Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 9, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 9, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Jonathan Librojo, 23, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s about time. I just felt it. My parents are [members] as well. They’ve been in the Church for more than 10 years already.

It was on Youtube that I was able to search for whatever [teaching of Bro. Eli] I wanted to listen to. But it was when I got indoctrinated, that’s when I started listening intently.

I learned a lot as it was so informative. It was really amazing. Everything that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel say is right.

On Being Baptized

I was of course happy, and I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Keep doing what you are doing. It’s really delightful to know that there are people like them who have been given such an understanding of the Bible.

~o~

Bro. Maximo Pedrigo Jr., 63, Former Aglipayan Church Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Ever since I was assigned in Cavite, as my boss was there, I always carried around a radio.

One time when I was sleeping, I was awakened at around 1 am when I heard the Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path] program. And I wasn’t able to get back to sleep anymore because I liked the question and answer portion.

Since then, it stuck in my mind that that program was good. Also, as I listened on the radio, I found that there are many people who are asking about the true religion.

Bro. Eli said that the true religion is the Church of God, not the Iglesia ni Cristo [Church of Christ], etc. I was assigned in Cavite for six years, and I listened to Bro. Eli the entire time.

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Now, I heard on the radio that there was a locale near Blumentritt, where one of my children lived.

I rode the LRT and saw the signboard of Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path] in Libertad, and the thought of it didn’t leave my mind.

It was last month; perhaps the Lord God has already called me to be in the true religion. So I boarded off the train and looked for the coordinating center in Libertad.

I found a sister there and I asked, “Is this the coordinating center?” She responded, “Yes, what can we do for you?” At that moment, Bro. Eli was speaking.

I told her that I was from Malibay, Pasay City. She said that there’s a locale there by the 7-11 store.

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That same day I went and searched for the locale. There were two 7-11’s there: One inside the district and one by the highway. At the onset, I didn’t see it. But the second time around, I found that it was near our place, and I went there.

I found a Bro. Kenneth there. I said to him that I wanted to be baptized or get indoctrinated. They indoctrinated me right then and there, and I continued from then on.

The first time I got indoctrinated, I was so happy and even when I was already home. My heart was enlightened and saw that this was what I was really searching for that was lacking in my life.

In my baptism today, it’s Bro. Philip who assisted me as I’m the only one who got indoctrinated at the time. Last week, he also brought someone here to be baptized.

On Being Baptized

I felt as if the heavens were opened unto me. I cannot explain now the joy that is in my heart. I’m really very happy. If it weren’t for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I might have been truly lost in faith now.

I hope that my family will follow. I want my wife to join the Church as well. I told her, “Come attend with me.”

She said, “It’s just debates.” I said, “No, you’re just going to listen first. It’s not a debate. People just ask him questions and he answers.

She replied, “Okay. I’m not stopping you because it’s good for you to change.” I said, “Yes, I’m already good to you, so please come with me.” But she told me that I should go first, and so I did. I will gradually try to convince her, for her to be in the true religion.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I have not seen any one who is like him who answers every bit of question asked him, actually even family problems. That’s why I always hope, I always include the two of them in my prayers. They were the ones who lead me here through their explanations on TV.

~o~

Bro. Zandro Gonzales, 45, Former Catholic, Rizal Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I saw the true change in a person, because many people have been changed by this already.

I was a drunkard back then, but when I heard the words of Bro. Eli, I voluntarily submitted myself to baptism.

I have long been listening to Bro. Eli, about a month now. But the first time, I didn’t decide yet on being baptized; I thought about it first. When I returned, that’s when I pushed through with it.

On Being Baptized

I feel pleasant. I feel light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that I have now been baptized and for their teachings that have helped me with God’s help.

~o~

Sis. Fely Tabula, 55, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

It’s on TV that I hear Bro. Eli Soriano. My husband watches him also and he told me to watch it as well.

