PBS Marks Historical Feat with Virtual 55th Annual Membership Meeting

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MANILA, PHILIPPINES; June 13, 2020 – Philippine Bible Society (PBS) welcomed the new set of elected Board of Trustees during the first ever virtual 55th Annual Membership Meeting (AMM)!  The 2020 Board of Trustees elected via online voting, a first in the PBS’ 120-year history, were Rev. Fr. Oscar A. Alunday, S.V.D., the Director of the John Paul 1 Regional Biblical Center (JPIBC) for Northern Luzon and the Cordillera. Fr. Alunday joined the board representing the Roman Catholic Church. Also joining the roster for the first time were the following: Rev. Irma M. Balaba, Administrative Pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Faith Bible Church and Mr. Jon Dave A. Angeles, an Underwriting Supervisor at Snapcash Lending, Inc. representing the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP); and Mr. Jonathan Joseph M. Peralta, immediate past Senior Vice President of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), representing the Independent Churches.

 

Meanwhile, PBS members have re-elected Ms. Lissa Belle R. Brown, Chairperson for the Youth and Young Adults Committee of the World Methodist Council to represent the National Council of Churches in the Philippines; and Atty. Jose P. Villanueva, Founder and Chairman of the Shekinah Christian Unity Foundation, to represent the Independent Churches.

 

The six new trustees are part of an 18-person board, which is the highest governing body of the PBS.  The Board of Trustees render their service to the Bible ministry pro bono. Completing the board are the following members and their affiliations:

  1. Augusto A. Arguelles, President, Institute for Pastoral Development (IPD)
  2. Reynaldo R. Avante, General Director, Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines (CBAP)
  3. Elder Rufino D. Dela Rosa, Chairman of the Board of Elders, Plaridel Bible Church
  4. Timoteo D. Gener, President, Asian Theological Seminary (ATS)
  5. Karlo D. Lara, Founder and Program Director, Lakbay Biblia Catholic Bible Course
  6. Dr. Gloria Lita D. Mapangdol, Dean, St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary
  7. Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Apostolic Administrator, Archdiocese of Manila
  8. Bishop Cesar Vicente P. Punzalan III, Presiding Bishop, Hope Christian Fellowship Churches in the Philippines
  9. Ramon C. Realizan, Board of Trustee, Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate
  10. Albert S. Tanlimco, President, AMTES Corporation
  11. Florencia G. Tarriela, Chairman, Philippine National Bank
  12. Justice Raoul V. Victorino (), Immediate Past Chairman, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)

 

The new set of trustees selected their new officers during the Board Organizational Meeting following the election.  The virtual oath-taking was led by Bishop Daniel C. Arichea.  These new officers comprised the Executive Committee, which is composed of the following:

President/Chairman: Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D.
Vice-President/Vice-Chairman: Mr. Albert S. Tanlimco
Corporate Secretary: Ms. Lissa Belle R. Brown
Executive Committee Members: Bishop Cesar Vicente P. Punzalan III and Mrs. Florencia G. Tarriela

The PBS conducted the proceedings of the AMM through its first ever virtual gathering (via Zoom).  The AMM was a celebration of what PBS and its faithful partners accomplished together, by God’s grace, and a thanksgiving for what the Lord will do in succeeding years.  The event was graced by the Director General of the United Bible Societies (UBS), Mr. Michael Perreau, and UBS Chair/CEO of the Scottish Bible Society, Ms. Elaine Duncan, and participated in by several trustees.  Mr. Reuben Laurente, multi-awarded singer, songwriter, and theater performer, rendered a special song.

 

About PBS

The PBS is registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 26, 2016 as a non-stock, not-for-profit corporation.  Its primary purpose is to encourage wider circulation of the Holy Scriptures.  PBS serves as the representative in the Philippines of the world fellowship of the United Bible Societies (UBS), a global fellowship of 148 national Bible Societies and affiliate Bible Societies operating in 244 countries and territories, and is the local expression of the UBS.  Its vision is to see a Transformed Filipino people through God’s Word – people whose lives are transformed resulting in national righteousness, economic sufficiency, social peace, public justice, and God-fearing citizenry; and its mission is to Make the Bible Known through translations that are faithful to the Scripture texts in the original languages, through media and formats that meet the needs of people, and through affordable prices.

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“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