Every last Monday of January: Pacquiao files ‘National Bible Day’ bill

Image from Sen. Manny Pacquiao's Facebook page
  • Senator filed bill celebrating ‘National Bible Day’ in January
  • He said PH should commemorate the Bible as it is a predominantly Christian country
  • He explained that celebrating the Bible would allow people to know its significance

MANILA, Philippines – Preaching pugilist Sen. Manny Pacquiao filed a bill seeking the creation of a ‘National Bible Day’ every last Monday in January as a way of celebrating the significance of Christianity’s central book.

“This bill seeks to boldly emphasize the holiness of The Living Truth by allotting a holiday for its celebration on every last Monday of January, which shall be known as ‘National Bible Day’,” read his explanatory note in Senate Bill No. 1270 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Image from Sen. Manny Pacquiao's Facebook page
Image from Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s Facebook page

According to Pacquiao, it is just right to commemorate the Bible given its influence and significance among Christians.

“The core of Christian belief is grounded on the Holy Bible. Sermons and homilies of Christian churches dwell in the teachings of the Bible. It is the primary source of spiritual manna. It forms and transforms lives of people from generations to generations. It serves as the foundation of spiritual, moral, and social fiber, which molds a socially responsible citizenry and strong nation building,” he said.

The senator added that the Philippines, being a predominantly Christian country, should allot a special day for the Bible which past presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and Fidel Ramos recognized by issuing past proclamations recognizing the last week of January as “National Bible Week”.

“As a predominantly Christian nation and the largest Christian nation in the Asia Pacific, this Act recognizes the value of the Holy Bible as the core of Christian faith,” he said.  “The last Monday of January and every year thereafter is hereby declared as a ‘National Bible Day Act’ and proclaim the same as a national holiday.”