NEWS REPORT :: March 2014

Dear Brethren:

It has been a long time since our last update. We had such busy month before the end of the school year.

For our activities in March we had recitals after the Inter-Seminary Fellowship at Philippine Bible Seminary in Vigan in February. The Voice Recital was on February 28. Almost all the old students (35) performed and 39 freshmen did theirs last March 10. Our congratulations to all the voice recitalists. Use your voices for His glory!

The Piano Recital was last March 3. Aside from being a requirement to all first and second year students enrolled in Associate in Church Music had their recital, too. How uplifting to have watched ABS students display their talents in playing the piano. Continue to develop your talents and use them for the glory of the Lord. Thumbs up for Ma’am Grace Alvarez and Ma’am Marlyn Racho again.

Following these activities was our Final Examinations. Students kept busy reviewing and completing requirements in order to take the final exams. Faculty were also tied up correcting papers for final grades.

The Candidates’ Banquet was last March 13, held St. Patrick Garden Hotel. Bro. Perry L. Alan and his wife, Luz, came along from Hawaii visiting us. Bro. Perry graced the occasion with his message, “Be Steadfast In Your Calling.” There were twenty-two candidates honored in the Banquet.

Joining the Banquet were Bro. Michael Burns and Sis. Daisy Cajigal who, along with Sis. Renate Denton, were also visiting the Philippines particularly ABS. It was such a joyful reunion!

The annual Conference on Evangelism was March 17-18 wherein almost one hundred fifty church leaders and preachers attended. The 60th Commencement Exercises of ABS was on the evening of March 17. We were able to harvest 22 in the undergraduate and 6 in the graduate school, making it a total of 28 graduates this year. We were blessed with the presence of Bro. Philip Campbell, together with his son, Wes, and their preacher Michael Clarence, along with Bros. Abel Navarro and Daniel Roca. Bro. Phil dedicated the graduates in a special prayer.

Bro. Perry Alan was again used to speak in the commencement and gave a lecture on the Conference on Evangelism. Bros. Philip Campbell and Michael Clarence spoke in the Conference on Evangelism. One of the highlights of the conference was the ground breaking of the new Girls’ Dormitory. Bro. Philip Campbell offered a special prayer for the ground breaking. It is our prayer that this very urgent project will be finished the soonest for our lady students to have better housing come next school semester (which will commence on June). With the initial fund ($30,000) that we have, we just started laying the foundation with strong faith that the good Lord will bring the other ($105,000) needed for the full completion of the structure. We’re praying that the ongoing construction won’t stop as we’re aiming that it will be finished before August 2014, ready for the next Alumni Homecoming!

Brethren, as we embark on this very important and urgent project we again appeal to all of you to please help us by sharing your material blessings so that this project may be realized for His glory! Rest assured this project will have positive impact on our mission of equipping many dedicated servants of the Lord as our enrolment keeps increasing since we began replacing the old facilities of the institution. Praise the Lord because He provides!

Our twenty-eight graduates must be replaced. We have started promoting and campaigning for new students. We know that the Lord will send students as we have been praying for it. Thank you Lord for sustaining all of us.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: January – March 2013

Dear Brethren:

Christian greetings to everyone!

Despite the busy schedules we have we don’t want to miss the opportunity of letting you know what’s going on with Aparri Bible Seminary.

January

Back to school after the two-week Christmas break. From the hectic schedules of practices for the Christmas Concert, we needed to go back to our classes. Just after two weeks when we came in January 5 we had our mid-term examinations. Simultaneously, we were busy preparing for the Inter-Seminary Fellowship for February. Members of the Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) also are preparing for their night. Students are starting to work on their Piano and Voice Recitals.

February

As we approached the month of February, we needed to have extra time for classes in order to replace the class days we’ll be missing during the three-day Inter-Seminary Fellowship in Baguio.

The RLS students presented their program last February 14. Superb! They have displayed varied talents with splendid presentations. All for the glory of God – Rhetoricians, may those gifts from the Lord be used for Him.

