MANILA, Jan. 21, 2013—After a successful initial run last year, a second Bible run is set to take off in March to raise funds for the printing and distribution of bibles to poor Filipino families.
A multi-sectoral initiative, the Bible run is being organized by the Philippine Bible Society together with the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) and other partner institutions.
Called “May They Be One Bible Run 2”, the event on March 9 will start at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila around 5 a.m.
The event is designed to help participants learn more about and engage with God’s Word through scripture verses, biblical information and trivia that will punctuate the race tracks that will be highlighted by colorful tableaus and floats featuring biblical scenes.
“The participants will also get to interact and have photo opportunities with the Bible characters that will make the run more fun and exciting even as they help raise funds for the printing of Bibles for under privileged Filipinos,” Philippine Bible Society (PBS) said in a press statement.
Dr. Natividad Pagadut, executive secretary of CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) said they are expecting 10,000 participant-runners particularly the youth.
Pagadut is encouraging young people to participate and to give some assistance to those who cannot afford to buy a Bible by joining the fun run.
She said the run will not just benefit those who are the targets of the cause but also runners to commit to a healthy lifestyle while dedicating it for a good cause.
This year’s run will have a 10 km category aside from the 3km and 5km. Fees for adults are P350 for 3km and 5km and P500 for 10km. Meanwhile, student can avail the special rate of P250 for all categories and may claim NSTP credit certificate when they join the advocacy run.
Last year, the 1st MTBO Bible run reached almost 6,000 runners where proceeds from it enabled PBS to distribute 5,000 copies of the Bible to poor families.
PBS and CBCP-ECBA are hoping that more Filipinos will support the cause on its 2nd year.
Interested participants may contact the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate at (02) 527-4157 or PBS Secretariat at (02) 526-7777 loc. 631 or log-on to www.bible.org.ph. (Jandel Posion/Yen Ocampo)