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)

The Platters Share a Night of Classic 50s Music with Bro. Eli

Bro. Eli Soriano, together with the famed 1950s music ensemble, The World Famous Platters, turned the ADD Convention Center into a music hall filled with classic ballads and medleys for just one night.

Dubbed “Remember When,” the benefit concert started at around 6 p.m. on March 31 this year, a day after MCGI’s three-day Thanksgiving of the Body. Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon made sure that the night’s concert would be marked with memorable performances from MCGI’s homegrown talents and local artists.

Members of the World Famous Platters at MCGI Headquarters: (From left), Mose Stovall, Yolanda Branch-Fletcher, Eddie 'the Emperor of Soul' Stovall, Lawrence 'Rooster' Lockard, and Jerrad Tilley.
On the ADD Convention Center stage in Pampanga, Philippines (from left), Mose Stovall, Yolanda Branch-Fletcher, Eddie ‘the Emperor of Soul’ Stovall, Lawrence ‘Rooster’ Lockard, and Jerrad Tilley.

MCGI’s own pool of theater dance troupes opened the concert with their creative dance interpretations. Performers who graced the evening’s first part included Frank Packing, ASOP TV song interpreter; Lilibeth Garcia, Karaoke World Championships runner up; Hammilan, band vocalist, and; MCGI’s Music Ministry.

Filipino singer-composer Rey Valera was another highlight of the evening. Valera sang some of his best-loved songs like “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko” before smoothly transitioning to the night’s special performances, including the duet between The Platters and Bro. Eli.

The Platters serenaded tens of thousands crowds at the convention hall and other MCGI coordinating centers all over the world via live video streaming with songs they popularized between the late ’50s and early ’60s. These performances included “Only You,” “Twilight Time,” “Remember When,” “Stand by Me,” “The Great Pretender,” and other Motown medleys. In between songs, The Platters shared trivia and fun facts about their group’s more than 50-year career-spanning accomplishments.

Via live video streaming, Bro. Eliseo Soriano took on the lead part in 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,' while The Platters graciously sang as backup vocals. 'I thought he did pretty good from singing from so far away,' remarked Jerrad Tilley.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano with the World Famous Platters singing “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” via live video streaming.

A special duet of “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” by The Platters and Bro. Eli proved to be one of the crowd’s favorite parts of the night. “It’s the first time we’ve done anything like that, but it was really fun,” remarked Jerrad Tilley of the technology-aided performance. To cap off their gig, they thanked the audience and greeted Bro. Eli who celebrated his baptism anniversary on April 7.

After the last song of The Platters, Bro. Daniel took to the stage and offered some covers of songs and teased on a new song, which is part of a new music album he is launching this year. MCGI’s Vice Presiding Minister also performed “Yesterday,” “Together Again,” and “What Kind of Fool Am I.” After a few songs, Bro. Daniel led the crowds in singing the Church birthday song to Bro. Eli.

When it was Bro. Eli’s turn, the Presiding Minister to MCGI’s rendition of “And I Love You So” and “A Certain Smile” further heightened the entertainment and celebration. Bro. Eli afterwards thanked everyone who made the concert possible and shared words of wisdom from the Bible to the audience.

The proceeds of the "Remember When" concert-for-a-cause will be for the new Convention Center in Manila that will include a free hospital, college, and Transient Home for all.
Proceeds of the “Remember When” concert will be for the new Convention Center in Manila whose plans include a free hospital, college, and Transient Home for all.

The song, “Walk with Faith in your Heart,” was performed by Bro. Eli as attendees left the convention hall. While majority have left already, Bro. Eli continued singing until the wee hours of the night (Philippine time) for those who were still monitoring the concert through live streaming and satellite facilities.

The “Remember When” concert was aimed at raising funds for a new convention center dedicated to families of MCGI and Jesus Christ’s One Thousand-Year Reign on earth.

The concert was a week shy of Bro. Eli’s 49th year in service to God and the people on April 7. In all those years he served, Bro. Eli only missed one Church service due to severe illness.

