Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 20, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 20, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Eulanie Jean Rovillos, 20, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I saw the true teachings. They give the right teachings to us. There is nothing wrong with the teachings.

I was actually just surfing the television channels one day and I found his [Bro. Eliseo] program.

I was encouraged to join by his doctrines that he teaches. You cannot hear those in other religions.

On Being Baptized

Though it was cold, I felt so happy. I felt that my sins have been cleansed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they always be safe. I hope that the words of God be propagated more in the whole world that other people may know what we have learned.

~o~

Bro. Joel Pastoral, 42, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening to Bro. Eli, since about 2001 if my memory serves me right.

The doctrines are right. They don’t lack anything nor there is anything added. Just right.

On Being Baptized

I feel okay. I feel I know all truth.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful because I’ve long been longing to join. Time came when I got assigned in Batangas. I searched for the locale there. But since it was far from where I worked, I decided to be baptized here.

~o~

Sis. Andrea Santos, 17, Former Born Again Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My father is an avid watcher of Bro. Eli’s program, The Old Path on television. As time went by, I got curious as well.

The first time I saw and watched Bro. Eli sharing the words of God, I said, “Wow!” I even thought, “Is he still human?”

He’s so amazing; he knows so much about the Bible. When we were in the Born Again, I knew many famed pastors and leaders, but none of them knows what Bro. Eli knows.

They don’t have that intensity of understanding of the Bible, so I’m really so amazed by Bro. Eli.

When we attended the Mass Indoctrination, I learned a lot. Summing it up in one word: eye-opening.

On Being Baptized

It feels light inside. It’s my first time to be baptized, because when I was in the Born Again, they didn’t let me. And I’m glad that this is my first time, because it’s really legitimate.

This is also my gift to myself before I turn 18. It’s God’s calling to me.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

First of all, they’re really good. I’m amazed by them because of their works. They don’t tire. They’re really a blessing to us.

I’m glad that there are people like them who have such a great amount of love for God. Without limits, without boundaries, they share God’s words. I’ll always keep them in my prayers.

~o~

Bro. Arnel Villanueva, 45, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It was my wife who really liked watching the program on television. She has been listening for about seven years now.

As she listened nightly, I was also able to hear the preaching as well.

Actually, I wasn’t interested at first as I was Catholic. But when I finally listened to it, I found that the teachings were right.

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Then, my wife decided on it: She asked me when I would join so that we would go at the same time.

I was hesitant to join at the onset. Until after seven years, I decided. [Laughs]

We searched for the locale in Makati, but we didn’t find it there so we went straight to Shaw Blvd. Actually, it was more convenient for us to be there. And now, we’re here.

We are really thankful to God. I’m thankful for my wife as well for inviting me here.

On Being Baptized

It feels so light inside, like all of my problems are gone. It’s an inexplicable feeling.

I am hopeful that we will be able to endure until the end. Actually, I want to bring my children here now as well.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, we know the kind of help they extend to our fellowmen. I hope that many more souls will be saved, not only here in the Philippines but in other nations as well.

To God be the glory

“We Must Not Give Up” Wins Song of the Mid-Year in ASOP 5775

Apalit, Pampanga – After an evening filled with new songs of praises to the Almighty, Bro. Eli Soriano awarded the top prize or the Song of the Mid-Year of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival to “Hindi Dapat Sumuko” (We Must Not Give Up) on December 20, 2015.

MCGI ASOP 5775

Composed by Bro. Jonathan Dumanais of Bulacan, “Hindi Dapat Sumuko” was Luzon Region’s official entry for the MCGI song of praise event. The composer received a cash prize of Php100,000.00.

The music fest’s first runner-up award went to South America’s Sis Loida Dumandan-Del Rosario, for the song titled, “Sa Bawa’t Panahon” (For Every Season), which received Php 30,000.00.

Bagging the second runner-up and third runner-up awards were Thailand’s Sis. Marje Navarro-Pelayo’s entry, “Just Believe”, and Pampanga Division’s Bro. Jonathan dela Peña’s “Dahil Sa’Yo” (Because of You).  Both songs won Php 30,000.00 and Php 20,000.00, respectively.

The music festival also gave special awards to Cebu’s “Daghang Salamat” and Brazil’s “No Meu Canto Oculto.” Both songs, which were composed by Bro. Tiburcio Barong Jr. and Sis Sheru Abulencia, respectively, were recipients of PhP 20,000.00 each.

