Every year in the Philippines, National Bible Week is backed by Presidential Proclamations, which recognises the Bible as a good guide to moral living that is essential to nation building. Last month incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte officially declared January as National Bible Month, culminating with the celebration of National Bible Week on 23-29 January.

The theme chosen by the Philippine Bible Society (PBS) for these week-long celebrations was ‘The Bible: Our Hope for the Community’s Progress’.

 

Vibrant celebrations

Throughout the country, the celebrations were vibrant. We praise and thank God for the partnership of so many churches, ministerial fellowships, government offices, media networks, organizations, and more! We have deployed the staff to many areas. I have been in radio, TV and print interviews. I also spoke at various events. Nora Lucero, PBS’s General Secretary.

The week-long public Bible reading spearheaded by PBS, ‘We Proclaim’, gathered over 600 individuals from different walks of life. The New Testament and the Book of Psalms were read entirely, with almost 100 policemen from the Manila Police District joining in.

The Scripture-advocacy event intended to touch people’s hearts and encourage a positive transformation also included a Bible parade, Bible quizzes, a poster-making contest, concerts, fun runs and other engagements.

Engaging youth

With the aim of engaging young people with God’s Word, PBS also initiated a Bible distribution event for high school students of Emilio Aguinaldo College – Affordable Private Education Center. There were also opportunities to speak about the importance of God’s Word in everyday life and to conduct more Bible distributions for the Manila Police District and in several municipal offices across Metro Manila.

“Having this celebration provided another good avenue to show solidarity in honor of the Bible,” says the Bible Society.

Reflecting on the success of National Bible Week, the Philippine Bible Society remarked that “this celebration provided another good avenue to show solidarity in honour of the Bible”.