Guinness World Records Awards Largest Gospel Choir Title to Ang Dating Daan Chorale

“We believe that this is an additional blessing that came from the Lord tonight, as we thank Him for the 35 years of Ang Dating Daan television program.”

UNTV-BMPI Chairman and CEO Daniel Razon sent his heart to the jampacked Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City as he held up the Guinness World Records’ Officially Amazing plaque.

The October 12 event marked the 35th anniversary of the radio, television and internet program. It was also the date when the Ang Dating Daan Chorale has set a new Guinness World Records record for the Largest Gospel Choir with 8,688 choir participants.

Kuya Daniel Razon sings UNTV’s then theme song which chorus speaks about the very goal of the station: “We are here gathered for a reason. To serve our God, people, and the nation.” (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Kuya Daniel Razon sings UNTV’s then theme song which chorus speaks about the very goal of the station: “We are here gathered for a reason. To serve our God, people, and the nation.” (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“This is something that we did not intend to do – to get the Guinness Book of World Records [title]. But our hearts intended to give thanks to God,” said Kuya Daniel, who co-hosts Ang Dating Daan program with international evangelist Bro. Eli Soriano.

Ang Dating Daan is the flagship radio, television, and online program of Members Church of God International (MCGI) and is to date the longest-running religious show in the Philippines. It is known internationally as The Old Path, El Camino Antiguo (Spanish), O Caminho Antigo (Portuguese).

For the 35th year of Ang Dating Daan, MCGI celebrated it with a grand musical performance that won the world record title along with a special charity effort for the 1,700 persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Guinness World Records adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm watches the strong 8,688 choristers of Ang Dating Daan Chorale as they perform choreographed praise songs during the Ang Dating Daan 35th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Guinness World Records adjudicator Ms. Fortuna Burke Melhelm watches the strong 8,688 choristers of Ang Dating Daan Chorale as they perform choreographed praise songs during the Ang Dating Daan 35th anniversary. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“Welcome to the Guinness World Records Family”

Guinness adjudicator Fortuna Burke Melhelm congratulated and welcomed MCGI to the Guinness family as she conferred the record-breaking title.

“The record for the largest gospel choir was 4,745. Today you have the brand new Guinness World Record title!” Ms. Melhelm announced that brought the participants and audience into long, resounding hoorays.

Ang Dating Daan Chorale performed several choreographed praise songs including the 15-minute long medley piece for the official attempt. The medley consisted four upbeat, MCGI-original praise songs: “Stand Up,” “Praise the Name,” “Hallelujah, Amen,” and “Enrich the Spirit.”

Participants let out cheers of victory as Members Church of God International was announced the new titleholder of Guinness World Records’ Largest Gospel Choir. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Participants let out cheers of victory as Members Church of God International was announced the new titleholder of Guinness World Records’ Largest Gospel Choir. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

“I am overwhelmed by the record that the Members of the Church of God has set tonight,” Bro. Eli, the Overall Servant to MCGI, said via live streaming from South America.

“Singing for the glory of the Lord is our pride,” the evangelist ended, thanking Guinness for witnessing the mega event.

Guinness’ official count of choir members was 8,688. Incidentally, the number is also the emergency and rescue hotline of UNTV, the 911-UNTV or 911-8688.

To recall, Kuya Daniel, who is dubbed Mr. Public Service in the Philippines, introduced the pioneering Tulong Muna Bago Balita (Rescue First, Report Later), a ground-breaking journalism practice which gives priority to saving lives than breaking news or getting scoops.

Ang Dating Daan Honors People with Disabilities

More than 1,700 people with disabilities (PWD) were Ang Dating Daan’s honored guests during its anniversary event. Twelve PWD institutions received cash gifts worth Php100,000 each. A total of 300,000 pesos was also given to 30 attendees selected via raffle draw.

Participants let out cheers of victory as Members Church of God International was announced the new titleholder of Guinness World Records’ Largest Gospel Choir. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

With public service as a key and inseparable part of Ang Dating Daan’s anniversary celebrations, the program’s 35th year honors people with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of Photoville International)

Bro. Eli and Kuya Daniel also handed in cash envelopes to each PWD present during the event. Besides financial assistance, wheelchairs, canes, and hearing aids were also distributed.

“We thank God for giving us an opportunity to do what we ought to do. Thank you so much for coming here today,” remarked Kuya Daniel.

Ang Dating Daan 35th is God’s Mercy

“Had it not been for His mercy, we wouldn’t have reached 35 years with all the persecutions and trials we encountered,” expressed Kuya Daniel.

“For the hope that God is giving and if not for His works, we are nothing. We believe all these are God’s works,” he summed up.

Ang Dating Daan started broadcast in 1980 with only three people in the production that included Kuya Daniel.

Written by Hazel Chavez-David

11 Comments

Edsel Tulao Villamarzo

posted on February 8, 2016Reply

Grabe nakakamis itong event na ito sa MCGI…..salamat sa Dios sa kanyang Kaloob na di masayod,hehehe next time ulit mga kapatid loobin and "TO GOD BE THE GLORY" at salamat may kuya kaming bigay sa ating harapan upan tayo ay alalayan sa ating buhay at isang mumunting instrumento na si Bro.Eli na nagpapagal para sa buong kapatiran,kaya Kuya Daniel at Bro.Eli you are truly a God Gift,salamat sa Dios at kay Hesus Dahil sa inyo.

Philip Bontog

posted on November 9, 2015Reply

TO GOD BE GLORY



Francis Cutay

posted on November 3, 2015Reply

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Leonil Andial Gomonit Jr.

posted on October 31, 2015Reply

#GLORY BE TO GOD

Aljon Maro

posted on October 30, 2015Reply

Sa Dios ang kapurihan magpakailanman. Salamat sa Kanya

Henry Cruz Yanga

posted on October 30, 2015Reply

thanks be to GOD.

Anna Mae Obiso Gabito

posted on October 29, 2015Reply

salamat sa DIOS

Ralph Michael Valmonte

posted on October 28, 2015Reply

Kudos to Ang Dating Daan Chorale!!!
To God be the glory!

Edgar Cabangon Tibang

posted on October 28, 2015Reply

To God Be tha Glory…

Max Toralba Duran

posted on October 28, 2015Reply

Gracia sa Dios….

Lio

posted on October 28, 2015Reply

Thanks be to God for a wonderful opportunity of singing praises to His Holy Name.

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