Tributes pour in for Brother Eli Soriano’s works, services

Robie de Guzman   •   February 12, 2021   •   2121

MANILA, Philippines – As the news spread on Friday of the death of Brother Eliseo “Eli” Soriano of “Ang Dating Daan” (The Old Path), countless messages of condolences poured in for the international televangelist.

The host of the longest-running religious program in the Philippines, “Ang Dating Daan,” died on Thursday at the age of 73 and people from all walks of life paid tribute to remember his evangelical works and services to the public.

Malacañang, thru a statement from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, extended condolences to the family, loved ones, friends, and followers of Brother Eli whose teachings “touched the lives and served as guide to many.”

“His dedication to propagate the words of God in the Bible was a clear testament of his steadfast love to serve his brethren and the Almighty. Our prayers go to Bro Eli as he may rest in eternal peace and happiness,” Roque said.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) also expressed sympathies for the passing of the beloved preacher and paid tribute to Brother Eli’s dedication towards faith and public service over the years.

“As the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International, Bro. Eli led his followers to spirituality and morality through the teachings that he has imparted over the years and the commitment and dedication he has shown towards his faith and service,” PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

“May his legacy and teachings continue to live within the hearts and minds of his followers. We pray for his eternal repose and for his family, loved ones, and followers to find strength in this time of grief,” he added.

Senator Cynthia Villar also condoled with the family of Brother Eli and the Members of the Church of God International (MCGI).

“My family and I send our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and followers of Bro. Eli Soriano including the people of Ang Dating Daan and UNTV News and Rescue,” she said.

“Maraming salamat sa pagpaparating ng Salita ng Diyos sa ating mga kababayan. You have truly made a difference in many people’s lives by strengthening their faith in God. Rest in peace,” she added.

My family and I send our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and followers of Bro. Eli Soriano including the…

Posted by Cynthia A. Villar on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Senator Imee Marcos also extended her condolences: “Ikinalulungkot ko ang pagkawala ni Brother Eli na hindi matatawaran ang dedikasyon sa pagpapalaganap ng pananampalataya sa sangkatauhan.”

“Dasal ko ang paghilom ng kalungkutang dulot ng kanyang pagpanaw sa kanyang mga kaanak at kapatiran. Pagpalawin nawa kayo sa pagpapatuloy ng misyon na iniwanan sa inyo ni Brother Eli,” she added.

Taos pusong pakikiramay sa pamilya ni Bro Eli Soriano, sa mga miyembro ng Ang Dating Daan, at sa buong UNTV family sa pangunguna ni Kuya Daniel Razon.

Posted by Senator Imee R. Marcos on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez have expressed sadness over the passing of the televangelist and condoled with Brother Eli’s supporters “who looked to him for spiritual strength and guidance.”

“Few are the people who come into this world blessed with the ability to inflame men’s hearts with a passion for God – and Brother Eli was one of them,” he said.

For Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, the preacher’s demise “truly leaves a mark in the hearts of our kababayans in Marikina.”

“While a man may pass this world, but his memory lingers, especially icons whose life has touched and mattered to countless souls,” he said.

“To our dear Bro. Daniel  Razon and Family, we share in your sadness during this time of mourning. Our prayers  and thoughts are with the family,” he added.

“We are one with you  in remembering and celebrating the remarkable life of Brother Eli, his teachings, his works, his memories. To Brother Eli, thank you for your life and your service to the world,” he further stated.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, meanwhile, remembered Brother Eli’s “generosity to the people of Manila in times of crisis,” as he urged the public to emulate his good deeds in reaching out for those in need.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Brother Eliseo “Eli” Soriano. As a spiritual leader, Brother Eli touched the lives of so many people. We will forever remember his generosity to the people of Manila in times of crisis,” he said.

“We shall continue to honor the memory of Brother Eli by holding on to our faith and reaching out to those in need just as he did. Let us pray for his eternal rest,” he added.

The National Press Club of the Philippines paid tribute to the contributions of Bro. Eli Soriano for the good and welfare of the members of the press.

In a said resolution, the NPCP said “the Club forever owes a debt of gratitude to Bro. Eli for his congregation’s silent but steadfast support to its many programs over the years.”