On February 20-23 was the Inter-Seminary Fellowship hosted by Philippine College of Ministry (PCM). This program is an annual activity of the three seminaries – Philippine College of Ministry (Baguio), Philippine Bible Seminary (Vigan), and Aparri Bible Seminary (Aparri).

Students as well as faculty joining were all blessed. Talents are developed and displayed, their camaraderie is deepened and their leadership abilities are strengthened. Hurray to the seminaries! We’re not to compete but to complement with each other. Praise the Lord!

When we came home we were ready for the Piano Recital on February 25. There were thirty-one recitalists. May those students continue to learn in their playing the piano. 

March

This is one of the busiest months of the year because of the closing activities. The Piano Recital was followed by a Voice Recital on March. Because of the many recitalists, we needed to have another recital on Piano and Voice on March 8. How amazing to see a great number of students serving the Lord through their talents in singing and playing the piano!

After the final exams on March 6-7, came the Candidates’ Banquet on March 12. Bro. Joffrey Barba was the speaker on the theme “Set Apart for Service.” Twenty-one students joined the banquet.

Conference on Evangelism was on March 14-15. Bros. William Falla and Samson Lubag were speakers on this conference. There were around two hundred attendees.

Please find below the list of Graduates:

Master of Arts in Ministry Associate in Christian Educ.
Agresor, Alejandro A. Alvaro, Czarinah Mae B.
Pagaduan, Eduardo G Baguana, Ave B.
Baysa, Marineth A.
Bachelor of Theology Bello, Ruthmel D.
Lista, Jhone Ruel C. Cacal, Jinky A.
Tumamao, Michael C. Collado, Krissel Anne P.
Diagan, Noemi S.
Bachelor of Christian Education Francisco, Arghie B.
Alupay, Wendelle S. Garcia, Pamela D.
Malto, Jhony V. Lumabi, Gliezelyn D.
Medina, Ferdimarc S. Ragojos, Cris John F.
Associate in Church Music Ramos, Valerian Warren F.
Alvarez, Gracielle Anne L. Singson, Leda Clarizze S.
Apil, Joanna Joy A. Viterbo, Billy Joe D.
Carvajal, Jince B.
Gascon, Harmony S.  Ministerial Certificate
Valle, Febe R.  Antolin, Albert A.
Valle, Raquel E.

Bro. William Falla was the guest speaker who challenged the graduates for “A Ready Harvest.” Congratulations to all the graduates.

On the other hand, finishing of the boys dormitory is being rushed for students to be able to use it comes school opening on June 3. Its inauguration will be on June 10 at 2:00 p.m., God willing. We’re inviting all the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches in Cagayan Valley, through their leaders/representatives; even members to witness and join us in this significant event. To all supporters of this project, both local and abroad, especially Bro. Phil Campbell and his family, thank you so much for your love and generosity. He and his company will join us on June 10 to spearhead the inauguration of the facility.

May our good Lord continue to bless your lives abundantly.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: March 2012

Dear Brethren:

We praise the Lord for what He has done to all of us this month. All glory to Him for ABS!

The month of March is a very, very busy month for ABS. Before the closing activities we had Piano Recital for twenty-seven (27) students last March 2. It was such a very enjoyable program because of the varied ability of students to play the piano. Keep on developing the talent for the Lord. “Job well done,” students, as well as their teachers.

On the following week, March 5-8, came the final examinations of students. It was a busy week for all students as well as teachers. Then, Voice Recital for thirty-three (33) students was held last March 9. It was like the voices of many angels filled the hall. Superb performers! So interesting to know that many voices are developed and new discoveries who can sing. Sing to the Lord, students! Praise His name!

In preparation for Commencement, we needed to prepare the campus for brethren to attend. We had campus cleaning or March 12 followed by the Candidates’ Banquet on March 13. This is a program to honor all the candidates including their parents or guardians. In the history of ABS, this is the first time to include parents during Candidates’ Banquet. It was really a memorable occasion. Mr. Nicholas P. Ulrich, one of the ABS teachers, spoke on the theme, “Set Apart to Shine.” Thank you, Sir Nick.

