Changed lives through Ang Dating Daan Broadcast featured in a 3-Day Thanksgiving

Apalit, Pampanga Philippines.   Statements of those whose lives have changed with the preaching of Bro. Eli Soriano were one of the highlights of 3-day International Thanksgiving observed by Members Church of God International (MCGI) recently. The event had commenced with the singing of the whole congregation in different languages. The second quarter of 2014 had produced a total of 5,372 souls which eyes were opened to the teachings of God in the Bible because of the program of Bro. Eli Soriano’s  Ang Dating Daan.  

 

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Some of the newly baptized brethren made their way through the stage to testify what made them decide to join the Church of God to refute those people who bring them down. Here are some of their testimonies:

 

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“… tumimo po sa puso ko yung aral na walang labis, walang kulang… kaya maraming maraming salamat ho sa Dios na ipinakita po Niya ito sa akin sapagkat matagal ko ng hinahanap po ito na sa dati ko pong inaanibang relihiyon na Katoliko, na, may mga bagay na nababasa ako na nasusulat sa Banal na Kasulatan na hindi naman po naaayon sa aking kinakaaniban noon at napakita po ito sa akin ng kapatid na Eli, kaya maraming maraming maraming salamat po.”

 

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“Nang kalaunan, ewan ko kung napanood ko sa untv, pero matagal ko ng pinapanood yun, mga 2006 pa. Nung mapanood ko sa TV, indoctrination. Sabi ko, ano kaya yun … subukan ko. Napakalayo ng lokal sa amin, biniyahe ko lang ng gabi para lang mapuntahan kung ano talaga yun. Nasumpungan ko, sabi ko, eto na yung hinahanap ko! Salamat sa Dios po na nasumpungan ko po ang totoong iglesia ng Dios po. “

 

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“Umanib po ako sa Church of God International dahil dito ko lang po nakita at dito lang natin makikita ang tunay na doktrina, ang tunay na aral ng Dios at dito lang natin makakamtan ang kaligtasan sa tulong ng Panginoon”

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 “Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Church of God dahil po kay Bro. Eli, natanggal po ang mga bisyo ko – sa mga pag-iinom, pagbi-beer house. Dahil po sa pangaral ni Bro. Eli, nagbago po ako ngayon. Salamat po.”

 

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“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa Dios dahil po dito ako sa tunay na iglesia napadpad.”

 

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“… hindi po ako nagdalawang-isip, kaming mag-asawa na mismo ang kusang pumupunta para magsuri at magpadoktrina kasi ho sa 42 taon ko na pamumuhay sa mundo, gusto ko ho sana sa darating pa, kung loloobin po ng Panginoon, sa Kanya ko pa maibigay ang buhay ko. Alam ko na ito ang pinakamagandang maipamana ko sa mga anak ko kasi ho ang mga magulang ko, ang mga lolo at lola ko, hindi nila ako tinuruan kung paano ang itinuturo sa amin ni kapatid na Soriano.

 

“Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.” — 2 John 1:12 (KJV)

Through these words from the Bible, the essence of brotherhood among brethren is to see them face to face to see for oneself if the other needs help. Being concern saying with the mouth is a good thing but to see them personally and giving a hand means a lot.

 

 

Bro. Daniel Razon mingles with the brethren and guests
Bro. Daniel Razon mingles with the brethren and guests

 

 

Bro. Daniel Razon personally asking questions to brethren
Bro. Daniel Razon personally asking questions to brethren

 

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Caring for the elderly had extended through the First day of the international thanksgiving of the Members church of God international by caring for the elderly gays. Coinciding with the celebration “Caring for the Elderly” and UNTV’s 10th year anniversary the giving of their new home for the special elderly located at Novaliches. This is also supported by UNTV and Happy Christians.

 

According to Mr. Robbi Lolin, PRO, Happy Christians, they would be conducting livelihood programs, and Mr. Larry Espinosa, President, Happy Christians, everything is possible through the help of God that they have done the project through Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel’s teachings coming from the Bible  to help the needy .

To God be the Glory!!!

UNTV Cup Season 2 Best of 3 : Game 1 Snatched by PNP Responders Team

Will the AFP respond in the second game?

Pasig City, Philippines — The first tap of the ball goes to the PNP Responders as the  second game at the Ynares Sports Arena is once again attended by the supporters of both teams. 

