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

Photo by Jollibee

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More Marginal Families in Philippines to Receive Better Health Care

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Head Office

The Philippine government recently allocated thrice the usual allocation to subsidize the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) premiums for indigent Filipino families under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction. This totals 13.9 billion Pesos as part of the 1.8 trillion Pesos General Appropriations Act of 2012.

The fresh funds should increase access of more marginalized families to health care services, which includes reduced health care costs for underprivileged families so that they can also meet their other basic necessities in life.

House Assistant Majority Leader Congressman Eduardo Gullas also said another 1.9 billion Pesos will provide vaccination (next year) to 2.6 million children aged 0-15 months as part of the Expanded Immunization Program which is expected to further reduce infant mortality and morbidity due to diseases.

Source: The Mindanao Examiner

Photo from PhilHealth.gov.ph

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Summer of Hope Program Provides Adoption of Filipino Children in United States

Photo by suratlozowick at Flickr.com

John Levy, a 6-year-old boy from the Philippines, ran about giving hugs and meeting new people. When it was time to eat, he settled down on the grass with his host family, including host mom Vanessa Wilson.

The Summer of Hope program places children from around the world with Montana host families for a four-week period. Tuesday evening, at the program’s last summer picnic, some of those children and families came together at Lewis and Clark Park in Belgrade to play, enjoy the summer, and share their stories.

John Levy is one of nine children in Montana, including four from the Philippines and five from Ethiopia. All are with Bozeman-area families, with the exception of two children staying in Billings.

The Summer of Hope program the Druckenmillers and others have spearheaded focuses on providing adoption opportunities for older children because they’re much less likely to be adopted than infants or toddlers. The program is now in its ninth year, and 80 percent of the children involved in it have been adopted.

Read more at Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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Virtual Parenting With Facebook

I recently read an article on the Wall Street Journal about someone who got “unfriended” by another person. That person was his son. The reason? After often hearing his son complain that he was broke and needed money, he wrote a message on the son’s Facebook wall that read like this: “I can see what you are blowing your money on, so don’t come whining to me about money.” The article continues to say that “in the new era of helicopter parenting, more and more parents and kids are meeting up, and clashing, on Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking sites.”

I’ve been around the social networks since 2002, starting with Ryze.com and Friendster.com. Though the latter became an instant hit with the Asian communities around the world, especially Filipinos, Facebook captured the North American market from MySpace and has become today the leading social network in that region. For Filipinos in their thirties up to the forties, Friendster wasn’t that appealing as it has always been with teens and the post-teens (do you still call them “Yuppies?”) But Facebook suddenly became appealing to the older generation because (in my own words) it wasn’t as “messy” as Friendster. It was cleanly laid out and functionally useful.

I have my daughter (13), son (11) and some of their friends, as well as nieces and nephews, in my Facebook network. But the Wall Street example above is a definite “No-No” for me. I kid around or quip a short, inspiring quote on the photos that my daughter posts, knowing well that her friends will see my post, or comment at her wall posts, but hardly will I write a new message on her wall. I must always respect and be conscious of the fact that writing her messages where the whole world can read must be a careful exercise for a parent to continue a relationship with his children in cyberspace. It is often times rewarding for the parent to be seen by their children’s friends as “cool” or “into the times” when they see dear, ol’ Dad actively participating in commenting (discussions) on their posts in Facebook.

It’s very easy for us parents to glare at something we don’t like for our kids and are tempted to write our remarks. These are usually perceived by your kids to be “snide remarks” or bordering on being a “pest.” I’m already imagining these kids asking themselves, “Do I need this?” In fact, I’m pretty sure many kids dread getting a friend request from Mom or Dad. Gee whiz! You’re putting your kids on the spot — if they ignore your request, they’ll think you’d get mad; if they accept your request, they dread the inevitable.

Many parenting professionals have often said that we will always be parents to our kids, not their friends. If you want to get involved in the cyberspace networks of your kids, be prepared to be ultra patient, understanding and tempered in responding. I read my kids’ posts and sometimes wonder if I should react — DON’T. Like a good leader in the business world, always praise publicly but reprimand privately. You don’t do the latter in Facebook. Just think about it as your kids standing around having a conversation and you butt in, “Hi, guys! What’s up?” They all stare at you thinking, “Duh?” Be careful with enforcing your law online — it’s not always the same as in real life.

The good side about this passive behavior online with your children’s social networks is you get to know more about them, the type of conversations they have with their friends, and many other things that usually doesn’t come up on the dinner table. It’s a great way to have another type of contact with your kids. It can also become a nice conversation piece on your Sunday family days or back to the dinner table. What happens in Facebook doesn’t stay in Facebook — they are helpful conversation starters.

Virtual parenting must have its limit for parents. Think of how it would make you feel (when you were in your teens) if your Mom or Dad would listen in to every conversation you had with your friends. There’s a limit to listening in and being tempted to remark (badly) to every item. As you try to give your children space in their lives, so must you do the same in the online social networks. All relationships need boundaries. Today, there are no foolproof guidelines in online parenting. As this generation matures, the virtual parent-child relationship will have to sort itself out positively.

What do you think? What are your online experiences with your children?