All participants of the ASOP Mid-Year 5775 received a consolation prize of PhP 10,000.00 each.

Inspirational Songs, Inspirational Messages  

Bro. Daniel Razon and Bro. Eli Soriano, the Assistant to the Overall Servant and Overall Servant, respectively,  both gave inspirational words and spiritual reminders to the contestants and aspiring composers of songs of praises during the Mid-Year ASOP 5775 event.

MCGI ASOP Bro. Eli

Bro. Daniel imparted the importance of creating songs of praises to God before the awarding of prizes to the winners on stage.

“I believe that with the help and mercy of God, there is a spirit that will help us if we have the desire to create songs of praises to God, songs of gratitude, [and] songs of worship because this is part of our obligation to God,” said Bro. Razon, then adding, This pleases our Lord – when He hears us praise Him through singing.”

Recounting from how the ASOP first started in 2004, Bro. Daniel shared his hopes on singing praises to God.  “That is our dream – that is part our dreams – that we may be able to continue singing songs of praises to God not just in this life, but also in the life that is to come in eternity.”

Joining the event from South America, Bro. Eli shared that “singing Songs of Praises to the Lord is a way of humbling ourselves before God.”

“When we say that God is Almighty, we are admitting that we are helpless; we are under His power. When we say that God is merciful, that means, we are very small that we are helpless and our lives have no meaning without His mercy,” continued Bro. Eli.

He added that singing songs of praises to God “is our constant reminder for ourselves that we are always submitting ourselves under the power of God. And it is also a constant way of expressing to God our gratitude and our acknowledgment of His power over and above every one of us in the true Church of God. This is why this endeavor is pleasing to God.”

The international preacher also called for the creation of more beautiful and thematic songs of praises, and reiterated that it should continue to be a division effort.

Bro. Eli announced that to show how important the creation of songs of praises to God is for him, he will give bigger cash prize to the winner of next year’s ASOP’s Song of the Year-End.

Written by Pauline Arellano

Before MCGI’s 4th Quarter ITG of 2015 Celebration, A Countdown of Milestones and Accomplishments

Days before 2015 comes to a close, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) will hold its 4th quarter International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) celebration on December 25-27, this year.

Thousands of congregants sing a song of praise to God during the second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God celebration of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
Thousands of congregants sing a song of praise to God during the second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God celebration of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

During last December 12’s regular Thanksgiving service at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, reminded the whole congregation about the dates of the fourth quarter International Thanksgiving to God.

“Let us all be united, God willing, come December 25, for our ITG,” remarked Bro. Daniel.

Leading up to the quarterly congregational event are succeeding milestones and accomplishments of the Church this past quarter, featuring various charitable and public service endeavors locally and internationally.

A Quarter’s Highlights, Accomplishments

On October 12, 2015, MCGI’s award-winning religious program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) celebrated its 35th year anniversary at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano, the show is the Philippines’ longest-running religious shows.

On the same night, MCGI broke the old record of Guinness Book of World Records’ “Largest Chorale Group” award, with its 8,688 choir members’ awe-inspiring performance of a 15-minute medley of praise songs.

Aside from the Guinness win, the anniversary special at the Big Dome featured 11 Persons with Disabilities (PWD) groups as recipients of Php 100,000.00 each.

Meanwhile, Bro. Eli Soriano’s blog site, Controversy Extraordinary, won two awards from the Philippine Blogging Awards during the awards night on November 21. The international preacher’s blog won the “People’s Choice Awards – Society and Politics Category” and “Bloggys 2015 People’s Champion” awards.

After a week (November 23), children’s non-profit organizations and groups each received Php 100,000.00 financial help during Bro. Daniel Razon’s birthday concert entitled “In the Eyes of a Child.”

Bro. Daniel’s concert is a celebration of his 32nd year of his baptism in the Church. The jam-packed concert featured talented young artists such as Darren Espanto, Gwyneth Dorado, Myka Cloma, and the Halili School of Ballet dancers, among others.

The latest among the awards received by MCGI are the PMPC Star Awards for its television programs airing on UNTV Life Channel 37, on December 3, 2015.

The A Song of Praise Music Festival won the “Best Talent Search Program” award, while MCGI’s children’s show The KNC Show won two awards, namely the “Best Children Show” and the “Best Children Show Host.”

