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

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.

Ang Dating Daan Celebrates 35th Anniversary with “Truth, Charity, Praise”

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The program “Ang Dating Daan” celebrates its 35th anniversary with the theme “Truth. Charity.Praise.” (Photo from Ang Dating Daan’s Facebook page).

The Ang Dating Daan, the country’s longest-running religious program hosted by International Evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano, is all set to celebrate its 35th anniversary this October with the theme “Truth. Charity. Praise.”

The program will hold a commemorative event on October 12, Monday, at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The revelry’s highlights will include a roster of praise song performances and a tribute to selected persons with disabilities.

The Ang Dating Daan is produced by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) where Bro. Eli serves as the Overall Servant.

More Than Three Decades of Relentless Truthcasting

A known fact to avid fans, the Ang Dating Daan commenced its humble beginnings as a 30-minute radio program in 1980. Though operating in a shoe-string budget, the program was able to establish a name among the Filipino households with its segment, “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot (Ask Bro. Eli, the Bible will Answer).”

The segment gives the audience the opportunity to ask various questions about faith and salvation, and receive answers straight from the verses of the Bible.

Apart from radio and television broadcasts, the Ang Dating Daan also holds regular worldwide Bible expositions (Photo by Christian Mercado/Photoville International).

Apart from its radio and television broadcasts, the Ang Dating Daan also holds regular worldwide Bible expositions (Photo by Christian Mercado/Photoville International).

In 1983, the program debuted on Philippine television and has since then reached more people who seek biblical truths. The show, which currently airs on public service channel UNTV Life, is also available in other language formats such as English (The Old Path), Spanish (El Camino Antiguo) and Portuguese (O Caminho Antigo) to expand its audience to a global scale.

In its effort to relentlessly broadcast the teachings of the Bible, the show has also received various recognition such as the 2011 Gawad Amerika Awards’ “Best Religious Program” and the 2014 Dangal ng Bayan Awards’ “Best Longest-Running Religious Program.”

Beyond Broadcast, Ang Dating Daan Advocates Charity

Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano is also known as an advocate of public service. Hence, the program and its supporters continuously mount an array of charitable endeavors across the globe.

Among the philanthropic initiatives sustained by the program are free medical-dental-legal missions, mass blood donation activities, clean-up drives, feeding programs, and charity homes for abandoned babies, orphans and the elderly.

The Ang Dating Daan, in partnership with UNTV Life, conducts medical missions for free in key areas around the globe (Photo by Frederick Alvior/Photoville International).

The Ang Dating Daan, in partnership with UNTV Life, conducts medical missions for free in key areas around the world (Photo by Frederick Alvior/Photoville International).

Kuya Daniel Razon, the program’s co-host and its first director, also took inspiration from Bro. Eli and launched programs in line with his advocacy. These include the “Isang Araw Lang” campaign which encourages people to do good as acts of charity will yield no harm.

For the much-anticipated revelry, the two have invited groups of persons with disabilities to grace the event. According to the organizers, financial assistance and special gifts will be doled out.

Honoring the One Behind the Program’s Success through Praises

For Bro. Eli, the program owes its success to God. “Like what we always say, if we are able to do something, and if there is any glory attained, it is always for God – to God be the glory!,” he said in one MCGI thanksgiving service.

Citing Bible verses, the International Evangelist has always emphasized that a way to honor God is to offer Him songs of praise. Hence, the continuous campaign of the Ang Dating Daan host to craft more hymns dedicated to the Creator.

Thousands of Ang Dating Daan supporters rehearse for a special presentation for the upcoming anniversary celebration of the program (Photo from MCGI's Facebook page).

Thousands of Ang Dating Daan supporters rehearse for a special presentation for the upcoming anniversary celebration of the program (Photo from MCGI’s Facebook page).

In line with the upcoming anniversary, Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel lead the program’s supporters in preparing a special presentation composed of praise songs that highlight the mercy and loving kindness of the One behind the Ang Dating Daan’s triumph over the past 35 years.

Bro. Eli’s Charity Concert ‘Remember When’ Relives the Music of Yesteryear

Last night, the time when music was still music was remembered.

Following the festive International Thanksgiving of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) last March 28-30 was an evening of celebration of meaningful songs from the last decades. Entitled Remember When, this charity concert brought together thousands of congregants at the MCGI Headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga and at other more chapters all around the globe.

As early as 6 p.m. (Philippine time), the ecstatic mood was already set as MCGI-grown talents staged thrilling musical performances. This atmosphere continued to escalate as local artists Hammilan Pavoreal and Lilibeth Garcia rendered their versions of “Memory”, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”,  and “If Ever You’re in my Arms Again.”

