12 Powerhouse Songs for the Glory of God — A Song of Praise Music Festival Grand Finals Night Year 5!

Quezon City, Philippines. [10/29/1016]  Now on its 5th year, A Song of Praise Music Festival (ASOP) will be presenting 12 powerhouse songs that will be vying at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. For the grand champion, they will receive Php 500, 000 cash. The Best Interpreter Award – Php 50,000, the People’s Choice Award – Php 50,000. All non winning entries will receive Php 20,000 respectively.

Screen Shot 2016-10-28 at 8.44.26 PM.png

For the past 5 years, ASOP had been surprising us with the best of the best starting from its interpreters. Here are this years list of finalists.

  • God Will Always Make A Way (Composed by: Glen Bawa and Ronald Calpis ; Interpreted by: Bugoy Drilon)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.36.00 PM.png

With his viral video covering Matisyahu’s One Day, with now over 4 million views of Wish FM 107.5 page made him more significant.

A very clever incorporation of reggae taste. Very positive with the lyrics all you have to do is to sing this song aloud, you don’t have to worry; God will always find a way. Bugoy Drilon singing looks like it is just an easy song to sing, but taking the reggae form is difficult. But he owns the song. His success in the music industry has much to do with his perseverance and even worked as a janitor in a university. Many hurdles along the way, but pursuing his dream to be a singer is bigger. He is the 1st runner up at Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2

  •  Tapat Mong Pangako (Composed by: Gulliver Enverga; Interpreted by: The Voysing)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.38.08 PM.png

Composed of 3 brothers – Sean (guitar), Christopher (drums) and JC Naval (bass) ; they mostly covers songs of the Beatles and Beegees; won Acoustic Battle of the Band Grand Champion;

The songs melody is very calming and so the singers voices. Papahirin, lilimutin, lilinisin, babaguhin at naghihintay sa tapat mong pangako. What else you want to hear to be able to hold on to that promise of God. The harmony at the ending harmony, there is a hook while the song/ melody fades.

  • Tanging Ligaya (Composed by: Angelica Soriano; Interpreted by: Zendee)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.14.32 PM.png

She gained attention on you tube singing Whitney Houston songs such as I Will Always Love you. She won the Gensan Pop Idol. Zendee Rose Japitana Tenerefe, prior to her YouTube successs, she was first discovered singing at a karaoke at SM Megamall that went viral.

* The song is giving thanks and looking forward to meet God Almighty with a promise to stay in faith until the end.

  • Ang Iyong Pangalan (Composed by: Romarico Mendiola, Jr. ; Interpreted by: Jovit Baldovino )

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 2.54.58 PM.png

Known as the first winner of Pilipinas Got Talent, The New Juke Box King, but marked his way on the music scene with his cover of Journeys song Faithfully and his Triple Platinum album in 2010 in Star Records.

A very powerful entrance to a song to one powerful chords of Jovit. Hari ng mga Hari, Dios ng mga Dios. Ang Iyong pangalan ang una at huli… this songs says everything about our God Almighty.

  • Pag-ibig Ka Oh Dios ( Composed by: LJ Manzano ; Interpreted by: JBK )

Screen Shot 2016-10-25 at 9.50.38 PM.png

About JBK : An acronym : Joshua Baluyot, Bryan del Rosario and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio. Their music video Damang-Dama, took noticed by netizens because of its optimistic messages. The trio is once grand champions of the McJim Dreams Get Real: The Search for The Next OPM Star. They became the FireExitBoys because they made a series of videos on fire exits.

* Pag-ibig ka Oh Dios sa nagdadalamhati. Pag-ibig ka oh Dios… this phrase just gets into you. Their soulful rendition and harmony is perfect and the lyrics will let you humming because of its recall.

  • Mula sa Aking Puso ( Composed by: Joseph Ponce ; Interpreted by: Carlo David )

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.18.29 PM.png

Son of award-winning US-based Filipino jazz drummer and singer Mon David, Carlo followed the footsteps of his father. He is into pop jazz and soul that is evidently influenced by his father and to the legendary OPM group, APO Hiking Society. He and his sister shares an experience singing live on the only FM station-on-wheels, Wish 107.5 also a composer; their Wishperience on the program Roadshow hosted by Jelly Kiss ,

This is a feel-good song. You almost see it in a lounge or in a small place – a cozy like feel. Very clearly sang and you want it to hear over and over again. He has this very cool voice.

