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Manny Pacquiao Proposes 'National Bible Day' for His Homeland


World renowned boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao wants to honor the Bible by creating a national holiday in the Philippines. 

Pacquiao proposed a bill Wednesday that would make every last Monday in January "National Bible Day."

"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,'" Pacquiao said.

The holiday is fitting for a country where 93 percent of the population is Christian. 

"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," the bill said.

The Philippines is also the fifth largest Christian nation in the world.

 For Pacquiao, the Bible is the clear spiritual foundation of his home country. 

"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.

This is not the first time a leader in the Philippines has recognized the significance of the Holy Bible. Former Presidents Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, and Fidel Ramos highlighted the importance of God's word in their country. 

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