Rey Valera, a renowned Filipino hitmaker, sent the audience into bursts of laughter as he narrated comic anecdotes about his career as an artist. The crowd sang with him as he crooned his classic hits “Naaalala Ka”, “Maging Sino Ka Man”, and “Kung Kailangan Mo Ako”.

Rey Valera

The Platters with Bro Eli

The almost two-hour performance of The Platters, a very successful vocal group from the 50s, was one of the highlights of the event. They shared their passion for music with the audience as they sang their chart-topping hits like “Only You”, “The Great Pretender”, “Harbor Lights”, “He’s Mine”, and “Twilight Time”.

And who would forget the remarkable moments of delight during their act? A rendition of “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” together with the Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano. A lady invited to be with them on the stage and then serenaded with the sweet song “My Prayer”. A member of group, then wearing a genuine smile, wholeheartedly gave red roses to some lucky ladies. All these added splendor to the evening.

The ambiance was at its best, yet the night was still young.

Soon after Kuya Daniel Razon went on stage, he led the crowd in singing a birthday song for Bro. Eli Soriano. The international evangelist will be celebrating his 49th birthday in spirit on April 7, a commemoration of the day when he was baptized in the Church. A set of standard songs–“Diana” , “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, “What Kind of Fool Am I”, “Together Again,” and “Mr. Lonely” to name a few–performed by Kuya Daniel followed the gracious greeting of the congregants to Bro. Eli.

Kuya Daniel

Bro Eli Soriano

Carrying on the remembrance of the music from the past, Bro. Eli lent his voice singing heartwarming songs with “Through the Years” being one of the most sentimental and moving.

He also cited verses and shared wisdom to complete last night’s wonderful concert. He said that the proceeds of the event will go to the construction of a convention center in Metro Manila that will be used as an avenue to centralize the charitable works of the Church. He further explained that in the course of doing this endeavor, there will always be hindrances. He then firmly uttered, “Let us be vigilant. Let us be watchful.”

The rest of his loving reminder he expressed through tearfully singing “Walk with Faith in Your Heart”— a sight that for sure has lingered in everyone’s heart.  The evening ended with the yesteryear’s music relived, and the ardent faith of the believers edified.

(Photos by Jason Consigo)

A Footnote to Young Debaters

In their bold faces, the blazing fervor to win you will see. In cadence, they move forward, wearing that camouflage of loyalty, that badge of identity- they are their nation’s defenders. Bullets thrown to and fro. With the perfect balance of hastiness and caution, they battle with strangers trying to vanquish the unified principles and ordeals their country treasure.

Days of struggle, nights of alertness. Weeks went on and the scuffle noisily dimmed down. The black birds feasted on the losers’ abode. The winners rejoiced and in humility, with the sweetest tears of joy, they marched towards their beloved motherland, exclaiming how that tale ended according to their wish.

They are soldiers. And you, too, are just like them, young debaters, defenders of firm arguments well-valued by your fellow believers. Worry not if you are in the side of the truth. Before you would know it, you have behind your lips a thousand bullets. With courageous stance, be on your feet before your rival, show your adversary how eager you are to face the fight.

Observe and study the techniques and styles of some of the most successful debaters. Digest their words, learn from them.

Take this case and study: in one of the most memorable US Presidential town hall debates, Bill Clinton impressed the inquirer and the rest of the crowd as he answered this: “How has the national debt personally affect each of your lives? And if it hasn’t, how can you honestly find a cure for the economic problems of the common people if you have no experience in what’s ailing them?”

Here is a clip of how Clinton managed to triumph over this tricky question:

The secrets why the former US President was such an excellent debater were revealed by a former colleague in an article written by Sabrina Siddiqui in The Huffington Post. According to David Mercer, one of the people behind the 1992 Bill/Gore campaign, Clinton was a natural, he always managed to work on his strengths without forgetting to cater the moderator, the crowd and the opponent. Wouldn’t you agree?

Now, not only can you learn debating tips from the political arena but in religious realm as well. For example, take a look on the way Bro. Eli Soriano, a prominent Filipino debater on religious-themed disputes, articulated and defended the biblical principles he believes in in one of his remarkable debates:

Just as how Clinton showed his faith to the American people, you can also see the man’s reliance and assurance on the side he is taking. That is a vital note worthy to be heartily kept. And in a Bible Exposition last Friday, while he clarified the postponement of a debate with a Gospel of Christ pastor in the Philippines, he nonetheless exemplified another note: the importance of always being ready to stand on the side of the beliefs you defend- wherever, whenever.

