Sunday, October 30, 2016

JOLIBEE HONORS EVERYDAY HEROES IN 6TH JOLLIBEE FAMILY VALUES AWARDS

Jollibee a Filipino local fast-food chain brand, had a new batch of outstanding Filipino families with admirable advocacies in the 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards.

 
Filipino families whose notable advocacies enable hope to flow and spirits to soar for the less fortunate, the 6th JFVA winning families include: Mr. Rommel and Mrs. Analy Basa and family of Capiz, champions of the environment and sustainable livelihood for their community; Mr. Donato and Mrs. Merlita Bumacas and family of Nueva Ecija, dedicated to protecting and upholding the rights of indigenous people; lan and Mrs. Cecilia Cabalza and family of Cagayan Valley, whose work centers uplifting lives through health and education; Mr. Victor and Mrs. Elizabeth. Castafieda and family of Quezon City, for leading the fight against cancer; Mr. Joe Dean and Mrs. Ardis Sola and family of Quezon City, for helping improve the lives of street children; and Mr. Marciano and Mrs. Josephine Par and family of Saudi Arabia, namedas the ioilibee-Coca—Cola OFW  Family of the Year for their mission in empowering underprivileged fellowmen both in the Philippines and the Middle East.

Iaddition to the six JFVA awardees, Jollibee also conferred special citations to families focused on specific advocacies. Receiving the Special Citation for Education (co- presented with National Book Store) are Mr. Reynaldo and Mrs. Juliet Arquiza and family of Camarines Norte, for their educational and scholarship programs, while Mr. Alejandro and Mrs. Lilibeth Cabading and family of Zamboanga City are the recipient of the Special Citation for Environment (co-presented with Landbank) for their underwater clean-up efforts. The latest addition to the awards this year, the Special Citation for Youth, was given to Mr. Harry and Mrs. Malou San Gabriel-Eng and family of San Francisco, California, for their programs that benefit the youth. For their work on autism awareness, Mr. Noli and Mrs. lsabelita Vizcocho and family of  Benguet are given the Special Citation for Persons with Disability (co-presented with National Council on Disability Affairs). Aside from being hailed as 6th JFVA winners, the Bumacas family received the Special Citation for Minority Groups. The Sola family was also given the Special Citation for Children (co-presented with Children’s Hour).
 
The five JFVA families and OFW Family of the Year each received a cash prize of P300,000, a trophy designed by brass sculptor Michael Cacnio, and P10,000 worth of Jollibee gift certificates. The recipients of the special citations were each given P50;000 in cash, a plaque, and P3,000 worth of Jollibee gift certificates. "2016 marks the sixth year of our Jollibee Family Values Awards, Jollibee’s annual advocacy program that aims to promote timeless Filipino family values. With the Filipino family at the core of Jollibee’s brand, the JFVA is committed to reinforcing timeless and cherished values,” said Jollibee Philippines President JJ Alano. “We are proud to recognize families who can be considered as everyday heroes, families who truly exemplify how the power of Filipino family values can nurture and continue building a nation that can sail through the various challenges, calamities and adversities.” The 6th Gabi ng Paranga/ para sa Pamilyang Pilipino centered on the theme of the? balangay, whose historical journey captures the solidarity, harmony, determination, courage, bravery and resilience of the Filipino community. The guests were treated to performances from Darren Espanto and Fourth Impact, culminating in a grand finale performance.
 
Distinguished personalities known in their respective fields comprised the esteemed board of judges in this year’s JFVA, including Sen. Bam Aquino who served as jury chairman. He is joined by Mowelfund trustee and president Boots Anson-Rodrigo, Manila Bulletin columnistand TV host 'Suzi Entrata-Abrera, respected inspirational speaker and columnist Francis Kong, ANC news anchor Edric Mendoza, parenting and relationship consultant Maribel Sison-Dionisio, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Atty. Adel Tamano, and columnist and child advocate Audrey Tan-Zubiri. Completing the board are Jollibee Global Brand CMO and Jollibee Philippines Marketing Head Francis Flores, Jollibee Philippines Head of Human Resources George Wang Ill, and Jollibee Group Foundation Vice President Belen Rillo. The 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards is supported by Coca—Cola Philippines, Crowne Plaza Hotel Manila Galleria, Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, and Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE), with official media partners, CNN Philippines and Philippine Star.
 
Jollibee Family Values Awards  2016
Six outstanding Families
 
Basa Family
(Roxas City, Capiz)
Rommel Basa, 48, Father
Analy Basa, 45, Mother
Cyprian Basa, 20
Zyque Basa, 18
The Basa family believes in the power of community development and this passion was strongly shared by their two children who pursued various initiatives. Their eldest child, Cyp, has led community efforts since he was in high school and has pioneered "Farmer’s Project” in 2011 which has educated and trained more than 500 farmers in alternative pesticides. The younger child, quue, followed the footsteps of her brother by initiating community efforts that empowered people with disabilities in partnership with Balay Dalyunan. As a family, they have launched and implemented various projects such as Sama Sama Tayong Lahat Organization, Exit Youth Capiz, Awit Para Sa Mga Bata, Sagip Kalikasan, Sagip Buhay, Project Smile, feeeding programs, as well as relief operations and stress. «debriefing after Typhoon Yolanda hit their province. Rommel and Analy are heavily involved in the prOjects 0f their kids, serving as their advisers and sponsors.
 
Bumacas Family
(Gapan City, Nueva Ecija)
Donato Bumacas, 47, Father
Merlita Bumacas, 48, Mother
Lovelie Bumacas, 25
Ledona Bumacas, 21
Lyndon Bumacas, 19
Donato Bumacas is a proud member of the Kalinga tribe. Beset with difficulties commonly encountered. by people belonging to minority groups, he worked hard to become a teacher. He believes after all that education is the greatest equalizer and his best tool to promote the welfare of his tribe. After earning his PhD from Kalinga Apayao State University in 1996, he, along with his family, began their advocacy of educating and providing for the needs of Indigenous People. Mr. Bumacas fought hard to create awareness and lobby for the rights of the minority groups like the Kalingas, Aetas, Badiao and lgorots. The Bumacas family also conducts feeding programs, provide school supplies, and even awater pump for the Aetas. The family is also heavily involved in environmental protection and reforestation. *The Bumacas Family is also the recipient of this year’s special citation for Minority Groups.
 
Cabalza Family
(Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley)
lan Cabalza, 39, Father
Cecilia Cabalza, 39, Mother
Christopher Bryce Cabalza, 15
France Cabalza, 5
Dr. Cablaza began conductin . ing medical set up a small clinic in his home. The facility offers minor surgeries and consultations, servic needs of children, adults, and the elderly. His clinic oversees about 20 to 30 patients in a given day. Every month, the entire Cabalza family leaves the comfort of their town to extend medical assistance via their missions in various barangays, towns, and depressed areas in Tuguegarao, and Cagayan Valley, benefitting over 500 patients for each run. The family also provides schools with first aid kids and medicines through the Brigada Eskwela initiative. They also provide free basic life support and. first aid training to caregivers, nurses and barangay health workers.
 
Castaneda Family
(Tandang Sora, Quezon City)
Victor A. Castaneda, 52, Father
Elizabeth “Cheche” T. Castaneda, 50, Mother
Emalinda Victoria “Evee” T. Castaneda, 24
The birth of the I love Enzoe: Fight Against Cancer Foundation was borne out of the tragedy of losing a dear member of their family, little Enzoe, in 2011. Victor and Cheche’s son Enzo was diagnosed with liver cancer at 2 ‘/z years old. At his tender age, Enzo would always ask his mom whenever they go out for check~ups to buy candies for the indigent children of the East Avenue Medical Center. Enzo’s generous heart gave his parents the inspiration to set up a foundation named after him when the little boy passed away. The family-run foundation has since provided for the needs of cancer patients in the EAMC by extending financial assistance, sponsoring chemotherapies, and donating wheelchairs and patients’ beds. The family has also sponsored children’s parties and school activities to help young patients experience life to the fullest. The family is also involved in Christmas gift-giving activities in Tondo.
 
Sola Family
(Project 6, Quezon City)
Joe Dean Sola, 53, Father
Ardis Sola, 56, Mother
Jerome Sola, 20
Therese Sola, 19
Marian Sola, 10
The Sola family dedicate their lives to helping street children by providingtheir basic needs such as food and education. Their foundation, He Cares Mission Street Children Caring Center, was founded in 1997 and has already produced 19 college graduates, one of whom is already a successful architect working in Abu Dhabi. What initially began as an intervention for street children through values formation has transformed into an organization that develops children using a holistic approach. Their program has several components including: Balik Aral, Balik Kalusugan, Balik Loob sa Diyos, Balik Bahay, and Bank Hanapbuhay. Each family member has grown to love and accept their roles in the advocacy that their parents have instilled in them. ‘The Solo Family is also this year’s recipient of the Special Citation for Children.
 
Par Family
(Saudi Arabia - OFW Family Category)
Marciano Par Jr., 45, Father
Josephine Par, 47, Mother
Marc Joseph Par, 15
Marc Ian Par, 5
The Par family proves through their ASTIG OFWCC (Overseas Filipino Workers Cooperative Council) program that wherever Filipinos are in the world, they are always willing to lend an extra hand to help one another. The ASTIG OFWCC, led by couple Marciano and Josephine Par, is a Filipino group formed in Saudi Arabia that aims to help and support Filipinos working and living with their families. Through Marcia no’s leadership, the 40-member group regularly conducts several activities, including dinners for a- cause which helped not just strengthen ties among the Filipino community but also extend relief during disasters, distribute school supplies, conduct medical missions and education and livelihood seminars, and provide temporary shelter for OFWs through a Tent City. The entire Par family is dedicated to this cause by making sure they lend a hand in packing the supplies, distributing relief goods, and by providing support to families away from home.
 
 
6th Jollibee Family Values Awards
Special Citations
 
Arquiza Family
Special Citation for Education
(Daet, Camarines Norte)
Reynaldo, 67 - Father
Juliet, 66 - Mother
Rey Franco, 38 - Son
Ma. Soledad, 33 - Daughter
Maria Regina, 32 - Daughter
Gemmalyn, 32 - Daughter
Daughter The Arquiza family knows the importance of good education. Siblings Rey, Soledad, Regina and Gemmalyn consider themselves fortunate for getting scholarships that allowed them to study in reputable schools. Aiming to share their blessings, they established Aklatan sa Kostal in 2013.
 
Aklatan sa Kostal currently benefits four barangays—Pambuhay, Magsalongsalong, Hinipan, and Matoogtog—in their province of Daet, Camarines Norte. The library initially housed books owned by the family and has since grown to include donations from relatives, friends, and other concerned citizens. Now, it carries titles for all levels, benefiting more students from nearby universities, schools, and daycare centers. Aside from books, the library has computers and audio-visual equipment such as television sets and-DVD players, which are used for film showings.
 
Aside from Aklatan sa Kostal, the Arquiza family also distributes free school supplies to underprivileged pupils and provides scholarships to deserving students. They are also planning to develop mobile libraries to bring the gift of education to more areas.

Cabading Family
Special Citation for Environment
(Pasonanca, Zamboanga City) 
Alejandro, 54 - Father
Lilibeth, 47 - Mother
Lanvin, 27 - Son
Diane Angeli, 26 - Daughter
Alejandro Jr., 23 - Son
Christine Joy, 15 - Daughter
The Cabading family’s advocacies focus on caring for Mother Earth and improving the lives of those in need. Concerned about the deterioration of Zamboanga’s underwater treasures, the family initiated Scubasurero in 2006, a clean-up drive which also involves volunteer scuba divers from Cebu and Bohol. together, their efforts help to clean and preserve the rich waters of Zamboanga’s coastline.
 
