Philippine Bible Society

New Faces In PBS

The Philippine Bible Society welcomed six new staff members who came on board between May and August this year.
Rev. Emilio Ballesteros, Jr. now heads the Northern Luzon Regional Auxiliary Bible Office, replacing Rev. John Arquero.
Pastor Jun, who has ministered and established numerous churches since 1979, is married to the former Theresa Flormata, with whom he has three children.
He received his formal training from the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City, and has been conferred a doctorate degree (honoris causa) from Theology University in 2005.
Meanwhile, the Accounting Department gained a new supervisor and an accountant in the persons of Marinome Mercado and Slochin Tilles Gragas.


New faces in PBS (from left): Pastor Jun Ballesteros, Jared Fernandez,
Herbert Osio, Jr., Slochin Gragas, Marinome Mercado, Paul Sasis, Jeff Castro, and Kiko Gaddi

Prior to joining the team last May, Ate Nome was senior auditor for T&D Engineering before becoming its accounting consultant.  She also became the administrator of the Treasure Chest Christian School for seven years.
Ate Nome is wife to the Rev. Arnold Mercado, who is a pastor at Liberty Baptist Mission in San Juan, Batangas, and is mother to 15-year-old Nikos Paulo and 10-year-old Audrey.
Slochin, on the other hand, owes her unique name from a wordplay of her birthplace. This young lady, who hails from Nichols in Pasay City, was bookkeeper for the Inland Corporation for two years before joining PBS.
Another warm body in the PBS staff is Francisco Gaddi, who holds a degree in Applied Mathematics with concentration in Computer Programming from the Arellano University. He worked for the Home Development Mutual Fund for 11 years and also had a short stint with Master’s Distribution and Allied Services prior to coming on board as a merchandiser at the Sta Mesa Bible House.  He is married to the former Ducisima Aranas and is a proud father of two.
The Communications and Development Department (ComDev) also received a shot in the arm, after acquiring a program specialist and a part-time writer.
Twenty-six-year-old Jared Fernandez, a computer science graduate from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, now handles ComDev’s database software, Donation Management.  He used to be affiliated with Solid Shipping Lines Corp, where he served as a programmer analyst.
The most recent addition to the ComDev team is Herbert Osio, Jr., who has been tasked to handle the Bible Society’s official publication, The Open Word (TOW).  Herbert has had experiences with several mainstream and alternative media and was a staff writer for a people’s organization.

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