Retired CJ Puno Continues to Lead PBS Board of Trustees

IMG_0906Retired Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno remains at the helm of the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) after being elected as President and Chairman of the 2015-2016 Board of Trustees following the election of new Trustees during the Bible Society’s 50th Annual Membership Meeting last Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) National Director Bishop Noel A. Pantoja was also re-elected as Vice President and Vice Chairman, as well as Couples for Christ Global Mission Chairman Atty. Jose T. Tale who was also re-elected as Corporate Secretary.
Completing the line-up of the Executive Committee are the Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, and Jesus Reigns Ministries Coordinator Albert S. Tanlimco, who were both elected as Members-at-Large.
Earlier that morning, 278 members gathered at the PBS United Nations Ministry Facility for the golden membership assembly. The gathering began with Worship Service that featured National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) Secretary General Rev. Fr. Rex RB Reyes as Guest Speaker.
IMG_0386The assembly then proceeded to elect Bishop Pabillo and Mr. Tanlimco, Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon Atty. Gerard A. Mosquera, De La Salle University professor Dr. Lysander P. Rivera, Asian Theological Seminary President Dr. Timoteo D. Gener, and Institute for Pastoral Development President Augusto Arguelles as Trustees of the Bible Society. These succeeded retiring Trustees such as the Most Rev. Renato P. Mayuga, D.D., Episcopal Commission on the BIblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (ECBA-CBCP) Executive Secretary Dr. Natividad B. Pagadut, PCEC Commission on Peace and Reconciliation Peace Builders Ministry National Coordinator Emmaloisa Malibiran-Salumbides, and Shekinah Christian Unity Foundation founder and Chairman Atty. Jose P. Villanueva.
The newly-elected Trustees and Executive Committee members were sworn in by former President and Chairman United Methodist Church Bishop Daniel A. Arichea, Jr., PhD.
During the meeting, PBS General Secretary Dr. Nora G.  Lucero reported the highlights of the Bible Society’s performance in the preceding year in terms of the organization’s five strategic directions: scripture engagement, pro-active marketing, friend and fundraising, systems innovation and processes improvement, and, human resources development.
IMG_0653In her report, Dr. Lucero highlighted how God used the Bible Society to “bring the hope and comfort of God’s Word to people that need it most, particularly the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda.”
“The Lord continues to make PBS a channel of His blessings— a channel of hope and comfort to hurting people. He used the Bible Society to equip many church workers so the work of His Kingdom will continue. And He poured out resources through our friends and partners to make this happen,” Dr. Lucero shared.
The PBS has an 18-member inter-confessional board composed of five representatives each from PCEC, the Roman Catholic Church,and NCCP. Meanwhile three representatives come from independent churches. Currently also serving as Trustees are:
 
Rev. Dr. Ruth P. Billena,  Deputy Conference Minister, Lowland Cavite South Manila;
Bishop Joselito T. Cruz, General Secretary of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente;
Mrs. Leonila T. Cruz, Elder of the Friends of Jesus Christ Ministries International;
Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D., Chairman of ECBA-CBCP;
Mr. Ramon J. Dela Torre, Elder of the  Kamuning Bible Christian Fellowship;
Dr. Rommel F. Linatoc, Program Secretary of the Christian Unity and Ecumenical Relations of the NCCP,
Dr. Cristina  N.  Mañabat,  President, Harris Memorial College;
Bishop Jonel R. Milan, National Chairman, Philippine Ministerial Fellowship Network;
Mr. Lawrence Y. Ty, Chairman of the United Evangelical Church of Manila; and
the Most Rev. Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, SVD, D.D, Bishop of Sorsogon as Chairman Emeritus
 
In all these, we give thanks to our loving Lord for His direction, guidance and  provision over the years in the mission of “Making the Bible Known”  to see “A Transformed Philippines Through God’s Word”. To Him be glory, honor and praise!IMG_0263

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