Monday, February 19, 2024

Friday, July 28, 2023

CBAP 24th Annual Convention 2023

 Program of Activities

Join the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP) for their 24th annual convention from September 29 to October 1, 2023 (Friday to Sunday) at La Jardin of Divine Mercy and Retreat House in Catulinan, Baliwag, Bulacan. CBAP members, observers, and interested individuals are welcome to attend. To learn more about registration and membership fees, please click on the photo or scroll down. ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ“…๐Ÿ“Œ


If you are in the ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines and are interested in registering, simply reach out to ATE LINA via ๐Ÿ“ฑ text message or ๐Ÿ“ž call her at 09178327145. Alternatively, ATE Bing can also assist you with registration and can be reached at 09334305017. ๐Ÿ’‍♀️

If you are currently outside the country, you can easily send an email to ๐Ÿ“ง

The Theme

This year's 24th convention theme is "Double-Edged Sword" (Hebrews 4:12): God's Word on Violence and Evil in the 21st Century." CBAP members will present papers on this topic, including major contributions from Professor Dominik Markl, SJ from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and University of Innsbruck, Austria๐Ÿ“œ; and Sister Nicet Vargas, OSA, who is an expert on the Gospel of John and one of the first members of CBAP  ๐Ÿ™.

This convention marks the start of CBAP's Silver Jubilee Program, "Jubilate Deo" CBAP  was formally established in 2000.๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ. For the Jubilate Deo, please scroll down.

Jubilate Deo

Message from our president, Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP

"In joyful shout to God, in serving the Lord with gladness, in exultantly entering the Divine Presence, the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines, Incorporated (CBAP) celebrates her SILVER JUBILEE!  

To mark this milestone, a series of programs and activities are hereby proposed, with the following general objectives: - To read the whole message of Fr. Marquez, please click on the link HERE to download.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP): 23rd Annual Convention: Registration and Papers

 The 23rd annual convention of the CBAP will be held virtually on September 24-25, 2022 (Saturday- Sunday) via Zoom

CBAP President: Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP
Head of the Organizing Committee: Fr. Randy Flores, SVD



Click on this Google Form to register. 

Members and observers must register to have the link for Zoom.

It's also open to all interested individuals. To register: Call or send a text message to 09334305017 (Bing) or send an email message to 

Annual Membership and Registration Fees (for full members): P2000 

 Annual Membership and Registration Fees (for associates): P1500

Registration Fee for Observers and Interested Individuals: P300 

Donation Channels

GCash Number: 09178327145 (Rizalina C)

Bank: Metrobank 

Account Name: Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines 

Account Number: 093-3-09351607-0 

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Contact Number for more INFO: 09334305017 (Bing)

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Proceedings of the CBAP 2021 Annual Convention



List of Participants

Day 1

Recap of the first day of CBAP-ECBA Biblical Forum, November 12

Yesterday, with the theme, “Treasures New and Old: The  Transmission of the Bible in the Philippines - History, Theology, Reception and Use in Evangelization,”  we had the first day of our historic annual convention of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines.  It is  a historic first as it is the first time   to have  the joint Biblical Forum  of the CBAP and the Episcopal Commission for the Biblical Apostolate (ECBA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in time for the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. 

ECBA Chairman  Bishop Sofronio A. Bancud  gave the welcome address and said that it is an opportune time to have Biblical reflection and sharing and to be challenged anew by the Scriptures which is the soul of theology and the basis for catechetical  instructions. 
CBAP President Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP,  officially opened the Biblical Forum  as he said that we are gathered around the Word, we have our pulong on Pulong,  entering into conversation,  listening and speaking, sharing words and sharing lives on the eternal  Word Alive,  who became flesh and dwelt among us.

Fr. Bienvenido Baisas, OFM, presented the major paper, “Isang Bagong Salin sa Tagalog ng Salmo 109.” Why Ps 109? He said that he wanted to show many traits of Hebrew poetry and that the psalm as an individual lament has elements common to our current situation, “posing a challenge to face our situation with courage, bravery and confidence in the desired flow of life in accord with God’s justice. The Q and A after his presentation  had interesting discussions on “lex talionis,” seeing God’s presence in his absence and the taboo of the psalm in the liturgy.

