Ang Dating Daan Turns 37: Why Does MCGI Do All of Its Public Services?

Hundreds of patients receive the free health consultation service and treatment during the medical mission of the Members Church of God International (MCGI). The free services include free medical, dental, and optical services. Apart from these, a legal team was also present in the event to aid those who seek legal advice.

“Why are you doing this help to other people, even to those who are non-members of the Members Church of God International (MCGI)?”

An elderly Muslim woman from Singapore asked the said question to Bro. Eli Soriano during the Worldwide Bible Exposition of MCGI, one of the key events marking the 37th anniversary in broadcasting of the religious program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), on December 15th of this year.

Bro. Eli then read the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ written in Luke 6:35 and 1 John 3:18 about loving one’s enemies and showing it not in words but by deeds, respectively.

“This love is not of us. It comes from our faith in our God who told us to love all people and to do all good to all people in every opportunity we have. (Gal. 6:10)”

After his answer, Rajimalama Binted Abdhula said to Bro. Eli, “Thank you so much.” The 61-year old is one of the regular recipients of the elder care program that MCGI has in Southeast Asia as well in countries from the Philippines to Brazil.

An International Effort

A highlight of the Ang Dating Daan’s 37th anniversary celebration is the unveiling of the new, state-of-the-art La Verdad Diagnostic Center that will provide free laboratory services to indigents.

While many usually associate MCGI with its flagship radio-television show, for the many people whose lives it touches daily, the Church is also known for its various charity works all-year round:

  • A tuition-free college with meals, books and uniforms through La Verdad Christian College in Apalit, Pampanga and in Caloocan City
  • Free bus rides for daily commuters, and even ship and airfares for distressed fellowmen in other countries
  • Feeding programs that last from weeks to months
  • Quarterly blood donation drives nationwide and abroad
  • Cleanup drives in parks, beaches and rivers
  • Tree-planting activities in denuded forests

The main bulk of MCGI’s regular charities are in its home country, but the programs extend to parts of Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, and Australia.

Coinciding with the anniversary theme of the longest-running religious program in the Philippines — “God’s Word Revealed in Good Works” — MCGI dedicated an extra string of charities in service to God and the people. Among the said services were:

Beside the McArthur Highway in Apalit, Pampanga, the La Verdad Diagnostics Center officially opened on December 15, 2017 to offer its free services to society’s indigents.

The La Verdad Auditorium and Diagnostics Center

The La Verdad Christian College Auditorium, the free college’s newest facility, also launched during the 37th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. With more than 1,000 seating capacity, it debuted as the host location of the Worldwide Bible Exposition that night.

On the same day, MCGI also held the opening ceremony of the La Verdad Auditorium.

It is the newest facility of the La Verdad Christian College Pampanga, the college established by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel to give poor but deserving youths full scholarship grants, including free meals, lodging and books.

The auditorium served as one of the venues of the Bible Exposition on the night of the anniversary. As it regularly does on Fridays, the live biblical symposium entertained questions from guests in remote points connected via MCGI’s internet and satellite systems.

Public officials from four different countries also sent their questions to Bro. Eli, tackling various areas of concern like the solution to the global terrorism problem and how to ensure that the poor aren’t left behind during nation-building.

Amongst its different forms of public services however, MCGI considers spreading the good news of salvation its foremost priority, taking to heart the words of the Lord in Matthew 28:19-20 as basis.

In truth, it has been the only religious group from the Philippines that has 24/7 global broadcasts via satellite in different languages.

MCGI also unveiled the La Verdad Diagnostics Center in the Church’s Philippine headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga. It is equipped to help those needing laboratory tests be it blood analysis or full-body xrays.

As with the other public services of MCGI, the center is open to all, their race or religion.

Written by: Rigor Arellano

For a Quarter Worth Celebrating: MCGI’s Special Thanksgiving of God’s People set on Dec. 22 to 24

Bro. Eli Soriano gives a message during the Songs for Heroes 3 benefit concert held on October 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The concert was attended and supported by the religious organization Members Church of God International led by the veteran televangelist. Courtesy: Photoville International | Frederick Alvior

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) will offer its fourth quarter Special Thanksgiving of God’s People in a three-day event to be held on December 22 to 24, 2017.

For the last quarter of the year, the religious organization saw numerous significant occasions mounted successfully with the help of God.

MCGI overall servants Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon lead the flock in offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Almighty for His guidance and deliverance during the past three months.

Ang Dating Daan’s 37th Anniversary

A week prior to the scheduled three-day Thanksgiving, MCGI commemorated the 37th anniversary of the religious program it produces, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path).

The longest running religious television program in the Philippines celebrated the anniversary through a series of events conducted on December 15.

Highlights of the celebration included the unveiling of the La Verdad Diagnostic Center, which will provide free laboratory services to anyone in need; as well as the official opening of the state-of-the-art La Verdad Christian College Auditorium. Both are located within the ADD Convention Center compound in Apalit, Pampanga.

Various public service events such as free medical missions, clean-up drives, and feeding programs, were also administered simultaneously throughout MCGI local points in the Philippines and abroad.

The busy day was capped with a Special Bible Exposition wherein questions about faith and religion from different individuals were given answers based on the Bible.

Kuya Daniel’s 34th Year in Service

MCGI Assistant Over-all Servant Kuya Daniel Razon serenaded the attendees of his 34th Year in Service Birthday Concert titled “Beyond Music and Lyrics”, which was held on November 28 at Okada, Manila. Photo courtesy: Photoville International | Mark Oliver Santillan

On November 28, MCGI Assistant Overall Servant Kuya Daniel Razon celebrated his 34th year in service to God and humanity through the special concert “Beyond Music and Lyrics” held in Okada, Manila.

Aside from this, a special public service event was also organized in Taguig City the following day where hundreds of residents received free medical, dental, optical, and legal services during Serbisyong Kasangbahay’s “1st Grand People’s Day”.

Coinciding with his birthday celebration, Kuya Daniel also received special awards in November for his contributions in the broadcast industry.

These are the “Most Outstanding Global Newscaster of the Year” given by the Gawad Amerika Awards and the “Gawad Marcelo H. Del Pilar” from the National Press Club of the Philippines.

Bro. Eli’s Debates

Meanwhile, in South America where MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano personally conducts the Church’s propagation efforts, two religious debates were scheduled against pastors in Brazil.

The first one was against Pastor Douglas Jesse Rocha of Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular held on November 5; and the other was against Apostolo Jonatas Scoralick of Igreja Apostolica Familia Restaurada held on December 10.

The former was won by Bro. Eli. The latter, on the other hand, did not push through as Scoralick was a “no-show” during the live religious event.

Other Church events

Several other major activities were organized by the Church during the past quarter.

On November 13, the grand finals night of the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 6 was staged successfully at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Twelve new songs of praises from Church members and non-members alike were performed during the event attended and supported by members of the MCGI.

Moreover, the third installment of the benefit concert “Song for Heroes”, which honored the soldiers and cops who fought in Marawi, was held on October 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The benefit concert was spearheaded by MCGI over-all servant Bro. Eli Soriano who pledged to donate Php50,000 to each of the families of the 165 soldiers and police who died in the line of duty in Marawi.

This is apart from the Php8 million-cash assistance already granted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) during the said event.

For a quarter filled with these various activities, the Members Church of God International is now preparing to give thanks and glory to Whom it is due.

However, more than these, MCGI is offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving for the thousands of souls baptized during the past quarter, alongside the bountiful wisdom taught by God through Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

Members from different regions in the Philippines and from countries all over the world are expected to gather at the center point of the thanksgiving, the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Written by: Elizabeth Borromeo