In Debate Featuring Bro Eli, Triumph of Reasoning and Logic Electrifies the Internet

A few hours before last Monday midnight’s debate has began, some people anticipating the mano a mano featuring the international evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano and his opponent Carlos Montemayor, a pastor of Iglesia Luz do Mundo, took to Twitter their sentiments about who will and should win.

#DebateBroEli Live Stream

The debate between Bro. Eli Soriano and Pastor Carlos Montemayor is streamed live via the official Youtube Channel of O Caminho Antigo. (Screengrabbed image by @abelrsuing

In the debate challenge to Bro. Eli, Pastor Montemayor has the task to: 1) prove that in this time there is an existing apostleship; 2) prove the use of the material veil in woman is a commandment of God in the New Testament; and 3) defend tithing is aso for our time.

The debate was streamed live over the Portuguese counterpart of the Ang Dating Daan radio-television’s Youtube Channel — Youtube.com/OCaminhoAntigoHD — for those watching from the different corners of the world.

As soon as Bro. Eli’s and Montemayor’s camp get seated, the viewer counter of O Caminho Antigo Youtube channel busily rise up to reveal more than a thousand watchers, where majority of viewers came from the Philippines, followed by those from North and South America and Middle East.

For those watching the live stream – the people who rose from different nationalities – Portuguese as the main language used in the debate became less of a problem as soon as fellow netizens knowledgeable enough of Portuguese posted their translation of the discussion into the Youtube Channel’s chatboard.

Of Tweets, Emojis and Emoticons

Simultaneous when the crowd in the venue raved and expressed their hard-to-contain reactions and wild applause, netizens expressed their amazement in social media. The Web then serves as an extension of the venue, which is much bigger and global in scope, giving a bigger spotlight to winnings but magnifying humiliation of the losing party.

Hence, everytime Bro Eli would stand to speak, cross examine Montemayor and defend his side, crowd reaction reverberated not only within the confines of the venue’s four corners. As in every moment when Montemayor unreluctantly showed his rude behavior, took his unfair swipes against Bro. Eli and untoward attitude before the audience, netizens are quick to take note and pour in their sentiments into the Youtube chatboard.

Witty chat messages on Youtube, tweets and posts on Facebook streamed through the social media timelines and walls, often punctuated with emojis and emoticons and accentuated by screengrabbed images from the Youtube channel. What these whole thing showed was what netizens discovered as a unique mode of online expression.

On Twitter, the situation was 180-degree different. Sharp and sometimes humor-laced banters, candid observations and screenshots of captured moments were quite succint and easily digestible because Twitter limits posts to 140 characters per tweet.

In Celebrity-Worship Era, Twitterverse Has New Tribe

In a celebrity-worship age that dominate Twitter, it has of late becoming rare to see real conversations and real humans using Twitter for more meaningful, significant and intellectual discussions among netizens. But participants of the #DebateBroEli social media conversation could hardly be accused as mere bots because sentiments expressed through tweets were filled with reasons and logic and thoughtfulness and sincerity.

Even more, what is shown by #DebateBroEli, however, was the vibrant and dynamic interaction that develops among netizens. As some shared their sometimes poignant, clean humor and overwhelmed expression about their experience in watching the debate, some even offered assistance in the form of translation.

Thus, the collective fervor of netizens that leaned in favor of Members Church of God International’s Bro. Eli winning the debate has electrified Twitter that early morning. It was not a long shot, according to netizens who believe the televangelist’s mastery of the Bible has always been his huge edge over the Peruvian pastor.

Offline or even from his hometown, the Philippines, locals already expected victory for Bro. Eli, whose many constituents believe remains to be the Philippines’ finest when it comes to debates. Netizens root for Bro. Eli to win, not simply because of ‘Pinoy pride’ or the glory brought by representing the Philippines in the international scene.

Filipinos used to watching the radio-television host beat all his debate opponents from the Philippines and abroad knew already what the outcome will be.

After more than three hours of debate, Bro. Eli never disappointed his followers in social media and his constituents in the Philippines when he won the debate challenge. To this win, Bro. Eli tweeted:

Montemayor, walked out even before the debate was over. For this behavior, observers note this as the pastor’s tactic to get away leaving the impression that he was not given due process even the reality spoke of the contrary. The Peruvian pastor and his men have been complained in the venue to be unruly and arrogant during the course of the debate. Montemayor has reportedly been called out to give negative example as the supposed religious leader of their sect.

