MCGI Church Choir Bags Guinness World Record for Largest Gospel Choir
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Kuya Daniel Razon receives the plaque from Guinness World Record in behalf of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale for the new Largest Gospel Choir record. Guinness is represented by its adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhem.
ARANETA COLISEUM, QUEZON CITY – (12 October 2015) A church choir composed of 8,688 gospel singers rendering a total of 18 numbers in at least five languages and joined by others in 1,360 monitoring centers across the globe recently vied for the title, “Largest Gospel choir.”
The choir belonging to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) bagged a Guinness World Record title during the special 35th anniversary presentation of the program, Ang Dating Daan. “The Old Path” in English, the program is the longest running radio-television of its kind that started in 1980.
According to the GuinnessWorldRecords.com website, this category refers to “the largest number of people singing a gospel choir, properly conducted under concert conditions.”
The Ang Dating Daan Chorale opens the revelry with a majestic rendition of “The Lord’s Prayer.”
The culmination of the Ang Dating Daan 35th anniversary is to celebrate through songs not only its broadcast milestones and global reach but more importantly the commitment of the program towards charity causes.
During the celebration, ten charitable institutions which shelter and support the handicapped and differently abled people were the guest of honors in the said event. Each group was gifted with P100k and thirty individuals were given P10K each. All invited physically challenged persons including their aides were given grocery items.
Charity had been at the core of Ang Dating Daan’s social responsibilities ever since its inception, and serenading the handicapped with songs that encourage and strengthen their faith was seen as the most fitting theme to pursue at the program’s 35th year.
Apart from the thousands of Ang Dating Daan Chorale members, persons with disabilities from different institutions also join the ADD in celebrating its 35 fruitful years.
Meanwhile, Guinness World Records Judge Fortuna Burke Melhem confirmed the success of MCGI’s record-breaking attempt the same day, indicating it recorded 8,688 gospel choir members in attendance. The tally of the attendance was validated by the external auditing firm, P&A Grant Thornton.
MCGI’s church choir, that sang at Smart-Araneta on October 12, 2015, rendered a total of 18 numbers, including medleys in different languages such as Tagalog, English, Portuguese, Spanish and Swahili. Swahili is a language widely used as a lingua franca in East Africa.
Joining the chorus at The Big Dome were MCGI choirs in more than 1,360 satellite-monitoring centers across the globe.
“Like what we always say, if we are able to do something, and if there is any glory attained, it is always for God – to God be the glory!” said Bro. Eli Soriano, host of The Old Path and the Overall Servant of MCGI.
The church leadership also expressed their gratitude to the Lord for The Old Path program’s three decades of broadcast, as well as to all those who attended the event.
“Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride,” Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano shares before the immense Araneta crowd.
MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Gawad Amerika Awards gave recognition to Kuya Daniel Razon not just because of his great skills in broadcasting, but also for his contribution to the entire broadcast industry not just in the Philippines but also abroad.
According to Charles Simbulan, the founding president of the prestigious award-giving body, Kuya Daniel’s ability and knowledge as a global newscaster is one of a kind.
“UNTV has the reputation, it is very solid, it is very fair, it is right to be an awardee of this event,” said Simbulan.
“Humble person, nice person, intelligent, he knows what he is doing, and it is right for him to be recognized not only here but globally,” he added.
Gawad Amerika Vice President, Alfredo Yumul, meanwhile, said it’s high time to award Kuya Daniel for his good works.
“When I was still in the Philippines, he was still the newscaster of UNTV. It just happened that I was still in the Philippines that time,” said the vice president.
The Gawad Amerika is a civic organization composed of Filipino Americans.
The award-giving body recognizes the Filipino groups and individuals with a unique contribution to various fields.
It was in 2006 and 2011 when the Gawad Amerika awards declared as the most informative religious program the Ang Dating Daan hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
In 2015, UNTV was recognized as the best internet and cable channel while Why News anchor William Thio was recognized as the most promising male news personality of the year.
And just like what Kuya Daniel always says every time he receives recognition: “To God be the glory” — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
“Dahil Sa Iyo” composer Carlo David savoring the moment after the Song of the Year or Grand Champion title was awarded to him by ASOP co-founder Kuya Daniel Razon and Atty. Marivic Benedicto, president of the Philippine Association of the Record Industry Incorporated (PARI). Celebrating with him is Jay R, the interpreter of his composition. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — “Dahil Sa Iyo” composed by ASOP Year 5 interpreter Carlo David was hailed the “Song of the Year” at ASOP grand finals night held at the Araneta Coliseum.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I really wasn’t expecting it. I was okay with just being on the album and being in the top 12. But this is really, really a blessing to me, to my life, by the Lord and I will forever treasure this. Thank you, Lord,” said the grand champion.
“This is a song with a purpose. I hope it reaches the youth that at an early age, accept the Lord in your hearts. He is all you need,” said Carlo.
The grand champion took home half a million pesos. The song interpreter, Philippines’ King of R&B Jay R, also got the best interpreter award.
My faith in the Lord is much stronger now especially because this is my first recorded praise song,” said Jay R.
“My relationship is strong with the Lord but today it just made it even stronger. It solidifies it even more because this is all for the Lord,” said the ASOP Year 6 best interpreter.
Other entries who also won was the song “Carry On” composed by OFWs from America Nonie Ramos, PA Atienza, and Nino Cristobal and interpreted by Sam Mangubat was this year’s people’s choice.
Zion Aquino’s composition “Hallelujah To The One” sung by Gail Blanco was hailed third runner-up with a cash prize of P100,000.
