MCGI Coordinating Center in New Jersey Opens Doors

Brethren and guests rejoice as they witness National Park Mayor Mark Cooper cut the ribbon to open the Locale of South Jersey, USA. (MCGI- Photoville/Iden Javier)
Brethren and guests rejoice as they witness National Park Mayor Mark Cooper cut the ribbon to open the Locale of South Jersey, USA. (MCGI- Photoville/Iden Javier)

National Park, New Jersey (November 12, 2016) − A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the inauguration of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) New Jersey Coordinating Center, the first Church-acquired property in North America.

The ceremony was joined by brethren from New York, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as honored guests from the borough council and Hon. City Mayor Mark Cooper himself.

Council President David Misilewich welcomed MCGI members as part of the neighborhood.

“It is our honor to welcome you and have you as a part of our community, and we wish to make you as welcome as possible. Your activities — your anticipated activities — are most appreciated and it is a blessed sign for our community that you are here”, Misilewich stated.

Joys Despite Distance

Meanwhile, MCGI Overall Servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon extended their well-wishes and special messages to the brethren via video streaming.

Bro. Daniel congratulated the brethren for being united in doing good works.

“As servants of God, may it be seen that in our service to God that we are unified and we are happily fulfilling our duties.”

Bro. Razon, who earned a doctorate degree for his philanthropic works, added that good deeds are a mark of being a servant of God citing Titus 2:14.

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Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Bro. Eli expressed his delight to hear good news about the brethren in South Jersey citing the words of St. Paul in II Corinthians 12:20.

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For I fear, lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:

“God willing I hope to visit your place to see personally the brethren there as it was the hope of the former disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded in the Book of II John 1:12,” Bro. Eli said, hoping to see the brethren face to face one day.

The international evangelist conducts Bible Expositions, Mass Indoctrinations and Mass Baptisms in Latin America, while attending to apart his other duties as the Overall Servant to MCGI. His Bible Expositions are also done in different languages with different schedules each week.

National Park Mayor Mark Cooper shares a brief message with the audience. (MCGI- Photoville/ Mae Torres)
National Park Mayor Mark Cooper shares a brief message with the audience. (MCGI- Photoville/ Mae Torres)

For the Mayor, the Council, and the other attendees of the opening of the coordinating center in New Jersey, a special lunch was served. Members of the local Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano groups also performed to entertain the crowd.

Written by: Sis. Bernice Atienza and Sis. Tanya Ponce

Songs of Faith: Winners and Takeaways from MCGI’s A Song Of Praise Mid-Year 5776 Finals

(PHILIPPINES – October 30, 2016) Twelve new songs of faith from different parts of the world resounded in the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga during the A Song of Praise Mid-Year 5776 Finals.

Taking home the music festival’s Song of the Mid-Year award was Sis. Gilda Ong with her piece, Walang Hanggan na Pasalamat (Never-ending Thanksgiving). Her composition was one of North America’s official ASOP entries for the event.

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Sis. Juvic Anne Capistrano’s Kaagapay (Helpmate) of Cavite and Bro. Jensen Sobrejuanite’s My Sweet Lullaby of Latin America were the First and Second Runner-up awardees, respectively. Meanwhile, Dahil ng Awitin (Reason for My Song) written by Bro. Randy Mangiliman of London took the Third Runner-up spot.

The grand prize winner’s interpreter Bro. Eric Zapanta won the Best Interpreter award. Meanwhile, a special award was also given to Sis. Sheru Abulencia for her song titled Sal da Terra (Salt of the Earth).

On Making Songs of Faith

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“One thing we want to impart to you, brethren, primarily is what the Lord Jesus Christ said that ‘without me you can do nothing’ (John 15:5),” said Bro. Daniel Razon.

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon served as the main judges of the night, giving their comments after each song was presented—the portion of the program most awaited by all, especially the composers.

“This event truly excites us all – especially all of us amateur composers. It helps us develop our writing skills. And the reason behind it is the desire to praise God whom we have known,” said Bro. Abigail John.

The Overall Servants of MCGI told that the song’s musicality plays an important role for it to leave a lasting impression to the listener. However, they noted that it is the lyrics’ biblical poignancy and the composer’s faith that helped inspired the song into creation that weigh more during ASOP.

“The key to all the things that we are doing inside the congregation, part of our faith, is trusting what God can do, that we should always set aside what we can do on our own. And that is mentioned in Proverbs 3:5, ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.’” added Bro. Daniel.

Meanwhile, Bro. Eli asked the composers and interpreters to render “full devotion” in making songs of praise that other servants of God can sing as well.

“If it is not against the will of God, I hope to see another event like this where I can hear songs that I see to have a touch of perfection of spiritual arts and music that are truly heavenly,” said Bro. Eli.

[“Kung hindi naman labag sa kalooban ng Dios, I hope to see another event like this na sana makarinig ako ng mga awit na makikita kong [mayroong] touch of perfection of spiritual arts and music na talagang makalangit.]

The event was streamed live across MCGI’s 1,360 satellite monitoring centers. On social media, audiences expressed their excitement and appreciation of the event using the hashtag #5776MYASOPFinals, which was announced earlier in the day by the official Facebook and Twitter accounts of MCGI.

Since My Younger Days penned by Bro. Nonie Ramos and Bro. Pabemazar Atienza of the North America Division bagged the Song of the Year-End 5775 Award last time, and was interpreted by Bro. Frank Packing as an intermission number for the continuing leg of MCGI’s biannual songwriting festival.

