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MCGI Choir is Current World’s Largest Gospel Choir – Guinness

09 Jan

By Jane Abao

UPDATE, Manila, Philippines (5/25/2016) – On May 22, 2016, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) made an attempt to break the Guinness World Record to Largest Gospel Choir with an alleged 21, 272 participants. They then made an announcement that they broke the record. The announcement was made in defiance about to whom they were supposedly breaking the record. Eagle News of the INC earlier reported: “The current record is 8,688 held by man choir of the Believers LoveWorld Ministry, also known as Christ Embassy on December 2015.”

This is gross violation to broadcast ethics according to the Members Church of God International (MCGI). First, the INC made an announcement of having broken the record. Second, they did not recognise the current title holder that is the ADD Chorale of MCGI that won the award on October 12, 2015 with 8,688 participants.

Understandably, they think winning a Guinness is like a basketball game wherein if you add, you get back the title. The INC was title holder to Largest Gospel Choir on July 27, 2014 with only 4,745 singers. But this 2016 attempt is one that they soon realize is still uncooked. Here’s a video they posted in YouTube saying their attempt still has to be submitted to Guinness. They were forced to admit that this is something “still in progress” upon receiving many complaints from the public that they are lying. Normally, awards from the Guinness World Records are given the same day, the GWR adjudicator being present during the event. But there was none in attendance in this INC event. The reporter who first reported about the attempt had clarified that. There was no GWR Adjudicator in attendance during that May 22,2016 event: a failed attempt to get back the title of Largest Gospel Choir.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 12.11.05Manila, Philippines (1/9/2016) – Guinness World Records (GWR) has recently confirmed that the present titleholder to Largest Gospel Choir is still the Members Church of God International (MCGI) in the Philippines.

The confirmation sought for by MCGI from the reporter’s website and GWR was necessary in the wake of reports that Christ Embassy Choir (No country indicated) is the present titleholder to the record.

On October 12, 2015, Ang Dating Daan, a Bible-based program of the MCGI, was celebrating its 35th anniversary at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines. As part of the celebration, the Ang Dating Daan Chorale sang a medley of gospel songs properly conducted under concert conditions. In attendance were 8,688 choristers as verified by an external auditing firm P & A Grant Thornton using Turnstile counting, barcoded ticketing method. Acting as official witness was Philippine Congressman Neil Tupas. Having met all the requirements listed on the Guinness World Records website to bag the Largest Gospel Choir Category, Adjudicator, Mrs. Fortuna Burke Melhem judged them as the current record-breaker of all time. Melhem congratulated the organization and welcomed the Ang Dating Daan Chorale to the Guinness World Records family. The previous record-holder of 4,745 participants was that of the Iglesia ni Cristo, also from the Philippines.

However, on December 23, 2015, the kingdomboiz.com site reported about a Christ Embassy Choir bagging a Guinness World Record, and it was about being “Largest Gospel Choir.” Incidentally, such false reporting was exploited by enemies to heckle the incumbent titleholder. Guinness’ reply to MCGI’s inquiry proved that the report about Christ Embassy bagging the Largest Gospel Choir award is misleading or at worst, false.

This false report was used widely by members of the Iglesia ni Cristo to heckle MCGI, much more claim that the award won by the latter is fake. INC is publicly known as an archenemy of MCGI. An archenemy, as defined, is one who is extremely hostile or opposed to someone. The Presiding Minister to MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano, is known to expose false teachings in his Bible Exposition programs, but among all religions, it is the INC that does not take criticisms fairly. The activities of the INC prompted MCGI to find out the truth.

MCGI, among others, challenged the report for the lack of mention of a GWR adjudicator present, the rounded number of 12,000 participants, and the no-show of a clip of the awarding ceremony.

MCGI noticed that a report by a certain Tobisyn in kingdomboiz.com (12/26/2015) mentioned that Christ Embassy choir bagged a Guinness World Record with their 12,000 participants to largest gospel choir.

The report said they sang Christmas songs and carols “to honor Christ on his birthday.” He had asked that the video be shared and by the time of inquiry had 555 shares. The 12,000 was obviously repeated in the paragraphs to underscore the number supposedly beating all others.

MCGI was then tasked to find out. Google search results at Guinness World Records reflect the following (some 13 days after the report said Christ Embassy won as Largest Gospel Choir). The one at top left reflects MCGI (Members Church of God International) as present titleholder.

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In their inquiry from both Tobisyn’s group and Guinness World Records, MCGI asked the following: “Did it really happen that Guinness awarded this Christ Embassy Choir with Largest Gospel Choir in December 2015?”

It challenged that the report did not mention any Guinness World Records Adjudicator who was present during the affair.

The MCGI inquiry also wondered about the 12,000 and the absence of a video clip on the awarding, thus –

The rounded number of 12,000 is also a surprise because in life, it does not happen that people come in by rounded numbers. What was the exact number of participants? If at all, why did the video not present the awarding if there was such an awarding?

The video being propagated in kingdomboiz.com and YouTube only shows someone beating at a distance and numbers of people being shot. Meanwhile, Guinness World Records answered the MCGI inquiry (1/9/2016) thus –

The largest gospel choir consists of 8,688 participants and was achieved by the Members Church of God International (Philippines), at the Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines, on 12 October 2015. We can also confirm that an adjudicator was present for the event.

