Celebrate exemplary

Filipino families!


2011 / 2012 / 2012


  • Emmanuel "Wawel" (father) - President, St. John's Health Network
  • Mila "Mila" (mother) - housewife
  • Mary Grace Therese (daughter, 15 years old)

The Mercado family inspires others by sharing their unique story through articles in magazines, radio and TV programs. They also give talks, recollections and retreats in church communities and schools. Through Wawel's initiative, in their daughter's school -- Multiple Intelligence, they were able to launch and sustain the Cambantoc Reforestation project in cooperation with Tranca Elementary School, UPLB forestry, Forest Club & the MI School. Last March 2011, Wawel was awarded for the intrapersonal intelligence award for the inspiration that he gives to families, for his advocacies for persons with disabilities and for the environment. The family is also involved in advocating for the implementation of the accessibility law in the Philippines.

DEPLA FAMILY (North Luzon)

  • Ireneo (father) - company welder
  • Flordeliza "Flor" (mother) - midwife
  • Irvin Lenard (son, 17 years old)
  • Irene Joy (daughter, 13 years old)
  • Ivan Justine (son, 6 years old)

Flor is a midwife who volunteers her services in the barangay. She is also acts as a guarantor for women in her barangay who wants to put small businesses. She conducts seminars for new mothers in her barangay. All family members are active in the different projects of their barangay (e.g. medical missions, etc.).


  • Edonis (father) - businessman, psychologist
  • Christine (mother) - businesswoman, life coach
  • Denise Patriara (daughter, 17 years old)
  • Denise Czarina (daughter, 15 years old)
  • Denise Beatrice (daughter, 4 years old)

The Francisco family started a feeding program in Gumaca, Quezon in 2009. They have also organized feeding programs in 43 sites in Lucena City. They conduct this program every 6 months, 3x a week and monitors growth of the children (90% growth). The family also organizes medical missions and helps others financially. They assisted children with cleft palate in their surgery.


  • Ernesto (father) - professor at University of St. La Salle
  • Ma. Remedios "Mardi" (mother) - NGO Manager
  • Alexandra (daughter, 19 years old)
  • Cesar Ernesto (son, 15 years old)
  • Simon Pedro (son, 14 years old)
  • Rosario Carmelina (daughter, 13 years old)

Ernesto and Mardi facilitate and give talks to couples with the Christian Family Movement's Discovery Weekend and Marriage Encounter. While all of their children speak and regularly facilitate in the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens workshops and Youth Aid's Kids for Peace summer workshops.


  • Rey (father) - lawyer
  • Marjorie (mother) - ACLC school director
  • Rey Jr (son, 18 years old)
  • Thea Danielle (daughter, 16 years old)
  • Hannah Katrina (daughter, 13 years old)
  • Kiara Raye (daughter, 9 years old)

The Cartojano family are all active members of the Red Cross. Rey is a board member of the Gensan Red Cross chapter and assists in the legally and policy making works of the organization. Maya was an active member of the Quezon City Red Cross and helped during rallies, disasters and national convention. Meanwhile, Rey Jr and Thea are trained first-aiders and volunteers during disasters, bloodletting and other community service events.

The family launched several websites and blogs to help promote General Santos it's many local events as well as share information and technology to the world (gensanexchange.com, philippinelawblog.com, skeptronsolutions.com, yamangensan.ph, etc).

GUZMAN FAMILY (Tondo, Manila - Metro Manila)

  • Emiliano Guzman, 48 - Father
  • Anicia Guzman, 47 - Mother
  • Anne Gabrielle Guzman, 20 - Daughter
  • Anne Mimille Guzman, 18 - Daughter

Each member of the Guzman family plays an important role in their advocacy to help other children of poor families cope with cancer. For 16 years, the family has been conducting storytelling, art therapy and gift giving activities for their beneficiaries in Payatas and Tondo. From the father, Emiliano - who influences his colleagues to join in their cause - to the daughters, who use their talents in dancing and writing to entertain cancer patients and raise funds for them, all of them believe that it is their calling to give joy to the deprived and the hopeless. They are also active donors and volunteers at the Kingdom Kids Orphanage and a regular supporter and partner of Museo Pambata.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

