NEWS REPORT :: August – October 2017

APARRI BIBLE SEMINARY IN ACTION

To our beloved brethren:

Greetings to all of you from ABS – PMCC, Aparri!

August 04, 2017 – ORIENTATION and SPIRITUAL RETREAT

The usual June opening of classes was moved to August 07 due to unexpected event. Before the opening, an Orientation and Spiritual Retreat was held with the theme “MOVING FORWARD”. Ptr. Rogelio Sinoto retraced the Israelites’ march from slavery to their Promised Land. Ptr. Rogelio F. Tenorio, lectured to the new ABS leadership and personnel, while Ptrs. Arjay del Rosario and Joseph B. Sy concentrated on the students.

At night, Ptr. Domingo D. Tallud, resident minister of Church of Christ , Tuguegarao City, continued to expound the theme. An inspiring and challenging message. Culminating the activity was the re-dedication of the ABS and the recommitment of the new leadership, teachers and students led by Arjay del Rosario. Thanks a lot for all who had been used by God inspiring us for a new beginning of ABS.

August 07, 2017 – OPENING OF CLASSES

There were thirty (30) students: twenty three (23) are freshmen, with four (4) part-time among them, and seven (7) old students. Also the entry of four (4) new teaching staff. We are so glad for a wonderful start. To God be the glory!

August 23, 2017 – THE FIRST FRUITS

On the third chapel service, six (6) new students accepted the Lord, and were baptized at the Aparri Church chapel on August 25, 2017. How joyful it is for the bountiful harvest, as we are just starting. God truly is at work. He is the one who gives the increase!

September 22, 2017 – Presentation of Freshmen’s Talent Night – 2017

What an amazing and impressive performance displayed by the nineteen (19) students (except the part-time). A big batch, with so much talent from the Lord. Congratulations to Emmanuel Josephus Somera, the elected Class Chairman, who directed their presentation. We have asked for them and God provided them. All
glory to the Lord!

After the program, a memorial tribute, was given in honor of Ma’am Daisy Aguas – Cajigal. “With deep gratitude for your much needed support during a difficult time, you have helped us beyond measure.” To you, and to the whole family, thank you very much. We know that your labor is not in vain.

October 06, 2017

After two months of school activities culminated by the Mid – Term exams, the students were treated to Ein Gedi (Acebedo) Resort in Ballesteros, Cagayan. After the devotional service led by Mr. Federico Bueno, they enjoyed relaxing their minds and physical bodies playing in the pool. We believe that such activity helps develop a closer bonding with one another. Thanks to Ptr. Fortune Savellano for the coordination.

October 16 – 20 – SECOND CROP FOR THE LORD

A team of six (6) students was sent to Northern Isabela Academy, Calinaoan, Sto. Tomas, Isabela for the Religious Emphasis Week with the theme “Let Faith Arise”. Mr. Nick Ulrich and Ms. Grace L. Alvarez were the team leaders. The group led worship services, went room to room sharing the Word and teaching some praise songs. Ptrs. Rogelio V. Sinoto, the new Administrator, Patricio Bagayao, Jefferson Marquez and Jomar Bartolome, delivered the messages of God.

At the end of the activity, sixty one (61) souls accepted the Lord, and were baptized. What a big harvest, a second crop for the school year! Heaven must be rejoicing with shouts their praise. Thanks to the leadership of the NIA for inviting the ABS team. We consider it a joy to be partnering with you in serving the Lord.

October 27, 2017

Our heartfelt thanks to the Administration of Charles W. Selby Memorial Hospital (CWSMH) and the Board of Trustees. Hazel Bacuyag Banada, the hospital chief nurse, her companions, Daryll Renz Sapp and G-nnel Lorenz Delector, conducted a free half- day lecture, with free snacks, about Health and Hazard Safety Training Course, all as preventive and precautionary measures for one’s health.

It is so good to be able to work together, after years of severed relationship between the two (2) institutions started by the couple Charles and Roberta Selby. All glory and honor to the Lord who has given us the opportunity of serving Him.

