Ang Dating Daan: 38 years of advocating love, hope, and faith through global evangelism and public service
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018
For 38 years, the program “Ang Dating Daan” has been consistent in touching the lives of people.
From its humble beginning in the Philippines, the program has prospered and has reached almost all countries in the world.
True to its purpose of preaching the Word of God, the program has exhausted almost all means of communication, this time through cyberspace to further its reach.
Through the collective efforts of its members and by the guidance of Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) which manages the program, has established broadcasts in all continents reaching as far as South America specifically in its largest country, Brazil.
In Brazil, the program has successfully penetrated even far flung areas in the country.
Almeirim in the state of Para is among the remotest areas in Brazil. To reach Almeirim requires a five-hour travel by plane to reach the closest airport in Macapa, in the states of Amapa. From the airport, one would need another six-hour land travel through the Amazona state to reach the remote village of Almeirim.
One family in the village is thankful to have heard the preaching of the Word of God through the program ‘O Caminho Antigo,’ the Portuguese name of the program ‘Ang Dating Daan.’
“I no longer want to go to church because all I see (and hear) are false teachings,” said the family’s patriarch Francisco Rodrigues in Portuguese.
(L-R) Ednida Rodrigues and Francisco Rodrigues
Having the longing for the true church, Francisco fervently prayed to God for guidance so he would find the Truth.
“I never asked for wealth, new clothes, car, or a life of luxury. I only asked God for a Church, for the Truth. That’s the only thing I prayed to God,’ he said.
“(I just feel that) God has a Church. God has His people. I just don’t know where to find them. But I know for sure there is God’s people, there is His Church,” said Ednida Rodrigues, Francisco’s wife, who was emotional during the interview.
When Francisco was able to hear the program ‘O Caminho Antigo’ broadcasting through the radio, his attention was immediately caught by the manner Bro. Eli was preaching especially when he explained things supported by Biblical verses.
From that moment on, he said, his views on religion changed. His belief that the group Bro. Eli is leading is the true Church of God has grown more and more. He persisted to establish connections with other members of MCGI in Brazil. To his joy, he was able to receive a response and the group even traveled far to visit their place.
Francisco was overwhelmed.
“It was unbelievable that they traveled a long way to get here. Here in this forest area in the Amazon, a very remote place. I just cannot believe it. A brother knocked at the door to finally administer our baptism. I was overjoyed,” he said.
Francisco and his family are all active Members of the Church of God International (MCGI) and listening to ‘O Caminho Antigo’ has become a household routine for them.
Facts and the Bible
Dubbed as the longest-running religious program in the Philippines, ‘Ang Dating Daan’ has archived a massive collection of audio and video clips of religious triumphs in debates with leaders of different religions not only in the country but also in other countries.
Bro. Eli’s strong will as defender of the Truth in the Bible has captivated even the educated or the professionals in various fields to learn the Word of God.
One of them is Architect Ram Aurelio, a former member of the religious group Construction Ministry.
Former member of the religious group Construction Ministry, Architect Ram Aurelio
Ram admits he used to copy Bro. Eli’s biblical explanations on the internet and share them in his ‘testimonies’ in his former church.
“Marami akong napupulot na hindi mo mapulot doon sa iba. In fairness, I’m not against the other preachers or lecturers when it comes to biblical. Pero ang biblical in major aspects of the society when you talk about the economy, politics, ang cultural background natin bilang isang tao, mas marami kang natututunan doon sa kaniyang lectures base sa laman ng biblia kapag hinimay mo,” Ram said who works as an arbitrator at Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
To his surprise, Ram said, he discovered that some of his co-members in the church were also avid listeners of Bro. Eli’s program “Ang Dating Daan” online.
“Halimbawa mayroon kaming adult fellowship. Kapag dini-discuss, sabi ko parang napanood ko iyan. Alam ko kung saan galing yan. Iisa kami ng source. Iisa kami ng reference,” he happily shared.
Ram said it amazes him how Bro. Eli convinces people even those who belong to the so-called upper classes in the society and makes them believe in the Bible with the way he relates things with the verses in the Bible.
“(In) history kasi lumabas din ito, iyong mga history nung architectural facts. Ginagamit din niya. Iyong major aspects of the society wherein the cultural aspect of the society ay ginagamit niya lahat. Mahalaga iyon kasi when you talk about facts dapat alam mo lahat i-giya itong mga ito, kunin lahat. Hindi lang pwedeng ang paguusapan ninyo is all about religion. When you talk about legal, when you talk about economy…kahit saan ka pumunta,” he explained.