Yet Bro. Eli has shown the opposite of Montemayor’s uncalled for behavior. The Filipino evangelist was well-composed, coolly-relaxed, and humble as always. Bro. Eli, according to netizens who watched the debate, has flashed some of the evening’s sincerest smile most of the time.

And as soon as Twitter finally noticed the euphoria of netizens on Twitter, it allowed the hashtag #DebateBroEli to debut at No. 2 in Philippines trends. For more than 10 hours trending, it rested for more than five hours in the No. 1 spot.

For the nth time, the debate triumph solidified Bro. Eli’s position as the most sensible televangelist and best Filipino debater in religion. Some netizens tweeted there is one lesson that those challenging the televangelist to a debate must learn right away: to ask around who Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano is, the Truthcaster.

“Taguan Pung”, the Maiden Film Project of La Verdad Christian College Student Film Club, Premieres

You thought the story of six teenagers out to search for meaning of life, identity, and their self-worth is something you’ve watched or seen couple times already. You might ask yourself if it’s in the mall theaters near you that just recently or during the seasonal Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival or Metro Manila Film Festival where you’ve watched such youth-themed piece of film.

Anyway, be it from Star Cinema to Viva Films, or something crafted by Gino Santos (“The Animals” and “#Y” fame) or Pepe Diokno (“Engkwentro”), the notion of all-too-familiar-storylines don’t seem to matter anymore but the approach and imagination the filmmakers can conjure to enliven the genre.

Taguan Pung poster

Official poster of Taguan Pung, the debut film offering of the student film society of La Verdad Chrsitian College in Caloocan.

These days, it’s hard to simply dismiss anyone equipped with passion and creativity to not offer anything new, break new grounds or blend new twist to the teen movie flick.

Who knows the budding filmmakers with fresh voice could be someone near you and they’re out to bring something exciting and challenging in the teen movie genre. Yeah! That’s real pressure to anyone thinking talent alone trumps everything.

Here enters Taguan Pung, the premiere offering of Cine La Verdad, the newly-minted student film society of La Verdad Christian College in Caloocan City.

Mixing elements of the mystery and suspense-thriller genre, the student film “Taguan Pung” dealt with the almost perennial search for meaning and identity. Is there something new? Is this the kind of film that will reveal the newest voices in the world of cinema? That’s of course something we’ll need to find out upon watching the film this week.

Using the traditional hide-and-seek game called tagu-taguan or taguan pung as allegory to find answers to the characters’ bigger-than-life questions, the premise alone makes for a promising take of the genre.

While a curiosity why use the suspense-thriller genre to debut a film project, the film’s scriptwriter Joemer Delos Santos said he and the film director wanted to capitalize on the popularity of the genre to draw audience to watch their film.

The almost zero-budget independent film production relied on borrowed cameras, lighting and editing equipment to complete Taguan Pung. But the trailer the filmmakers showcased during the press conference is proof guerilla filmmaking is alive and working so long as you’re armed with great story, passion, dedication and teamwork.

During the press briefing held last February 20, the film’s director Mark John Viola revealed that while everything’s been wrapped, editing is still ongoing. So it seems it’s even miraculuous they’ve completed the film with the addition of press briefing that’ll put even big mainstream production to shame. Yes, that’s how admirable and serious these folks really look to me.

Anyway, the young filmmakers, who could be in their 18-20 age range only, further revealed the main inspiration for their film is Bro. Eli Soriano and UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon, the two leading figures who founded La Verdad Christian College.

The La Verdad school is well-known locally as perhaps today’s only private school that offers tuition-free education, free meals, book and school supplies budget and fare transportation.

The main casts named during the press briefing include Paul Jason Ramirez, Mark John Esteban, Darells Ison, Mark Abucejo, Jaisa Pomida, and Eliosa Malig and ….

That “You” as the last participant – as it is written in the press notes — is what the director and the film’s writer used as a cliffhanger thingy. Is it a trick? Perhaps or maybe not. Anyway, whatever these filmmakers’ up to is enough for filmgoers everywhere to go and check them out.