The annual Conference on Evangelism started on March 14 in the afternoon. It was opened by Pastor Angelo Larugal’s message on “Ministers and Elders, Together in Crisis.” Bro. Daniel Roca lectured on “Ministers’ Role Amidst Crisis,” and, Bro. Samson Lubag on “Church Leaders’ Role Amidst Crisis” and the theme “Christian Amidst Crisis.” There were one hundred and fifty attendees.

The 58th Commencement Exercises was held at the Aparri Church of Christ chapel in the evening of March 14. We just thank the Lord for a fruitful school year. We have eight (8) graduates. Please find their names below:

Names Course Address
Duquez, Jefferson A. BTh Lalafugan, Lallo, Cagayan
Reyes, Kenneth Paul O. BTh Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Geroy, Alfredo Jr., G. BCE Battalan, Lasam, Cagayan
Otrillo, Jeffry B. ACM Bidduang, Pamplona, Cagayan
Valdez, John Mark S. ACM Paradise, Gonzaga, Cagayan
Tabilog, Eliseo Jr., A. ACM Bagu, Pamplona, Cagayan
Alupay, Wendelle S. ACE Batac City, Ilocos Norte
Alvarez, Gracielle Anne L. ACE Aparri, Cagayan

May these young graduates find their place in the vineyard of the Lord. Congratulations! We’ve planned for summer activities and we would also like to share you these schedules:

Activity Date
VBS Clinic (ABS) March 30-31
National Convention (Davao) April 20-22
Youth Camp (Lal-lo) May 1-4
Junior Camp (ABS) May 7-9
ABS Enrolment June 1-8
Classes Start June 11
ABS 60th Anniversary June 21-22

Let’s all pray for a fruitful summer work. God bless you all.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

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

NEWS REPORT :: March 2010

Dear Brethren:

We always thank the Lord for your partnership in the ministry we have here at ABS.

Through the help of God we were able to go through another school year. We had our 56th Commencement Exercises last March 15-16. There were 9 students who received their certificates and diplomas – 2 Bachelor of Christian Education (BCE), 5 Associate in Church Music (ACM), and 2 Associate in Theology (ATh). The graduates were charged by Bro. Michael Peter Burns who was formally introduced by Sis. Daisy Peneyra Aguas Cajigal. Both of them are benefactors of PMCC-ABS who visited the Philippines, particularly the ministry, for about 2 months. The 2010 graduates are:

BACHELOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (BCE)
De Guzman, Rex P Sinamar Norte, San Mateo, Isabela
Tangonan, Florence J Daan-Ili, Allacapan, Cagayan
ASSOCIATE IN CHURCH MUSIC (ACM)
Field of Concentration:
PIANO
Alvarez, Jeffrey Marc L Aparri, Cagayan
Otrillo, Joseph B. Bidduang, Pamplona, Cagayan
Palor, Quiel Berry Q. Namuac, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan
VOICE
Ayson, Elmabel T. Santiago City, Isabela
Suetos, Margie A. Minanga, Buguey, Cagayan
ASSOCIATE IN THEOLOGY (ATh)
Bolibol, Alex Lapogan, Tumauini, Isabela
Lopez, Christopher Willis C. Aparri, Cagayan

The graduation was a culmination of the 2-day Conference on Evangelism which was slated last March 15-16. Bro. Angelo Larugal of Aparri Church, Domingo Tallud of Tuguegarao Church and Vic Dungo of Roxas Church of Christ were speakers of the Conference with the theme, “Pursuing Excellence”. Around one hundred twenty attended the conference.

One of the highlights of the conference was the meeting of the ABS Alumni. Aside from the fellowship, they also finalized their Constitution and By-Laws. They expressed their support and plan to help their Alma Mater, ABS, having challenged by the extent of work and accomplishments, particularly the ongoing building project, of the seminary.