Under the tutelage of MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano, Bro. Daniel Razon visited different provinces of the nation to personally check on the welfare of the brethren in the country’s farther areas.

To tend to the needs of the brethren in far-flung areas, Bro. Razon visited provinces such as Cebu, Quezon and Leyte, to name a few, in the past quarter, for special weekly thanksgiving to God celebrations.

The ITG is a three-day worldwide event will feature members from different countries and nationalities following the Philippines’ time zone as they give gratitude to God for a quarter-full of His loving kindness and mercy.

Written by Pauline Arellano

MCGI-Produced “KNC Show” and “ASOP TV Music Festival” Win Big in PMPC Star Awards for TV

Two television programs of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) emerged triumphant during the 29th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Television on December 3 at the Kia Theatre in Araneta Center, Quezon City.

PMPC
ASOP TV Host Mr. Richard Reynoso accepting the award for Best Talent Search Competition in the 2015’s PMPC Awards.

KNC Show, the Bible-based children’s television show, received from PMPC the “Best Children Show” and “Best Children Show Host” prizes, respectively.

The MCGI-produced program hosts include Eric Cabobos, Bency Vallo, Moonlight Alarcon, Cid Capulong, Cedie Isip, Kim Enriquez, Tim Argallon, Angelica Tejana, Leanne Manalanzan, and Kyla Manarang.

Present to receive the award, Bro. Eric said: “Thank God for we have Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon for conceptualizing these kinds of shows that has the heart for our fellowmen. To God be the Glory!”

KNC Show bested GMA-7’s Tropang Pochi and Net-25’s Homework.

Kawan ng Cordero, which is “KNC” when abbreviated, translates into “Flock of the Lamb” in English. KNC Show teaches children of different ages about art, nature, science and health while highlighting biblical stories and passages.

Dubbed as the “Bible School On Air”, the show celebrated its 10th year on television via UNTV Life this year.
The show is aimed at promoting good values derived straight from the Bible, which is one of the advocacies launched by Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon, MCGI Overall Servants.

This is not the first time that KNC Show received an award from a local television award-giving group. Last year, the children program was selected by the 22nd Golden Dove Awards to win the “Best TV Children Program.”

The Golden Dove Awards is a prestigious awards night organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

PMPC Star Awards’ Best Talent Search Program for ASOP TV

Meanwhile, A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival was awarded the “Best Talent Search Program of the Year,” reflecting a shift in the taste of the award-giving organizers this year.

ASOP TV, a praise songwriting talent program that airs in UNTV Life, is now on its fifth year edition and continues to showcase the diverse talents and musical artistry of Filipinos.

Richard Reynoso, ASOP TV host, expressed surprise in receiving the PMPC award. “In behalf of Kuya Daniel Razon, to our spiritual adviser, Bro. Eli Soriano, we are not expecting this recognition coming from an award giving body.”

“What we want is for the Filipinos to showcase their talents in writing and composing an all original songs of praise,” said Reynoso.who co-host the show with Tony Rose Gayda.

In its category, ASOP Music Festival bested GMA-7’s Bet ng Bayan, TV-5’s Move It: Clash of the Street Dancers and Talentadong Pinoy 2014.

ASOP Music Festival is the only songs of praise songwriting tilt locally. Physician and composer Mon del Rosario Jr. is the show’s in-house judge.

Prior to its foray in mainstream television, ASOP Music Festival traces its origin in the MCGI’s A Song of Praise Music Festival, an exclusive songwriting tilt in the congregation that has started since 2004.

ASOP TV is open to all amateur and professional composers and opens wide the opportunity for these artists to be recognized in the field of music.

Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 13, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 13, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Eric Villaruel, 26 Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have proven that what Bro. Eli says is true. It is only here where I saw all the truth that aren’t in others. The teachings here are different than with the religions I have heard.

When I heard Bro. Eli’s preaching, all the questions that I had were being answered. I was amazed by him, because other religions didn’t have what he was doing. The righteousness as well that he speaks of is entirely from the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy because I have finally done that which I have wished to do: To return unto the Lord.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their lives will be longer and that they will be able to spread more the righteousness of God in all corners of the globe. May God the Father continue to guide them.