Initial showing were held last February 26 and 27 at the La Verdad’s Caloocan Branch’s Auditorium.

Visit the film’s Facebook fan page for more information.

#Noynoyparin Initiated by @BroEliSoriano Breaks Record as Longest Trending Topic in Philippines?

As its foray as one of the top trending topics in Twitter enters fifth day, #NoynoyPaRin looked like it already broke new record as one of the longest-staying hashtag of Philippines Trends with socio-political theme and positive impact.

#Noynoyparin trending

#NoynoyPaRin enters fifth day as top trending topic in Philippines.

Within five days as one of the top trending topics in the Philippines, so many things have made Bro. Eli Soriano’s call to support and help President Benigno Aquino III finish his six-year term turned into even more meaningful and beneficial cause. Bro. Eli tweeted to his followers his opposition to statements by Catholic bishops for the Chief Executive to vacate his post.

On the fourth day (February 19) when some quarters contested the popularity of the topic as manipulated, Bro. Eli announced on Twitter that the Ang Dating Daan group will organize a charity event to raise funds for the bereaved families of the gallant 44 Special Action Force (SAF) in Maguindanao.

The move was the international televangelist’s answer to bashers and critics who accused #Noynoyparin supporters as only paid and that spin doctors were hired. Even worse, some of these critics made harsh commentary that supporters lack sincerity because tweets were spun, a misjudment of the strong throng of Ang Dating Daan members who are based in almost all corners of the globe today.

Before the charity concert was even held, Bro. Eli has tweeted an initial P1million pledge will come from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) for the fund-raising acitivty for the families of bereaved gallant 44 SAF troopers.

Longest Trending Topic Record for #NoynoyPaRin

After initiating the popular #NoynoyPaRin on Twitter early morning of February 16 (Monday), the tweets of the televangelist picked up steam that it did not wait for less than 30 minutes to climb the Philippines Trends list. The hashtag #NoynoyPaRin peaked at No. 1 in the local trending topics list.

The trending topic was lauded by the Philippine Chief Executive’s Office for keeping vibrant the spirit of democracy and supporting President Benigno Aquino III.

In the Philippines, Filipino recording artist and actress Sarah Geronimo was regarded as the record-holder when it comes to the longest running trending topic. The hashtag Sarah G Day trended in the Philippines, United Arab Emirates and Worldwide Trends for four days.

Sarah G. Day, however, is an entertainment-theme topic along with the #SarahGDay hashtag, floated by netizens from February 20, 2012 to February 23, 2012.

IlonggoTechBlog.com reported the reason the term trended was due to Geronimo’s guesting on three ABS-CBN shows — ASAP, The Buzz and Gandang Gabi Vice — to promote the new show of the actress Sarah G Live.

On February 20 this year, meanwhile, #NoynoyPaRin coninues to sizzle in local trending topics list, boosted when Bro. Eli tweeted additional details about his upcoming charity concert for the gallant 44 deceased troopers. Bro. Eli earlier tweeted that P1 million initial amount of contribution will come from MCGI.

Bro. Eli also tweeted his more than 64,900 followers to stay focused on the theme of the campaign: to express sympathies to families of the heroes of Mamasapano incident and to support causes for the country’s future.

Bro. Eli Appeal to Netizens

On February 19, the fourth day the hashtag is trending, Bro. Eli appeals to his followers on Twitter to remain calm and focused to the campaign’s objective.

Bro. Eli Soriano’s Support #NoynoyPaRin Campaign Still Trending for Third Day

Fanmade #NoynoyPaRin poster used by netizens in campaigning against calls for President PNoy to step down from his post.

Fanmade #NoynoyPaRin poster used by netizens in campaigning against calls for President PNoy to step down from his post.

Bro. Eli Soriano’s tweets since last Monday opposing a Catholic Cardinal’s call for the incumbent Philippine president to resign his post has beaten the odds for keeping its position in the Philippines Trends for three consecutive days. As of 3:30 a.m. of February 18 (PHT), the hashtag #NoynoyPaRin remains at No. 3.