This is the letter from GWR –

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And this is about MCGI winning in the Guinness site –

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http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-gospel-choir

Meanwhile, to date there was no response from the side of Christ Embassy Church although the website says it welcomes inquiries and complaints. A check on Wikipedia says –

Christ Embassy, also known as Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated, is a Church and Mission Group led by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. It is based in Lagos, Nigeria and has offices in the United Kingdom, United States of America, and South Africa.

Here was Tobisyn’s report that MCGI found as false reporting –

http://kingdomboiz.com/christ-embassy-choir-bags-a-guinness-world-record/

The false report was also replicated in YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwRsB3JHmIM

The MCGI letter reminded the website bannering Christ Embassy Choir that if the report is not true, it does not advance truth. The reporter should correct himself, at best through public apology. The letter ended thus –

A true church would fight for truth and not shield anyone attempting to lie, in the same way that your site should stand for truth. We hope we can correct things so that we won’t be adding to the confusion being propagated in the world.

However, to date, there was no explanation coming from Christ Embassy Church or choir or website. #

 

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12 responses to “MCGI Choir is Current World’s Largest Gospel Choir – Guinness

  1. kotawinters

    January 9, 2016 at 7:41 am

    News reports are not always true. We need to verify publications of any kind because some take advantage of the cyber highways to foist lies on others.

     
  2. mateopage

    January 9, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Every important details to prove their (Christ Embassy Church) claims as the GWR World’s Largest Gospel Choir Title Holder are missing! The ill-motives of INC and CEC are obviously OBVIOUS!

    Thanks be to GOD for this article.

    And still up to date, “MCGI Choir is Current World’s Largest Gospel Choir – Guinness”.

     
  3. John Cardenas

    January 9, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Share and be Informed….🙂

     
  4. Emmy Joquico Mallari

    January 10, 2016 at 4:18 am

    It was confirmed by the World Guiness Records. It was an amazing performance of the MCGI Brethren consisted of 8,688 participants. To God be the Glory!

     
  5. kotawinters

    January 11, 2016 at 7:32 am

    This is shameful. Twice the INC were featured but negatively: First, for being the title-holder that was beaten. Second, for being a rumour-monger and a poor loser.

     
  6. Cynthia Dalit

    January 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

    It is very easy to say that you are the no. 1..but to prove you’re really the no. 1 is also another thing..like what this INC are doing..they’re making news without proof..no credibility…

     
  7. Gauden Joe Olivar Sumayod

    January 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Shameful indeed! This is ridiculous. Imagine a church would claim a world record, especially the GWR without any proof being shown?! And the most striking is that the GWR denied the claim of that church. They have that guts to spread lies in public, without a shame. Tsk tsk!

    Anyway, MCGI’s performance during the GWR attempt was really commendable. They really deserve to be awarded as the World’s Largest Gospel Choir. And you can see it with their performances on how synchronized, stunning and amazing they are! The audience and the GWR adjudicator were moved to tears as they performed their numbers. Kudos to the Members Church of God International and to their Presiding Ministers: Bro. Eli Soriano and Bro. Daniel Razon! To GOD be the glory!

     
  8. Gengenever

    January 13, 2016 at 5:54 am

    What an obvious piracy of taking the title holder of being a Guinness World Records (GWR) Largest Gospel Choir.
    Even their actions are louder than their word – the action of untruth.
    The word of being united in decieving people and not being ashamed of claiming something not trully their title.

    It’s noticeble in this video comparison when you watch them that really the MCGI is still the unbreakable Record Holder.

    World’s Largest Gospel Choir – Ang Dating Daan Chorale (Official Video)

    8,688 participants

    NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD OF LARGEST GOSPEL CHOIR COURTSEY CHRIST EMBASSY??????????

    12,000 participants?????????

    If someone watch this with open-mindedness they will not believe that they broke the record of MCGI.
    All I can say is this: It is really SHAMEFUL!

     
  9. Benedict Abulencia

    January 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Nothing personal, but it appears the Christ Embassy Choir is attempting to ride on the growing fame of MCGI and its choir group that OFFICIALLY bagged the Largest Gospel Choir Group title last October. I hope I am wrong, but their leaders should be responsible enough to prove, or at least substanstiate, their claim.

     
    • kotawinters

      February 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

      There was no answer from that Christ Embassy Church when they were challenged to prove that they won a Guinness. Instead, Guinness re-confirmed that the current title holder to World’s Largest Gospel Choir is the MCGI.

       
  10. Francis Trance

    March 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    I was among the choristers when the record was broken and the sound of more than eight thousand people singing together in harmony is amazing. I still could hear the sound of that event whenever I reminisce it. Now, I saw this video claiming the record was broken why a group of 12,000 singers and the sound of them singing was not the same as what I’ve heard in Araneta. Just by looking at the video and listening to their sound, you can feel how many the really are, which to my estimate is just a thousand people at most.

     
  11. florafe41

    March 18, 2016 at 1:47 am

    The official page of GWR and its representative witnessed the said event. Can they show an official statement that they had beaten the record of Ang Dating Daan Chorale. If not, i rest my case.

     

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