Philippine Bible Society

Hearts on Fire in Abra Gospel Festival

Upon the invitation of Father Oscar Alunday, Executive Secretary of Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate, PBS representatives went to Bangued, Abra on February 14, 2004 to witness the annual Hearts on Fire (HoF) Gospel Festival. The festival, held on February 15, was attended by more than 2,000 students from private and public schools – from Elementary to College level, their parents, and parishioners of the Diocese of Abra.
Biblical rap on the life of Zacchaeus was a hit among the youth. (Photo by Edna Mae Rabago/ Philippine Bible Society)
The day-long event was marked by exciting contests and colorful presentations such as Biblical Dance Drama, Interpretative Dance of ‘Our Father’, Original Gospel Song, Individual and Choral Speech from the Acts of the Apostles, and Rap Contest on the story of Zacchaeus. The Bible Quiz Bee, which was the culminating event, was held in the afternoon with 43 teams (each having five members) representing schools, seminaries and parishes all over Abra. Organizers showed their support to Philippine Bible Society in promoting the inter-confessional translations by using the Good News Bible and Ti Baro a Naimbag a Damag Biblia (Ilokano Popular Version) as the official Bible versions during the contest.
Pretty faces of Abra. (Photo by Edna Mae Rabago/ Philippine Bible Society)
HoF started in 1981 as the province’s way of encouraging their people to make God’s Word burn in their hearts. Today, they continue to hold the festivities in celebration of the National Bible Week.
The festivities was led by the Archdiocese of Abra’s Bible Director, Fr. Efren Ambre, and Charles Javier. This was attended by about 40 schools and seminaries. Focus of the celebration was on the books of Tobit, Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.

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Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.Apostolic Administrator, Achdiocese of Manila

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Ptra. Dolores "Loy" FulgencioAnnual PBS Member

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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