Newly Baptized Testimonials: September 25, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on September 25, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Joel Mercado, 39, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Joining the Church of God

I found this to be the true religion. Also, this is where I found the answers that I have been searching for.

I first listened on television. Then, my wife became a member [in April of 2015].

Before, I would just drive my wife to the locale. She would invite me in, but I declined at first. Though, I felt even then that I wanted to join her there already.

One time, I did go with her. When I got there, I really liked the teachings in the Church.

When I was a Catholic before, we worshipped idols. Now, when Bro. Eli read the teaching concerning that, it hit me and I realized that what we did was wrong.

On Being Baptized

I felt happy. I felt that my doubts in life are gone.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Bro. Eli, many, many thanks because I learned the true teachings of God from you. Also, I thank him for welcoming me here in Apalit. Many, many thanks.

~o~

Sis. Norie Anne Macabutas, 17, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

It’s here where I better understood the teachings of God.

My uncle is already a member here. He invited me to get indoctrinated. Even at the onset of it, the reason why you need to get indoctrinated first before becoming a member of the Church of God is explained.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside. Before, even when I got baptized in the Born Again, in the Adventist church, I felt that I still had my sins.

I didn’t attend in those much, because I felt bored. I listened to the teachings there, but it’s here where I better understood everything. Here, Bro. Eli explains every prohibition of the Bible.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Of course, I’m thankful because there are preachers like them who teach for people to better understand the doctrines of God.

~o~

Sis. Mercedes Gutierrez, 32, Former Catholic, Bulacan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Firstly, I wasn’t really active in Catholicism because it was like nothing was happening.

When I got married and moved to Bulacan, I was able to watch on UNTV. I said, “What Bro. Eli is saying is good.”

I wasn’t able to follow the program avidly though. I was able to watch only when I had the time. But I said, “It’s really okay.”

– – – – –

At first, my husband said to me, “Oh, those religions are just all the same.” I told him, “Why don’t we give it a try?”

Before we got indoctrinated, many things troubled my husband, so we thought to not push through with the indoctrination. That time, Satan won; he won.

After his trip he told me, “You know, Ma, all I could think of during my entire trip was being indoctrinated.”

So that same night, we went to the locale and listened to the doctrines. That’s when it started until we have arrived to this point. My husband and I were both baptized today.

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It was my first time to hear such doctrines. I realized that there were many dos and don’ts.

It’s unlike in Catholicism. I have aged and all and yet I didn’t know that what I was doing was wrong. I didn’t know it, because nobody taught it. It was only Bro. Eli who preaches what is acceptable, what is not, and what we should do.

On Being Baptized

I was crying. I was really crying.

I didn’t anymore hesitated. I said, “I’m really going to pursue this.” Actually, I’ve long wanted to, but many things just got in the way.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that his life will be longer as he is already old. I also hope that many more people will be able to listen to his preaching.

~o~

Bro. Romeo Tan, 53, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I saw in the truth in the teachings taught by Bro. Eli. Everything he said was undoubtedly true and has basis; all of it is from the Bible.

When he preaches, there’s nothing added nor taken away, but teaches what is written in the Bible. It is unlike in other religions wherein they either add or take something away, just make things up.

I saw this on Youtube, and I studied it first before joining here, whether it was right and whether it was really the words of God that are being preached.

– – – – –

When I found everything spoken is the truth—nothing lacking, nothing added, and with basis—I didn’t anymore have second thoughts to join this day, September 25.

This is my own decision. I voluntarily came here. Actually, nobody lead me here. I was formerly a Catholic.

In Catholicism, there is idol worship, praying to graven images; they even kneel before those things.

Thus, I thank God that despite being stricken by years already, my mind has been enlightened. Thanks be to the Lord that He lead me to the true Church.

On Being Baptized

My feeling was so light. Before I was baptized, I was reflecting while sitting on my chair. I just suddenly felt that my tears were falling, that I was crying.

It was like I suddenly surrendered myself to Him, to the Lord God and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I have repented of all of my past sins, of all the wrong things I’ve done.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that they will not tire in helping and leading all the lost souls unto the true Church of God.

To God be the glory

ASOP Goes Mainstream: Wish FM Plays Songs of Praise

Wish FM’s “Golden Sundays” got a little more golden as it started airing songs from the “A Song of Praise Music Festival” (ASOP) of UNTV Life on October 18, 2015 from 5-6 a.m.

Kuya Daniel Razon announced that the management of Wish FM agreed to broadcast ASOP songs during the recently concluded ASOP Grand Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon stands before a Smart-Araneta Coliseum brimming with people during the ASOP Year 4 Grand Finals on October 13, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon stands before a Smart-Araneta Coliseum brimming with people during the ASOP Year 4 Grand Finals on October 13, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“So your songs, all your songs, both winning entries and not…watch out and you’ll hear them air on Wish FM every Sunday,” Kuya Daniel told the 12 songwriters during the grand finals.

The event, which was held on October 13, 2015, was the culmination of ASOP’s Year 4, after choosing a winning song for each month of the year.

The Do-Re-Mi of ASOP on TV

The Philippines’ biggest Gospel songwriting tilt began as a Church-wide biannual event of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in 2004.

Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Chairman of the Board of Judges, expressing his sentiments to the crowd. "I felt like I was praying all night," he said of his ASOP experience. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, Chairman of the Board of Judges, expressing his sentiments to the crowd. “I felt like I was praying all night,” he said of his ASOP experience. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In September 2012, MCGI Overall Servants and ASOP creators Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon extended it to television. The contest is open to all amateur and professional songwriters.

ASOP is a first of its kind not only in theme but also in format with a live panel of judges commenting after each song entry is performed.

One of the grand finalists this year, Leonardo De Jesus III, told that he has no formal training in songwriting, but only applied what he learned from the ASOP judges every time he tuned in.

Leah Patricio raises her award in gratitude to the One above. She was hailed as the Best Interpreter of ASOP Year 4's Grand Finals. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Leah Patricio raises her award in gratitude to the One above. She was hailed as the Best Interpreter of ASOP Year 4’s Grand Finals. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

ASOP airs its weekly eliminations on Sundays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., giving P20,000 to the winning song.

Monthly winners get P50,000 and are hailed as the music fest’s grand finalists. Consolation prizes to non-winning participants are also handed out.

Serious Money, Sincere Effort

The song-making competition, which recently debuted via radio airwaves, gives over P1M in tax-free prizes with half of it going to the Song of the Year winner.

Bro. Daniel remarked that the grand prize’s amount is equivalent to one who earns P40,000 per month, “That means, you can consider just writing songs of praise to God for the whole year.”

MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano speaks giving scientific and biblical insights on the importance of songs of praises via live video streaming. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano giving scientific and biblical insights on the importance of songs of praises via live video streaming. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Introducing Bro. Eli to the huge crowd, Bro. Razon said that he “is the man who really insisted that this [ASOP] be on television [through UNTV Life]. He is also the one who shells out [money] and extends his help for our composers to have a little token for their efforts.”

Bro. Eli, who spoke via live video streaming, shared his high regard for songs of praise.

“The thickest book in the Bible is the Book of Psalms, having less than 150 chapters,” remarked Bro. Eli. “It just shows that speaking of divinity, songs are important for God.”

Kuya Daniel Razon (center) and ASOP Hosts Richard Reynoso and Tony Rose Gayda sharing a candid moment on stage. The comedic chemistry of Reynoso and Gayda serve as tension-breaker before winners are announced. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Kuya Daniel Razon (center) and ASOP Hosts Richard Reynoso and Tony Rose Gayda sharing a candid moment on stage. The comedic chemistry of Reynoso and Gayda serve as tension-breaker before winners are announced. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

The Old Path host added that praise music to the Lord does something for people. “It can strengthen our faith. It can give hope to us, and to other people as well.

“So I’m thankful for the continued participation of our composers, especially of our judges, here in the A Song of Praise Music Festival,” said Bro. Eli.

(Written by Rigor 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)

Congregants of MCGI told during 3rd Quarter International Thanksgiving: “Be A Blessing to Others”

“Christians are meant by God to be blessings to others.”

This was part of the message delivered by Bro. Daniel Razon during the Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) third quarterly International Thanksgiving at the ADD Convention Center and thousands of monitoring centers held on October 2-4, this year.

And a quarter of MCGI’s works attest to this remark by the Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, which culminated to a three-day offering of thanksgiving by the whole congregation across the globe.

MCGI Thanksgiving

Three Months of Giving, Being Blessings to All

This past quarter, congregants all over the world united once more in charitable works in celebration of UNTV Life’s 11th anniversary. Church members took part in one or more of the mass clean-up drives, tree-planting activities, feeding programs, blood donation drives, and more that were conducted from the smallest of barrios to the biggest of cities.

UNTV Life, in partnership with MCGI, mounted mass clean-up drive efforts that covered the whole Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) district of northern Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, MCGI volunteers abroad participated in different public service efforts in their respective communities. Feeding programs and elderly care activities were among those done in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Quito, Ecuador and Colombia. In the United States, members volunteered in charity works in New York, among others.

A three-day public service activity was also conducted by UNTV Haiti and MCGI in cooperation with the Philippines’ 19th Contingent in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

Heightened Propagation Efforts Locally, Internationally

In addition to being blessings to the community via public service, MCGI congregants strove to bring spiritual enlightenment to more souls through heightened propagation efforts this past quarter.

For the past three months for example, attendance to MCGI’s monthly Worldwide Bible Expositions increased more than 250%. From a regular number of approximately 20,000, the event saw 30,000 more participants, totaling 50,000 attendees in a Worldwide Bible Exposition event during the quarter.

This is in support and cooperation to Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon’s call for each brethren to invite a guest, hence, the “Project 1:1.”

The Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 practicing for the 35th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
The Ang Dating Daan Chorale at the ADD Convention Center on October 4, 2015 practicing for the 35th anniversary celebration of The Old Path. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Aside from these regular monthly expositions, Bible Expositions in Spanish and Portuguese continue weekly catering South and Central American nations. MCGI also launched this past quarter regular Bible Expositions in Africa and the United Kingdom broadcast over The Old Path’s Youtube channel.

Propagation efforts in South America advanced as MCGI acquired new broadcast relay stations in the effort to reach more souls. The Church also established more coordinating centers in Mexico and other countries in Central and South America. Also known as monitoring centers, these coordinating centers are where brethren hold congregational and Church gatherings and activities.

The congregation also thanked God for the Church’s flagship radio, television and Internet program Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) which reached its 35th year. The show, the longest running of its kind, has been one of the primary instruments and platforms used by MCGI through Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, in propagating biblical truth and widsom.

