Bro. Eli Soriano: 51st Year in Service to God and Humanity Poster, Campaign Unveiled

The official Facebook fan page of Bro. Eli Soriano has today published the theme for the celebration of the televangelist’s 51st year in service to God and humanity.

This year, the commemoration is aptly titled: “Bro. Eli Soriano: 5 Decades of Dedication in Spreading the Word of God.” Last year, during the 50th year of the preacher’s date of baptism in the Church of God, the campaign was dubbed, “BES 50 Years in Service to God.”

BES at 51

The official poster of the commemoration of Bro. Eli Soriano’s 51st year in preaching the word of God is now published at Facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano.

Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan radio-television show, was baptized in the Church of God on April 7, 1964. He is the Overall Servant of all Members Church of God International (MCGI), whose global footprints span the six continents of the globe.

Prior to the official release of the poster, the televangelist’s fanpage has initiated a series of countdown materials to mark his 51st baptism year, which provide a glimpse of the early years of Bro. Eli as a preacher.

Divided into “Facts About Bro. Eli”, “Testimonies” and “The BES Chronicle” “Facts About Bro. Eli” offers a snapshot of Bro. Eli Soriano’s life as a preacher, brief biographical information, and his accomplishments.

Bro. Eli Soriano at 51

“Facts About Bro. Eli Soriano” is one in a series of countdown campaign materials drumming the celebration of the televangelist’s 51st year in service to God and humanity.

“The BES Chronicle”, however, provides a glimpse of Bro. Eli’s five-decade spanning ministerial works through objects and artefacts that serve as proofs of tireless preaching of the man more popularly-known as “The Most Sensible Televangelist” living today.

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Another posted material on Facebook to commemorate Bro. Eli’s 51st year in the Church of God is the so-called “The BES Chronicle”. BES stands for Bro. Eli Soriano.

The “Testimonies” portion gives a portrait of the kind of preacher and person is Bro. Eli Soriano through the eyes and accounts of people who have witnessed him work, preach and lead an international organization.

These testimonies to the preaching, ministerial works and charities of Bro. Eli are testament to five decades of the televangelist's works.

These testimonies to the preaching, ministerial works and charities of Bro. Eli are testament to five decades of the televangelist’s works.

Head over to Bro. Eli’s biography page to read more.

Families of Gallant 44 SAF, Soldiers to Receive More than P7-Million from UNTV, MCGI Through “Songs for Heroes” Charity Concert

The families of the gallant 44 members of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will receive more than P7-million in cash, the amount raised through the “Songs for Heroes” benefit concert initiated by UNTV and Members Church of God International (MCGI).

Bro. Eli donates P1-Million to dependents of 44 SAF and Soldiers

Kuya Daniel Razon turns over the P1-million check to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr., a fund donated by Bro. Eli Soriano. (Photo: Photoville International)

The P1-million of the total amount was donated by Bro. Eli Soriano, host of Ang Dating Daan religious program. The AFP Finance Center will distribute this amount to the families left behind by the soldiers killed in the all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

Songs For Heroes Concert Raised Millions for SAF 44 Kin

Kuya Daniel Razon (L) with Mr. Atom Henares (R) turns over the P6-Million check to PNP Representative Nestor Quinsay as the MCGI’s assistance to the PNP and the families of the fallen 44. (Photo: Photoville International)

The PNP Special Assistance Fund, recipient of P6-million, will then distribute this amount to the deceased families of the 44 members of the SAF.

Apart from these support, Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel Razon, CEO and Chairman of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, offered to give scholarship grants to deserving dependents left behind by the brave SAF members and soldiers.

Meanwhile, Bro. Eli gave each of the families cash envelopes containing P10,000 in cash during the concert. “Songs for Heroes” benefit concert was held on March 19, 2015 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Bro. Eli tweets for peace

“Songs for Heroes” came as a response to the tweets of Bro. Eli Soriano calling for peace and unity.

Progressive Broadcasting Corporation’s Atom Henares has pledged an additional Php 500,000 for the bereaved families as well.

Bro. Eli said the children of the SAF members can avail of the sholarship package offered at the La Verdad Christian College in Caloocan City. It will be noted that La Verdad’s free education program provides qualifying college students free lodging, meals, uniform and books.

UNTV produced the charity concert following Bro. Eli’s tweets calling netizens to support the incumbent administration, instead of calling for President Benigno Aquino III or P-Noy’s resignation.

Bro. Eli calls on netizens to support the presidency of Benigno Aquino III amidst criticisms.

Bro. Eli calls on netizens to support the presidency of Benigno Aquino III amidst criticisms.

“Instead of blaming the President, why not help?,” recalled Bro. Eli as the content of the tweets he posted using his @BroEliSoriano Twitter account. He added,“there is no Commander-in-Chief na gusto niyang mapatay ang kanyang mga sundalo (there is no Commander-in-Chief who wants his soldiers to perish).”

“Kaya, as a way of helping the President, maintain peace and order, naisip ko na mag-launch ng isang concert, for these heroes, they are heroes, (As a way of helping the President, maintain peace and order, I thought of launching a concert dedicated for these heroes, [because] they are heroes.).”