All these are what God is doing in this part of the globe, through the Aparri Bible Seminary. Thank you very much for being a part of this ministry. “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them” (Heb. 6:10). God bless you all, brethren.

Yours in His service,
ERNESTO R. ALARIAO
OIC Administrator

ROGELIO V. SINOTO
Administrator

Dr. NOEL P. DAQUIOAG
Chairman BOT-PMCCNLI-AB

NEWS REPORT :: July – September 2014

Dear Brethren:

May the peace of Christ be upon all of you as you continue serving Him faithfully.

While classes in the seminary were in full swing so also with finishing of the new Girls’ Dormitory. Everyone is excited to see the building already finished. We all continue to pray for the completion.

July

The Freshmen kept themselves very busy for their Talent Night, a program to discover and display their God-given talents. Mrs. Marlyn Racho spent so much time in the preparation of their program.

The said program was presented last July 25. It was much a splendid program. All the nineteen Freshmen participated actively. Congratulations to all of you! Thumbs up for you and Koby Kesler Peneyra, their president. May all of your talents be used for the glory of God.

August

ABS was very excited too for the 4th Grand Alumni Homecoming slated August 21-22. We all have to make preparations. ABS graduates Batch 1990-2000 headed the preparations. Bro. Fernando M. Ulep, Jr. was the president of their batch. With gratefulness and appreciation to this batch, we salute you for a job well done. All glory to Him!

The one hundred fifty (150) alumni attended the homecoming with much joy. One can see expressions of nostalgia, the feeling of longing to see acquaintances after two to three years. There was merriment in the campus.

“Exalting Christ” was the theme of the gathering. It was expounded by Pastor Victor Serquiña, an ABS alumnus and the resident minister of Baligatan Church of Christ, Ilagan City. What an edifying message he has brought to all. It was reinforced by the life testimonies of Pastor Antonio Columna and Dr. Abraham Flores of San Mateo, Isabela. Aside from these three was an overnight fellowship hosted by the host batch. It was such an invigorating, refreshing and strengthening get-together. ABSAA elected new sets of officers. Bro. Fernando Ulep, Jr. is the new President-elect. Congratulations! You really proved to be President in your hosting.

The highlight was the inauguration of the new Girls’ Dormitory. Bro. Daniel Rayray Roca of Philippine Bible Seminary (representing Bro. Phil Campbell) cut the ribbon in which Pastor Quirino Galolo offered the special prayer. Some members of the Board of Trustees of the PMCCNLI were also present. May this be a place where love, joy, and peace reign. Glory be to God!

September

Before the ladies will move to this new abode, cabinets, beds and cupboards are being rushed for use. The girls are so excited to transfer now – at least we can promote and encourage more students to come to the ABS. They now have a better place to stay. Thank you, dear Lord!

Meanwhile, the ABS Kindergarten will soon move to the main building leaving their rooms from the Aparri Church compound. There are many things to prepare yet that we still need to complete before the second semester – 2 restrooms and electric fans (or aircon, much better for the kids) for the 2 rooms, playground and recreational facilities, canteen, higher perimeter fence, customized electrical layout, and waiting area for parents.

Please pray with us that these immediate needs be met very soon. To our brethren, please don’t get tired in sending your support to the ministry of ABS. Thank you and may God bless more.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: June – September 2013

Dear Brethren:

We’re settled for school year 2013-2014. We have prayed earnestly that the Lord should give us eighty (80) students and He gave us eighty-eight (88). However, eighty-four (84) remained for the rest of the semester. We want to update you of the Seminary.

June

We started classes on June 3, 2013. It was such a blessing to see eighty-four (84) students in the first day of school. Much more, we had guests from the United States, Bro. Phil Campbell and company. It was this day when the Men’s Dormitory was inaugurated. Bro Phil did cut the ribbon and gave the message. We’re also grateful for the presence of brethren from Philippine Bible Seminary (PBS) – Bro. Daniel Roca and Architect Abel Navarro – may this building be used for His glory! Cheer up, boys, for your new abode!