Among these projects was the NPCP’s scholarship program which Bro. Eli, together with the Members of the Church of God International (MCGI), helped sustain for more than a decade now and provided an avenue for members and their children to finish their college education.

Likewise, the NPCP cited Bro. Eli’s selfless dedication through MCGI and UNTV which enabled it to succeed in its regular monthly medical missions that helped thousands of families including the members of the press.

The NPCP also recognizes the MCGI and UNTV’s unrelenting support for the Club’s quest for justice to the victims of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre.

Netizens from different parts of the world likewise expressed their grief for the passing of the beloved evangelist, as well as gratitude for his efforts in spreading the word of God and guiding people to faith.

Brother Eli started his flagship program “Ang Dating Daan” in 1980. After years of challenges to find a permanent home, ADD and Bro. Eli’s other programs “Truth in Focus” and “Itanong mo kay Soriano” finally settled with UNTV on 2004.

He was forced to leave the Philippines in 2005 due to religious persecution. He settled in Brazil where he continued his global evangelization efforts.

He was known for his straightforward and courageous method of exposing errors in doctrines of various religious groups locally and abroad through his signature segment “Itanong Mo kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” – a non-scripted Bible Exposition being broadcasted live on TV and the internet where guests can ask impromptu questions which Bro. Eli answers with verses from the Scriptures.

MCGI brings hope in a time of pandemic; gives away free food, goods to the poor

Marje Pelayo   •   April 12, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — In celebration of the life and legacy of Brother Eli Soriano, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) set up a week-long public service to Filipinos and foreign beneficiaries in its various chapters in the Philippines and abroad.

The project entitled, “The Legacy Continues” is a tribute to Brother Eli’s unrelenting service to the poor and those in need during his lifetime.

The week-long celebration ran from April 4 to 10 and served thousands of beneficiaries here and abroad.

First among its public services is the MCGI Free Store where recipients can get their basic needs for free.

“Minsan kapag tinitignan mo parang imposible na mayroong ganun na manlilibre. Lahat nga tayo natamaan ng pandemya pero despite of that, itong MCGI ay gumawa pa rin ng paraan para at least kahit papaano makatulong sa mga nangangailangan,” said beneficiary Jerry Lingaling.

Among the beneficiaries are persons with disability (PWDs), persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and people of all ages, from all walks of life across the globe.

“I am actually surprised that there is such an organization.. It’s such a better world if everyone is willing to cooperate together,” said Aaron Quay, a Malaysian location/event planner in Kuala Lumpur who helped MCGI Malaysia chapter in organizing the event.

The project set the social media abuzz with images, videos and testimonies of recipients sharing their heartwarming experiences inside the MCGI Free Store.

One of them is Ederlinda Clariza who said it was her first time to experience shopping. Her image was captured by netizen Heidee Baderamos.

Pasensya na hindi ako Marunong mag grocery
First time ko kasi ito

Simula maliit anak ko yung gatas nya sa tindahan…

Posted by Heidee R Balderamos on Friday, April 9, 2021

Netizen Josie Carl Le Blanc posted on his social media page that he left his house with only a P20-bill in his wallet but was grateful to go home with a bag full of free items from the MCGI Free Store.

Bente lang laman ng wallet ko, pero binigyan ako ni Lord ng libreng grocery 🥰

Thankyou
Dating Daan
#FREESTORE
Thankyou 😘😘
Mark Kabigting Cenizal
Lea Lizli-an Libaste Amper

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Meanwhile, frontline medical workers of the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City also took part in the initiative.

Instead of keeping the food packs from MCGI for themselves, they chose to give them to their patients.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa MCGI Feeding Program kasi napakasarap ang tumulong lalo sa mga maliliit, sa mga less fortunate na katulad ng mga in-patient natin,” said Esther dela Cruz, the Center’s assistant chief dietician.

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Netizen Kath Calibayan posted the heartwarming story of a homeless beneficiary who was able to reunite with his loved ones after his photo at the feeding program led to a way back home.

Kath received a text message from the man’s relatives after she posted his picture receiving a food pack from MCGI.

Kath’s posts showed the man’s new look after he was reunited with his family.