Before I said to him, “I don’t want to watch that. I don’t want to listen.” Then one time when I did listen, there was a topic about Catholicism.

There was one who asked him about this and that in Catholicism, and Bro. Eli said that it is prohibited in the Bible to ask for fees for baptizing someone, and his lecture surrounded that topic.

Then I thought, when I was given a Bible in Catholicism it had payment. Listening to Bro. Eli’s words that time, I felt that my heart was touched and it got inculcated in me that these teachings are from the Bible.

Since then, I always listened to him. It started in September. I always tuned in to him and followed the topics he discussed.

In Catholicism, the teachings are not read from the Bible. A verse from the Scriptures would be read, but then that’s it.

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I would watch a movie on TV, and finish it, but whenever 10 pm arrived, I would tune in until the wee hours to The Old Path program.

Then Bro. Eli had an invitation on TV to attend and listen in the Mass Indoctrination. So I searched for a locale in San Juan.

We my husband and I went to UNTV and they showed us where the locale was in San Juan. It was the former college campus in Domingo.

We saw the brethren there and I told them that I would attend the indoctrination on Monday. I felt then that I was being called. I guess it was the Spirit telling me that this is the truth.

On Being Baptized

I felt peaceful; it’s that feeling of being content inside, like you have no fear anymore.

Of course, you cannot dismiss the fact that sometimes there will be those who will persecute you. Actually, even when I wasn’t yet baptized, there were already such people.

I was accustomed to wearing pants and shorts, and never wore skirts. So when my neighbors saw me, they told me things.

I realized, you really cannot avoid being mocked, and you really will be persecuted, because they don’t understand why you’re doing it.

For me, it’s okay. That’s the way it is; there will be trials. They may do what they want with their lives, but I will continue with what makes me happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I thank him [Bro. Eliseo] because he was the one who encouraged me to join. My gratitude is great, because of course your life will be changed now.

You won’t see yourself anymore chattering or engaging in rumor talks. You’re just going to be at home and read the Bible.

I think my neighbors believe I’m sulking myself at home. They don’t know I’m reading the Bible.

My gratefulness to him is great because my life views have been changed.

~o~

Sis. Veronica Ballesteros, 23 Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I was invited by someone to attend the indoctrination, and it’s only then when I realized the wrong things that Catholicism is teaching. So it’s about time that what I believed in became right.

I have been listening for just less than a month. I think it was in the first week of September that I started listening.

I really had no idea about The Old Path before. But the impact of the doctrines was really great.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy and with such a light feeling inside, like you have no constant worries or anything.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will continue what they’re doing, and may they have more courage for their message to be heard by a greater number of people.

~o~

Sis. Maricel and Louise Gonzales, 38 & 19, Former Catholics, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Sis. Maricel: I should have become a member a long time ago, perhaps since about 15 years ago. Only, my husband didn’t want to as he didn’t want us to have different religions.

He said, “If it’s Catholicism, it’s Catholicism.” So that was the point where I got hindered. I later on got baptized at the Cathedral of Praise in Taft Ave. But I didn’t feel anything.

Then one time, I got to listen to Bro. Eliseo through TV, and there were those in our neighborhood from whom I got CDs of Bro. Eli’s preaching. You will really understand the teachings.

I soon attended in a locale in the city. She [pointing to Sis. Louise] was still 5 years old then. But then my husband really didn’t want to listen, and he would argue with me. Now, even if he does, it’s okay. I know he doesn’t understand it, but it’s needed.

Sis. Louise: Whenever mama watched the program, I would get to watch, listen as well, and I wanted to join as well already. So I followed mama.

On Being Baptized

Sis. Maricel: It feels light inside. I was shaking and I felt that I was a new person, and I can’t explain it.

It’s the first time I ever felt something in my life. I was truly sorry for all the wrongs things I have done, and sought the Lord’s forgiveness.

Now I feel that I really want to obey Him and walk in His statutes. That’s what I felt before: That I wanted to obey God.

