Philippine Bible Society

Three faithful PBS Life Members and supporters promoted to glory

Mrs. Buensucesa Rivera, Mr. Felipe Calusa, and Mr. Dominador Laurente had one thing in common: all three shared their lives with the Bible Cause until the day the Lord called them to his Kingdom.

Mr. Felipe Calusa, 64

To his Bible Society family, he was known as Mang Cal Sobrepeña, the friendly artist who always had a ready smile for everyone he meets at the PBS ministry facility. Mang Cal got involved with Bible Society work when he was commissioned to illustrate the Children’s Bible sa Wikang Filipino, for which he produced more than 200 illustrations.

Mang Cal confessed that he was not a regular Bible reader. But while working on the illustrations of the Children’s Bible, Mang Cal came to appreciate the blessings from reading God’s Word. The Children’s Bible was launched in November 2003 but Mang Cal, having found a family in PBS, decided to continue supporting the Bible Cause by becoming a Lifetime Member.

Mrs. Buensucesa Rivera, 88

Mrs. Buensucesa Rivera, mother of former Philippine Bible Society General Secretary Dr. Medarlo Rivera, passed away on August 14, 2004 after a long bout of illness. She was 88.

During her memorial service, Dr. Rivera, who served the Philippine Bible Society for 18 years, acknowledged his mother as one of the greatest influences of his life. “I wouldn’t be standing here if it were not for my mother’s love and discipline.” Mrs. Rivera, who had shown exemplary dedication and support to her children, was also present when Dr. Rivera turned over the leadership to the next PBS General Secretary, Mrs. Nora Lucero, on December 4, 2003.

To PBS, Mrs. Rivera was known to be a dedicated educator, having founded Hope Christian Academy in Antipolo, Rizal which provides quality education to less fortunate but deserving students at the age of 62. She was also a staunch supporter of the Bible Cause.

Mr. Dominador Laurente, 70

Mr. Dominador Laurente, or Mang Doming, served PBS from 1979 to 1993 in various capacities, including Control Head of the Production Department and Church Relationship Officer of Communications and Development Department. Former PBS General Secretary Dr. Ricardo Jumawan remembers Mang Doming as a kind and obedient staff. UBS Translation Consultant Dr. Annie del Corro said Mang Doming, with his gentle ways, was a soothing company. “Around him you can relax,” she added.
Mang Doming retired from PBS in 1993 but continued to support the Bible Cause, not only as a Lifetime Member, but also in tangible ways, such as active promotion of and participation in PBS events – National Bible Week, Annual Membership Meetings and other Bible promotion programs.
Mang Doming died in his sleep on August 21, 2004.

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