MCGI – More Blood-bags for its Quarterly Donation

Apalit, Pampanga Philippines [12/13/2015]. Quarterly blood donation. 5,000 bags. This prompted the Philippine Blood Center‘s Dugong Bayani Award to recognize a truly dedicated group.

On December 13, 2015, the Members Church of God International conducted a nationwide blood-letting at the ADD Convention Center Apalit, Pampanga.

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More than 201 waited in line but only 146 had passed, 49 failed and 6 were underweight. There are still many volunteers but due to insufficient blood bags, many requested for an additional for the next event.

Ang Dating Daan and The Department of Health (DOH) ties up providing   information dissemination for people to be aware and enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

As early as 8 a.m. volunteers are already up to operate. One of the donors stand up in line to wait for his turn. When asked how he felt,

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“Masaya dahil malilinis mapapalitan ng bagong dugo ang katawan at higit sa lahat nakatulong ka pa sa mga taong nangangailangan ng dugo.”

For 4 consecutive year, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) received the Jose Rizal Award for the Dugong Bayani last December 2, 2015.

Initiated by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the group consistently donating blood since they first joined with 1,900 bags last March 13, 2011.

Until next blood-letting!

Dugong Bayani Award Salutes MCGI for 4 Consecutive Year of Blood-letting

Philippines. The Members Church of God International (MGCI) received the Jose Rizal Award for the Dugong Bayani in December 2, 2015. This is the 4th consecutive year that the group MCGI is awarded for its full support for the campaign in sharing blood to fellowmen in need.

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Julius Lecciones, Executive Director of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center thanked the group for its quarterly donation and making a difference in the lives of those terminally ill and needed blood every single day.

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Initiated by Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon, the group had donated the highest with 5,000 bags of blood last year. The quarterly blood-letting activity had gone a long way since it was first joined with 1,900 bags last March 13, 2011.

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The ADD Foundation International in partnership with Kamanggagawa Foundation Incorporated (KFI), UNTV — Your Public Service Channel and Blood Donors Society (BDS) held another Mass Blood Letting  at the ADD Convention Center Apalit, Pampanga.

 

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On December 13, 2015, another blood-letting is scheduled by the Members Church of God International to different stations across the country.

 One bag of blood save lives.

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UNTV: “TV Literacy Symposium, Anak TV Jury Screening and official launch of No Blackboard Academy”

Apalit, Pampanga Philippines.  Is TV the new Department of Education? This is what the Anak TV: TV Literacy, Jury  Screening and official launch of No Blackboard Academy on Aug. 17, 2014 at La Verdad Christian College has tackled to answer.

The symposium is hosted by Atty. Regie Tongol, a graduate from Ateneo de Manila University School of Law – a juris doctor degree and a former Asisstant Secretary in the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. Princess Leiza Manzon, a Runner-Up of Miss Philippines Earth 2012 and an Environmental Advocate and Y-Peer Pilipinas Ambassador.

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Atty. Tongol shared his experiences and what he does as a former assistant secretary.  The Strategic Planning Office execute press releases of what they call “tailored messages.” He tackled the following points on how to decipher and further understand the media feeding messages to the viewing public.

Anything that conveys message through sound is called media like Twitter and Youtube. Mass media is mass produced for mass consumption. In the 2013 data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, 61%  watch television, 56.7% listen to the radio, 46.5% reads newspapers, and the rest is in front of the computer/internet. There are 5 violent acts on primetime television that kids absorb it and channeled as aggression.

There are 4 literary skills: print, language, computer and media —  watching television. There are different interpretation of different people to different situations and it also takes into many forms.

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[the long line of students of La Verdad Christian College attend the 2nd batch of the symposium]

The second speaker is the Secretary General of Anak TV, Mr. Mag Cruz Hatol,  as he pleaded to all television stations. “Ang pakay ay upang maibalik ang saya sa telebisyon.” He also reiterated, “ Tanungin nyo ang sarili nyo, sino ang may hawak ng remote control? Pinilit ka bang manood ng mga tsismisan? Ibinabalik naming ang autoridad sa inyo na alagaan ang mga anak sa pamamagitan ng telebisyon.” He said this with a touch of humor yet very powerful.

