After a hiatus of this spiritually enlightening and values rejuvenating occasion due to the restricted physical social gatherings in the most recent years, the National Bible Week is celebrated anew in our municipality today through a conglomeration of Christian churches, who willfully gather together for this purpose. Mayor Alfredo B. Dacumos Jr. gladly welcomed and encouraged the resumption of this annual event after several church ministers/officers sought his direction for the reactivation of the said occasion. Everyone is invited to participate should you be around the corner.
History of the National Bible Celebration
(Copied from the Philippine Bible Society)
President Rodrigo Duterte declared that for every year, the month of January will be National Bible Month, under Proclamation No. 124 signed last January 5, 2017.
This rings true of the need for national transformation. In the words of the proclamation, “It is fitting and proper that national attention be focused on the important role being played by reading and study of the Bible in molding the moral fiber of our society.” Celebrating the Bible reminds the Filipino people of the primacy of God’s Word over their lives and decisions.
This annual event started in 1982 after former President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Presidential Proclamation No. 2242 declaring a nationwide Bible celebration. President Marcos originally declared the first Sunday of Advent and the last week of November every year as National Bible Sunday and National Bible Week (NBW).
The celebration in January came about during the term of President Corazon C. Aquino who issued Proclamation No. 44 in 1986 which transferred and made official the NBW celebration in the first month of the year. The proclamation was reinforced by President Fidel V. Ramos in Presidential Proclamation No. 1067 which urged that “national attention be focused on the importance of reading and studying the Bible in molding the spiritual, moral, and social fiber of our citizenry.” As more and more people read and study the Bible, the universal truths found in its pages empower them to live with hope and courage in these days of despair and difficulty.
The Municipal Government of Sablan likewise adopted this proclamation befittingly in a Municipal Ordinance on July 19, 2007, assigning a regular day for its observance and providing funds thereof.