The first quarter is a close game fight with a 19-16 score in favor of the PNP Responders. Harold Sta. Cruz had been a factor for the PNP’s team’s stability in terms of defense inside the basket. The defense force of the Responders plays a critical factor against the Cavaliers. Forcing AFP to play outside the 3 point area wherein the Cavaliers lost its flow of shooting range. They took advantage to play a man to man game. Rebounders for Cavaliers injured their scoring and committed a back to back lapse and forced turnovers in the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Cramming for the ball of the PNP and a superb defense of the Responders, as Yanquiling played as the stopper for the Cavaliers’ running game. The collaboration of the coaches and players’ strategic play made easy for the players to find an open spot to go for the score.
The offensive play of the AFP Cavaliers  is low with its impatient players under the basket. Boxing off the ball is the main problem of the Cavaliers. Their transition game and inconsistent shooting range outside and the lack of scorers under the basket paved way as the Respondents took advantage to a back to back score.
Through end of the second half, 33-28 as the PNP Responders scores ahead of the Cavaliers.
3rd quarter

In the first minute of the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers had sliced the lead of the Responders by one point forcing a turn over and another at the transition play of the Cavaliers. AFP’s running game is answered by the Cavaliers and converting every play into points. 2 minutes in the end of the 3rd quarter, the 3 point shot by the Cavaliers is quickly answered by a quick lay-up by the Responders; ending in a 41-41 score at the end of the 3rd quarter crunch game.
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Eugene Tan fires a 3 point shot at the 4th quarter. But De la Cruz blasted a critical 3 point shot and an unconverted 3 point shot attempt by the Cavaliers. Abaya of the PNP snapped a 3 point shot basket leading them to 5 point lead, 42-47 in favor of the Responders.
A short jump by Casulla cuts the lead but the fast break offense of the Responders ignited as an unselfish pass of Japhet Cabahug for an easy 2 for Abaya and Casulla cut the lead by 3. But the unstoppable Ollan Omiping blasted an important 3 point shot for a 6 point Responders lead.

 

                                              [Omiping with a triple double blast]
[Omiping with a triple double blast]

Coming from a 9 minute time out, cramming and uncoordinated play for the AFP lead to a disastrous game for the Cavaliers and a total of 14 fouls for the team Cavaliers. An assist and a fake pass of Cabahug resulted an easy 2 to Misola for the Responders.
The corner play of the AFP Cavaliers had anticipated by the PNP Responders for a fast transition, thus, frustration of the AFP Cavaliers resulted the 3 point shot of Ollan Omiping – 2 tripples in the 2nd half. Zuniga tried a 3 point clutch but the ball did not score.

                                [Harold Decena and Harold Sta. Cruz : Best players of game 1]
[Harold Decena and Harold Sta. Cruz : Best players of game 1]
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Harold Sta. Cruz with a free shot and a 15 point rebound. Last two minutes play with a score 66-54 lead by the Responders. Cabahug with 5 assist and less than a minute, Cabahug scored another point and a free throw. The game ended with a score of 74-64 win of the #PNP Responders.

[UNTV Cup Season 2]
[UNTV Cup Season 2]

At an earlier game, the Judiciary Magis took home the 3rd place for the UNTV Cup Season 2 beating the MMDA Blackwolves, 84-81.

 

[photo: UNTV Cup Season 2]
[photo: UNTV Cup Season 2]

Securing the 3rd place in the run for the UNTV Cup Season 2 championship, the Judiciary Magis prevail against the MMDA Blackwolves with a score of 84-81. The Magis prize of P250,000.00 and P150,000.00 of the Blackwolves would benefit their chosen charities.

[photo: UNTV Cup Season 2]
[photo: UNTV Cup Season 2]

 

UNTV Cup Game 2 will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum at July 1, 2014. (Tuesday 5 p.m.) Expect an exciting game with the PNP Responders against the AFP Cavaliers.
The Solons team from the House of Representative and the Senate Defenders would play for the opening game.
UNTV Cup, Ito ang Bagong Game Ko!

 

Duremdes returns in UNTV Cup Season 2

Quezon City, Philippines [82/11/2014]  Unusual it seems, but for a brave and charitable cause that brought in such an anticipated breath of air and doubled a heartbeat is something to be commended for. UNTV Cup Season 2 brings the excitement once again as it happens in Smart Araneta Coliseum, February 11th, 2014. Half-dawn and a massive crowd filled the premise of the iconic coliseum.

while waiting, people gather around the UNTV Drone
while waiting, people gather around the UNTV Drone

The colorful opening ceremonies were very much applauded by the huge crowd. The game ended with the score of 83-72 win by the Senate Defenders against the  HOR (House of Representatives) Solons. Cheers filled the air as Mr. Public Service, Kuya Daniel Razon thanked the supporters and players. This is an unexpected strong support by various sponsors and different  private sectors.

photo: courtesy of UNTV Cup Facebook page
photo: courtesy of UNTV Cup Facebook page

One of the prestigious PBA’s 500 Three-Point Club Member and MVP, the “Captain Marvel” Kenneth Duremdes, 40,  proves that he still have the games. Dominating the 3-point shooting range made him the Player of the Game with a score of 36 points – 10 rebounds and 9 assists and 4 steals for the Defenders easy win. The House of Representatives’ Niel Tupas Jr scored  22 points, not enough to hit the winning score game.

