From the Big Dome to the World: Largest Gospel Choir Performance of Ang Dating Daan Chorale Earns Global Recognition

by Emmy Borromeo

The performance of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum or the Big Dome has sent social networking sites abuzz after it bagged the new Guinness World Record for the title Largest Gospel Choir.

The choral group, which belongs to the Members Church of God International (MCGI), broke the record on October 12 during the 35th year anniversary celebration of the religious program Ang Dating Daan at the coliseum.

The official tally of participating choristers reached 8,688 as announced by Guinness adjudicator, Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem. The number was counted via turnstile counting and barcoded ticketing method, and was validated by external auditing firm Punongbayan & Araullo. Iloilo Representative Niel Tupas, Jr. served as the event’s witness.

While the topics “Ang Dating Daan” and “Ang Dating Daan Chorale” landed on the Philippines trends on the event itself, the hashtag #ADDLargestGospelChoir also entered the list after the performance’s online debut on October 18 on the ADD’s English format Youtube channel, The Old Path.

The 15-minute video was also picked up by the popular entertainment site, 9gag.com.

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Celebrating through Music

Months before the celebration, Bro. Eli Sorano and Bro. Daniel Razon, hosts of the longest-running program, called for the participation of choristers across the globe to offer praise songs to the Lord.

The two, who also serve as the Overall Servant and Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, are adamant ambassadors of the music genre as they see it as a way to extol the Creator’s loving kindness.

“Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride,” Bro. Eli remarked before the huge Araneta crowd.

Bro. Daniel receives the Guinness World Record plaque on behalf of MCGI (Photo from Ang Dating Daan's Facebook page).

Bro. Daniel receives the Guinness World Record plaque on behalf of MCGI (Photo from Ang Dating Daan’s Facebook Page).

Bro. Daniel also emphasized that bagging the Guinness World Record is only a bonus. “This is something that we did not intend to do – to get the Guinness Book of World Records.”

“Our hearts intended to give thanks to God and we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight as we thank Him for the 35 years of Ang Dating Daan…and so for that we will always say, ‘To God be the glory!’,” he added.

Choir members in Edmonton, Canada rehearse and prepare a special video presentation for the Ang Dating Daan anniversary (Photo from Photoville International).

Choir members in Edmonton, Canada rehearse and prepare a special video presentation for the Ang Dating Daan anniversary (Photo from Photoville International).

Praises sang from the western soil. ADD Choir members in Porto-Alegre, Brazil flock to an MCGI chapter in their area to partake in the program's anniversary revelry (Photo from Karol Rusczyk Klein).

Praises sang from the western soil. ADD Choir members in Porto-Alegre, Brazil flock to an MCGI chapter in their area to partake in the program’s anniversary celebration (Photo from Karol Rusczyk Klein).

Apart from the choristers at the Araneta, choir members abroad also gathered in key areas to celebrate the momentous occasion. From the Big Dome to as far as North and South American nations, the ADD supporters rendered songs of praises composed by MCGI affiliates such as “Enrich the Spirit,” “Praise the Name,” and “Hallelujah, Amen.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale performed a total of 18 songs in at least five languages.

Taking the Global Spotlight

The recent feat achieved by the group has also earned global recognition after getting featured by over 20 websites and publications.

The Wall Street Journal included in its “photos of the day” selections an aerial shot of the Ang Dating Daan chorale members filling the Big Dome to the brim.

This photo by EPA member Francis Malasig gets a feature from The Wall Street Journal.

The news also made it to The Straits Times in Singapore, and in the English edition of the Chinese media outlet, Yibada.

The Straits Times (Singapore) features the Ang Dating Daan Chorale.

The Straits Times (Singapore) features the Ang Dating Daan Chorale.

Meanwhile, the program’s supporters around the world also posted on their respective social media accounts photos of the news printed on foreign newspapers.

The news about the new world record title for the Largest Gospel Choir bagged by the ADD Chorale appearing at a German publication.

The news about the new world record title for the Largest Gospel Choir bagged by the ADD Chorale appearing at a German publication.

In this video, a Portuguese-language television program also featured MCGI’s record-breaking event.

Besides the gospel choir performance, the celebration of Ang Dating Daan’s 35 years of broadcast also highlighted charities for an estimated 1,700 persons with disabilities.

“Those with ‘disabilities’ are important before the eyes of God,” shares Bro. Eli Soriano (Photo from Ang Dating Daan’s Facebook Page).

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel doled out cash gifts and grocery items to all the PWDs and their aides. This is apart from the financial assistance and wheelchairs they gave to 30 raffle winners, and the Php 100,000 they handed to each of the twelve PWD institutions who attended the event.