Philippine Bible Society

Cabuyao Unites Under the Light

Last October 27, the Word of God brought together the local government of Cabuyao, Laguna, its people, the Bible Society, and the different local Catholic, and Protestant churches.
Under the Ilaw sa Tahanan (Light to the Home) Bible distribution program the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) partnered with the National Housing Authority (NHA), the Cabuyao for Jesus Movement (CJM), St. Policarp Parish, and the local Homeowners’ Association.
During the distribution, there was no distinction between churches, or between the government and the governed.  All were driven by their shared desire of spreading the Good News to the residents of the relocation site.

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Volunteers help deliver the Ilaw sa Tahanan (Light to the Home) Bibles to the residents of Southville I relocation site.

Volunteers from the different groups began handing out around 4,000 copies of the Bible to the residents of Southville I relocation site after the simple dedication program held at the Southville I Elementary School grounds.
During the program, parish priest Fr. Edgar Consignado dissuaded the residents from making the Bibles that they were receiving mere “displays,” and encouraged them to “take the time to read and understand the Word that it may be reflected in their lives.”
Homeowners’ association Vice President Marissa Santos agreed.  “When we first transferred here, there was a consensus that our lives were miserable and that we needed some kind of spiritual support.  That’s why we are happy and grateful that a Bible distribution program was done in our community,” she shared.
She also said that while they may be “hungry” for material wealth, she expects all of them to be “filled with spiritual wealth” now that they have their own Bibles.
Rev. Irma Dela Cruz, wife of CJM leader Rev. Galahad Dela Cruz, said the volunteers’ excitement over preparing for the Bible distribution was extraordinary.
“It didn’t matter to them if they got tired or if they don’t have enough money for fare.  What was impressed in their hearts was they will give Bibles in Southville and they are glad and excited about it,” Pastora Irma shared, adding that they “praise God for placing this impression upon the hearts of the volunteers.”

The organizers were also able to personalize Bibles after conducting an extensive survey in the relocation site to determine the residents’ interest in owning a copy of the Holy Scripture.
Using data from that survey, Pastora Irma explained, they placed the names of the recipients on each copy of the Bible.  “We want the families who would receive these Bibles to treasure them and for them to feel that they are special,” she explained, adding that close to 200 volunteers toiled for four days to label the Bibles.

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PBS Board Member Mr. Dante Lanorio and Communication and Development Manager Miss Juliet Jimeno present samples from their donation of Bibles and other Scripture materials. Also in the picture is NHA Project Manager Engr. Raymund Abad.

PBS Board Member Dante Lanorio and NHA Project Manager Engr. Raymund Abad also presented a donation of Bible and other Scripture materials to Southville I Elementary School principal Mrs. Elvira Catangay, who graciously hosted the program.

For her part, PBS Communications and Development Manager Juliet Jimeno expressed joy over the underlying spirit of unity highlighted by the distribution.  “It is always delightful to witness people coming together to celebrate and share the Word of the Lord,” she said.

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Communication and Development Manager Miss Juliet Jimeno presents
a copy of the Ilaw sa Tahanan (Light to the Home) Bible to a family from Southville I in Cabuyao, Laguna

Project Coordinator Nestor Reyes, meanwhile, said that they also plan reach out to more than 8,000 families in Balagtas, Marilao, Meycauayan, and Bocaue in the province of Bulacan before yearend.  Presently, he added, the Bible Society and its partners have distributed over 14,600 copies of the Ilaw sa Tahanan Bible for this year alone.

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