~o~

Bro. Ruel Villaruel, 24, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, the teaching of Bro. Eli cannot be found in other religions. The wrongdoings of other religions, he corrects as well.

Also, you’ll see that everything is right because it is in the Bible. That’s why I believe in what he says because he reads it from the Scriptures.

At first, I didn’t mind the teachings so much. But as I kept on listening, I understood it and have learned many.

I started having questions since then, which got answered as I continued watching the program. So now, I have no more questions because they have all been answered by Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized

I was crying when I got baptized. As Bro. Eli said, you must repent of the things you have done, and I got to think of all the sins I’ve committed. It was emotional.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, I wish Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel more strength. I hope that nothing bad will come to them abroad. It’s because they are able to propagate the truth. May God the Father bless them more.

~o~

Sis. Sarrah Jane Veleña, 22, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I didn’t have any idea about this before. But my husband and his family have known about this for quite some time now. So when they attended the Bible Exposition, I went with them.

It was all new to me, but I was able to adjust quickly as the people are kind.

My husband had also just been baptized today, but he, like his brother, has long been listening to Bro. Eli. Whenever they would turn the TV on and tune in to Bro. Eli, I was able to listen as well.

On Being Baptized

It felt light inside, like it’s a new you, like you have a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue helping our fellowmen that they may be able to bring other souls to God. I hope that this organization will continue to flourish as well. May they have more health for them to be able to do what they need to do.

~o~

Sis. Elinor Mabeza, 39, Former Catholic, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found that the teachings, the doctrines are really from the Bible.

I have been listening for about 10 years now, but my brother has been doing so through television since childhood. So we felt excited when we got to the locale as we have been wanting to go for a long time.

Actually, we had seen the locale already before. One time when we went to the town of Sto. Tomas, our ride dropped as off right by the Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Center there.

My brother then said, “Perhaps, it’s the Lord’s calling already for us to try and go in.” We then tried attending the indoctrination, and it went on from there.

On Being Baptized

The feeling was so light and really different. I felt that I had a new life and that all my worries and anger are gone. It’s like you were born again, problem-free.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

May they continue their work of encouraging souls unto salvation as there are many people now who are lost because of false doctrines. So we are happy that we have finally found the true teachings that are from the Bible.

~o~

Bro. Leonardo Patanao, 59, Former Born Again Member, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

I believe that what Bro. Eli preaches is good and true. Before I have attended in Biñan thrice, when my friend invited me. However, when he went to the province I wasn’t able to attend.

My friend works as a housemate in a place near my work. Whenever I was on-duty, he would bring me to the locale.

I’ve actually been in a Born Again group, but I didn’t like their manner of things, so I left. Of course, you must go where the truth is.

Even when I was still in the Born Again, I was already tuned in to Bro. Eli’s program on TV. My nephew asked me why I was watching it. I said, “I like the explanations, so I watch it.”

The doctrines are good. I learned to respect those who are older than me. Also, I experienced already a trial with my boss. He asked me, “What’s important for you: Work or indoctrination?”

I didn’t reply, because if I did, the talk would just go on for long. Actually, I thought he wouldn’t want me to report to work the following morning. But he let me. Perhaps, it is the Lord’s doing. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

It was a pleasant feeling. It’s as if I cannot remember anything else like ill feelings and problems.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will always be strong. I wish that their bodies will always be healthy. Because once their gone, nobody will lead us.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: November 6, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on November 6, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Corazon Payoc, 46, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

For the longest time that my husband has been bringing me to the locale, I get to hear the teachings of God.

My husband never forced me to become a member, as I don’t want that, because I want to feel that it is God who is calling me.

Then, there came a time that whenever I would hear that the time is coming, I would feel afraid because I didn’t want to be left out. That’s when I realized that perhaps the Lord was calling me already.

I asked the Lord that He give me wisdom that I would be able to fully accept in my heart. And I felt that.

During a Thanksgiving service, it was announced that there was a Mass Indoctrination. I told my husband, “Pa, after such a long time, I think now is really the time for me to join.”

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My husband has been bringing me to Church services since 10 years ago. [Laughs] At first it was just to Worship Services, but lately, also to Thanksgivings.

Whenever he turned on the television, I would hear Bro. Eli as well. Actually, I didn’t know then that he was a member already during that time.

He started reading the Bible at home then, and he would bring me and our children to Church services.