Sis. Louise: I was shaking then, and I felt that there was something new in me that I cannot explain. It was just really a different kind of feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Maricel: I hope that their preaching will last that many more people will be lead here unto the Church of God and be changed. I wish for more strength for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, that they may lead the many people who depend on the teachings they give.

Sis Louise: May they continue their preaching to people that many more may be awakened unto the truth, may learn the doctrines.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: October 1, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on October 1, 2015 at the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Lorenzo Mendoza, 46, Former Catholic, Nueva Ecija Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was brought here by Bro. Prencinillo, and I really wanted to be here.

He always brought me to the locale. In September, he invited me to attend the indoctrination. I don’t remember the exact date, but it was in the Locale of Piquan, Nueva Ecija.

He brought me to a Bible Exposition that I may get a copy of the Bible. He actually brought me to a Mobile Coordinating Center.

On Being Baptized

I felt light, because before coming here, I really felt heavy. But after I got baptized, I felt light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel.

~o~

Sis. Jennifer Toledo, 26, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I really wanted to learn the teachings of God. I wanted to be enlightened of all His doctrines.

I was invited by my workmate, Bro. Guillermo. That’s when I started to listen to Bro. Eli.

I have tried attending in other religions, but it’s only here where I heard [the teachings of God], where I understood everything.

It was in September, September 11th if I’m not mistaken. I think it was a Bible Exposition.

When I heard the preaching, that’s when I believed. With others, it’s just with their own words. But with Bro. Eli, it’s through verses.

That’s when I really got enlightened. He doesn’t just speak. But he takes everything he says from the Bible.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. I felt that I wanted to get rid of every unpleasant thing I’ve done before.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

With Bro. Eli, I’m thankful because I got enlightened now. I hope that in the coming days I will be more enlightened of the teachings that I will learn. Thanks be to God because He gave you wisdom to be able to share what is right.

~o~

Sis. Danelyn Dela Cruz, 22 Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I actually felt bothered by my conscience already. I have been delaying, disregarding this for so long. Then, just all of a sudden, I felt my conscience telling me that I really needed to join already.

My papa has been a member since 2001. He’s 14 years already in the Church. He was the one who told me to attend the indoctrination.

At first, I felt like I didn’t want to go. I didn’t really feel like going to the point that I would make ways for me not to be able to go. But deep inside me, there was this voice that says, “Try and go. Fight that feeling. I’m am here already.”

On Being Baptized

Mixed emotions. Before I got immersed in the water, all I felt was being sorry for my sins, as I had committed many.

I had done many wrong things. I always felt irritated before. After baptism, I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will be able to continue. I also hope that Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel will be healthier that they may be able to preach the words of God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: September 18, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 18, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Brian Almasco, 22, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I was formerly a Catholic and attended mass. Whenever I hear the sermon of the priest, I felt that something was lacking. It’s like they were not obeying the Bible, that they were too lax.

When I was able to hear Bro. Eli on TV, I felt joy. I felt as if I always wanted to hear more. It was like, “It’s over already?”

Then she [pointing to the sister beside him], my fiancé, told me to listen to the indoctrination sessions. I listened until I saw that what is in the Bible is right. So I continued my indoctrination.

As I said earlier, in other churches like in Catholicism, in the Iglesia ni Manalo, there are many things lacking as they don’t teach everything.

That’s why when I heard Bro. Eli, I got enlightened. I said, “It’s really right, especially his Bible Expositions.”

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It felt also cool and even the breeze felt good.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli, I hope that he will continue spreading the word of God. I also hope that God give him more courage amidst all the persecutions of other churches towards him.

~o~

Sis. Jenny Enriquez, 22, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first it was because of my mother’s invitation for me to attend. But when I heard the word of God, I thought that: Before I was just obeying [my mother], but now I go voluntarily.

I felt that something had changed. Even when I was just attending the doctrines, my mind was already changed. I thought everything I knew was right, but I learned to be wrong.

