MCGI Receives Philippine Red Cross Blood Donor Award, Testimonial Plaque

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) received the Top Donor award in the Religious Groups category of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the awarding ceremony held recently at the La Parilla Hotel, in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

MCGI, also known as the Ang Dating Daan group, received the “First Bloodiest Award” in its category for its continuous support in blood donating endeavors.

Led by Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the group actively initiates and maintains public service efforts such as nationwide quarterly blood donations events.

“The Red Cross family thanks Bro. Eli and greets our brothers and sisters of the Ang Dating Daan [group] for your continued and unfaltering support for our programs in the Red Cross,” said PRC Asst. Secretary General Neil Andrew Nocon.

MCGI receives award from Red Cross Nueva Ecija Chapter during the First Bloodiest Awards.
MCGI receives award from Red Cross Nueva Ecija Chapter during the First Bloodiest Awards.

“Apart from our blood [donation] programs and also for other services being offered by the Philippine Red Cross, Ang Dating Daan and UNTV are always there as our partners and stakeholders,” continued Nocon.

Aside from the giving of awards to groups who have helped PRC and made an impact in blood donation, the event’s participants were also given the chance to sign a commitment pledge showing their support for PRC’s programs.

PRC Nueva Ecija Board of Director Chairman Thomas Joson III lauded MCGI for their commitment in giving a helping a hand, and showed his appreciation of the religious group.

“As Chairman, I am counting on you [MCGI] to always support our endeavors since it is clear that your group always wants to be of help,” said Joson. “Maybe in the future, we can also train your group to be responders during calamities.”

Representatives from MCGI Nueva Ecija Chapter during the awarding ceremony.
Representatives from MCGI Nueva Ecija Chapter during the awarding ceremony.

The Top Donor Award is one of the recognitions received by MCGI from the PRC recently. This August, the PRC also granted MCGI Central Visayas chapter the Testimonial Plaque in recognition of the group’s ten years of unwavering support for blood donation programs.

Previous citations received by the group were from the Dugong Bayani Awards, the 5th Dugong Bicol Awards and the citation from the Department of Health for the nationwide blood donation drive last year.

(Written by Rona Valdez)

MCGI, UNTV and Equinet Team Up for Deep Water Systems Construction for Yolanda Survivors

(From left) Mr. Gerry Panghulan of BMPI-UNTV along with Mr. Antonio Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker of Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)
(From left) Mr. Gerry Panghulan of BMPI-UNTV along with Mr. Antonio Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker of Equinet Architectural Engineering and Support sign the Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Che Lejano as mediator. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Tacloban, Philippines – With the goal of providing potable water to Typhoon Yolanda survivors, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV teamed up with Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support, Inc. for the construction of deep well systems in the province of Tacloban.

The construction and setting up of deep well systems across Tacloban – the first provincial stop of the Visayas-wide construction project – has started since July 27 this year, following the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between UNTV and Equinet last June 11, 2014.

Under the MOA, UNTV will provide deep well water systems in over 100 places in Visayas which were struck by Typhoon Yolanda (international name, Haiyan). Equinet will be the construction firm and MCGI as UNTV’s partner in the required financing and other welfare services.

“We are happy that Equinet has become our partner in fulfilling our long-time advocacy to help the needy,” UNTV VP for Administration Gerry Panghulan remarked.

Of the 100 places in Visayas to be recipients of the water systems, the city of Tacloban, Leyte is the project’s first stop. It was also one of the super typhoon’s most heavily-damaged areas when Yolanda hit the country on November 2013.

About five deep well systems have already been constructed in Tacloban city. Among these are Brgy. San Jose as well as the barangay’s largest public school, San Jose Elementary School.

“After Yolanda, most of our water systems got damaged and became unusable. It is a big help for the people in our community, and especially the school, that UNTV and Equinet had set up these water system units,” said Brgy. Captain Leo O. Bajin of San Jose.

Two more units of deep well systems are on the works to be set up in Magallanes Independencia and Brgy. Basper in Tacloban.

