Philippine Bible Society

Dr. Ebojo: SB production is ‘no-nonsense ambition’

1920178_722834694431350_7494467496097790780_nPhilippine Bible Society Publishing Manager Dr. Edgar B. Ebojo recognized the production of a Study Bible as a “no-nonsense ambition,” which he hopes the Bible Society would be able to do.
Dr. Ebojo made the statement after returning from the United Bible Societies’ Workshop on Study Bibles that was hosted by the Korean Bible Society last October 4-12, 2014.
“Producing one (Study Bible) requires time, effort, skills, dedication, and a secure source of funding to ensure the highest quality of production to be achieved satisfactorily,” he explained, adding that such level of production is he hopes to achieve at PBS.
To date, the Bible Society, in partnership with the Philippine Home Bible League, has produced the Tagalog Topical Study Bible in 1998 and is presently preparing the Tagalog Devotional Study Bible. Dr. Ebojo shared that they will start work on another Study Bible project, the Filipino Study Bible for Pastors, in the near future.
Dr. Ebojo also said that the Study Bible is a “deeper Scripture engagement” for both reader and publisher.
“While the Study Bible allows the reader to delve deeper into the Word, the publisher is entrusted with a special responsibility to uphold the legacy of deeper Scripture engagement that continues to be fruitful and relevant as early Christians were able to enjoy in regard to manuscripts they left for deciphering,” Dr. Ebojo explained.

Aside from PBS, also present during the workshop were representatives from both Computer-Assisted Publishing and Translation departments of the Bible Societies of Bangladesh, Cambodia, Greece, Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Zambia. The UBS facilitators group which included Dr Reinier de Blois (UBS-ICAP head), Dr Simon Wong (UBS-GTA), Brian Renes (US), Zeth Bitjoli (Indonesia), Miguel Chuga (Guatemala), and Tomas Ortiz (Canada) were also present.
The topics discussed covered various stages of setting up Study Bible projects — from initial conception to typesetting stages, including template designs, and how to fully utilize ParaTExt for this kind of purposes.
Participants were also mentored on how to convert text files to ParaTExt format, Publishing Assistant, and eventually to its In-Design format. A hands-on text conversion session was held wherein participants converted “dummy texts” into “PA-ready text.” They were also taught how to use the Translation Monitoring System (TMS) to track the progress of their Study Bible projects.

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