Architect Ram said he feels proud that Bro. Eli is a Filipino, someone who is courageous enough to stand for the Biblical truth even against other religions proclaiming themselves as true.
“Proud ako na isa siyang Pilipino. Hindi lang naman ako ang nagsasabi niyan pati yung mga kaibigan ko, na may isang Pilipino na tumitindig pag dating sa aspeto ng Bible,” he said.
Ram hopes to see Bro. Eli in person someday so he could personally ask questions to further widen his knowledge about the Holy Scriptures.
Meanwhile, De La Salle law professor, Atty. Jose Mejia, considers himself a student of God’s law despite being an expert in the Constitution and court laws,
De La Salle law professor, Atty. Jose Mejia
He admits Bro. Eli is his favorite when it comes to exploring the Bible.
“Napaka sensible noong mga sinasabi niya. Ang kaniyang mga message ay very timely, universal at talagang, sa akin, may napupulot ako,” the former member of the Judicial Bar Council (JBC) said.
He testifies that Bro. Eli’s manner of preaching the Word of God is exceptional.
“Very credible. Ang dating sa akin parang hindi yung parang run-off-the-mill. Hindi (gaya ng) some people just mouthing phrases from the Bible. Sa kaniya, makikita mo talagang aral, at talagang may mga batayan yung mga sinasabi niya. Sabi ko nga, universal. Ako, hindi ako kasapi ng Dating Daan, pero pinapakinggan ko siya kasi nga naiaangkop ko ito sa aking pang-araw-araw na buhay,’ he said.
Like Ram, Atty. Mejia admires Bro. Eli’s knowledge in almost all aspects of life which makes him so credible as he relates everyday life with insights from the Holy Scriptures which he shares in his program.
“Sabi ko nga ibang klase itong taong ito. Talagang erudite, I think that’s the term. Aral. Hindi nagpapanggap. Lahat ng discipline mayroon siyang alam.
38th years of unconditional love, hope, and unwavering faith
Through the years, the world has become a stage of chaos, violence, poverty and various evils. People have become lovers of self than being selfless.
But through the works of God, there remain a religious program that advocates genuine love and willingness to serve others without asking for anything in return.
This is how MCGI’s Ang Dating Daan has been known for decades and the people behind it who were taught to honor God through good works.
Among the group’s projects include free ride, medical, legal and dental service; free college education; free facilities for the elderly and orphans as well as regular blood donation drives and other public services.
In celebration of the program Ang Dating Daan’s 38th years of advocating unconditional love, hope and unwavering faith to the Lord, MCGI gives thanks to God for making Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel instruments in answering questions of faith and reaching out to the needy, regardless of religion, race and status in life.
“That’s one of the reasons why we are not afraid to shout all of these things because we believe that with God’s help, the doctrines that we have heard from Bro. Eli Soriano are doctrines that are purely written in the Bible,” said Bro. Daniel Razon, MCGI’s second overall servant and Ang Dating Daan’s director and producer.
“There are components of true religion. Number one is charity, to visit, to be compassionate to the fatherless, and to the widows, to the less fortunate. To practice charity is part of the true religion in the Bible. It is pure religion and undefiled,” the program’s host, Bro. Eliseo Soriano always tells his listeners.
Ang Dating Daan began airing on AM Radio in 1980 and began its broadcast on television in 1983.
With the advent of modern technology, the program became known in the religious world and reached households across the globe.
It is now translated into different languages specifically English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Hindi and many more including local dialects. — Marje Pelayo
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Holy Scriptures state that it is an injustice to hold a child criminally liable at a tender age of 9 years old, according to international televangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano.
Brother Eli said, the God of the Bible allows a person to make his or her own decision in life only when he or she reaches the age of puberty.
“(In) First Corinthians chapter 7 verse 36, ang pag-aasawa (getting married) is one of the major decisions na maaaring gawin ng tao (that a person can make). Ibinigay ng Dios iyon sa katamtamang gulang, (God allows it at a proper age)” Brother Eli, the overall servant of the Members, Church of God Intenational (MCGI) explained.
“Kung titingnan natin sa Ingles (If we read it in English): “If she passed the flower of her age”. Kapag lampas ng (when he or she reaches the) age of puberty ang ‘flower of her age’. Ini-a-allow na ng Dios na magdesisyon ang isang tao, pinapayagan na ang magulang na ang kaniyang anak magdesisyon sa kaniyang sarili, (God allows a person to decide, a parent lets the child make his or her own decisions),” he added.
