PBS Honorary President Emmanuel Pelaez passes away

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Bible Society lost a staunch supporter of the Bible Cause as its Honorary President Emmanuel N. Pelaez passed away on the evening of July 27, 2003 at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City. The former Philippine Vice-President and Ambassador to the United States died of cardiac arrest following a major stroke he suffered in April. He was 87.

Ambassador Pelaez, as he was fondly referred to in the Bible Society circle, was an esteemed statesman having served as a congressman, senator, and Vice-President to President Diosdado Macapagal, father of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, from 1961-1965. He represented the Philippine government as Ambassador to the US during the Aquino administration. Filipino political leaders remember Ambassador Pelaez as “a pillar of strength and decency” who “brought honor and distinction to the second office in the land.” He was greatly admired by his peers for “passionately championing the cause of peace and the welfare of… coconut farmers.” The latter cause almost cost him his life in an assassination attempt in 1982 after leading copra traders in opposing the monopoly of the United Coconut Oil Mills on the local coconut industry.

Meanwhile, Bible Society people will always remember Ambassador Pelaez as a staunch supporter, faithful friend and leader of the Bible Cause. After the attempt on his life, having been assured and comforted with God’s Word in Psalm 31, Ambassador Pelaez decided to end his political career and spend the rest of his life sharing God’s goodness and His Word. He served as PBS President and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1985 and 1993-96, and later as Honorary President for life. He was also a major proponent of the precept “a Bible for every home,” which is now the guiding principle of PBS’ Ilaw sa Tahanan (Light to the Home) Program.

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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