The next ASOP event will take place on April 2017, the end of the Year 5776 of the Hebrew calendar observed by the Lord Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

Written by Sis. Gladys Mae Roño

Nearly 900 MCGI Student Writers Join 1st UNTV Student Reporters’ Convention

Apalit, Pampanga (October 22, 2016) – Participated by 892 Youth Ministry representatives of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), the first UNTV News and Rescue’s Student Reporters’ Convention was successfully hosted by the La Verdad Christian College Apalit Campus on October 22, 2016.

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Students line up to register and take part in the one-day conference. (MCGI-PVI Kenneth Valladolid)

Participants from Metro Manila to as far as Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union, and Bicol traveled to the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga to attend the whole-day event and learn the art and science of news writing during UNTV Radyo La Verdad 1350 Student Reporters spearheaded the event aimed at equipping young journalists in delivering accurate, fair and responsible news.

The event featured lectures and inspirational messages from UNTV Radio host Mr. Manuel “Brother Bear” Recuenco, UNTV Station Manager Ms. Annie Rentoy, and UNTV senior correspondents Mr. Bernard Dadis, and Mr. Jun Soriao.

The organizers also presented a taped lecture on news gathering, writing, and reporting by veteran broadcast journalist and UNTV-BMPI CEO Bro. Daniel Razon.

During the interactive activity, participants were grouped and tasked to present their reporting skills. Prior to this, however, student writers were taught the process of gathering, writing, and delivering news.

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Hundreds of student reporters listen and take down notes during the event. (MCGI-PVI Kenneth Valladolid)

MCGI’s own theatre and dance group, the Teatro Kristiano, reenacted events for the participating student reporters to cover, to see how they will turn the learnings into practice.

A brainchild of Kuya Daniel Razon himself, the UNTV News and Rescue’s Student Reporters Group comprises of volunteer reporters who are willing to become a vital part of the innovation of mass media in the country. It is the first of its kind in Philippine mass media.

Kuya Daniel envisions to have 5,000 trained student reporters in the nation’s cities and municipalities to help deliver fair and responsible news to all.

(Written by: Erika S. Endraca)

From Provincial Villages to a City Jail: MCGI and Serbisyong Kasangbahay Serve 2,200 Indigents in August

UNTV’s Serbisyong Kasangbahay and Members Church of God International (MCGI) served over 2,200 citizens in poor villages and those behind bars on three medical missions last August.

MCGI regularly holds medical missions in different parts of the country and makes use of laboratory equipment to quickly and accurately get results to patients for free, such as in this medical mission held in Paranaque City last July. (MCGI/PVI Jun Rapanan)
MCGI regularly holds medical missions in different parts of the country and makes use of laboratory equipment to quickly and accurately get results to patients for free, such as in this medical mission held in Paranaque City last July. (MCGI/PVI Jun Rapanan)

Serbisyong Kasangbahay, which piloted on July 18 this year, is one of the public service-focused programs of UNTV News and Rescue channel.

One of the largest partner organizations of the show is MCGI, which mounts massive outreach programs for the poor in the Philippines.

Bigger, Better, Broader

Around 800 residents of Barangay Sampaloc in Apalit, Pampanga were the beneficiaries of the first medical mission for the said month.

The second medical outreach served over 400 inmates of Biñan City Jail, while the third one benefitted 1,000 residents of Brgy. Magsaysay in San Pedro of the Laguna Province.

“Our barangay cannot afford to conduct a health program this big. The fund that comes from the government is insufficient… That is why this program of UNTV is very helpful,” said Magsaysay Brgy. Capt. Jong Pascual.

Not a Peso in Return

The medical missions and varied services of Serbisyong Kasangbahay run purely on volunteerism. It is inspired by the spirit behind doing good to everyone, even for just one day—an advocacy of the same name by Bro. Daniel Razon.

Many less fortunate who have nothing to give in return receives free medical services from dedicated and competent doctors of UNTV, MCGI, and the Philippine Medical Association.

Lourdes Rodas from San Pedro and Ruby Yutuc from Apalit brought their children for check-up to the medical missions. According to Rodas and Yutuc, they could only watch their children suffer from sickness because they could not afford the medical expenses.

Meanwhile, inmates of the Binan City Jail have endured their illnesses without receiving care and support from their relatives, some didn’t even have any visitors anymore.

Medical Service, More Than the Ordinary

“I have been joining medical missions for a long time, and this one is different because it offers complete laboratory, x-ray, and medicines,” remarked Dr. Renee E. Layug, former medical hospital director, Pampanga Medical Society. “Other medical missions give only medicines. This is my first time to join the medical mission of UNTV.”

The event also offered free electrocardiogram (ECG) service for patients in need of it. ECGs usually cost over PHP200 in the country. Additional services included dental and optical treatments, handing out reading eyeglasses, and even legal consultations.

The Call to Do Good

UNTV continues to invite medical professionals and practitioners to join in its public services and to do good to their fellowmen, even for just one day.

MCGI’s public service media partner is also the one network that has revolutionized its News-And-Rescue bureau, attending first those people involved in road accident before reporting the news.

UNTV Kasangbahay is “The Newest Public Service Program that renders bigger, better and broader services to all. Hosted by Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon.” The program airs from Mondays to Fridays 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Written by: Sis. Alice Endo


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