(For a background: Last December, a Gospel of Christ member participated in another Bible Exposition and later on told that his pastor is willing to have a debate about the oneness doctrine , which states that God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are the same. After some negotiations, the pastor said that he must consult it first to a so-called “council”).

You can watch his other debates here.

From these debaters you will learn how to wear that bold face for people to see that blazing fervor to win, how to put on that badge of identity as your philosophies’ defender, how to throw your arguments to and fro…how to battle with strangers trying to vanquish the unified principles and ordeals you treasure.

With this footnote, hopefully you will see young debaters vital ingredients on how in humility, with the sweetest tears of joy, you could march towards your fellow allies, exclaiming how your tale ended according to their wish.

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Sources:

Ang Dating Daan, . Debate:Bro. Eli Soriano vs. Pastor William Saraga. 2007. Video. Youtube. Web. 8 Jan 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrwLAeVOE7Y&list=PL55276B9ABF005B3B&gt;.

Siddiqui, Sabrina. The Huffington Post. N.p., 16 2012. Web. 8 Jan 2013 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/bill-clinton-debate_n_1971685.html&gt;.

smotus, . Clinton vs. Bush in 1992 Debate. 2007. Video. Youtube. Web. 8 Jan 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ffbFvKlWqE&gt;.

To Twitterverse…From Bro. Eli, With Love

As the world welcomed the year 2013, the Twitterverse- the virtual universe of Twitter users- witnessed a shower of thoughtful reminders about the revelry and delightful messages from International Evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano.

The social networking site is designed for the users to send only posts with a maximum of 140 characters. Despite this boundary, Bro. Eli was still able to convey his words of advice and dedications to fans and followers around the globe.

A note on the traditional New Year celebration

Here is an explanation why the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host opted not to tweet any New Year greeting.

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A couple of life-saving reminders

Because most are still accustomed to the traditional feisty commemoration, Bro. Eli nevertheless provided some precautionary measures to help people avoid meeting accidents.

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A guide on putting wise investments

In another set of tweets, he encouraged everyone to invest on services that will benefit the needy. Aside from being a steward of the mysteries of God, he is also an ambassador of goodwill to his fellow.

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A touch of love and longing for everyone

As his Twitter followers exclaimed their yearnings and fancies, Bro. Eli answered them with tweets that surely left smiles on their lips. Isn’t saying “I love you all” in different languages a simple yet sweet act?

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Indeed, for a man committed to serving God and his fellowmen, sending a number of tweets that will enlighten everyone is worth giving a time. Furnished with sincere love and care for people, let these and his other online mementos serve as guide and inspirations for the coming days ahead.

Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman: A Night of Music, A Story of Love

A set of performers with brilliant voices and moves gracing a whimsical stage. A crowd’s gleeful shout intensifying the splendor of the evening. A story of a couple reminiscing how their love has gone strong, and how it will abound until the farthest future.

After the three-day International Thanksgiving of Members Church of God International (MCGI) at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga and at key chapters worldwide, the congregants stayed for another night to witness Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman (Now, Tomorrow and Forever), a concert for a cause held last December 24.

Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman

The event commenced with a Broadway-like production number of the Music Ministry and Teatro Kristiano, the MCGI’s performing groups, together with local artist Hammilan Pavoreal. The presentation celebrated music that every generation has fallen in love with such as “Tonight” and “Memory”, theme songs from The West Side Story and Cats, the Spice Girls’ “Wanna Be”, Adele’s “Someone Like You”, Parokya ni Edgar’s “Harana” and the Korean hit “Oppa Gangnam Style.”

Ms. Pilita Corales, Asia’s Queen of Songs, lent her time to add loveliness to the night. Her signature voice and stylish humor never failed to send the crowd into cheerful applaud. She constantly wowed the audience with Filipino classics like “Ikaw Lamang ang Aking Iibigin Magpakailanman” and her rendition of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” with Bro. Eli Soriano, Presiding Minister to MCGI.

More than just a musical event, the concert offered a short film starring the country’s most promising artists, Dante Rivero, Boots Anson- Roa, JC De Vera, Isabel Oli, Louella de Cordova, Richard Reynoso and Kuya Daniel Razon.

Directed by Pat Perez, the story revolved around a couple, Angelo and Melissa (Rivero and Anson-Roa), celebrating an enduring love shaped by the yesteryears’ sweetest memories and fortifying obstacles. The young couple’s roles were played by De Vera and Oli.

