National Bible Week Log Luzon
|January 21-27||Provincial Celebrations|
|CAMACOP. In line with the action taken by the PCEC declaring January as Bible Month, CAMACOP, a PCEC member body whose Pres. is Bishop Reniel Nebab, on the strength of their BOT action designated January as Bible Emphasis/Promotion Month and developed Sunday School lessons for use by CAMACOP churches. Their sub-topics for Adult/Youth include: January 6 – Knowing the Word, January 13 Growing in the Word, January 20 Rooted in the Word, January 27 Living in the Word. Their circular to Alliance churches contains the following prayer: May it be that this month-long study on Gods Word would excite each one to go deeper into the Word. The teacher actually is the key person to inspire the class to read and study His Word.
Bangued, Abra. Hundreds of lovers of the Word gathered together on the 27th Hearts on Fire Gospel Festival of the Diocese of Bangued on January 29, the Feast of St. Joseph Freinademetz, The celebration was attended by the SVD-PHN confreres led by the Provincial Superior Fr. Jerome Adriatico, SVD and the District Superior Fr. Cirilo Ortega, SVD, the whole clergy of the diocese led by the Most Rev. Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD DD, the Civil Government Officials led by Hon. & Mrs. Eustaquio P. Bersamin and Hon. Mayor & Mrs. Dominic Valera, representatives from the different parishes and schools, centennial committee members, Chinese Communities, S.Sp.S sisters, the people of God of the Diocese, friends and guests from all over Northern Luzon. Other activities include a Biblical Rap contest, Bible Quiz Bee, and production numbers featuring Regional Chinese Dances.
Still in Abra, the John Paul I Biblical Center for Northern Luzon in coordination with the staff and management of the diocesan radio station of Bangued (DZPA – Puso ti Abra) developed a radio program entitled Hearts on Fire with the theme: Sao ti Dios Gubuayan ti Hustisya, Panagpipinnakawan ken Kappia (Gods Word: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace). This daily radio program for the whole National Bible Week was aired in ten radio stations all over Northern Luzon from January 21 until January 27, 2008.
Meanwhile, the Archdiocesan Bible Congress of Nueva Segoviaheld on the 27th, a motorcade around the World Heritage City of Vigan led by the Philippine National Police with sirens announcing the National Bible Sunday Celebration. Msgr. Gary Somera Formoso the Archdiocesan Bible Director led the celebration assisted by the members of the Archdiocesan Bible Apostolate Commission and the Archdiocesan Lay Coordinator Mrs. Agnes Torres of Santiago, Ilocos Sur.
Elsewhere, different towns celebrated in different ways. Agoo had a motorcade followed by a short program in the plaza reports Ptr. James Aspiras. Anda town promoted Bible reading and had a film showing according to Rev. Joel Caracas. Sr. Rose Borreta says Bible-centered activities were held in the religion classes of St. Andrew Catholic School in Bugallon. In Santiago, Isabela NBW served as a timely event for the Association of Ministers of the Gospel in Santiago (AMIGOS) to work anew as a team, revitalizing relations and refreshing the members on the vision to win Santiago together as one says Bishop Ronald G. Bonus, Jr. Fr. Danny Ulep, reported that they held Bible symposia in schools, as part of NBW celebration in Tuguegarao. He said that there is truly a hunger and thirst for the Word of God during these times when the people including the youth look for some direction and meaning in their lives.
Meanwhile, the Saint Marys University of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya celebrated with a Eucharistic Celebration, Bible games and Quizzes and a seminar-workshop for lectors. In Laoag they had Bible Sunday celebrations where Mrs. Grace A. Bumanlag relates, churches willingly gave sacrificial offerings for the Bible cause. InLingayen, a rally was held in the plaza according to Ptr. Nick Dizon. Ptr. Jonel Taopo of San Fernando, La Union relates that their church, along with others from the association collected an offering for the Bible cause. In Cabbarugis, Quirino, churches had National Bible Sunday activities recounts Ptr. Doms Martines. InRosales, Ptr. Agosto Peps Kho says the Bible Sunday celebration was followed by a Bible distribution to inmates at the Balungao District Jail. They were also given lunch and toiletries.
In Mapandan, the celebration is yet to happen on Feb. 29. Activities slated for the event inlcude a Bible exposition, Bible Quiz, evangelism and testimonies. They will encourage the people to read through the Bible by using the Bible Reading Guide. Also, Ptr. Rommel Taytayan says their churches made a commitment to collect a special offering on Feb. 24 to establish a Bible Fund.
ANGELES UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION. AUF is one of the schools that celebrated NBW. Their concept paper says The Philippine church would like to respond on the need of our society to build Gods kingdom in our current situation. The Philippine Bible Society and the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines did not lose their hope in making this change possible in our Nation. For the Church the only way to make a change in a nation is to use Gods word as the primary source of making the nation as Gods Kingdom by re appropriating and making Gods word interesting and relevant in our lives. Their activities include: A seminar on Basic Bible Teaching, Bible enthronement and Reflection in every office, promotion of Gods Word in every classroom, poster-making contest, Convocation, Bible collection and promotion, airing of the NBW Reflection CD over local radio and a Biblia Awit.
GOLDEN VINE, a family-owned Christian school in Magalang, Pampanga thanks the Bible Society for initiating the National Bible Week. They integrated NBW in the school’s activities for the first time. They had a Bible quiz, Bible drill, contest on memory verses and pass the message game. Teacher Amie says they truly had a wonderful day! They couldnt afford to distribute Bibles yet especially to non-Christian students but are praying about it. They also celebrated in their church and hope to be able stage a Bible display to showcase different versions of the scripture next time. For two Saturdays, the Bible was the topic in their cell group meetings.
Northville 4A – Brgy. Lambakin, Marilao. An Ilaw sa Tahanan Bible Distribution was held last January 29. The relocation site can accommodate about 2,100 families but presently houses about 1,206 families. PBS distributed 1,400 copies of Bibles there through the 7 partner churches.
Antipolo. There was a Bible enthronement after the flag raising. France Torreja, PBS Marketing Manager attended the flag raising ceremony and talked about importance of the Bible and meaning of the NBW celebration.
Cainta. At the Municipal Office, Rev. Ferdinand A. Escala of the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church distributed 100 Bibles that PBS donated to top officials and department heads of the local government. He says Mayor Mon Ilagan personally suggested that they be given another slot on the next flag ceremony so that other officials and employees can be also given Bibles.
Montalban – Kasiglahan Village. Ptr. Uni Aguja, the ministerial head of Kasiglahan Village said their NBW was held at the Municipal Office. Activities included a parade and flag. They also distributed about 1,000 copies of the Ilaw sa Tahanan Bibles to the families in the said relocation site in celebration of the NBW.
Cabuyao. The Cabuyao for Jesus Movement, a coalition of Christ-centered churches led the NBW celebration which included a parade, an inter-school Bible quiz, Bible readings and sharing in 18 barangay halls, Bible distribution to municipal employees and members of the Sangguniang Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan.
Pila. – Pila Pastors Association headed by Ptr. Abner and Ptra. Bel Oconner led the Bible Week celebrations that featured a motorcade