Jollibee has revealed a new batch of hero families vying for the 7th Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA). The annual search for outstanding families has named 15 finalists, from hundreds of entries submitted from all over the country and abroad.
After a rigorous screening process, five families from Luzon, five from Metro Manila, two from the Visayas, one from Mindanao, and two from the United States were handpicked to complete JFVA’s finalist slate.
Among the finalists are: Acula Family (Taguig), Felix Family (Pasay City), Lumbao Family (Pasig City), Matti Family (Taguig City), Rodriguez Family (Quezon City), Arquiza Family (Camarines Norte), Casaje Family (Rizal), Dickson Family (Abra), Macalintal Family (Oriental Mindoro), Mallari Family (Rizal), Caballero Family (Negros Oriental), Drake Family (Bohol), and Borela Family (General Santos City).
Two OFW families, Castro Family (San Jose, California), and Salangsang Family (Sacramento, California), are also included in JFVA’s top nominees.
The finalists will vie for the six JFVA Family Awards and six Special Citations during the Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino, the search’s culminating event, on October 11 at Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Jollibee’s 11-member panel of judges, co-chaired by Senator Sonny Angara and Father Jett Villarin of Ateneo de Manila University, will determine the winners of this year’s search. The body is also tasked with confirming the JFVA partners’ recommendations for special citations.
First-time judge Fr. Villarin shares, “This is an eye opener for me. I have worked with Jollibee on several fronts, but this one, it’s heartening. I think that Jollibee is on target when it comes to values being honed, not only in individuals or groups, but as a family.”
His co-chair, Senator Angara, agrees: “Fr. Jett is man of the cloth and I’m a man of the law, but in both areas, the family is (considered) the basic unit. You want to build a better society? Start with the family.”
Actress Dimples Romana and Jollibee Group Foundation Executive Director Gisela Tiongson also join the JFVA this year. Completing the panel are returning judges – children’s advocate and columnist Audrey Tan-Zubiri, ANC news anchor Edric Mendoza, international speaker and author Francis Kong, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Atty. Adel Tamano, parenting and relationship consultant Maribel Dionisio, Jollibee Philippines Human Resources Head George Wang III, and Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and Jollibee Philippines Marketing Head Francis Flores.
Jollibee’s Flores says, “It is a monumental task for us to identify the JFVA’s winners, but a joyful one nonetheless. We are grateful for all families who have joined us over the years and have, no doubt, poured their heart and resources into their advocacies.”
Five exemplary families and one OFW family will each receive a P300,000 cash prize, Jollibee gift certificates worth P10,000, and a trophy designed by renowned sculptor Michael Cacnio. A P50,000 cash prize, Jollibee gift certificates worth P3,000, and a special plaque will also be conferred by Jollibee along with its citation partners to families with the following advocacies: Education (co-presented with National Bookstore), Environment (Maynilad), Children (Children’s Hour), Youth Empowerment (AIESEC) and PWDs (National Council for Disability Affairs).
The Jollibee Family Values Awards continues to sound the call for heroism among families on its 7th year. The search is made possible with the support from co-presenter Coca-Cola Philippines, official hotel partners Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, and campaign sponsors Devant and Hisense.