Typhoon Yolanda is known to be one of the strongest natural calamities to have been recorded in history. The most affected areas were the islands of Visayas and Mindanao which caused the displacement of several thousands of Filipinos.

During one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the nation, MCGI’s Coordinating Center in Tacloban served as a relief camp for the storm’s survivors, providing them with ready-to-eat food and shelter.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

MCGI Takes Part in Public Service Channel UNTV’s Celebration of 10th Year

Weeks shy of their second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God (ITG) event, congregants of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) actively took part in a wave of public service endeavors in support of UNTV 37’s 10th year anniversary.

As part of preparation to every Thanksgiving to God event, MCGI practices doing good works, as it is written in in Hebrews 13:15-16.

MCGI Overall Servant Bro. Eliseo Soriano himself has spearheaded many international humanitarian efforts for the indigents in society.

An elderly lady enjoys a free optical check-up, one of the many free services given during UNTV 37's Elderpowerment Event held at the WTC on June 25-26, 2014. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
An elderly lady enjoys a free optical check-up, one of the many free services given during UNTV 37’s Elderpowerment Event held at the WTC on June 25-26, 2014. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

Hence, UNTV’s advocacies and community-building efforts, which are closely aligned with the reach-out missions of the Church, receive strong support from Bro. Eli and MCGI.

Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI Supporting Overall Servant, incidentally is Chairman and CEO of UNTV’s content provider, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI).

Also a veteran broadcast journalist, Kuya Daniel is the brain behind the Public Service Channel’s various projects.

“Elderpowerment” 

MCGI participated in the two-day “Elderpowerment Expo,” which was the centerpiece event of UNTV’s anniversary with  the theme, “Caring for the Elderly.” The event aims to empower the elderly and raise awareness on their needs, as well as their being a vital part in the society.

Also helping raise awareness to the young and the old alike is the Golden Dove Award-winning cast of the KNC Show, who created a catchy caring for the elderly song and music video.

UNTV staff and hosts entertain the thousands of elderly and visitors as they wait to avail a slew of free services at the World Trade Center during the "Elderpowerment" event on June 25-26, 2014.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
UNTV staff and hosts entertain the thousands of elderly and visitors as they wait to avail a slew of free services at the World Trade Center during the “Elderpowerment” event on June 25-26, 2014.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

MCGI partnered with major government agencies such as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Department of Health (DOH), and Philippine National Police (PNP), to name a few, to give free services to the elderly last June 25-26 at the World Trade Center, Philippines, which was also part of UNTV’s 10th anniversary celebration.

Local to Global Outreach to Seniors

Aside from this, MCGI, in partnership with the Home for the Golden Gays and UNTV, relocated an adoption home for the elderly gays and lesbians from Pasay to Brgy. Talipapa, Novaliches. This effort was spearheaded by the Happy Christian gay group of MCGI.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, MCGI conducted a feeding program for the elderly. The feeding program was able to help recipients totalling to almost a hundred, where more than half of which are reportedly abandoned.

Aside from this, a feeding program was also conducted in a Home for the Aged in Bogota, Colombia, São Paulo, Brazil, as well as a tent city in Port-Au-Prince Haiti. The feeding program in Haiti also benefitted those who are still displaced from the 2010 earthquake.

MCGI Katulong ng Pangangasiwa Bro. Danny Navales (third from L) poses with the members, supporters and founders of the Home for the Golden Gays. Through an effort spearheaded by MCGI's "Happy Christian" group, the Home for the Golden Gays have been transferred to a bigger location in Novaliches. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
MCGI Katulong ng Pangangasiwa Bro. Danny Navales (third from L) poses with the members, supporters and founders of the Home for the Golden Gays. Through an effort spearheaded by MCGI’s “Happy Christian” group, the Home for the Golden Gays have been transferred to a bigger location in Novaliches. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

For the indigents of National Trades Union Congress Eldercare Facility – Silverace Centre in Singapore, MCGI conducted gift-giving and crafts-teaching activities, as well as provided entertainment for the elderly with lively songs and dances.

