Ang Bagong Bayani Assembly (ABBA) of the Knights of Columbus presents 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, a coffee table book that documents the birth of Christianity and how it influences the lives of the people and the entire nation.
The milestone project aims to take readers on a wonderful journey that covers history, culture, and the unification of the entire archipelago through Christianity. With an editorial team, headed by Atty. Matias V. Defensor former Quezon City Congressman and Knights of Columbus Faithful Navigator, the book outlines the development of civilization as the metamorphosis of nationhood.
The book opens with the discovery of the Philippines, followed by the early Catholic churches, the influential friars, the rise of Catholic universities, and an essay on the Blessed Virgin Mary entitled Mary: Mother of the Pearl of the Orient Seas, Marian Spirituality of the Faith of Filipino Catholics, by Rev. Fr. Alexander Balatbat. The book also includes the history of the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines, by Rene V. Sarmiento.
“Our objective was to present the historical perspective and at the same time capture the rich contribution of Christianity and other European influences to our cultural development. Christianity made our history very colorful, diverse, and fascinating and that fueled the team to embark on a project that revisits the historical and spiritual milestone of our human development,”Atty. Defensor said.
“It is our desire that our dear readers will take pleasure in reading the book and learn about our history, culture, and the unification of our beloved nation, the Philippines, through Christianity,” he added.
Published by Ang Bagong Bayani Assembly (ABBA) of the Knights of Columbus, the book will be launched on Nov. 16 at Club Filipino Greenhills.