ADD Convention Center

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ADD Convention Center
Pasalamatán
ADD Convention Center 2016.jpg
Western entrance
Location Brgy. Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines
Coordinates 14°57′35.3″N 120°45′41.1″E
Type convention center, multi-purpose hall
Capacity 50,000[1]
Website
www.mcgi.org

The Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Convention Center also known as Pasalamatán in Tagalog[2] is an open-type, multi-purpose convention center owned by the Members Church of God International (MCGI), a Philippine-based Christian religious organization. It is located inside the 10-hectare ADD Central Headquarters (also known as ADD Compound) along MacArthur Highway in Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines. MCGI is also known in the Philippines as Ang Dating Daan or "ADD" (English: "The Old Path"), the title of its flagship radio and television program.

Background[edit]

In the mid 1990s, the church left its old headquarters (also known as "Old Central") in Brgy. San Vicente, a flood-prone area in Apalit and relocated to a bigger space. A ₱50 million loan[3] was obtained by the church to acquire and develop a 10-hectare lot in Brgy. Sampaloc in Apalit into a mixed-use community. The ADD Central Headquarters houses the ADD Convention Center, 5,000-capacity chapel, baptistry, MCGI Central Administration Office, dormitories for church officers and volunteers, orphanages, infirmary, transient home, houses for the ministers and workers and school buildings for MCGI's tertiary institution, the La Verdad Christian College.

ADD Convention Center[edit]

The 50,000-capacity[4] steel-metal ADD Convention Center was built on a 1.5-hectare land mass. It is the home of major church gatherings such as the quarterly 3-day International Thanksgiving to God (also known in Tagalog as Pasalamat ng Katawan or PNK) and the weekly Thanksgiving to God (Tagalog: Pasalamat sa Dios) held every Saturday. It is also the venue of regular church services such monthly Special Prayer Meetings (SPM), Worldwide Bible Expositions and baptism of new members. It was expanded first in 1999 then in 2004, the oval arena was built, adding more parking spaces and more area for the church members.

It also hosts other special events of the church such as the bi-annual A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival and anniversaries of the Ang Dating Daan television program. Also included were sports activities, conferences, meetings and benefit concerts.[5][6][7]

Local convention centers[edit]

MCGI established local churches (also known as ADD Coordinating Centers) in communities throughout the Philippines and abroad where members attend regular church services and conduct indoctrination sessions. These include local ADD convention centers with bigger seating capacity and equipped with satellite dish to receive live and exclusive broadcast feed from ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga via Measat-3A[8] satellite.

  • Aguinaldo Highway, Biga 2, Silang, Cavite
  • San Roque, Sto. Tomas, Batangas
  • Brgy. Parian, Calamba, Laguna
  • Imelda Avenue, Cainta, Rizal
  • Velasquez St., Bangiad, Taytay, Rizal
  • Brgy. San Roque, Cebu City
  • Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City

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Coordinates: 14°57′34.34″N 120°45′38.21″E / 14.9595389°N 120.7606139°E / 14.9595389; 120.7606139