Philippine Bible Society

PBS, Partners Celebrate Bible Week nationwide

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Runners from Guimaras


From January 19 to 25, 2015, the Philippine Bible Society partnered with local Catholic and Evangelical churches, local governments, and organizations to celebrate National Bible Week in more than 30 locations all over the country.
According to PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora Lucero, the highlights of the celebration included the iProclaim, a public reading of God’s Word; the historic Handwritten Unity Bible (HUB), where participants become modern-day scribes; and, the 4th annual May They Be One (MTBO) Fun Run for the Bible Cause.
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i-Proclaim in Parañaque


 
Originally intended to kick-off the NBW celebrations, the iProclaim was scheduled to be held on January 19 during the flag ceremonies of partner local governments in the following locations: Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte; Jordan, Guimaras; Bugasong, Antique; Aborlan Palawan; Real Quezon; Naic, Cavite; Imus City, Cavite; Cabiao, Nueva Ecija; Bustos, Bulacan; Malolos City, Bulacan; Guiguinto, Bulacan; Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Balagtas, Bulacan; Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; Santiago City, Isabela; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; and, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
“We praise God for the significant number of local governments that participated in the iProclaim all over the Philippines. We laud local officials for giving recognizing the value of God’s Word in their public service and in the lives of their constituents, and its power to transform them for the better,” Dr. Lucero said.
She added that initial reports from partners indicated that the iProclaim was also held on January 12 in Mandaluyong City; January 20 in Manila and Malabon City; January 21 in Lipa City, Batangas; January 26 in Taguig City, Pasig City, and, Cabuyao City; on February 1 in Parañaque City; and, on all Mondays of January in San Juan City.
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HUB writers from Silang, Cavite


 
The same report also said that HUB writing centers were set up in the Church on the Way, Caloocan City; Redeemed United Methodist Church in Lipa City, Batangas; Plaza Natividad in San Mateo, Rizal; Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong City; Jesus Is Lord Church in Pasig City; UNIDA Center in Silang, Cavite; Sacred Heart Parish, Malabon City; Quezon City Hall; Balagtas, Bulacan; Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Malolos, Bulacan; Knox UMC; Central UMC; Taguig City Hall; San Roque Cathedral; Navotas City; Santiago, Isabela; Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Palawan; Bataan; and in the Land Bank of the Philippines in Manila, among others.
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Runners from Quezon City


 
Meanwhile, the final singlet count revealed that a total of 4522 registered runners participated in the annual Bible Fun Run in the following locations: Cabiao, Nueva Ecija; Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental; San Juan City; Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte; Malolos City, Bulacan; San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan; Sta. Maria, Bulacan; Norzagaray, Bulacan, Balagtas, Bulacan; Guiguinto, Bulacan; Bustos, Bulacan; Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; Trece Martires City, Cavite; Caloocan City; Mariveles City, Bataan; Jordan, Guimaras; Santiago City, Isabela; Real, Quezon; Bugasong, Antique; Silang, Cavite; Quezon City; Navotas City; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Tuguegarao City; Cagayan; Aborlan, Palawan; Mandaluyong City; Paranaque City; Marikina City; and, Daet, Camarines Norte.
However, PBS said that more runners participated in the 30 run sites despite the lack of singlets and race bibs. Hence, the total number of runners can potentially reach up to 5000 individuals.
“The HUB and the Bible Run, apart from allowing participants to experience the Bible in unique ways, also support the MTBO Bible Campaign. Part of the race fee and the donations made for every verse written goes to subsidizing the production and distribution of MTBO Bibles,” Dr. Lucero explained.
To date, more than 1.4 million Bibles have been distributed under the campaign. MTBO plans to provide an additional 3.6 million copies to poor Filipino families all over the country.
Meanwhile, the Roving Bible Museum was also set up in three locations during the weeklong celebration: in Sta. Cruz Parish in Manila, at the Land Bank of the Philippines, and at Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Rizal.
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Roving Bible Museum set-up at Sta. Cruz Parish


 
“Aside from the banner activities spearheaded by the Bible Society, our partners also organized other forms of celebration such as congregational prayer, Bible distributions, Bible parades, motorcades, Bible exhortations, quizzes, poster-making contests, slogan-making contests, and, Bible float parade, among others,” Dr. Lucero said.
The weeklong celebration culminated with the celebration of National Bible Sunday, highlighted by messages/preaching/sermons/homilies centering on this year’s theme: “Sharing God’s Word, Empowering the Poor, Transforming the Land,” which is based on Psalm 41:1 and Luke 6:20.
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Students and Police Officers joined the National Bible Week in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija


 

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