“Share Your Family Memories” Contest

Update as of 13 September 2008

With very little interest on the contest (either people are too busy or not interested at all), and with the deadline coming up very soon, I am sorry to cancel the contest. I apologize for the inconvenience, dear Readers.

But of course, I am upholding and supporting the sponsors’ advocacy—family togetherness.

8 September 2008

The D Spot,
under the sponsorship of Monde Nissin Corporation, the makers of Lucky Me,
is giving away a Restaurant Gift Check in the amount of P5,000 to one winner of the
“Share Your Family Memories” contest.

Celebrate Famealy Day with hundreds of parents who will come home to have dinner with their children on 22 September 2008, Monday.

This is a nationwide initiative of The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the National Committee on the Family Family (NCFF) and Monde Nissin Corporation (MNC) which promotes the importance of family togetherness during dinner.

Famealy Day, now celebrated every 4th Monday of September, is a nationwide call to celebrate family dining that serves as a reminder that eating together is a simple but effective means for parents to raise happy, healthy and successful children. This family event also coincides with the first day of the DSWD’s National Family Week which runs every fourth week of September, with the slogan, “Ang Kainang Pamilya ay Mahalaga!”

Well, here is a sample of a picture of one big happy family, my family–includes my 7 kids, my daughter in law, 2 granddaughters, hubby, my mom, and mois, right after dining together. See the big smiles? Except for the little ‘un who must have been bored already. See the bond? There’s more to it than food, but at least the food was the binding force amidst easy talk, serious discussions, and laughter in between.

I have always believed that dining together is a bonding experience–a family experience. We see to it that the family comes together at least once a week (for burgers, doughnuts, pizza, pasta, cakes, or what have you), Sundays being the best choice, right after going to church. But since times are more difficult nowadays, with the purchasing power of the peso continuously falling, and income remaining almost the same, dining on Sundays does not have to be always “dining out”. Dining at home is the best option–there is no need to be in a hurry, your money can buy more food than what is available in restaurants, and the atmosphere is more relaxed. For nothing can beat the place that we call “Home Sweet Home”.

That’s already more than 200 words for a contest entry plus a photograph (lol).

This post first appeared in The D Spot on 9 September 2008.

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