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A Cherished Learning: Offering Thanksgiving to God

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Photo from MCGI.org

Many years ago, when I was around seven years old, there was one occasion that until now I preciously treasure in my memory box. As far as I can remember, it was the first time I set my feet on the stage of the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center. I was with my fellow children then, dressed in vibrant blue and white dresses and suits, singing and dancing to an upbeat praise song. We were there, offering thanksgiving to God.

Yes, we were young and innocent then, but who says we cannot offer and extend our gratitude to our Creator?

Through Members Church of God International (MCGI) leaders Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the children’s ministry called Kawan ng Cordero (KNC) was organized as an avenue for people at the early age for learning spiritual wisdom, and Christian songs and dances. And it was through this endeavor that we were sent to that stage, blessedly saying our Thank You’s to God.

We thanked God for our allowances and delicious meals prepared by our parents for school; for our talents of drawing, singing, and dancing; for passing periodical tests; for the kindest families and friends He gave to us; for adding another day to our lives. Indeed, we thanked God for the simplest reasons.

Clocks ticked. It has been twelve years since that day of thanksgiving. It has also been three years since I was baptized in the Church. In those years, through the spiritual dishes regularly served by Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, God has let me understand and know the deeper reasons for offering thanksgiving. From the mere fact that I exist to the highest calling of God, I have learned and realized that we have all the reasons to be grateful and let people witness this unending appreciation.

Recounting those years that passed, I cannot help but be humbled. I know, without God’s permission, I could not have set my feet on that stage again in the other thanksgiving programs of MCGI. Without His mercy, I could have been buried in shame because of my sins. Without His loving kindness, I could not have known how to express my sincerest gratitude.

It is a truly a cherished wisdom, the wisdom of offering thanksgiving. Learning this, I am able to do one of the few things men can do for God. And this one-of-its kind knowledge is a blessing that could not be bought by any amount of money. Having this kept in my heart since those KNC days, I know, with all the blessings and tribulations I have, I somehow can repay.

Even though no words can translate what I feel, I still thank God for letting me write this.

As Ang Dating Daan Hits 32, A Glimpse to Meaningful Anniversaries

October. This month marks the Ang Dating Daan’s 32nd anniversary.

Hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano, the Ang Dating Daan, also known as The Old Path for its English-speaking constituents, is the longest running religious program in the country. It is best known for its unique and straightforward way of addressing people’s spiritual queries whereby people from different parts of the globe can directly ask Bro. Eli and immediately get answers from the standpoint of the Bible, oftentimes accompanied with scientific and historical facts.

The Ang Dating Daan’s anniversary celebrations are always fascinating and worth keeping in our boxes of memories. They are always about humility, living up to its commitment, and thanking and glorifying God.

And now, as we await what is in store for us followers, fans, and supporters of the show, take a look at some of the past commemorations of the award-winning religious program:

Filling the Big Dome to the brim

It was a breathtaking, exhilarating picture. The Smart-Araneta Coliseum, more known as the Big Dome, was literally not enough for close to 24,000 individuals eager to witness the remarkable celebration of the Ang Dating Daan’s silver anniversary. It was a night of songs and dances offered to God. It was a night of biblical wisdom. The people were given the chance to ask spiritual queries right in front of Bro. Eli. All were satisfied after hearing heavenly melodies and Bible-based answers.

Ever sowing…sharing…sheltering

The Ang Dating Daan’s 30th anniversary was a different take to how the program celebrates its anniversary. Instead of congregating in one place, its supporters and partners gathered at key points across the archipelago to support a campaign by UNTV (the station where the program is currently aired) called Isang Araw Lang para sa Kalikasan (Just One Day for the Nature). Volunteers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Climate Change Commission, Bible Readers Society, students and faculty of La Verdad Christian College and the ADD Foundation united to plant and maintain trees as the group’s support to calls for global cooperation to combat the pressing issue of climate change.

Photo taken from untvweb.com

Volunteers from the National Capital Region plant thousands of seedlings in Tanay, Rizal during the Ang Dating Daan’s 30th anniversary. Photo taken by Sophiya Baluyot

An atmosphere of festivity

The most recent commemoration of the birth of Ang Dating Daan on its 31st started with a parade towards the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, a province north of Manila. With all the colorful flags and contagious smiles from the participants, the day of festivity kicked off to a great start, including an awe-inspiring presentation of songs and dances that added excitement. On this event, the people behind the program from UNTV and Members Church of God International acknowledged figures from the private and public sectors for their unwavering support to their campaigns and projects.

Photo taken from angdatingdaan.org


Police Chief Supt. Edgardo T. Ladao, PNP-PRO 3, accepted the plaque of appreciation in behalf of Philippine National Police Chief Nicanor Bartolome during the celebration of the Ang Dating Daan’s 31st anniversary. Photo taken from angdatingdaan.org

Looking forward to the 32nd and to more anniversaries

The story of the program’s humble beginnings to its current status is a wonderful tale of people who found joy in rendering spiritual and public services. Thinking about how far and amazing the journey for the program has been, it is just apt to give a day to celebrate in any way possible and to give the glory to God.

Now that there only few days left before the Ang Dating Daan’s 32nd anniversary, the thrill and anticipation are escalating. And for the opportunities yet to unfold, for the campaigns yet to be done, for the biblical wisdom yet to be heard, we will be looking forward to more anniversaries of the program that touched many people’s lives from the Philippines and now around the world.