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OFW families live a life of giving

Villa Wilcox Family

Villa Wilcox Family

No matter where they are in the world, Filipinos leave a mark because of their remarkable values. Aside from their hard work and resilient spirit, they are also known for their readiness to always lend a helping hand. They carry this heartfelt concern and nurturing spirit wherever they go, caring not only for their kin, but even those they are not related to.

Among the most inspiring Filipinos who have made a difference in the lives of their fellowmen are the recipients of the Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA) OFW Family of the Year. They include the Duque family based in London, and the Villa-Wilcox and Gange families, both from California. Despite being away from home, they stay true to their roots and continue to make it their missions to uplift those who are in need.

Kindness that spans continents

The Duque family, headed by dad Michael, established the Philippine Nurses Association of the United Kingdom (PNA-UK) to address the challenges Filipino nurses there. The organization helped develop the Overseas Nursing Program (ONP), which provides Pinoy nurses with workshops and trainings that tackle immigration and fair labor practices, finance and investment issues, and employment opportunities.

After receiving the award in 2013, the Duque family continued their advocacies. “The first thing we did with the prize was invest it in projects that are sustainable, realistic and efficient to the needs of the wider community,” said Michael.

Another awardee is the Villa-Wilcox family, who founded Project PEARLS (Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, Smiles) in 2008.  Led by mom Melissa, the family provides educational, scholarship and feeding programs to underprivileged children in various areas, including Bulacan, Manila, Caloocan, Guimaras, and Zamboanga.

Receiving the award “validates our humble mission,” said Melissa. “We are a small and volunteer-run organization and with the JFVA, we have widened our reach not only in the Philippines, but worldwide.” She added that it also helped their advocacy, the resulting press coverage bringing about more inquiries on volunteering and sponsorship.”

Uplifting the lives of the less fortunate through rondalla music, the Gange family established Pagyamanin Likas Musika (PLM) in 2010. They used the gift of music as a means to help victims of various calamities, serenading and entertaining residents of a nursing facility in California to raise funds. They also worked with rondalla groups in the US and the Philippines to produce a music CD, aptly titled Pamanang Pinoy, to raise funds for beneficiaries.

The recognition “made a tremendous impact on our family’s personal relationships,” said dad George Gange. “We became much closer with one another as our work with PLM got more diversified.” The family also received additional support from equally generous individuals and organizations, helping widen their reach.

Find out more stories of kindness and compassion, and nominate the Filipino families you admire in the 6th JFVA. To know more about the awards, see posters at any Jollibee store nationwide or log on to www.jollibee.com.ph/familyvaluesawards.