(Written by Apple D. Arco)

(Photography by Rovic Balunsay)

MCGI Holds Fundraising Family Concert to Build Bigger Convention Center

Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon led the congregation to a meaningful night of songs, moving pictures, and great performances in one charity concert titled, “Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman,” held on December 24, 2012.

Especially dedicated for the families of Members Church of God International (MCGI), the concert started at around 8 p.m., just few hours after the Three-day International Thanksgiving for the end quarter of 2012.

MCGI's Music Ministry Core starts the night's festivities with a musical number.
The Music Ministry Core started the music playing for Ngayon, Bukas, Kailanman fundraising concert on December 24, 2012.

“You know the reason why we are doing this (concert) … which is for the glory of our God,” said Bro. Eli. He added that the aim of the concert is to raise funds for the construction of a bigger convention and conference facility in the National Capital Region dedicated for the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.

Ms. Pilita Corrales croons classic Filipino songs for the benefit event.
Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corrales, graced the fund-raising concert as she sang Filipino classics that her timeless voice made unforgettable in the hearts of many.

The family concert featured heartfelt interpretations of songs of love from Bro Eli. and Bro. Daniel with special guests, Ms. Pilita Corrales and Hammilan. The MCGI’s Teatro Kristiano and Music Ministry also performed during the event.

Ms. Pilita Corrales sings a duet with Bro. Eli Soriano via live video streaming.
Ms. Pilita Corrrales stood by the big LED screen as she waited for her singing partner, Bro. Eli Soriano, to finish his part in one of the songs during the fund-raising event.

The key performances of the evening serve as punctuations in every clip of the short film presented during the concert. Conceptualized by Kuya Daniel, the motion picture starred Boots Anson-Roa, Dante Rivero, Isabel Oli, JC De Vera, Louella De Cordova, Richard Reynoso, and Kuya Daniel Razon.

Local and foreign love songs from yesteryears to contemporary times performed during the evening include Filipino classics “Ikaw Lamang ang Aking Iibigin” and “Kahit Maputi na ang Buhok Ko,” Adele’s “Someone Like You,” and also the Korean pop hit “Oppa Gangnam Style.”

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon renders his musical talents for charity.
Known in the Philippines as Mr. Public Service, Kuya (Big Brother) Daniel Razon, together with the Music Ministry Core, renders his musical talents for the Church’s benefit concert.

Bro. Eli mentioned during the concert that the convention center will be built in a six-hectare land in the Metro Manila area, which can accommodate double the number of people that the ADD Convention Center can handle.

Regarded as one of the biggest in the North Luzon region, the MCGI Headquarters in the Pampanga province is venue for the organization’s many international gatherings capable of holding up to 50,000 people.

MCGI Leaders render their talents and more in service to God and humanity.
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel have done fund-raising concerts in the past inspired by the will to do good to all men, as written in Galatians 6:10.

Earlier concerts organized by MCGI benefitted the organization’s maintenance of its charity works, which include its feeding and free education programs. The construction of the Transient Home building in Quezon City and the La Verdad Christian School branches in Apalit, Pampanga and Caloocan City was partly-funded by similar charity events held in he past years.

The most recent concert at the ADD Convention Center was held in November titled, “Keeping the Love Alive,” where Air Supply was the special guest. This followed the “We Are Blessed” concert in April with The Cascades.

(Written by: Neil Kristoffer Dizon)

Bro. Eli Soriano Holds Concert for Free Education of Scholars

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.

Bro. Eli Soriano sings Filipino classics with Asia's Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corales.
Bro. Eli Soriano sings Filipino classics with Asia’s Queen of Songs, Ms. Pilita Corales.

“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”.

Kuya Daniel Razon performs during the "Songs from my Heart" concert to raise funds for the tuition-free education project.
Kuya Daniel Razon performs during the “Songs from my Heart” concert to raise funds for the tuition-free education project.

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.)


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