Another milestone for Ang Dating Daan: “Best Religious Program” award from Gawad Amerika Annual Award.
In less than two weeks after the popular religious program celebrated its 31st year anniversary it has once more obtained an international acclaim, this time from the same award-giving body that bestowed it the same honor in 2006.
Now on its 10th edition, Gawad Amerika Award recognized the program hosted by Bro Eli Soriano in a ceremony held last November 5, 2011 at Celebrity Center Foundation in Hollywood, California.
The Ang Dating Daan program, which is one of the longest-running shows on Philippine television, can now be seen on TV in India, Australia, the Middle East, Europe, Canada and the Americas. This was made possible when the program launched through Thaicom satellite last November 1, 2011, the show’s English-format program, The Old Path.
For viewers in the United States and Canada, the Galaxy 19 satellite delivers the program straight to viewers’ living rooms. From these television broadcast efforts, together with 24/7 webcasts, the humble program that sprang forth from the a bullhorn and a pulpit in Pampanga, Philippines has now reached intercontinental viewership.
Bro. Eli Soriano started preaching from town to town in Pampanga, Philippines in the 1970s. Wanting to bring the Gospel to a wider audience, he began preaching on radio. And the rest is – or to be more apt – the rest has made broadcast history.
“We hope, with the help of God, the brethren, and our countrymen, that the Ang Dating Daan will continue to air not only in the whole of the Philippines but with God’s mercy, in the whole world,” said Bro. Eli, whose preaching is today being translated in English, Spanish and Portuguese to name a few.
“Like what we always say, if we are able to do something, and if there is any glory attained, it is always for God – to God be the glory!,” added the international preacher.
Ang Dating Daan is Member Church of God International’s award-winning religious program whose title is based on the biblical verse Jeremiah 6:16. It acquired Gawad Amerika’s “Most Informative Religious Program” twice now – in 2006 and 2011.
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Members Church of God International (MCGI) is launching on October 31 a special anniversary website to commemorate the 31st anniversary of Ang Dating Daan television program, featuring an interactive timeline of the program’s history and the awards received by its host, Bro Eli Soriano.
The rich, experiential multimedia platform, which can be accessed at www.angdatingdaan.org/add31, was launched to coincide and accompany the special anniversary presentation aired by UNTV.
The interactive timeline allows online visitors to trace the humble beginnings of the Ang Dating Daan program as a 30-minute radio show through to its international broadcasts in the six continents of the world today.
Ang Dating Daan aired its first radio episode in 1980 with only three production staff, including Bro Eli Soriano as the program host. The then 16-year-old Daniel Razon, now one of the country’s veteran broadcast journalists, was director, cameraman and editor, while Sis Luz Cruz is makeup artist and researcher.
The program entered mainstream television in 1983 to accompany its radio programming. Due to Bro Eli’s unique style in preaching and his mastery of the Bible, he soon earned the admiration of radio host Manolo Favis who invited the preacher to become one of the panelists in his radio show. Soon, Bro Eli became the only mainstay resource person for the former’s radio program, Genius Family.
Ang Dating Daan’s foray in the Internet began in 1999 with the launch of http://www.angdatingdaan.org, which soon became one of the more popular online destinations for the curious Bible and religious researchers, and also for fans of Bro Eli Soriano’s debates with religious pastors.
AngDatingDaan.org is a six-time Most Popular Website of the Year, from 2002 to 2008, given by the Philippine Web Awards. In 2009, the same award was given to Bro. Eli Soriano’s Truth Blog, esoriano.wordpress.com. - Ryan G. Borja
BULACAN, Philippines — Sa buwan pa lang ng Oktubre ay umabot na sa mahigit dalawang-libong katao ang napaglingkuran ng ginagawang medical mission ni Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon sa bayan ng Calumpit at Hagonoy sa lalawigan ng Bulacan.
Nitong Martes, muli na namang nadagdagan ang mga kababayan nating natulungan ng nasabing gawain sa isa na namang medical mission na isinagawa sa Barangay Corazon, Calumpit, Bulacan, kung saan umabot sa dalawang-libong katao ang nakatanggap ng libreng serbisyong medikal.
Ito ay sa pangunguna ng grupong Ang Dating Daan sa pangunguna ni Bro. Eli Soriano at ng UNTV sa pangunguna naman ni Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon, katuwang ang Rotary Club of Kamuning at Kamanggagawa Foundation.
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iReport — From Facebook to Twitter, thousands of the program’s avid viewers and fans are pouring in their various expression of greetings to Ang Dating Daan which this month turns 31.
