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The (PBMA, Inc.) Story

By : Jose O. Macaroy (From the 1976 Guidance Series Initial Issue)

PBMA Vision and Mission

PBMA History

PBMA Hymn

PBMA Songs

PBMA National Officials

Former PBMA Supreme President

Board of Trustees

General Consultants

Incorporators

Representative of the Four (4) Corners

Representative of the Nine (9) Planets

First 13

First 24

Coordinating Units National Officials

  • News Youth Organization (NYO)

Nine Department Secretaries

  • Professional's League (PL)

  • Master's General Services

  • Sports League (SL)

  • Four (4) Groups Missioners

Disseminators for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

  • Master's Steward Division (MSD)

                    MSD Nat’l Advisers

                  Coordinators

  • Ushers and Usherettes

  • Ring Makers and Retailers

  • Women’s League (WL)

  • PBMA Working Committes

Main Office Personnel

  • General Secretary’s Office

  • General Auditors Office

  • General Treasurer’s Office

Chapters

  • Dinagat Islands Chapters

  • Western Visayas Area

  • Eastern Visayas Area

  • Northern Mindanao - Zamboanga Area

  • Southern Mindanao - Cotabato Area

  • Northern Luzon Area

  • South Luzon Area

  • Chapter Offices Abroad

The Mother of the PBMA

PBMA Codes

PBMA Symbols

  • Horse

  • Eagle

  • Butterfly

  • Ring

The story of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Incorporated, established and founded at San Jose, Dinagat ,Surigao del Norte, Philippines, portrays an abstract picture showing a multi-dimensional aspect that gives a dramatic and colorful episode of a unique civilization and culture of a distinct ethnic group of people struggling for spiritual emancipation and striving to achieve a purposive and progressive goal for mankind, in their sincere desire to bridge the chasm of ignorance  between man and the Divine.

 

Established according to the pattern and tradition of the ancient movement under the direct guidance of Master Jesus in His native Judea about two thousand  years ago, the PBMA  has its primordial objective: to revitalize the nucleus of universal brotherhood of all peoples in the world, without distinction and discrimination as to creed, faith, ideology, and social and intellectual limitations.

 

To understand the PBMA Story as punctuated by sacrifices, its contexture of local scenes and background of mysterious events may be interpreted from various angles of perception and levels of perceptions. At any rate, the story itself implicates the metaphysical, as it develops into an awe-inspiring panorama; and keeping the imagination constantly searching for grandeur and beauty, it finally enthralls the mental that ascends into the heights of the Divine.

 

Verily, no one perhaps would expect this story to be revealing the truth, since the facts interwoven in it are uncommon in the consciousness and experience of man. But truths are stranger than fictions, the saying goes. While truth  has a multi-faceted aspect, the twine of facts and fibers of circumstances and events interrelated therein cannot be readily seen, observed or discerned, even with music, rhapsodies, suspense, climax and its theme.

 

For to see the truths, facts, events and occurrences concatenate in time and in the story itself ushers the reader into the realms of metaphysical reality which could not  be easily understood, even with the aid of material yardsticks, weights and measurements, since the whole story is a measure of a consistent, existential reality. The story, therefore, was written not for the presentation of mysteries, enigmatic events and miracles described in riddles and cryptic terms, but a narrative based on facts, as intelligently appraised and judiciously evaluated.

 

Evidently, the writer’s conceptual impressions, ideas, assumptions, and conclusions may not be similar to those of the reader’s.  From the standpoint of known standards and categories in truth evaluation through logic and reason, the circumstances and facts interwoven in the story itself may not yield profitable credence and clear understanding in the critical and analytical mind which fact is expected.

 

Since the opinions, ideas and beliefs of readers, including those of the members of the organization, are not the same, the truths and facts in this story may still remain as abstract vestiges of the Great Mysteries that began aeons ago, during the process of creation of the Kosmos by God omnipotent. The reader, therefore, may draw conclusions to his own imagination and conceptualization.

 

The Island of Dinagat

When a man is near the truth, he begins to doubt himself, like the disciple Peter. When the Greatest Architect –Builder created the Kosmos, no man saw Him. But since God’s manifested powers are conditioned by eternity, time and space   continuum, mankind began to know Him. Today, more than a quarter of a million people, members, believers, friends and pretenders have seen the facts, the mysteries and miracles interwoven in the PBMA Story.

 

In the story of Master Jesus, only a few men saw the truth; the same species of humans today are the same deniers of the same truth, the original truth, as Jesus said even to inspire; “Truth shall make you free.”  But who wants to be free from the chain of ignorance or from the bondage of slavery? Woe unto the educated and intelligent who cannot see the big elephant and unable to see himself and his neighbors, he could clearly see the roundness of a coin.

 

There are several keys and pointers with which to understand the PBMA story that doubtless began with time. The reader may now begin his inquiry and quest for truth from the small island of Dinagat, a small mound of earth surmounted with rocks and corals, with over-growing vegetations, indistinct as a part of the more than 7,000 islands that compromise the Philippine Archipelago. But Dinagat Island has many tiny islets around its borders which fact makes the story more complicated even.

