Cited for their shared values and the contributions they have made to their respective communities, five winning families were feted during the Gabi ng Parangal para sa Pamilyang Pilipino held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas.
The awards night, which culminated the two month-long nationwide search, received over a thousand entries from all over the country. These were further narrowed down to 25 worthy semifinalists, from which the panel of judges chose the top five winners – one from each of the major regions.
Adjudged as most outstanding families were: Mr. and Mrs. Ireneo and Flordeliza Depleo and family from Sta Maria Bulacan (North Luzon); Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel and Mila Mercado and family from Quezon City (Mega Manila); Mr. and Mrs. Edonis and Christine Francisco from Lucena City( South Luzon); Mr. and Mrs. Ernesto and Remedios Suplido and family from Silay City (Visayas); and Mr. and Mrs. Rey and Marjorie Cartojano from General Santos City (Mindanao).
Wawel, Mila and Mary Grace Therese Mercado The Mercado family’s inspiring story is a testament to their resilience and love for one another in the face of tragedy. Despite the mother being inflicted with brain injuries after giving birth, the family maintains a positive outlook inspiring those around them. The whole family continues to share their story all around the country by giving talks, writing for publications and appearing in radio and TV programs.