By Bro. Danny Silbor, BCBP Makati
Captains of Industry. Evangelise the market place. These were the original BCBP catch phrases. I could only guess that in 1980, the aim was to reallyevangelise Makati and its business leaders themselves rather than the general term “marketplace. The original idea was to have Makati businessmen (preferably captains of industry) gather monthlyin prayer and then break up in smaller groups for prayers meetings. Then things grew so fast that fitting BCBP in the biggest hall at the Makati Sports Club was no longer practical. Opting not to spread out onto the residential areas of Makati, they ventured to business centers other than the Makati Central Business District. In the late 80’s that would mean Greenhills and Alabang. Bonifacio Global nor Rockwell did not really exist at that time.
And it worked. God made it work! 105 National Chapters and 35 Chapters on BCBP’s year 38.
Then a few years back, there was some kind of wake up call. Many realized we kind of have forgotten about Makati, which is undoubtedly still the biggest Philippine businesscenter.More US& Canadian Outreaches and in Asian cities had been started quite successfully and yetstill BCBP had not even influenced a significant a general area ofMakati. BCBP has more challenges awaiting in its original home turf. Makati then kept its mission efforts close to home.
Thus Bonifacio Global City Chapter or properly known as Taguig Chapter was finally elevated a few months back, after more than 5 years as an outreach.What was next was to take a step closer to home. This is Rockwell, which is really Bel-Air breakfast, perhaps Makati Poblacion breakfast. That boldfirst step has been taken last Saturday 24th June by Makati Chapter Head Ricky Siton and Mission Director Cesar Rubin. With a strong cast led by the Makati Wednesday Breakfast Core group, the first BCBP BREAKFAST at ROCKWELL started auspiciously – perhaps blessed by St John the Baptiser whose feast it was on that day. Rockwell may not be a wilderness but the Makati Chapter’s voice will strive to make ready the way of the LordMatthew 3:3.It was a full house breakfast of 40 people with 8 first timers. Joint sharers were Francis and Sasha Dumlao, newly installed Taguig Chapter head. Symbolically perhaps, a proper send off or turnover for Makati Chapter as it heads on the next major business hub in the city. Many of this core group are also members of the Christians in Golf Association aka Makati Golf Team but that’s another entirely new column of its own. Area Managing Directors Jun and Mina Obra graced the occasion with a Welcome talk.
Breakfast leader, for now looks like Bro Ronnie Caballero assisted by Bro Eric Gustilo both Bel-Air residents who live within walking distance of the new venue Solstice Bistro, at 8 Rockwell (across One Rockwell). It is right outside the Bel-Air gate along Rockwell drive. It is, as well, conveniently located next to the Power Plant mall with which it shares a common basement parking area.It is right at the corner of Rockwell Drive & Plaza Drive. ForWaze or Google Maps, just search for “Solstice Bistro” as your destination. We are to start spreading the word courtesy of the numberous BCBP members who live in Bel-Air as Makati Poblacion as well. Later perhaps, we shall invite the condominium residents.
We will direly need the community’s thoughts in prayers. Whilst this is not really a homecoming as we have never left, it is really the Makati chapter imploring God to allow us to have a bigger footprint with in the Makati Business hubs. Chronicles 4:10 “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh that You would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me…