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)

MCGI Breaks Guinness World Record, Promotes Charity for PWDs for The Old Path’s 35th Anniversary

With 8,688 choir members, Members Church of God International (MCGI) broke the Guinness World Records for the Largest Chorale Group during the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path or TOP) program’s 35th anniversary celebration on October 12, 2015.

The Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Chorale graced the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, from the stage to its aisles, singing and dancing to 18 numbers of songs and medleys of praise in different languages.

The official praise song piece of the grand Ang Dating Daan Chorale is a 15-minute long medley composed of four MCGI praise songs entitled “Stand Up,” “Praise the Name,” “Hallelujah, Amen,” and “Enrich the Spirit.”

The four songs are original compositions of one of MCGI’s resident composers and conductors, Bro. Bong Rueda.

Guinness official adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm confirmed the record-breaking feat on the same day of the event.

“It takes an organization that’s very special, very talented, and it takes the best in the world to get a Guinness World Records title,” started Ms. Melhelm.

“The record for the Largest Gospel Choir was 4,745. Today you have the brand new Guinness World Records title,” Ms. Melhelm gleefully finished, which was met with the deafening cheers of those in the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

For his part, Bro. Daniel Razon, the Assistant to the Overall Servant said the award is an additional blessing from God as the group thank God for the 35 years of the Ang Dating Daan program.

Bro. Daniel Razon proudly holds up the Guinness World Records plaque for Ang Dating Daan Chorale's musical feat of being the Largest Gospel Choir in the world, presented by Guinness Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm. (Photoville International)
Bro. Daniel Razon proudly holds up the Guinness World Records plaque for Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s musical feat of being the Largest Gospel Choir in the world, presented by Guinness Adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm. (Photoville International)

“This is something that we did not intend to do – to get the Guinness book of world records [title]. But our hearts intended to give thanks to God,” remarked Bro. Daniel as he received the Guinness World of Records award. “And we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight, as we thank Him for the 35 years of ADD television program.”

“And so for that, we will always say: to God be the glory,” Bro. Razon added tearfully, as he held the Guinness plaque up for the crowd to see.

The evening filled with songs of praise also featured Ang Dating Daan Hosts Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel offering praise song numbers. Live via satellite, the MCGI Overall Servants sung “The Promise“ and “Through the Years” back-to-back before the entire crowd that filled The Big Dome to its limits.

Charity Work for PWDs

Witnessing the festivities from the front row were persons with disabilities (PWDs), or in MCGI lingo, “Very Important Disabled Persons.” The VIDPs are given special privileges like seating priority during concerts or events along with the elderly.

Not only were they witnesses to the grand musical event, they were also recipients of MCGI’s charitable endeavors. 11 PWD groups received Php 100,000.00 each to help start businesses or fund their operational expenses.

Persons with disabilities clap their hands in appreciation of Kuya Daniel Razon's heartwarming song rendition of the song "The Promise". (Photoville International)
Persons with disabilities clap their hands in appreciation of Kuya Daniel Razon’s heartwarming song rendition of the song “The Promise”. (Photoville International)

Some of the recipients are the Markina Persons with Disabilities Federation, Paranaque Association of Persons with Disabilities, and Samahan ng mga Magulang na Iniingitan ang Lahat ng Batang Espesyal (SMILE) Inc., to name a few.

“It is the first time for us to receive such help for our federation. As you know, we have a lot of indigent members, and this money coming from The Old Path can help us start a livelihood,” in an interview said Gil Flores, Vice-President of the Marikina Persons with Disabilities.

Bro. Eli Soriano also donated a number of wheelchairs for the PWDs, and gave additional financial assistance to 30 PWD raffle winners. On top of this, all 1,700 PWD guests as well as their aides and family members, received cash gifts and grocery bags before the event ended.

The record-breaking event which featured acts of charity, as well as audio-video presentations of The Old Path’s humble beginnings with intermittent praise songs sung by thousands of chorale members, was high on emotion.

Synchronized singing -- The Ang Dating Daan Chorale sings a lively choreographed four-song medley in their successful attempt to a Guinness World Record. (Photoville International)
Synchronized singing — The Ang Dating Daan Chorale sings a lively choreographed four-song medley in their successful attempt to a Guinness World Record. (Photoville International)

“The official Guinness World Records attempt that took place here today was really impressive; it was really emotional and it was also really powerful – there were lots of charity work that came about here today. And it was incredible to see so many people coming together and doing good and breaking a brand-new Guinness World Records title,” said Ms. Melhelm, Guinness Adjudicator, in an interview with local television channel UNTV.

“I am overwhelmed by the record that the Members of the Church of God set tonight,” expressed Bro. Eli Soriano, who joined the festivities via live web streaming from South America.

Bro. Eli added, “Singing and praising the Lord is older than the universe itself as recorded in the Bible. Now, having the record of the largest [religious] choir group, singing for the glory of the Lord is our pride. Thank you Guinness. May God bless you.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano and Pauline Arellano)


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