It will be recalled that retired Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and other members of the National Transformation Council reportedly called for President Benigno Aquino III to step down, following what the bishops’ believe the “mishandling” of the Mamasapano incident was the Chief Executive’s fault. Vidal later on flipflops on this call.

Sensing the implication of an ouster could spell further trouble for a nation still grappling with poverty, corruption and peace and order, Bro. Eli, whose @BroEliSoriano account on Twitter has more than 69,400 followers, tweeted his sentiments on Monday. Here was his first:

“Pinagreresign pala ng cardinal ang Pangulong Aquino. Sana ‘wag siyang magresign (The cardinal is asking President Aquino to resign. Hopefully he doesn’t)! I believe he is an honest person.”

He defended the President that no Chief Executive would want his soldiers or policemen get killed.

Bro. Eli believes the blame game need to stop and people should help him instead.

It appeared a bit surprising for Bro. Eli why an honest government would be contradicted by none other than one of the high-ranking Catholic rector, thus he called on his followers on Twitter to support and back PNoy.

This is why the international evangelist wondered who then will take charge when the president resigns? “Saka sino ang papalit? Si Cardinal (And who is going to take his place? The cardinal!)? Come on!”

Trending Till Second Day

#Noynoyparin #1 trend in the PH! Trend set by @BroEliSoriano in support to President @noynoyaquino.

#Noynoyparin #1 trend in the PH! Trend set by @BroEliSoriano in support to President @noynoyaquino.

For more than eight hours that the hashtag #NoynoyPaRin was trending on Monday, media networks started picking up the call of the Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path) host on Twitter to spare their time to tweet in support of the President as against those calling for his resignation.

According to the most sensible televangelist, those plotting for the President’s ouster should allow PNoy to complete his term of Officeuntil 2016 since he was elected by the majority of the Filipino people in 2016.

On Tuesday morning, the second day of the #NoynoyPaRin campaign, Bro. Eli tweeted to his Twitter followers that the minds behind the plot to oust the President of the Republic of the Philippines are sure enemies of the Bible.

Bro. Soriano tweeted that the Vice President — who will take the place of Aquino should the latter step down before his term is consumed — can await for the 2016 National Elections. “Let us pray for his (Vice President Jejomar Binay) health!”

Malacañang Welcomes the Popularity of #NoynoyPaRin

Inquirer Online reported an official statement from The Palace through Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr welcoming the hashtag trend, saying the expression of people’s sentiment is “part of a healthy democracy.”

The basis of democracy is the trust of the people to the incumbent leader, according to Coloma. He pointed out through social media, the people can now voice their views that the media only once has the power to popularize.

“Pwedeng mag-trending ‘yung idea nila, pwede itong malaman ng libu-libo, kahit milyung-milyong mga tao dahil sa umiiral na democratic space(Their idea can trend. It can be known by thousands of people, even millions, because of the prevailing democratic space.),” Coloma said.

For his part, Bro. Eli Soriano has always expressed high trust in the governance of President PNoy, even offering the Chief Executive a free airtime on air through media network UNTV to open a show called “The President’s Hour” to further make the President more accessible to the constituents that he is serving.

UNTV’s English Language Evening Newscast ‘Why News’ Could Be Philippine TV’s Next Big Thing

It’s finally official! After waiting for my favorite TV network to launch its English news program, the Public Service Channel finally came up with something fresh and intriguing. Aptly called Why News, the show is quite refreshing, sharp and in-depth yet so fact-based and current.

Why News is UNTV's latest show, an English language early evening newscast that asks the question, Why.

Why News is UNTV’s latest show, an English language early evening newscast that asks the question, Why.

The UNTV English-language newscast aired its pilot broadcast last February 2. Its 30-minute running time is short because there’s so much issues to report and cover within the day, but it’s also a smart move, making Why News quite the most innovative thing to happen on national television in recent memory.

It being an English show is not what makes the show quite a novelty because other networks also bring newscast in English. But what makes Why News apart is its being something that others might be missing and forgetting: that news is a form of public service and accountable in making people understand why certain news matter to them and the public participation to the mix is essential to reflect positive social change.

Why News is also the newscast type that goes full throttle for laying only the essential news you might have missed within the day and cutting the unnecessary crusts of news that cling to sensationalism and poor tabloidy taste of most mainstream news coverage.

