Wednesday, January 24, 2007

2nd National Catholic Bible Quiz held

The four families at the finals
of the 2nd National Bible Quiz.
Winner was Tabilin Family (4th from left)

The Tabilin Family of the Diocese of Malolos (Bulacan), besting three families, won the 2nd National Catholic Bible Quiz, held on Jan 22, 2007 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City. The broad knowledge on the biblical text manifested by these four families, especially the Tabilin family, were amazing and impressive. Question such as "Where can find in the Bible the verse that says: "Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death" (answer: Deut 30:15), was answered correctly and precisely in just a few seconds.

Mr. Leopoldo Tabilin, the father of the family is a jeepney driver while his wife Edna is vendor in a local public market. Among the three sons who were with them (Patrick, Percival, and Peter Paul), it was Patrick who had been winning earlier bible quizzes. The family was trained by a lay catechist and supported by the nuns of the Handmaids of the Divine Word Sisters from the Diocese of Malolos. Winning a bible quiz with a P50,000 prize is not only a family matter, the local church plays a significant role.

Among the alumni of the Divine Word Seminary who were present are Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD, the executive secretary of Episcopal Commision on Biblical Apostolate; Bishop Arturo Bastes, SVD, head of the Commision; Bishop Elect Pol Jaucian, SVD, former provincial of the Philippine Central Province (he, this blogger and five others were asked to be part of the judges in the contest); and Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Masbate and head of the Episcopal Commissionon Youth (he did his theology in 1975-79, formation house was Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol).

Miss Elvira Yap Go heads the Catholic Bible Quiz secretariat.
Members of of the Bible Quiz secretariat
includes Fr. Oscar Alunday, SVD (third from left)
and singer Miss Ivy Violan

Well, the biblical text was never really intended by the biblical writers to be quizzed on. We do have an instance in the Gospel of John, where, in a sort of true or false, the scribes and the Pharisees quizzed Jesus on the Hebrew Scripture: "The Law of Moses ordered adulterous women to be stoned to death" (see John 1-11). Many biblical experts, however, consider this text as a non-Johannnine interpolation.
The winning family and their supporters
with Cardinal Vidal and Bishop Bastes, SVD

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