Philippine Bible Society

Bishop Bastes elected President-Chairman of the Philippine Bible Society Board

Bishop Arturo BastesThe Philippine Bible Society (PBS) Board of Trustees has elected Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, S.V.D. as its new president and chairman. Bishop Bastes’ election was held during the Board of Trustees meeting at the PBS 43rd Annual Membership Meeting on April 19, 2008. Bishop Bastes is currently the chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). He is also the Moderator of the Executive Committee of the Catholic Biblical Federation.
The PBS 18-member board has five members each from the Roman Catholic Church, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, and three members from independent churches.
The Executive Committee of the Board for 2008-2009 is as follows: Bsp. Arturo M. Bastes, President and Chairman; Bsp. Cesar P. Punzalan III, Vice President and Vice Chairman (Deputy General Secretary, PCEC); Atty. Robinson A. Landicho, Corporate Secretary (Court Atty. V, Supreme Court); Ambassador Henrietta T. de Villa, member-at-large (Chairperson, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting); Mr. James Y. Tioco, member- at- large (Founder, Sowers of the Word).
Other Trustees include: Rev. Valentin C. Chaves (President, Foursquare Churches in the Philippines), Mr. Rene E. Cristobal (Owner, DCL Corporation); Dr. Jonathan D. Exiomo (President, Alliance Graduate School); Dr. Philip C. Flores, (Coordinator, TOPIC Philippines); Miss Amelita M. Herrer (General Manager, UST Cooperative); Most Rev. Bsp. Broderick S. Pabillo D.D (Auxiliary Bishop of Manila); Atty. Editha A. Santos (Partner, Ocampo, Santos and Associates); Mr. Stanley C. Sy; (Vice-President, Jollibee Food Corporation), Rev. Marie Sol Sioco-Villalon (United Methodist Church; Bishop Nathanael P. Lazaro (Chairman, National Council of Churches in the Philippines); Mrs. Myrna Raquel G. Cuejillo (UMC) ; Mr. Dante M. Lanorio (Owner, Good News Travel) and Mr. Albert S. Tanlimco (Church Administrator, Chosen Generation Christian Fellowship).
Bishop Bastes was born on April 1, 1944 in Loboc, Bohol. He entered the Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City after graduating from grade school. He pursued philosophy studies and obtained his Bachelor and Masteral degrees from the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City, and was sent to Rome, where he obtained his Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and his Licentiate in Sacred Scriptures from the Pontifical Bible Institute.
He was ordained to the priesthood on November 28, 1970 by Pope Paul VI during his apostolic visit to the Philippines in that year. He was ordained Bishop on August 21, 1997 in Cebu City. His previous assignments include: professor of the Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytay City; pastor of the parishes of Del Carmen and Sta. Monica in Surigao del Norte; district superior of the SVD Surigao District; professor of the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City; director of the Paul VI Biblical Center in Davao City; and Episcopal Vicar of Siargao.

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