Started to play by the aged of 7 and after the guitar after hearing John Meyer. One  experience they consider memorable as an artist, Carlo shared a mall gig where there were many people who cheered and took “selfies” with them. “They don’t know us but it seems they loved us,” he said.

When interviewed by hosts Richard Reynoso and Toni Rose Gayda on his first time singing this song on ASOP’s weekly show, he has this to say, “I really have fun. I loved it. When I heard it, what a beautiful song.”

  • Ikaw Lamang ( Composed by: Jonathan Sta. Rita ; Interpreted by: Tim Pavino)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.16.26 PM.png

He is dubbed as The Prince of the New OPM, and now under Star Music recording label. As one of the finalist of The Voice Philippines Season 2, he had the opportunity to work with one of the best international singers, Lea Salonga of the Les Miserables fame. He is an ABS-CBN Star Music artist, an actor and host.

Ikaw lamang ang aking kailangan, ang aking kasagutan, tinig mo oh Dios ang aking pinagmulan.

  • Ikaw Pala ( Composed by: Wilfredo Gaspar ; Interpreted by: Ima Castro)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.39.53 PM.png

Ima Castro, who has been in the music scene for 22 years since her first break in the early 1990’s. She managed to perform in an independent theater in London via Miss Saigon. She was first noticed when she joined and won the Panasonic Karaoke Quest in Osaka, Japan.

  • Patawarin Mo Ako ( Composed by: Fernando Gardon ; Interpreted by Kris Lawrence)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.45.04 PM.png

Kris Lawrence is  the winner of the 2006 Star in a Million, an ABS-CBN television show started in 2003. A Los Angeles-born, he was with the group called First Impression with Jay-R. He had appeared to various Philippine TV shows and studio albums. He is often compared to “Taeyang”, a South Korean singer-songwriter, which he has some resemblance not only to physical but also to their style of singing.

The song pleads for God’s mercy. A man presenting himself boldly unto God Almighty.

  • Araw at Ulan ( Composed by: Joselito Caleon ; Interpreted by: Sitti )

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.12.54 PM.png

A Filipino bossa nova singer Sitti Navarro or popularly known as Sitti, started her career to fame after releasing an album back in 2006. She was part of the Katy! The Musical way back December of 2008. Sitti’s voice feels like you are flying. She has this very clear singing voice that makes you want to just stop and listen, to ponder.

  • Kumapit Ka Lang ( Composed by: Noemi Ocio ; Interpreted by: Mela Ravanilla )

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.10.49 PM.png

Wag kang hihinto. Ituloy ang takbo. Wag kang mapagod. Tayo ay maglalakbay sa daan ng buhay kasama ang Dios na lumalang. Kumapit ka lang. This song has a very dreamy entrance with a very innocent voice of Mela. It encourages you to fight all obstacles ahead. With the its strong lyrics, kumapit ka lang.

  • You Stood By Me ( Composed by: Vincent Labating ; Interpreted by: Jason Fernandez)

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 3.43.41 PM.png

Jason Fernandez is  the 3rd vocalist of the band Rivermaya on 2007. But after 4 years, he departed and decided to have his solo career. In 2013, he launched his first solo album entitled Panimula. A year after, he auditioned for The Voice Philippines in 2014. He is not a stranger in this one of a kind competition. He is one of the finalists in the 2014 ASOP via the song God Will Win Our Fight.

* Didn’t know where I was going , then You found me and showed me the way… you stood by me. God is good. This says it all.

Screen Shot 2016-10-29 at 2.53.28 PM.png

The A Song of Praise Music Festival is a song-writing competition spearheaded by Bro. Eli Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) or popularly known as “Ang Dating Daan.” and Kuya Daniel Razon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UNTV and Breakthrough and Milestones Production, Inc. (BMPI). This encourages all amateur and professional songwriters to create songs all for the Glory of God.