For this past quarter, more than 5,000 souls were added to the MCGI fold.

The International Thanksgiving celebration of MCGI is also called Thanksgiving of the Body, wherein Church members from all over the world simultaneously thank God for a quarter-full of His loving-kindness and deliverance.

(Written by Yanna Ferrera)

From Philippines to Colombia: MCGI Joins UNTV Life’s 11th Anniversary Celebration

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) took part in UNTV Life’s 11th year anniversary, embarking on multiple public service initiatives from across the Philippines to different parts of the world.

Members in Bataan, Iloilo, and Bulacan, to state a few, participated in cleanup drives in barangays, which also served as an anti-dengue activity by clearing out possible mosquito-breeding areas.

Video: More than 500 fruit-bearing tree seedlings planted in Nueva Ecija

In Nueva Ecija, members took part in planting 500 seedlings of fruit-bearing trees on a mountain in Brgy. Sto. Niño. The effort is part of MCGI and UNTV’s tree-planting advocacy to help fight climate change.

“I hope that there will be more agencies or groups like this that show concern for the environment,” said Brgy. Chairperson Romeo Mangaliman of Mulawin, Orani, Bataan about UNTV and MCGI’s efforts.

Video: 1,000 mangrove seedlings planted in Masbate

Meanwhile, about 1,000 mangrove seedlings were planted in Masbate City in Southern Philippines, where its residents rely mostly on fishing as their income source.

Mangroves serve as an abode and birthplace of fish. However, a series of floods and super-typhoons like Ruby and Yolanda have destroyed the mangrove ecosystem in the area, greatly affecting their livelihood.

From Community to Elderly Care, Locally and Globally

Over 200 residents of elderly care facilities in Bogota, Medellin, and Bucaramanga in Colombia received a warm visit, free meals and gifts from MCGI and UNTV volunteers.

Video: MCGI and UNTV Visit Over 200 Elderlies in Colombia

Carlos Julio Aguilar Alvarez, 74, is a two-year resident of Fundacion de Albeiro Vargas y Angel Custodio. He told the UNTV news team in Colombia that he seldom sees his loved ones, and thanked the channel for giving what elderlies like him need.

“On their 11th anniversary, they chose to help the elderly. This deed is something valuable,” said Albeiro Vargas, the foundation’s founder.

Video: Elders in Brazil Receive Entertainment, Gifts, Meals from UNTV and MCGI

“We thank God, and we are honored to help and to take part in this kind of endeavor that UNTV has started in the Philippines, and now, we have it here in Brazil too,” expressed Bro. Jander Ferreira Toledo, an MCGI member in Brazil.

Helping the Homeless and the Hungry

In the USA, MCGI and the broadcast network also helped at Habitat for Humanity in Maryland. The volunteers lent their hands in lifting and shelving the organization’s merchandize and construction materials, which the same uses to help build affordable and environment-friendly homes for the marginalized.

Video: Lending Helping Hands for Habitat for Humanity

“They’ve come together and done an amazing job as a team, and helped Habitat for Humanity, ReStore, make some more money to help more families,” said its manager, Heather Cummings.

“Happy 11th anniversary to UNTV!” she greeted.

Meanwhile in Texas, MCGI parents and children spent their family day to help out at the Houston Food Bank by boxing food items for shipment to hunger-relief charities.

Video: Volunteering at Houston Food Bank

The collective effort of the MCGI and UNTV volunteers resulted to a total of 900 boxes.

Volunteer manager Jim Day said of the effort, “I’d like to thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel for mobilizing volunteers here to us today at the Houston Food Bank.”

Known as the Philippines Public service Channel, UNTV Life offers a variety of services including a free clinic and pharmacy (Clinic ni Kuya); and free land, sea, and air rides (Libreng Sakay).

A member of the Church of God International hands out free meals at an elderly care facility in Singapore. MCGI visited SilverAce Ntuc Eldercare as part of UNTV's 11th anniversary celebration. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
A member of the Church of God International hands out free meals at an elderly care facility in Singapore. MCGI visited SilverAce Ntuc Eldercare as part of UNTV’s 11th anniversary celebration. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

UNTV, now UNTV Life, started in 2004 under the helm of veteran broadcast journalist Daniel Razon. Razon is Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano.

Through the leadership of the MCGI Overall Servants, the religious organization has been supporting the network’s various good works throughout the years.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: July 31, 2015

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on July 31, 2015 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Sis. Paula Batan, 16, Former KNC, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

I got encouraged to join as well because I study in La Verdad Christian College.

It’s because this is where I saw the true Church that the Bible speaks of. Also, I really felt that I can avoid the things that I mustn’t do, which I really liked doing back then. It’s like I have accepted that truth already.

I was surprised at myself as I wasn’t like that before, even when it comes to apparel. I can now dress like this [wearing modest apparel], and go out of the house without makeup. It’s a different feeling; I don’t know why! [Laughs]

I also talked to my classmate who was a Church Worker. She explained to me, “When you already feel it, don’t dilly-dally anymore as Bro. Eli said.”

On Being Baptized

I was crying and crying back there. It’s like in the movies when everything I have done came flashing back to me. And now, I’m here, on this moment that I have been waiting for.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Thanks be to God because if I hadn’t known them, I wouldn’t have learned the things I now know. My mind was enlightened to the truths that aren’t being taught by preachers in false churches.