There were many [doctrines] that I found really striking: the one in clothing; in rightfully treating others even our enemies, in not bearing any ill feelings towards anyone.

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Now, concerning the doctrine of modest apparel, there are many rape cases in our times. I thought, why wasn’t that taught to us before, or why it was taught but not heeded to by [other religions’ members]?

I often went out in shorts before. Then, I felt shame because I learned I shouldn’t be wearing that.

Secondly, you must also love your enemy. Of course, it’s hard to treat your enemy right. But I thought, the Lord Jesus Christ did it. God willing, I hope I will be able to learn and do the same.

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My mother was also instrumental in my becoming a member.

Last year, I was hospitalized. And the patient in the bed next to me was a member. So I got to listen to the teachings there as well.

Later on, I joined Bible Studies. I then searched in myself and found that I wanted to have a deeper knowledge of things, so I listened.

This is actually the third time I’ve been [indoctrinated], and I’m thankful that God willed for this to happen; I decided to do this because I’m thinking, the end of the world is near.

On Being Baptized

I felt that I was born again, like I was new. I felt like someone who had just been born without any care in the world. It’s a new start.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, thanks to them because they are instruments in teaching the words of God.

Of course, with the numerous religions that have sprung in our country, it has become difficult to believe immediately. But thankfully they are there, striving, sacrificing their own happiness, and offering it for the members of the Church.

~o~

Bro. Reynaldo Basto, 40, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found the truth. This is where I found the truth, the works of the Lord God that are right. He used Bro. Eli for this to be established, for the message of the Gospel from God reach the whole world.

I heard about this through my neighbor, Bro. Rolando Torda, and I asked him to accompany me to the locale. He was instrumental for me to become a member here and serve God.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. After I got baptized, everything felt clear; my mind was clear. My heart feels… All I know is that it’s such a happy feeling. I can’t explain the exact feeling I have.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, most especially to the Lord God, that I was given a new life having been taken out of a wicked past.

~o~

Bro. James Reece Jr., 47, Former Baptist, South Carolina, USA

On Joining the Church of God

The way I found the Church was actually through Sister Rochelle and Sister Joanna. I met them through mutual friends in the United States.

What I found was, every Saturday, they would get really excited to come here to Apalit, to the Convention Center. And I mean, it’s really for Saturday; it was a devotion and dedication I never witnessed before.

Where I’m from, church is about one or two hours, and it’s hard to get the congregation to come to Church every Sunday.

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[But] every Saturday, they did not only want to go, but we’re excited to go to Apalit. So my thought was, “Why?”

Why are they excited? Why do they want to go? What makes them that devoted? So I went online, on Facebook; I found MCGI on Facebook, and I decided to send a message.

I wasn’t sure if I would get an answer, as it could take some time. I thought it wouldn’t get a very quick response; so I was surprised when I got a response almost immediately.

On Being Baptized

Oh, I don’t know how to explain it. I wish I had words for it. I told them when they brought me my clothes, because they asked me the same question. And I said, “I don’t have the words.”

Yeah, I didn’t know how to explain it. And I still don’t, even this far, even after some time that I got to think and reflect on it. I don’t know how to express what I’m feeling.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

First things first: Thanks be to God that they decided to do what they’re doing because in all of my years, in all the churches that I’ve attended, different preachers or ministers or pastors, I’ve never had two better teachers than Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli.

When I started the indoctrination, as Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel started teaching the first doctrine, I immediately, grabbed a notebook and a pen, and I started taking notes.

At the end of that doctrine, I had six pages of notes. At the end of eight doctrines, I had 30 pages of notes for all of the eight doctrines.

I’ve never been taught anything about the doctrines like they have taught me. I was able to understand and know now how I’m supposed to live as a Christian.

I came from what in my country is considered as Southern Baptist. I’m 47 now, so, I started three years old. So, 44 years up to now. I have always been Baptist.

