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Ang Dating Daan Will Turn 37 in 2017: Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

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The ‘Ang Dating Daan’program will celebrate its 37th Anniversary with the theme “God’s Word Revealed In Good Works” come December 15, 2017.

Since it first aired on radio in December, 1980, it cannot be denied that it is truly the longest-running religious program on-air in the Philippines for a good 37 years.

True to its theme, its avid supporters and followers can expect its many charitable works to continue and initiated even on the peak of this celebration.

Massive Public Service Charities

One of the main activities to mark the celebration will be a nationwide medical mission. Together with UNTV News and Rescue Channel and Clinic Ni Kuya, Ang Dating Daan will spearhead massive medical mission spread across different parts of the Philippines.

Members of the congregation, Members Church of God International, or the Ang Dating Daan Group will join the various charitable endeavors, such as the Libreng Sakay or free bus rides.

Just like last year, we can look forward to a well-supported event from the MCGI congregation, coming from different locations all over the globe.

UNTV News and Rescue, the home channel of ‘Ang Dating Daan’ and its other productions for over a decade, will present a special program about the Ang Dating Daan 37-year Anniversary on December 15, 2017.

There will also be a Live Worldwide Bible Exposition to be hosted by none other than Bro. Eli Soriano, co-hosted by Bro. Daniel Razon, in the evening that will start at 7PM.

Through the Year: Bible Exposition and Debates

Ang Dating Daan started in radio broadcasting before going into many Filipino household’s television screens in 1983 on IBC Channel 13. Since then, the program has extended its airing through to a much-wider audience through satellite technology.

Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path is translated in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese. The program itself has been hosted in different languages in different parts of the world.

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Visit the Ang Dating Daan website to watch episodes of the program, and for live updates.

In Latin America where Ang Dating Daan has a counterpart programs for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking locals there, the audience reach of the program has indeed increased. Bro. Eli hosts El Camino Antiguo and O Caminho Antigo, in Spanish and Portuguese, respectively.

Just how Bro. Eli hosts his live Bible Expositions and conducts religious debates in the Philippines, the same fervor and passion in preaching and defending the truth are evident of the preacher even in faraway lands like Brazil and other parts of Latin America.

As an example, last November 5, 2017, a debate was held between Bro. Eli Soriano and Brazilian Pastor Douglas Jessé Rocha of Igreja do Evangelho Quadrangular (Church of the Foursquare Gospel).

The debate, which was in Portuguese, was streamed live on Facebook and Youtube, along with live translations in different languages. (Read: Peaceful Debate: International Filipino-Televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano vs. Brazilian Pastor)

In this part of the globe, Bro. Eli conducts Live Bible Expositions almost every Sunday morning Brazil time (EST).

Through these efforts, the evangelization of Ang Dating Daan continue to extend to other parts of the globe and inspire people, not only in undertaking good works, but most importantly, through preaching the pure doctrines of Christ in the Bible.

Ang Dating Daan has an archive of the Q&A videos, which are readily available on their website and Youtube channel.

Ang Dating Daan adds the Truth Channel on digital TV where it airs its programming, apart from UNTV and Radio La Verdad.

Doing Charity for 37 Years

The word of God is truly reflected in our actions towards others, in that, as the Bible states: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10)”

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File Photo: Ang Dating Daan celebrated the 36th Anniversary by breaking the Guinness World Record for Largest Gospel Choir in a Single Venue. This photo is backstage as guests were given free copies of the Bible. (Photo from Ang Dating Daan on Facebook)

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the efforts of Ang Dating Daan through International Televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano and Public Service Advocate Kuya Daniel Razon are the scholars of the La Verdad Christian College.

La Verdad makes sure that the scholars of this school will only mind attending classes and making good grades. Ang Dating Daan’s Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel shoulder the tuition fees, books, school uniforms, miscellaneous fees, free lunch of the students, and other expenses.

With two campuses in Pampanga and Caloocan, La Verdad accept interested youth, regardless of their race, culture, gender or religion.

Apart from the free education program, Ang Dating Daan has been one of the biggest supporters of the benefit concert “Songs For Heroes”, which pay tribute and give financial aid to the families of the police force and soldiers who serve this country.

With support from UNTV News and Rescue, the “Songs for Heroes III: Songs For Marawi Heroes” was held to commemorate the liberation of Marawi while paying tribute to those who have died while performing their duties.