~o~

Bro. Godofredo Calinog, 47, Former Catholic, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God

Before, I didn’t believe in the Lord. However, I also had a sickness before; I thought I was going to die. I promised the Lord then that I would serve Him. I made a vow.

I vomited repeatedly. My whole body soon felt weak, and I was dizzy. Actually, I just avoided the doctor [after seeing him] so that I could just recuperate at home. It happened only last year. I’m thankful that my physique has returned.

Our housemate and our son have long been members. [Our son] resides in Manila, but he came here to us in Pampanga.

They invited my wife first. Then, when they invited me as well, I willingly went with them. Now, we have only one faith in the Lord.

On Being Baptized

I felt light inside.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope they will continue their good aspirations and duties in the Lord.

~o~

Sis. Jessabelle Pastor, 21, Former Foursquare Gospel Church Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

This is where I found peace in my heart.

I have already been to different churches, and then lately, my friend invited me. I went with him, and that’s when I saw that it’s different here. It’s different in the Church of God.

Actually, he’s just new in the Church. He has just been recently baptized, and he was just invited to the Church as well by his workmate.

We learned so many teachings that we didn’t learn from the churches we formerly belonged to.

There are many teachings that we must all remember, and keep in our hearts and minds that we may not sin against God.

On Being Baptized

I felt that all the weight I carried on my chest were gone. It’s like you’re not thinking of any problem, but that you just have a new life.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

My message for Bro. Eli is that may he continue the good works he does, and lead many more people like me to return unto the old path.

~o~

Bro. Edgar Dela Fuente, 43, Former Catholic, Cavite Province

On Joining the Church of God

The teachings in the Church of God are good.

At first, I listened only through radio, on Don Manolo Favis’ program. Then later on, I also watched on television.

Actually, I think it has taken me ten years before I came to this day that I have been baptized.

I hear the teachings that he [Bro. Eliseo] says, that the end of this world is drawing near. So I told myself, “I need to hurry that I may not be too late.” What he says really fit what is now happening in this age.

On Being Baptized

I felt chills after I got out of the water.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

I hope that The Old Path will continue that many more people will be lead unto this Church.

~o~

Bro. Romeo and Sis. Estrellita Empleo, 59 & 61, Former Catholics, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Romeo: We can’t find the answers in our minds to this, but perhaps in our hearts. We were perhaps searching for something.

We were from Catholicism, from different religions even: Bread of Life, Word for the World, Word of Hope. Then by chance, we were able to listen to Bro. Eli Soriano on television as he was mentioned as well by my sibling who watches him.

He’s not a member though. But then every time my brothers and sisters and I would gather and talk about the Bible’s verses, my brother who listens to Bro. Eli is different.

As we listened [to my brother speak] as seekers of truth, it struck us as peculiar because we didn’t hear those things from other congregations and that we weren’t really learned when it comes to the Bible. But with him, the teachings that he shared with us are from the verses that Bro. Eli flashes on the TV screen.

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So from thereon, I felt I was challenged. One time, I saw him [Bro. Eliseo] on TV, and I felt drawn to the program. “It’s good,” I said.

The things I was hearing, I could read in the Bible. Because before, I used to only hear [verses] from what pastors relayed to us, but I found that what they say is not what is exactly meant [by the verses] as when I heard them from Bro. Eli as he explained them on television and radio.

So that’s when I started; I felt encouraged to listen from thereon. I would tune in to it from time to time, whenever I was available. It’s like I got hooked to it.

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Later on, my wife was onboard as well. I didn’t invite them [his family] or what. I just set the radio on as he preached the Bible.

[At first] they were able to listen only by chance, like whenever they would pass by. But it wasn’t yet in their hearts.

Perhaps, there are verses that are meant for us, wherein your heart will be touched or you’ll say, “Ouch.” It’s when you’ll see, through Bro. Eli’s reading of the Bible that [others’ teachings] are really just sayings of men, baseless, untrue.

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Until the time came for me, perhaps the Lord has also made me understand already, that the truth is indeed the word of God, nothing else.

I also learned how to stick to [what is written]. You must not add nor take away anything from it. The Bible, as it turns out, according to Isa. 34:16, is already complete and doesn’t need any other reference.

We used to see our brother as someone weird, but then, we became united in opinions eventually. During our Bible Study, we would unite in what is right, like what the Bible says: You have one Spirit, one song, one Lord, one God, one Church, one teaching.

If only pastors would base their teachings, and would not add nor take away anything from what is written, but would all be based in the Bible, perhaps we will not be in strife.

Sis. Estrellita: They are really God’s words. It’s like our hearts were the target, and it went right into it.

Bro. Romeo: I didn’t force you, didn’t I?

Sis. Estrellita: No. I just said, “I want to come with you. I want to listen personally.” I told him that on TV and radio, it’s like he’s jumping from one topic to another because he is answering whatever it is that people asked him.

But when we started with [the indoctrination], I said, “Please take me with you.” So I went with him. That’s when I understood that what Bro. Eli says is so beautiful. It’s like a step-by-step teaching.

Bro. Romeo: The biggest question we had regarding religion, the Bible answered. We have no doubts now. They were all answered by the holy words of God.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Romeo: It felt so good. In other words, I felt fulfilled.