Its being an English newscast has also not gone overboard and there’s a quiet sincerity to how Why News covers the biggest newsmakers of the day by not merely giving the What, Where, When, Who, and How of a particular news. It also seeks to give answers Why this news matter.

One more admirable thing: Why News never insults the intelligence of Filipino audience. It might not have the loud bang of mainstream local news which deliver loads of junk, pseudo news slash character assasinations, biased reportage and dwelling on the mostly negative.

Why News got Angelo Castro III as one of its news anchor. Yes, he’s the Diego Castro of the now-debunked TGIS teen drama show of 90s. He’s aged a bit but by joining UNTV for the early evening newscast is like reliving and following the footsteps of his deceased father Angelo Castro Jr., who’s quite a legend already when it comes to his news anchoring stints for the late evening newscast of ABS-CBN called “The World Tonight” and other ANC news and current affairs shows.

Ateneo De Manila alumnus Gerry Alcantara co-anchors the newscast. Alcantara is presently a consultant for the University of the Philippines’ UPecon-HPDP, a USAID-funded development program. According to her LinkedIn profile, Alcantara’s also took a Senior Research Consultant works at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), contributing her skills in the institution’s CSR, social innovation and social entrepreneurship programmes.

So in brief, Why News is the kind of newscast that Filipinos deserve to watch. It’s admirable for courageously taking a different path and for trusting the thinking public. So if Why News for you looks “hindi pang-masa”, trust me that that’s only a perception you’ll immediately realize to be gravely unfounded.

Why News of UNTV could be the next big thing in Filipino news programming. It’s what newscast should be like whether in Filipino or English: bringing only what matters to your life.

Why News won me over because it’s easily one smart newscast that you can add to your busy schedule and plethora of social media distractions: short, simple and sweet. Don’t drop the word intelligent. I am pinning hopes the show will improve to even greater heights.

Catch the show at UNTV, from Monday to Friday, 7:30PM to 8PM. If you’re still on the go by that time, you can watch the free live streaming at www.untvweb.com. You can also watch past episodes of Why News at the station’s video archive page and its playlist on UNTV Youtube channel.

Bro. Eli Soriano Is Not Attacking Muslims, Say Moro Leaders in Youtube Videos

Posted videos on Youtube recently (August 2014) showed Filipino Muslim leaders testifying to defend Bro. Eli Soriano from detractors and enemies who are posting photoshopped images of the televangelist host of Ang Dating Daan to insinuate that he attacks Muslims.

Muslim leaders, including former spokesperson of the Moro National Liberation Front (MILF), expressed disbelief that Bro. Eli maligned Muslims. They believe that Bro. Eli is a friend of Muslims, even donating parcels of land to Muslim communities in Apalit, Pampanga province.

Muslim Leaders Defend Bro. Eli 

1) MILF Vice-Chairman for Political Affairs Ghazali Jaafar

In the video above, MILF’s Jaafar defends Bro. Eli against his detractors, pitting the MCGI Leader to a fight against Muslims.

Jaafar then said that Muslims believe in the value of peace and non-violence. He then said as Muslims, they are lovers of peace, with wide perspective and they stand for what is just and right. Jaafar also stressed that they respect the beliefs of other religious groups.

The Moro leader said that Muslims won’t let themselves to be used by other parties to hurt their fellowmen. As Muslims, he said, they don’t see any reason to render violence against other religious groups, including that of Bro. Eli Soriano’s. Jaafar believes that the Ang Dating Daan group has done nothing evil against Muslims. Instead, he said, Muslims are one with Bro. Eli for his good advocacies in maintaining goodwill, peace and justice.

2) Datu Amerol-Gulam Ambiong

Datu Ambiong said that he sees the Ang Dating Daan group of Bro. Eli Soriano will not slander or malign other religious groups because it is not the kind of attack that they wage.

As someone who is aware of the good relationship between the Muslim group and Ang Dating Daan, Ambiong dismissed issues that there is a gap between Muslims and ADD. There is none he said. Then he called on people and those in the know to know that Muslims and the Ang Dating Daan are friends.

3) Former MILF Spokesperson Atty. Eid Kabalu

The former MILF Spokesperson Eid Kabalu opened his testimony with a plea.

