The News Supplement ofCouples for Christ
C1Vol. 17 No. 13June 24 - July 7, 2013
GLEC / C3
New IC, Board of Elders Elected
The potential for greater evangelization is more apparent and there is excitement across the world because of this.
The 1s t CFC Global Leaders empowerment Convention (GLeC) was a highlight of the week-long activities of the 32nd Anniversary celebration of Couples for Christ. The 3-day event which was held from June 18 to 20, 2013 at the One esplanade, Pasay City, gathered over 300 leaders coming from different parts of the world.
The GLeC sought to unite thrusts and approaches of all CFC leaders of all countries of the world. While the community bel ieved in the preservation of its core thrusts there is still a need to be united in our
Top Leaders Gather for 1st Global Leaders Empowerment Convention
approaches in addressing major concerns of evangelization.
The event also aimed to build the core of the CFC leadership, stressing the importance of working as one body, and to synergize the team in bringing down the programs and thrusts of the community. Furthermore, the convention also hoped to promote empowered leadership by inspiration. The GLeC was indeed a venue to share personal challenges in leading and shepherding Gods people, to fully embrace their calling as missionaries in their own countries and areas.
here are highlights of the 1st CFC Global Leaders empowerment Convention:
Day 1 of the Global Leaders empowerment Convention welcomed CFC leaders from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and from more than 30 countries at the One esplanade, Pasay City.
After the recitation of the holy Rosary led by Irma Cuenca, wife of CFC Chairman Rikcy Cuenca, the convention officially began with a Holy Mass with Rev. Fr. Benedict Lagarde Jr. from the Missionaries of Jesus as main celebrant. Concelebrating the Mass were his excellency Archbishop Boniface Lele of Mombasa, Kenya; Fr. Anthony hou, Fr. Simon Jia, Fr. Joseph Duan, and Fr. Joseph Shen from China; and Fr. Pierre Faiquin from Mauritius.
In the afternoon, GLeC participants were greeted by the unique shadow show of el Gamma Penumbra, which took the audience on a tour of the various famous landmarks of the Philippines. As the participants settled down, Mon Santiago, Regional head for SouthAsia, facilitated the workshops.
In the evening after Day 1 of the Global Leaders empowerment Convention, CFC leaders donned the costumes of the countries they represent and spent time getting to know new friends and reconnecting with old ones through the CFC 32nd Anniversary Fellowship.
The second day of the Global Leaders empowerment Convention once again started with the recitation of the Rosary, led by Pat Villanueva of CFC USA. hector Poppen, Country head of CFC India, opened the convention with a powerful worship.
International Council member and CFC Corporate Secretary Arnel Santos
By the CFC Com Docu Team
CFC goes to GLEC, counterclockwise from top left: ANCOP scholars welcome delegates; GLEC opens with a Mass; ABLAZE President Rommel Ancheta leading the worship; CFC Mongolia; participants breaking out into groups during workshop; CFC Timor Leste posing for the camera; GLEC participants playing the Obey & Witness Bingo during the morning team building activity. (GLEC photos courtesy of Caloy Rubio, Jerry Tanigue, Alma Alvarez & Romy Medina)
COUPLeS for Christ has expanded rapidly and massively over the past 32 years. We marvel at the vast and vibrant work of evangelization that the Lord has entrusted to our community, and essentially to the anointed and appointed leaders.
Our leaders in over 120 countries serve as modern day witnesses of Christs love and active managers of our programs and thrusts. The call of the Church for New evangeliza-tion affirms our vision to go and renew the face of the earth through the power of the holy Spirit, to grow in holiness and persevere in re-evangelizing the faithful.
The message is also clear that we are in this journey with the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Star of the New evangelization. Since last year, the annual themes of the community reflect the role of our Blessed Mother in CFC, especially in our efforts in evangelization.
Recognizing this blessing, the Lord continues to bring the community towards active re-newal, as spoken volumes by lives transformed
WITNESS TO THE WORLD:Theme for the CFC 32nd Anniversary
through an inertial understanding of the life and mission of CFC across the world. Our communi-ties spread throughout the world are thriving, but we must constantly be renewed in our zeal and knowledge to further sustain the formation of our harvest, to encourage stewardship, and to have continuous vibrancy in community life.
To witness is also about empowered leader-ship by inspiration. It is to fully embrace our calling as missionaries in our own countries and areas.