Displaying bright smiles are ASOP Year 6 3rd Runner Up, “Hallelujah To The One” composer-and-interpreter tandem Mr. Zion Aquino and Ms. Gail Blanco. Beaming alongside them are Mr. Reynoso and Ms. Gayda, The Company’s Mr. Moy Ortiz, and the very supportive Dr. Daniel Razon. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
Second runner-up is the song “Ikaw Ang Aking Dios” by Lorna Petrasanta interpreted by Liezel Garcia who received P150,000.
Jessan May mirador’s “You’re All I Need” interpreted by Kris Angelica is this year’s first runner-up with a cash prize of P250,000.
Those who join ASOP have been mouthing ‘Thank You, Lord, Thank God’. That’s why I believe that through God’s help, ASOP has achieved its goal,” said Kuya Daniel Razon.
“I believe that ASOP can contribute to open the hearts and the minds of people that there really exists a Creator. There is someone who made everything who deserves all our praises, and who deserves all glory and honor,” said Bro. Eli Soriano, MCGI Overall Servant.
The A Song of Praise Music Festival is the only praise songwriting competition in the country.
Since 2011, hundreds of songs of praises in different genres have been produced. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
ASOP Year 6 Grand Finals interpreters with hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda after the performance of the traditional opening song “Enrich The Spirit”. (Aaron Ricafrente / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — This year, Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Inc.’s songwriting competition, A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival finals ended on a grand note after a new set of worship anthems filled the hearts of the crowd with uplifting heavenly music Monday night at the Big Dome. The grand finale drew thousands of ASOP fans of all ages.
It started out with this year’s interpreters’ adrenaline-pumping musical number of “Enrich The Spirit” accompanied by the tight harmony of ASOP chorale. The spirit of praise and worship was felt in the power production number.
The gospel fest named ASOP interpreter-turned-composer, Carlo David’s original praise song entitled “Dahil Sa Iyo” as the “Song of the Year”.
RnB King, Jay-R effortlessly delivered a smooth rendition of “Dahil Sa Iyo,” earning himself the Best Interpreter Award for his performance.
While many of the songs in this year’s line-up are emotional ballads, “Dahil Sa Iyo” is on the upbeat side.
The meaningful and inspiring worship anthem’s most memorable lyrics include: “Dahil Sa Iyo/ Ama, natuto akong mabuhay ng may pagmamahal/ At ang pagsunod sa Iyong salita ang siyang gabay/ Dahil sa Iyo namulat ako/ Sang-ayon sa ‘Yong paghahangad/ Ngayo’y buo, ako ay buo/ Dahil sa Iyo.”
Based on his real life story of finding completion and meaning in life after discovering God, the song inspires gratitude and sets out to send happy vibes through praise and worship.
A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 6 Grand Champion “Dahil Sa Iyo” composer Carlo David and interpreter Jay-R perform the Song of the Year after recieving the award.(Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
Grateful and overwhelmed, Carlo thanked ASOP for the opportunity to showcase his songwriting skills.
“I’ve already joined a lot of big competitions but ASOP is totally different because there is a purpose. I believe that through God’s grace, I was able to write ‘Dahil Sa Iyo’. The last line gives a gist of the song: I’m complete because of You’ and only Him, not because of my beautiful wife and family. Thank you ASOP for the opportunity,” said Carlo in an interview.
“It’s not the money. I have been playing music. I will continue,” he said.
3rd Runner-up: “Hallelujah To The One” Composer: Zion Aquino Interpreter: Gail Blanco Cash prize: Php 100,000
Best Interpreter: Jay R Cash prize: Php 50,000
People’s Choice: Carry On Composers: Nonie Ramos, PA Atienza and Nino Cristobal Interpreter: Sam Mangubat Cash prize: Php 50,000
Non-winning entries each received Php 20,000.
Apart from setting the stage for the 12 powerhouse songs of praise, the gospel fest also led the audience down memory lane revisiting the best praise songs for the past years, bringing back the familiar gospel feels in a medley performed by today’s talented performers: Bugoy Drilon, Mela, Gidget Dela Llana, Leah Patricio, Tim Pavino, Jason Dy, Marielle Montellano, Jex De Castro with Carlo David.
(L-R) The intense production number of last year’s ASOP People Choice entries stirred everyone at the Big Dome as Marielle Montellano, Jex de Castro, Tim Pavino, Leah Patricio, and Jason Dy lend their beautiful voices to make the delightful event more memorable. (Charlie Minon / Photoville International)
The event also paid tribute to the late singer-actress Isabel Granada, who had been a guest judge at the songwriting tilt.
Renowned hitmaker and resident judge Mon Del Rosario said that ASOP is evolving out of the traditional gospel music. According the highly regarded physician-composer and music producer, the sixth edition of ASOP is a drama-inducing album that features genres of RNB, jazz, pop rock, power ballad and EDM.
Moreover, he said that ASOP always gives him hope over all the problems of the music industry.
“I think that more than any other project in the praise music genre, ASOP stands out. If you think of praise music in the Philippines, it’s impossible not to think of ASOP,” Del Rosario said.
In his speech, BMPI Inc. CEO and President, Kuya Daniel Razon took the opportunity to thank all those who have been a part of the program: The songwriters who took part in the year-round competition for sharing their passion and music, the judges who critiqued song entries and advised composers and the audience who participated and applauded, the production for their hard work and most of all to the Almighty, the one who deserves all of our praises.
Part of Bro. Eli Soriano’s inspiring message for the night echoed the show’s aspiration to awaken the minds and hearts of the people through gospel music.
“My dream for ASOP is to be an international competition,” he said as he encourages everyone to compose songs with themes of unexplored angles about praise and worship, including thanking the Almighty for having parents who are of God.
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