Anthology of Essays to Honor Tatay Bido of the Philippines

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) dedicated the year 2020 as the Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Indigenous Peoples. In light of this, this anthology is a contribution to the celebration of the 500th year of Christianity in the Philippines by publishing an anthology book on interreligious dialogue by highlighting the vision, thoughts, and life of Bishop Bienvenido S. Tudtod. It is hoped that through this anthology, the CBCP will officially declare Bishop Benny as the Father of Interreligious Dialogue in the Philippines from the Catholic tradition. Bishop Benny or Tatay Bido (“tatay” is a Filipino term for “father”) as he is affectionately called by his flock and friends had pioneered the interreligious dialogue movement in the Philippines in response to the Vatican II’s call for the promotion of the culture of dialogue particularly in the sphere of religion.