Thousands of MCGI Youth Join Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity

Manila, Philippines (2 May 2016) – More than 3,000 youth members throughout Metro Manila took advantage of the summer break and participated in the annual Metro Manila Youth Sports Activity (MMYSA).

Congregants  of the MMYSA warm up with Zumba before the sports activities. (Photo By Photoville International)
Congregants of the MMYSA warm up with Zumba before the sports activities. (Photo By Photoville International)

The event was organized by the Youth Ministry of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on May 2, 2016 at the Marikina Sports Complex.

The event aims to promote camaraderie, synergy, good health and fitness via physical activities — a campaign that MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon constantly call for, as it is written in 3 John 1:2.

Bro. Christian Anthony Santiago, National Capital Region Youth Ministry Coordinator and MMYSA Organizer, said the event is constantly changing for the better, as it strives to better serve the MCGI youth members in the area.

“The program, throughout the years, has seen a lot of improvements, innovations, and creativity of the Youth Ministry, with the help of the Division Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry,” remarked Bro. Christian.

Excited Youth Ministry members showed off their team color and pride during the MMYSA held at the Marikina Sports Complex. (Photo by Photoville International)
Excited Youth Ministry members showed off their team color and pride during the MMYSA held at the Marikina Sports Complex. (Photo by Photoville International)

 

The event proper started with MCGI’s congregational singing and an opening prayer. Shortly after, it was followed by Zumba, a popular dance fitness program which served as the participants’ warm-up exercise, and the five districts’ parade of colors.

Despite the scorching summer heat, everyone was in high spirits and competed for the following games: basketball, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, track and field, dodgeball, sackrace, patintero, tug of war, chess, scrabble, games of the general, Pinoy Basketball, Pinoy Gladiator, and the crowd’s favorite cheerdance competition.

A group of Youth Ministry members from Metro Manila pose proudly after finishing their cheerdance entry. Photo by Photoville International)
A group of Youth Ministry members from Metro Manila pose proudly after finishing their cheerdance entry. Photo by Photoville International)

 

Bro. Mark Johnbill Aga, 22 years old from Quezon City, shared how memorable his appreciation of this year’s MMYSA, especially the cheerdance competition.

“I hope we can have cheerdance again next year because we love cheering for our district thru the form of dancing. It is also a way of inviting our fellow youth to be [more] active in the Youth Ministry,” said Bro. Mark.

The event was joined by the Metro’s five districts, which are:

  • North District Ants (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela)
  • East District Eagles (Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, Pateros, and Marikina)
  • West District Oxens (Makati and Manila)
  • South District Rams (Muntinlupa, Pasay, Paranaque, and Taguig)
  • Central District Lions (Quezon City)

The MMYSA started on February 15, 2009, and was previously called the Metro manila Sports Activity.

Successive Youth Conventions of the Church’s different divisions are being done all throughout the summer season.

 

(Written by Julie Anne Sabando)

Bro. Daniel Serenades Filipinos in Hong Kong in “Labour of Love” Benefit Concert

KOWLOON, Hong Kong (1 May 2016) – About a thousand supporters of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) charitable endeavors flew all the way from the Middle East, Asia and Oceania to Hong Kong to witness the “Labour of Love” benefit concert.

“Labour of Love” is a benefit concert held in Hong Kong on May 1, 2016 - the proceeds of which is mainly for the less fortunate individuals back in the Philippines. (Photo by Photoville International)
“Labour of Love” is a benefit concert held in Hong Kong on May 1, 2016 – the proceeds of which is mainly for the less fortunate individuals back in the Philippines. (Photo by Photoville International)

Held last May 1 at Club One in Kowloon, the benefit concert featured MCGI’s Assistant to Overall Servant Bro. Daniel Razon, who serenaded the crowd with timeless ballads and top-of-the-chart contemporary hits despite not feeling well.

Bro. Razon  is more popularly known as Kuya Daniel due to his broadcast stints and public service initiatives as CEO and Chairman of BMPI-UNTV.

Always in full support of philanthropic endeavors is the Overall Servant to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano, who also sang in the concert all the way from South America through live streaming.

“We will use the proceeds of this benefit concert to help our poor fellowmen back home,” remarked Bro. Eli Soriano.

Bro. Eli took the opportunity to discuss the different public services provided by MCGI in between songs.

“For the knowledge of everyone, this organization, the Members Church of God International, has what we call ‘charitable works’ which do not stop. It goes on.”

 

Non-Stop Public Service

The charitable efforts of MCGI are continuous and ever expanding, with the help and mercy of God and through Bro. Soriano and Bro. Daniel’s leadership.

One of the Church’s charitable efforts is the Medical Mission reachout effort, which provides free medical and dental assistance to our countrymen in barangays in the National Capital Region, far-flung areas and remote provinces. This effort is regularly carried out in partnership with local broadcasting channel UNTV.

The La Verdad Christian College, the only tuition-free college in the Philippines, is also one of the public services started and being maintained by MCGI. Financially struggling yet deserving scholars get to study for free, with free books, uniform, board and lodging.