Sis Estrellita: Yes, it was amazing! I said, “What is this? It’s really different.” It felt like I was walking on air after getting out of the water. I said, “What a wonderful feeling.” [Giggles]

Before [immersion], I was feeling a number of things,s my stomach even ached. I told him that perhaps I might go to the restroom. After I got immersed in the water, it became okay. I said, “Wow, this is okay!”

Bro. Romeo: That’s what I heard from Bro. Eli. Whenever he was attending, despite not feeling well, he said that right after baptism or any Church gathering, the sickness goes away; you feel lighter. Though it may not be totally gone, you feel like it’s lessened.

On Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon

Sis. Estrellita: Bro. Eli, keep on doing the things that you do now. We pray for you, that your life will be longer, because you are able to help many people and their minds are enlightened by the word of God.

The same goes for Bro. Daniel. He is very well; both of them are. So, many, many thanks to them, because at the least, our minds were enlightened unto the Lord through them.

Bro. Romeo: I share the same sentiments for Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. What is said in Daniel Chapter 12, that in the last days, the wise shall understand the word of God, but the wicked shall not.

You are but wise men, Bro. Eli, foremostly, compared to all the pastors that before persecuted him and told that [the Church] is a cult.

But the way I see it now, as Bro. Eli said, “If we are Christians, we should be different from them from the inside, out. That’s what I saw now.

That’s why, sometimes, they laugh at us because we’re not luxurious. We don’t follow the course of the world, which is in the Bible: That we should not conform but be transformed according to the will of God that Bro. Eli teaches. Many thanks to you.

Long live, and may he give you many more believers whose lives you will touch. The same with you Bro. Daniel Razon, many, many thanks. To God be the Glory.

To God be the glory

MCGI Honors SAF 44 and Soldiers’ Bravery with “Songs for Heroes” Benefit Concert

Pasay City, Philippines — With emotional performances from the country’s top artists, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) spearheaded a live music for the benefit of the bereaved families of the 44 members of Special Action Force (SAF).

A production of Public Service Channel UNTV, the “Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert” was an initiative of MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eli Soriano. The televangelist announced his desire to hold a live music for the benefit of SAF 44 in one of his tweets.

Kuya Daniel Razon (L) with Mr. Atom Henares (R) turns over the 6M check to PNP Representative Nestor Quinsay during the Songs For Heroes Benefit Concert supported by MCGI on March 19, 2015.  (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Kuya Daniel Razon (L) with Mr. Atom Henares (R) turns over the 6M check to PNP Representative Nestor Quinsay during the Songs For Heroes Benefit Concert supported by MCGI on March 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Welcoming the audience at the filled SM Mall of Asia Arena were the front acts comprised of up and coming artists Bembe and Triposa Erese, the Bueno Sisters and The Voysing.

For the opening salvo, the powerful voices of Jason Fernandez, Miro Valera, Mcoy Fundales and Jek Manuel, together with the PNP and AFP chorale, sang a mashup of Iisang Bangka and Salamat.

Some of the highlights during the concert were Major Allan Cabanlong from the PNP and singer composer Noel Cabangon. The singing policeman solicited tears from the families of the brave 44 with his rendition of In My Life, while Cabangon asked the audience to light up the arena with their mobile phones as he performed his hit Kanlungan.

Mobile gadgets lit up the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila as the audience sang along Noel Cabangon's hit, Kanlungan. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Mobile gadgets lit up the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila as the audience sang along Noel Cabangon’s hit, Kanlungan. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Other artists who performed onstage were the PNP and AFP Chorale, PNP and AFP Combo, 5th Gen, Neocolours, Shane Velasco, Beverly Caimen, Gerald Santos, Southborder band member Jay Durias and Jonalyn Viray who belted out the finale song Tagumpay Nating Lahat.

The same night, over six-million pesos was raised by MCGI in a joint effort with other event sponsors. On the other hand, one-million pesos came from Bro. Eli Soriano for a total donation of seven million pesos.

Towards the end of the evening, Bro Eli announced that the families will receive ten thousand pesos each before going home, and the AFP will also receive 1 million pesos for the soldiers at the frontline.

Erica Pabalinas, wife of the fallen Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, thanks the organizers of thhe Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines on 19 March 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Erica Pabalinas, wife of the fallen Senior Inspector Ryan Pabalinas, thanks the organizers of thhe Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines on 19 March 2015. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

In addition to monetary assistance, Bro. Daniel welcomed the children of the SAF 44 to the free education program of La Verdad Christian College.

Aside from concerts aimed at helping people, Bro Eli and Bro Daniel had also initiated various charity projects. Some of the notable public services are daily medical missions, free legal assistance and the Libreng Sakay (Free Ride).

(Written by Rona Valdez)

ASOP TV Grand Finals for 2014 Offers New Sound, New Feel

Jessa Mae Gabon singing "Kislap" (Shimmer) during the ASOP Year 3 Grand Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on September 23, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
Jessa Mae Gabon singing “Kislap” (Shimmer) during the ASOP Year 3 Grand Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on September 23, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Manila, Philippines – Twelve new praise songs will serenade Filipino audiences and will compete against each other for the much-awaited A Song Of Praise (ASOP) TV Music Festival Grand Finals Night on September 23, 2014 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

This year’s wide-ranging song entries are the handiwork of both amateur and professional composers. Here are the remaining eight finalists:

Ralph Lauren Refil is the composer of “Ikaw ang Tangi Kong Minamahal,” a powerful ballad that tells a person’s love for his Creator will be sung by Gail Blanco. Jesse Bayodoc, a masseuse from Laguna proves that visual impairment is not hindrance to writing musical compositions, nor in expressing gratefulness to God with “Panginoon Kay Buti Mo.” Bayodoc’s masterpiece will be interpreted by Pinoy Idol 2008 finalist, Walton Zerrudo.

