lord.

So thanks to the Lord that He used Bro. Eli to give His message and save many souls.

~o~

Bro. William Esparcia, 40, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
At least I feel relieved now. I feel good and that I have peace of mind. It’s like that, unlike before, when I had doubts.

I feel different now, like I’m floating in the air because of joy. I can’t explain it. It’s true. That’s how I feel right now.

I didn’t entertain [listening to Bro. Eli Soriano] at first. But when I visited the locale, I saw that his explanations were very clear, and it’s only now that I learned things that I never knew were in the Bible.

I didn’t know about the prohibitions, because they aren’t taught in other religions. Those things were not taught to us. When I learned them, I decided in myself that the religion, the words of God are different.

It’s really different because [Bro. Eli] really explains everything, unlike in Catholicism where these are not explained. So I realized, “Why do they do that?” Whereas me, I’ve long been a Catholic and I didn’t know whether one thing is prohibited or not.

I learned that some words of God contain prohibitions. It has dos and don’ts. It’s really good because I understand the Bible now, unlike before so I didn’t pay it any attention.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may you continue the good manners that you do today, and that we may triumph. All the evil religions will all be gone and only yours will be left standing.

I’m thankful that I’m here in the Church of God. My mind was really enlightened, and as if my being became whole. I felt whole because I learned all I haven’t learned before.

My dream and my promise to God is [to invite others], my friends who are not [knowledgeable] in religion. With God’s help, they [may know] the word of God, the truth.

~o~

Bro. Jonard Lora, 23, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I feel really, really light, because with the Lord’s help and mercy, I’ve been baptized. It really feels light inside.

At first, it was my in-laws who were just members. Then, I also watch UNTV, and often hear Bro. Eli’s teachings. Of course, we have our own mind already so I decided to join.

I believe in the doctrines that Bro. Eli reads, because those teachings are really from the Bible. They came from the Bible — nothing taken away, nothing added.

On MCGI Leaders
May God bless them. May they continue spreading the teachings of the Lord. More power as well.

~o~

Sis. Rachel Soriano, 29, Former Catholic, Manila

On Being Baptized
It feels good inside. It’s like you’re going to start a new adventure in life, in all things.

I feel relieved and feel like crying at the same time. You also feel the presence of God.

I’ve known [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] since I was in college through my best friend who is already a member. Then when my husband became a member, he was the one who encouraged me. He’s only a new member here, about 11 months.

On MCGI Leaders
May they continue their good works.

~o~

Bro. Milton Wenceslao, Former Iglesia ng Dios Haligi’t Suhay ng Katotohanan, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized
With what I heard from Bro. Eli Soriano, the [wrong] things I did before were gradually gone, and the words of God he preaches are in me now.

I also thank the workers whom have been instruments for me to understand the Word of God.

The doctrines here are very different from those in the Suhay [Brace]; like in prayer, they don’t kneel as Bro. Eli Soriano taught us.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful to them. Because of them, I understood the things I learned. May the Lord continue to guide them.

~o~

Bro. Tomas Villanueva, 32, Former Born Again, NCR

On Being Baptized
There’s a feeling of joy because all my former sins have all been gone this day. I’m really very happy because I am in a group that truly serves God.

When I was first indoctrinated, my attendance wasn’t consistent as there were many hindrances. But I prayed that I would be indoctrinated again starting on January 3, and I said I would push through with it.

Now, I realized that I should’ve been indoctrinated long ago. I should’ve already learnt them then so I wouldn’t have been lost; I wouldn’t have been involved in bad situations.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may you continue to spread the Word of God. God is truly good.

~o~

Bro. Juanario Salazar, 38, Former Catholic, NCR


On Being Baptized
I feel different, like the things I worried about and my problems are gone.

I got to listen through Bible Expositions and through television. Actually, I even saw Bro. Eli personally before.

I was still in high school then. I guess I’m a late bloomer as I only [joined] now. But with God’s mercy, I was able to push through.

Bro. Eli always says that we musn’t only be listeners, but followers as well. So I thought, “That’s right. So why don’t I put it into practice?” So I pushed through with it.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful to him because I was a former Catholic wherein there are many wrong things. It’s in the Bible but they still follow what’s wrong.

I’m thankful because my view in life changed. Imagine, I met him personally when I was about 18 years old. Now, I’m 38. That was twenty years, more than twenty years ago.

I’m thankful to Bro. Eli and to Kuya Daniel. I’ve long been a listener, and it’s only now that I joined. Perhaps God touched my heart. He said, “Do, while there’s still time.”