BANZUELA FAMILY (Dagupan City - Luzon)

  • Romeo Banzuela, 43 - Father
  • Clarivel Banzuela, 41 - Mother
  • Romy Carlo Banzuela, 17 - Son
  • Rain Ciara Banzuela, 15 - Daughter
  • Rae Cyril Banzuela, 12 - Son

The Banzuela family is united in their fight to protect and nurture the environment. The whole family spearheads environment-related activities with groups such as the Youth for Environment in Schools' Organization (Yes-O) and the Boquic National High School: from mangrove planting, waste segregation and recycling, to participating in cleaning and greening project. Proof that social status should not hinder anybody from making a difference, the family believes that these initiatives are crucial not only in preventing calamities, but also in preserving the environment that gives livelihood to the people in their community. Through actively involving others in their advocacies, they are also able to strengthen relationships with their friends and neighbors.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

RAMOS FAMILY (Bacolod City - Visayas)

  • Rey Ramos, 45 - Father
  • Mae Ramos, 42 - Mother
  • Clarine Mae Ramos, 12 - Daughter
  • Catherine Ann Ramos, 5 - Daughter
  • Christian Michael Ramos, 4 - Son
  • Christian Rey Ramos - Son

From developing innovative environment-friendly products that help local communities to providing counseling for poor families, the Ramos family has always been resourceful in coming up with ways to reach out to others. Rey, a college professor, designs and develops eco-friendly products to aid communities that are often affected by calamities. Mae complements her husband's work by actively participating in community service. Through the free counseling she gives, she has helped instill a positive attitude in each and every family in the community that she has encountered and inspired them to help one another. On top of their respective efforts, the family is also active in their church and has opened their home to serve as a venue for Sunday school.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

BUTIC FAMILY (Malaybalay, Bukidnon - Mindanao)

  • Alex Butic, 48 - Father
  • Anna Marcia Butic, 39 - Mother
  • Nathalie Butic, 13 - Daughter
  • Aldrian Butic, 12 - Son
  • Alexies Mar Butic, 7 - Son

For 15 years, the Butic family has been consistently helping the community by providing jobs, financial assistance and resources essential in sustaining the needs of the people. Having come from an Ifugao background, the family works closely with groups like Bukidnon Indigenous and Ifugao Lumad and recruits people from their group to farm their land. Part also of the tradition of the Butic family is to share the blessings they receive with the farmers who work hard in their farm to ensure a bountiful harvest. The family also shares the produce from their farm with their church and the community having been closely working with these groups. By living the values of sharing, loving and respecting one another, they continue to be a model family in their community.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

CARDENTE FAMILY (Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay - Mindanao)

  • Jason Cardente, 35 - Father
  • Jennifer Cardente, 34 - Mother
  • Esther Joy Cardente, 13 - Daughter
  • Joshua James Cardente, 12 - Son
  • Nick Jay Cardente, Son

From a life filled with difficulties and trials, Jason Cardente's life and disposition changed when he started his own family. His wife and his children inspired him to work for different advocacies, especially those that provide aid for underprivileged students. The entire family has since made it their mission to champion the causes that help children excel in life through organizations such as Tzu Chi, Sibugay Funds for Little Kids, and the Ipil District Rotary Club. Their fund-raising project Yellow Dorm of Hope and School Home provided free housing to deserving students, while the Sibugay Funds for Little Kids helped raise funds for the school supplies of poor students. The family's work extends to areas around Zamboanga Sibugay such as Kabasalan, Payao, Siay and Ipil. As a family, they are an epitome of love, hope, kindness, and voluntarism in their community.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Rayo Family (METRO MANILA – Sta. Ana, Manila)

  • Danilo, 44 – Father
  • Jacqueline, 42 – Mother
  • Jefferson John, 18 – Son
  • Aaron James, 17 – Son
  • Dhaline Joy, 11 – Daughter