Other ongoing charitable endeavors of the Church are the Infant Care Center, Munting Pangarap (Small Dream), Law Center, Libreng Sakay (Free Ride), orphanages and centers for youth and the elderly, among others.

 

Lessons on Love

Through timeless love songs, Kuya Daniel narrated a story of love, which began with a man’s simple dream, which unexpectedly became a reality.

The story eventually led to a common reality in today’s time: the struggle of long distance relationship between spouses. Kuya Daniel gave his advice for couples in the same situation.

“Love your spouse like they will be taken away from you.” Kuya Daniel sincerely advised the audience as he went around the venue to connect with members of the audience.

“You know, it is really different – the kind of hug that seems to be saying goodbye; when you hug someone whom you know is going to leave, you hug differently… you hug in a way like you don’t want to let go.”
As he started the last song, he reminded everyone: “And when you are together, don’t take your spouse for granted – because we don’t know when we’re going to run out of time. So do as the song goes: ‘I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you’.”

Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, was surrounded by the overjoyed faces of the audience who grabbed the opportunity to take pictures with him. (Photo by Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon, Assistant Overall Servant to MCGI, was surrounded by the overjoyed faces of the audience who grabbed the opportunity to take pictures with him.
(Photo by Photoville International)

Bro. Daniel’s advices and song performance garnered high praise and appreciation from the concert’s supporters.

“I never fully understood the meaning of the song, not until Kuya Daniel explained it,” remarked Sis Sheila Cuencaho of Hong Kong, who stated her appreciation of the song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” performed by Meghan Trainor and John Legend.

“I was overwhelmed. I never thought I can learn so much from a song – now, I will always let people feel loved; the kind of love that says: ‘I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you’,” she added.

His romantic duet with his wife, Sis. Arlene Razon, was also one of the evening’s highlights.

Other performers of the concert were Bro. Victor Escobal, Bro. Pablo Martin, and Sis Lhady Leoncio from Hong Kong; Bro. Eric Perocho and Sis Lheng de Matos both from Macau and Bro. Eric Ferrer from Seoul.

Some of the charity concert’s distinguished guests were the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Attache Hon. Elizabeth Lim Dy and Consular Attache Hon. Hermogenes Cayabyab Jr.

(Written By Lovely She Cortezano)

10 Biblical Stories Set to Music Presented in 1st MCGI Musical Play Festival

The youth choirs of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) staged ten musical Bible-based stories, ranging from the grandeur of the Egyptian empire to the heavenly sight of Christ’s ascension. The MCGI Music Ministry’s first ever Musical Play Festival was held on the nights of April 24 and 25, 2016.

Choristers playing Daniel, David and other biblical characters sang live before audiences gathered at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center of MCGI in Pampanga. Other Coordinating Centers worldwide also tuned in via internet and satellite.

The set of Joseph, the musical play by the youth music ministry members of the Rizal Division of MCGI.
The set of Joseph, the musical play by the youth music ministry members of the Rizal Division of MCGI. (Photo provided by Photoville International)

Noteworthy

Each musical play touched the story of a biblical personage or two, retelling the triumph of their faith through poignant lyrics and melodies. The said stories were:

  • “Noah (And the Covenant to the Chosen Generation)” by Bulacan Division
  • “The Faith of Abraham” by North II Division
  • “Joseph” by Rizal Division
  • “By Faith, Moses” by National Capital Region (NCR)
  • “The Strength of Samson” by Bataan-Zambales Division
  • “David” by Cavite Division
  • “Daniel (Just Put Your Trust in the Lord)” by the Laguna, Batangas, Mindoro, Romblon Division
  • “Jonah (An Inescapable Fate)” by North I Division
  • “Paul and Timothy: Then and Now” by Pampanga and Central Apalit Divisions
  • “The Sacrifice (Once and Forever)” by Quezon-Marinduque and Bicol Divisions

Some of the lyrics were taken right out of biblical passages; others used paraphrasing that preserved content and context while adding rhyme.

“Abraham” amidst a sea of stars displayed on the LED background, recounting the time when God promised the Israelite patriarch the vast number of his seeds.
“Abraham” amidst a sea of stars displayed on the LED background, recounting the time when God promised the Israelite patriarch the vast number of his seeds. (Photo provided by Photoville International)

An awarding ceremony was also held after the curtain call on April 25th. “For us, you are all winners,” said Helper of the Ministry Bro. Danny Navales, one of the event’s judges.

The story of Moses as presented by the National Capital Region bagged the Best Musical Play award. Rizal Division, who told Joseph’s plight and success, received a plaque for being the best in set design. Other awards handed out were:

  • Best in Poster: Central, Pampanga & Rizal
  • Best Supporting Actress: Lea Escobido (Rizal Division)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Bro. Larzen Midayanes (NCR)
  • Best in Lighting Design: Quezon, Marinduque & Bicol Division
  • Best in Costume Design: Rizal Division
  • Best Actress: Ma. Theresa Pongpong(NCR)
  • Best Actor: Bro. Irwin-Ian Buenavente (Rizal)
  • Best Musical Scoring: NCR
  • Best Director: Bro Jeffrey Calumpiano Morales (NCR)

“We believe that your gifts were given to you that you may use them for the glory of our Creator,” the minister added.