New MCGI Broadcast App Lets You Watch ‘Ang Dating Daan’ 24/7

Manila, Philippines – The Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently added to its 24/7 broadcast service family the launch of MCGI Broadcast App for iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.

Viewers can now watch using the app the Philippines’ longest-running religious program Ang Dating Daan and its foreign versions – including The Old Path, O Caminho Antigo and El Camino Antiguo, in English, Portuguese and Spanish languages, respectively.

MCGI's flaghsip program, The Old Path, can be watched in Filipino, English, Portuguese and Spanish via the MCGI Broadcast App for iOS and Android users.
MCGI’s flaghsip program, The Old Path, can be watched in Filipino, English, Portuguese and Spanish via the MCGI Broadcast App for iOS and Android users.

To watch the religious program using the free-to-download app, users must have Internet connection in their device.

Satisfied Android and Apple smartphone users of the MCGI took to social networking websites their appreciation of the streaming app.

Android user Arnold Camay Cabatana reviewed the app and said, “Maayong pagkahimo aplikasyon undanon nga programa ug puno sa impormasyon … very excellent work, to GOD be the Glory!” (The application was excellently done, the program is full of information … very excellent work, to GOD be the Glory!).

The MCGI App launched in January 2013 where mobile users can join the 24/7 Community Prayer online.
The MCGI App launched in January 2013 where mobile users can join the 24/7 Community Prayer online.

Abel Suing, who used his Android-powered phone to install the app, said, “Nice app! By this app, I can now watch Bro. Eli Soriano 24/7 in English, Tagalog, Portuguese and Spanish! Thanks be to God!”

“At last, I can now watch The Old Path anytime, anywhere.” said Joel Caratihan, an iOS device user.

“Convenient, very handy to watch Bro Eli’s broadcast on mobile phones,” said user Imd052300 said of the app.

Both the MCGI and MCGI Broadcast Apps can be downloaded for free via the App Store and Google Play.
Both the MCGI and MCGI Broadcast Apps can be downloaded for free via the App Store and Google Play.

The MCGI Broadcast app features the question-and-answer segment Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot (Ask Soriano, the Bible will Answer), as well as Bible Expositions in various places.

The MCGI Broadcast app can be downloaded from the App Store and Play Store, respectively.

(Written by Ronamil Valdez)

The Old Path Reaches El Salvador and Guatemala

Attendees of a Bible Exposition in La Paz, Bolivia ask Bro. Eliseo Soriano their question of faith via live video streaming.
Attendees of a Bible Exposition in La Paz, Bolivia ask Bro. Eliseo Soriano their question of faith via live video streaming.

Pampanga, Philippines – El Salvador and Guatemala become the latest Latin American countries to be reached by the El Camino Antiguo (The Old Path) broadcast.

El Camino Antiguo, The Old Path’s Spanish version, launched its 24-hour-a-day national television broadcast via Canal 61 on January 15, 2014. The program made its debut on Guatemalan television on February 1, 2014.

Guatemalans can watch El Camino Antiguo from 11:30 PM to 12:30 AM on weekdays, and 8 AM to 9 AM on weekends.

On May 13, 2013, The Old Path’s Spanish version aired via Canal 9 in Costa Rica. Hondurans on the other hand were able to tune in to the program a year earlier via Canal 7.

Bolivia saw El Camino Antiguo in 2011, while Portugal watched O Caminho Antigo the same year.

The flagship program of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) The Old Path or locally known as Ang Dating Daan, started in the Philippines in 1980. Hosted by MCGI Leaders Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, Ang Dating Daan remains as the country’s longest-running religious program.

Today, it can be watched in six of the seven continents via free, cable and satellite TV, and the Internet.

To view The Old Path’s list of programs worldwide, please see here.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 10, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest members baptized on January 10, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

Sis. Marie Ellaine Caparas, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Being Baptized
I feel happy and light. It’s like I’ve been unburdened. The doctrines are good and clear and true.

On MCGI Leaders
[They] preach well and clearly. Then it’s like you won’t notice it at first, but all the [verses] are really related to each other.

~o~

Bro. Lohengrin Santiago, 24, Former Catholic, Tarlac Province

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

I fell in love with a girl who is a member. But when she invited me, I saw that it wasn’t just courtship that I would find in her. She invited me to attend a Church service.

I heard [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] for the first time in November [of 2013]. What he says is right. All of it is based in the Bible. What he says is good.

