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Ang Dating Daan Celebrates 31st Anniversary in Broadcast, Public Service

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

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Bloggers are united in condemning the re-airing by GMA Network of a Case Unclosed episode that features the controversial interview by Arnold Clavio of the self-confessed serial rapist who then filed an invented case of rape against Bro Eli Soriano.

The documentary made by Case Unclosed program of GMA 7 was first aired in 2009. Surprisingly in 2011, it was re-aired on August 3, on GMA News TV.

One of these bloggers, Standupper.wordpress.com’s Robert Bolisay, pinpointed the holes in the accuracy in airing the controversial episode highlighting the invented case of rape against Bro Eli Soriano. He suggested that GMA Network could have looked closely at the whys of the re-filing and why the same was suspicious.

Standupper explained some few reasons why the Ang Dating Daan is boycotting GMA News and its parent company GMA Network.

Like Bolisay, other bloggers are convinced that when the Case Unclosed aired the controversial interview of Veridiano speaking all negatives against the ADD leader, there was no attempt made by host Arnold Clavio to conduct a background check about Veridiano. A simple check on Youtube will reveal search results that Veridiano made a video confessing that he raped nine (9) of his subordinates when he was then a member of the Ang Dating Daan group. Veridiano was expelled for various offenses, including malversation of Church funds and for raping underage boys.

Upon defecting to the Iglesia ni Cristo, Veridiano appeared one day and filed an invented charge of rape against Bro Eli.  But the said case was already dismissed by the Pampanga court, citing the lack of evidence to indict the international evangelist. However, through the influence of the Iglesia ni Cristo to the then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the case was re-filed through the then Secretary of Justice Raul Gonzales.

To recall, the Ang Dating Daan group in 2009 led a signature campaign to boycott the television network for its haphazard reporting of the said case.  This time around, Ang Dating Daan looks like its sustained boycott will be upheld until GMA Network and its company, GMA News TV issues an apology to its victim, Bro Eli Soriano.

The blog also scored GMA for acting as host to try by publicity the victim, Bro Eli Soriano, saying:

Being a giant network, it is not fitting to think that GMA-7 is in the dark about certain rules of court that makes the episode unfair and biased to be aired and re-aired.

The “why?” question should have been directed to GMA-7 instead.  Why did you broadcast the episode?  Are you not aware of the rule of court on sub judice?

The TV Network tried to sound fair when they said that they tried to get the side of the respondent.  They did not get anything, however, from the respondent.

Here is another “why?” question for GMA-7.  Why would they still insist on an interview with the respondent?  Didn’t they know they cannot discuss the case on the basis of sub judice?

In the Case Unclosed format, it is inevitable not to talk about the merits of the case once Bro. Eli grants an interview.

Of course, the respondent would mention some details of the case to defend himself.  If not, what did you expect to talk about in the interview then?

From the point of view of Standupper, the Ang Dating Daan members, who are citizens of a democratic nation like the Philippines, could have used the streets to peacefully protest against GMA 7 “in accordance with Batas Pambansa Bilang 880,” about the free exercise by citizens to assemble and petition the government and for other purposes.  Ang Dating Daan, however, took the social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, instead. A boycott page was now garnering 12,000 likes as this 11 PM today (09/18) from 6,000 likes as of Friday (09/16).

The Ang Dating Daan group’s sustained boycott against GMA Network, GMA News TV, and all its assets in print, radio, television, cable, and online, is entering its 7th week.  The boycott began last August 7 after the giant network re-aired on August 3 the controversial interview with a serial rapist who filed an invented case of rape against the ADD leader.

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Congregants and sympathizers of the Ang Dating Daan joined hands in protesting the network’s irresponsible reporting by logging at Facebook and Twitter, wearing picbadges bearing their cry for justice. A Facebook fan page, 2011 Boycott GMA News, is nearing 10,000 likes. The fan page was put up to send a strong signal to GMA Network that irresponsible media reporting will not be condone.

On sixth week, the boycott reached a milestone when the boycott GMA Network picbadge was listed among the top picbadges in the country, gaining up to 5,000 supporters.

Since August 7, members have already deleted Channels 7 and 11 in their television program.

Based on the comments posted by those who supported the campaign, the massive boycott slapped by the Ang Dating Daan group against GMA Network and GMA News TV will continue until the giant network renders a public apology to its victim, Bro. Eli Soriano.

GMA Network, however, continues to play deaf ears. Worried, the station paid full page advertisements crying that its GMA News TV was topping the surveys. But bloggers and observers are pointing out that the survey firm used by GMA has its credibility questioned in court.

From Kaanib.net

TheOldPath.TV launches on August 11 a new webcast page using UStream.TV and Facebook interactive chat that will regularly stream the live broadcast of Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s Bible Exposition and to reach users of these popular social media platforms, respectively.

The webcast page will be located at The Old Path Live with Facebook page.

TheOldPath.TV, the award-winning video streaming website of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), initially features live and archived videos of the episodes of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), Biblically Speaking, Truth in Focus, and Itanong Mo kay Soriano (Ask Soriano).  In recent years, however, the organization reinforced its live streaming capabilities through TheOldPath.TV, and opened several video channels on Youtube.com in hopes of reaching to a wider audience and using the interactivity features of the popular video sharing site.

Bible Exposition, a symposium-like live event, is one of the signature bible study activities hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano.  As the resource person and speaker, Bro. Soriano answers questions from live audience from a venue.  With the aid of technology and the Internet, Bible Expositions are simultaneously held live on a scheduled venue and across other nations through live streaming.

Bro. Eli Soriano is the award-winning host of one of the Philippines’ longest-running religious program, Ang Dating Daan.  Last February 2009, his blog site was awarded the Most Popular Website of the Year by the Philippine Web Awards, which is an annual competition for website excellence organized by the Media G8Way Co.

Facebook, a social utility online to connect people from everywhere, is now the leading social networking website with more than 132.1 million unique visitors since April last year, according to comScore. Two-year old UStream.TV, on the other hand, a popular site for lifecasting and live streaming of events, said it now have more than 1 million registered users who generate 1.5 million hours of live streamed content per month with over 10 million unique hits per month, according to a Businesswire.com report.


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