Presidential Proclamation 1895 was issued declaring the commemoration of the Filipino Family Day, every fourth (4th) Monday of September. What's with this? Filipinos are definitely one of the most caring people and they truly value family more than anything else. This also explains that in terms of communications or family engagements, we often rank on top! Unfortunately, we deal with migration as if it were normal for us to work immediately abroad than considering going to other regions of the country. It only shows how committed we are by providing the needs of our family members, and even up to our extended families or relatives.
Are there any set back? Yup, Filipinos are so dependent to this core unit of the society. We consult on issues that are very important either personal or national interest. When this group becomes incomplete and when members tend to consult someone else aside from them, then there are a lot issues that might affect the family and on how each member or as a group may behave.
The concept of family is now being coined not just to the usual set-up as mother, father and child (children). Nowadays, some parents-either one or both, goes abroad and the child is just being raised either by immediate family members or entrusted household helpers. During the introduction of these new concept of families, there are now influences that shape or shake the foundations, especially to the young member such as a child. When he or she grows up to an teenager or early adult, he or she may be capable to deal with things that might not be acceptable to most of what is deemed normal - illegal drug dependency, early pregnancy, promiscuity, and many more. Although there are various factors to consider for these cases, however, the basic concept to a Filipino culture that a family will always be there is quite important.
As we have this important celebration, although I know that usually Mondays are hectic for most offices, I strongly encourage that dinner will be set to revive this endangered family activity. When was the last time you talked about your children's puberty challenges? When was the last time you complimented your mother's cooking? How about your dad's new sport? Aside from the delectable menu on our tables, there's so much fun to spend time with our families, so don't waste it.
By the way, it was announced that Lucky Me, will be making LRT fares free for a limited schedule. It will start from 5pm until 7pm only (September 26, 2011). This is to ensure that some folks can still catch up for dinner.
Also please be guided that there's a Tropical Storm Pedring (Nesat) with signal no. 1 in Bicol Region, as for Metro Manila, just be prepared. (source: Yahoo News & GMA7)