I think he’s 15 years in the Church already, certainly, more than 10 years. Before, it was only him who attended, and he would just bring us occasionally. But since two years ago, he was very consistent in bringing us to services.

I felt heavy inside because I always went with him and I was just listening to the teachings. I was only hearing the teachings, but I didn’t obey them — I think I was doing more sins that way. [laughs]

On Being Baptized

I felt so happy. I mean, even in just the congregational singing, I really couldn’t explain what I was feeling already. I just felt my tears falling.

Even until now I feel like crying because of so much joy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the Lord will give them longer lives. May He will it that they may be able to propagate the good news, that many of our fellowmen will be saved like me.

~o~

Sis. Emilita Nanquilada, 30, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I saw the true teaching that I did not hear from any other.

I have fancied listening to religious groups of all sorts, but it is only here where I heard and understood the teachings that others fail to teach.

I was a Catholic before. Then, I became a member of the Mormon Church. I also attended the services of the Iglesia ni Cristo [INC], and the El Shaddai group. There have indeed been many already.

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My mother and father started listening in 1997. I started listening then as well.

I had immediate interest the first time I heard the teachings. It feels good whenever I hear his [Bro. Eliseo] his words. So whenever they would listen again, I really liked joining them.

This time, I wanted to change already. I have forced myself to change for many times now. I told myself that I can do it on my own. But I’ve tried it, and I just can’t.

On Being Baptized

I cannot explain it. All I know is that I’m happy. Honestly, I feel can now carry all the problems that I couldn’t bear before.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to lead many more people.

~o~

Sis. Danica Mae Deang, 20, Former KNC, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I know that this the right one. There’s nothing wrong with the doctrines, that’s why I didn’t have any doubts in joining.

My father is already a member, and he has been bringing me to Church services since I was little. He also always watched on television.

The first time I completed the indoctrination, I felt that I wasn’t yet ready. There was something in me that still weighed things, even when it came to the seventh and eighth sessions.

But then in the last one, I thought that I really should already, because there is nothing you can say of the doctrines as they are all true.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy. It was a different feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will still be with us for a longer time that they may be able to help us more through teaching us. I hope that we can overcome trials.

~o~

Sis. Rafaelle Patricia Gloria, 18, Former Atheist, Batangas Province

On Joining the Church of God

I started out as an atheist. All of my family are Christians. It seems I couldn’t feel anything; I was out of place.

The time came when my mom was urging me to go with them in the indoctrination sessions. We would fight because I refused her invitation then.

However, when they had finished it and got baptized, I decided to get indoctrinated as well.

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The first time I attended the indoctrination, I just went there as if I didn’t have any choice. I didn’t have any plans.

I don’t know what happened. I was sitting there listening to the teachings, and I couldn’t believe how I could be in such a place where I really felt the presence of God.

For quite some years, I didn’t acknowledge God, like he didn’t exist. But never did I imagine that in only a few days of listening that would be changed.

On Being Baptized

I felt so light, because before I felt so heavy. I used to think of attempting suicide. I didn’t know what to do with my life.

I felt empty then, as if I didn’t have any purpose. I just went to school and went home on a day-to-day basis, and it felt like I had nothing more.

However, when I was baptized, I felt that I then had purpose. I now know for whom I live.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful for them because they have been used as instruments in propagating the word of God.

To God be the glory

Massive Blood Drive of MCGI Awarded Highest Honor by Philippine Blood Society

Manila, Philippines – The Members Church of God International (MCGI) received its fourth consecutive highest laurel from the Philippine Blood Center’s Dugong Bayani Awards – the Jose Rizal Award prize.

Held last December 2, the 2015 Dugong Bayani Awards of the Philippine Blood Center cited the religious organization’s contribution in saving lives through its massive blood drive throughout 2015.

Philippines Children’s Medical Center executive director Julius Lecciones hailed MCGI for their continuous [mass drive] campaigns to help those in need. He also expressed gratitude for the group’s efforts.

“Thank you for your support. We hope that you continue as our regular partner. Without our combined efforts, we will not be able to help our patients,” said Lecciones, then further lauded MCGI’s dedication in conducting quarterly Mass Blood Donations.

The Ang Dating Daan Foundation International (ADDFI), the MCGI’s charity arm, collected more than 4,200 units of blood in the National Capital Region (NCR) alone for the past year.