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Photo taken by Jason Consigo and Beth Borromeo

Perhaps, one of the most remarkable dialogues of the film was that of Razon’s and De Vera’s. Razon, Aneglo’s big brother or kuya in the story, emphasized how the words “Hindi ko na kaya” (I cannot do it anymore) implies that we cannot accomplish things on our own- we need guidance, help and mercy of God. And that we can have through a fervent prayer.

The tale narrated not a love story but of a story of love that transcends time.

Ms. Pilita Corales, Bro. Eli, Kuya Daniel and his wife, Ms. Arlene Razon added spark to the short film as they rendered all-time favorite love songs such as “Basta’t Magkasama Tayo”, “God Knows”, “What I Did for Love”, “Please be Careful with my Heart”, “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and “Fly Me to the Moon” in between.

The night ended with a few more performances and a message from Bro. Eli. He explained that the proceeds of this concert will be used for the construction of a convention center in Metro Manila to cater more Church members and guests. “It’s a special form of entertainment or also a way for us to advance, to fund a very priced challenge beginning outside the Church,” he said.

With that, people were left in much awe, waiting for another night of music and stories of love and charity.

A Wonderful November

Looks like November is a month of celebrations.

As the 32nd anniversary tribute of the multi-awarded religious program Ang Dating Daan kicked off earlier this month, a benefit concert entitled Keeping the Love Alive was held last November 21 in commemoration of Kuya Daniel Razon’s 29th year in service to God and to humanity. A Worldwide Bible Exposition and a thanksgiving offering followed these events.

One splendid, musical night

Thousands have gathered at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga to witness and to relive songs from yesteryears. As soon as local performers like Gail Blanco and Jayson Fernandez set the mood for the night, the crowd was caught by surprise as the legendary band Air Supply took the stage without any introduction, opening their almost-two-hour performance with their hit “Even the Nights are Better.”

Though their hair has turned gray, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell’s voices sounded like they were still the duo who conquered the airwaves in the 80s. Yes, the Air Supply is still the Air Supply for they untiringly performed one song after the other (“Goodbye”, “Chances”, “The One That You Love” and “The Power of Love” to name a few). It was almost 10 in the evening when the band bid goodbye but the musical vibrancy was not yet ready to sleep.

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Keeping the Love Alive (2)

Photos taken by Sophiya Baluyot

Hammilan Pavoreal, a local artist, did not fail to wow the crowd waiting for the second half of the evening with his versions of the classics such as “Just Once”, “Please Don’t Ask Me”, “Hanggang”, and “Keeping the Love Alive.”

The birthday celebrant, Kuya Daniel Razon, entered the stage with the jazz song “Sway”. He did a medley of 80s songs which he told was part of his young adulthood years. He melted everyone’s heart with his interpretations of “Lady”, “Leaving on a Jetplane”, “Babe” and most especially with “Please Be Careful With My Heart” which he sang with his lovely wife.

Another notable highlight of the concert was the set of heartfelt performances of Members Church of God International (MCGI)’s Bro. Eli Soriano. He soothed everyone’s souls with good music such as “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, “To Love Somebody”, “Words”, and “Through the Years.” As a biblical man, he nevertheless cited verses from time to time.

Aside from the music, what the attendees has brought home was Bro. Eli’s tender words of gratitude and sincere aspiration. “I hope we will always be one in doing good to people…God loves people. God wants people to be saved. And this is why we are doing this concert.”

And as the month approaches its end…

Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel again shared their time to cater spiritual queries from all over the world as the Ang Dating Daan held a Worldwide Bible Exposition last Friday, November 23. A total of 15 remote points were served but thousands of ADD Coordinating Centers across the globe were also opened to accommodate more people seeking to hear wisdom straight from the Bible. Live feed were also provided to online fans via Twitter (@AngDatingDaanTV and @TheOldPathTV) and Facebook (Facebook.com/AngDatingDaanTV and Facebook.com/TheOldPath).

The next day, the members of Church of God International offered their sacrifices of thanksgiving as Kuya Daniel, MCGI’s Vice-Presiding Minister, remembered his 29th year in selflessly serving our Creator and his fellowmen. The songs of praises and all the biblical truths and advices were a delight to everyone’s soul. What transpired that evening and what the congregants felt were beyond description—unspeakable, simply put. So let me just leave you this line from We are Blessed, a song composed by Kuya Daniel himself,

“I want to thank You and praise You from the deepest part of me”

Indeed, all we can do is to thank the One who gave us the chance to behold this very,very wonderful month!

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.