 

Is TV the new Department of Education?

Mr. Cruz enumerated some examples on how television had affected our kids. First, the way they dress up. They want to dress up like to those they see on the television. Sitting for a long time in front of the television can cause selfishness. It is alarming to see commercials of singleness – meaning, the non-contact with other people specially their families. Today, kids are restless that in their classroom, they tend to fall asleep or immediately got bored. The negative effect with this on children is that the teachers are now for starter, greet the students on how their favorite television shows is like and even placing a television inside the classroom to pump up the students’ attention.

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Facebook is another tool that shows the further moving away of the children to their families. Back in the days, kids sweat, getting enough sunshine and fresh air. Now, parents, with their busy schedule, leave their kids in front of the computer screens for a very long time.

Today the use of computer is prevalent. To add up to the machinery of media blitz, they are now using celebrities to promote their products. The Anak TV Seal conducted a survey for two weeks at 6 am up to 9 pm to the grade 1 pupils in Malolos, Bulacan who is their hero. On the 5th place, Dr. Jose Rizal, our National Hero; 4th Fernando Poe Jr.; 3rd  Robin Padilla; 2nd Bong Revilla; 1st Manny Pacquiao.

Miss Earth Jamie Herrel, is one of the guest that supported the No Blackboard learning. Being Miss Earth, she imparted her obligations as the title holder about the importance of taking care of the environment and even promoted the use of the recycled ruler made out of plastic cups. “Think Twice” campaign to make a difference and urge the Filipino youth to take care for the environment. She advised the students to fight for what they believe in and to have faith.  Believing in oneself is important because who else would. Joshua Dionisio and Shane Velasco also graced the event both showing their vocal prowess.

 

Has Media changed Filipino lives?

Mr. Hatol also pointed out how the media had conditioned the minds of the Filipino on how women are in the society of the Filipino household. The reality is that media manipulates the television shows that shows the traditional Filipina women who were the rumor mongrels and portray as the lesser sex because they were beaten up or raped and still it is their fault because they are too fragile. He also pointed out, “Bata pa lang naka tatak na at pag-aari na ng mga manufacturers.” An ad showing a baby that is tattooed with different products is very alarming.

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To further audience participation, they have given an anatomy of a woman and man. Two questions is asked: in woman, what (3 parts) part that they are mostly uncomfortable and want to change? In man, the first thing they look at. This activity shows that the majority of the students looked at the faces.

The younger generations are the ones who are using these medias as their forms of communication. They are imitating these celebrities, they are encouraged to use certain beauty products patterned to a certain way the same as their favorite artists.

“Pester Power” is one of the techniques that commercials use to market these products. By nagging and continuous asking of the kids to their parents to give in to anything they want.

Toys have the same impact because the girls are forcing their bodies to be like Barbie. Many had become anorexic because they do not want to eat so that they would not get fat. The commercials had played over and over that thin is in, thin is better, thin is beautiful. Mr. Hatol had dug the very reason why women are insecure while they were growing up and always wanted to become barbie. “You have to be perfect.”

Parents are also to be blamed for these gestures of their children. He advised the parents to not to hurry their kids to become grown ups like dressing them up like an adult. These are all illusions to beautify and creating justice to a certain product for the consumers.

Teen-agers are the one who is hard to control and short presentation of a truthful narration on what is happening today. The video definitely connected to the students. They reacted to every scene and laugh. The last part was the breaking up of the supposed to be “forever” is something not to be brushed up about.

 

Media as people’s right

Jackie Aquino and Atty. Erin Tanada also graced this big event. It has been reiterated that information is power. Atty. Erin is a former Deputy Speaker of the Fourth District of Quezon, the Spokesperson of Liberal Party and an FOI (Freedom Of Information) advocate. He is also the main author of the FOI Bill that is designed for the people to have an easy access to whatever the government is proposing. Jackie Aquino, coming from a political family and who is a long board member of the MTRCB (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board) had the experience in dealing with different kinds of movies/issues questioning the ratings of a particular movie/tv show.