“Awit ng Puso Ko,” penned by Empol Balbin will be interpreted by classical balladeer Bo Cerrudo. Louise Lyle Robles’s “May Awa ang Dios,” a song treading along the lines of soap opera music tells about trusting the mercy of God during trying times, will be sung by WCOPA Grand Champion Performer Ms. Beverly Caimen will perform Roble’s grand finals entry.

“Biyaya,” a  world music genre piece written by Meldin Nabia, will be performed by Bayang Barrios, one of the Philippines’ renowned ethnic folk singers. Arniel Villagonza’s “Tanging Gabay,” which also makes the list, will be interpreted by popular singer and actress Ms. Rachel Alejandro.

“Kislap’s” upbeat tune was inspired by Oliver Narag’s daughter Tala. The song will be interpreted  by Ms. Jessa Mae Gabon.

Two alternative pop rock icons in the Philippines, Jek Manuel and Jayson Fernandez, will interpret “God Will Win Our Fight,” a piece crafted by professional praise songwriter, Mr. Ricardo Sanchez.

Movie and television actor and director Mr. Cesar Montano joins the ASOP composers’ roster with his composition titled “Pagpupuring Walang Hanggan,” to be performed by Kenyo vocalist Mcoy Fundales.

Marlon Nabia’s “Sa Bawat Araw,” song entry will be interpreted by UNTV’s Klasrum host Shanne Velasco.

Freestyle vocalist Ms. Ava Olivia Santos will sing “You Are Lord of All,” a composition by 80’s star Ms. Ma. Luzlilet “Lilet” Esteban. Rounding up the 12 finalists is Jinnie Adilan’s “Hangga’t May Tinig Ako.” Adilan’s R&B piece will be performed by PHILPOP 2014 2nd runner up Mr. Daryl Ong.

The ASOP Music Festival is the first-ever musical competition on television that promotes the creation of songs of praise to God. Each year, songs or praises that make the finals showcase different musical varieties, such as ballad, novelty, alternative pop rock, and even ethnic.

The TV songs of praise writing competition first opened its doors to breakthrough praise song compositions in 2011, featuring amateur and professional songwriters and interpreters. Twelve monthly winners compete for the championship trophy each year.

Aside from the grand prize, song entries are eligible to win the People’s Choice Award. ASOP TV viewers may vote for their favorite compositions by texting its corresponding vote code. Complete information can be viewed on ASOP Music Festival’s official website www.asoptv.com.

A Song Of Praise Music Festival is the only songwriting TV program in the Philippines, hosted by Mr. Richard Reynoso and Ms. Toni Rose Gayda. ASOP TV airs on Sundays at 7 pm on UNTV.

(Written by Apple Arco)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: August 1, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest brethren baptized on August 1, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga.

Bro. Hossain Asis, 22, Former Catholic, Manila

On Joining the Church or God
For me to be able to know the true Church, of course I believed what Bro. Eli says. Then, I also investigated in the Bible. To be saved, we must have God in our works.

On Being Baptized
I’m happy. I’m tired but I feel relieved knowing that my sins have been [forgiven] and I know that the path I tread is the right one.

I was able to watch, by accident, a debate during a Bible Exposition. It was about the atheist and Bro. Eli. I finished it until it ended, and I found that everything that Bro. Eli said on his side was right. That’s when I began listening to Bro. Eli.

I was just surfing the channels then when I chanced upon Channel 37; then I kind of saw that there was a man speaking about God. I tuned into it for a moment and I heard Bro. Eli’s side, saying that God is true. And every explanation he had about the Bible proved that God is true, [in his response] to the atheist who didn’t believe that God is real.

On MCGI Leaders
I thank Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, and I hope to see them, God willing, personally. I really admire him as a teacher. He is a wise person. I also admire his works. I was enlightened by the words he read in the Bible. But I thank God foremost, for everything, for the light, for being able to serve Him.

~o~

Bro. Potenciano Silla Jr., 62, Former Jesus Is Lord Member, Manila

On Joining the Church of God
This is what I found to be true. Believe it or not, I’ve been listening to Bro. Eli for 20 years now.

I thought for a while, and I have [investigated] many religions already, but this is what I found to be different from among the rest. He’s [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] the one who will lead us in the right way; we won’t get lost.

Imagine, it’s been 20 years and I’m here only now. As Bro. Eli said to our fellows, “Why only now?” Of course I investigated so many, like the Born Again. Would you believe that I’m the son of a Born Again member?

My deceased wife was also Born Again. I brought them [my family] there, and until now they are there. It’s just that I saw something that was not right to my belief. Then, I started to stop going there.

Before, I was zealous in the Born Again, in the JIL, until one day, it was the 80s then, I saw was able to watch him, even on a black and white television.

Now I have a new wife and a daughter whom I will encourage to join here, as well as my children who are Born Again members.

