National Bible Week Log
|January 11||Press Conference at Josiahs Restaurant, PBS Ministry House, UN Avenue|
|A press conference to launch the National Bible Week 2008 Celebration was held at the Josiahs Restaurant from 10am-12nn. Panel speakers spoke on the theme Gods Word: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace. These included Chief Justice Reynato Puno, AFP NCR command Chief Gen. Fernando Mesa, Bsp. Reuben Abante of PCVF, Dr. Melba Maggay, ISACC Executive Director, PCEC National Director Bishop Efraim Tendero, PBS President /Chairman Bishop Cesar Punzalan, ECBA Executive Secretary Fr. Oscar Alunday, Fr. Arthur Orense of MOP, Asso. Justice Ruben Reyes and Justice Raoul Victorino.
Media who attended included: (TV) ABS-CBN-2, CBN Asia-QTV11, IBC-23, (Radio) DZRB — who did live broadcast of the presscon, DZAS, DZME, (Print) Malaya, Bulletin, Phil. Graphics, Business Mirror, Inquirer, Phil. Star Ngayon, Pinoy Parazzi, OFW Ngayon.
|January 21||Bible Distribution during Flag Raising Ceremony in various Government Offices|
|a. Malacanang – Office of the President.
An historic event as this is the first-ever Bible distribution among the officials and staff of the Presidential Office. The event, jointly sponsored by the Presidential Council for Values Formation (PCVF), the National Committee on Interfaith Cooperation and the Philippine Bible Society (PBS). PCVF Secretary General Ma. Isabel Gonzalez-Tobias led the Invocation. A musical number was rendered by Fr. Oscar Alunday, who also led the Bible enthronement ceremony. This was followed by a Bible distribution. Present were Secretary General Gonzalez-Tobias, PCVF Council Bishop Reuben Abante, PBS President Bishop Cesar Punzalan III, PBS General Secretary Mrs. Nora Lucero, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches National Director Bishop Efraim Tendero, PCVF staff members Ms. Rowena Sanchez, Ms. Amy Padilla, Ms. Raquel Sto. Domingo, and Ms. Penny Lagmay.
In his inspirational speech, Bishop Abante who is also Lighthouse Bible Baptist Churchs Senior Pastor said he is passionate about distributing the Bible because reading and living its teachings will exalt the nation. He added that the Bible reveals the secret to heavenly blessings(Matt 6:33.) The Bishop quoted great men of history as referring to the Bible as the cornerstone of liberty (Thomas Jefferson) and as pivotal to the hope of human progress (W. H. Seward). Bishop Abante invited his listeners to read the Bible as a love letter from a God who truly cares.
|b. Manila Police District. Bishop Daniel Arichea gave the exhortation
In his message, Bishop Arichea said we as a people are divided; our divisions show up in many places. There is violence and armed conflict in many parts of our land. There is injustice and suffering among our people. There is therefore a real need for us as a people to rediscover for ourselves the message of justice, reconciliation, and peace and to make it a reality all over our country. In our endeavor to achieve this, we have help from Gods Word, for Gods Word is indeed the source of justice, reconciliation, and peace. That is why the Philippine Bible Society continues to promote the Bible as a Manual to Life for every Filipino and in every Filipino home. That is why we celebrate National Bible Week. And it is our hope that all of us will discover the importance of Gods Word in our lives, in our work, and in our relationships, so that our country will indeed experience justice, reconciliation and peace.
After the exhortation, Bishop Arichea together with Juliet Jimeno, PBS Communications Manager presented ESV Bibles to the MPD leadership — District Director PSupt. Roberto Rosales, Sr. Supt. Leo Kison, Sr.Supt. Cipriano Querol, Jr. Sr. Supt, Miguel Dm, Laurel. The PNP Chaplain Fr. Ronilo A. Datu gave the invocation. This event was coverer by media and was shown in Balitanghali, QTV11 on the same day.
|c. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
The flag raising ceremony was attended by over 1,000 MMDA personnel. Rev. Ferdinand A. Escala of the Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church, Ptr. Edgar Ebojo PBS Manager, and Ptr. Gaddi Castromayor, were present. After a 20-minute message on the importance of the Bible, they distributed 200 Bibles to employees of the MMDA. The result was overwhelming, the officers even requested for a sustained Moral Recovery Program, using the Word of God.
|d. Flag raising at the Civil Service Commission. PRO Hazel Alviz gave the exhortation.
This was the first time that the CSC celebrated NBW, in accordance with the PCVF memo. Thelma Bayucan, PCEC Prayer Shield and LIFECOM (CSC Christian fellowship) member arranged for us to promote NBW and coordinated the Bible distribution efforts. Three commissioners: Karina David, Cesar Buenaflor and Mary Ann Mendoza received a Bible each along with 56 other top CSC directors from all over the country. They were very excited to be part of the celebration and promised to prepare early for next years NBW.