Manila North WWME News
CHOICE & PARENTING IN LUCENA
Last February 2, 3 & 4, 2001 a group of couples led by Fred andBing Angeles spend a beautiful and enriching weekend in Pagbilao, Quezon, to share the Worldwide Marriage Encounter program to the youths of Lucena and nearby towns. The program is called CHOICE.
Friday nights and Saturday evenings could have been a time for gimmicks,
texting, and merry happenings for the 54 young adults from the differentschools
of the Calayan Educational Foundation, Inc., but on this particularweekend
in February they chose to be at the scenic CFC Retreat House inPagbilao
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North Zone Weekend last March 2,3 & 4, 2001
The next North Zone weekend will be on May 3-5, 2002
NORTH ZONE STEWARDSHIP:
Thank you, Jolan & Grace....
....Welcome, Bing & Nina
DITOY AND CORA LAUNCH SPECIAL DJ SERIES ON
The evening had absolutely nothing to do with Erap and Gloria, nor BillClinton and George Bush, nor Kabila and whoever. But it was no less poignant,emotion-filled and brimming with memories - memories of love, of service,of oneness.
With the dramatic events of People Power II just a week old, the WMENorth Zone love community witnessed another heart-tugging event much closer to home this time: the passing-on of the torch of leadership fromerstwhile Zone Coordinator Jolan and Grace to the new Zone CoordinatorBing and Nina. The passing-on ceremony, incorporated within a Holy Masscelebrated by Fr. Greg, was held at the Bahay-Pangarap on January 27th.
Jolan and Grace, leading a group of WME couples during the Offertory part of the Eucharist, offered the symbolic flowers and candle which were accepted by Bing and Nina who in turn offered them to the Lord byplacing them before the altar. The candle light ceremony was orchestratedby Bebs and Agnes, assisted by Albert and Marie.
Jolan and Grace later offered a beautiful scroll containing theScripture verse on 1 Corinthians 13, intoning the hope that the new leadership will lead with love. Bing and Nina showed the community's appreciation for the outgoing coordinator's sterling record of service by offering abeautiful vase and explained its symbolism.
The community joined the fun and the floodgates of symbolisms by putting into the vase their love notes for Jolan and Grace, mementoesof their (J-G's) impact on the life of the love community.
DITOY AND CORA LAUNCH SPECIAL DJ SERIES ON
When it comes to brewing fresh ideas on revitalizing love couples andrekindling a flickering fire of love, give it to Ditoy and Cora. The energetic and very creative Asian Zone Coordinator recently launcheda special series of sharings on the Languages of Love.
On hand to harvest the fruits of their sharings were a big group ofactive DJ members coming from both the North and South zones of Metro Manila. Chosen to be the venue due to its spaciousness and strategically centrallocation was the residence of Henry and Lizzie in Mandaluyong.
The maiden offering of the series was held on January 10 and itsexpected to last for the next three months, or until the entire series is completed. The group in attendance was in itself a power-packedassembly, graced by the presence of our national coordinator Terry andMarnie (who never pass up any opportunity to drumbeat attendance to ourforthcoming WME Silver Anniversary celebration in Cebu City come Novemberof this year), past nationals Rey and Mel, former zone coordinators, andin general the present pillars of the WME community.
Ms. June Keithley Enrichment
Last Saturday afternoon, October 27, 2001 WME Philippines was fortunate
to have Mrs. June Keithley-Castro as its resource speaker. She talked on
the topic, "The Effects & Influences of Media On Family Life."
June Keithley's lecture not only touched on media but also on the authentication of Mrs.Vasula and the Lady of All Nations and the Lady of Akita, and the predictions of great things to come before the second Advent. Her lecture gave the WME couples an insight of the tragedy of the terrorist attack on America. She said that the event has been foretold exactly in a revelation by Mama Mary in one of her appearances. The tragedy has suddenly found God in the US political structure. President Bush even declared a Day of Prayer and right now the US congress have given time for Bible studies in its halls. June says, "She could hardly imagine apolitical America could be all singing God Bless America a day after the attack. Even the media has toned to go back to the basic belief of God, and more people are now drawn to the churches."
Lastly she asked the help of WME couples and families to help and do something to protect our children from the violence, pornography, lewd and explicit language in the movies, TV shows and even ads and commercials that are a part of our day to day lives. She, as a member of the MTRCB, (Movies Television Regulations and Classification Board) wants us to help her to be more effective in censuring the hazards that could make our kids prone to immorality, crime, drugs and violence.
She has asked us to gather signatures to show we are in support of having laws that will protect us and our children against these hazards in media. More specifically she was worried of the airing of PG rated programs at prime time viewing. Her desire is that such TV programs be aired after 9PM to refrain our kids from watching them.
Indeed the MTRCB are not merely to regulate & classify the movies
and films we may watch but they should have the duties to help the parents
in protecting our children from the negative effects of rated PG and X
Ministry Goes to Collegeof the Holy Spirit
Last Sunday, the 20th of August 2000, the reachout ministry touched the lives of some 70 parents at the College of the HolySpirit, Manila. The lead couple for the Parenting 1 enrichment wasJun of Flor Perea.
Max & Marlene Lim shared on the "Memories" of their parents while Raff & Glo Rodriguez talked on how to listenwith the heart with their sharing about "Listening". The young& vibrant couple of Sam & Marin Uy captivated the students withan enrichment about "Love Courtship & Marriage", in the morning andthen in the afternoon, it was the parents turn to hear Sam & MarinUy talked about their children with the topic, "Replay". The "LifeGiving" role of parents were shared by the "balik-M.E." couple of Henry& Linda.
Mulong & Narda Cabrera, Donnie & Josie
Fabian, Rodel of Cecil, Romy & Inie were the ever supportive facilitators
that made the reachout very successful. Fr. Greg Buenavista, WME'smost
active priest, celebrated the afternoon mass right after the enrichment.
He is also the College's chaplain.
The participating parents were so impressed withwhat they have gained from the sharing that they want to have more activities like these and are already requesting for the Parenting Part 2.
Theentire WWME Philippines is proud
to announce to all our encountered couples that our DJ module has been
adopted and rcognized by the MarriageEncounter World Council. This
module which has been pioneered in the Philippines,then Asia, through the
effort of our Asian Coordinator, Ditoy & CoraAtayde. The Dialogue
Journey is now being given in the whole 7 continents of WME. (North America,
Canada, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America andthe Pacific).
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