July

As an annual program of ABS, we started our Stewardship Campaign for July. It has been observed that this program has been progressing. It really helped everyone grow in their giving and a very good lesson for all Freshmen.

Likewise, the Freshmen, forty (40) of them, had their new students Talent Night last July 21. Another very splendid program! Many varied talents were displayed and discovered. They are all useful if used for Him. To all the organizers, mabuhay!

August

Another month of celebration for ABS! We celebrated the ABS Day (commemoration on ABS turn-over to an entirely new leadership). The celebration was a simple one yet it was full of fun. The eight (8) Care Groups had different contests – solo, duet, chorus, and skit. Winners received prizes. Everyone enjoyed the day culminated with a worship service in the evening. All glory to Him!

On the last week of August was the Deeper Life Week – the most awaited week of the semester. Everyone – students as well as staff is excited as we prepared for this. It was a whole week spiritual deepening and strengthening activity. We listened to a series of messages reflecting the general theme “CONVINCED,” which were delivered by various speakers. The program was culminated with an outing at the Green Star Resort at Camalaniugan, Cagayan. It was truly refreshing, enriching, and challenging undertaking. Praise the Lord for another successful Deeper Life Week.

September

As we come to an end of the semester, we keep praying for the Rhetorical Literary Society program. They presented their RLS Night last September 27. It really was a night of fun, laughter and very uplifting and invigorating. Another excellent program as a result of the leadership and unity of all RLS members. Their maroon T-shirt added color to their program. Rhetoricians, Hurray!

Consequently, we keep praying for the concerns of the seminary. Right now, the boys enjoy their stay in their new dorm, while the girls really need a place to stay. Some of them temporarily stay at the old (condemned) mission house; we’re remedying a place for them to be transferred because the government had ordered the seminary management to immediately vacate, close and cordon the area because it’s already ruinous. It had to be demolished the soonest.

On the other hand, the Mission House on the third floor of the main building is coming to its completion. Again, we’re praying for the Lord to provide for a new and more spacious dormitory for the girls as students continue to increase each year. Please pray with us as we trust God’s mercy to accomplish and meet these needs of the ministry.

Thank you again.

In His Service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: August – October 2012

Dear Brethren:

We continue to lift up everyone of you who is faithfully serving Him, our faithful and true God.

Time passes by so quickly that we are about to finish the first eight weeks of schooling, which means mid-semestral examination is approaching. It is scheduled on August 9-10.

The Freshmen had their New Students’ Talent night last August 3. We have been very blessed, entertained and encouraged with the program presented. We again have varied talented students this school year. All for His glory if they use them for Him. Thumbs up for all the freshmen and Ma’am Marlyn Racho, their adviser. The name of the Lord is really blessed through your talents.

We celebrated a Special day last August 21 – ABS Family Day. We commenced the day with devotion. Following that was a contest on different events wherein our students enjoyed so much. Our eight care groups with their advisers participated in the following: Solo, Duet, Chorus and Skit. In the afternoon, we started the contest with Group Cheering followed by a cook fest – sunny side up and team’s specialty (recipe). It was such a delightful day. Everyone enjoyed with laughers and full of fun. Winners received prizes as compliments.

This activity created a very good atmosphere and brought closer bonding among students as well as faculty members. Congrats to the winners and better luck next time for the losers.

September is another exciting month. The Deeper Life Week was held last September 4-7. This is an annual program wherein everyone is recharged spiritually. We were edified from the theme, “Useful to the Master.” The theme was expounded by Pastor Angelo Larugal. Four other messages like “Useful to the Master by Being Prepared” was delivered by Bro. Kenneth Paul Reyes, “Useful to the Master by Being Prayerful” by Bro. Jefferson Duquez, “Useful to the Master by Being Holy” by Pastor Angelo Larugal, and the last message “Useful to the Master by Being Available” by Bro. Joffrey Barba. We’re thankful and we praise the Lord for the Deeper Life Week – very rejuvenating and uplifting!