In Winnipeg, Canada, MCGI members expressed their support for the elderly by participating in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk. It was a fund-raising event that aims to provide better healthcare services and programs for those suffering from this illness.

Even More Public Service

Aside from holding activities with the goal of empowering our society’s beloved elderly population, MCGI championed different public service efforts in various corners of the world.

A mass blood donation drive is one such endeavor that MCGI consistently holds in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and Blood Society of the Philippines.

In the Philippines alone, a total of 63 points conducted the blood drive between June 15 and 29, 2014, which garnered a total of 2,200 qualified blood bags for donation, as of writing time.

Outside the Philippines, countries such as UAE, Canada, Brazil, Cambodia and Singapore, to name a few, also participated in the mass blood donation event. In Singapore, 137 blood bags were collected and donated out of 170 registered blood donors.

MCGI also held clean up drives in various cities and provinces of the Philippines, such as Benguet, La Union, Zamboanga and Cavite. The cleanup effort was simultaneously held in different states in Australia.

On top of clean up drives, tree-planting activities were also held at the Eco Walk Trail in Sta. Fe, Nueva Vizcaya, wherein 500 Narra tree seedlings were planted. In Sta. Cruz High School in Bulacan, MCGI members and students planted 150 Mahogany saplings.

Sta. Maria, Bulacan Mayor Bartolome "Omeng" Ramos (Center), Vice Mayor Rico Sto. Domingo (3rd from Left) and the participants of the tree-planting activity posed after planting 1500 mahogany saplings at the Sta. Cruz High School, Sta Maria, Bulacan in support of UNTV 37's 10th anniversary.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)
Sta. Maria, Bulacan Mayor Bartolome “Omeng” Ramos (Center), Vice Mayor Rico Sto. Domingo (3rd from Left) and the participants of the tree-planting activity posed after planting 1500 mahogany saplings at the Sta. Cruz High School, Sta Maria, Bulacan in support of UNTV 37’s 10th anniversary.(PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

Aside from the elderly, the young ones were also beneficiaries of MCGI’s public service efforts.

In Oriental Mindoro, MCGI conducted a four-day feeding program for the students of Babangunan Day Care Center, while students from Mararaot Elementary School in Tanay province were given bags and school supplies for the start of the school year.

Church members in Vietnam joined in and visited an orphanage for the boys, where they conducted a gift-giving program and provided entertainment the young ones.

MCGI’s second quarterly International Thanksgiving to God will be on July 4-6, 2014, in major MCGI Coordinating Centers worldwide.

(Written by Pauline Arellano)

MCGI Wins KBP Golden Dove Award for KNC Show

Cast of MCGI's KNC Show on UNTV during a taping session at the Sofitel Plaza Philippines in Pasay City, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Joy Reyes, PVI)
Cast of MCGI’s KNC Show on UNTV during a taping session at the Sofitel Plaza Philippines in Pasay City, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Joy Reyes, PVI)

KNC Show, the “Bible-based kiddie program on air,” was hailed as the Best TV Children’s program in the recent 22nd Golden Dove Awards in Pasay City, Manila on April 29, 2014.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) produces the show, which airs on UNTV. KNC is short for Kawan ng Cordero, which when translated in English means Flock of the Lamb.

“We thank God for the honor given by the KBP Golden Dove Awards,” expressed Jovan Marquez, programming and productions assistant head of UNTV, as he received the award for the KNC show at the Star Theater, CCP Complex in Pasay City.

Marquez also thanked the Filipino broadcaster group for the recognition.

The KNC Show of the Members Church of God International receives Best TV Children program title in the KBP 22nd Golden Dove Awards. (Photo courtesy of Raymond Lacsa, PVI)
The KNC Show of the Members Church of God International receives Best TV Children program title in the KBP 22nd Golden Dove Awards. (Photo courtesy of Raymond Lacsa, PVI)

Now nearing its 10th year, KNC Show teaches children of different ages about art, nature, science and health while highlighting biblical stories and passages.