Helper of the Ministry Bro. Roland Ocampo, who was present during the first night, and UNTV executives Bro. Bobby Delos Santos and Sis. Ruth Soriano also joined the judges’ table to oversee the biblical accuracy, general content, and message of the plays.

Meanwhile, Bro. Anton Estrella Jr. and Bro. Arnold Sanchez judged the plays’ technical aspects. Bro. Anton was the first A Song of Praise Grand Champion while Bro. Arnold is the owner and consultant of Art Edge.

With God’s Help

At the end of the two-night event, “You have surpassed our expectations,” said Sis. Ruth to all of the participants. “And for you to be able to do such things, it is truly with the help of God.”

"Moses" as presented by the National Capital Region stands before the crowd during the penultimate number of their musical play.
“Moses” as presented by the National Capital Region stands before the crowd during the penultimate number of their musical play. (Photo provided by Photoville International)

The BMPI-UNTV COO added that what they have seen were impressive, considering that the performers belong to choir groups with no professional theatre background nor training.

“We hope that this may serve both as a challenge and an inspiration to all,” said Bro. Danny.

The minister added that they are hopeful that the event may add unto the edification of faith of the youth who attended being reminded of the sufferings and the plights of the many heroes of faith in the Bible, which they have depicted in music.

Come next year, the youth music ministry will once again busy themselves; albeit in making production numbers of praise for the glory of the Lord.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

 

On MCGI’s 2nd International Mothers’ Convention, Mothers Receive Spiritual, Physical Training

Apalit, Pampanga (21 April 2016) – Around 1,900 mothers from different parts of Luzon convened in the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center to receive spiritual and practical training in the 2nd International Mothers’ Convention of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) held last April 10, 2016.

Bro. Eli Soriano, Overall Servant to MCGI, kicked off the event with welcome remarks and a consultation session with the participants. Mothers from farther locations in the Philippines and abroad also joined the event via live video streaming.

Mothers' Club members sing and dance on the ADD Convention Center stage. (Photo provided by Photoville International)
Music Ministry members from the Mothers’ Club sing and dance on the ADD Convention Center stage. (Photo provided by Photoville International)

“Have fear in God and be faithful to Him; become good housewives so that the Lord can do miracles in your lives. Let us be prayerful, because I believe that the Lord will heal our spiritual illness,” said Bro. Soriano.

After several hours of answering the participants’ questions ranging from health, family concerns to spirituality, the international televangelist, who also gave financial assistance to several in attendance, gave an important spiritual reminder to all the mothers.

“Fear of God,” he went on as he was saying goodbye, “being obedient to God and being prayerful are enough to save you from the adversities of this life.”

Full-packed Activities for Moms

The participating moms were treated to a day full of fun and informative activities, ranging from Zumba lessons, to informational and livelihood seminars and trainings. Guest speakers from different governmental and nonprofit organizations joined the event. Here are some of the highlights:

❏ Philippine National Police Chief Inspector Lerma Tiraña discussed the various modus operandi of different organized crime organizations that are targeting unsuspecting housewives at home and on the streets. Moms were taught what to do on certain dangerous situations that may pose risks, not only to their property, but also and most importantly, to their lives.

❏ Government Service Insurance System Staff Officer 3 Michelle E. Reyes, on other hand, informed the moms of how to secure loans and process pensions, and provided other information on utilizing their benefits wisely.

❏ Philhealth Social Insurance Officer III Ferdinand M. Guinto informed the mothers of what the government is doing to ensure that each Filipino gets medical coverage in times of need.

❏ PAG-IBIG Funds Information Officer Angelic D. Yambing gave one of the biggest news for the day, as he expressed the agency’s intents to partner with MCGI in providing means for its members to secure their first homes using the agency’s financing programs.

❏ As a livelihood treat, “Live for Others Movement” President Lito Gualdajara, spent his entire speaking time teaching the participants on how to grow mushrooms from home and how they can profit from it.

❏ National Council on Disability Affairs Chief Rizalino R. Sanchez taught all participating moms how to correctly refer to the differently abled members of the society and what they can do to help them.

❏ The UNTV News and Rescue Team provided a short training on first aid and rescue, after which Dr. Napoleon Borje of UNTV’s Clinic ni Kuya reaffirmed to the crowd the public services that Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel are continually providing.

❏ The MCGI’s Social Media team discussed about responsible use of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

❏ Lawyers of MCGI’s Law Center provided legal assistance in the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center all day while the program was ongoing.

Aside from the informational trainings and seminars, participant mothers presented their talents in singing and dancing onstage to keep the crowd entertained.

The Mothers Club of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) is one of the largest groups of the Church, composed of mothers from different parts of the Philippines and abroad. Most of their functions include being part of the chorale, ushering, and food committees, to name a few.

(Written by Maria Theresa Carcamo)


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