On MCGI Leaders
May he continue because we still have many brethren who need to be taught the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. May he also live longer here on earth.

~o~

Sis. Jaycel Retanal, 18, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I feel so very light inside, like all the burdens I carried are now all gone.

My boss brought me to a Church gathering in October [2013]. What I heard from Bro. Eli is the opposite of what is taught in Catholicism. I didn’t hear limitations there, no prohibitions.

I thank my boss for bringing me here, where I learned how important a person’s life is.

On MCGI Leaders
May they continue teaching people.

~o~

Sis. Erlinda Jennings, 47, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy and I feel light inside.

I’ve been watching since six years ago on television. I watched it always and nobody invited me to watch it, and it was through Bro. Eli that I realized that what he says is what’s right.

I’ve been a Catholic for a long time, and yet nothing happened. It’s only now that I’ve experienced true [religion]. Also, the truth is there. You can read it. In Catholicism, it is not taught to us.

We don’t have materialistic things on our bodies, so it feels good.

On MCGI Leaders
Thank you Bro. Eli and to all of the people at UNTV. I thank you because in everyday [of my life], if you weren’t there, I wouldn’t be here now.

Because of you, because there’s UNTV, I am able to watch you almost everyday, every night. My children are also able to watch and they learn from watching you.

Many thanks to the Lord and to all for bringing me here. He really planned this so that when I return to England, I have something to bring there with me.

~o~

Sis. Cherry Manaoat, 28, Former Catholic, NCR

On Being Baptized
I’m happy that I’ve been baptized in the Church of God. I can finally give thanks and serve Him.

When I met my husband, who is a brother, he was the one who invited me to listen to the words of God. That was in 2009, but it took me four years before I decided to be indoctrinated.

Something miraculous happened to me. I got sick and with the help of my husband’s prayers, I got [healed]. I was diagnosed with severe urinary tract infection (UTI).

I can say that things like this really happen to us, and it gives inspiration to our lives. So we must carry out [HIs will] in our lives that we may live with God.

On MCGI Leaders
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, many, many thanks for giving us time, for preaching to us.

Miracle on Air: Radio Broadcast from the Philippines Reaches Finland and Austria

Austrian and Finnish airwaves became the farthest destinations reached by the The Old Path program aired by UNTV Radyo La Verdad 1350 KHz., a Philippine radio station based in the capital Manila. 

It was nothing short of a “miracle” according to testimonies and letters that Radyo La Verdad received from its Austrian and Finnish listeners who heard the religious show being produced by the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

Miracle on the Airwaves

“I have checked your webpage and listened to the same programs I heard on my radio. We don’t have a program like this here in Salzburg Austria,” said Christoph Ratzer, an Austrian radio enthusiast.

“I hope that you can verify if what I really heard was your station in the wave medium 1350kHz,” Ratzer added in a message he sent in the vernacular, using the popular translating website, Google Translate.

UNTV Radio in Manila Reaches Finland

“I have experienced [a] miracle of radio waves – I have caught the signals of Radio La Verdad here in Finland, with good reception quality,” said Finnish scientist Jyrki Hytonen. He stressed that Radio La Verdad has the strongest reception in Europe that he got from the Philippines.

“Your message of Christ reaches all over the world. I would very much like to receive your verification that I really have been able to enjoy your program here!,” Hytonen further related.

Recorded Proof

Both messages sent recorded clips of what programs they heard on the radio. Their clips captured the voices of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon on the recordings, preaching in English and Tagalog.

The religious program is currently aired in 1,281 satellite points cross the Philippines. Bro Eliseo F. Soriano, the MCGI Presiding Minister, is the host for more than 30 years now.

Finland is a Nordic country situated in the North of Europe, while the Republic of Austria is located south of Finland, in the Central part of Europe. The distance between the Philippines, where the UNTV Radio station is based, is roughly 10,000 km or 6,000 miles for both countries.

Ratzer, using a modern US NEtDSR receiver with a 250-feet long wire antenna received the feed in Austria, further giving weight to Hytonen’s exclaiming that they witnessed a miracle on the airwaves.

Aside from regular radio broadcasting, The Old Path has a television counterpart and being aired across the globe, via satellite technology. Its Tagalog language format is titled Ang Dating Daan.

Ang Dating Daan, hosted by Bro. Eli, has an internet presence through www.angdatingdaan.org.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera, Photos courtesy of Christopher Ratzer and Jyrki Hytonen)


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