We ended the semester with the Forensic Literary Program last October 12. Everyone who watched was fascinated, pleased and entertained. It was a program that all who came were blessed from the splendid and excellent presentations. Forensians, congratulations for a work well done! We give God all the praises.

As we end that semester, we ask you to please continue to pray for the on-going project – the Boys’ Dormitory. Construction continues and we pray that more churches and brethren would bring their support to this ministry project.

Thank you again to all of you.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: September – October 2011

Dear Brethren:

We know you’ve been waiting to hear from us here at the Aparri Bible Seminary. We now give you update for September and October.

On the first week of September was the Deeper Life Week (DLW), an annual program of ABS wherein we feast on the Word, have special worship services, conduct different contests like poster and slogan making, essay in three categories – Iluko, Tagalog, and English – and scripture memory contest. The theme of the DLW 2011 was “Living a Life Worthy of Your Calling.”

In preparation for the DLW, we had the contests a week before to set minds and hearts. Posters and slogans were displayed for everyone to see. The theme was delivered by Pastor Angelo Larugal followed by “Bearing with One Another in Love” by Pastor Rodolfo Alvarez Jr., “Keeping the Unity in the Spirit” by Pastor Edwin Ramos, “Speaking the Truth in Love” by Pastor Angelo Larugal and culminated by “Attaining to the Whole Measure of the Fullness of Christ’ by Pastor Solomon Valdez. Surely, everyone was spiritually recharged from the messages. May the Lord be praised.

Then on the first week of October, the Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) had their annual night. A remark was made that it was such an excellent program. The Rhetoricians displayed their amazing talents graced by their colorful pink-violet T-shirts. Congratulations for a job well done! Glory to God!

A week later, came the final exams of the students for first semester. Everyone kept busy in preparation for the exams – completion of projects, submission of requirements, securing of clearances and permits and reviewing for the exams, all for a good semester ending. Thank you, Lord!

Following this was a two-week break from classes. Students went home for vacation; some went to their preaching areas while some were sent to the Religious Emphasis Week 2011 at Southern Isabela Academy (SIA) in Isabela.

The REW team 2011 was headed by M/M Rodolfo and Grace Alvarez. Students who were with the group were Kenneth Paul Reyes, Eliseo Tabilog Jr., Ferdimarc Medina, Kyronne Amiel Peneyra, Gracielle Anne Alvarez, and Harmony Gascon.

We praise the Lord for their talents – all of them can sing, teach, and preach. For the five-day teaching, there were ninety souls who accepted the Lord – eighty nine students and one faculty member. Praise the Lord!

Simultaneously, the masteral classes with Prof. Tim Thomas taught Old Testament Overview and Prof. Nicholas P. Ulrich handled the New Testament Introduction. We’re so thankful that they’re so willing to continue sharing their expertise to our faculty as well as preachers in the area. May the Lord bless you more, Sir Tim and Sir Nick!

As this letter is made, we’re moving to the new office and the books to a temporary library. Praise the Lord! We’re now occupying the designated new office. What a nice place. Only some of the things we’re now using are no longer good for the new place – old old electric fans, desks and sala set.

Please sympathize with us brethren, come and visit us. We pray that concerned churches will participate in the one time offering for ABS – this will be of great help for the completion of the ongoing project.

Thank you to everyone again.

In Him,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: August-September 2009

Dear Brethren,

With stretched arms to heaven, we praise and thank the Lord so much for the joy we have here at ABS.

Everyone was overwhelmed with the Homecoming of Aparri Bible Seminary Alumni last August 21. It was a very great day full of fun and merriment with nostalgia feelings. There were one hundred twenty (120) alumni and forty-seven (47) students who attended. As they came on Friday morning, August 20, they filled the seminary atmosphere with laughters as they’ve seen each other anew after many years – a reminiscence of the past flooded their recollections with warm embraces. What wonderful feelings again! Praise the Lord!