Sr. Martha Gamolo’s paper, “Kay YHWH ang Lupa at Kapunuan Nito: Awit 24:1-2,” the first of the three papers presented in the afternoon, was also about  translation of a psalm from the original Hebrew and the need for inculturation for better transmission of the Word of God.  She enlivened the sleepy afternoon with her playing of the guitar and  her singing of her translated psalm.
The other two short papers were: “People’s Participation and Empowerment? A Postcolonial Narrative Reading of Solomon’s Prayer in 1 Kings 8:22-53”  presented by Fr.  Cristino r. Pine, OFM and “The Indispensability  of Back Translation: Mediating faithfulness and Naturalness in the Translation of the Bible in an Unfamiliar Tongue” by Rev. Rhoneil M. Arevalo, PhD.

Among the questions asked  Fr. Cris during the Q and A was on the perplexing  question on prayers and politics.  Rev. Arevalo’s paper walked us through the process of translation and made us realize  the unsung work of translators and the key role of the translation consultant as gatekeeper of faithfulness.
Capping the session was the briefing of on the new CBAP interest group, the Biblical and Social Engagement Interet (BASE) Group by Pastor Rico Villanueva, Phd.  He said that the next meeting of the BASE group is on Wedneday, November 28,  to continue the discussion on Fr.  Benny Baisas paper. Earlier, Fr. Randy Flores, SVD,  presented the activities of the Old Testament Group, one of the traditional CBAP Interest Group  along with the New Testament Interest Group. Fr. Rogel Abais, SJ, presented the new Biblical Archeology and Intertestamental Interest Group being formed with Fr. Alex Gobrin, CMF. Announced that the first meeting of the group will be in January next year. 

There were quite a lot of Zoom chats commending   Pastor Edgar B. Ebojo, PhD, for a job well done  as the day’s moderator.  On parting note,  a  participant commented in the Chat box  amidst the greetings of Shabbat Salom,”Napapanahon ang mga presentation.” (The presentations were very relevant). 

Day 2

Second Day, November 13

The second day of the convention opened with the praying of Psalm  75  led by the day’s moderator, Fr. Rogel Abais, SJ.

Three short papers were presented  on the influence and impact of the Scriptures on a traditional religious practice,  visual art and religious life.  These are: 
1. “De Passione: A Reaction on the Possible Anti-Semitic Content of the Filipino Tradition called “Pasyong Mahal”  by Restituto Adoremus, MA, CPA. 
2. “Joey Velasco’s ‘Hapag ng Pag-asa’: The Last Supper’s Image of Hope for the Poor” Spiritual Echoes and Allusions” by Fr. Emil D. Valeza (Archdiocese of Caceres) 
3. “Spiritual Echoes and Allusions in the 1726 Constitutions and Rules of the Beatas de Compania de Jesus”  by Sr. Maria Anicia Co, RVM

Resty presented the historical development of the Pasyon text, presented samples of regional versions and pointed out  extra-pious literature  and pseudo  scriptural attributes.  He presented what would constitute as semi-semitic and pointed Reynaldo Ileto’s “Pasyon and Revolution” as historical context in seeing  what could be anti-semitic or not.  His presentation underscores the need to have a revised Pasyon with clear and correct scriptural references and  theology.  One participant commented that this could be a project of the CBAP. 

Fr. Emil also started with presenting scriptural   (synoptic comparison) and historical account of the Passover meal and  showed  various works of arts  (e.g.  Michaelangelo,  Caravaggio, Salvador Dali) through the ages that made Velasco’s work radically different and unique.  He presented Biblical Reception Theory (BCT)  as a form of hermeneutics ( the world in front of the  text) and a modern  method of biblical interpretation through the arts particularly visual arts depicting  the reality of life. 
Sr. Annie’s study of the 1726 constitution of her congregation detected allusions to  scriptural verses at a time when the Bible was prohibited or not encouraged to be read by the faithful. Her clear methodology prompted a number of participants to say that they will do the same study for their foundational  and other documents. 

