The second leg of the Handwritten Unity Bible was successfully launched last June 11, 2011 in St. John the Evangelist Chapel, Diocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. A motorcade from the St. Therese Church in Rizal to the old St. John the Evangelist Chapel kicked-off the event. This was followed by a Bible Enthronement led by the Most Reverend Renato P. Mayugba, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan, together with the Biblical Apostolate Staff of the diocese.
130 writers then transcribed Genesis 40:19-42:8 in English and Pangasinense. Amongst the participants were Dagupan City Mayor Benjamin S. Lim, Vice-Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, City Administrator Vladimir Mata, Dagupan Chief-of-Police and other officials.
Participants line up and take their turn in transcribing their assigned passages.
The Handwritten Unity Bible aims to enjoin more than 70,000 Filipinos to take part in this historical endeavor in making a whole Bible written by hand in English and in the seven major Filipino languages. The project aims to raise funds for the May They Be One Bible Campaign so that the Bible can be distributed to 5 million Filipino homes in seven years. The project also aims to build a love for God’s Word amongst the Filipino people and emphasize the need for unity in making the Bible known for a genuinely transformed Philippines.