The two-day celebration was really full of mixed feelings – with joy because of the opportunity to have seen each other; with sadness because of the absence of some.

The program was opened with the cutting of ribbon by Mrs. Esperanza Peneyra Aguas, the oldest ABSAA member, one the first four graduates of the seminary and a faithful benefactor of the seminary. A prayer of the simple ceremony was led by Bro. Henry Turda with the group around who sang praises of songs to grace the ceremony. Hurray to our ABS Alma Mater! All for the Lord!

Working for the Lord is really enjoyable. It’s something all of us are experiencing. Nevertheless, at the highest peak of our enjoyment might be intervened with other situations in life.

Following the Alumni Homecoming was the Deeper Life Week which was slated on September 14-18. This is an annual activity of the seminary aimed at renewing and deepening the spiritual lives, as well as promoting the commitment and diligence of everyone to the Lord’s work and calling.

To promote awareness and appreciation to this five-day undertaking, related activities such as poster and slogan making, essay writing, scripture recitation, group discussions, singspiration and series of worship services that expounded the theme: “Becoming An Instrument of God”, had been conducted. Likewise, an off-campus Group-In-Action activity was also held at the Cornerstone Christian Home, a ministry for the orphans at Lallo, Cagayan, and a sister ministry of ABS. Seminary staff and students volunteered to clean the compound of the orphanage and planted coconut trees. We had a very memorable fellowship with the children and entire personnel of the orphanage.

At the retreat that culminated the DPL activity, two students received the Lord Jesus Christ and were subsequently baptized. Praise the Lord!

On the other hand, we were saddened by the passing away of Sir Amador Gamboa Aguas. He’d been serving the PMCC-ABS for a long time and pioneered in the establishment of two Christian high schools in Isabela province – Northern Isabela Academy & Southern Isabela Academy. His family has been a supporter of the ABS ministry. He was ninety four (four) when he went home with the Lord. What a fruitful life Sir Amador has spent. He left Ma’am Esperanza, his wife, four daughters – Daisy, Dehlia, Maria Victoria and Ruth with his grandchildren. Our love and condolences!

Also, we sympathize with the family of Alex A. Agresor, one of our faculty, whose father passed away too just recently. We give you our love and prayers.

Meanwhile, the Rhetorical Literary Society (RLS) students are very busy working on their annual program – a special program for the display of their talents.

Also, final examination for first semester is fast approaching. We all look forward to these activities.

To all our sponsors, we thank you again. The seminary’s initially erected instruction building has been painted, though windows and door panels have not been installed. Please join us as we pray for the provision of windows and doors that students may be able to use it the soonest. Regards and God bless to you all…

In His service,
LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:
ESMELITO L. ACSON

NEWS REPORT :: September 2008

Dear Brethren,

Christian greetings to everyone!

“I have been young and now old, I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor their children begging bread” – Ps. 37:25. This significant verse has been ringing aloud in the Seminary for the first two weeks of September. “NEVER FORSAKEN” was the theme of the Deeper Life Week on September 8-12. This is an annual program of the Seminary. This is to strengthen and deepen our faith in the Lord and to bring a closer relationship with one another. This week was prepared by conducting contests of different categories – poster and slogan making depicting the theme, memory work, and essay writing (English and Iluko).These contests were done to set the minds and heart of students for the Deeper Life Week.

The week started with an opening chapel service on Monday, Sept. 8, with the message “Enjoying Protection”; then, on subsequent days, the following messages followed: “Enjoying Preservation”, “Enjoying Provision”, “Enjoying Promotion”, and “Enjoying Promises.”

We also had the opportunity to clean the Aparri Public Park as part of our community service on Thursday morning. We’ve planned to go out for outing to culminate the week but because of “typhoon Marce” we did enjoy our group culminating activities in the campus. The week was really invigorating, refreshing and very strengthening. Each one is thankful for this program.

