Unity in God's Word manifested in the National Bible Week celebrations
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos, regardless of their religious persuasion, joined together to celebrate God’s Word during National Bible Week which started on January 24. The National Bible Week was spearheaded by Philippine Bible Society, a non-stock, inter-confessional organization committed to the widest possible distribution of the Holy Scriptures in the country. The celebration was mandated by Presidential Proclamation Nos. 44 and 1067 signed by former Presidents Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos, respectively.
This year’s celebration has for a theme “God’s Word: Foundation for Unity and Transformation.” With all the natural disasters and calamities happening in the country, as well as abroad, the Bible Week, as PBS General Secretary Mrs. Nora Lucero said, serves as “a timely reminder to remind ourselves that if we are serious in using God’s Word as foundation for change: change in ourselves, change in our families, in our communities, in our nation, we will see a growing, blessed and transformed nation.” With this belief and encouragement, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) worked with churches, private organizations, media, and government agencies to widely promote the Scriptures and encourage Bible reading among Filipinos.
In support of this event, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is also a Bible reader, encouraged Filipinos in her special Bible Week message, “The Holy Bible is the most beautifully written book in the world. God’s love lives in its pages.
Manalig tayo sa pagmamahal ng ating Panginoon dahil hindi Niya tayo kailanman pababayaan.”