#AngDatingDaan lights up Twitter this month as social media netizens greet the Philippine’s longest-running radio-television religious program hosted by Bro. Eliseo F. Soriano on its 33rd Anniversary.
It is also the biggest supporter of a Simultaneous Breastfeeding in Multiple Sites on Thursday, October 24 in up to 1,000 breastfeeding stations. Nurturers of the Earth, the advocacy group in charge, sought UNTV and Ang Dating Daan‘s support in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record in the same category.
Among its English-language speaking constitunts, the show is known as The Old Path. The show’s name is also what people has been using to refer to its religious group, Members Church of God International or MCGI.
Its 2013 theme is “Building a Prayerful Nation Through Broadcast Evangelization”. To mark this year’s anniversary, Ang Dating Daan is holding a series of activities that include nationwide tree-planting and coastal cleanup drives, simultaneous breastfeeding in 1,000 multiple stations, and more of the likes.
Looking back before its foray in television, Ang Dating Daan has humble beginnings in radio in 1980. When the show had its first taste of television, there were only three production staff. Before going mainstream, Bro. Eli Soriano used folk media, walking town-to-town to conduct Bible symposiums in the provinces of Pampanga, Bataan and later in Cavite.
Serving as host is Bro. Eli while Kuya Daniel Razon, then in high school, is the show’s director, editor and cameraman. Sis Luz Cruz is Bro. Eli’s makeup artist, researcher and sometimes production assistant.
From IBC Channel 13, the show also went on air in the channels of RJTV-29, SBN-21, PTV-4 and now UNTV-37, its present home. Ang Dating Daan has more than 12-hour regular programming since arriving in UNTV.
On the Internet, viewers can watch the 24-hour web streaming of Ang Dating Daan. Through satellite, the show, which has its different language versions to cater to other nationalities, reaches countries in the six continents of the world.
The twice-Gawad Amerika Most Informative Religious Program has also promoted community-building efforts with its key partner, UNTV. Bro. Eli, meanwhile, in 2009 received the Most Educational Blogger Award from Mashable’s Open Web Awards.
Among the sustaining social service projects launched by Bro. Eli Soriano include medical missions, daily free clinic checkups and medical assistance, free legal assistance, free bus and jeepney rides. All these projects are regularly conducted in key Clinic ni Kuya stations.
Another priority social service of Bro. Eli through Ang Dating Daan and Kuya Daniel Razon through UNTV, respectively is the free education program through La Verdad Christian College in its Apalit, Pampanga and Caloocan City branches.
Transient house in Apalit and Quezon City were also constructed to accommodate indigents who need a full night’s worth of transient accommodation.
On Twitter, @BroEliSoriano once posted:
I want to reach as much soul as possible with the help of the Lord. Kindly pray for us in the ministry. May the good Lord help us all!
— Brother Eli Soriano (@BroEliSoriano) January 4, 2010