The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) will honor ten Outstanding Filipino Families at the Awarding Ceremonies on October 23, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. The nationwide search which was spearheaded by the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines (MEFP) from February to July of 2016 was made possible through the Catholic Church’s archdiocesan and diocesan family and life commissions.
In an interview by CBCP News, MEFP President Bro.Robert Aventajado disclosed that “Contrary to the conventional belief that big families are bound to remain improverished, the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines discovered the exact opposite during their search for the outstanding families of the Philippines, many of which happen to have broods of more than five.” The selection committee members were pleasantly surprised to know of families with up to eleven children doing well and being active in the life of the Church through various activities.
Part of the MEFP’s requirements for the nominees include that the family should spend substantial time involved in parish activities.
These families will be recognized and awarded plaques of appreciation for being model families despite the fact they are not as prominent as the more affluent families, they were able to maintain their dignity and dedication to each other and keep their faith in God.