120,0000 Manila Students to Read, Study and Share the Bible

1
The Manila Archdiocesan and Parochial Schools Association (MAPSA), the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila Education System (RCAM ES) and the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) partnered in integrating a dynamic Bible program into the curriculum for 120,000 students in Manila.
MAPSA President, His Eminence Most Rev. Luis Antonio G.Cardinal Tagle, D.D. and PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora G.Lucero signed a Memorandum of Agreement providing Basic Bible modules customized for K to 12 in schools covered by MAPSA and RCAM ES. The historic MOA was entered into on April 9, 2015 at the Archbishop’s Residence, Arzobispo Street, Intramuros and witnessed by Fr. Elpidio Biliran, RCAM ES and MAPSA Human Resources, Formation Officer and Chairman of the Commission on Promotions, Public Affairs and Linkages and Mrs. Esperanza Cartera, PBS Associate General Secretary.
Under the agreement, MAPSA and RCAM ES will use the materials that will be developed through the partnership as part of the member schools’ Religion classes. Ninety two (92) schools are covered by MAPSA while 27 schools are members of RCAM ES. A program of activities will also be provided for the reading, sharing, studying, praying and reflecting on the Word of God.
4
Bible Clubs will be established to serve as catalysts for upholding the Vision – Mission of the Bible program. For its part, PBS will provide subsidized Biblesfor MAPSA and RCAM ES member schools and will work with MAPSA and RCAM ES in the development of the curriculum that will integrate the Word of God. The program’s four-fold objectives include the following:

  • That its vision be made an integral part of this Agreement: “That Christ be Formed… Knowing Christ, Loving Christ, Living Christ”
  • To enable the RCAM ES and MAPSA schools to serve as arms of evangelization on proclaiming and witnessing the Kingdom of God.
  • To develop modules of Basic Bible lessions customized for K to 12.
  • To develop Student Workshops and referencesand provide a Teachers’ Manual to facilitate the lessons on the Bible.

The program aims to produce students who will become missionaries and witnesses of the Word, first in their homes, and then become activein Bibleapostolatein the Parishes. The program also seeks to provide guidelines for schools to become seed bed of vocations and missions.
Reported by: Helen Saldana

I am a Bible Ambassador because I believe that the Bible can help people a lot. And knowing the Bible, people come in touch with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

Gusto kong makipag-fellowship sa kanila, masaya sa Philippine Bible Society kapag may mga (membership) meetings.  Gusto ko rin madagdagan knowledge ko... yung opportunity makapag.distribute ng Biblia sa maraming tao at magamit ako ng Panginoon. Pangatlo ay yung ma.bless din ako and be a blessing to many people.

Ptra. Dolores “Loy” Fulgencio
Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

It's an honor and a privilege for me to support the Philippine Bible Society - to reach out to the unreachable people by giving Bibles not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

Ptra. Nina Vergara
Ptra. Nina VergaraAnnual PBS Member

“It is a blessing to be able to support our local churches in need of Bibles and Bible study programs. It is our hope that they not only grow in terms of membership but also have the heart to extend spiritual help to others, just like how they have received help.”

Ptr. Callum TabadaUCCP Cosmopolitan Administrative Pastor (AACP benefactor)

“We are thankful since each individual now has a Bible. Our members will no longer have a hard time reading. Thank you also for the discipleship materials for these will help all in getting to know Jesus and to know how to be a better Christian.”

Ptr. Eric BulanteChurch Pastor, Shepherd's Church in Hills of Zion, Talim Island (AACP beneficiary)

“Philippine Bible Society organizes trainings that really respond to the needs of people who are suffering.
It has well-equipped leaders who facilitate trainings and workshops.
Its mission to reach out to Filipinos using God’s Word is fulfilled through its works.”

Miriam del RosarioExecutive director at The Birthright Educators Foundation

“I praise and thank our Almighty God that, through PBS, I now own a Poimen version of MBB (Magandang Balita Biblia) in the national language of the Philippines – Tagalog.
Knowing Matthew 10:32-33, I read and study the Bible so that I will not be dismayed when the Lord Jesus Christ comes. Life is too short compared with the promise of eternal life in God’s Kingdom.”

Jorge BianesLocal Church Elder at LJOR Unified Commonwealth

I think this is very helpful to every readers. The word of the Lord are the food of our soul which we always need every minute of our life. I dont often read the Bible but everytime i open it, God was always like in front of me and speaking as what is something i'm just needing to hear. He speaks to me and i can feel it. A million thanks to You my Lord.

CrisTin Bocar AtregenioHousewife, Stay-at-home parent

I love the ministry of the Philippine Bible Society in sharing the Word to the world. God bless PBS!

Ganni BanzueloScripture Marketing Officer at Philippine Bible Society