Strong at 34: The “Ang Dating Daan” Anniversary 2014

“The truth of the Bible is not dependent on any book on earth.”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

Oct. 30, 2014 – Even under the scorching heat, people had already started to amass at all entrances at the Smart Araneta as early as 2:30pm. What was the fuss all about? This day specifically marks the 34th anniversary of the longest running religious program on Philippine TV, Ang Dating Daan. In celebration, a Worldwide Bible Exposition was to be held at the Big Dome.

To-date, the Bible Exposition has become a gathering where people all across the globe can ask questions regarding Christian faith, answered straight from the Bible by none other than Bro. Eli Soriano, presiding minister of Members Church of God International. Bible Expositions have since made up the show “Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” (“Ask Soriano, the Bible Will Answer”) which is one of the first segments produced by the Ang Dating Daan program.

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Humble Beginnings

The first ever airing of Ang Dating Daan on television was in 1983 (apart from the radio broadcast which started in 1980), with a three-person production staff. Despite the lack of personnel, financial constraints and other setbacks, there was no stopping the program from airing on Philippine Television.

Starting with an initial air time of 30 mins, the program slowly developed, and in years to come, the program would have faced many more obstacles including media critics, religious enemies, and conspirators.

In 2005, the religious host, Bro. Eli Soriano left the country, during which time one could hardly realize that this would be the start of expansion of the program and its works toward other countries, slowly infiltrating the Global Arena.

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For the anniversary special, it had been a collaborative effort from MCGI members in selected parts of Luzon including Laguna, Cavite, and Metro Manila.

And since Ang Dating Daan had long focused on and continue to shape a nation zealous of good works, hand-in-hand with the celebration had been continuous medical missions, clean-up drives and other public services.

Worldwide Bible Exposition at Araneta Coliseum

The event began with a few intermission numbers. ASOP interpreters presented most defining Songs of Praise to God. Songs such us “Ikaw,” and “May Awa ang Dios” were one of the highlight performances.

But none was of astounding brilliance as the view of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale, together with MCGI Music Ministry Choir in the background.

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The stadium was already jam-packed as early as 3:30pm, but there were thousands more guests who were no longer able to enter. Despite that, there were Ang Dating Daan coordinating centers/ local chapters (live-viewing centers) which were open to accommodate them.

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As with every Bible Exposition, many were given the chance to ask their questions and hear Bro. Eli answer straight from the Bible.

“Naniniwala akong hindi nakadepende ang pag dami [ng miyembro ng isang samahan] sa debate, kundi yung aral ng Dios ang nakapagtuturo…”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

Bro. Eli had earlier on taken the opportunity to thank their sponsors with which the broadcasts were able to continue despite difficult times, apart from making known his gratefulness for all those who were able to grace the occasion. Bro. Eli was proud to mention that, especially in Brazil, Filipinos were not seen as liabilities.

Bro. Eli was not meek to point out his unrest regarding the rise in number of Atheists—people who do not believe in God, pointing out that there is nothing wrong with believing in God. From there, he reminisced the history of how he and his program had kept up with enemies trying to halt the propagation of their cause.

“Ang tao ay may instinct ng pagiging maka-Dios. Naco-corrupt lang ito ng demonyo.”

– Bro. Eliseo F. SorianoWorldwide Bible Expo: Oct 30, 2014

In addition to the success of the event, the featured hashtag #Happy34YearsADD had made it to the top of Philippine trends on Twitter.

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And even for me, it was simply a wonderful experience to have taken part in this celebration. For to merely listen to this man, how he conforms to every question, and how he is able to answer queries according to the Bible, but most importantly how he is able to care for the flock in these grave times with the guidance of the holy Gospel–these things are not the work of man but of God.

Thanks be to God.

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Sources:

angdatingdaan.org

mcgi.org

facebook.com/AngDatingDaanTV

facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano

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