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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.

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.

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!

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.