Although his main dedication is in preaching the Gospel worldwide, an international preacher known for his compassion for the poor once again marks that love with song.
Bro. Eli Soriano has always been affectionate to the less fortunate of the society. This drove the Ang Dating Daan host to hold a major concert in the Philippines’ biggest entertainment dome, the Araneta Coliseum, on November 22, 2010.
“Songs from My Heart by Bro. Eli” is the title of the concert that aims to raise funds for the Free College Education program dedicated to the scholars of La Verdad Christian College in Caloocan City and in Pampanga.
The unique scholarship program includes free tuition fee, free text books, free uniforms, free meals, and free dorm accommodation. This is to secure the education of the poor but deserving students. According to the preacher, poverty should not deter the development of future leaders for the country.
Along with the concert is the launching of its album version, “Songs From My Heart The Album,” released by Able Music International. Incidentally, the sales of the album in its launching day reached an estimate of 20,000 copies.
On the very night of the concert, the album was awarded with certified platinum record. The award is certified by Able Music and Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). The award was given by Mr. Bernie Refuerso, Artist and Repertoire Manager of Able Music.
Bro. Eli covered and revived some of the greatest classical hits in the album. Among these are Blue Moon popularized by Nat King Cole, My Foolish Heart by Victor Young and Ned Washington, Maalala Mo Kaya version of Dulce, Smile by Michael Jackson, Where Is Your Heart written by George Auric. To complete the 8 tracks in the album, Bro. Eli covers the Philippine’s folk songs, “Atin Cu Pung Singsing” and “Ti Aya’t Ti Maisa Nga Ubeng”.
Bro. Eli was joined by Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corales; famous balladeers, Anthony Castello and Marco Sison; and popular acoustic singer, Juris in this list. Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International who is the main advocate of many public service commitments through UNTV, also performed during the concert.
Supporting the concert-for-a-cause are people who share the same advocacy as Bro. Eli, such as members of Church of God International and personalities who believe in the virtue of doing good for others.
Bro. Eli has been hosting the religious program, Ang Dating Daan, for 30 years now and is being broadcast in different countries. In English-speaking nations, it is known as “The Old Path”. The international program is highly in-demand among foreign audiences, especially by those who have discovered his preaching via the Internet through theoldpath.tv, truthcaster.com, and by the avid readers of his 2009-Mashable-winner blog, esoriano.wordpress.com.
(Written by: Robert Clarita Jr.)