Sabrine, Diego Cepeda (1908–1996)

By Benedicto R. Borja, and Ma. Venus F. Borja

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Benedicto R. Borja, Ph.D. in educational administration (Central Mindanao University, Musuan, Bukidnon, Philippines), is a licensed professional teacher (LPT) and a professor in the School of Theology of Mountain View College, Mt. Nebo, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Philippines Borja is an ordained minister born in Pastrana, Leyte. He worked as a district pastor in the Negros Oriental-Siquijor Mission prior to his current teaching assignment in the School of Theology at Mountain View College (MVC). He is married to Maria Venus F. Borja and they have three children.

Ma. Venus F. Borja (nee Fernandez), Ph.D. in nursing (Silliman University located in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines), is a registered nurse and an assistant professor in the College of Nursing of Ha’il University, Ha’il Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Borja has a B.S. in nursing from Mountain View College (MVC), Mt. Nebo, Valencia City, Philippines, and an M.S. in medical/surgical nursing from Silliman University, Dumaguete City, Philippines. She had served as nursing theories teacher for 16 years and as a research coordinator in the School of Nursing at Mountain View College, Mt. Nebo, Valencia City, Bukidnon, Philippines. She is married to Benedicto R. Borja and they have three children.

First Published: January 29, 2020

Diego Cepeda Sabrine was an Adventist evangelist and administrator in the Philippines.

Early Life (1908-1924)

Diego Cepeda Sabrine was born to Pablo Sabrine and Maria Cepeda on November 24, 1908, in Sido, Sibalom, Antique, Philippines. He was raised in this same community, attending primary school in Sido (1915-1918) and Sibalom (1919-1921). Sabrine’s attendance at an Adventist evangelistic series led to his baptism on October 18, 1921, at age 13.1

Education and Marriage (1924-1928)

Eager for more education, Sabrine attended Jaro Seventh-day Adventist High School from 1922-1923. In 1924, he finished his high school at Pasay Seventh-day Adventist Academy.2 He married his first wife, Santiaga H. Baloyo, on March 30, 1928, with whom he had two children: Louella, born August 1, 1931, in La Paz, Iloilo City, and Adelfa, born September 17, 1941, in Cebu City. Sometime after his first wife died, Diego married, Jerusha3 (Jesusa)4 B. Tabo on April 28, 1953, with whom he had his only son; Davin,5 born October 26, 1956, in Davao City.

Career/Ministry (1921-1971)

Sabrine worked as a colporteur6 before beginning his first administrative position on April 5, 1921, as a part time office helper for more than 2 years at West Visayan Mission in the Philippines.7 From April 1, 1925, to December 1927, he worked as a Bible worker at the same mission,8 and was appointed evangelist from January 1928 to December 1930.9 Before his ordination to the ministry on February 16, 1931,10 West Visayan Mission constituents elected him Sabbath School and home missionary secretary, positions he held for eight years from January 1931 to December 1938.11 In January 1939, he was called to join in East Visayan Mission to head the same departments;12 however, he was called back to the West Visayan Mission where he served as evangelist from January 1943 to December 1944.13 As a seasoned Sabbath School and home missionary secretary, the Central Luzon Mission (formerly East Luzon Mission)14 called him in 1945.15 In 1947, he returned to the West Visayan Mission, where he continued as Sabbath School and home missionary secretary for the next five years (1947-1950).16

In 1951, Sabine was elected president of the West Visayan Mission, a position he held until17 he was called to the presidency of the Southern Mindanao Mission from January 1956 to March 31, 1961.18 From April 1962 to December 1967, Sabrine was Sabbath School and home missionary secretary, first, in the South Philippine Union Mission, and then after the mission was divided in 1964, in the Central Philippine Union Mission.19 In 1968, he was elected president of the Negros Mission,20 a position he held until his retirement on December 3, 1971.21

Later Life (1971- 1996) and Contribution

In retirement, Sabrine remained active in the ministry by visiting churches near his residence. He died on January 9, 1996.22

Sabrine was a pioneer evangelist and strong leader, renowned for his dedication to the ministry and his zeal for telling the gospel story.

Sources

Arit, B. R. “CVM Holds Second Workers’ Retreat.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, January 1967.

Bothe, J. W. “View of Missionaries in Action Deepens Commitment to Cause.” Review and Herald, March 7, 1968.

Brion, Romeo D. “Report of the Nominating Committee.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, June 1951.

Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Central Philippine Union Conference Retirement File No. 171 of Diego C. Sabrine, February 11, 1972. Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Far Eastern Division Sustentation Confirmation of Diego C. Sabrine, February 11, 1972. Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Personal Service Record of Diego C. Sabrine, April 5, 1921. Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Central Philippine Union Conference Retirement File. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Far Eastern Division Retirement Beneficiary Change of Status Form of Diego C. Sabrine, January 11, 1996. Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Evens, H. P. “Location of Workers of the West Visayan Mission.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, September 1930.

Gibb, A. E. “A Forward Move.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, January 1964.

Gibb, A. E. “Far Eastern Division News Items from the Seven Union Mission Biennial Sessions: South Philippine Union Mission January 4-11, 1962.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, April 1962.

“Heard at the South Philippine Union Annual Committee Meeting.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, February 1957.

“History of Negros Occidental Conference,” SDA Church History, accessed January 9, 2018, https://nocsda.weebly.com/our-history.html.