Families of those who fought in Marawi each received 50,000php.

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File Photo: The Songs for Heroes III: Bayani ng Marawi was held at the Mall of Asia Arena for the benefit of the soldiers who fought during the Marawi Siege. (Photo from UNTV)

Ang Dating Daan also supports the UNTV Cup Charity Basketball League, whereby in the recent season of this basketball league, it donated over Php8-Million for the beneficiaries of all the local government units and departments which participated in the game.

Watch out for the Anniversary Special for Ang Dating Daan which will be broadcasted on UNTV News and Rescue, and live-streamed through Facebook and Youtube. (See: http://www.facebook.com/AngDatingDaanTV/videos/10155516034011144/)

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Back-to-back Music of Praises to God at the Big Dome

The Araneta Coliseum echoed with Songs of Praises to God for two consecutive nights, when the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir won the Guinness World Record Title for Largest Gospel Choir, back-to-back with the Grand Finals of UNTV’s A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival where the song entry, “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan” won Song of the Year.

Ang Dating Daan at 35 bags Guinness

On October 12, 2015, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) celebrated its 35th year on Philippine TV with the Guinness World Record title for the Largest Gospel Choir being won over by Members Church of God International (MCGI) Choir, where there was a total of 8,688 participants.

The choir sang to a guest audience of thousands consisting of eleven (11) PWD charitable institutions, which were later presented 100,000php each as part of Ang Dating Daan’s celebration. and the program’s earnest devotion to give back.

The whole Araneta erupted with songs of praises for more than two hours through the night as the MCGI Choir in over a thousand coordinating centers all over the world presented heart-felt songs of praises that brought even Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem, the Guinness World Records Official Adjunctator, to near tears.

Mr. Public Service and co-host of the Ang Dating Daan Program Kuya Daniel Razon received the new title for the Largest Gospel Choir. Watch the MCGI Choir Record-breaking performance here:

A Song of Praise Season 4 Finals

The following night, songs of praises echoed within Araneta again as the stage was set for the grand finals of A Song of Praise Music Festival 2015. In its fourth season, competition was as fierce as ever. But eventually the Song of the Year title was presented to composer Christian Malinias for the song “Kung Pag-ibig Mo’y Ulan,” interpreted by Leah Patricio.

The night came alive with song of praise performances not only from this season but from previous seasons. (See Also: ASOP Year 4 Grand Winner Named) An audience of over eight thousand also witnessed the performances by previous grand finalist interpreters, MCoy Fundales, Jonalyn Viray and Rachel Alejandro.

The annual songwriting competition continues to encourage songwriters to dedicate songs of Praise to God. I am personally looking forward to the next season.

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Bro. Eli: Steward of Truth & Servant of God for 51 Years

“There is no better way to live our lives than to live by the intent of our Creator” – Bro. Eli Soriano

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An unforgettable encounter

When my grandmother died of heart attack, it was as if the pain caused by her death was unbearable. But nothing beats the hurt that cuts deep into my heart by what happened during her wake. Yet, I consider that opportunity something of importance, a great chance that helped make me stronger. It was because I have gained the best opportunity to defend someone dear to me.

When someone is dear to you, you couldn’t just sit back while people spoke ill of that person. The person am talking about is Bro. Eli Soriano. Even though I considered my grandmother dear to me, so is Bro. Eli, ever since that moment when I learned the truth of the Bible through him.

I am the kind of person who hardly show up at any family get-together, so being there, at my grandmother’s wake in June last year was quite unusual in itself. The last time I saw her alive was at the burial of my maternal grandfather. I think they said she insisted to come. I loved her for that and regret the times I couldn’t spend with her.

PG from the Drawing of S. L. Fildes “The empty chair” Gad’s Hill Ninth of June 1870 / Photo taken from: finedictionary.com

My mother text-messaged me one Sunday morning and broke the news. I was in Pampanga at the time and left in quite haste. I had decided to visit her wake with my paternal uncle.

At the wake, he introduced me to a few relatives. I’ve seen a few of them before; and most are already familiar of me. Incidentally, this was because I had also attended the wake of my second-cousin who died in February. (It was a car accident.)

I took a long look inside the coffin—a long last look at my grandmother, who, even in death, wore a smile. Before I went there, my heart was heavy with guilt knowing that she had expressed how much she loved to see us but I couldn’t make the time.

