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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.

Ngayon, Bukas at Kailanman (1)

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.

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!

A Different Kind of LSS

Caught yourself humming or singing the K-pop hit Oppa Gangnam Style? Well, you probably are “LSS-ed” with the song.

The Last Song Syndrome  or LSS occurs when a portion of a song or even the whole song repeats compulsively, oftentimes unconsciously, within one’s mind. Technically, this is called earworm, a translation of the German word Ohrwurm– a song or a musical piece, commonly with an upbeat melody, that has a strong appeal to people.

Why could you be “LSS-ed”? Catchy lyrics? Playful melody? Or just for the sake of joining the bandwagon? (Sometimes, though you do not like the song, you find yourself singing it because everybody does so).

While that song  is still in the airwaves, while the world is still waiting for the next big hit, some songwriter is probably composing something. The question is, what will he or she talk about? It could be a song about Saturday. Or December.  Or about deeper and more meaningful things like world peace, debt of gratitude for a friend, or for our parents, or for our Creator.

Aren’t you excited to hear wonderful songs with wonderful thoughts? Isn’t it great to cry or laugh because of the relation of the lyrics to your own experiences? For sure, it will be refreshing because those are what the music industry is lacking now. That kind of soothing sensation a new composition brings… when could it be felt again?

Perhaps, a songwriting competition showcasing songs of praises to God would shed a light.

As the end of September was fast-approaching, a big crowd filled the Smart Araneta Coliseum, a multi-purpose dome with an almost-17,000 seating capacity located at Quezon City, Philippines, and witnessed 12 vying songs in the A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival Grand Finals.  For a background: ASOP Music Festival is the perfect, and as far as I know, the only avenue where budding and experienced writers can share with people their musical masterpieces dedicated to giving thanks to God. You may visit their site for more information.

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Upper left: UNTV’s CEO Kuya Daniel Razon tells the crowd how grateful he is for the success of ASOP’s 1st Grand Finals Night; Upper right: Gian Magdangal, one of the Philippines’ best voices, renders “Reasons to Believe” by Rommel Arguelles; Middle: International preacher Bro. Eli Soriano of the group Ang Dating Daan emphasizes the importance of singing and offering songs of praises to our Creator; Bottom: ASOP hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda add vibrance to the night with their delightful lines

With all the cheers from the crowd and the overwhelming feedbacks from the panel of judges,any person present there could not deny the fact that the songs he or she heard were all good, all appealing, all pleasures to the ear, to the heart and to the soul.

More than having catchy lyrics, theirs are very substantial and moving. They serve as little reminders of our obligation to give back all the praises to God. From the simplest to those reasons we could not burst out in words, we must thank God. Just the fact that you are there, sitting and reading this post, is enough to send your gratitude to him. Offering Him songs of praises is a way.

More than the playful melodies, their sequences of notes are resounding, and very much easy to recall. I even found myself humming them days after that night.  And, can I forget to mention that amazing feeling brought by the “magic” of their melodies? It is as if you are already hearing their sincerest thank You’s even without the lyrics.

You can listen to and download the songs here for free, and let your auditory senses (and heart) speak 🙂 Aren’t these songs, these stories, these sentiments more relevant to sing, and share?

It’s high time. Don’t you think these reasons are more than enough to put these songs of praises to the spotlight, and let the rest be “LSS-ed”? Or better yet, let these songs be part of their everyday playlist!