The family is the basic foundation of a country's culture and progress. On its 35th year, Jollibee held it's 3rd Family Values Awards at Crowne Plaza Galleria in Mandaluyong last Tuesday. Aside the Golden Bee Awards, Jollibee's 3rd Family Values Awards paid tribute to families for noble deeds making a world of difference at home and overseas. After two month search from more than 1200 nominations from across the country and the globe, Jollibee's 3rd Family Values Awards hosted by Christine Jacob-Sandejas and JC Cuadrado featured families that helped make a difference in their communities. Among them were Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Jacqueline Rayo and family of Sta. Ana Manila, Mr. and Mrs. Rex and Marissa Bernardo and family of Camarines Norte; Mr. and Mrs. Jose and Gloria Supanga and family from Camarines Sur; Drs. Egidio and Thelma Lio and family from Antique and Mrs. and Mrs. Anton and Marie Joyce Lim and family of Zamboanga City.
For showing compassion to Pinoys from abroad were Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Glenda Duque and family of the United Kingdom chosen to be the first recipient of Global Pinoy Family of the Year Award. Co-presented by Coca-Cola Philippines, this recognition pays tribute to Filipino families who have family members or even the whole family living overseas but still working together towards meaningful pursuits to benefit the communities. With the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Cirilo and Vilma Carmona and family whose members are found in Spain, Bahrain and the United States helping communities in their hometown at Oriental Mindoro, Jollibee Foundation also gave a Special Citation Award.
Before the announcement of the winners of Jollibee's 3rd Family Values Awards, Jollibee Philippines President Joseph Tambuntiong offered a moment of silence praying for the victims of the recent earthquake in Central Visayas. DSWD Secretary Corazon Dinky Juliano-Soliman also acknowledged families and Jollibee Foundation continuously helping the relief operations in the affected areas of the earthquake days before the event. Special performances from Whiplash, Juris Fernandez and Kris Lawrence entertained the audience reminiscing Jollibee jingles that spanned three decades. We also had the privilege to watch the mother and daughter tandem of the Divine Diva Ms. Zsa Zsa Padilla and Cinderella Karylle perform a duet from Karylle's new album during the program.
All five-winning families received a cash prize of P100,000 tax-free, a trophy designed by the renowned brass sculptor Michael Cacnio, a 32' Sony Bravia LCD TV and Jollibee gift certificates and Jollibee Padala vouchers. The recipient of the special citation took home a special plaque of recognition, Php35,000 in chasn and Jollibee Padala Vouchers worth Php5,000. This year's Board of Judges co-chaired by the DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman and Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong were Overseas Welfare Administration Head Carmelita Dimzon; Jollibee Vice-President for Marketing Harvey Ong; Jollibee Foods Corporation Global HR Head Theresa Jotie; ABS-CBN Chaplain and Chair of the Management Committee for Public Service Integration Fr. Tito Caluag, S.J.; broadcast journalist Karen Davila; parenting and relationship consultant Maribel Sison-Dionisio; inspirational speaker and corporate trainer Francis Kong; TV Host Christine Jacob-Sandejas and Coca Cola Export Corporations' Director for Public Affairs and Communications Atty.Adel Tamano. If the attitude of the families winning the 3rd JFVA will resonate in all communities, progress will definitely fast forward in the Philippines. There will probably be no more existence of corruption and anxiety in the government if the values can be passed forward. I've reflected appreciating the families' continued passion in helping families in need in the country. I hope my students will also create families like the recipients of Jollibee Family Values Awards. Truly in Jollibee, "Ang Sarap Maging Pamilya". For more information please visit http://www.jollibeefoundation.org/