The Christian Education department also prepared for the Vacation Bible School (VBS) Clinic. We convey our deep gratitude and thanks to Sis. Ruby Bagain Alex, as well as Philippine Bible Semiary, for providing us VBS materials. We praise God for your ministries. God bless!

Everyone of us is excited to see the finished portion (though just a third) of the building project. Those who attended the conference and graduation were so elated to use the finished structure. Please continue to pray for and support the project as we now again prepare to construct the next span of it – hopefully comes May. We need at least Php 3M to complete the basic structure of this phase. We’re able raise an initial fund of Php 500K to start the construction and we trust the Lord to bring the other needs through the generosity and kindness of His loving children.

To all of you, brethren, who keep your support for the Seminary, we THANK YOU AGAIN. We keep you in our prayers.

In His service,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS

2010 Graduation

2010 ABS Graduates


ABS Staff and Guests

NEWS REPORT :: March 2008

Dear Brethren,

With our hands raised up high, we give God all the glory and honor for all the successes He gave us last month.

As we were preparing for final exams, students taking piano lessons were also busy for their recital last March 7, 2008. There were 27 piano recitalists. May they develop that talent they have for the Lord. Good job!

After the final exams more activities were up – the Candidates’ Banquet was held last March 19 at the Conference Hall of TESDA. We were blessed from the inspirational message given by Bro. Philip Campbell. It was a blessing to have him after visiting PBS. He talked on “Focused on Christ.”

Next to this was the Voice Recital of 39 students in voice classes. It was followed by the Conference on Evangelism on March 27-28. Many brethren from Cagayan Valley attended. Some came from Ilocos region too, It was such a time for brethren to see each other – to encourage and be encouraged, and to strengthen and to be strengthened. Bro. Domingo Tallud of Tuguegarao Church and Bro. Ronel Savellano of Cubao Church were the speakers.

The Lord gave us another fruitful school year. We had our 54th Commencement Exercises last March 27, 2008. There were 17 young men and women who received their diplomas and certificates. On the roll were:

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY (BTh)

Acidera, Rolly A. Calinaoan Sur, Delfin Albano, Isabela
Vicente, Franz Rey R. Namuac, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan

BACHELOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (BCE)

Guzman, Christopher B. Villa Pereda, Delfin Albano, Isabela
Quines, Ernesto D., Jr. Curva, Pamplona, Cagayan

ASSOCIATE OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (ACE)

Agresor, Alissa Mae, G. Punta, Aparri, Cagayan
Agtang, Bonnebie D. Marede, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
Andres, Josephine B. Sinamar, San Mateo, Isabela
Copuz, Jenifer V. Ganzano, Gattaran, Cagayan
Domingo, Jocelyn, G. Don Mariano, Lallo, Cagayan
Furigay, Beverly S. Camasi, Peña blanca, Cagayan
Gacita, Gracemelyn M. Centro, Enrile, Cagayan
Gaffud, Myrna L. Centro, Enrile, Cagayan
Lopez, Carissa Dyan C. Centro 1, Aparri, Cagayan
Luna, Maricel B. Centro, Enrile, Cagayan
Raton, Myra M. Calinaoan Centro, Sto. Tomas, Isabela
Seatriz, Lilibeth Q. Cabiraoan, Gonzaga, Cagayan

ASSOCIATE OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (ACM)

Galolo, Roger L. San Jose, Gonzaga, Cagayan

Bro. Domingo Tallud charged the graduates with his message on “Equipped for Service.” We pray that all of these young people who equipped themselves from seminary for the service of the Lord be used in any way he wants them to be. Laurels for all of you graduate!

Our work does not end here. We sat down and planned for summer camps – the Senior Camp on April 13-16 and the Junior Camp on May 12-15. Our busy summer continues. We also planned to go out to promote and campaign for ABS.

Brethren, we want you to know that we fervently pray that the Lord will continue to bless all of you who support the seminary. We also continue to pray that the Lord will meet our management needs – the new seminary building and mobility (service vehicle).

Truly, the Lord provides. He is good all the time. Thank you again for all your love.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS