NEWS REPORT :: March 2011

Dear Brethren:

Praise the Lord! We’ve gone through the busiest month of our school year 2010-1011. With all the activities we had – Piano and Voice Recitals, Final Examinations, last Campus Day, Candidates’ Banquet, Conference on Evangelism, ABSAA Meeting and the Commencement Exercises. The Lord made it possible for us to go through. All glory and honor for Him!

The Piano Recital was held last March 4. There were twenty four (24) student recitalists. They have displayed their talents and performed their music pieces.

As we were preparing for the Voice Recital on March 11, we were shaken by the news reports about the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Much more when local news warned that a Tsunami may hit the Philippines too at about 4:00 p.m. that day, we knelt down in prayer. Few hours later, the Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council advised the residents along and nearby the coast lines to evacuate to farther and higher place. We stopped all our activities and gathered our students and family members and evacuated them, along with some neighbors, to the children’s home facility in Lallo, about 12 kilometers south of Aparri. We stayed there until midnight and praise the Lord for He delivered us by not allowing that disaster to happen. Truly, He is our refuge and strength!

On March 17, we pushed through the Voice Recital and twenty seven (27) recitalists participated in. What a display of great potentials! Use them for the Lord and you’ll be blessed!

Came the final examinations, then the Candidates’ Banquet with Bro. Daniel R. Roca as our speaker on the theme, “Be Strong and Courageous.”

A day passed, the ABSAA meeting was held with Bro. Solomon Valdez presiding. There were around 30 members who attended. Not many of them came. However, among those who came a concern for ABS was expressed. They were able to pledge fifty (50) bags of cement aside from the twenty (20) bags paid immediately. Amen to them! Alumni of ABS thank you very much! May God bless you more. What about those who were not around? Please send your share also for His glory!

The 57th Commencement Exercises was held the next day. Pastor Angelo T. Larugal challenged and inspired everyone especially the fifteen (15) graduates on the theme, “Press On Toward the Goal.” The following are names of our graduates:

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (BTh)
Alvarez, Jeffrey Marc L. ………………………………………………. Aparri, Cagayan
Otrillo, Joseph B. ………………………………………………. Bidduang, Pamplona, Cagayan
Savellano, Philip Ian G. ………………………………………………. Minanga, Buguey, Cagayan
Tabilog, Eliseo Jr. A. ………………………………………………. Bagu, Pamplona, Cagayan
BACHELOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (BCE)
Bacuyag, Israel B. ………………………………………………. Cambong, Lallo, Cagayan
Bolibol, Alex B. ………………………………………………. Lapogan, Tumauini
Eustaquio, Angelito G. ………………………………………………. San Guillermo, Isabela
Macalinao, Julius G. ………………………………………………. Bayabo, Delfin Albano, Isabela
ASSOCIATE IN CHURCH MUSIC (ACM)
Field of Concentration: PIANO
Ravida, Imee Joy G. ………………………………………………. Bayabo, Delfin Albano, Isabela
ASSOCIATE IN CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (ACE)
Limbaugh, Handy G. ………………………………………………. Aparri, Cagayan
Medina, Ferdimarc S. ………………………………………………. San Guillermo, Isabela
Rufo, Jayson U. ………………………………………………. Dalaya, Buguey, Cagayan
Lopez, Coleen Gail C. ………………………………………………. Aparri, Cagayan
Rigueros, Honeylyn Y. ………………………………………………. Buguey, Cagayan
Valdez, Sharon M. ………………………………………………. Villa Pereda, Delfin Albano, Isabela

May all of them continue to serve God with joyful hearts and with faithful commitment.

Meanwhile, we continue to share you the on-going project of the ABS new building. The third phase which is the center and corner of the L-shaped structure is the biggest and most crucial part. Music Laboratory room and administration office will be placed here.

We’re wishing and praying hard that this on-going phase be finished this summer ready for use by June. It is our goal to finally and completely move to the new building this school year and let the collapsing old wooden buildings be finally demolished.

Basically, we still need Php5 million ($116,280.00) to completely finish this building project. Please continue to pray with us and for us, brethren. Thank you so much for your support and partnership with Aparri Bible Seminary. May God bless you as you continue to share for Him through ABS ministry.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

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