 

In Service to Humanity

From April 4 to 10, the MCGI was able to render the following services in the Philippines and abroad (as of April 11, 2021):

MCGI FREE STORE
(Recipients may shop for free items they need from the store.)

Beneficiaries – 77,558
Locations – 2,030

MCGI FEEDING PROGRAM
(Recipients receive free food packs prepared by MCGI Volunteers)

Number of Food Packs released – 634,063
Locations – 7,484

WISH GRANTING AND TABLET REQUESTS
(MCGI grants free tablets for online classes and small livelihood packages by request)

Beneficiaries – 1,200

MCGI FREE POTABLE WATER PROJECT
(MCGI installs free water pump in remote communities in the Philippines and abroad)

Beneficiaries

Philippines
Brgy. San Andres, Tanay, Rizal
Brgy. Daraitan Tanay, Rizal
Brgy. Tubuan, Pila, Laguna
Brgy. Aplaya, Pila, Laguna
Brgy. Gabong Pook, Pila, Laguna
Bato, Camarines Sur

Abroad

Cordon Ecologico, Sta. Cruz, Bolivia
Pueblo Viejo, Colombia
Profam sector 1 Yura, Arequipa-Perú
Profam sector 2 Yura, Arequipa-Perú
Profam sector 3 Yura, Arequipa-Perú
Talanga, Honduras

The week-long activity is just the start for Members, Church of God International (MCGI) as it is brewing more genuine charity works through its servant Brother Daniel Razon.

“Salamat po sa Dios, sa isang buong taon ng Kanyang pag iingat sa atin at sa pag gabay din sa atin dito sa ating Serbisyong Bayanihan. Pero hindi po dito nagtatapos ang ating paggawa dahil sa awa’t tulong po ng Panginoon, atin pong ipagpapatuloy ang pag abot sa ating mga kapwa tao may pandemya man o wala,” said Kuya Daniel.

“Gaya po ng aral na itinawid sa atin ni Bro. Eli Soriano na gumawa ng mabuti sa lahat with God’s help and mercy Bro. Eli’s legacy of hope, faith and most especially love will continue through the good works of the Members of the Church of God International,” he concluded.

MCGI’s week-long public service activity was aired over UNTV and on the Internet through its official social media accounts.

 

A change of heart: MCGI’s feeding program brings inspiration to children in conflict with the law in Zamboanga

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2021

Several children in conflict with the law (CICL) in Zamboanga City were inspired by the kind deeds shared to them by Members Church of God International (MCGI).

These children, with ages ranging from 12 to 19 years old, have committed crimes and are sheltered by the City Social Welfare and Development.

Some of them were already abandoned by their families while others have not been visited by their relatives due to the restrictions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to Josephine Orquia, Officer-in-Charge at the Center for Children in Conflict with the Law, the love and hope shared by the MCGI through its feeding program inspired the children to change their lives for the better.

She also hoped for a sustainable spiritual program in their center and said the center would be glad if the MCGI return to conduct spiritual sessions for the children.

“The CICL center here in Culianan Zamboanga City, would gladly be happy if the group of MCGI could come back and visit us and to have your spiritual sessions that could enhance the behavior of our children,” she said.

Orquia, through UNTV’s Serbisyong Bayanihan, also requested a laptop that the center can use during online hearings.

“Kung pwede kame makahingi ng tulong sa Sebirsyong Bayanihan ni Kuya Daniel. Mayroon naman kaming laptop pero hindi namin nagagamit ang speaker at ngayon sira na ang battery. Kasi since pandemic, ang physical hearing nawala iyon sa korte. So ngayon ang hearing namin is online. Napakalaking bagay sa mga bata namin na magkaroon sila ng hearing (If only we can ask for help through Kuya Daniel’s Serbisyong Bayanihan. We do have a laptop but we cannot use the speaker and its battery is already broken. Since the pandemic, the court has suspended physical hearings. Hearings are not held online. It is a huge help for the children for them to have hearings on their case),” she said. -AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

 

 

MCGI kicks off global feeding program with over 120,000 free food packs

Marje Pelayo   •   March 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Members Church of God International (MCGI) — known for the long-running religious program “Ang Dating Daan”— in cooperation with some local government units, served free food packs on Thursday (March 25) to families and individuals who are in need.

