MCGI Church Choir Bags Guinness World Record for Largest Gospel Choir

admin   •   October 13, 2015   •   22376

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.

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 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.

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.

“Singing for the glory of our Lord is our pride,” Ang Dating Daan host Bro. Eli Soriano shares before the immense Araneta crowd.

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— To GOD be the Glory!

UNTV Cup: PNP faces Malacañang in must- win game on Sunday

UNTV News   •   October 19, 2019

Facing elimination in the League of Public Servants, PO3 Anton Tolentino must-take charge to win the remaining 3 games of PNP Responders. 

Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.

As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.

After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.

Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.

The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.

While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.

The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.

An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.

At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.

In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.

SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.

UNTV Cup can be seen live at Pasig City Sports Center for free or via Facebook and YouTube accounts and of course via UNTV channel and UNTV website.

Team Standings

GROUP A
AFP Cavaliers 3-0
Agriculture Food Masters 2-0
Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2
PITC Global Traders 1-2
PhilHealth Plus 1-2
SSS Kabalikat 0-2

GROUP B
Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0
DENR Warriors 2-0
NHA Builders 2-1
Judiciary Magis 1-2
GSIS Furies 0-3
PNP Responders 0-2  

PhilHealth, GSIS in ‘must-win’ situation at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   October 12, 2019

The injury-stricken PhilHealth Plus is expected to lean on to Jonathan Aldave and Kenneth Emata against the Ombudsman Graft Busters

The winless teams, PhilHealth Plus and GSIS Furies must defeat their opponents this coming Sunday as they are on the verge of early elimination being on the bottom two in their respective groups.

In the first game of the triple-header, GSIS Furies would have to breach the tough defense of Malacanang-PSC Kamao head-on.

It’s going to be a big task for the Rene Banzali and Roger Yap-led team to even demoralize their opponent because Coach Raffy Gonzales’ Kamao team has the perfect winning momentum; on the other hand they will come from two-straight sorry loses.

The battle between the President’s men and the government-worker insurers is slated at 2 pm at Pasig City Sports Center.

In the other game, PhilHealth Plus must triumph against the Ombudsman Graft Busters led by its big man tandem of Bernzon Franco and Samuel Ignacio and the reinforcement playing coach of Edsel del Rosario.

The Health Insurers and “Tanod Bayan” face off is scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon.

And in the main card of UNTV Cup Sunday games, Judiciary Magis and NHA Builders are eager to get the win that will decide their ranking in Group B with both having a 1-1 record.

Judiciary comes from a victorious game against GSIS last September 29.

Coach Joey Yabut said, “Sabi ko sa mga players, kailangan nating manalo kasi kapag nadalawang sunod tayo, mahirap na tayo bumawi kasi tatlong malalakas pa yung kalaban natin.”

NHA Builders Coach Benett Palad says, “Kailangan naming manalo doon para pumasok kami sa taas … yung team ko kasi ngayon nagkakaroon na ng camaraderie at teamwork so mas gumaganda yung takbuhan. Konting konti na lang ang i-aadjust ko na mali nila.” — Bernard Dadis

Aside from NHA, the Magis is slated to face DENR and PNP.

While the NHA Builders are determined to bounce back from a disheartening loss from Malacanang-PSC Kamao two-weeks ago.

Southwest China province boasts world’s highest bridge

UNTV News   •   September 23, 2019

China’s Beipanjiang Bridge, the highest bridge in the world, has connected two mountainous provinces in southwest China, which used to be difficult to access. Now people can admire the fascinating scenery while traveling.

The construction of the bridge, which opened on December 29, 2016 to connect Guizhou and Yunnan, involved many technological breakthroughs.

For this reason, it won the Gustav Lindenthal Medal, dubbed the “Nobel Prize for bridges”, at the 35th International Bridge Conference in May 2018.

Four months later, it was certified by the Guinness World Records.

The bridge deck sits 565 meters above the Beipanjiang River, after which the bridge is named.

Meanwhile, the four-lane roadway bridge spans 1,341 meters in length. The steel truss cable-stayed suspension bridge has a main span of 720 meters, currently the second longest in the world.

The bridge was the first to use the 500Mpa high-strength steel bars in its design, most commonly used in developed countries such as Europe and the U.S.

The bridge costs 1.03 billion yuan (over 140 million U.S. dollars) to build.

People now just need to spend over an hour to drive from Liupanshui City in Guizhou, to Xuanwei City in Yunnan. The time required in the past was more than four hours. (REUTERS)

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