Johnson, Alvin W. “Religious Liberty Victory in the Philippines.” British Advent Messenger, November 12, 1954.

Kehney, H. R. “Changes in Central Philippines.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, February 1968.

Lim, W. E. “New Negros Mission Headquarters to be Completed in March.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, May 1970.

Lim, Winston E. “Radio Evangelism Budget Allows New Programming.” Review and Herald, July 3, 1969.

Llaguno, C. C. “We Are on Fire with Enthusiasm.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, January 1963.

Negros Occidental Conference. “History of Negros Occidental Conference.” SDA Church History. Accessed January 9, 2018. https://nocsda.weebly.com/our-history.html.

Niere, D. M. “Negros Mission Opens New Office.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, March 1972.

Quirante, L. L. “First Biennial Session – Central Philippine Union.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, July 1966.

Sabrine, D. C. “Local Mission Presidents Reporting” Far Eastern Division Outlook, May 1953.

Sabrine, D. C. “What Others Say About the Training School.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, July 1965.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. Washington, DC: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1927, 1932.

Sumile, Moses. “Cotabato Relief Aid.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, March 1961.

Wakeham, Irene. “Out of the World.” Youth’s Instructor, November 23, 1954.

Worker’s Record. Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Zamora, M. M. “War Years in Luzon.” Far Eastern Division Outlook, July 1945.

Notes

  1. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972, (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 1-3.

  2. Ibid.

  3. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Personal Service Record of Diego C. Sabrine, April 5, 1921 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 1.

  4. Far Eastern Division Retirement Beneficiary Change of Status Form, 1. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Far Eastern Division Retiremtn Beneficiary Change of Status Form of Diego C. Sabrine, January 11, 1996 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 1.

  5. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 2.

  6. Ibid., 1.

  7. Ibid., 3.

  8. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 3.; Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, DC: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1927), 176.

  9. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972, (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 2-3.; “History of Negros Occidental Conference,” SDA Church History, accessed January 9, 2018, https://nocsda.weebly.com/our-history.html.

  10. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Personal Service Record of Diego C. Sabrine, (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 1.

  11. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 3.; Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (Washington, DC: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1932), 169; H. P. Evens, “Location of Workers of the West Visayan Mission,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, September 1930, 9.

  12. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 3.

  13. Ibid.

  14. M. M. Zamora, “War Years in Luzon,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, July 1945, 5.

  15. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 2.

  16. Ibid., 3.

  17. Ibid.; D. C. Sabrine, “Local Mission Presidents Reporting,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, May 1953, 5; Romeo D. Brion, “Report of the Nominating Committee,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, June 1951, 19; Alvin W. Johnson, “Religious Liberty Victory in the Philippines,” British Advent Messenger, November 12, 1954, 12; Irene Wakeham, “Out of the World,” The Youth’s Instructor, November 23, 1954, 11.

  18. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 3.; Moses Sumile, “Cotabato Relief Aid,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, March 1961, 10; “Heard at the South Philippine Union Annual Committee Meeting,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, February 1957, 9.

  19. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Worker’s Record of Diego C. Sabrine, Far Eastern Division, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 3.; C. C. Llaguno, “We Are on Fire with Enthusiasm,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, January 1963, 2; A. E. Gibb, “Far Eastern Division News Items from the Seven Union Mission Biennial Sessions: South Philippine Union Mission January 4-11, 1962,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, April 1962, 3; Microfilmed Worker’s Record. Far Eastern Division – General Conference of SDA, 3; B. R. Arit, “CVM Holds Second Workers’ Retreat,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, January 1967, 14; A. E. Gibb, “A Forward Move,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, January 1964, 5; L. L. Quirante, “First Biennial Session – Central Philippine Union,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, July 1966, 12; D. C. Sabrine, “What Others Say About the Training School,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, July 1965, 7.

  20. H. R. Kehney, “Changes in Central Philippines,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, February 1968; W. E. Lim, “New Negros Mission Headquarters to be Completed in March,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, May 1970, 14; J. W. Bothe, “View of Missionaries in Action Deepens Commitment to Cause,” Review & Herald, March 7, 1968, 22; Winston E. Lim, “Radio Evangelism Budget Allows New Programming,” Review & Herald, July 3, 1969, 18.

  21. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Far Eastern Division Sustentation Confirmation of Diego C. Sabrine, February 11, 1972 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 1.; D. M. Niere, “Negros Mission Opens New Office,” Far Eastern Division Outlook, March 1972, 13; Negros Occidental Conference, “History of Negros Occidental Conference,” SDA Church History, accessed January 9, 2018, https://nocsda.weebly.com/our-history.html.

  22. Central Philippine Union Conference Retirement File. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, CPUC Secretariat, Far Eastern Division Retirement Beneficiary Change of Status Form of Diego C. Sabrine, January 11, 1996 (Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines: Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), 1.

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Borja, Benedicto R., Ma. Venus F. Borja. "Sabrine, Diego Cepeda (1908–1996)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Accessed May 20, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DCWP.

Borja, Benedicto R., Ma. Venus F. Borja. "Sabrine, Diego Cepeda (1908–1996)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. January 29, 2020. Date of access May 20, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DCWP.

Borja, Benedicto R., Ma. Venus F. Borja (2020, January 29). Sabrine, Diego Cepeda (1908–1996). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved May 20, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DCWP.