The lawyer who hails from Datu Piang, Maguindanao asked those who are behind the smear campaign that put Bro. Eli in a negative light to stop. Atty. Kabalu said that there is no reason for a war between Muslims and Ang Dating Daan.

According to Kabalu, peaceful due process should be promoted and not violence. Kabalu assures that Muslims would not be affected by such intrigues, as such will not bear positive outcome for both Muslim or a Christian and the whole Filipino race.

In this second clip, Kabalu gets the facts straight that if violence of any kind would erupt related to this issue, the Muslims would not be the source, especially the MILF. He added that it is against the teachings of their religion to participate in such fight.

He said he will pray for the forgiveness of those who are insinuating that it is the Muslims who are liable. He said it is a grave sin and not a teaching in their religion and the group of the MILF to commit violence against fellowmen.

Kabalu then corrected issues that there is a fight between the Muslims, MILF and the group of Bro. Eli. Kabalu said there is no truth in these issues, adding that until these days the MILF remains unshaken in its stance not to fight any group, including the group of Bro. Eli.

Moreover, there is no truth that there is a rift between the two groups he said or with any group. To prove his point, Kabalu said that they are even in talks with the government to find a peaceful solution to the peace problems of Mindanao.

Their stand , said Kabalu, is that MILF is not fighting anybody and its positive relationship with the group of Bro. Eli Soriano is solid.

Amidst this issue, Kabalu believes that Bro. Eli will remain a strong person because he is a man of principle and will do his best to advocate common good. As a person, he added, Bro. Eli is the kind of person who will not be easily affected by smear tactics by his detractors.

Kabalu assures Bro. Eli that Muslims will not be swayed by the negative issues being initiated by those opposed to him. He said that Muslims are strong and solid and do not believe such malicious intrigues.

In parting, Kabalu extends his support to anyone advocating in the side of truth. He said he will give his full support to anyone fighting for the sake of truth.

Using Muslims to Fight Their Own Wars

Of course attempts by Bro. Eli’s enemies to destroy his reputation is no secret. In multiple instances he got the chance of speaking about the issue, Bro. Eli would correct allegations that he is attacking Muslims. He would then say that while the Muslims use the Qur’an, he uses the Bible. Herence, there is nothing they can disagree about.

In the Philippine religious scene, one of Bro. Eli’s staunchest  rivals is the Iglesia ni Cristo sect. And this group reportedly has for years tried couple times in using Muslims in the Philippines to fight Ang Dating Daan group and its leader for their sake.

Not once the INC did encourage that the Abu Sayyaf pursue Bro. Eli. Its ministers on their TV network even suggested to the Moro bandits the whereabouts of the MCGI Presiding Minister.

The INC is also responsible for the many court cases lodged against Bro. Eli, including libel charges that the preacher would eventually win. They use their influence in municipal and regional trial courts to make Bro. Eli pay for criticizing their beliefs such as officiating a Santa Sena (Holy Supper) in the morning and collecting of multiple donations from their poor members.

One video posted on Youtube showed how the INC malign Bro. Eli Soriano by adulterating broadcast materials such as videos.

Detractors Hurt by Truth and Bro. Eli’s Works

What is Bro. Eli’s crime according to his detractors? He relentlessly exposes the unbiblical beliefs and pronouncements of Church leaders, including the INC and its leaders. At least that is how it appears as enemies go ballistically alert to destroying the preacher’s reputation using whatever means possible, including Facebook and Youtube.

Unfortunately they could not do what Bro. Eli can do best: open himself up for questioning during his live question-and-answer format through Bible Expositions.

His candid style and manner of preaching has gained him followers locally and abroad. In the Philippines, his Ang Dating Daan show is an established force with transformative powers. He and his program are collecting leadership award here and there and annual Most Informative Religious Show awards from different award-giving groups.

Offshore, his Worldwide Bible Expositions have South American natives flocking to attend eagerly waiting for the Filipino preacher to answer their questions. Bro. Eli also has opened television programs in Spanish and Portuguese languages. More recently, is Spanish broadcast are being aired live on Youtube.

El Camino Antiguo on Youtube

We invite you to watch and learn biblical truths from the LIVE Spanish Bible Exposition, 7 am to 10 am via El Camino Antiguo’s official Youtube channel.