 

When you see a big ink spot on a white paper with your unaided eye, you may find the dot-spot itself as constituting a seemingly compact dot that is easy to identify. But seeing the dot under a powerful microscope which magnifies the spot, you will see that the dot itself appears to be divided into tiny and separate specks which seem to be distinct and individual by themselves; yet upon analysis, every speck thereon is a part of the whole and entire ink-spot. Such is the case of the small island called Dinagat and theman behind the former and the later which unveil the mystery of the PBMA, either as a legend or as a legion whose organized existence is predicated on service to mankind.

 

Dinagat is an island in the Far East. It is mountainous terrestrial protrusion from the Eastern seas of Visayas, topographically hilly and geographically located at the Northeastern coastal waters of mainland Mindanao. The island is a part of Surigao Del Norte province whose rugged and irregular coastal line has been a fishing area of the industrious people of Surigao.

 

But Dinagat Island is a natural blend of earth, rock and coral terrain with luxuriant foliages, regular-sized trees, swamps and shrubberies. Since Dinagat is sparsely populated, it has no less than six municipalities today among which is the town of Dinagat, the capital, with a gradually increasing population of 60,000 people. The municipalities are Loreto, Cagyanao, Albor, Rizal and Tabahon, Dinagat being the biggest.

 

Yet Dinagat island consists of many groups of strewn islets comprising of sitios and barrios with sea-faring, intrepid and industrious people, consistent ever with the methods and systems of earning their living by the sea and by tilling the rocky soil for some agricultural produce, like coconuts, uplands rice, corn, cassava and some rotation crops in scattered farms, aside from their small scale poultry and swine and large cattle.

 

Barrio San Jose is a part of the municipality of Dinagat. The barrio is so named after a man whose honor has been cherished and venerated as the symbol of pioneering spirit. The barrio has now a permanent population estimated at 27,000, with transient and itinerant population estimated at 30,000, moving in and out of San Jose, the year round. San Jose which was formerly called Poyange is now a barrio of Dinagat town.

 

Why the big population and the enormous number of perambulating people, coming in and going out of San Jose about three times a year? Perhaps, this fact may introduce the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Incorporated in whose story the life of a man has been associated and inextricably interwoven. The story of the Association, therefore, could not be understood without the man behind it. Undoubtedly,  were it not for his dedicated efforts and selfless services, continuing solicitude, hardships, privations, at times humiliation, the man could not have been catapulted otherwise to greater heights of humanitarian service. Being loved, honored, venerated and even worshipped as a man in the inner sanctum of every sincere member’s heart, the man came into being; to serve mankind.

 

With about 80 chapters today, the Association has maintained a membership of about a quarter of a million people, throughout the Archipelago, from the northernmost tip of Luzon to Zamboanga in mainland Mindanao. All members of the Association are bound to fulfill their bounden duties: to disseminate the tenets of world brotherhood, moral and spiritual  ideals and render benevolent humanitarian service by way of healing the sick when expediency and emergency require.

 

Missioners and members of the Association are restored to moral and spiritual health, except those who, by their own will, knowledge and choice, are antagonistic to the principles of moral regimentation and arbitration, as far as habits, mannerisms and nuances are concerned. These are the pretenders, the charlatans, the curious and the ignoramuses who are in quest for honor, fame, occult powers and even opportunities for wealth.

 

But the PBMA does not deny anyone from membership, since the ideal of brotherhood of all men stands as one of its policies. Even a psychophant or a moron is entitled to membership, with the hope that one day he may became normally capable to render a measure of service to mankind. People from distant places in the Archipelago have visited San Jose during annual conferences, while most people nearby, the areas within the vicinities of Surigao have not even seen the great multitude gathering about the portals of San Jose, to witness the events and to hear the words of the Supreme President and Founder of the Association from whose life the Association is tethered.

 

Who could be the man whose power of attracting people has surprised great political leaders in the country, Army generals, governors, educators, priests, professionals, businessmen, even foreigners? Who is the man behind the PBMA, Inc.? An Army General who spoke before a great crowd at San Jose, Dinagat, once said: This is the most disciplined organization I have ever seen and I have not found any member smoking cigarette.”

 

Smoking cigar and cigarette, drinking intoxicating liquor, indulging in narcotics and prohibited drugs, gambling and all other forms of vice are taboo in the Association. All members are trained in the strictest discipline, since clean life is the objective in the esoteric life which is very difficult to follow. Self-discipline is very important among the members. Imposition by law or by duress may not be as effective as the inner command from the inner self of every member. This self-command or moral imperative is true to dedicated members of the PBMA.

 

But while the story is veering towards its climactic compendium, the two scores and a year ago have so soon been buried in the mist of time. The years that rolled by are not as fast  as the winds of oblivion, for when a babe was born with cherubic face in an islet, a part of Dinagat Island, called Cabelan, the PBMA story began. The islet belongs to the province of Surigao del Norte. But since Cabelan is found just within the periphery of Dinagat Island, the former is legitimately a part of Dinagat.