National Bible Week Log Mega Manila
|January 21-27||Motorcades, bible exhibits, quizzes in various municipalities, cities and churches, schools|
1. Mandaluyong City. The Mandaluyong Ministerial Fellowship headed by Pastor Bon Francisco had a motorcade/ parade on Saturday, January 26 and an evangelistic concert – Friday night at Mandaluyong City Hall Gym.
2. Manila. The Manila Ministerial Fellowship headed by Ptr. Peter Reyes attended the flag raising ceremony on Jan. 21 where they presented Bibles to Mayor Fred Lim and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. This event was covered by media and a shot of Mayor Lim accepting the Bible was shown on QTV 11.
The Lectors Ministry of Sta. Cruz Parish, Manila hosted a Bible Quiz from January 20-26 that was participated in by pre-schoolers, college students and parish volunteers. They also had biblical song composition competition, a Holy Hour, and a talk on the topic: The Word of God creates in us a life of giving.
3. Muntinlupa City. Dr. Medarlo Rivera attended with Adette Dimaala. Two groups of Walkers for Christ converged at the Municipal City Hall Quadrangle. Participants were attired in white T-shirts and were identifiable through the streamers/ placards they carried. A sea of humanity in white was a sight to behold all intently listening to the Muntinlupa City Choir and the City Band! The PBS contingent met with Councilor Marissa Core Rongavilla who was responsible for City Ordinance no. 15-074 that institutionalized the NBW celebration on December 12, 2005. She introduced them to Pastor Nory Matakot, Chair of the Muntinlupa Ministerial Fellowship, to members of the City Council and the Vice Mayor. The Bible Week message was delivered by Dr. Rivera. This was followed by a Bible distribution to the members of the council and city executives. Finally, multi-colored aerial balloons carrying of poster bearing the NBW Theme were released.
4. Navotas City. An ecumenical activity participated in by Roman Catholics, 7th Day Adventists, Malabon Navotas Ministerial Association, JIL, Assembly of God, Ang Dating Daan and the Samahang Kristiyano ng Navotas. Coordinator is Bro. Dan Marcelo. They had a motorcade in the morning of January 25, then a program at 6pm. Youth groups from various churches gave musical numbers and led in the praise and worship. This was followed by a Bible reading led by a Roman Catholic priest. PRO Hazel Alviz represented PBS and gave the message. A PBS Bible was also presented to Vice Mayor Joseph Patrick Javier.
5. Paranaque City – Pastors Ministers and Leaders Association (PAMILEA) of Parañaque held a motorcade on Saturday, January 26.
6. Pag-Asa, Quezon City – The Pag-asa Christian Learning School (under the auspices of UCCP) had a motorcade. Ptr. Elmer who led the celebration said, we are doing this for I think 4 consecutive years and we will do this on and on and on. By this activity we encourage our neighbors to read the Bible…”
7. Pateros. Pateros celebrated the NBW 2008 backed up with the Municipal Ordinance # 2007-002 which was approved last February 26, 2007. The ministerial Fellowship of Pateros called SAKOP hosted event. While it was their 1st Bible week celebration, they managed to create a big impact to the community.
8. San Juan City. Dr. Annie Del Corro attended. The flag ceremony was held in front of the San Juan city hall with the Mayor JV Ejercito and some councilors in attendance, together with the policemen. After the pledge of allegiance, a pastor gave a brief testimony about Gods goodness. Pastor Jun Sibanico, our contact, presented a plaque to the mayor in recognition for his being a TOYM awardee. Dr. Del Corro also presented the ESV Bible for the mayor, from PBS then proceeded to give the box of Bibles to Pastor Sibanico.
There was a motorcade with at least 25 vehicles joining. A big NBW banner was displayed on the side of a big truck while a taped message played over the PA system, explaining what the motorcade and celebration is about. A fire truck even participated in the motorcade. The route passed through even narrow streets, and also the main roads such as Ortigas, Wilson and P. Guevara. There were even T-shirts that said NBWC for National Bible Week Celebration, 2008 San Juan.
9. Valenzuela City The Valenzuela City Christian Council of Elders (VCCCE) led the NBW celebration that had the theme: Valenzuela may Disiplina Kung Gabay ay Biblia. This group is composed of the Valenzuela Pastoral network, Valenzuela for Jesus Movement, Valenzuela Christian Ministers for Social concern and the Ministers for Valenzuelas Progress. Valenzuela seeks to be known as the Bible Belt of the Philippines. Their week-long activities (participated in by the Far East Broadcasting Company, Bethel Bible College, Febias College of Bible, the Christian Literature Crusade and the Phil. Bible Society) included a formal declaration during the Monday flag ceremony, a Bible prayer gathering, a motorcade, Bible slogan campaign, Bible distribution (PBS donated 130 Bibles), and a luncheon with local officials at the Maricopa Restaurant. The luncheon was graced by Congressman Bishop Abante who is proposing a bill in the Congress to make the Bible as a required reading material for all public schools.
The Beacon of Faith AG, headed by Ptr. Chona Tobias meanwhile conducted the LXVI (66) Challenge. The whole congregation endeavored to set a record by reading the whole Bible in one week. Sixty-six volunteers (from grade schoolers to senior citizens) picked a particular Bible book to read during the week (Jan 21- 26). On Bible Sunday, volunteers submitted a book report. Successful challengers were awarded with certificates declaring: I Survived the LXVI Bible Challenge!