The Children of MCGI or the KNC as they are referred to in the Church, are taught in a similar fashion every Church service. There are curriculum-based lessons provided every KNC Bible school session.

MCGI Leaders Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon make it a point to teach children early on about the Bible, following the Lord’s commandment in Proverbs 22:6.

Through the years, the show has received multiple Anak TV Seal awards for its kid-friendly content, where the Golden Dove award is the latest addition to the KNC Show’s list of laurels.

After taping the kids of the KNC Show take a jump shot by the Manila bay.  (Photo courtesy of Joy Reyes, PVI)
After taping the kids of the KNC Show take a jump shot by the bay at the Sofitel Plaza Philippines in Pasay City, Manila. (Photo courtesy of Joy Reyes, PVI)

Other than the KNC Show, UNTV’s ‘Caring for the Elderly’ advocacy was also awarded by the KBP, receiving the Best Public Service Announcement title.

Earlier in 2014, MCGI’s flagship show Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path was honored as Best Longest-Running Religious Program in the 34th Dangal ng Bayan Awards.

The Golden Dove Awards is organized by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas or the KBP. The annual event is “where broadcast practitioners, stations and programs are given recognition for their excellent contribution to the broadcast industry.”

(Written by Rigor Arellano)

Bro. Eli Soriano and ‘Ang Dating Daan’ Honored in 34th Dangal ng Bayan Awards

 

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), UNTV and Kaagapay win big in the 2014 Dangal ng Bayan Awards.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), UNTV and Kaagapay win big in the 2014 Dangal ng Bayan Awards. uez, (Photo courtesy of Prince Marquez, PVI)

Bro. Eliseo Soriano and his Ang Dating Daan program were honored with top prizes in the 34th Dangal ng Bayan Awards on February 27 this year at the AFP Theater, Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Bro. Eli, the Presiding Minister to Members Church of God International (MCGI), received the Best Bible-Based TV/Radio Evangelist title while The Old Path was cited as the Best Longest Running Religious Program.

The first biggest local win for the international evangelist in 2014, Bro. Eli’s latest honor came as his first from Dangal ng Bayan Awards.

Ang Dating Daan, which started as a radio show in 1980 and later as a television program in 1983, through the years has built a strong following in the Philippines.

To date, The Old Path airs worldwide in different languages via television, satellite, and the Internet.

The annual event is spearheaded by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation of the Philippines.

UNTV, The Old Path’s home, was hailed as the No. 1 Television Station Committed to Truth and Genuine Public Service.

Daily, free medical and legal programs, bus rides, and the country’s first free Transient Home are among the Public Service Network’s various services.

Other big winners include Kaagapay, hosted by Lakay “Rolly” Gonzalo, Annie Rentoy, and Dr. Daisy Lim-Camitan, which was named the Best Public Service Oriented TV Program laurel.

Kaagapay features different government agencies and institutions so people can ask them about their problems via phone call or text messaging.

The Dangal ng Bayan Awards is an annual event held by the National Consumer Affairs Foundation of the Philippines.

(Written by Rigor Arellano)


UNTV, BMPI Thankful to God As Their 10th Year of Public Service Nears

Apalit, Pampanga – Kuya Daniel Razon led the thankful employees, volunteer staff and beneficiaries of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) in offering their gratitude to God on February 1 this year at the ADD Convention Center in Pampanga.

The people behind UNTV – the country’s prime public service network stood on stage to thank God for nearly a decade of God’s guidance in all of the station’s public service endeavors.

An audio visual presentation played during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network's use of drones for news and public service.
An audio visual presentation played during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014 shows UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking about the network’s use of drones for news and public service. (Photo courtesy of Prince Marquez, PVI)

During the thanksgiving number, BMPI-UNTV CEO and Chairman Daniel Razon remarked on UNTV’s making its mark in the field of public service.

In UNTV’s audio-visual presentation, Kuya Daniel said, “We are so small compared to bigger networks, but with God’s mercy, in our humble ways, we are instruments in helping our fellowmen.”

In the same AVP, MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano congratulated UNTV on how God has helped the station become what it is today – a station that truly serves the people.

Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV's public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Eliseo Soriano, prime supporter of all of UNTV’s public service endeavors being shown on a video during MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

“It is quite an achievement for UNTV, under the supervision of Bro. Daniel Razon. [That is] To bring glory and honor to the Lord through the instrumentality of UNTV,” stressed Bro. Soriano.

“We do not mean business, we mean public service,” concluded Bro. Daniel as what UNTV as a network is all about.

Nine Years of Public Service

Starting out as a small television network way back year 2004, UNTV has made a name for itself as the country’s dedicated public service channel. The network maintains the daily operation of its numerous charity institutions and public service works.

Now passing its 9th year, UNTV has already made marks with some of the most groundbreaking public service projects launched in the Philippines. 

One example is the “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” (Rescue First, Report Later) Advocacy, which encourages media men to prioritize life-saving rather than news reporting.

Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI's Thanksgiving in February 2014.
Bro. Daniel Razon serves the first half of the Biblical topic in one of MCGI’s Thanksgiving in February 2014. (Photo by Rovic Balunsay, PVI)

UNTV has also pioneered the use of aerial drones for rescue and reporting in the country, employing the use of technology for faster information dissemination and a wider scope of public service to the masses.

UNTV also maintains partnership with the Members Church of God International (MCGI) through its Ang Dating Daan Foundation Inc. (ADDFI).

To extend help in far-flung areas in the country, UNTV has rolled medical missions. The station also put up numerous Clinic ni Kuya facilities around the archipelago to provide medical care help to our marginalized fellowmen.

Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church.
Members of the Church of God at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga offering thanks to God. Thanksgiving is a weekly activity of the Church. (Photo by Prince Marquez, PVI)

UNTV’s main operating station located in EDSA also houses its Legal Center called “Law Center ni Kuya,” where people in need of legal assistance can seek counselling.

The station also provides continuous support for La Verdad Christian College’s free education and the Dunong Gulong Mobile School services, as well as its Libreng Sakay (Free Ride) buses and jeepneys throughout the country.

UNTV will celebrate its tenth anniversary this coming June 25-26, 2014.

(Written by Yanna Faye Ferrera)

MCGI Drums Up Support for UNTV Basketball Cup’s Season 2

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) is rallying up support for the forthcoming second season of UNTV Cup, the Public Service Channel’s basketball league where cash prizes are donated to charities. 

Bro. Daniel Razon, the Vice-Presiding Minister to MCGI, recently called on Church members and visitors to support the basketball tournament, which will bring in new participating government agencies and new public service innovations.

UNTV Cup, the only basketball game enjoining celebrities and government agencies for public service, opens another exciting and philanthropic season on February 11, 2014 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking at the kickoff event of Season 2 of the UNTV Cup.
   UNTV CEO Kuya Daniel Razon speaking at the kickoff event of Season 2 of the UNTV Cup.

New Teams, Bigger Public Service Innovation

Recently, UNTV introduced two new teams who are joining the coming edition of the tournament. The participation of Team Malacañan and Team Senate are welcome additions to the basketball league.

“We are very happy [to join this time] because we have watched and followed [the first season] on a weekly basis,” Major Paul Yamamoto said during the league’s kick-off celebration last January 14.

“It is basketball for a cause. This is a good motivation for our players – you are enjoying and playing while helping,” added Yamamoto, who will be acting as leader of Team Malacañan.

Meanwhile, Team Senate revealed that their line-up would include Senators Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino and Alan Cayetano. Atty. Dacsil is the leader of the team.

Teams Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Metropolitan Metro Development Authority (MMDA), PhilHealth, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Congress, Local Government Unit (LGU) and Judiciary, the league’s defending champion, complete the UNTV Cup’s competing groups this season.

One of the games of the UNTV Cup Season 1 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.
One of the games of the UNTV Cup Season 1 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines.

A Vehicle for Heightened Public Service

Apart from new players and teams, the fans and followers of UNTV Cup Season 2 can look forward to the heightened public service that the league will offer.

