Philippine Bible Society

Celebrating A God Who is Real

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Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno speaks on the standard of Christian justice set by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Such was the theme and the spirit that prevailed in the 42nd Annual Membership Meeting of the Philippine Bible Society held last April 21, 2007 at the newly constructed Ministry House along UN Avenue in Manila. The whole-day activity was opened by a worship service that had for its guest speaker, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honorable Reynato Puno.Image

PBS General Secretary Nora Lucero with Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno.
In his message, Chief Justice Puno centered on God’s standard of justice that focuses on the supremacy of the law of love and mercy taken from John 8:1-11, where Jesus Christ reduced all human laws to one word – love.He said “the standard of Christian justice ought to be the concern of all and not just that of judges in the judicial department of government,” adding that everyone assumes the role of a judge in their everyday lives.
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PBS Board Members and Managers with Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

Also present during worship time were Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Ruben Reyes and Judicial and Bar Council member Justice Raoul Victorino.
A Bible distribution program for members of the Judiciary was also launched. The program, initiated by the Chief Justice himself, aims to provide copies of the Bible to about 2,000 justices and judges serving in the various courts all over the country.
Another component of this program is the envisioned formation of Bible Study groups that will enrich the magistrates’ understanding and application of Biblical principles and statutes in their rulings and decisions.
Following the worship service, the business meeting was called to order by PBS Chairman and President Bishop Efraim Tendero. A quorum was declared by Corporate Secretary Atty. Robinson Landicho, with 215 members in attendance.
Bishop Tendero presented the milestones achieved by the Bible Society in 2006: the inauguration of the Lawang Bato Printing Plant; the opening of the Cebu Regional Auxiliary Bible Office (RABO); the launching of the Electronic Filipino Bible (E-Bible); and, the inauguration of the United Nations Avenue Ministry Facilities.
PBS General Secretary Nora Lucero’s report, on the other hand, underscored God’s faithfulness, and the realness of his presence and gracious providence. “All told, we have achieved no less than 90 percent of what we laid out to do for 2006…all realized through the guidance and provision of our very real God. It was indeed a time of thanks and celebration.” She likewise revealed that the BS is doing a lot of self re-engineering to ensure that it remains relevant to its purpose and to the changing times.
Associate General Secretary Vilma Salvio also presented the ministry’s Financial Status, showing, a very stable and “in the black” Bible Society.
After which, the assembly unanimously elected Ambassador Henrietta de Villa (Catholic Lay), Rev. Marie Sol Sioco-Villalon (NCCP Clergy), Atty. Robinson Landicho (NCCP Lay), Rev. Val Chaves and Bishop Cesar Punzalan, III (PCEC Clergy), and Dr. Jonathan Exiomo (PCEC Lay) as members of the Board of Directors.
It also re-appointed external auditors Uy, Singson, Abella, & Co. (USA & CO.) as the Bible Society’s auditors for 2007.

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Outgoing PBS Chairman Bishop Efraim Tendero, DD (right) swears in the newly-elected PBS Board Members: (from left) Rev. Marie Sol Sioco-Villalon; Corporate Secretary Atty. Robinson Landicho; Vice Chairman Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, DD; Incoming Chairman Bishop Cesar Punzalan III; and, Executive Committee member Mr. James Tioco.

In the board meeting held soon afterwards, Bishop Punzalan was elected to replace Bishop Tendero as Chairman, while Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, D.D. and Atty. Robinson Landicho were re-elected as Vice Chairman and Corporate Secretary, respectively. Meanwhile, Board Members Rene Cristobal and James Tioco were also elected as members of the PBS Board Executive Committee.
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Participants in the voters’ education forum form small groups for a short activity.

Still keeping true to its goal of being relevant to society, PBS sponsored a voters’ education forum in the afternoon.
Bishop Tendero opened the forum by exhorting on the sacredness of the ballot and its value in a democracy. The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as well as Vote Right/Vote Net of the Campus Crusade for Christ presented their advocacies, while COMELEC Regional Director Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan discussed the criteria that voters should use in selecting candidates.

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PBS Translation Manager Rev. Edgar Ebojo discusses the PBS-produced Scripture material on the elections.

PBS Translation Manager Rev. Edgar Ebojo rounded up the forum with the presentation of the Biblical tract, Sino ang Dapat Iboto sa Halalan 2007? (Whom Should We Elect in the 2007 Elections?). This PBS-produced Scripture material outlines 10 Biblical traits of a righteous leader.

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The PBS printing facility exceeded its target after only six months into its operation due to the tireless efforts of its hardworking staff.

Another praise item for PBS was the first anniversary celebration of its printing plant in Lawang Bato on April 25, 2007. Mrs. Lucero said the plant was built through prayers and the able supervision of Executive Consultants Dr. Ricardo Jumawan and Dr. Medarlo Rivera. After only six months into operation, the plant had already exceeded its printing targets due to the dedication and hard work of the printing plant team. The Bible Society is now able to print affordable but quality Bibles and New Testaments for distribution in the Philippines.

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