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)

MCGI Marks TV Program Anniversary with Concert for the Elderly and Disabled Persons

MCGI dedicates a concert for the elderly and persons with disability as part of the 33rd anniversary of The Old Path on October 29, 2013.
As part of the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of The Old Path, a concert dedicated for the elderly and persons with disability was held on October 29, 2013. (Photo by Frederick Alvior, Photoville International)

As part of the celebration of the 33rd anniversary of Ang Dating Daan religious radio and television show, a concert dedicated for the elderly and persons with disability was held on October 29 this year.

While the ADD Convention Center served as the main venue, major coordinating centers across the Philippines and abroad attended through web streaming and satellite feeds.

In the Members Church of God International (MCGI), senior citizens and persons with disability or Very Important Disabled Persons (VIDP) are regarded with high concern and respect.

Presiding Minister to MCGI Bro. Eli Soriano said that the religious program Ang Dating Daan that is now 33 years in broadcasting started as a radio program.

“To all our brothers and sisters abroad, we are commemorating the 33rd anniversary of the program, Ang Dating Daan,” said Bro. Eli. “With God’s help and inspiration, we started this program 33 years ago in radio, in a radio station in the Philippines.”

For his part, Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, asked the elderly and the members of the VIDP to pray to God for more help in reaching out the brethren in need and fellowmen.

“We hope that you’ll help us pray to God for guidance and help in order in order to render more help to our brethren and fellowmen,” said Bro. Daniel during the “Concert By Demand: For Our Dearly Beloved Elderlies”.

The event was aired by UNTV-37 last November 10, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Both Bro. Eli and Bro Daniel serenaded the crowd with musical classics while home-grown musical talents and some invited celebrity artists also performed oldies songs and played classical musical instruments.

Another highlight of the concert was Kuya Daniel’s special number with the elderly. Also known as Kuya Daniel for his broadcast works, he called some audience to sing their favorite songs on stage and performed a duet with him.

“For us older people, this is a great delight,” remarked Teresa Vargas, one of the elderly who attended the concert, then continued, “because even though I’m in a sickly state, I was still given a chance to have fun.”

Bro. Razon announced next anniversary theme of UNTV as “Caring for the Elderly.”

(Words by Regine Recede)


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