Kuya Daniel announced that the participating government agencies would put up booths that will serve as public service desks. These booths will be opened every game and help answer and provide assistance to people seeking help.

“If you have a complaint to PhilHealth, you can go the PhilHealth booth, if you have a complaint to PNP, you can go the PNP booth … they will have representatives and you can directly ask them,” the veteran broadcaster remarked during the season’s kick-off affair.

PNP will accommodate police clearance processing through its booth.

In the same occasion, Kuya Daniel recalled the origin of the basketball league. “I am fond of playing basketball since I was a kid. Now that I am older, I thought that we should not only play this game, [but] we should use this [basketball] as a vehicle for public service.”

In spite of being a competitive game, Kuya Daniel reminded that it is the intent of helping people that serves as UNTV Cup’s foundation.

“We are partners in public service. We are partners in serving our countrymen,” Kuya Daniel emphasized.

(Written by Emmy Borromeo)

Newly Baptized Testimonials: January 3, 2014

Read short testimonials of faith from some of MCGI’s youngest members baptized on January 3, 2014 at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.

Bro. Aruel Nadura, 28, Former Catholic, Laguna Province

On Being Baptized
I’m happy now, because before I was just listening to Bro. Eli as I [read] the Bible as well. But now, I’m baptized. With the teachings in the Bible, my life has now direction.

My father was a member as well of the Church of God, Bro. Primitivo Nadura, but he died last year.

Now, I’m really happy that I became a member of the Church of God.

I’ve been listening since I was in high school. My father and I listened to Bro. Eli [on radio], and I was able to watch also. But it was only now that I decided to get indoctrinated.

All the doctrines I heard are based in the Bible. I’m really happy because the doctrines I heard did not come from just anywhere, but from the Bible; they have basis.

On MCGI Leaders
I hope that Bro. Eli will continue to preach and may the Lord give him a longer life that many more will become members of the Church of God.

~o~

Bro. Jaime Alfaras, 61, Former Born Again, Manila

On Being Baptized
Although I’ve been baptized only now, I’ve been watching The Old Path on television for a long time.

Now, I saw that the teachings here are really based in the Bible. I can see that the doctrines here are not of men, not invented by men as there are many kinds of faiths that only add [teachings] that are not in the Bible.

What I liked about this is that it’s purely Biblical, and when it comes to giving, they don’t force people, but out of their own will. As the Bible says, let us give according to our own will and not forcingly.

Sometimes I get to read the Bible on my own, [like the part that says] the day will come when Pharisees and scribes, and by false preachers will make the words of God into merchandize.

I said to myself that it seems like the things I read are becoming true. A preacher shouldn’t be focused on material things, but on spiritual. Although we are in the true [Church], we still need to accept financial [contribution] because we need to propagate the work of the Lord.

There are many finances of the Church that we must understand. It’s very understandable. Because if there were no Internet, if there weren’t television, how could I watch the teachings? So for me, I understand very much that we need to give.

On MCGI Leaders
For Bro. Eli, I’m very, very thankful that I was able to watch the doctrines and teachings that are purely from the Bible. I saw that the explanations and doctrines are truthful, that they are really of God. They are not of the flesh.

What I liked about Bro. Eli is that he doesn’t place himself on a pedestal. He doesn’t want to be called as if he is an important person.

He doesn’t like being treated that way, unlike others who are called archbishops or reverend apostles. Others even let themselves be called “Christ,” which we know is sin according to the Bible.

We know he doesn’t like exalting himself. As the Bible says, the Lord casts down the haughty. That means he is able to follow what’s in the Bible.

~o~

Bro. Grando Dela Rosa and Sis. Caroline Dela Rosa, 42 and 44, Former Catholic and Born Again, Cavite Province

On Being Baptized

Bro. Grando: First of all, of course I feel blessed because this is my first time to be baptized, [and] to know that you are in the true religion.

You’re here for the first time, so [I’m really] greatly grateful to God, and of course to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel. Actually, they were the key for us to watch their program. The key of truth was really made known [to us].