On Being Baptized
Tears were in my eyelids; the Spirit was entering me. When I was immersed, even when I was being asked questions by [the baptizer], I had goose bumps already. I don’t know. But that’s when I realized what Bro. Eli said about the good Spirit. To be able to encourage many, I really see him as the preacher [whom God uses] for many sheep to join him in the fold.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope Bro. Eli will have a longer life. May the Lord God and Father help him, and give him health. May he be able to continue for a far longer time leading the fold [in] righteousness.

~o~

Bro. Ariel and Sis. Marites Advincula, 36 & 37, Former Aglipayan and Catholic Church Members, Manila

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Ariel: Firstly, there’s the feeling that you’ve really known the truth wherein you can say that it’s not only in the organization, but in the doctrines as well.

You know that you’re not being deceived because when they [MCGI Leaders] answer, they really have basis. That is what’s important of all, that everything they will say has basis and not from their own.

Others would only read a verse and then would go on rambling or say enticing things. Here, some words you hear may hurt you, but they are what will open your eyes to the truth, what you need for your soul to be saved.

Sis. Marites: For me, this is the true religion. The religion that we grew up in didn’t prohibit anything. Anything you wanted to do, you can.

Then, what my husband said is right. A little verse would be read then afterwards, their self-explanation. You will realize that the god they serve is wrong.

Bro. Ariel: I was Aglipayan member before, but it’s the same [with the Catholic’s], except there the priests can marry.

Sis. Marites: Also, for me, what’s important is that it is the Word of God that is being observed. Here you can truly find the Word of God being obeyed, unlike in others wherein they appear to read the Bible but don’t follow it.

Bro. Ariel: Others make merchandize of God’s words.

Sis. Marites: Many of them are for wealth.

Bro. Ariel: Others don’t pay tax, and enjoy other [exemptions], but us [we don’t]. That’s what happens when you are in the right path.

When you are in the truth, you will be discriminated. But us, we’re lucky, [and] there’s the hope that they will feel what we feel, that they have a soul that needs saving. Of course, we make ways to help them [be saved], that their [spiritual] poverty be gone and that we would all be equal in our love for God.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Ariel: I can’t explain it. It feels light inside knowing that you have left all your former filth, worldly things behind. It was so clear, like there was a bright light that you want to go to. It just felt so light, like though the path you’re entering is narrow but you fit right in because you have already left all your burdens behind.

Sis. Marites: When I wasn’t baptized yet, when I was just being carried [to the water], I felt excited and at the same time nervous because it was my first time to be immersed in the water like that.

There’s the feeling of contentment, that I’m already happy inside because I’ve been waiting for this for one month as I have been battling for my life. I have been under a fifty-fifty chance of survival a few times already. That’s why I couldn’t go on with the baptism before.

Bro. Ariel: We started on July 3 with the indoctrination. There were many hindrances. That’s why I was crying before we were brought [to the indoctrination]. I said, “Please help us for us not to be hindered again,” because we struggled with the indoctrination as there were times that she would be “fifty-fifty.”

She has myasthenia gravis, a muscular autoimmune disease. It started this February only. Her neurotransmitters don’t connect with each other [because of antibodies], so she feels easily weakened. For example, she speaks while standing for a long time, her energy becomes suddenly drained. That’s why she has maintenance drugs, even steroids.

Sis. Marites: That’s why my face is big [laughs]. I’ve been listening to [Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon] since I was in high school.

Bro. Ariel: When she had the disease, she was able to focus [on listening]; we were both able to focus. It’s like we were drawn together so that whatever was lacking in our [life would get filled].

We developed more thirst for listening when she [became sick]. At times that we weren’t able to watch [The Old Path], and we would look for it. We felt as if we forgot to do something.

Sis. Marites: The television works 24 hours.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Ariel: For Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, may the Lord will for you to have longer lives. May your health be well and may He keep you that you may be able to lead many more souls like us unto the light, that they may live what we can truly call a “Christian life” and not “made-up Christianity” like the religions we grew up in that taught wrong doctrines.

Sis. Marites: I’m thankful [that the] Church of God was established that saves those who are lost from the way like us. That’s why I hope that our organization may grow and grow that many more will be encouraged [to join], because there are really still many lost souls. I also hope that when I get healed, I’ll become a Church worker.

~o~

Sis. Thelma Castro, 52, Former Born Again Member, Pampanga Province

On Joining the Church of God
We [my family and I] watched on television, and we saw the truth. Before when we were Born Again members, the teachings Bro. Eli teach now were not taught to us, and we didn’t see the truth.

My son invited me as we were Born Again members before. He also invited his workmate who was a wheeler. He said to me, “Ma, let’s go The Old Path, that’s where the real truth is.”

After that, I went with him. Then I saw that [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] gave a verse and then explained it clearly. I really learned a lot that were not taught to us in the Born Again group. Bro. Eli really clearly explained things.

We’ve been with [the Born Again group] for three years, but I didn’t see in them change; also, we weren’t baptized. It is here that I really felt the love of God and I thank God and Bro. Eli.

On Being Baptized
I felt the Holy Spirit of God. It’s like my body felt cold [at first], and then I felt… God is truly good.

On MCGI Leaders
I’m thankful to God I met Bro. Eli. He also showed in his many works… I saw his aid for the elders, his educational assistance to the youth. He helps many people, and I was also blessed by his love for people. That’s another point that I saw that [he is true].

Bro. Eli, I’m thankful that I saw your love for people: The elders you take care of, the youth you help study. I’m thankful to God that I met you, that my son brought me here to The Old Path, which is the real truth. Your teachings I have found to be in the Bible, your explanations that you give, I feel blessed.

