Instead of pursuing an academic education, Soriano chose to devote himself to the study of the Bible.
His family was a member of the religious group "Iglesia ng Diyos kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan," founded in 1936 by Nicolas Perez, a former minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo.
When Perez died in 1975, a power struggle forced Soriano to leave and set up a new group with only 500 members.
In the mid-’90s they obtained a loan that enabled them to buy a 50-million-peso, 10-hectare lot in Apalit, the center of their operations today because Apalit, they say, is the center of Luzon. Now in place aside from the convention center are a modest hotel and a still crude-looking school and hospital.
Perhaps Soriano’s most controversial aspect is his language.
A preacher interspersing the words of God with cuss words is a novelty on Philippine television.
He laughs at other religions’ celebration of the Last Supper in the morning.
"If you are in your right senses, you won’t have dinner at six o’clock in the morning," he says.