There were a few among our relatives who took notice of me. They eyed me strangely, and I thought I knew why. I took a liking to one of the elder women who dressed familiarly simple. She had her hair in a bun and wore a long skirt. Finally, she asked, “You know, I’ve seen you before. You always seem to dress like that, very modest and meek.”

They were third-cousins perhaps once-removed. One thing led to another and I found out they belonged to Haligi ng Dios Kay Kristo Hesus. I had also told them of my faith, that I joined Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently. I mentioned that it was the group led by Bro. Eli Soriano. “You are knowledgeable of him, I believe,” I inquired of the woman who asked to be called Lilang. (Lilang refers to an old aunt in their province.)

I had been eager to find brethren among them. So it hurt my heart to hear how they were very contrary towards Brother Eli. It was not a surprise for I have already heard about the history of both our faiths.

Times Have Changed

On April 7, 1964, at the age of 17, Bro. Eli Soriano was baptized, joining a congregation of Christians then led by Bro. Nicholas Perez. (See: http://www.elisoriano.com/biography) After the death of Bro. Perez, there was disarray in tenet which led to the division of the church members allegiance to different people who claimed the right to lead them after Bro. Perez. One of the groups listened to Soriano, and the one which now claims the name Haligi ng Dios Kay Kristo Hesus, was led by the late Levita Gugulan.

I knew a different Bro. Eli from the one my Lilang had imposed from the stories told in their church. She claims to have worked with him back in the day, being a deaconess in their church. She says she felt it as a waste for such a man, who was so knowledgeable of the Bible and so good at defending it to turn corrupt. She tells me that she heard Brother Eli was infuriated to find Gugulan in the position of authority instead of him, so that is why he led some astray. These are all LIES! –lies of their congregation that scarred into their history; and she openly stated, “It’s so wasteful of you to be of Ang Dating Daan, with Soriano” to my face with a sympathetic front that left me pitying her instead. I saw her sorrow and her sister’s too. But my heart was heavy thinking how deceived they are.

It will be almost two years for me in the Church. Bro. Eli has been leading this congregation as a servant of God for five decades, and tomorrow marks his 51st year of service. If you ask any true brethren why we love Bro. Eli, they’d tell you that his sympathy for his fellowmen is sincere.

Photo Credits: MCGI.org

I have not been in the Church for that many years, but already I feel the power of the Holy Spirit working in Bro. Eli with every lesson he teaches based on the Holy Scriptures. My aunts told me these most-likely fabricated and/or exaggerated stories about Bro. Eli, in order to pull me out of the brotherhood, the Church I now knew. They pitied me and told me what a waste it was for me to be with the congregation, following after the biblical preaching of Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. But I knew better. I stood fast to my faith for I knew that they were wrong.

Some people simply look into his eyes as he spoke, and they believed he preached in all honesty and commitment. But God works in ways you cannot imagine, that words do not stay merely words, but become actions. Members of the congregation work together, and this in itself is very inspiring.

Times have changed. The congregation he led since that time grew much stronger and much faithful. Lilang mentioned variations between the practices theirs during Bro. Perez’s times and ours now, and that is because Bro. Eli never ceased studying the Bible, improving the practices of faith of the brethren as we continued to grow.

A True Servant of God

As written in prophecy according to the Bible, many were called to the Church. Many turned back to the Lord through the efforts of the congregation which did sympathize with Bro. Eli and the work of God. I believe it so because I witnessed it myself.

Delegates wave their flags while joyously cheering “To God be the Glory!”/ Photo by Hazel David (@hazeeyski) via twitter

I felt his compassion and dedication to the work of God. I realized so much here compared to when I was a catholic, a self-acclaimed non-denominational Christian, and later even a deist. It was only Brother Eli’s words that struck me, that intervened in my heart and changed my outlook in so many aspects of life completely.

If my Lilang were to read this, she’ll then know that I’ll never turn away from that, not even by the words of blood-relatives. It is justice to stand in the truth, and God is first before anyone else, even family; And I wish that everyone would realize that Bro. Eli is not what the fabricated stories and false accusations claim him to be.

And to Bro. Eli, in the fifty-first year of your service to God, beloved Brother Eli, I believe that God works in you. Happy 51st year in service to God Bro. Eli Soriano, Steward of Truth & Servant of God!

Brother Eli in Brazil during the International Thanksgiving in April 2015/ Photo Credits: MCGI.org