Philippine Bible Society

Bible Translation Seminar Held in Tuguegarao City

“I will have this certificate laminated, then display it in my living room”
These are the words of Nelsa Clemente after she received her certificate of attendance at the PBS Bible Translation Seminar held at the Soul Winners for Christ Fellowship in Tuguegarao City on February 3, 2007. I watched Nelsa as she waited patiently for her name to be called and be given her certificate.


The author talks with Nelsa Clemente, a Bible Translation Seminar participant who wants to have her certificate laminated and displayed in her home.

Indeed, in some homes, people like to display diplomas certifying that a member of that household has graduated with a college degree perhaps, and in some offices, certificates of license to practice some profession such as medicine. But to display a certificate that someone such as Nelsa Clemente attended the PBS Bible Translation Seminar is something I have not heard before.
We, the PBS team that goes around in Bible caravans conducting Bible Translation Seminars, are honored to hear this comment from participants of the BTS. It gives recognition of our efforts to equip the Church in its study and propagation of God’s Word. It warms our hearts to know that some participants regard the certificate with much importance, so much so that it is preserved and displayed in someone’s living room.
In one BTS, one pastor asked how he could know for sure that a Bible translation is published and therefore is a product of the Philippine Bible Society. He elaborated to say that he trusts only Bible translations published by PBS. I appreciated first the trust the pastor has in PBS, and I went on to say that the copyright page of the Bible will categorically say if the Bible translation was done by PBS or not. The copyright page, for example, of the Biblia para sa Makabagong Filipina says on its copyright page: Copyright 2005 by Philippine Bible Society 890 United Nations Avenue, Manila, Philippines.
We, at PBS, value this trust so much that it inspires us to continue doing our best in everything that we do in our ministry. We uphold the United Bible Societies standards in Bible translation so that PBS Bibles are faithful to the original texts, the translation is natural and easy to understand, and the translation does not have any doctrinal bias.
Maintaining this standard of excellence is what we want to impart in Bible Translation Seminars. It is not surprising that lectures or presentations in the BTS, followed by a time to exchange views in the Open Forum can be truly involving. But ironically, Bible Seminars also have that built-in feature that allows everybody to relax, get to know other people, eat together, and just have fun. The Bible Seminar is one place where learning can be fun. (Dr. Annie Del Corro)

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