~o~

Sis. Elaiza Reyes, 14, Former KNC, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

That I may be able to serve God in these last days.

I always listened in Bible Expositions. It’s only now that I’ve heard such kinds of doctrines. It feels good to my ear. It’s very delightful.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy, so very happy. It feels light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may God lengthen your days. Stay healthy as well.

To God be the glory

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)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 14, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 14, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Germaine Apor, 27, Former Catholic Manila

On Joining the Church of God

My partner for five years has been a member since 2006, so he accompanies me to gatherings. Actually, his entire family are members.

Before I just saw Bro. Eli on television. I didn’t listen to him though; his channel was something that I just passed by as I surfed.

It was in the Locale of Marikina on a Saturday [when I first attended]. It was a Thanksgiving service. It struck me as different at first because the people were singing and dancing; it didn’t feel strange though.

I really couldn’t say anything about [the doctrines]. I have long been a Catholic. When I was a child, I also tried to be a Born Again member. But never did I recall that we did a Bible Study. Here, you will really understand something, and you can apply it.

On Being Baptized

I feel so light. It’s like the feeling after a normal shower, only 100 times better!

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Is there anything I can say that means more than “Thank you”? If they weren’t there, many people would not be able to return unto the Lord. There are so many people here because of them.

If there’s one word that means greater than “Thank you,” that’s what I would say.

~o~

Sis. Nenita Calunsay, 60, Former Catholic, Leyte Province

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to join. I didn’t join any other church but this as I like it here. Also, all explanations are clear. I liked them. In Catholicism, I didn’t like it there.

Sis. Perlita was the one who invited me here. She has been a member for five years now.

On Being Baptized

I feel pleasant and light.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful for them because if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be member of the Church today.

I’m thankful for everything they have taught; nothing is evil. All of the things they taught are good.

I just really wanted to join. Actually, I didn’t force my husband to come with me. I just pursued to get indoctrinated and become a member here in the Church of God.

~o~

Sis. Angelica Delos Santos, 38, Former Iglesia ni Cristo, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s because I heard Bro. Eli’s doctrines. My husband was the first to be indoctrinated, and he brought me with him to gatherings. He was just baptized last July 24, 2015.

My mind was enlightened, and the word of God entered my heart that’s why I was enlightened.

I was a handog (offering) in the Iglesia. My parents, even my grandparents from both sides of the family, are Iglesia ni Cristo members.

Wearing modest apparel is something that they did only occasionally. Also, the contributions there are many.

On Being Baptized

I felt relieved, as if all my doubts in life are gone. My wrong faith has been changed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many thanks for your doctrines. My heart and mind have been enlightened by the true teachings of God written in the Bible.

~o~

Sis. Ivy Salonga, 32, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

I like what Bro. Eli is preaching; we have watched him on television since about two years ago. My husband liked it too, so we decided to attend indoctrination.

Regarding the doctrines, I’m already 32 years old and it’s my first time to hear the one about women’s apparel. In a free religion, there are no prohibitions.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. I can’t explain it, but my tears just suddenly fell back there. Perhaps, it was because of the relief I felt inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that you will continue you works for people like me who are sinful, that many more may return unto God.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 7, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 7, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Neri Santos, 47, Former Iglesia ni Cristo Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I chose to leave a chaotic one [religious group], and this is where I found the right teachings. I was able to listen via radio in Isabela Province after I came back from Saudi Arabia.

My girlfriend introduced this to me. Also, I have an uncle who is also a brother-in-faith. He was the one who urged me to go on with the indoctrination.

On Being Baptized

I felt lighter as compared to when I was in the INC.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Many thanks Bro. Eli. Because of you, I was able to listen to the truth. I’m also thankful because God still gave me an opportunity to know Him through Ang Dating Daan [The Old Path].

~o~

Sis. Nerissa Santos, 52, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

When I listened to the indoctrination, I saw the big difference. [Starts to cry]

My heart, my mind were more enlightened that it’s really different [from my previous religion]. So, I decided to keep listening and continue with the baptism.

