MCGI’s Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s Guinness Feat Graces Top Web, Print Publications

Manila, Philippines – The record-breaking feat of the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) official choir group, the “Ang Dating Daan Chorale,” made it to local and international television, publications and web platforms.

The lively 15-minute medley song number composed of four of MCGI’s original praise songs was presented to the Guinness adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem and to the rest of the world.

Bro. Daniel S. Razon holding the Guinness World Record plaque of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale of MCGI. The title of "Largest Gospel Choir " was given by Official Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem on October 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel S. Razon holding the Guinness World Record plaque of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale of MCGI. The title of “Largest Gospel Choir ” was given by Official Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem on October 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Print and online publications from the Philippines such as Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and People’s Tonight, among others, featured the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s latest accomplishment.

Meanwhile, international news sites also featured the musical achievement of MCGI.

Starring on the Guinness World Records’ own website was the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s achievement, beautifully worded by the group’s staff writer.

“A breath-taking 8,688 singers – who travelled from various local churches as well as countries in the Americas and Africa – took their places in the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines and totally shattered the previous record of 4,745 people that was achieved by by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Philippines) last year,” wrote Rachel Swatman.

Members of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale shouting for joy upon being proclaimed as the Largest Gospel Choir in the world. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Members of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale shouting for joy upon being proclaimed as the Largest Gospel Choir in the world. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In an article entitled “Singing their Way to a Record,” the Singapore’s Straits Times lauded the Philippines’ own Ang Dating Daan Chorale, making its mark in the Guinness World Records with songs of praises.

“Making sure that God could hear the voice of man was the Church of God International choir in the Philippines, whose 8,688 members lifted their hearts, hands and voices in harmony on Monday night.”

China’s Yibada news site wrote about how the group made the Guinness World Records.

“The Ang Dating Daan Chorale sang a medley of gospel songs in unison, properly conducted under concert conditions, and met all the requirements listed on the Guinness World Records website to bag the Largest Gospel Choir Category,” wrote Yibada’s Karen de Guzman.

The tweet of @GWR, the official Twitter handle of the Guinness World Records, about the Ang Dating Daan Chorale's achievement and the overwhelmed reaction of its adjudicator, Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.
The tweet of @GWR, the official Twitter handle of the Guinness World Records, about the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s achievement and the overwhelmed reaction of its adjudicator, Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.

In addition to news articles and blogs about the event, awe-inspiring photos of chorale members lining the circumference of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum made rounds in international news sites, such as The Global Times, Yahoo News, the European Pressphoto Agency, and even The Wall Street Journal.

Newsbeat Social also shared the story on its official Facebook page, garnering more than 35k likes and more than 12k shares, stating how a “Philippine church reaches a new high note” with its Guinness achievement.

On Twitter, thousands of users greeting the program and its latest accomplishment managed to make two trending topics “Ang Dating Daan” and “Ang Dating Daan Chorale” on Philippines trends list.

Ang Dating Daan and its record-breaking feat trended on Facebook on October. 12, 2015.
Ang Dating Daan and its record-breaking feat trended on Facebook on October. 12, 2015.

Posts poured on social networking site Facebook, and debuted as the number 1 worldwide trend as “Ang Dating Daan: Religious Radio and TV Program Celebrates 35th Year of Broadcast on Oct. 12.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale became the Guinness World Record holder for the “Largest Gospel Choir” category, with 8,688 recorded participants on Oct. 12, 2015.

As of this posting, the video of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s official attempt performance has reached more than 177K views. The Old Path Youtube Channel posted the 16-minute video last October 17 this year.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

Ang Dating Daan Turns 35, Features MCGI’s Largest Chorale to Date

The Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) official Bible-based religious program Ang Dating Daan (ADD) commemorates its 35th year on Philippine airwaves with an official attempt to break world record with the largest gospel choir.

On October 12, 2015, MCGI’s ADD Chorale, composed of 13,000 strong choir members, will serenade the anniversary’s spectators at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, as well as viewers via satellite and web streaming technology.

Incidentally, this is MCGI’s official attempt to break a Guinness world record for the “Largest Gospel Choir” category.

The MCGI Chorale practicing at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 for Ang Dating Daan's 35th Anniversary celebration on October 12. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
The MCGI Chorale practicing at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 for Ang Dating Daan’s 35th Anniversary celebration on October 12. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

For Ang Dating Daan’s anniversary this year, aside from the praise song festival, the celebration will also put on the spotlight several Persons With Disabilities (PWD) groups as honored guests.

“We have different groups of PWDs, that with God’s help, we want to direct good works to,” remarked Bro. Daniel Razon during a recent Thanksgiving to God celebration of MCGI.

“Our fellowmen will be the highlight of our anniversary,” stressed Bro. Razon, Assistant to the Overall Servant to MCGI.

ADD Chorale members in different continents such as the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa, will take part in the grand event, joining the bulk of the ADD Chorale members who are to gather in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The Guinness bid is the latest among MCGI’s praise song endeavors.

On a weekly basis, MCGI’s locale and division chorale members lead brethren in the congregational singing during prayer meetings, worship services, and thanksgiving to God celebrations.

MCGI holds yearly Music Ministry chorale fests and workshops for the benefit of its thousands of choir members in the Philippines and abroad.

Realizing the great importance of singing songs of praises to the Almighty, since 2009, MCGI continuously holds 24/7 non-stop singing of praise songs, based on 1 Chronicles 9:33.

An MCGI Chorale member unites with the rest of the grand chorus that filled the ADD Convention Center during their practice on October 4. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
An MCGI Chorale member unites with the rest of the grand chorus that filled the ADD Convention Center during their practice on October 4. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

A year after, MCGI opened its A Song of Praise Music Festival to the public – a praise song composition competition open to both amateur and professional songwriters.

The Ang Dating Daan, also called as The Old Path, is one of the Philippines’ longest-running religious programs. It is now translated in different languages, and airs on the radio, television, web and satellite in various countries worldwide.

(Written by: Pauline Arellano)


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