National Bible Week Observed in Communities Nationwide

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With the intent to touch hearts and encourage positive transformation in people’s lives, the Philippine Bible Society celebrated the annual National Bible Week by bringing God’s Word to different communities all over the country. Several events communicating a strong Scripture advocacy were conducted in varying locations on January 23-29 with the theme, “The Bible: Our Hope for the Community’s Progress.”
 
God has faithfully brought people to the events held to make sure that the Bible is heard and celebrated. Activities included public Bible reading, Bible parade, Bible quizzes, poster making contests, concerts, fun runs, and other engagements. These were conducted in the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, Quezon, Valenzuela, and the Municipality of Pateros.
 
The week-long public Bible reading spearheaded by PBS dubbed “We-Proclaim” gathered over 600 individuals from different walks of life. The entire New Testament and the Book of Psalms were completely read with almost a hundred policemen from the Manila Police District joining in during the culminating activity. Other readers were from Araullo Medical Center Manila, the United Methodist Church, and Adamson University. One of the volunteer participants even shared her deep encouragement for joining the event coming from a previous illness.
 
“I was blind, but now I see. I had a brain tumor, but after undergoing an operation, the tumor was removed and now I can see clearly. I decided to join the Bible reading as a way of thanking the Lord for all His goodness,” says Genet Nicanor.
 
With the great need to engage young people with God’s Word, PBS also initiated a Bible distribution event for the high school students of Emilio Aguinaldo College – Affordable Private Education Center. This initiative was anchored in the conviction that these young people are the future torchbearers of God’s cause and immensely valuable in shaping society. Opportunities to speak about the importance of God’s Word in everyday life and conduct more Bible distributions were likewise facilitated for the Manila Police District and in several municipal offices in Metro Manila.
 
These and other events were successfully conducted by God’s grace and with the help of our partners from the Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, and National Council of Churches in the Philippines, as well as independent Christian churches, local government units, ministerial fellowships, schools, organizations, communities, families, and individuals. This celebration provided another good avenue to show solidarity in honor of the Bible.
 
More cities and municipalities from the provinces also simultaneously joined the celebration including Bataan, Benguet, Bukidnon, Camarines Norte, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Zambales, Albay, Palawan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Capiz, La Union, Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol, Olongapo, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Surigao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Lanao de Norte, Lanao del Sur, South Cotabato, and Zamboanga del Sur.
 
This celebration is conducted every year, backed by Presidential Proclamations 44, 2242, and 1067, issued by former presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and Fidel Ramos, respectively. The said decrees recognize the Bible as a good guide to moral living that is essential to nation building. Last January 5, incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte issued Presidential Proclamation 124 officially declaring January as National Bible Month, culminating with the celebration of National Bible Week on the last week of the month.
 
Some photos from the NBW celebration:

Some women with their encouraging posters during the Bible parade at Roxas City

Some women with their encouraging posters
during the Bible parade at Roxas City


 
Police officers from the Manila Police District with their Scripture copy

Police officers from the Manila Police District with their Scripture copy


 
Kids leading the Bible parade in Cubao, Quezon City

Kids leading the Bible parade in Cubao, Quezon City


 
Hundreds of people join the Bible parade in Cebu City

Hundreds of people join the Bible parade in Cebu City


 
A worker from the Department of Public Works and Highways participates in the public Bible reading

A worker from the Department of Public Works and Highways participates in the public Bible reading


 
Representatives from San Vicente Ferrer Parish during the Bible parade in Zamboanga

Representatives from San Vicente Ferrer Parish during the Bible parade in Zamboanga

“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