My husband and I were listening [to the program]. He also read the Bible as he was a Born Again Christian before. He told me, “Let’s listen,” and I saw that it was all right.

The difference is great, especially with what I learned since I was little until I grew up. In Catholicism, they don’t read the Bible. With my husband’s, they needed to learn to read it. But with Bro. Eli, my understanding deepened even more.

On Being Baptized

I felt different. As Bro. Eli said, you have to forget the sins you committed and those who have committed sins against you.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue their preaching that many more people who do not know God may know Him the more through that means.

~o~

Sis. Mercedita Paler, 61, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really good here in the Church of God. It’s only now that I came across something like this, because in others, you won’t see this: the true teaching. I really feel that it’s true.

My husband and I have long been listening, for about 10 years now through television only. The time came when he became a member already, and I got encouraged to join as well. He just went first.

Also, I’m sick. As far as what the doctor has told me, I won’t get better anymore. But I thought, it’s only the Lord who can heal us. That’s also another reason why I joined here.

On Being Baptized

I was smiling because I felt so happy inside. I was crying as well, but because I was happy.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their program will continue so that they may be able to help many more people.

~o~

Sis. Avelina Arsenio, 37, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings are really good. They are really related in the Bible.

The owner of the house we rent invited us. It was my first time to listen on the first day of our indoctrination, it was on August 1.

The [doctrines] are good, and can change your views in life.

On Being Baptized

I felt very good!

Even when I was just first attending the indoctrination, I didn’t feel physically well to the point that I didn’t almost want to attend.

But as the days passed by, until the seventh day of indoctrination, it was gone. Before, I had trouble walking. I was palpitating whenever I walked. I couldn’t even walk short distances.

Now, when I attended today, especially after I got out of the swimming pool [baptistery], I have been walking seven times back and forth here already; it’s like my former strength has returned.

I’m amazed because it’s like all I needed was a dip in the pool, but I believe it wasn’t only as is. There really was something there.

I have long been bearing the pain, about two years already. But it’s only now that I have felt like this again. I hope that the feeling continue because I want to be able to work again.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that their preaching will continue that many more people will join.

~o~

Bro. Joseph Ison, 34, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

To obey His commandments, and fulfill the laws that we must do as a human being, as His servant, as His disciple.

I got to listen through my brother and mother; also, on radio and television as well.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. After I got out of the water, it felt like there was light, though my eyes were closed.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I’m thankful that God used you as instruments in sharing the word of God. Let us continue praying for the ministry that the propagation of the Lord’s words will be wider in extent.

Many thanks for keeping your duties of imparting the word of the Lord to us.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 24, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 24, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Isabelo Ibajo, 63, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

There are many reasons. I woke up in this world with my parents being Catholics. Then, they made me become a Seventh-Day Adventist; however, I didn’t like the preaching.

Many years passed by and I would return to Catholicism. I had a wife. I went to Saudi Arabia. But actually, before I went to Saudi, I had already heard of Bro. Eli’s preaching in 1980.

I just couldn’t give attention and time to it then as I was focused on my work and going abroad. I spent eight years in Saudi, but what I heard from Bro. Eli never left my mind.

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When I returned here in the Philippines, I had a problem with my family. My wife sold our house and lot in Fortune Village, and went with another man. So when I got here, my mind was already troubled. I couldn’t give time to being indoctrinated.

I went back to our province. When I was there, my mind was restless. So now, I strove to reach this place that I may continue with what I heard from Bro. Eli Soriano.

I watch UNTV on my cell phone; it’s only through this that I tuned into his program. I listen daily, nightly. Actually, its antenna already got broken because I rolled over onto it [in bed]. [Laughs]

On Being Baptized

I felt light after I got immersed in the water. I’m greatly thankful for it; I even cried. It’s because this has long been a dream of mine, and now, it has finally come true.