Crowd favorite, Sen. Sonny Angara  from Season 1 is back with doubled agility in campaigning this seasons charity basketball league. As the crowd grew, same with statistics. In Trendinalia Philippines, just more than an hour, the hashtag #UNTVCup2 had rocketed the 3rd spot trending in Twitter.

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Before the event ended, a message from Bro. Eli Soriano addressing the event as Every Game Day is People’s Day. Encouraging everyone to support this one of a kind advocacy that benefits our fellowmen.  Together with Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon, in making  their dreams one step to reality. Players and supporters, with their talents and strength with a cause.

A Tragic Vow to the Black Nazarene

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[ photo taken from Google ]

A vow turned into tragedy. The director of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council [MDRRMC] Johnny Yu confirmed that a member of the Hijos del Nazareno, Renato Guryon, 44, died on the day of the procession  in January 9, 2015 while managing a sea of devotees wanted to have the chance to wipe or touch the Black Nazarene’s feet. Seeking for healing, personal requests and good fortune was the main reason for this clamor to get close to the statue. Guryon and the group were securing the carriage since Thursday night which aggravated their fatigue.

“Have we understood them well enough and guided them properly? have we communicated to the ‘devotees’ properly?”  — Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio,  Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene

For 494  years of Catholic existence in the Philippines since it was first introduced on a Sunday of March 31st,  it is such an interesting surprise to know that the rector and parish priest of the Quiapo Church, Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, through the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, an article entitled, Understanding the Devotion to the Black Nazarene, he wrote that they, too, is still to understand the devotees kind of spirituality, “We understand the apprehensions of our brothers in the ministry because we, ourselves, have not fully understood the depths of this devotion. And admittedly, when emotions run too high without reason, fanaticism sets in. ”

The devotees were looking for the following:

  • miraculous healing
  • transformation of spirit and personality
  • they were believed to be holy places where miracles happen and prayers were heard.

 

The parade of the Black Nazarene originally came from Mexico. A long been tradition that the Filipinos adopted. The color came about when the boat caught on fire that made the once white statue to a burnt one. Now, it is carried off by a gold carriage and the devotees wore maroon. This is held yearly at Quiapo, Manila.

A belief that whosoever touch the Black Nazarene will be healed and devotees from different parts of the country and tourists alike rub and kissed the Nazarene. The lighting of candles, performing mass, changing of clothes, holding the Nazarene, novena, parade, taking off foot-wears and walking in knees are some of the rituals that majority of the devotees do in the anticipation of the actual parade.

[ pictures taken on Google ]
[ pictures taken  from  Google ]
Devotees believed that it is the place that God showers his blessings in the church. But time passed that most attendees present in Quiapo came not to worship. Many of them came to sell souvenir items. Small and big replicas of the Black Nazarene — made out of plastic, wood and stones. But the most common is the handkerchief which devotees rub to the feet and face believed to heal anything that touches it.

 

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 Taking time to a “holy” event that vendors dug in to this occasion to produce some money and others for sentimental reason for the thousands of devotees gathered around the country. This festivity is held every 9th of January. The devotees joins the parade “barefoot” as a sign of humility.
The Metro Manila Development Authority [MMDA] set a traffic rerouting scheme for the Friday’s procession.

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Although the government had set some rules and rerouting schemes, still people are injured and many are suffocated due to the massive crowd that circled the Black Nazarene just to get a hold and wipe off its feet. Dr. Eric Tayag, Health Assistant Secretary said that 1,686 patients had already been attended as of 6 p.m. and that does not include the hours after the parade.

 

Here are some of the reactions of our fellowmen of last year’s event:

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At the end of the day, it is us who make our life decisions. It’s just a matter of principle. What is right and what is just. What is clear and what is just absurd.

Rev. Anton Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila and head of the papal visit subcommittee on media relations said in an interview of the Asian Journal that the Black Nazarene feast is a dry-run for the up-coming papal visit of Pope Francis.  “Yes, the Black Nazarene fiesta is a dress rehearsal for the papal visit, especially the culminating mass at Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, manila on January 18.

It is just so sad that the feast that supposed to have healing miracles is also an event that caused another his life and to others, injuries.

It had been long practiced but what does the Bible says in these occasions?

Totoo bang ang pagluhod sa mga larawang inanyuan o graven image ay paggalang lang daw at hindi pagsamba?

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Zambrano, Chiara. “Black Nazarene Devotion: Deep Faith or ‘idolatry’?” N.p., 8 Jan. 2014. Web.

Ignacio, Clem. “Understanding the Devotion to the Black Nazarene.” Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. National Liturgical Congress, 12 Apr. 2012. Web.

Tangi, Rocelle. “Dry Run for Papal visit.” Asian Journal. N.p., Jan. 2015. Web.