Always with the intention to fulfill the commandment of God in the Bible, MCGI in different chapters around the world simultaneously launched a global feeding program following the success of the global opening of the MCGI Free Store on March 14.

Overall, MCGI was able to prepare an initial 122,537 free food packs in 1,203 venues around the world and served around 121,366 recipients on its March 25th launch alone.

Taking note of the spiritual health and physical wellbeing of its members and the recipients, all personnel handling and delivering food strictly followed government-imposed health protocols.

Local officials who graced the occasion commended the conduct of the initiative.

“Isa ito sa masasabi ko talaga na organized, well planned at siyempre with God’s grace talagang ang ganda. 150 beneficiaries ang nakinabang sa mga kabaranggay ko dito at maraming maraming salamat sa bumubuo ng Members Church of God International,” said Jonathan Alcala, a councilor in Barangay Katipunan in Quezon City.

In the Philippines, members delivered the free food packs to residents in remote barangays, street dwellers, medical front liners and uniformed personnel, as well as COVID-19 positive patients under lockdown in different facilities.

“In behalf po ng aming warden at lahat po ng kasamahan ko na BJMP, and staff ng Dapitan City Jail at ang buong 73 (Persons Deprives of Liberty) as of now, malaki po ang pasasalamat namin sa ginagawang feeding program ng Ang Dating Daan,” SJO4 Augusto Wilmar Mabilog, assistant jail warden of the Dapitan City Jail said.

Likewise, CRC information officer SJO1 Rey Lawrence Comprendio also lauded the group’s timely assistance.

“Maganda po itong ginawa ng Church of God, at malaking tulong po ito sa aming institusyon lalong lalo na ngayong pandemya especially wala po tayong dalaw na face-to-face at ma-o-augment din talaga ito sa daily consumption ng ating mga PDLs,” he said.

Romelyn Canteren, a member of the Subanen tribe in Zamboanga Del Sur, expressed gratitude for the unexpected treat.

“Minsan wala po kaming makain kasi walang trabaho yung parents.  Yung mama ko po sa bularan (fish-drying firms) lang po. Ako po minsan walang trabaho kaya masaya po kami na may tumulong sa amin.”

Abroad, brethren reached out to the homeless, poor families and distressed overseas Filipino workers.

“I am thanking God today that MCGI has given us this food so that we have food to eat for the day,” said Joseph Leed, a local beneficiary in Liberia.

Roy Tuazon, a displaced overseas Filipino worker in Saipan, was grateful for the assistance. “Nagpapasalamat po ako dahil nagkaroon po ng ganitong pa-feeding program sa MCGI dahil marami pong taong gaya ko na kinakapos din ng konti sa mga pagkain na ganito. Sana po meron pa po susunod. Salamat po,”  he said.

Director Vicente Gregorio Tomas of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the National Capital Region (NCR) recognized MCGI’s initiative to augment the government’s effort to serve Filipinos especially during uncertain times such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Instructions ito ng ating mahal na Pangulo na katuwang ang ibang mga partner agencies na talagang mag reach-out. Kaya nga kami ay nagpapasalamat dahil in spite of the risk, nandyan po kayo tumutulong sa amin,” Tomas said.

Even officials abroad expressed gratitude to MCGI for continuously extending help to people in need across the globe.

“Ito ay isang malaking bagay na maitutulong sa mga kababayan nating Filipino lalong lalo na yung nawalan ng trabaho at na-stranded,” said Esther Chavez, representative of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Singapore.

“Ito po ay napapanahon sa pagtulong lalo na at panahon ng pandemic. Maramig salamat sa pamuuan ng MCGI para sa tulong na ginagawa nila para sa ating mamamayn,” she added.

For its part, MCGI is grateful to God for this opportunity to do good.

“Ang atin pong buhay ay hindi naman natin dapat na sa sarili lang natin iuukol kundi dapat din nating alalahanin ang kautusan ng Panginoon na meron tayong kapwa taong dapat lingapin, dapat tulungan kung nangangailangan,” said Bro. Danny Navales, representative of the MCGI.

The MCGI Global Feeding Program launch was aired live by its official media partner UNTV.

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