resize-of-joel-bugtong.jpgThe John Paul I Biblical Center for Northern Luzon in coordination with the staff and management of the diocesan radio station of Bangued (DZPA – Puso ti Abra) developed a radio program entitled “Hearts on Fire” with the theme: “Sao ti Dios Gubuayan ti Hustisya, Panagpipinnakawan ken Kappia” (God’s Word: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace). This daily radio program for the whole National Bible Week started being aired in ten radio stations all over Northern Luzon yesterday January 21 until January 27, 2008.

The following are the daily topics:

Day 1: The Message for the National Bible Week and Bible Sunday – a circular letter of the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines prepared by the chairman of the commission Most Rev. Arturo M. Bastes, SVD DD – bishop of Sorsogon.

Day 2: The different Biblical Apostolate programs and activities of the JPIBC for Northern Luzon,

Day 3: The decisions and resolutions of the 43rd Board of Directors Meeting in Baguio City focused on the Biblical Apostolate programs and activities for Northern Luzon. This board prepared every member for the coming Interim Regional Workshop on Lineamenta, the working papers for the coming Synod of Bishops on the Word of God.

Day 4: Reports and sharing of the different Archdioceses, dioceses and apostolic vicariates on their programs and activities in spreading the Word of God through the Biblical Apostlate in their own areas of apostolate.

Day 5: Continuation of the sharing in day 4 covering the remaining archdiocesan, diocesan and apostolic vicariates’ programs and activities of their Biblical Apostolate.

Day 6: The Interim Regional Workshop on Lineamenta: sharing on the reflections of Northern Luzon, working papers for the Synod of Bishops 2008. On this same day the Seminar Workshop on the Biblical Figures organized by ECBA-CBCP conducted by German resource persons and held at the JPIBC last October 2007. The seminar workshop was of its first kind here in the whole Philippines.

Day 7: The 17th National Biblical Workshop in Cagayan de Oro City on February 11-15, 2008 together with the 5th Biblical Workshop of the Catholic Biblical Federation of Southeast Asia with the same theme: “Word of God: Source of Justice, Reconciliation and Peace”.

The National Bible Week Celebrations of Northern Luzon are being aired and broadcasted over the following Radio Stations:

  1. DZPA – Abra at 7:30 – 8:00 in the evening covering the whole of Cordilleras and heared also in the lowlands like the whole province of Ilocos Sur and part of the province of La Union.
  2. DZNS – Nueva Segovia covering the whole of Ilocandia, heared over the provinces of Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and parts of Pangasinan.
  3. Laoag –
  4. San Fernando –
  5. DWDU – Urdaneta – A community radio station broadcasting over the whole City of Urdaneta and its neighboring towns of the province of Pangasinan.
  6. Lingayen-Dagupan
  7. Baguio –
  8. Tuguegarao –
  9. DZRV Bayombong at 9:30 – 10:00 am broadcasting over Nueva Vizcaya, part of Cagayan Valley, Nueva Ecija and some parts of the Cordilleras.
  10. DZWM Alaminos aired at 1:30 to 2:00 pm broadcasting over the whole Province of Pangasinan, La Union, some parts of Zambales and Tarlac.

For those who have no radio stations like Isabela – the recorded radio program will be played in all the parishes, communities, chapels and BECs through their CD players.

We express our gratitude to our radio talents: Ms. Merla Ruiz the manager of DZPA, Mr. Charles Javier the diocesan Biblical Coordinator, Fr. Efren Ambre the vice chairman of the Northern Luzon Commission for the Biblical Apostolate. Yours truly Mr. Joel Bugtong composed, developed and produced the script of the said whole week radio program for the Spread of the Good News in Northern Luzon!

Reported by:

Joel M. Bugtong, JPIBC


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