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About the Director

BISHOP DONALD VANDERBOUT SORIANO, Ph.D., Th.D.

Rev. Donald V. Soriano grew up in Bethesda Children’s Home – his natural parents were dying of sickness and poverty, when he was very young. He was legally adopted by Rev. Juan Soriano and missionary Elva Vanderbout.

He completed his Elementary Level schooling at Mabini elementary School, and completed his first three years of High School at Baguio Tech’s Science High School (now University of Baguio).

He graduated from High School at Baguio Colleges Foundation. He completed 3 years of college at Baguio Colleges (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science) but decided to enter the ministry in 1970.

He returned in 1976 to complete his studies and was appointed Director of Student Affairs of Baguio Colleges. He won several national awards such as Most Outstanding YCAP Coordinator nationwide (DEP-ED), Most Outstanding Drug-Abuse Prevention Program(DEP-ED), and Most Outstanding School-based Kabataang Barangay Chapter. He graduated in 1979 from Baguio Colleges Foundation as a Presidential Leadership Awardee. He went thru High School and College on several types of academic scholarships.

He has traveled extensively to many nations in relation to his work as a religious minister, as well as various social and charitable activities. In 1985, he was chosen as one of three Most Outstanding Young Citizen of Baguio City. In 1989 he was also an Everlasting Awardee of the Province of Benguet. In 1993 he was invited   to    address    the   Congress of Non-Government Organizations at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, U.S.A.

He has extensive experience in Drug-Abuse Prevention and Control. He served 9 years on the Board of Shalom House, Inc.,a Drug-Rehab center in Baguio City. He also has extensive experience in micro-entrepreneurship development having helped launch micro-business programs in many areas of the Philippines since 1982.

From 1984 to 1988, he started the Genesis Children’s Centers in parts of Northern Luzon, feeding more than 5,000 children with the help of Feed of Hungry (Don Steward) of Phoenix, Arizona. In 2001 a feeding program was initiated with the Benguet Division of the Dept.of Education. first concentrated in several elementary schools, and then developing into a province wide feeding program.

He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Education at Shalom Seminary, Des Moines, Lowa. Previous to that he earned his Doctorate in Theology from the International Seminary based in Florida, U.S.A. He has completed units and requirements for a Doctorate in Christian Psychology, Doctorate in Divinity, and a Doctorate in Ministry.

Since 1975, He and his wife have cared more than 4,000 children in Bethesda Children’s Home. Many now are professionals and business people- lawyers, dentists, doctors, nurses, social workers, police and army officers, teachers, etc., but many also decided to enter the Ministry as pastors, teachers, leaders and organizers. He has also personally cared for more than 300 youthful offenders, juvenile delinquents and court assigned children and youth, as well as more than two hundred women in distress and single mothers.

Aside from all the children and youth they have cared for, more than 5,000 pastors and ministers have graduated from their network of Bible Schools and Colleges throughout the Philippines and in 5 other countries. Pastor Donald has also been directly responsible for planting and building more than 1,200 churches here and abroad. He was chosen as World Evangelism’s (Moris Cerullo) Most Outstanding National Evangelists in 1972, and served 8 years of the International Board of World Evangelism in San Diego, California, U.S.A. He serves on several International Boards of religious groups, as well as consultant to several other non-government organizations and missions organizations. He is also the Philippine representative of several foreign based organizations. He was recently “adopted” as a SON of Sadanga, Mountain Province honored with the native name “maseg-ang” meaning merciful. He has also been “adopted” by various municipalities in Abra and Ifugao.

2005-2016 more than 1 Million underweight, poor and needy children are being fed in more than 3,000 feeding centers throughout the Philippines. His activities, program, awards, honors and positions he holds both in the secular and religious fields are too numerous to mention.

Rev. Donald and Celia Soriano have four (4) natural children and thirtheen  grandchildren and two great grandchild. Celia Soriano is from Mankayan, Benguet and her parents are Rev. Ramon & Talin Bugtong. They reside at Tuding, Itogon, Benguet alongside the children and youth they care for.

 

 

“CELEBRATING 54 YEARS OF SERVING GOD IN THE HARVEST FIELDS OF THE WORLD

“With no retreat and no surrender