 Updates of the  Catholic Biblical  Federation was presented by Dr. Naty Pagadut and  of NT Interest Group by Dr. Malou Ibita. Doc Nati presented an international network of “mga kalakbay” (fellow travelers) in the study of the Word of God. She presented a long list of activities to promote Bible study and of  the many challenges to be faced including energizing bishops, priests, the religious and the lay and the use of modern communication and technology.
Malou presented the objectives and activities of the NT Group and sent invitation to join to  what could be a new  interesting world for students of the Bible.  She expressed hope for members and friends of the CBAP to join any or all interest groups. (Those interested to join the may  check out: for NT Group;

 for Bible and Social Engagement Group; email for Biblical Archeology
 and Intertestamental Literature Interest Group;  text 0933-4305017 (Bing) for the Old Testament Interest Group). 

Fr. Randy Flores led the closing liturgy and in memoriam.  It has been another successful convention and biblical forum with over 130 participants  but also a time to give thanks and say in memoriam for members who passed on  in  2021 – Sr. Sol Mirasol, RCJ  and Bishop Daniel Arichea and of CBAP friends and supporters – Robert and Teresa Dimla.  May their memory be a blessing.


1. Keynote Speaker: Fr. Ben Baisas, OFM


2. Presentor: Resty Adoremus

Paper: “De Passione: A Reaction on the Possible Anti-Semitic Content of the Filipino tradition called “Pasyong Mahal”

3. Presentor: Rhoneil Arevalo

Paper: The Indispensability of Back Translation: Mediating Faithfulness and Naturalness in the Translation of the Bible in an Unfamiliar Tongue 

4. Presentor: Sister Anicia Co, RVM

Thursday, October 28, 2021

CBAP 22nd Annual Convention and Biblical Forum

The Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP ) will hold its annual convention (virtual) on November 12-13, 2021 (Fri-Sat)


Members and observers must register to have the link for the Zoom.

It's also open to all interested individuals.

To register: Call or send a text message to 09334305017 (Bing) or send an email message to

Annual Membership and Registration Fees (for full members): P2000

Annual Membership and Registration Fees (for associates): P1500

Registration Fee for Observers and Interested Individuals: P300

Payment Channels

GCash Number: 09178327145 (Rizalina C)

Bank:  Metrobank
Account Name: Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines
Account Number: 093-3-09351607-0

Contact Number

09334305017 (Bing)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

CBAP Statement on the Sin of Historical Denialism

Statement from members and friends of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP), Bible and Social Engagement (BASE) Interest Group

For a PDF version, please click on CBAP STATEMENT (PDF)




Ito ang itinuturo ng Biblia. Makikita natin ito sa mga panalangin ng pagsisisi kung saan ang binibigyang-diin ay ang pag-amin sa kasalanan: 

·         “Inaamin ko pong nagkasala kami sa inyo, ako at ang aking mga ninuno” (Nehemiah 1:6).[1] 

·         “Nagkasala po kami at nagpakasama” (Daniel 9:5). 

·         At si David di lamang umamin kundi laging alaala ang salang ginawa: “Mga pagkakasala ko'y kinikilala, di ko malilimutan, laging alaala” (Awit 51:3). 

Maliwanag na itinuturo ng Biblia ang kahalagahan ng pag-amin sa kasalanan o confession of sins. Gaya ng sinasabi 1 Juan 1:9 (PV): “kung kino-confess natin sa Diyos ang mga kasalanan natin, papatawarin nya ang ating mga kasalanan …” 


IBALIK ANG NINAKAW! Ang taong nagnakaw, dapat ibalik ang ninakaw. Ganito ang utos ng Diyos para sa taong nagnakaw: “Sinumang magtaksil kay Yahweh at makagawa ng masama sa kanyang kapwa ay dapat umamin sa kasalanang kanyang nagawa, pagbabayaran niya ito nang buo maliban pa sa dagdag na ikalimang bahagi nito …” (Mga Bilang 5:6-7). Si Zachaeus nang magsisi, ay nagsabi nang ganito: “Panginoon, ipamimigay ko po sa mahihirap ang kalahati ng aking kayamanan. At kung ako’y may nadayang sinuman, isasauli ko ito sa kanya nang maka-apat na beses” (Lucas 19:8).

MANAGOT! Maliwanag na napatunayan na sa mga korte na nagnakaw, lumabag sa karapatang-pantao, at nagkasala si Ferdinand Marcos at ang kanyang asawang si Imelda. Iba't iba ang pagtingin ng tao sa mga pangyayari, ngunit ang karanasan ng mga naapi, nagdusa, nayurakan ang karapatang pantao ay HINDI pwedeng takpan ng kabulaanan. Dapat aminin, dapat kilalanin ang nagawang kasalanan. Dapat ibalik ang ninakaw sa bayan.

MAGSISI! Sa kabila ng mga napatunayang pagnanakaw at paglabag sa karapatang-pantao, wala pa ring pag-amin ang mga Marcoses. Sa halip, pilit pang binabago ang kasaysayan. Paano nga naman aaminin ang mga pandarayang ginawa kung tingin nila'y wala silang nagawang mali? Paano bubuksan ang mga matang nabulag or nagbubulag-bulagan? Paano makikinig ang taingang nagbibingi-bingihan? 

Bilang mga tagapagturo at iskolar ng Biblia, mariin naming tinututulan ang historical denialism. Binabalewala nito ang pagnanakaw. Tinatakpan ang pagyurak sa mga karapatan. Minsan nang nagkasala sa ating bayan ang mga Marcoses. Huwag na nating hayaang doblehen pa ang kanilang pandaraya!

MAGWASTO. MAGING TAPAT. IPAGLABAN ANG DAPAT. Lahat tayo ay may pananagutan sa kasaysayan ng pagkaalipin sa ilalim ng diktador. Ang pagwawasto ay pananagutan at responsibilidad nating lahat. Bahagi ng pananagutan natin ngayon ay ang tapat na pagpalaganap ng katotohanan. Sinuman na sumusuporta sa mga kasinungalingan ay kasama rin sa pandaraya. Sila din ay nagkakasala. Sinasabi ng Salita ng Diyos: “Kung alam na ng isang tao ang tama na dapat nyang gawin, pero hindi nya ginagawa yun, nagkakasala sya” (Santiago 4:17, Pinoy Version). Huwag na tayong magkasala! Gawin na ang dapat at ang tama!

 #Never forget. #Never again.

adoremus, restituto, ruta
Chairman, Hesed Adonai Foundation, Inc.
Alejandrino, Miriam Recreo, OSB
Board of Trustee, CBAP
Davao City

Arevalo, Rhoneil Mendoza
Translation Consultant, Philippine Bible Society

Baisas, Bienvenido Quesada, OFM
Friar, Order of Friars Minor (OFM)

Rector, Don Bosco College, Canlubang

Carreon, Anthony, Quilala
Parish Administrator, Claretian Missionaries

Co, Maria Anicia Bation, RVM
Board of Trustee, CBAP
Spokesperson, RVM

Bishop of the Diocese of Caloocan

Dianzon, Bernardita Dolores, FSP
Corporate Secretary, CBAP
Daughters of Saint Paul

Fadul, Francis Eugene Adefuin
Parish Priest, San Isidro Labrador Parish
Diocese of San Pablo (Laguna)

Flores, Randolf, SVD
Parish Priest, Rector
Sacred Heart Parish-Shrine
Divine Word School of Theology, Tagaytay City

Member, CBAP

Local Superior, Claretian Theologate

Guanzon, Fr Zenon Ares
Seminary Formator and Professor

Ibita, ma. marilou
Board of Trustee, CBAP

Ibita, Maricel
Board of Trustee, CBAP


Malit, Jesus Mendoza
Associate Priest, Sta Cruz Parish, Manila

Manaloto, Christian B.

