ControversyExtraordinary.com blog of Bro. Eli Soriano bagged the Overall People’s Champion Award and the People’s Choice Award in the Society and Politics Category of the Philippine Blogging Award on Saturday (November 21).
Organized by Essays.ph, the #bloggys2015 is an award-giving event that aims to recognize Filipino bloggers writing in a variety of niches and sectors across the Philippines.
This year’s roster of judges include Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa, ABS-CBN chief digital head Donald Lim, e-commerce educator Janette Toral, Nuffnang Philippines country manager Abe Olandres, and more.
Learning of the award, Bro. Eli thanked the organizers of the #bloggys2015, saying in his latest blog, “my best appreciation to the organizers of the Philippine Blogging Awards 2015 for whatever award is in store for my blog site.”
“They told me ‘it was a surprise.’ May God bless you!,” the International Evangelist wrote in his latest blog titled, “Blogging for Truth and Exposing Evil”, posted on the same date.
Through the moniker Mr. Controversy (#TheTruthCaster), Bro. Eli stressed that his writing is not meant to be awarded. “I write not to be awarded honors from humans though. If awards come, they serve to extend my purpose of reaching out to more and more.”
The official Youtube Channel of The Old Path (“Ang Dating Daan” in Tagalog) – youtube.com/theoldpath – posted today the full 15-minute performance of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale during its official bid for the “Largest Gospel Choir” title from the Guinness World Records.
The Members Church of God International, which celebrated the 35th anniversary of its radio, television and internet program, Ang Dating Daan, on October 12, 2015 at Smart-Araneta Coliseum, was the same date where the Ang Dating Daan Chorale performed before the Guinness World Records.
Before the program ends, the Guinness World Records awarded to the Ang Dating Daan Chorale the “Largest Gospel Choir” title, a new world record in its category.
The Guinness adjudicator Fortuna Burke Melhem has announced 8,688 gospel choir members participated in the attempt, which was more than double last year’s world record title holder.
On Twitter, the official Twitter account of The Old Path – twitter.com/theoldpathtv – has launched a live conversation for the launch of the video on Youtube.
As early as 10 AM, the hashtag #ADDLargestGospelChoir was trending at No. 8.
The special Ang Dating Daan anniversary program was a celebration not only of the singing of praise music for the Lord. It as well served as a venue for public charity efforts of the MCGI for the persons with disabilities or PWDs.
For their parts, Bro. Eli Soriano, the Overall Servant of MCGI, and Bro. Daniel Razon, the Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI, awarded P100,000 to each 12 institutions for PWDs.
Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel also gave all the attending 1,700 PWDs with their aides with cash gifts and grocery bags. Some other PWDs were given wheelchairs and raffle prizes.
In the video, the Ang Dating Daan Chorale performed “Enrich the Spirit”, one of the four songs sung by the choir during its 15-minute performance at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Monday night (October 12) where it officially smashed the old record for the “Largest Gospel Choir.”
On its website, Rachel Swatman described the choir group as “a breathtaking 8,688 singers – who travelled from various local churches (of MCGI) as well as countries in the Americas and Africa – took their places in the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines and totally shattered the previous record of 4,745 people.”
They quoted Kuya Daniel Razon, the Chairman and CEO of BMPI-UNTV and Assistant to the Overall Servant of MCGI about the award, who said: “This is something that we did not intend to do – to get the Guinness Book of World Records but our hearts intended to give thanks to God and we believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight.”
Bro. Eli Soriano is the host of the long-time religious radio, television and internet program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path in English) from the Philippines. He is also the Overall Servant of MCGI
The Guinness World Records posted on its Twitter account about its adjudicator Fortuna Burke Melhem who it described was overcome with emotion. As of this posting, the tweet has garned 1,850 retweets and favorited 1,500 times.
“Welcome to the Guinness World Records Family,” Guinness Adjudicator Fortuna Burke Melhem said before a jam-packed Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Queazon City on October 12 (Monday night).
The announcement came during MCGI’s celebration of its flagship radio-television program, Ang Dating Daan’s (The Old Path) 35th anniversary, which it dedicated to the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
Guinness Adjudicator Fortuna Burke Melhem announced the success of MCGI’s attempt for the Largest Gospel Choir record the same day, resulting in overwhelmed crowd reaction. It indicated that 8,688 choir members participated, smashing the former title-holder of more than 4,000 participants.
This result, which was based on he Turnstile method, was validated by the external auditing firm Punongbayan & Araullo.
More than 2,000 PWDs and their aides were given monetary gifts and grocery bags. Twelve charitable institutions that shelter and support PWDs were invited as guest of honors, and were given special VIP treatment during the program. Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon awarded P100,000 for each of the invited foundations.
The longest-running Philippine radio-television religious program, Ang Dating Daan is popular not only for changing the lives of many people for the better. It also has strings of records for bringing joys to indigents through the numerous massive public service efforts it routinely mounts.
And on October 12 this year, the program will celebrate its 35th year of broadcast through a special program, featuring the largest gospel choir of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
This year, its theme’s tagline is “Truth. Charity. Praise.”
Organizers of the special anniversary presentation said the choristers will fill the lower and upper-level boxes of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. There are expected 15,000 choristers to particiapte.
The 2,000-seat center area of the Big Dome, meanwhile, will be alloted for the special guests of that evening – the persons with disabilities or PWDs. Bro. Eli Soriano, the program host and Overall Servant of MCGI, wants the PWDs to occupy the center area and accommodate them with earnest care.
In MCGI, the PWDs are called very important persons (VIPs) and given higher regard. These VIPs receive the frontrow seats at the ADD Convention Centers whenever there are gatherings and congregational services.