You can access all entries via the following websites:

facebook.com/asop.untv

https://www.asoptv.com

twitter.com/asoptv

https://www.youtube.com/asoptv

Advertisements

Bro. Eli Soriano puts an end to Brazilian pastors’ exploiting the law of ‘tithes’

Palmas, Brazil (10/20/16) The Presiding Minister of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Brother Eli Soriano, his zealousness in conducting live Bible Expositions (Exposição da Bíblia ) and Mass Indoctrinations (Doutrinação Em Massa) in different parts of Brazil like Belo Horizonte, Divinopolis and Palmas produced 15 newly baptized brethren. Most of which, Catholics and Evangelicals and other religious denominations.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 12.14.13 PM.png
photo: Renata De Olliveira Castro

Dízimos / tithes

Bro. Eli noticed how generous Brazilians is in giving tithes to their pastors. Questions about “dizimo” is always brought up in every exposition and through the Mass Indoctrination, he crushed that practice. Brazil is a big country with vast lands but there are many families remain poor after years and years believing miracles will soon come and by giving in to the pastors every wish.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 1.24.31 PM.png

Pastors getting rich collecting tithes while its members getting poor giving tithes.” 

Importance of Baptism

“Let us study the power of the holy spirit,” says Bro. Eli. He shared his experience when he was young and had been suffering from asthma. “I’ve learned how to live with the difficulty of breathing.” After his baptism he continued preaching even though the doctors forbid him to do strenuous works.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 12.12.56 PM.png
photo: Renata De Olliveira Castro

He is known in the Philippines as the walking Bible” because he can answer questions based on the Bible, even without opening it. “You have seen me answering questions without notes. Because of this, I believe in the power of God and what it can do for us.” He finished up the statement by this words.

“Submit ourselves in the power of God.”– Bro. Eli Soriano

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 12.13.20 PM.png
photo: Renata Castro

A bigger place of worship

Because of the ever growing number of Brazilians attending and getting baptized, there is a need for a bigger venue.

Screen Shot 2016-10-20 at 12.13.46 PM.png
photo: Renata Castro
Screen Shot 2016-10-21 at 8.55.12 AM.png
photo: Isabela Costa

Bro. Eli Soriano’s plea to the Filipinos, Don’t blame it all to the government

Apalit, Pampanga Philippines. [10/12/16]  “My plea to the Filipino people, don’t solely blame the government”.  This is Bro. Eli Soriano’s statement regarding the killings of drug addicts in the Philippines. He reiterated that the government of President Duterte is doing its best to eliminate rampant drug addiction. Adding to the presidents’ problem is the media, paid by the rich men behind these drug traffickers to go up against him.

 (Article regarding shabu raid in Pampanga, click here)

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 7.09.36 PM.png

This plea is prompted by Belinda Era, a Catholic from Tunasan, Muntinlupa City asks about “freewill”. Also, as a mother, she is concerned about the safety of her children and to the lives of the innocent ones at the Ang Dating Daan Worldwide Exposition held on October 7, 2016.

“Kaya lang po ako naging concerned ay dahil isang magulang din po ako. Lalong lalo na sa mga inosenteng nadamay sa ganito.” (I am a parent and concerned of what is going on, especially to the innocent ones being killed.)

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 9.25.20 PM.png

It is inevitable that innocent ones are also affected because of unpredictable circumstances. He cited an example about a recent raid that killed a 5-year old in a drug operation. Bro. Eli pointed that it is important to keep an eagle eye on our children. An example of keeping a safe environment is at the school premises. La Verdad Christian College is implementing strict ordinance against a possible drug activity. The school prohibits cigarettes and beers making drug dealers impossible to even sneak in a drug inside the campus. Fraternity is also prohibited because it leads to physical violence against human lives. The school is being monitored and strictly guarded.

Bro. Eli, point by point shows how it is unfair to easily pinpoint the government as the culprit in extra-judicial killings in his blog Controversy Extraordinary.  (Click here to read more)

DOHA, QATAR  Who should we worship?