A program that started as a 30-minute radio show in 1980, Ang Dating Daan’s humble beginnings was initially a three-man team with Bro. Eli Soriano as its host and two other staff concerned with production.
Over the years, Ang Dating Daan have come a long way in building its reputation and authority as one of the Philippine’s most informative and sensible religious program. After 30 years, Ang Dating Daan can now be watched in more than 30 countries through the aid of satellite and the Internet.
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On the 31st anniversary of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), a special presentation will be aired by UNTV on October 31 to celebrate and pay tribute to the contribution of the award-winning program and its host in the society.
From answering biblical queries of live audience to mounting blood donation drives and tree-planting activities, to rendering humanitarian reliefs and other public charities, Ang Dating Daan has been commended by a number of private and government sectors for inspiring change and transforming lives for the better.
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Ang Dating Daan (ADD), the multi-awarded religious program hosted by Bro Eli Soriano, is celebrating 31 years this October. Known for its vigorous evangelization works on radio and television since 1980, the show now reaches more than 30 countries globally.
Starting as a 30-minute radio program when it went on air in 1980, Ang Dating Daan went on air television in 1983. Since then, the program continued to attract more viewers and listeners, becoming a household name.
More opportunities opened for Ang Dating Daan when it reached western shores in 2004, paving the way for its launch of the Spanish and Portuguese titles, El Camino Antiguo and O Caminho Antigo. Now airing on free and cable television, especially in North and South America, these programs have a 24 hours and 7 days a week schedule. Fox Channel is the most recent addition to ADD’s official carriers.
The production staff was initially a three-man team of Bro. Eli Soriano, Bro. Daniel Razon, and Sis. Luz Cruz. Together, they pioneered the popular program, now known internationally as The Old Path. To date, ADD broadcasts in more than 30 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, and South America through satellite and the World Wide Web.
The program takes pride in its unique brand of question and answer segment, Itanong Mo Kay Soriano, Biblia Ang Sasagot. The question-and-answer portion has sustained the show’s popularity among the viewing public for years. Here, Bro. Eli Soriano answers every possible question on religion and faith. What is unique about the question and answer segment is that Bro Eli answers the questions from live audience whether in the studio or when there are Bible Expositions in various places.
Because of the program’s popularity, its approach in religious discussion and exposition of religious fraud, Ang Dating Daan also became the target of various hate campaigns on television, radio, broadsheets, and the Internet. Even as it continues to hail the flag in the West, censure also followed it.
It has survived not only vicious criticisms in the Philippines but also won against series of legal suits and political black propaganda which all have attempted to ban the program. Many times, Ang Dating Daan was caught in religious clashes with rivalling religious groups and targeted its cease in broadcast.
Although such efforts put a strain to the program’s survival, Ang Dating Daan continues to satisfy the religious interest of people. More to it is the support and warm welcome from those who admitted they “have grown tired of their former religions that had done nothing but to extort money from them.”
Over the years, the program has also grown to be identified in the public as promoter of social good through its charity projects and programs. It has forged numerous partnerships with government and non-government organizations upholding public service advocacies on health, education, social welfare, responsible journalism, and environment protection.
Among its programs for the marginalized sector are the free bus ride, free transient home, quarterly mass blood donations, free medical services, free legal services, feeding programs, free education, orphanages, and disaster-relief missions. It also initiated environmental awareness actions, like tree planting and clean-up drives.
The public services of Ang Dating Daan have inspired similar projects and campaigns. One such is the Isang Araw Lang (Just One Day) Campaign, a social good propaganda which upholds doing good even for just one day.
Due to its vigorous evangelization and public service programs, Ang Dating Daan has earned many citations for its contributions to spiritual and social welfare. One is the Gawad Amerika, when it named Ang Dating Daan as the Most Informative Religious Program in 2009. The following year, the Philippine National Red Cross acknowledged Ang Dating Daan as most outstanding partner for its continuous donations of safe blood.
As host, Bro. Eli has also been awarded many times, the highest distinction being The Most Educational To Follow in 2010 by Mashable.com. His blog, esoriano.wordpress.com, was chosen best from among many sites which competed in the same category. - Written by Cecile Vizcaya
Manila, Philippines — With some former pastors or ministers of other religious groups, hundreds of which comprised foreign nationals, 3,977 souls received baptism in the last three months in the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
MCGI or Ang Dating Daan as better known by the public through its popular program is led by Bro. Eli Soriano as its Presiding Minister.
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