Philippine Bible Society

PBS Inaugurates 1st Regional Office, Bookstore in Visayas

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The Bible House in Cebu City is now open to serve you.

The Philippine Bible Society (PBS) opened its first Regional Auxiliary Bible Office (RABO) and Bookstore in Cebu City last October 11, in a simple but meaningful program attended by members of the PBS Board, managers, and key Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders.  The facilities are located at #17 D. Jakosalem St., at Brgy. Sto. Nino, Cebu City.
“This is a historical event, meaningful and memorable,” proclaimed His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal, who was the guest of honor at the inauguration.  He also expressed his happiness at how the place has been transformed and has become a venue for making the Bible known in Cebu.  The 75-year old Cardinal, who has served as Archbishop of Cebu for 25 years and as a Cardinal for 21 years, reaffirmed his love for the Biblical Apostolate as he supported the establishment of the PBS office.  He was one of the reviewers of the Magandang Balita Biblia, 1980 and gave the Imprimatur to the Ang Bag-ong Maayong Balita Biblia 1999.

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PBS Board Members with General Secretary Nora Lucero and His Eminence Archbishop Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal.

For nearly 107 years, the Bible Society has maintained its offices and two bookstores in Manila.  Its choice of Cebu as a location for its regional office is strategic, since the Visayas region is a key growth area for PBS translation, marketing, and fundraising programs.  As PBS Chairman and President Bishop Efraim Tendero said in his welcome address, the opening of the first RABO office will serve “to make the Bible more available, accessible and affordable to more people.  This is in keeping with the Bible Society’s vision of “a Bible for every Filipino for a transformed Philippines.”  He also expressed hope that the Philippines will become a better nation and that the stigma of a Christian and corrupt country will be erased and we will instead be known as a Christian and righteous nation.
PBS General Secretary Mrs. Nora G. Lucero, in her acknowledgement, thanked God for this new milestone in PBS’ history.  She said, “Our vision to see a transformed Philippines in partnership with churches compels us to be in several places to make the Bible more accessible and responsive to the needs of the area.”  She acknowledged Dr. Ricardo Jumawan as the chief architect and prime mover of the PBS’ regionalization program. She also thanked the PBS Board, “whose proven competence is beyond question and leads PBS with their wisdom.”

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His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal leads the ribbon-cutting ceremonies during the inauguration of the PBS’ regional office.

Board members Mrs. Florencia Tarriela, Atty. Robinson Landicho, Mr. Rene Cristobal, Bishop Cesar Punzalan III, Dr. Jonathan Exiomo, Atty. Edith Santos, Mr. Dante Lanorio, Ms. Amy Herrera, Rev. Marie Sol Sioco and Mrs. Lydia Aherrera, were present for the inauguration
Mrs. Lucero also recognized the help extended by Rev. Fr. Joseph Tan, Mrs. Elena Jarantilla, the Archdiocese Board of Cebu and Ms. Estrella Del Mar, Chairperson of the Cebu Lay Formation Center.  Other Catholic leaders were also present in the inauguration.

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PBS President and Board Chair Bishop Efraim Tendero hands Archbishop Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal a copy of the Holy Word.

Some of the evangelical leaders present were:  Rev. Noel Centeno, President of the Metro Cebu Ministerial Fellowship; Rev. Jose Bernaldez of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines; Rev. Joseph Bayawa from Christ Commission Fellowship – Cebu; Pastor Danny and Mrs. Corie Varela of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches; Rev. Ildefonso Alfafara, General Secretary of the Baptist Conference of the Philippines; Rev. Alvin Rival and Pastor Gerardo Lisbe of the  Greenhills Christian Fellowship – Cebu; Rev. Val Chaves, President of the Foursquare Gospel Churches in the Philippines; Pastor Shawn Maragni from the Cebu House of Prayer/YWAM; Pastor Brian Longridge of YWAM Cebu; Rev. Juan Coromina of YWAM; and, Pastor Wilvey Pepito from the God of Grace Christian Fellowship.
Representatives of Bible retailers like Catholic Trade, OMF Literature, and Philippine Christian Book Store were also among those who attended the inauguration.  Mrs. Lucero hailed the event as a beautiful display of unity in God’s Word by the Christian community in Cebu.
Rev. Manuel Cabardo, Regional Manager for Visayas, manages the RABO.  He is assisted by a bookkeeper, a cashier, and a warehouseman.
As part of its Regionalization Plan for 2006-2008, the Bible Society will establish four regional offices to expand the reach of the Bible Society ministry. The inauguration of the Cebu RABO and Bookstore, is an auspicious start. There are Regional Officers already based in Davao City, for Mindanano and Dagupan City, for Northern Luzon and a RABO for Bicol will be hired soon. The other RABO facilities will be opened as soon as plans are finalized and funds become available.

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