On the following week, on Sept. 18, we had the next “Buhos Fellowship” (concreting of the 2nd floor’s roof). Many brethren from supporting churches came – San Jose, Baua, Cabirauan, Gonzaga, Rebecca, Palagao, Toran, Logac, Antagan, Calinaoan Sur, Bayabo, Barumbong, Villa Pereda, Buguey, Palawig, and Aparri. How good and pleasant it is for brethren to have unity. Praise the Lord!

The “Buhos” started at 7 a.m. and lasted until 12 midnight. Some of the brethren needed to go home before 5 p.m. Our students willingly continued the concreting together with the staff, other brethren from Aparri and the hired workers. Oh what a joy to see the result of the many hands that worked together!

As we approach the end of the fist semester, students get very busy for the last two activities – FLS Day and the Voice and Piano Recital. They studiously continue to prepare for their special nights – Dear students, all you need is patience!

We also continue to have prayer meetings. Now that the first phase of the new building is done. We pray for the next phase. We thank the Lord for sustaining us and for those brethren who graciously extend their support in every aspect of the ABS ministry.

Thank you, brethren. You’re always in our prayers.

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS

NEWS REPORT :: September 2007

Dear Brethren:

With all our praises and grateful hearts, we humbly lift up our hands to God. Honor and glory belong to Him for all the successes He gave us.

We really have enjoyed the month of September. Many things transpired which strengthened and challenged everyone (students as well as faculty and staff) in their faith.

The Deeper Life Week last September 3-7 was a very fulfilling week – enriching messages and satisfying activities were done. The program was opened with a worship service on Monday evening, September 3. The following messages were delivered – general theme: “Nothing Is Impossible With God”…In Fervent Prayers, In Active Obedience, In Trusting Fully, In Deep Introspection, and in Holiness. All the messages were very inspiring because of their spiritual depth. May our faith grow and deepen through those messages.

Following this activity was an intensive preparation of the ABS Alumni Homecoming and launching of the ABS’ new building. Guided with prayers we prepared – students, faculty & staff, and concerned brethren supported us. We prayed for a good weather that it would not hinder brethren to come. We expectantly waited for those two days.

As dawn came on September 28, we welcomed folks from different places of Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and even from Manila. Gradually, they came for fellowship. Most of them were alumni although some were not, yet we rejoice because their coming is an expression of their love and concern for ABS.

That day was full of laughter and fun for everyone. After registration, they had sports competitions – basketball as well as volleyball. A feeling of nostalgia was seen among those who came. It was followed with an ABSAA meeting in the afternoon. Around 90 alumni came –  an Alumni Homecoming program was held in the evening.

Amidst of pelting rain for two days, the occasion went through. Around four hundred brethren (except children) came for the launching. The program was held at the ABS Hall. It was fine! Everyone was seated in that full crowded hall as they listened attentively to the program. It was such a splendid one with Bro. Daniel Rayray Roca, the Philippine Bible Seminary President, who gave a very powerful and challenging message – highlighted by the unveiling of the perspective plan of the ABS’ new building by the guest and the members of the PMCC Board of Trustees.

In complete silence, everyone waited eagerly as the tarpaulin went down slowly. With teary eyes of joy sounded the loud clapping of hands as they all said, “Praise the Lord!” Truly, may this be a place where God can make His presence known!

Without delay, the sumptuous dinner was served coupled with musical numbers from our music and voice students. Brethren who came have favored very much the urgent need of a new building. The hall was very full and many stayed downstairs. Nevertheless, we were very grateful for the success of the launching.

How can we say thanks to all of you, Brethren, who came and supported us? And to you who were not able to attend yet you sponsored us? We all lift you up to Him that He may continue to bless you richly as you become our partners in the ministry of the Seminary.

God bless all of you…

In Him,

LEOLINDA B. COLUMNA
Administrative Officer, ABS

Noted:

ESMELITO L. ACSON
Administrator, ABS