Mindanao Saints Celebrate National Family Week
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Mindanao Region September 2008 “Fathers and Families: Responsibilities and Challenges—Maabilidad si Dad,” was the 2008 theme for the National Family Week celebration. Mindanao Saints celebrated this weeklong activity in various ways. From giving community service to performing in choirs.
Saints in the Mati Philippines District donated labor through a community service project by cleaning Mayor Luisito Garcia Rabat Memorial School. Members then gathered at the meetinghouse for a program. Fathers in Kidapawan Philippines District gathered together with their respective families in four different venues on September 27, 2008.
Members of the Kidapawan Second and Third Branches opened their daylong family activity by releasing balloons. This was followed by the family talent showcase, with music, dance presentations, and dramatizations on how to conduct family home evenings. Members also shared what they do to spiritually prepare for Sunday services.
Members from the Roxas Branch, Puerta Princesa District, and the Makilala Branch, Kidapawan district, conducted team-building activities and ate lunch together in their respective meetinghouses.
At the Kabacan meetinghouse, members of the Kabacan and Matalam Branches, Kidapawan district, played games like “Singing Fathers,” their own version of Singing Bee, (a musical show where fathers prove their knowledge of the lyrics of all-time favorite songs). As a reminder of this year’s Family Week celebration, each family posed for a keepsake family picture. 
In southwest Mindanao, Zamboanga stake members joined with the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development to kick off the celebration of National Family Week on September 22, 2008. The stake choir, which called itself the Ensign Chorus, sang the doxology and songs about family at Plaza Rizal, across from Zamboanga City Hall, for an audience of 300, including government employees and other civic groups.
Zamboanga Philippines Stake president Bartolome Madriaga and the director for public affairs, Israel Pajarito, were guests at a popular local radio station. They explained the Church’s beliefs and views on the family.
During the weeklong celebration, members donated labor through a community service project on September 24 and 25, 2008. They cleaned the two-story buildings of the Women’s Crisis Center and the Social Development Center, a shelter for street children. The National Family Week celebration ended with a devotional held at Tomas Claudio meetinghouse.