Philippine Bible Society

National Bible Sunday 2009: In honor of the life transformed by the Word of God


National Bible Week at the Big Dome

In response to the call on Bible Societies to celebrate a special Pauline year (June 2008-June 2009) as an opportunity to extend service to the Catholic Church, the Philippine Bible Society took part in a Pauline feast that was to be the biggest and grandest in the country’s history.

On January 25, 2009, nearly 20,000 Filipino faithfuls trooped to the Araneta Coliseum for a triple celebration.  The Sunday event billed “I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel,” commemorated the 2000th birth anniversary and the conversion of St. Paul, and served as the culmination of the National Bible Week and National Bible Sunday, as well as the Ecumenical Week.  The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) partnered with Pauline Congregations in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and lay leaders headed by Madam Judy Araneta-Roxas and former Ambassador Henrietta de Villa, to stage the event.
A solemn procession followed by a jubilant and colorful enthronement of the Bible commenced the ecumenical prayer service participated in by evangelical church leaders. Bp. Nathanael Lazaro (IEMELIF), Bp. Daniel Arichea (UMC), Dr. Jonathan Exiomo (CAMACOP) and Rev. Edgar Ebojo, PBS Translation Manager, shared reflections on the theme while PBS General Secretary Nora Lucero led the reading of the responsorial Psalm.

A celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Manila Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales with 75 other bishops concelebrating, followed the ecumenical service.  Archbishop Joseph Edward Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, spoke on the significance of the Jubilee Year of Saint Paul while Bp. Arturo Bastes, the PBS Board President and Chairman and head of the CBCP Episcopal Commission of the Biblical Apostolate, gave the homily. The Jubilee prayer to Saint Paul was lead by Bp. Honesto Ongtioco of the host Diocese of Cubao.

The theme for National Bible Week 2009 (January 19-25)  — May they be One, is a call for everyone to respond to Jesus prayer in John 17:21 for his followers to be united.  The event at the Araneta Coliseum is proof that Filipinos can heed this call.  More than mere a Pauline celebration or a National Bible Sunday/Ecumenical Week commemoration, the event became a proclamation of the transforming power of God’s Word – in the life of the apostle Paul — touched and changed 2000 years ago, and in the lives of modern day believers.  It is an undeniable testimony that Filipinos can set aside differences, live unashamed of the Gospel, and together pray and work for the healing and transformation of our land.

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