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 7.37.11 PM.png

God, Christ and the Spirit should be worshiped. Christ’ crucifixion represents our sins. His death redeemed our sins. Christ should be worshiped because he is the son of God. “I will prove that Baptist is not true. Its name is not in the Bible and even call their members Baptist, when in fact they are not even officiating baptism. In the Bible, the term baptist is a name given to a baptizer like John who is a baptizer. You will discover gold mines if you listen to the word of God. Christ should be worshiped in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) Jesus Christ became the redeemer. His death redeemed our sins. (Hebrews 2:14)

POLOMOLOK, SOUTH COTABATO  65year-old Mormon

Who is Joseph Smith? Is he a true prophet?

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 7.39.11 PM.png

Joseph Smith is a liar, swindler, deceiver, many concubines, all sort of foolishness he’s done it. He is a false prophet with 40 wives. Another doctrine of the Mormons is that they believe that the dark-skinned or “negro” is cursed by God. It is only on June 9, 1978 that black skinned is allowed to Mormon priesthood since its foundation on April 6, 1830.

CALASIAO, PANGASINAN  58 year-old Methodist

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 8.02.01 PM.png

I thank God that you are zealous in propagating the word of God.- Merle Coguia

What is the difference between the Church of God’s doctrine to other religions? What is the status of a person that prioritize material things? How about the pretentious? They say that they are of God but it is clearly not seen through their works and attitude. What will be the judgment for these kind of faith?

Screen Shot 2016-10-07 at 8.12.13 PM.png

There is a big difference. There is no other church in the Bible but the Church of God. Some people think that they know better than God. They changed the name, commandments that the apostles wrote and also the commandments of God. We strictly adhere what is written in the Bible. Purely Biblical. The doctrine, name, integration, good deeds written, we conform. We preach freely. The manner of clothing, we do not let our members dress up in garish.

TALAVERA, NUEVA ECIJA, an INC Member

Where did Cain get his wife?

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-8-25-00-pm

Iglesia ni Cristo’s teaching is that Adam and Eve has only 2 sons. That is not true. When Cain killed Abel, the process of pro-creation did not stop.

Other places like Apalit Pmpanga,  San Joaquin Ilo-ilo and Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam also joined in.

The Philippine government is currently on its transformation, battling different issues like poverty, corruption and a lot more that includes prevalent drug problems. The Ang Dating Daan Worldwide Bible Exposition is a venue for our fellowmen to take time and focus on their spiritual needs, doubts, questions or anything regarding religious matters.

Ang Dating Daan program has been airing since its first episode in 1983 answering peoples queries anything and everything. Now the program can be seen and heard through different languages such as English (The Old Path Channel ), in Spanish (El Camino Antiguo ), Portuguese ( O Caminho Antigo ), Swahili (IDHAA YA UKWELI) and of course, Tagalog (Ang Dating Daan).

Screen Shot 2016-10-18 at 4.32.05 PM.png

Visit these channels for Biblical-based answers:

https://www.youtube.com/user/angdatingdaan

https://www.youtube.com/user/theoldpath

https://www.youtube.com/user/elcaminoantiguo

https://www.youtube.com/user/ocaminhoantigohd

https://www.youtube.com/user/idhaayaukweli

A WISHclusive Interview with Raggae vocalist Matisyahu shares Insights about the viral video of Bugoy Drilon’s cover of ‘One Day’

Manila, Philippines. [10/3/2016] WISHclusives DJ Alice had a chance to interview the “One Day” raggae singer  Matisyahu regarding the viral video that is currently rocketing the YouTube Channels and his thoughts about the Filipino singer, Bugoy Drilon.

Screen Shot 2016-10-03 at 11.46.52 PM.png

In less than a month of Bugoy’s performance of his cover, “One Day” on Wish 107.5‘s  YouTube channel has already over a million views and counting. When asked about his first impression while watching the video, he has this to say.

“I was blown away by, like this guy is really singing that song. So well, so amazing, with so much heart and soul and so talented, so right away I shared the post on my Facebook.”

For the complete interview of DJ Alice to raggae artist Matisyahu, just click below.

Bugoy Drilon covers “One Day”  @ Wish FM radio station -on-wheels