On July 17, the second night of the 22nd Provincial Assembly, the St Paul Bible Ministry Benefactors’ Night was held. This coincided with the launching of the 9th Saint Paul National Bible Quiz (SPNBQ). The event started with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided by Fr. Rey Reyes, SSP and concelebrated by SSP priests involved in the St Paul Bible Ministry. This was followed by a sumptuous dinner while the benefactors who came were entertained by talents from Casino Filipino.
Fr. Domie Guzman Jr., SSP, head of St Paul Bible Ministry gave updates concerning the other ministries of the SPNBQ. With the addition of Tuguegarao City as a new venue for the elimination round, SPNBQ has widened its reach to invite more youngsters to learn and to live the Word of God. Fr. John Klen Malificiar, SSP, SPNBQ project coordinator, also shared a new innovation of SPNBQ – bringing the St Paul Bible School to the provinces. In this project, keynote speakers will provide talks for coaches, teachers, and interested quizzers on the same day of the elimination rounds. Pilot areas will be in Davao, Cebu, Naga, and Metro Manila Central area. It was also announced that SPNBQ partners with LACASA (Laguna Catholic Schools Association) and De La Salle Lipa Integrated School for the elimination round for Laguna and Batangas respectively.