The students of La Verdad had an opportunity to ask them personally how they rate and what qualifications fall on a certain movie/tv show. The interaction between the students and Ms. Jacquie Aquino and Atty. Erin Tanada had opened everybody’s curiosity on how they regulate and rate everything in movies and television.

One student asked why there is a need for the classification board since the government already knows what is right and wrong in the shows or movies to be shown, why is there a need for such body?

Atty. Erin has this to impart. “Sa ating saligang batas, merong freedom of speech at freedom of expression. Yan ay karapatan ng kahit na sino na magsalita o gumawa ng rights mo. Ang importante, may choice kayo eh. May choice kayo kung ayaw ninyong manood. Simple lang naman yan eh. Patayin yung channel o ilipat yung channel.”  Cong. Erin Tanada is now the newly appointed manager of the UNTV News and Current Affairs.

 

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Kids tend to believe in everything they watch on television and believe it to be the truth. Same goes with what is going on in television. Commercials keep on repeating and promoting the products and its tag lines over and over. Everyone must be forewarned. In La Verdad Christian School, “ Wisdom based on truth is priceless.”

“Pag  nakakita sila ng palabas sa tv akala nila tama na. May kasabihan, sa mata ng bata, ang mali ay nagiging tama pag ginagawa ng nakatatanda. Ganun din ang mali ay nagiging tama pag napapanood ng bata sa tv na iprino-promote, inuulit-ulit, akala nila yun ang tama, yun ang totoo kaya dapat po maging maingat tayo kagaya ng ginagawa namin sa eskwelahang ito, ang motto, “Wisdom based on truth is priceless.” Lahat totoo. Dapat totoo. Kagaya ng pangalan ng La Verdad, the truth. Ang katotohanan. Dapat ang mapapanood nila sa tv ang katotohanan. Totoo. Hiindi ang mapapanood nila ay puro fiction. Kathang isip.” — Luzviminda Cruz,  Principal at La Verdad Christian School.

It should be based on truth even the name of our school,  La Verdad, the truth. It is high time that all programs on television must speak the truth and not fiction or made up stories.

Before the event ended, they had finalized it with the raising of the had that aims to collect much signatures for Women’s Rights and the Raise Your Voice Campaign by using voice as noise barrage.

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The No Blackboard launch is attended by both the parents/guardians and the scholars of the La Verdad Christian Building at Apalit, Pampanga campus.    The event started with the singing of the National Anthem. Luzviminda Cruz, Principal of   La Verdad Christian School welcomed all 2,500 attendees, parents and guests respectively.

 

 

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!!!

The Seven Rays Emanating from Heaven, Graças a Deus!!

After the celebration of the Christian New Year of the Members Church of God International, the 1st of Nissan 5774 in the 31st of March, 2014, continues with the 3-day celebration of the church International Thanksgiving.

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This made history as South America hosts this momentous event of the 3-day Thanksgiving of the Body of the Members Church of God International and the celebration of 50 years of Service to God of Bro. Eli Soriano, broadcast simultaneously in different monitoring sites all over the globe.

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The fulfillment of the prophecy in the Bible unfolds as the delegates from different countries gave their messages using their respective dialects.

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The celebration started by singing of the whole congregation and Doxology is sung with their own native tongue. Simultaneously.  So serene that a pin-drop is heard.

The Presiding Minister of Members Church of God International, Bro. Eliseo Soriano is welcomed with standing ovation.

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I thank God because of all of you. Agradeço a Deus por causa de todos vocês. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios mga kapatid dahil sa inyong lahat. Because I have known… I was given the opportunity to serve you. For the last 50 years of my life, I’m thanking God that in spite of the difficulty I met along the way, all of the problems of persecutions everyday, every hour, until now,  let all praises be unto Our Creator.” —  Bro. Eli Soriano

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Bro. Eli said that it is the work of God that made His teachings be understood by the different languages in different countries.

