Philippine Bible Society

National Bible Week theme calls for unity and national transformation

MANILA, Philippines — With the successive natural and man-made calamities and other local and global challenges, the National Bible Week (NBW) celebration is a unique and timely opportunity for Filipinos to uphold this year’s National Bible Week theme: “God’s Word: Foundation for Unity and Transformation.”
By virtue of Presidential Proclamation nos. 44 and 1067, the nation celebrates the annual National Bible Week. This year’s celebration will be on January 24-30, 2005. With all the sad events that happened in the last days of 2004 that forced people from different nations to unite, this year’s theme, “God’s Word: Foundation for Unity and Transformation” is timely and appropriate. The theme is based on the Scripture references, Micah 4:3-4; Romans 12:1-2, 4-5.
For this year’s event, the Philippine Bible Society (PBS), the agency mandated by the two presidential proclamations to spearhead the Bible Week celebrations has coordinated with churches from both the Protestant and Catholic sectors, and government and private agencies. Various activities aimed at creating awareness on the Bible Week celebrations and promoting the Scriptures as a vital tool for national transformation were lined up, including motorcades, tracts distribution in key cities, Bible reading during flagraising ceremonies, and Bible presentation to public libraries. Some local governments such as Quezon City, Pasay City, Marikina, and Davao City, have also passed resolutions or ordinances supporting the National Bible Week celebration in their areas. In Quezon City, running priest, Father Robert Reyes will lead Takbo Para sa Biblia” on January 24.
PBS has also produced a colorful poster marking the National Bible Week celebration and theme. PBS is also distributing a National Bible Week Primer which includes a sermon outline prepared by Dr. Daniel C. Arichea, Jr., former Bishop of the United Methodist Church – Baguio Episcopal Area, suggested activities in celebrating National Bible Week, and quotes from famous people regarding the Bible. For the event, PBS has also produced, “Why Read This Book?” a one-page flier containing basic information about the Bible.
The yearly celebration of National Bible Week and National Bible Sunday was started after former President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Proclamation No. 1923 on October 27, 1979 in recognition of the Bible “as an excellent source of principles for the development of moral and personal discipline”. The celebration every last week of January became official when President Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation no. 44 in 1986. This proclamation was followed up by President Fidel V. Ramos’ PP 1067 which recognized that “national attention be focused on the importance of reading and studying the Bible in molding the spiritual, moral, and social fiber of our citizenry”.

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