As I was changing my clothes, I was thanking the Lord that my dream has been realized. If my wife didn’t go astray then, perhaps I would have been a member already long ago.

I really feel relieved right now. I don’t feel constrained anymore. So when we were clapping our hands a while ago, even my shouts were on the top of my lungs.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I am greatly thankful that my dreams finally came true. Thank you very much Bro. Eli. The brethren in the Locale of Biga told me that there was a locale in Dasmariñas in the province of Cavite. I told them that I just heard from Bro. Eli that there was a locale here. So when I found it, I was really thankful to God that my dreams have come true.

~o~

Bro. Michael Guela, 24, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

His teachings are good; they are from the Bible. It’s really good, and are according to the way and instruction of the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I felt light. It feels good inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that God will continue to guide them.

~o~

Sis. Letty Manilag, 65, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

My son is from China, and he got baptized there. When he came here in the Philippines, he invited us.

At first, I didn’t like it. Then he told me, “Mama, please come attend with me. You’re just going to listen.”

So I went with him, and my in-law and other child and their housemate also joined us. As I listened, I realized that what Bro. Eli says is true. And then I liked it already.

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Before, we would just laugh at him [my son], because even when he was just studying, he already listened to Bro. Eli.

We would laugh at him. I even said to him, “Maybe you’re going to be a minister also one day.” I just joked about it, and he just let me.

Time passed by and he went abroad. One day, he called me to seek my permission. He said, “Mama, I’m going to get baptized here.” Now, when he went home, he brought us here.

On Being Baptized

It’s like all my ill feelings have been taken away. Before, I had bad blood towards my husband. My husband always drinks, but he came with us when we attended the indoctrination. Last night, he even went with us. But I don’t think he’s ready yet.

My daughter got baptized, my youngest; she’s here now. So, there are three of us now here. I was formerly a Catholic, and nightly I would pray to God. I said, “Loving Father, please direct me where I should go, because there are many religions now.”

As I listened to Bro. Eli, I felt that it’s what I want. And it’s because I understood everything.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Now that I have been baptized here, I’m exceedingly thankful that I have found a place where true worship of God is.

~o~

Bro. Ariel Bacolod, 28, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I wanted to know the true God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that my soul may have a guide. That’s the main purpose why I joined.

Last year, around November of 2014, I was able to listen via the Internet, and it went on from there.

All the doctrines that Bro. Eli says are all from God; they are from the Bible. I watched all of his debates on the Internet.

On Being Baptized

I feel blessed. All the emotional burdens that I carried in my heart, the sins I have committed are now gone.

I realized what the result would have been had I not been baptized, having done many sins before. We need the process of baptism to be saved. That is its purpose.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for both of them is that may they continue their works that other people will be saved as well. I’m certain that they are the instruments of God for those who don’t know anything about salvation to be able to listen to them and be sure of it.

~o~

Bro. James Manrique, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is the only religion that I have found to be true. What Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel say is the truth.

I was formerly a KNC [Kawan ng Cordero or Flock of Lambs]. Ever since I was a child, I have already been active in Church activities. I also listened during Thanksgivings and Bible studies. I have been away from the KNC for five years though as I lived with my grandmother who is a Catholic.

On Being Baptized

It’s different; it’s really a different feeling. I can’t explain it.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thank you and I love you.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 17, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 17, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Delia Altobar, 53, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

We [she and her family] started listening on TV. We watched him [Bro. Eliseo] and listened to his words about God.

We watched him for three months. Afterwards, we immediately sought The Old Path. We really searched for it ourselves and didn’t confide with other people. We found the locale in San Isidro Dos in Paombong, Bulacan.

Bro. Eli explains well the words of God that’s why we decided to join here.

On Being Baptized

I’m elated, of course!

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will have a longer time in serving people across the whole world. Thanks be to God!

~o~

Bro. Lonillo Jereza, 42, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I started listening because of my workmate as he is a brother-in-faith. I’m a soldier, and he introduced the program of Bro. Eli to me.

