Philippine Bible Society

The Bible can be a foundation for unity and transformation if not used as 'deodorant' says…

PBS 106thAnniversary
The Bible can be a foundation for unity and transformation
if not used as ‘deodorant’, says church leader 

“God’s Word can be a foundation for unity and transformation,” stated Pastor Ed Lapiz, founder and head pastor of Day by Day Christian Ministries during the Philippine Bible Society’s 106th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service on November 23, 2005 at the PBS Ministry Facility in Sta. Mesa. Pastor Lapiz spoke on the theme, “God’s Word: Foundation for Unity and Transformation.”
“To realize this theme and this goal, (we must) stop misusing the Bible in divisive debates and pursuits… as a deceptive cover for ungodly agenda… for personal gain or worse, as deodorant for stinking persons, stinking institutions, and stinking systems,” said Pastor Lapiz, addressing about 250 guests composed of church leaders, PBS members and partners who come from various sectors of the society. “We study the Bible not to increase our knowledge, but to change our hearts unto godly unity and transformation.”


Pastor Lapiz encourages PBS membership and guests encourage
PBS membership and guests to obey the teachings
of the Bible instead of using it in divisive debates.

Such strong reminder was prompted by the reality that even after 106 years of Bible work in the Philippines and with the availability of Scriptures in various languages and formats, professing Bible readers “have barely made a dent in the society.” The challenge today was no longer making the Bible accessible and understandable by Filipinos as institutions like the Philippine Bible Society has made God’s Word understandable, reachable and available. The present need is to see God’s Word being lived out.
“As Bible Societies produce more and more Bibles, let us be more and more biblical in our thinking, in our deeds, and in our lifestyle. Indeed we have done good work to propagate God’s Word, let us do better work… of obeying what it says,” encouraged Pastor Lapiz.
“Then we won’t need themes like this,” he added. “I wish we did not have this theme – Unity and Transformation – because that means that the goal of the Scriptures would have been accomplished.”
Two-day open house
Pastor Lapiz was guest speaker during the Thanksgiving Service that opened the two-day Open House in celebration of PBS’ 106th Anniversary. To educate members and guests on the ministry of the Bible Society, PBS also lined up meaningful activities that would suit the interests of target audiences.


PBS staff in their Bible costumes with guest, Arlene Villaver (second from left).
Ms. Villaver was head judge in the room decoration competition.

The Bible Society hosted a Bible forum on the topic, “The Role of the Bible in National Transformation”, with guest panelists Pastor Ed Lapiz, Dr. Jonathan Exiomo, President of Alliance Biblical Seminary, and Dr. Ricardo Jumawan, former PBS General Secretary and current Board Member.
PBS also brought home the Basic Translation Seminar, which was being taught in the provinces. Members and guests had the opportunity to listen to Dr. Anicia del Corro, Translation Consultant to the United Bible Societies (UBS), and Pastor Noli Mendoza, Tagalog Bible Translator. The audience also had the opportunity to get answers to Bible related questions.


Story-telling at the PBS BibleHouse.

Art enthusiasts likewise found their spot in a workshop conducted by Artist Arlene Villaver. Participants from seven to seventy-year-old learned some pointers in drawing as well as the responsibility that goes with the knowledge, in the light of God’s Word.
Dr. Daniel Arichea, Jr., former UBS Translation Consultant and Bible scholar, and Dr. Annie del Corro were featured in a Bible Clinic where they answered questions related to Bible translation and other issues. “The Bible Clinic” is a Q&A section at the Bible Society’s website and quarterly newsletter, The Open Word. A fun Bible quiz was also inserted during the three-hour session.


The Martinez family, one of the thousands of families
who received the family Bible, visits the Ilaw sa Tahanan
photo exhibit at the BibleHouse.

True to its mission to reach all sectors of the society, PBS also prepared activities for children in a story-telling session with guest storyteller from Alitaptap Story-telling Association. The two-day Anniversary celebration was capped with a non-stop praise and worship led by Verbo Youth Band, and participated by young people mostly students from nearby colleges and universities.

Celebration for Ilaw

The two-day celebration not only commemorates 106 years of formal Bible work in the Philippines but also to raise funds for Ilaw sa Tahanan, a program aimed at providing a copy of the Bible to 150,000 poor families relocated by the government. About 40,000 copies were already distributed since 2002. Photos of Bible recipients as well as documents of distribution activities were showcased in a photo exhibit dedicated solely for the program.

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