MANILA, Philippines — Members of the Church in the Philippines joined in celebrating the Philippine National Family Week which was launched Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Marikina Sports Complex in Marikina City, Metro Manila, with the theme "Family: The Source of the Nation's Integrity."
With other local community organizations, members of the Church throughout the country conducted activities during Family Week that fall under three main categories: family home evening, family preparedness, and family history.
Elder Remus G. Villarete, an Area Seventy and counselor in the Philippines Area Presidency, said, "The strengthening of families is among the fundamental tenets of the Church, and we want our fellow Filipinos who are not of our faith to know what President David O. McKay taught, that no other success can compensate for failure in the home. As this year's theme suggests, we also hope this celebration would serve as a reminder that our nation's integrity and strength can only be equal to the integrity and strength of our families."
In Metro Manila, members of the Church joined the national celebration by participating in the weeklong activities organized by the National Committee of the Filipino Family (NCFF) of which the Church is a founding member. The festivities commenced with a motorcade participated in by representatives from various organizations as well as from the Church.
Among the activities slated by the NCFF for this year's celebration were a forum on preparation for parenting, a Department of Social Welfare and Development Family Day, a seminar titled "Four Gifts of Love," and a family thanksgiving day on Sept. 25.
The National Family Week was instituted by Presidential Proclamation No. 60 in 1992 by then Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos declaring the last full week of September every year as Family Week.