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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.

A Hark Back to MCGI’s 2nd Quarter International Thanksgiving

It was only Thursday last week. I was walking to and fro inside my room, checking in my mental list the things I need to prepare for the awaited Second Quarter International Thanksgiving of the Members Church of God International. Hours have passed,  I found myself amidst a queue at a van terminal heading towards Apalit, Pampanga— a place that has continually witnessed how every quarter, thousands would congregate to celebrate that very special occasion.

As I stepped out of the van after a peaceful one-hour ride, the evening breeze accompanied me until I reached the grounds of ADD Convention Center. Seeing my brothers and sisters in faith all set for the next days’ gathering, I cannot help but be exceedingly thankful. I am grateful that they are still there and I am still with them. We are still, under God’s grace, part of the fold who learned through the leadership of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro.Daniel Razon that it is an obligation to give thanks.

Even before the Friday sun has risen here in the east, the brethren has already started to settle, and the eagerness to witness the commencement of the awaited festivity has filled the atmosphere. Opening the three-day revelry was a congregational singing and a prayer. As soon as the voice of the Bro. Eli was heard, cheers and applause roared from the crowd. I told myself, this is going to be an experience beyond compare.

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Photo courtesy of MCGI.org

From learning the deeper meanings of previously taught biblical truths to the unfolding of new wisdom, we, the congregants were surely guaranteed of delicious sets of spiritual dishes meant to edify our faith. And each time the overwhelming sensation brought by understanding a topic heightened, a thrilling drum roll will serve as our cue— we will stand up and rejoice. It is just right to offer songs and dances of praises to translate the gratitude we have in our hearts.

The glow in our smiles and joyous tears, and the twinkle in our eyes were not bound to wane. As more praise songs and dances were presented, they all the more brightened. As the portion where the story of how our faith has started in the humble Philippine islands and how it reached the foreign shores was narrated, they all the more lightened. Until the last minute of Sunday near-the-midnight hour, they remained.

I admit my words cannot capture all the pictures of that memorable celebration. But I do hope that with this small piece of writing, I was able to share even the thinnest slice of it.

Now, a week has swiftly passed and it is Thursday once again. God willing, eleven more Thursdays and I will be waking up once more to that Fridaywhich will mark the start of another three-day International Thanksgiving. Until then, I fervently wish of everyone’s wellbeing. May God bless us all!

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.

Keeping the Love Alive (1)

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!