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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Making Family Forever

by Gil Camporazo

It is now a tradition among the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in La Carlota Philippines District, La Carlota First Branch in which we belong to.

2015 Family Week Celebration Banner
2015 Family Week
Proclamation No. 847 signed by PH President Fidel V. Ramos on August 12, 1996, declaring the 4th Sunday of September thereafter as Family Thanksgiving Day edifies this wholesome activity among the families of Latter-day Saints (LDS), a short name for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This year's theme is focused on gender equality and children's rights in contemporary families.

This week-long national family celebration was culminated by a street parade, participated in by the 8 branches of La Carlota Philippines District. These may include a unit from San Enrique, Ayungon in Valladolid, La Carlota First and Second, Masville in Brgy. Cubay, Manggapsang in Brgy. Haguimit, La Castellana, and Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.

Followed by a program graced by an Acting City Mayor of La Carlota, Jacky Jalandoni III, Ramon AlvaƱez of Mayor's Office, DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Portia M. Mallorca, and a married couple, Dionela Flores-Madrona, head of DSWD Negros Occidental Pantawid Pamilya Operations and Mr. Juvenile E. Madrona, Visayas Coordinator, Philippine Against Child Trafficking (PACT) respectively.

Camporazo Family
Camporazo Family

Wholesome Activity

I provided my family members a yellow T-shirts printed with a silhouette of a happy family of a father, a mother, and a three kids, and rays of a sun at the background, and a 3 by 5 tarpaulin of our family group picture.

Camporazo Family in Parade
Camporazo Family in Parade

Those who participated in the street parade were my eldest daughter, Dona Greece, her hubby Almon and only one daughter Adgel. Also joined with us were my youngest daughter Geeree, my youngest son Gilbor and his wife Ma. Carissa. Our three grandchildren from our 3rd elder daughter An An joined. They're Bulaklak, Panie and Inday Sophie, a smart one. And one grandson, Bryan from our Eldest son, Dondon. My wife Rebing and I were happy to see them enjoying an-hour of parade in the main thorougfares of the city.

The motorized tricycle of our son-in-law Almon convoyed us. While we were about to reach our Church meetinghouse in San Agustin Street, a shower started falling, until a soft rain finally came. Those who were following us kept on rushing to avoid getting wet of the rain.

Inday Sophie First Street Parade
Inday Sophie First Street Parade

Inday Sophie, our 2-year old daughter loved the walking, carrying an orange inflated balloon. It was her first street parade experience.

We had a posterity family picture before we started off for the parade. Our granchildren also carried a flaglets prepared by their aunt Geeree a night before.

I got six children. Only three were present. Gingging, our 2nd daughter is in Kuwait working as a cook. Dondon, our eldest son is in Mindanao. While An An is in Iloilo at that time following up her papers to work abroad.

Happy Family Eating Lunch Together
Happy Family Eating Lunch Together

Hearty Lunch

The rooms in our Church meetinghouse were full of members coming from other branches. Those members like La Carlota First and Second Branches just took spaces along the corridor to eat their lunch.

Our branch provided every family a separate menu of sauced, boiled dressed chicken for their viand and a several cups of cooked rice.

My family members settled at the porch near the 3rd entrance of the Church.

Everyone was taking their cooked rice from my wife who prepared it two hours before we took off to Church and joined the morning parade, while Almon took our viand ration from the branch.

We enjoyed our lunch. A hearty lunch as we consider it.

My wife and I loved seeing our family members enjoying eating their lunch. After our lunch, everyone took their part in cleaning the place where we had our lunch.

My Family 2015
My Family 2015

Again my wife and I have in mind that this is a family, a happy family we would have if everyone is happy, if everyone is eating together, and everyone is sharing. Then we could say, a family could be together forever and ever.

20 comments:

  1. It's nice that you are helping promote something that's so special. Families should be celebrated, no one can replace them in our lives.

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  2. This is such a great idea. Nowadays, me and my family rarely go out and bond together because of work and business. It would be nice to have a family day once in a while.

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  3. I love it. I love how you made an effort to wear the same thing and celebrate time with family. It rarely happens because of people's schedule and whatnots. But this is really nice.

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  4. It's good to see families are being celebrated in your country I hope we could try this one at our place too.

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  5. this is really nice and sweet... your family is such an inspiration to many for sure... sana we could have such event here in Cavite because this is a great way to bond with your family... thanks for sharing

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  6. It's great to be part of a church. In my experience, church has always provided my family the support we need, not only spiritually, but also in other things such as when we move to another house or when I was giving birth to my babies.

    Anyway, how does it feel to be away from your children? I'm not ready for that yet. Waah!

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  7. aw its really nice to spend some time with the family and for them to participate

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  8. Woow! Really nice to see you with your family on this special occasion, sir!

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  9. Wow, what a great and fun activity for the whole family! Looks like all of you had a blast!

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  10. Great to know this making family forever, a new knowledge on my side. Well, all Filipinos must organize this kind of get-together event for family.

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  11. I like the family week celebration. It keeps family together in an activity where they can bond.

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  12. I love how your family went to the streets and share your "walk" together as one unit! Families should be celebrated and uphold within the community. Excellent project this is!

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  13. It's nice to see families together. Nothing is better than seeing families being valued to the core.

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  14. It is wonderful to see the enthusiasm in all the family members and spending time together. It is the most beautiful relation to celebrate together.

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  15. Time spent with the family is always worthwhile

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  16. It's always nice to celebrate the family. We recently had our 10 years anniversary (since our wedding). Lovely photos - and a beautiful family!

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  17. I am into another religious group, But we also have activities done exclusively for Family bonding affairs.

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  18. Lovely! Good to know that you are close with each other. I know a lot of family that aren't close with each other and it's sad to see something like that...

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  19. Congratulations on your big and happy family. Your grand-daughter are very cute. You are obviously very fond of her.

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  20. You are right, the family that eats together will stay together. It is very important to have regular family time or family day to enhance the relationship and also time for bonding.

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