Philippine Bible Society

A Day of Thanksgiving and Unity

poster - Philippine Bible SocietyThe 44th annual PBS Membership Meeting was held on a sunny Saturday, April 18, 2008 at the PBS Ministry Facility on United Nations Avenue, Manila. The event was attended by 232 members, all eagerly awaiting for this yearly opportunity to fellowship with other PBS members. Board of Trustees Member Atty. Edith A. Santos served as host for the Worship Time which National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) Chairman Bishop Nathanael P. Lazaro opened with a prayer. The event was a quiet but joyful celebration of what PBS has achieved for the past year; a thanksgiving for the Lord’s grace upon the Bible Ministry.
optimi2 - Philippine Bible SocietySpecial music was presented by the Optimi Choir, who sang the official theme song of the May They Be One (MTBO) Bible Campaign called “Can You Imagine?” Ms. Lace Ramos meanwhile sang the PBS Corporate theme song entitled, “B’lib Ako Sa Biblia Ko,” accompanied by the Church of God Dasmariñas Dancers, grand prize winner of the Youth Explode Series Dance Contest held in November 2008.
bp pabillo speak - Philippine Bible SocietyThe highlight of the event was the Message delivered by Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, SDB, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, who spoke on the numerous divides that separate us—economic, generational, political, educational, electronic and cultural—and how important the Word of God is in uniting our divided world. Bishop Pabillo, who concurrently heads the advising committee of the MTBO Bible Campaign also said that poverty, the biggest problem confronting the country today is not simply the lack of material things. “Deep down, it is the lack of values, the values offered by the Christian faith. We should not belittle the role of the Bible in fighting poverty,” he stressed.
Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, DD presented a report on the status of the MTBO Campaign and gave an appeal to the members to contribute to this project which seeks to put a Bible in every Filipino home: five million Bibles in five years. The Worship Time was closed with a Prayer of Thanksgiving by Dr. Philip C. Flores.
table - Philippine Bible SocietyThe second part of the program was the Business Meeting which was presided over by PBS President and Chairman Bishop Arturo M. Bastes together with General Secretary Nora G. Lucero, Corporate Secretary Atty. Robinson Landicho. An election was held to fill six (6) seats in the 18-member Board of Trustees vacated by retiring officers. Nominated and elected as representatives of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) were Bishop Renato Mayugba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan; Dr. Natividad B. Pagadut, Consultor to the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA), and Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban. Ms. Emmaloisa M. Salumbides, National Coordinator of Peace Builders Ministry; and Dr. Philip Flores, National Coordinator of Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) – Philippines, are representing the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), while Atty. Jose Villanueva was elected representative of Independent Churches. The PBS-BOT is an ecumenical group with members of the country’s major faith groups equably represented.
ngl report - Philippine Bible SocietyMrs. Nora G. Lucero gave the Stewardship Report, which discussed the events, programs and other activities that PBS implement in 2008, and how these programs contributed in its mission of making the Bible known in the country. Associate General Secretary for Management Services, Ms. Vilma P. Salvio, presented the Financial Report which revealed PBS’ effective stewardship of the resources that God had entrusted to the Society through the contributions of the members and other donations. Ms. Amy Herrera, General Manager of the University of Santo Tomas Cooperative, closed the meeting in prayer. The general membership adjourned for the day while the Board of Trustees proceeded to the Board Room for their first Executive Committee meeting.
All in all, it was a triumphant day of renewing friendships, and meeting new members of the PBS family. But, most importantly, it was a day of united thanksgiving, where all could acknowledge the greatness of God and his unfailing blessings on the Bible Ministry. It is also a united stance for the purpose of seeing a transformed Philippines through the Word of God.

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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