President, CBAP
Rector, Colegio de San Juan de Letran 

Monera, Arnold Tamse
Member, CBAP

Pabillo, Broderick Suncuaco, SDB
Bishop, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay

Board of Trustee, CBAP

 Rey, Marites Ricafranca
Member, CBAP
Roxas, Maria Corazon Ruby
Observer, CBAP
Sabanal, Annelle G.
Research Center Director
Asian Theological Seminary

Sorita, Carmelo B.
Graduate Theological Union

Associate, CBAP

Superior General
Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation, Inc.

Villanueva, Federico Garcia
Faculty of Biblical Theology
Loyola School of Theology





That is what the Bible teaches. Confession of sins is emphasized in prayers of repentance:

·         “May your ears be attentive, and your eyes open, to hear the prayer that I, your servant, now offer in your presence day and night for your servants the Israelites, confessing the sins we have committed against you, I and my ancestral house included” (Neh 1:6).[2]

·         “We have sinned, been wicked and done evil; we have rebelled and turned from your commandments and your laws”(Daniel 9:5)

·         David did not only confess his sin but he always remembered the wrong he had done: “For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:5)


It is clear what the Bible teaches: the value and importance of confession of sins. As the First Letter of John says, “If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing” (1 John 1:9).


RESTORE WHAT WAS STOLEN! This is what God commands for the person who stole anything: “ … If a man or a woman commits any offense against another person, thus breaking faith with the LORD, and thereby becomes guilty, that person shall confess the wrong that has been done, make restitution in full, and in addition give one-fifth of its value to the one that has been wronged” (Num 5:6-7). Zacchaeus expressed his repentance by saying this, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over” (Luke 19:8).

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY/BE ACCOUNTABLE. It was proven in courts that Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda have stolen from the people and violated their human rights. Though people have different ways of looking at the events that happened, the experiences of those whose rights were trampled, who were oppressed and suffered injustices CANNOT BE DENIED. NO LIES can cover their pains and sufferings. Those who caused these sufferings ought to confess, admit the sins they did, restore what they stole from the people.

REPENT! The Marcoses have not owned their sins despite the evidence of stealing and violation of human rights. Instead, they are making efforts to change history. How could they admit their deceit, deception, and wrongdoing when in their own eyes they did nothing wrong? How can they see when they are blind or pretend to be blind? How can they hear when they are deaf or pretend not to hear?

As teachers and Bible scholars, we strongly oppose historical denialism that dismisses their theft of the country’s coffers and counts for nothing their trampling of human rights. The Marcoses sinned against our country once, let us not allow them to deceive and cheat us again.

RECTIFY. BE TRUE. FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT. All of us are accountable for the history of oppression under the Marcos dictatorship. To rectify is the responsibility of all of us. Our responsibility calls us to be faithful in proclaiming the TRUTH! Those who support their lies are partners to their deception. They too have sinned. The word of God says,  “Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin (James 4:17 NRSV). Let us no longer commit sin! Let us do what is right and just!

#Never forget. #Never again.

[1] Kung hindi babanggitin, lahat ng salin na gagamitin ay mula sa Magandang Balita Biblia ng Philippine Bible Society.

[2] Unless otherwise indicated, all translations are from the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE).

Saturday, September 25, 2021

CBAP Signature Campaign vs the Sin of Historical Denialism

Message from Fr. Clarence Marquez, OP, CBAP President:

"Kalakip po ang kinathang pahayag ng CBAP Bible and Social Engagement (BASE) Interest Group. Inaanyayahan ang mga kasapi ng CBAP na malayang lumagda sa pahayag na ito bago ilabas sa madla. Gumawa po ako ng Google Form para dito. Pakipadala na lang sa mga katoto."

Sign here (GOOGLE FORM).


For the Statement, please click here  THE SIN OF HISTORICAL DENIALISM