Actually, there are many [preachers] there. Many say that they are the true ones, but it’s because of Bro. Eli’s program, his The Old Path Bible Exposition on UNTV, all the programs [that] we have proven to be truthful.

So we asked about the Mass Indoctrination, and we went to the Locale of Pag-Asa to be indoctrinated.

Sis. Caroline: I”m happy because for the first time, we found the true religion, true teachings through Bro. Eli. All the teachings are in the Bible, unlike in others.

I was baptized in the Born Again, but I didn’t feel anything. You really feel that you’ve been cleansed [here]. Now, I feel light.

Bro. Grando: I really feel light, and really cleansed. Then, your expectation is high that you’ll be able to follow the doctrines because there is the cleanse. As Bro. Eli, said, the baptism is a symbol, but what’s important is our obeying the doctrines of Christ.

That’s what we really felt when we were baptized. This is the formality, but obeying the doctrines is life-long. It’s like, it’s the beginning, so we have to religiously and faithfully follow.

On MCGI Leaders

Sis. Caroline: I wish good health for Bro. Eli, and may he still be with us for a long time.

Bro. Grando: I feel so blessed and I’m thankful to the Lord that I still saw Bro. eli, although not personally. But hopefully, one day, may we see him in person. With Bro. Daniel, we have a chance.

May Bro. Eli be in good health always, and may God always guide him. May he live longer that he may be able to lead many more souls. Bro. Eli is really true.

~o~

Bro. Conrado Canlas, 54, Former member of Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Pampanga Province

On Being Baptized
I feel as if I’m the happiest man in the whole world. I have forgotten all of the sins and errors I’ve done. And I hope that, as Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel said, I will be able to continue this until the end. May the Lord guide me.

[The] first time I heard his [Bro. Eliseo Soriano] teachings, I really liked it instantly, as I was amazed by it.

You see, I was from the Kingdom of Jesus Christ of Pastor Quiboloy. But when I was baptized there, I didn’t understand what my state was. It was just like nothing. I didn’t feel anything, as I do now. Now, I’m ready to turn my back against [vices].

When I was baptized there, my mind got the more confused. It’s only here that I felt tranquil, peaceful.

On MCGI Leaders
All I can say to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel, I hope that all people will be able to listen to them that all the world will become [members] of the Church of God.

MCGI and UNTV Continue “Good Works, Not Fireworks” Advocacy for 2014

Revellers in Libis, Quezon City, Philippines during New Year's Eve of 2014. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, PVI)
Revellers in Libis, Quezon City, Philippines during New Year’s Eve of 2014. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, PVI)

For the second year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) gave gift packages to homeless indigents on the streets as part of its “good works, not fireworks” campaign.

MCGI and its media partner UNTV doled out food, grocery items and cash to start a small business to chosen beneficiaries during the New Year’s eve until sunrise.

UNTV, which annually holds its year-ender coverage with ‘Tulong Muna Bago Balita’ (Rescue First Report Later) or news-and-rescue as the focus of the effort, has MCGI or Ang Dating Daan religious group as its key sponsor for the public service endeavor.

Good Works

Among the beneficiaries was Velyn Latindin of Malabon City, Manila, who lives under a bridge with her seven children.

An Aeta family in Malolos, Bulacan were given hot pancit (Filipino stir-fried noodles), fruits and grocery items. Upon receiving their gifts, they called fellow Aetas nearby to eat with them.

MCGI and UNTV partnered once more to give food packages and cash for small business to indigents on the streets on January 1, 2014.
MCGI and UNTV staff took to the streets once more on January 1, 2014 to give food packages and cash for small business to indigents on the streets across the Philippines. (Photo by Mark Santillan, PVI)

Felipe and Jocelyn Bautista of Batangas Province were also thankful for the surprise package. Felipe, a bus vendor, was delighted for the “great thing” they got, especially since his wife is recovering from a myomatic operation.

Not Fireworks

“If every centavo used for firecrackers will be utilized to help the poor, it’s more than enough to feed them for the whole year,” will be remembered as Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s tweet in 2009, reminding people about sending money wisely for charity works.