Brother Eli noted that even science supports the belief that a person develops his or her skills in decision making only at the age of 20 years old.
“There’s now incontrovertible evidence that the brain continues to develop throughout the adolescence. Some regions of the brain including parts responsible for decision-making and impulse control are not fully mature “until at least the age of 20”, Professor Nicholas Mackintosh once said, an experimental psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.
Brother Eli noted that in the Bible, when a child commits a crime, it is most likely because of external factors such as the surrounding circumstances, environment, culture or religion.
Therefore, it is not right to hold a nine-year-old child criminally liable for his actions.
“Kung magbabatay tayo sa may ari ng ating being, iyong nakakaalam ng ating mga kaisipan, mga emosyon natin – para sa Dios – ang bata (If we ask the Owner of our being, the One who reads our mind, our emotions – for God) 20 years old below cannot be held fully liable. I’m saying he or she cannot be held fully liable of his or her sins. Inabswelto nga ng Dios, (God absolved him)” Brother Eli explained.
“Alam kasi ng Dios ang kanilang circumstances, (God knows their circumstances) because of the way their parents are bringing them up. Maaaring may pagkukulang sa parte ng kanilang mga magulang. (There might be shortcomings on the part of the parents). Kaya hindi iniatang sa bata, (that’s why a crime is not blamed on a child) 20 years and below. Binigyan ang bata sa Kaniyang salita ng karapatang mag-decide sa kaniyang sarili (A child is given the freewill to decide only) if he or she passed the flower of her age, according to the bible,” he added.
Instead, the parents of the child who committed a crime are the ones who should be punished because it is their responsibility to guide and mold their children to develop into better persons.
“Para atangan natin ang siyam na taong bata, tawagin nang kriminal anong malay natin na iyon ay (For us to punish a nine-year-old child criminally, call him a criminal, we don’t know it might be) insinuated by the culture, by the environment, by some other people. Hindi ang bata ang dapat managot duon. Dapat ang papanagutin siguro, iyong mga kasama ng bata, mga magulang na di nagtuturo sa kanilang mga anak, walang disiplina, (It’s not the child who must be held liable for that. The persons who should be held criminally liable are the ones who surrounds him – the parents who do not discipline or teach their children,)” the International televangelist noted.
“Kasi ang anak, ang bata nasa total discipline ng magulang. (A child is under the total discipline of the parents) Chapter 22 verse 6 of the book of Proverbs (it says): “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Turuan mo ang bata sa daan na dapat niyang lakaran.” Kaya ang bata, nasa pangangalaga ng magulang, (Train up a child in the way he should go. A child should be under the care of the parents).” Brother Eli concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
by admin | Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Students line up for their gifts
Many students in the country keep on persevering despite their poverty.
To pursue their studies, they get contented with their old school supplies and uniforms.
Some of them are in Calumpang Elementary School in the town of Calumpit, Bulacan.
As part of Ang Dating Daan’s 38th year celebration, MCGI’s Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon granted presents to 500 students.
Parents of Kuya Daniel Razon, Bro. Dan and Sis. Beth Razon personally handed out gifts to the students.
These include school supplies such as bags, notebooks and pens, and even toys.
Gifts presented by Members Church of God International and UNTV
“Di po namin ito makakalimutan at masaya po kami, dahil po may bagong bag. Salamat po sa inyo. Sana po marami pa kayong matulungan,” said Sherwin Ulan, a recipient.
“Ito po ang estudyante ko na si Rica Blaza, na talagang kapos sa buhay. Alam ko na siya’y masaya dahil napagkalooban na siya ng bag. Salamat dahil meron na siyang bagong bag. Dati niyang ginagamit medyo luma,” said Vengie Mangalonza, a teacher.
“Masaya po. nagpapasalamat po kami sa UNTV saka sa Ang Dating Daan, dahil nabigyan ng regalo yung anak naming. ‘Di po naming alam na darating po kayo: turuan yjng mga bata ng tama, pag-aralan ang mabuti kung ano yung mali,” said Jomel Mangalonzo, a parent.
Apart from the gifts, Bro Dan and Sis Beth left an important message for the teachers, parents, and students of the school.
