117 YEARS OF MAKING THE BIBLE KNOWN
A NOTE FROM THE GENERAL SECRETARY
Our Unwavering Commitment
Through the years, the Philippine Bible Society's commitment has not changed nor waned a bit. We remain committed to making the Word of God known to every Filipino, and provide them with an opportunity to encounter God in His Word. We believe that national transformation can only take effect when the inner man is transformed by the Word of God.
As our forebears envisioned, we remain committed to producing translations of the Bible that are faithful to the original biblical languages, in languages closest to the heart of our people, and in ways that are God-glorifying. As there are still Philippine languages without the Scriptures, we commit ourselves to exploring avenues to achieve this.
We remain committed to effectively and meaningfully distributing the Bible in formats that Filipinos can appreciate and find relevant, taking into account that the world changes but the Word of God remains steadfast and unchanging.
We remain committed to make the Bible available in prices that Filipinos can afford, drumbeating our call for everyone to rally with us to this cause of making the Word of God known to all our kababayans.
In all this, we can only thank God for seeing PBS through. Many grounds have been covered since 1899, but a lot remains to be reached by the Light of Life. New generations mean new challenges; new situations call for new solutions. But one fact remains, the Word of God is the light to our nation!
"I, the Lord, have called you and given you power to see that justice is done on earth. Through you I will make a covenant with all peoples; through you I will bring light to the nations." (Isaiah 42:6, Good News Translation)
Dr. Nora G. Lucero
General Secretary, Philippine Bible Society
Bible Work in the Philippines started even before it was formally established in 1898.
During the Spanish colonial period Filipinos were forbidden to own or read the Bible. Still more than a thousand copies of Scriptures were brought into the Philippines during the 19th century. This period also brought to Filipinos the first Scripture in Philippine language, the gospel of Luke in Pangasinan translated by Spanish priest Fr. Manrique Alonzo Lallave in 1887. In 1898, when Americans took control of Manila and Bible reading was no longer unlawful, this translation of Luke became the first Bible portion in the Philippine language to be freely distributed among Filipinos.
Their ministries served as the benchmark from where the Bible ministry in the Philippines developed.
ABS's Jay C. Goodrich and his wife became the first resident representatives to establish a Bible depot and to begin systematic planning and organization of Bible work in the Philippines. In 1912, a two-story office was established at 636 Isaac Peral Street (presently 890 United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila). This would later become the site of the Philippine Bible Society, serving as the main base of operation for all translation, production, distribution, and promotion works of the Holy Scriptures. Previous "houses" of the Bible Society were in Intramuros and a house along 503 Rizal Avenue, among others.
The Philippine Bible House became an autonomous Bible Society in 1966 under the leadership of the first Filipino General Secretary Rev. Angel B. Taglucop. This was also the time of Vatican II when the Pope encouraged Bible reading and Bible use among Catholics. With the growing demand for new translations, PBS formed translation committees consisting of carefully selected translators and Bible scholars from the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches. This joint undertaking brought Filipinos the Bible in eight major Philippine languages. Since then, Protestants and Catholics have come together in pursuit of the Bible cause.
The Philippine Bible Society mission continues through the partnership of more than 3,000 individual members, churches and organizations who believe in the power of God’s Word.
PBS makes the Scriptures more understandable through translation and revision projects.
PBS endeavours to produce Scriptures in the best quality and form favourable to readers.
the Bible Society endeavours to make the Word available and accessible to all Filipinos from different points of the country.
PBS endeavours to make people understand the importance of the Bible in their lives.
More than a century later, the task of getting God’s Word into the hands of an estimated 84 million Filipinos is far from complete. But all that have transpired and all that is to come, we give glory and honour to God.
OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BISHOP NOEL A. PANTOJA (PCEC-Clergy)
President and Chairman of the Board
National Director, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
MOST REV. BRODERICK S. PABILLO, D.D. (RCC-Clergy)
Vice President and Vice Chairman
Auxiliary Bishop of Manila
JUSTICE RAOUL V. VICTORINO (Ret.) (NCCP-Lay)
Chairperson, National Council of Churches in the Philippines
DR. NATIVIDAD B. PAGADUT (RCC-Lay)
Executive Secretary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate
MR. LAWRENCE Y. TY (Independent-Lay)
Chairman, United Evangelical Church of Manila, Inc. and Good News Christian Academy of Ifugao, Inc.
Bishop Daniel C. Arichea
Most Rev. Bishop Arturo M. Bastes, S.V.D, D.D.
Bishop Nathanael P. Lazaro
Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D.
Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno (Ret.)
Bishop Cesar Vicente P. Punzalan III
Bishop Efraim M. Tendero
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MR. AUGUSTO A. ARGUELLES (RCC-Lay)
President, Institute for Pastoral Development
MS. LISSA BELLE R. BROWN (NCCP-Lay)
Vice Chairperson-Youth, National Council of Churches in the Philippines
BISHOP JOSELITO T. CRUZ (NCCP-Clergy)
General Secretary, Iglesia Filipina Independiente
MOST REV. PABLO VIRGILIO S. DAVID, D.D. (RCC-Clergy)
Bishop of Kalookan
DR. TIMOTEO D. GENER (PCEC-Lay)
President, Asian Theological Seminary
MRS. FERAZ B. LEGITA (NCCP-Lay)
President, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches
REV DR. GLORIA LITA D. MAPANGDOL (NCCP-Clergy)
Dean, St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary
ATTY. GERARD A. MOSQUERA (PCEC-Lay)
Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon
BISHOP CESAR VICENTE P. PUNZALAN III (PCEC-Clergy)
Presiding Bishop, Hope Christian Fellowship Churches in the Philippines
DR. LYSANDER P. RIVERA (RCC-Lay)
Associate Lecturer Theology and Religious Education, De La Salle University-Manila
MR. ALBERT S. TANLIMCO (Independent-Lay)
President, AMTES Corporation
MRS. FLORENCIA G. TARRIELA (PCEC-Lay)
Chairman, Philippine National Bank
ATTY. JOSE T. VILLANUEVA (Independent-Lay)
Founder and Chairman, Shekinah Christian Unity Foundation
OUR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
DR. NORA G. LUCERO
MRS. VICTORIA ESPERANZA Z. CARTERA
Associate General Secretary
DR. ANICIA H. DEL CORRO
DR. EDGAR B. EBOJO
MS. VILMA P. SALVIO
Executive Consultant for Leadership Development
MRS. LAURA M. VALLEDO
MS. FLORENCE A. VICENTE
Management Services Manager
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BibleHouse, Dau, Pampanga - (045) 624-0310
BibleHouse, Cebu City - (032) 254-5571 / (032) 354-7298 (fax)
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