Finally, witnessing is to regard one another as co-servants in the vineyard of the Lordas brothers and sisters in Christwhere we get to know one another better, along with our roles in the global mission of CFC. We believe that the Lord is pleased, and the work becomes even more meaningful, when his work is accom-plished in synergy. The essence of synergy is to value differencesto appreciate and respect Gods personal imprint in each person, to build on one anothers strengths, and to carry one another despite our weaknesses.
C2 Vol. 17 No. 13June 24 - July 7, 2013
JUNe 16, 2013, marked the beginning of the week-long cel-ebration of Couples for Christs 32nd Anniversary. The CFC International Mission Core Gathering was indeed a great way to kick off the 32nd Anni-versary celebrations as top CFC leaders from different parts of the world joined the assembly at the Tanghalang Pasigueno, Pasig City.
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CFC Intl Mission Core Gathering Opens Week-long Celebration
CFC leaders, together with guest golfers, took time out for the 20th CFC Golf Classic last June 17, 2013 at the North Course of Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo City, Rizal.
eighty-nine golf enthusiasts coming from the US, Qatar, Metro Manila, Cavite, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Kalinga, and Misamis Occidental, among others, were at the shotgun tee off at 6:30 AM.
At the end of 18 holes, the following were declared winners:
Rest and Recreation at the 20th CFC Golf Classic
300 CFC Women gathered last June 20, 2013 at the One esplanade for the CFC Womens Forum. This years theme was Fit to Witness. The forum aimed to impress upon the women in the community the importance of fullness in health and well-being to their crucial role as effective pastoral teammates to their husbands and encourage them to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Prior to the activity, representatives from the Philippine heart Association, Biofemme Unilab and Therapharma LRI conducted free health screenings for the first 100 women who registered for the event.
The activity was opened with a worship by CFC Council wife, Babylou Tale.
This was then followed by a 30-minute Zumba session by certified Zumba instructor, Roxanne Araneta. The women indeed had great time participating in the ice-breaker exercise.
The health forum followed, led by Dra. Mila Yamamoto, who gave a 20-minute overview on why it is important to really take care of ones physical well-being. After the introduction by Dra. Yamamoto, Jean Uriarte introduced and welcomed the guest panellists. each panel guest was given 15 minutes to talk about specific health issues of women.
The panellists were: Dr. Marivic Garcia, Cardiologist
By the CFC Com Docu Team
Ladies Division: 1st Runner up: Linda Goble; Champion: Myrna Sutherland
Elders Division (66 years old & up):
1st Runner up: Joe Cabacan; Champion: Suzuki hajime
Division 1: 1st Runner up: Mayor Jun Boy Lumawin (Tabuk, Kalinga); Champion: Jay Cruz
Division 2: 1st Runner up: Willie Madarang Champion: Chito Santiago
Division 3: 1 st Runner up : Doming elemento;Champion: Cesar Layug
Championship Division: 1st Runner up: LyndonPamintuan; Champion: ed Bolaos
Overall Champion: Abe Avena
The tournament, which aims to promote friendly competition and community fellowship, is organized every year as part of the CFC Anniversary week activities to help raise funds to support the various Social Development Programs. (photos by Joel Valdez)
FOLLOWING is a quick profile of our communitys 3 newly-elected members of the International Council:
GEORGE CAMPOS50 years old
George and wife Cynthia joined the community in 1990. They have been married for 26 years and are blessed with 4 children (a son and 3 daugh-ters).
PROFeSSION/ DeGRee: BS electrical engineering at the St. Louis University in Baguio City; exec Masters in Business Administration in AIM
PReSeNT WORK: Consultant: Power Development; retired Meralco executive
CFC SeRVICe:he was a member of the Board of elders, CFC Sector head for Metro Manila east A, and is the Country Coordinator for CFC USA.
JAIME ILAGAN51 years old
Joined CFC in 1989, married for 29 years to Lorna and blessed with 3 sons
DeGRee/ PROFeSSION: BSBA Accounting in PUP; MBA units ADMU, Sr. Manage-ment Development Program, Sime Darby Business School, Malaysia
CFC SeRVICe: Was a Member of the Board of elders, Sector head, Metro Ma-nila Central A, and is Regional Coordinator for the Middle east
JAMES SOLANO48 years old,
Joined CFC in 1995, married for 25 years to ella with 3 children (1 daugther and 2 sons)