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CFC MM North B at 30

WITH the theme “One in Christ”, more than 700 members of CFC Metro Manila North B gathered at the Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, for a Dinner-Dance-Fellowship to celebrate their 30th anniversary in April of this year.

The sector’s 30th anniversary was a grand reunion of sorts, with the presence of brothers and sisters from the Foundation for Family and Life (FFL) and Gawad Kalinga (GK). It was an evening of sharing meals, renewing friendship, and journeying down memory lane. There were games and dancing non-stop. For a most fitting closing to a night of remembrances, brothers and sisters swayed and held hands to the tune of ‘You've Got a Friend.' The night ended with members feeling rejuvenated in body and spirit, all looking forward to the 'Family Day', the second phase of CFC NB @ 30.

A week later, on April 19, 2015, the members trooped with their families as early as 7:00 A.M. to the Ateneo High School covered court for the NB @ 30 ‘One In Christ’ Family Day. The Parade of Colors preceded the Holy Mass which was celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Teodoro Bacani.

Bishop Bacani affirmed that NB @ 30 is like a cluster of pearls—kasing ganda ng Perlas—the 30th anniversary being the Pearl Anniversary.

The good Bishop, however issued a caveat: “Ang ating pagkakaisa ay kalooban ng Diyos ngunit hindi pa ito ganap at lubos. (Unity is God’s will for us but this is not yet fulfilled nor complete.) And God’s will and His way of peace will be ours only if we as members of the community will do the following: 1. Repent, 2. Read the Word, 3. Pray together, 4. Attend prayer meetings and gatherings.” Ernie Balarbar, outgoing Sector Head, welcomed the attendees and called on CFC International Council member George Campos to give his inspirational message.

Campos congratulated North B for being a gift to the community because of their generous sharing of the Word to all and for producing leaders for local and foreign assignments. Campos likewise facilitated the turnover of the mantle of North B Sector leadership from Balarbar to Fortune Ilaya.

Balarbar, who served CFC North B for a productive 7 years and 2 months, said that he was able to serve only because the “Lord stood by me.” Balarbar and wife Cathy expressed sadness that they were leaving the sector for another mission assignment, but were joyful that North B will be in the good hands of the Ilaya couple, Fortune and Ethel.

“We look forward to serving God by spreading the beauty of the Church to families and the poor in cooperation with the Catholic Church,” the Ilayas said.

By late morning, activities started simultaneously, starting with a Praise Dance presentation by the Family Ministries. Several booths promoted handmade artworks by the Handmaids of the Lord. There was also a showcase of the history, accomplishments, activities and advocacy of the CFC and its family ministries.

Sports “Fun” Competitions came next—Volleyball for women, Father & Son basketball, and the Father & Son Shootout. The Creative “Fun” Competitions turned out to be a real showdown in dance and song via the Family Dance and Family Duet. Parlor games such as “Maria Went to Town”, Tug-of-War, Three-legged Race, Bottle Straw Relay, Family Cup Relay, also elicited laughter from players and spectators alike. Special entertainment numbers in dance and song added more spice and flavor to the hot afternoon.

Everyone was exhausted from the day’s activities but refreshed and looking forward to more joyful celebrations for the welfare of all family members and for the greater glory of God. (Grace Rinoza-Plazo/E. J. Bautista)

Added on Thursday, July 30, 2015


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