Pope Francis Celebrates Joy of Family Life

Pope Francis addressed 100,000 people at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican last October 26, 2013 during the Year of Faith celebration of family life. “A Catholic wedding is not simply a beautiful ceremony; through the sacrament of marriage a couple receives from God the grace they will need to fulfill their mission in the world,” Pope Francis said.

Catholic-San Francisco wrote that vowing to love one another in sickness and health, joy and sorrow all the days of their lives, Catholic couples put their lives in the hands of God and rely on him for strength.

The faithful who attended the celebration, from children to grandparents, were invited by Pope Francis to speak to him and the crowd, to share the story of their family lives. “The sacraments are not decorations in life; the sacrament of marriage is not just a pretty ceremony. Christians celebrate the sacrament of marriage because they know they need it,” added Pope Francis.

Read more at Catholic-San Francisco, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

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Jollibee Awards 5 Families for Outstanding Family Values

The panel of judges who selected the winning families in the country

Jollibee through its flagship product Chickenjoy launched in August its Jollibee Family Values Awards in honor of Filipino families whose strong and joyful ties help and inspire their communities in unique ways. “These are the families whose exceptional bonds enrich not just their own lives but also that of their respective communities. Through their examples and collective deeds while embodying respect, optimism and generosity, they show the many joys that close family ties bring and how these positively affect society,” shares Albert Cuadrante, Jollibee VP for Marketing.

Recently, Jollibee awarded the winning families during the Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas. “It was a nationwide search and we invited everyone to join as a family or nominate other fun and outstanding families who have touched their lives and their community one way or another.” Out of 1,400 entries, the list was shortened down to 25 families until the panel of judges came up with the 5 families.

The judges were comprised of TV/radio personalities Julius Babao and Christine Bersola-Babao, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary Alicia Bala, parenting columnist Cathy Babao-Guballa, Center for Family Ministries Director Fr. Allan Abuan, Jollibee vice president for Marketing Albert Cuadrante, Jollibee vice president for human resources Theresa Jotie and Jollibee marketing manager Kent Mariano.

Five winning families from Mega Manila, Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will each get P100,000 in cash (tax-free), a trophy specially designed by Michael Cacnio, and P10,000 worth of Jollibee Gift Certificates. The families were judged based on the following criteria: family values (40%), impact outside the family (40%), degree of participation of the family (10%) and uniqueness of story (10%). Of the shortlist of 25 families, everyone was personally interviewed and were required to submit supporting documents.

Named most outstanding families were: Ireneo and Flordeliza Depleo and family from Sta. Maria Bulacan (North Luzon); Emmanuel and Mila Mercado and family from Quezon City (Mega Manila); Edonis and Christine Francisco from Lucena City (South Luzon); Ernesto and Remedios Suplido and family from Silay City (Visayas); and Rey and Marjorie Cartojano from General Santos City (Mindanao).

Sources: Manila Standard Today | Jollibee Buzz Room

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Celebrity Dad Hugh Jackman Lets His Family Choose Film Roles

Hugh Jackman horses around with his kids at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

The 43-year-old Hollywood celebrity icon of the X-Men fame admits that his family usually picks his movie role. Though fame and fortune usually conflicts with parenthood, he and his wife Deb always try never to be apart from their children more than two weeks, regardless if Jackman needs to fly long-haul flights or long drives. He says that he discovered a wonderful ability to carry on for months without sleep while being with his kids on and off the set.

Jackman started his career in an Australian TV called Correlli and from then on went to become the famous Wolverine in the X-Men movie series, Kate and Leopold where he was nominated a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Van Helsing and the recent box-office hit Real Steel, to name a few.

The Australian-born Jackman met his Australian wife Deborra-Lee Furness in an Australian TV show and has been married to her for 15 years. After two miscarriages, the couple decided to adopt two children, son Oscar (born 2000) and daughter Ava (born 2005). Furness is also an actress but devotes more of her time to causes and organizations like The Rafiki Society in Vancouver which she co-founded, National Adoption Awareness Week in Australia, the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children in Melbourne Australia, and many others.

Sources: Daily Record | Wikipedia 1, 2

Photo by hollywoodkids at Flickr.com

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Selma Blair and Her Happy Family

Photo from celebritybabyscoop.com thru INFPhoto.com

Proud new parents Selma Blair and Jason Bleick strolled hand-in-hand as they took their new baby boy Arthur for a walk around their Hollywood, California neighborhood today (August 6). This is the first we’ve seen of the couple since they welcomed their son on July 25.

Selma Blair first gained popular attention for her performance in Cruel Intentions (1999), a youthful retelling of the classic novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”. After graduating from high school in Michigan, Selma moved to New York City to pursue her goal of being a photographer but found her way to acting classes at The Stella Adler Conservatory and The Column Theatre.

Born Selma Blair Beitner on June 23, 1972 in Southfield, MI, the actress was the youngest of four girls. Her parents, Elliot and Molly Ann Beitner, divorced when she was 23; after which, she legally dropped her father’s name. “I have nothing to do with my father,” she said. “He is out of my life.” Her mother introduced her daughters as “the brain, the athlete, the klutz and then there was Selma – the manic-depressive.” Blair said she really was not that troubled, although her mom gave her a necklace with a smile on one side and a frown on the other to reflect her quick-changing moods. She attended a Jewish day school and then Cranbrook Kingswood school in Bloomfield Hills, MI before attending Kalamazoo College her freshman year, where she acted in a play titled “The Little Theater of the Green Goose.”

Sources: Celebrity Baby Scoop and Update Inspired

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Family First by Kirsten Dunst

Photo by raphaelrsilva at Flickr.com

Kirsten Dunst says her family are the most important thing in her life.

The Melancholia actress says that as she’s got older she’s realised what matters to her and now loves spending time with her parents and grandparents.

Kirsten, 29, lives with her younger brother Christian and admits she’s ‘lucky’ with the friends and family she has.

Read more at Virgin Media

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