Brother Danny Navales, a Helper of the Ministry, received the Jose Rizal Award in behalf of Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon.

“First of all, we always give thanks to our Lord God that we were able to be take part in caring for our fellowmen who are in need,” expressed Brother Navales.
Meanwhile, MCGI commenced its latest Mass Blood Donation effort for this quarter last December 13th.

Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera

From East to West: MCGI’s Locale Choir Music Summit and East Coast Division Music Festival Held

Two big locale choir events – the National Locale Choir Music Summit and East Coast Music Festival – were successfully held last November this year, gathering the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) choir members from East to West.

The combined chorale and Teatro Kristiano members of East Coast USA and Canada perform a song of praise number during the 3rd Annual East Coast North America Music Festival held on November 14-15, 2015.
The combined chorale and Teatro Kristiano members of East Coast USA and Canada perform a song of praise number during the 3rd Annual East Coast North America Music Festival held on November 14-15, 2015.

The 6th Annual National Locale Choir Music Summit (NLCMS) held last November 12 is one of the major praise song events of the Church this quarter of 2015. The theme this year is “Songs of Admonitions.”

Locale choirs from different parts of the Philippines participated in the event held at the Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

The locale choirs in the Church are composed of married men and women. Their primary function is to lead brethren in the congregational singing every Church service in their respective locales.

Aside from musical workshops aimed at enhancing choir members’ vocal skills, the NLCMS is another songwriting event of MCGI. It is a yearly gathering of locale choir members wherein they present musical compositions based on a specific theme.

The National Capital Region Locale Choir went home with the grand prize for their winning piece, “Huwag Kang Mapagod” (Do Not Be Weary).

The 3rd Annual East Coast Music Festival

The 3rd Annual East Coast Music Festival in North America division held this quarter included choir participants from New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

Locales of New York and Chicago shared the grand champion prize in the “hymn category”, while Locale of Chicago bagged the top prize in the “Tanging Awit” or Special Song category.

The winning original composition for this year was from the Locale of New York titled, “Payo ng Kaibigan” (A Friend’s Advice).

MCGI Assistant Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon, a singer and composer of many songs of praise of the Church, expressed his hopes for the original compositions that debuted in the event.

“Hopefully, this will be a way for us to give advice. Songs serve as reminders to our brethren, and this is done through the compositions we make in our congregation,” said Kuya Daniel in a video message.

The Assistant Overall Servant also noted the importance of “continuing our service to God,” citing Hebrews 10:38. He also stressed the value of duties in the Church.

“Through God’s will, through these kinds of advocacies, may we strengthen our works and see the significance of our duties which we have received from the Lord,” he stressed. “No matter how little it may seem for others, for us, this is important in the sight of God.”

Written by Rigor Arellano

A Song of Praise Mid-Year Finals 5775 Caps Music Festivities for 2015

With 11 new songs of praise from different countries, the “A Song of Praise Music Festival” Mid-Year Finals Year 5775 (Hebrew Calendar) will cap the music festivities of the Members Church of God International for 2015.

ASOP Interpreters and composers together with Teatro Kristiano members performed a lively opening number during the ASOP MIDYEAR 5774 on April 24, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center, Apalit Pampanga.
ASOP Interpreters and composers together with Teatro Kristiano members performed a lively opening number during the ASOP MIDYEAR 5774 on April 24, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center, Apalit Pampanga.

This year’s edition features more song entries in different languages than in the past, according to the Church’s main music group, the Music Ministry Core.

The development came at the heels of the call of MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon that there should be more songs of praises in different tongues.

“May what is in the Bible happen wherein all tongues, cities, and nations praise Him,” said Bro. Eli during last ASOP music festival’s awards night.

MCGI follows the Hebrew calendar observed by the Lord Jesus Christ; hence, the upcoming ASOP Festival on December 20th is Mid-Year 5775.

Apalit, Pampanga
Filled with emotions — an ASOP Interpreter sings a song of praise entry during the ASOP MIDYEAR 5774 on April 24, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center, Apalit Pampanga.

The Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Convention Center of MCGI situated in Apalit, Pampanga will host the biannual music event.

Last month, MCGI’s Music Ministry organized the Annual National Locale Choir Music Summit and the East Coast Music Festival.

Read more:
Bro. Eli Calls for More Multi-Dialect Songs of Praise in Future Music Fests

Written by Rigor Arellano


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