Bro. Eli has taught the congregants of the Church of God and always reiterate that PWDs should be acknowledged, respected and treated not as nuisssance of society.
Along with the expected 13,000-strong ADD Chorale to perform at the Smart-Araneta, choristers from North America, Australia, Central and South America, United Kingdom, Asia-Oceania, and from different provinces in the country are expected to join from their respective areas.
To ensure the seamless presentation of the chorale numbers as well as other content of the special program on Monday, satellite and live video streaming will be used to aid the special anniversary program.
To recall, previous anniversary celebrations of Ang Dating Daan were dedicated to the senior citizens and the indigents. Large medical-dental-legal missions also once became the centerpiece of its anniversary celebrations.
Other notable anniversary activities of Ang Dating Daan include mobilising the largest numbers of tree-planting participants, largest participants in a breastfeeding drive, coastal cleanups, feeding programs, mass blood drives, and more.
For this year, the largest gospel choir is the Ang Dating Daan group’s official bid to break world records in the “Largest Gospel Choir” category.
UPDATE: The full performance of the Ang Dating Daan Chorale can be watched on Youtube. See video below:
UNTV, locally-known as The Public Service Channel, has raised P8-Million through the Songs for Heroes 2 concert for the benefit of the uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The follow-up concert after the successful Songs for Heroes 1 held in March this year marked another milestone in the history of Philippine public service and inter-private and public agency cooperation for peace and nation-building.
Present during the event held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on June 30, 2015 include Department of Justice Secretary Hon. Leila De Lima, PNP OIC Deputy Director-General Leonardo Espina, AFP Chief of Staff General Pio Catapang Jr., and Deputy Court Administrator Midas Marquez.
Other government officials who graced the special gathering dedicated for the country’s peacekeepers are Rep. Neil Tupaz, and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon.
Bigger Donation for AFP and PNP
Chairman and CEO of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International (BMPI) Kuya Daniel Razon has handed P3-Million checks personally to PNP Gen. Espina and AFP Chief of Staff Catapang, respectively.
Out of the total P8-million generated, Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) and UNTV President Atom Henares, meanwhile, donated the additional P2-Million for the police and military groups.
To this, the PNP Director Espina lauded the International Evangelist’s efforts, saying “despite your distance, you still remembered us.”
“Thank you for remembering us, thank you for the support and aid you are giving,” added PNP Gen. Espina.
For his part, AFP Gen Catapang, who was retiring from service, was also thankful for the event organized by UNTV, saying “What a way to retire – with a concert, and with a cause!”
To recall, the first and successful Songs for Heroes concert, also held at the SM MOA Arena, was able to raise P6-Million for the families of the brave 44 members of SAF troops who perished during the Mamapasano Anti-Terrorist operation in Maguindanao.
Bigger and Better Musical Event
The concert also served as a reunion of sort among some of the country’s top musical performers and high-ranking government officials.
Filipino pop and jazz artist Kuh Ledesma headlined the concert, together with OPM balladeer Jed Madela and Asia’s Got Talent Finalist Gerphil Flores, and more. Soloists from PNP and AFP and their chorale groups also performed during the concert, along with the UP Dance Company.
Other performers include singer/songwriter Wency Cornejo, another Asia’s Got Talent finalist Gwyneth Dorado, R&B singer Ms. Arnee Hidalgo and his son, The Voice Kids Philippines’ Sam Shoaf. They shared the stage with actress/singer Jenine Desiderio, ASOP singer, UNTV’s Klasrum show host Shanne Velasco, as well as up-and-coming singing group 5th Gen.
Independent film director Pedring Lopez directed the video sequences that was interspersed during the performances of the musical artists. Alex Cortez, UP associate producer and the incumbent creative director of the Dulaang UP, along with songwriter/producer Mon Del Rosario helmed the theatrical production segment of the concert.
MCGI is also one of the major suppporters of the first and second Songs for Heroes concerts.
Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finalists Gerphil Flores is set to headline the upcoming Songs for Heroes 2, a UNTV production to pay tribute to the country’s fallen 44 SAF heroes.
Touted to be bigger and even more significant than the first Songs for Heroes, this benefit concert will also have OPM artists Kuh Ledesma and Jed Madela performing live.
Other musical artists invited to perform include Wency Cornejo, Jenine Desiderio, Shane Velasco, Jeffrey Hidalgo, Asia’s Got Talent kid finalist Gwyneth Dorado, The Voice Kids 1 Finalist Sam Shoaf, and 5th Gen, among other invited guests.
Moreover, some Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) officers will perform during the big night on June 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Also joining are the AFP Chorale and PNP Combo.
Looking Back at the First Songs For Heroes
The first Songs for Heroes concert aimed at raising funds for the gallant 44 families. And just before the concert ended, UNTV raised more than six million pesos, which it then turned over to the respective police and military agencies in behalf of the families.
The concert emerged out of a Twitter call of International Televangelist Bro. Eli to support and not blame the Philippine President who was then reeling from massive criticims for his handling of the fallen 44 crisis. So Bro. Eli offered to hold a benefit concert instead of resorting to means to unseat the presidency.
Songs for Heroes 2: Ang Mamatay Nang Dahil Sa Iyo
Unlike the first musical concert, the beneficiaries of the Songs for Heroes 2 will be a charitable institution that will be selected by the AFP and PNP.
Theater and film director and writer Floy Quintos was tapped to write the concept of the concert while indie filmmaker Pedring Lopez directs. The musical director for the upcoming musical event is Alex Cortez, a University of the Philippines associate professor and current creative director of Dulaang UP.