~o~

Bro. Luisito and Dochie Santos, 50 & 40, Former Born Again Members, Bataan Province

On Joining the Church of God

Bro. Luisito: I’ve actually long been hearing Bro. Eli, since the 1980s even. I’ve been listening to his preaching and it’s different; you’ll really see that it comes from the heart. There are many, many teachings that you won’t see in others. You can really say that he is a true preacher.

Sis. Dochie: I can really say that he’s a true preacher because I had many questions before, but when I got to listen to him, there were so many things that I got enlightened about. My questions had been answered.

We asked our [pastor] before, but we weren’t content with the answers. A little mention of a [verse], and afterwards would be one story after another; they’re really not focused on the Word of God.

On Being Baptized

Bro. Luisito: Even when I was just walking towards the baptizer, you can already feel that the Spirit was there; more so when I was immersed. That’s when things became clear, like something was gone from you; it felt so good inside.

Sis. Dochie: Even when Bro. Eli was speaking to us [sermon before baptism], I was meditating already; I was assessing myself. I felt already like crying, because I felt sorry for all the sins, all the wrong things I’ve done.

Then as I started to walk towards the baptizer, I was dressed in white, I really began crying until I was immersed. That’s when I felt the burden I was carrying lifted from me. It’s as if my shoulder felt light.

I’m thankful to God until this moment because I was able to listen [to Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon]. Actually [my husband] had long invited me to join the Church, but I said then, “You go ahead first,” because I wanted to see what would happen to him. But he didn’t want to join unless he was with me. So now, we decided to become members already.

Bro. Luisito: [We’ve been listening to Bro. Eli] for a long time now, even before he was on Channel 13, during Don Manolo Favis’ time. I was just [young] then, not as old as I am now. But I don’t know, it’s different as time goes by: Bro. Eli learns something and I learn something from Bro. Eli. Now, I’ve really seen true change.

On MCGI Leaders

Bro. Luisito: I hope he [Bro. Eli] doesn’t physically age much as there are so many people whom they need to lead, him and Bro. Daniel, Bro. Eli especially, since when I watch him speak, it doesn’t come from his own, but there’s another that guides him.

Sis. Dochie: I hope God will give him a longer life that many more souls will be saved, those who do not yet know, haven’t yet heard the Word. I hope he will always have bodily strength, and the same with Bro. Daniel. May God always keep and guide them.


News-and-Rescue Team of UNTV Offers Thanksgiving as it Celebrates 4th Anniversary

On its fourth year of serving God and the Filipino people, Church members who are part of UNTV’s News and Rescue Team offered the sacrifice of thanksgiving to God last July 26 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga.

News-and-rescue as a journalism advocacy of UNTV is a brainchild of Bro. Daniel Razon who is Chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI), the content provider for UNTV.

Bro. Daniel is Vice-Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI).

A First in Philippine Broadcast History

Locally-known as “Tulong Muna Bago Balita,” Rescue First, Report Later is an advocacy that aims to prioritize life saving over the business of reporting of news. The journalism brand was introduced since 2010.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team regularly conducts basic life support seminars and first-aid training to youth organizations, baranggay officials and to all UNTV Staff Personnel. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The UNTV News and Rescue Team regularly conducts basic life support seminars and first-aid training to youth organizations, baranggay officials and to all UNTV Staff Personnel. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

“More than anything else, our fellowmen are much more important than our reporting,” said Bro. Razon during the unveiling of the Rescue First, Report Later back in 2010 during UNTV’s sixth anniversary celebration.

“It doesn’t matter if they get the first scoop, at least we were able to save a life of someone in need,” remarked Bro. Razon.

While most media networks consider breaking news a priority for ratings, UNTV’s news-and-rescue was more cause-oriented. With “Tulong Muna Bago Balita”, the station hopes change the way news are delivered by incorporating humanitarian approach in media reporting.

“It’s a hard thing to do by [other] media entities,” explained UNTV news-and-rescue team member Angelo Dela Paz. “They [other media outlets] find it difficult to prioritize lives over their reporting,” added Dela Paz.

Four Years of Consistent Public Service

For the past four years, UNTV’s News and Rescue has been continuously providing immediate help to emergencies and accidents on the road. Their life-saving missions include giving response to disaster situations brought about by typhoons and other calamities.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team recently took part in a Water Rescue Drill and Seminar conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard. (Photo courtesy of PVI)
The UNTV News and Rescue Team recently took part in a Water Rescue Drill and Seminar conducted by the Philippine Coast Guard. (Photo courtesy of PVI)

As part of its campaign to raise awareness about its importance, the news-and-rescue team expanded its rescue training and disaster preparedness seminars. Apart from giving trainings to all UNTV staff members and volunteers for the past year, the news-and-rescue department has also offered these trainings for youth groups and baranggay officials nationwide.

The Tulong Muna Bago Balita team uses state-of-the-art equipments like all-terrain/amphibian vehicles and rescue trucks. Their recent acquisition of CAFS-utilizing (Compressed Air Foam System) firetrucks has also helped the UNTV Fire Brigade in responding to fire emergencies more efficiently.

News-and-rescue assistance are offered to all, regardless of race or religion. One of its more recent responses was during the State of the Nation Address at the Batasang Pambansa Complex, giving an injured cameraman from another network medical assistance.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera
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