Observers note that the Aquino administation faced its harshest criticisms from different groups for allegedly mishandling the Mamasapano operation.

The official hashtag: #Songs4HeroesConcert debuted at No. 2 in Philippines trends on Thursday morning in the Philippines.

Among those who graced the concert include the heads of PNP and AFP, namely, P/CSupt. Nestor Quinsay and Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang.

Noel Cabangon performs at "Songs for Heroes" benefit concert.

Kuya Daniel Razon is seen on screen watching Noel Cabangon (R) perform during the Songs for Heroes Benefit Concert at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines on 19 March 2015. (Photo: Photoville International)

Present to perform during the concert were: Noel Cabangon, Faith Cuneta, Bo Cerrudo, Jonalyn Viray, Jay Durias, Neocolour with Ito Rapadas, 5th Gen, Gerald Santos, The Voysing, the Bueno Sisters, and Bembe and Trifosa Erese. The AFP and PNP Chorales also performed during the concert.

A repeat of the concert, which will be dedicated to the 77 injured SAF staff in Mamasapano incident last January 25, this year, is already being planned.

UNTV to Give Financial Help to 44 SAF Kin Through ‘Songs for Heroes’ Concert

Local media network UNTV, known as Your Public Service Channel, will hold a charity event dedicated to the gallant 44 PNP Special Action Force (SAF), who were killed during the Mamasapano operation against some international terrorists in Maguindanao. Titled “Songs for Heroes,” the event will be held on March 19, 2015, 7 p.m., at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

The benefit concert came as an idea tweeted by the Ang Dating Daan televangelist on February 19 this year, expressing his willingness to support projects geared toward helping the families of the military heroes slain in the Mamasapano incident.

A P1-million initial contribution will come from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) announced Bro. Eli.

A P1-million initial contribution will come from the Members Church of God International (MCGI) announced Bro. Eli.

Bro. Eli Soriano, Servant to all Members Church of God International (MCGI), announced on Twitter that the religious group he leads will contribute, through the concert, an initial P1-Million to help the families of the deceased and the wounded soldiers.

Songs for Heroes by UNTV

Bro. Eli invites his Twitter followers to support a charity event dedicated for the gallant 44 SAF and their families.

In the concert poster released by UNTV, local artists and performers will participate, together with the PNP and AFP Chorale and the AFP Combo. From the music industry, performers include Noel Cabangon, Neocolours, Jonalyn Viray, Beverly Caimen, and Faith Cuneta.

UNTV presents Songs for Heroes

A benefit concert dedicated for the gallant 44 soldiers, Songs for Heroes, is a production of UNTV.

Other performers include The Voice Philippine finalists Miro Valera and Jason Fernandez. Other local performers joining the “Songs for Heroes” concert include Shane Velasco, Gerald Santos, Bo Cerudo, Jay Durias, Mcoy Fundales, The Voysing, 5th Gen, Bueno Sisters, and Bembe and Triposa Erese. Netizens, who first learned of the announcement about the concert, have praised the move as a reflection of taking action over joining other camps who resorted to blaming and destabilization. Days prior to this announcement, Bro. Eli was tweeting to his more than 70,000 Twitter followers calls to support and back President Benigno Aquino III who is being blamed for the failed Mamasapano incident. When Bro. Eli tweeted his message of support for the Commander in Chief with the hashtag, #NoynoyPaRin, concerned netizens never hesitated to join the Twitter advocacy to back up the President in fostering peace and unity. The hashtag emerged as one of the top trending topics each day, even pulling in a record-breaking five-day stay in the Philippines Trends list.

In Debate Featuring Bro. Eli, Triumph of Truth Electrifies the Internet

A few hours before last Monday midnight’s debate reeled, 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.

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.

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.

While Portuguese was the main language used in the debate, such became less of a problem as soon as fellow netizens offered to help by pouring their translation of the discussion into the Youtube Channel’s chatboard.

Of Tweets, Emojis and Emoticons

Simultaneous with the raves and wild applause from the audiene in the venue, netizens expressed their amazement on social media. The Web then serves as an extension of the venue, giving a bigger spotlight to winnings yet magnifying the humiliation of the losing party.

Hence, everytime Bro Eli would stand to speak, cross examine Montemayor and defend his side, the crowd’s reaction reverberated not only within the confines of the venue’s four corners. The crowd emotion and raves extend far onto the boundary-defying world wide web.

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 poured 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 A 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 discounted as mere bots because sentiments expressed through tweets were filled with careful reasonings, sound logic, that come with thoughtfulness and sincerity in the manner of communication.

Moreover, what #DebateBroEli showed however, was the vibrant and dynamic interaction that blossomed 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 on early Morning 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.

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. And the moment everyone’s waiting – after more than three hours of debate – Bro. Eli was declared the winner of the debate.

With ego bruised, Montemayor, walked out of the venue with his men even before the debate was over. Observers noted the pastor’s walking out was a tactic to leave the impression that he was not given due process, but the reality spoke of the contrary. During the debate, the Peruvian pastor was also said to be unruly and arrogant, setting a bad example as the supposed 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.

To this win, Bro. Eli tweeted:

And as soon as Twitter noticed the euphoric tweets of netizens, it eventually opened its trends list gate and 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 one and only 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.