“Kung meron kang ibibigay, mapalad ang nagbibigay kaysa tumatanggap. Sana matimo sa puso nila yung ating ginagawa para tayo maging huwaran nila sa lahat ng gawang Mabuti. Kapulutan ito ng magandang halimbawa tayo. Para kung sakaling pagtanda ng mga bata, paglaki… makagawa rin sila ng mabuti sa kapuwa,” said Dan Razon.
“Sa pamamagitan namin, ng mga magulang, maituwid nila ang mga lakad ng mga bata. Kung may nakikita silang ginagawang hindi tama sawayin nila kasi isang paraang yun para pagpapatuwid, sa ikabubuti ng mga anak nila, sa kanilang paglaki,” said Beth Razon.
Bro. Eli Soriano has previously granted the school’s request of a new school canteen.
Calumpang Elementary School’s canteen donated by MCGI and UNTV
“Unang request na grant naman ay ang canteen kung saan ngayon ay nagagamit na naming. Ikalawa nga, ito gift-giving para sa mga mag-aaral ng Calumpang Elementary School. Sapagkat ang alam natin ang kaligayahan lagi naming inuuna ang kapakanan at kaligayahan ng mga bata at alam naming si Kuya Daniel mapagbigay kaya inilapit namin na mabigyan sila ng regalo, at nareceive na nilang lahat,” said Nina Sumalabe, the school principal. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue
Mrs. Pia Mallari with her daughter posing for a photo on the stage as they were called during the graduation ceremony at the La Verdad Christian School in Apalit, Pampanga.
MANILA, Philippines — Pia Mallari had experienced difficulty in choosing which private school to enroll her daughter in after the government implemented the K-12 program.
Mallari is a Muslim from Jolo Sulu. She previously thought that La Verdad Christian College does not accept non-MCGI members.
This was until she proved that what other people were saying was false and that she liked the discipline being instilled by the school in its students.
“Para sa puso at isipan ko, number one ang La Verdad. Lalo pang bumabait ang mga kabataan. Lalo pa siyang bumait,” said Mallari.
(I wholeheartedly think La Verdad is the best. The children are becoming better individuals. My daughter has become kinder.)
Honor student Love Jezchem Colis said she will forever bring with her the valuable lessons she learned from La Verdad as she takes up architecture at a university in Manila.
“There are many valuable life lessons na nakukuha mo from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics,” said Colis.
(There are many valuable life lessons that you get from the teachers not just the lessons that you need for academics.)
For Love’s mom, Joy Colis, the scholarship program of Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon is a huge help to a single parent like her.
“Fair. It’s open for everybody. Talagang yung heart nila to help others. Very proud kami na pumasok dito yung anak ko,” said Joy.
(Fair. It’s open for everybody. They really have the heart to help others. We are very proud that our child is studying here.)
In the graduation of 299 scholars who are part of the first batch of the government’s K-12 program, the Department of Education (DepEd) sees the potential of the school to produce children who can lift their families out of poverty.
“Ang La Verdad Christian School nasa mapa na (La Verdad Christian School is already on the map). Nasa record na ng (It’s already in the records of the) division of Pampanga as one of our best schools, even in the regional and even in the national,” said DepEd Assistant Schools Division Superintendent officer-in-charge Rowena Tizon-Quiambao.
“I would be ordering Sir Alvin Gozum to give the same awards that we gave to our public schools. We counted the number of winnings and we gave them the achievement award. I’m sure if we count al isl the winning that you had yesterday, you’ll rank one,” said the official.
La Verdad’s founding chairman Bro. Eli Soriano and its president, Dr. Daniel Razon, emphasized to the students the importance of being humble and grateful so they could achieve their dreams in life.
“Una niyong pag-aralan ang tumanaw ng utang na loob. Una sa Dios. Ikalawa sa mga nagpalaki sa inyo. Ikatlo, sa mga tinatawag nating pangalawang magulang sa eskwela, ang ating mga guro, our mentors,” said Bro. Eli.
(The first thing you should learn is how to be grateful. Firstly, to God and secondly, to those who raised you. Thirdly, to those who we call, our “second parents” in school — our teachers and mentors.)
Meanwhile, Razon reminded the students, “Saan man tayo makarating, anuman ang kaalamang ating makuha sa buhay na ito, ay maisip natin, hindi natin ito dapat ipagmalaki. Hindi natin ito dapat ipagyabang, kundi ang ating maalala sa tuwina ay mayroong nagbibigay sa atin nito.”
(Wherever you may end up, whatever we learn from this life, we should remember to stay humble. We should not be arrogant about it but to always remember that it was given to us.) — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue
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