Members of the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) sub-committee on Events, Advocacy and Social Mobilization learned the value of holding a regular “Family Night” at a training session hosted by the Public Affairs Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints last July 9, 2011.
The event, held at the Manila Philippines Administration Office on July 16, focused on the benefits of a weekly organized family night. Officers and trainers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other non-government organizations received training on how to conduct a “Family Night” in order to help strengthen Filipino families. Among the NGO’s represented were the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Marriage Enhancement Team Services (METS), Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Council of NGOs Against Drug and Substance Abuse (PHILCADSA), National Youth Commission (NYC) and Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF).
Leni Pilobello, Area Director of Public Affairs, taught the seminar assisted by missionaries Elder and Sister Robert Goss and Elder and Sister Randall Bird. Participants at the seminar experienced how to plan, organize, and conduct a “Family Night”. They were divided into “families” of four or five and created their own family crests. They also learned to sing the National Family Week jingle, “Isang Piraso ng Langit” written by Mon del Rosario and sung by Lani Misalucha complete with sign language! They were also treated to a live demonstration of a family night by the Esmundo family from the Tandang Sora Ward of Quezon City Stake.
Following the training everyone was challeged to practice what they had learned by having a family night with their own families. One participant commented that the event “demonstrated to us all that indeed love unifies us and brings us under the power of One Father, One Family”. A follow up meeting is planned where successes and suggestions for improvement will be discussed.