 

History of Persecution

And even before going mainstream on radio in 1980 and television three years after, many of his enemies have already tried to get Bro. Eli Soriano maimed or killed. Some of his enemies would influence media networks – where the Ang Dating Daan program was airing – pressuring management to remove the blocktimer program.

Preachers teaching of truth would inevitably draw people to pay attention, study carefully his teachings and join his group and become faithful believers. In the eyes of his detractors, however, it seems the Filipino preacher is a serious threat to their works.

Since Bro. Eli has started preaching in the Philippines, many people left their former religions after learning of the deception and confusion sowed by their pastors.

To settle their differences, the work must focus on the beliefs and teachings using the Bible. If the challenger believes his side of truth, participating in debates and argumentations is a healthy way of doing so and not resorting to violence or character assasination. But going down to the pit level by resorting to squid tactics and maligning someone must never be entertained by anyone.

Truth is Power

Truth in our times is a currency. Not everyone and not every preacher is given this truth. The truth, like a key, is a powerful weapon preachers can use to unlock mysteries and open more doors to more truths. And to win religious debates one must really be the bearer of such truth to dispel lies and expose the fakes. Others, who can only dream of getting even a fraction of this truth, can simply resort to the subpar level of battle: character assasination.

Wish FM Fulfills Wishes of Fans Posted on Facebook and Twitter

True to its name, Wish FM is granting the first batch of wishers’ wish during its August 10 launching concert titled “Wish Concert.”

One those featured was 17-year old Rochelle Pondare who got her wish fulfilled to become a singer and a recording artist. Rochelle is reportedly the only Filipino inflicted with the extremely rare disease called Progeria – a genetic disorder that manifests as premature aging.

Rochelle Pondare

Rochelle Pondare, 17 and afflicted with Progeria, got her wish fulfilled to become a singer and a recording artist.

Rochelle along with other lucky wishers were welcomed in the Wish Concert stage that was held at The World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Tita Tatad Valderama

Tita Tatad Valderama not only received a birthday cake for her 80-year old father, Wish FM sponsored a full party for her father.

Tita Tatad Valderama of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan got her wish of a birthday cake for her 80-year old father. Meanwhile, Jullea Rosqui will now be able to finish her last two years in BS Education. While the Kids of Gemma Querubin can now go and enjoy Enchanted Kingdom.

Bobby Espaldon

Bobby Espaldon’s child will now undergo hydrocephalus treatment after Wish FM granted financial assistance.

Also, Bobby Espaldon was granted financial assistance for his child’s medical needs for hydrocephalus treatment.

Joviena Abrigo

Joviena Abrigo received from Wish FM fresh funds to buy a livelihood calf for her family in province and for her mother’s optical examination.

Jhennilyn Puod

Jhennilyn Puod was’ wish to celebrate her daughter’s 10th birthday party was fulfilled.

Joviena Abrigo was given funds for buying a livelihood calf for her family in province and for her mother’s optical examination, as the daughter of Jhennilyn Puod was given a gift of celebration for her 10th birthday party.

Novie Rissa Padilla

Novie Rissa Padilla got her wish fulfilled – an all-expense paid trip provided by Wish FM, to finally reunite with her family in Antique.

Moreover, Novie Rissa Padilla will now be able to go to his family in Antique for a chance to join a reunion with fare provided for her transportation.

They are just few of the many wishers included in the first batch of wishers.

Most of the wisher posted their wish on Wish FM’s Facebook and Twitter account days before the station’s launching and the lucky chosen one was randomly picked during the event.

One of the special guests of Wish Concert is the veteran disk jockey, Daniel Razon, who is also known for numerous charitable ad innovative projects through his radio and TV programs.

Leading the sign on, Razon gave his support with the humanitarian advocacy that Wish FM has envisioned.

Wish FM also introduced a state-of-the-art mobile FM bus, the first-of-its-kind in the Philippines.

The bus transforms into a musical stage every 11:30am to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm weekdays for live performances of musical hit makers in the country.

Wish FM is owned and operated by Progressive Broadcasting Corporation and is heard over 107.5 on the airwaves.

[Photos were sourced from the Facebook fan page of Wish FM