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 “The pleasure of God is not accident. It is something that is destined to happen.”  —  Bro. Daniel Razon 

Second Day

After more than an hour of presentation of the history of the locales in the South America, a poetic debate followed. The hard-hitting words with a twist of the “Filipino-way” of debate which Bulakenyos is known for. Sis. Luzviminda Cruz – Principal of the La Verdad Christian School, Bro. Danny Navales – church minister and Bro. Rodel Mangiliman – also a church minister, served as the moderator (Lakandiwa).  At the end of the poetic debate, Bro. Eli Soriano weighed and decided that it was a fair win for the two opponents.

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Poetic debate: Sis. Luz Cruz, Bro. Danny Navales and Bro. Rodel Mangiliman (moderator)

After greeting the brethren of different delegations, he opened up another inspiring lesson. It is a fact that Bro. Eli’s preaching went through the most tough and probably the most controversial of all preachers. This is one of the reasons to celebrate because of the enlightened souls with his frankness that made his opponents tongue-tied.

Third Day

Seven rays emanating while Bro. Daniel is speaking to the congregation

Efésios 2:12 – estáveis naquela época sem Cristo, separados da comunidade de Israel, estranhos às alianças da Promessa, sem esperança e sem Deus no mundo.

 Efeso 2:12 –  recordad que en ese tiempo estabais separados de Cristo, excluidos de la ciudadanía de Israel, extraños a los pactos de la promesa, sin tener esperanza, y sin Dios en el mundo.

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Speaking in tongues.   While other preachers pretend to speak to an unknown language that even themselves do not understand, the Members Church of God International do speak in tongues! There were at least four languages delivered during this event.

Everyone in their native languages had heard and understood the words of hope and salvation. Tears of joy coming from a heart that understood. Spanish, Portuguese, English and Tagalog translators were present in this celebration.

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Bro. Eli showing the picture of the 7 rays to the congregation

 

 

 

 

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MCGI Elders Gave thanks to God! Rejoicing the Glorious Years

Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines.  On  December 28, 2013,  at a weekly Thanksgiving  of the Members Church of God International at ADD Convention Center in Apalit Pampanga, that day is  filled with our dear lolo’s and lola’s. Most of them arrived earlier than usual and secured a place in the front-most.

At ninety three years old ( 93 ), lola Rosalina F. Sanchez, accompanied by her granddaughter, is one of those who came up on stage. It is such a delight to see the elders giving thanks and singing praises to the Lord. Everyone is rejoicing for another opportunity to see His creations.

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Lola Rosalina Sanchez, 93

Although had difficulty in hearing, everyone thought she is a thousand and three (1,003 ),  after a few times been asked how old she was, finally understood —  ninety three ( 93 ) Everyone is very happy and Bro. Eli Soriano has this to say:

“Dapat pagka matanda na, dapat maintindihan nyo na pinagpapasensiyahan na yung mga matatandang bingi. Si Papang, namatay, 97. Ang nanay ko 93 nung mamatay. Yung kapatid na 93 na yan, malakas pa, awa ng Panginoon. “

( It is already difficult for elders to hear. Elders need patience. My father died the the age of 97. My mother died at 93. So, the 93 year-old sister is still strong, with the help and mercy of God. )

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“Makikita nyo ang ebidensiya sa mga taong ito. 80 … 70 mahigit, 90 mahigit, yang mga taong yan, nakalagpas na dun sa mga maraming pagsubok, maraming mga panganib. Kaya magkakaisa tayong kalooban ngayon. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios sa mga taong ipinagkaloob niya sa atin. “Bro. Eli Soriano

( “You can see the evidence from these people —  80, 70 and more than 90 years old, they are the ones who have surpassed the dangers and trials. So let us unite altogether in offering Thanksgiving to God for all the years He had given to us.”  — Bro. Eli Soriano )

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 Proverbs 10:27 

The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.