I have watched it on television since then. Sometimes, when I was alone, I would go up to [my room] and watch it on my tablet. There are channels that my tablet is able to pick up.

Bro. Eli’s preaching is different. You will really see that what he says is true. You will feel it.

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I read the Bible, and as I listen to the verses, I read them at the same time. That’s why I decided to get indoctrinated.

I experienced some hindrances while I was being indoctrinated, like those coming from someone who is of a higher rank than me at work. But with God’s mercy, I was able to continue. You just really need to have faith in Him.

Actually, before I came here last night, one of my children didn’t go home immediately, and there was no one else to take care of my other children.

I was worried at first [that I might not be able to attend] because my wife also worked. But I thought it good to let my faith go to work. It’s like when the Lord Jesus Christ told Peter to be strong in faith.

On Being Baptized

I feel happy. My life was changed because of my listening [to Bro. Eliseo]. I was cleansed; I had a great change in me.

I have finally attained the true faith. I feel different now that I have been baptized.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God for them. Because of them, I was able to hear sound doctrine.

I hope that the Lord will give them more strength to be able to preach that they may be able to reach many more people, so that the true faith will be propagated and that many more will worship God.

~o~

Bro. Rodrigo Altobar, 81, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

I have long been listening. Now, for the longest time that I have been searching, I didn’t know where I could go.

I asked about [a locale] as my wife didn’t know one too. It turned out, the one I have been looking for is just near [referring to the Locale of Paombong]

I saw here all the truth that I did not see in other religions. Ever since I was a… I really didn’t feel this emotional relief in my being then.

On Being Baptized

Of course, it’s like my being has been changed. I feel that all the errors I have committed… [Cries] It’s only now that I felt like this.

This is why I’m greatly thankful that I was able to listen to Bro. Eli. That is when my consciousness, my emotion was awakened.

I’m thankful for being baptized. I feel that my life has changed. That’s all.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that the minds and paths of many more people will be enlightened.

To God be the glory

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 10, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 10, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center.

Bro. Russel Llamzon, 43, Former Baptist Church Member, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

At first I didn’t make anything of it. I was invited by my wife; she was the first to be baptized.

It was about six years ago. We attended a Church service. Then, she went abroad and that discontinued.

Perhaps, I can consider this time a calling also. I was formerly a Baptist, and the teachings here are really different from theirs.

At first, it was like my former beliefs were still putting up a fight [in my mind]. Of course, it’s like that, like you’re going to have confusion. But as the days passed by, I would attend Church services without anyone inviting me. I went on my own.

On Being Baptized

It’s really a different feeling. I have experienced being baptized in my previous religion. But even just during indoctrination, I could already see the difference. It was light. I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, keep it up. The teachings are good because they are based in the Bible. Thanks be to God.

~o~

Bro. Emmanuel Villegas, 19, Former Catholic, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

This is where the right teaching from the Bible is.

It was my papa who became a member here in the Church first. Then, papa told me to join as well. Every week my papa would bring me to [thanksgivings].

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside, like all my worries have disappeared.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will be able to preach the true teachings from the Bible to much more many people.

~o~

Sis. Teresita Alferez, 70 Former Baptist, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Now, I feel that my mind has been opened to the truth. My in-law and my nephew in Taguig [introduced this to me]. Whenever I would go to their place, they would share the teachings to me.

I would just listen at home while watching television. I started just this year. One time, when I wasn’t able to attend, they went to my home and I got indoctrinated that time there.

On Being Baptized

I’m happy. I feel happy and teary-eyed. Of course, it’s only now that I have experienced such an acceptance of God.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli is a good preacher. With Bro. Daniel, I have long watched him on TV. He hosted Unang Hirit. Actually, I was shocked when he wasn’t there anymore.

I’m happy that they are able to preach messages and teachings [from God].

To God be the glory

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