New Guinness World Records Title-Holder Ang Dating Daan Chorale’s Full 15-Minute Performance Now on Youtube

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.

Ang Dating Daan Chorale
The official Twitter account of The Old Path (Ang Dating Daan) has launched a live conversation to announce the online premiere of the full 15-minute performance of Ang Dating Daan Chorale during its official Guinness World Records bid.

As early as 10 AM, the hashtag #ADDLargestGospelChoir was trending at No. 8.

Ang Dating Daan Chorale
The #ADDLargestGospelChoir hashtag was spotted trending at past 9 AM, Sunday.

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.

Watch: 4-Minute Clip of “Largest Gospel Choir” Performance of Ang Dating Daan from Guinness World Records

The Guinness World Records has posted the breathtaking performance of the 8,688 choir members belonging to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) on its official Youtube Channel.

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.

Ang Dating Daan Chorale Set New Guinness World Record as the ‘Largest Gospel Choir’

The Members Church of God International (MCGI) or Ang Dating Daan Chorale is now officially a Guinness World Record titleholder for the “Largest Gospel Choir.”

“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).

Ang Dating Daan Chorale bags the Guinness World Records
Ang Dating Daan Chorale bags the Guinness World Records “Largest Chorale Choir” title during the program’s 35th anniversary.

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.

Largest Gospel Choir to Perform during Ang Dating Daan’s 35th Anniversary

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.

Ang Dating Daan at 35
Ang Dating Daan celebrates its 35th anniversary with bid to break world records of the largest gospel choir . (Source: Facebook.com/AngDatingDaanTV

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.

ADD at 35 Practice Sessions
Participants of the anniversary celebration for Ang Dating Daan shown here in one of their practice sessions at the ADD Convention Center. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/MCGI.org)

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: