A family in Opol, Misamis Oriental is showing there is hope for peace in Mindanao. Through their advocacy of non-violent communication among Muslim and Christian faiths, the Mambuay family has been spreading peace and awareness nationwide, most especially in war-torn areas. Currently, they are conducting various peace seminars, particularly in Cebu and Bacolod, as well as teaching and nurturing less fortunate children.
The Mambuay family is only one of more than 35 families who have been recognized by Jollibee, over the years, for their generosity, compassion, and a genuine concern for their fellowmen through its annual Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA). Now on its 6th year, the campaign continues its search for Filipino families who have made it their mission to help others with their advocacies. These families come from diverse backgrounds and social classes, and no matter how simple or ordinary, they serve as everyday heroes to uplift the lives of others.
Another JFVA awardee is the Capilos family of Quezon City. Winning a Special Citation for Education award in the 5thJFVA has given the family a much-needed publicity boost that has enabled them to gain more awareness for their advocacy as well as the trust of educators, in holding free trainings for public school teachers and students. These days, the family is determined to continue their advocacy to include other localities nationwide. They also strive to put more focus on the gains of the public school teachers. “We want to concentrate on the public schools in our vicinity so we can monitor the improvements in the teachers’ skills and leadership,” said Jelson Capilos.