Aside from the Scubasurero initiative, the family also established the Hope for  Kids Zamboanga Foundation, Inc. which aims to help orphans. They also offer scholarship to commendable students, and lead medical and dental programs that reach out to less fortunate people.
 
San Gabriel-Eng Family
Special Citation for Youth Empowerment
(San Francisco, California)
Harry, 49 - Father
Mailou, 52 - Mother
Cassie, 12 - Daughter
 
The San Gabriel-Eng family is united in their blessings and uplift the lives of those in need. Despite living in the United States, they keep their fellow Filipi hearts and do what they can to help the disadvantaged.
 
At a young age, Cassie has been exposed to volunteer work by her parents, who are tireless supporters of various charitable organizations. Since turning six years old, she always celebrates her birthday by leading fundraising activities that benefit various causes back home. She also started Cassie's Bag of Dreams which raises funds that are spent on backpacks and school supplies that encourage underprivileged children to pursue their education.
 
Vizcocho Family
Special Citation for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
(La Trinidad, Benguet)
Noli, 63 - Father
Isabelita, 63 - Mother
Jacqueline, 36 - Daughter
Jill, 34 - Daughter
Jeanette, 33, - Daughter
Joana, 28 - Daughter
Josef Noli, 24 - Son
 
For the Vizcocho family, people with special needs should be given extra special care. Knowing the joys and challenges of having a loved one with autism, they have made it their mission to raise awareness about this condition.
 
Noli and Isabelita founded the Baguio chapter of the Autism Society of the Philippines in 2000. The organization provides counseling and therapy sessions for those with autism, as well as support and guidance for their families. They also hold fun activities, such as photography workshops, to nurture the talents of children with autism.
 
Bumacas Family
Special Citation for Minority Groups
(Gapan City, Nueva Ecija)
Donato Bumacas, 47, Father
Merlita Bumacas, 48, Mother
Lovelie Bumacas, 25
Ledona Bumacas, 21
Lyndon Bumacas, 19
 
 Donato Bumacas is a proud member of the Kalinga tribe. Beset with difficulties commonly encountered. by people belonging to minority groups, he worked hard to become a teacher. He believes after all that education is the greatest equalizer and his best tool to promote the welfare of his tribe. After earning his PhD from Kalinga Apayao State University in 1996, he, along with his family, began their advocacy of educating and providing for the needs of Indigenous People. Mr. Bumacas fought hard to create awareness and lobby for the rights of the minority groups like the Kalingas, Aetas, Badiao and lgorots. The Bumacas family also conducts feeding programs, provide school supplies, and even awater pump for the Aetas. The family is also heavily involved in environmental protection and reforestation. *The Bumacas Family is also the recipient of this year’s special citation for Minority Groups.
 

 
Sola Family
Special Citation for Children
(Project 6, Quezon City)
Joe Dean Sola, 53, Father
Ardis Sola, 56, Mother
Jerome Sola, 20
Therese Sola, 19
Marian Sola, 10
The Sola family dedicate their lives to helping street children by providingtheir basic needs such as food and education. Their foundation, He Cares Mission Street Children Caring Center, was founded in 1997 and has already produced 19 college graduates, one of whom is already a successful architect working in Abu Dhabi. What initially began as an intervention for street children through values formation has transformed into an organization that develops children using a holistic approach. Their program has several components including: Balik Aral, Balik Kalusugan, Balik Loob sa Diyos, Balik Bahay, and Bank Hanapbuhay. Each family member has grown to love and accept their roles in the advocacy that their parents have instilled in them. ‘The Solo Family is also this year’s recipient of the Special Citation for Children.

 
 


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