Together with UNTV CEO Bro. Daniel Razon and his Rescue First, Report Later advocacy, the MCGI Leaders continue their public service endeavors at times when people need them most – during the holiday season where crime and accidents are rampant.

UNTV News and Rescue Team staff come to the aid of an injured man in Manila on January 1, 2014, as part of its Rescue First, Report Later advocacy that started in 2010.
Part of its Rescue First, Report Later advocacy, UNTV News and Rescue Team staff come to the aid of an injured man in Manila on January 1, 2014. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, PVI)

On New Year’s eve, Tulong Muna, Bago Balita (TMBB) news and rescue teams once again scoured Manila and other places across the country for those needing first aid and a safe ride to a nearby hospital.

Bro. Soriano and Bro. Razon are the proponents and advocates of the Philippines’ first free Transient Home, daily medical and feeding missions, and free public transportation among others.

To know more about MCGI’s charity works, please read here.

Bro. Daniel Razon: “Let’s Keep On Doing More”

December 12, 2013 — “Let’s keep on doing more,” remarked Bro. Daniel Razon after winning the first-ever Do More Awards as The Ultimate Luminary.

The awards night by Rappler.com and Rexona was held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on November 28, 2013. UNTV Host Atty. Reggie Tongol accepted the award on behalf of Bro. Daniel, who was at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila for his Rare Moments charity event.

At the Sofitel Plaza, Kuya Daniel Razon accepts The Luminary Award from Rappler.com and Rexona on November 28, 2013. Atty. Reggie Tongol received it on his behalf the same night.
At the Sofitel Plaza, Kuya Daniel Razon accepts The Luminary Award from Rappler.com and Rexona on November 28, 2013. Atty. Reggie Tongol received it on behalf of the UNTV CEO the same night at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. (Photo by Jerson Ona, Photoville International)

Bro. Daniel, Vice-Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI), is publicly known as “Kuya Daniel” of UNTV, the Philippines’ Public Service Channel.

He spearheads the network’s many one-of-a-kind services like daily free rides and medical missions.

From Commentary to Advocacy

Kuya Daniel launched the Kahit Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) advocacy on February 24, 2009. What started as a commentary on the plight of poor Filipinos have become the moving force behind professionals to give a day or more of their services to others for free.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team in Cordova, Cebu helping a man injured by Typhoon Haiyan in November of 2013. (Photo by Romaldo Solon, Photoville International)
UNTV News and Rescue Team coming to the aid of a man in Cordova, Cebu after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November, 2013. (Photo by Romaldo Solon, Photoville International)

The advocacy has also been the inspiration of Bro. Daniel’s benefit concerts and films that have helped countless people — from the bereaved families of the Maguindanao Massacre to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

The UNTV-BMPI CEO also pioneered the network’s News and Rescue bureau on July 18, 2010, an effort acclaimed as the first in the country. News reporters were trained to become first-aid personnel.

Doing Good, Doing More

As the special screening of Kuya Daniel’s second charity-indie Isang Araw (One Day) ended, applauses subsided as Atty. Reggie called on him to go on stage to receive his award.

Gerald Santos singing "Pagasa ng Puso," an inspirational composition by Kuya Daniel Razon during his Rare Moments event at the Sofitel Plaza on November 28, 2013.
The Philippines’ “Prince of Ballad” singing “Pag-asa ng Puso,” an inspirational composition by Kuya Daniel Razon during his Rare Moments event on November 28, 2013 at the Sofitel Plaza. (Photo by Kenji Hasegawa, Photoville International)

“Thanks be to God, because I know that the honor and glory are not ours, but His in the heavens. To God be the glory,” said Bro. Daniel.

Earlier in November, Kuya Daniel received the 1st Gintong Palad Awards for Public Service by the Movie Writers Welfare Foundation (MWWF). UNTV Host Louella De Cordova received the plaque on Bro. Daniel’s behalf at the One Esplanade, Manila Philippines.

(Words by Rigor Arellano)


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