The Rayo family firmly believes that every child deserves a good education. Parents Danny and Jacqueline offer scholarships to 10 students of God’s Little Light Academy, a school that they own and where they serve as the principal and a teacher, respectively. They also sponsor 10 public school students, giving them a monthly stipend. In addition, the family provides their scholars with a complete set of uniforms, shoes and school supplies. They also hold free weekly classes for out-of-school youth in their community. For 10 years, the Rayo family has also been active in feeding and outreach programs, funded by their own income and donations from friends. From helping 10 kids, the project has expanded to help 100 beneficiaries from 14 different barangays. In addition, Pastor Danny volunteers his services to the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), conducting family development seminars to those living in the squatters’ area. He also offers values formation talks for new policemen and prisoners at the Manila Police Station 6.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Bernardo Family (LUZON – Daet, Camarines Norte)

  • Rex, 43 – Father
  • Marissa, 42 – Mother
  • Rexmar Christian, 18 – Son

Rather than letting challenges get the best of him, Rex used them as motivation to succeed and make a difference in others’ lives. And despite his disability, he has carried over this positive outlook in life to his wife and kids. Rex started a group called CODES, or Concerned Disabled Students, during his college days which worked to make their school more accessible and for the curriculum to accommodate PWDs for subjects such as Physical Education and ROTC. He has continued this advocacy for PWDs as a family man, with his wife and son supporting him in his endeavor. In 2010, he spearheadedlobbying for the establishment of the Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO) in their hometown, which was set up two years later. This year, he also worked with an NGO to provide underprivileged PWDs with 40 customized wheelchairs. Together the family is part of the Gawad Kalinga and actively volunteers for the organization’s projects, including the Time to Share program which benefits close to 700 students. In addition, Marissa heads their local parish’s social ministry group and leads regular feeding programs for homeless children and elderly people in their community. As a student council officer, Rexmar Christian also encourages and mobilizes his schoolmates to get involved and do their share. Last year, he and his father organized the Jesse Robredo Youth Leadership Seminar, which benefitted 200 student leaders.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Supanga Family (LUZON – Cabusao, Camarines Sur)

  • Jose, 52 – Father
  • Gloria, 53 – Mother
  • Howel, 24 – Son
  • Karl Clovis, 20 – Son
  • Maria Angela, 18 – Daughter
  • Maria Shiela, 17 – Daughter

The Supanga family believes that there are countless ways to help their fellowmen.. Working with Gawad Kalinga, they regularly organize feeding programs in depressed areas in their community. The Supangas also have an annual clothes donation drive, which has been making Christmas brighter for underprivileged children of Cabusao. Apart from his family, Jose, who is a teacher, also encourages his students to get involved in the project. Last year, Jose and Gloria initiated the Lakaw Laban sa Dengue (Walk Against Dengue) campaign in their town, working with healthcare organizations and barangay officials to raise awareness about dengue prevention. The family also conducts values formation and leadership talks in their community, with the Supanga siblings teaching their fellow youth how to play musical instruments for free.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Elio Family (VISAYAS – Lau-an, Antique)

  • Egidio, 56 – Father
  • Thelma Marie, 50 – Mother
  • Adrian Christopher, 21 – Son
  • Patrick Bernard, 20 – Son
  • Charlene Lorraine, 16

Couple Egidio and Thelma Marie are both doctors, working as a urologist and an OB-Gyne, respectively. Dedicated to saving and making lives better for the less fortunate, they organize regular medical missions that focus on remote communities with limited access to healthcare, tapping likeminded health professionals, and various government and private organizations In 2002, they headed the Tabang Antique medical mission, which is said to be the biggest in Philippine history, and flew 280 doctors and nurses from Manila to Antique. The project lasted for almost five days and helped 10,000 patients, including those who needed cataract operations. Over the years, this medical mission expanded in the province and has provided multi-specialty medical and surgical missions, including ophthalmology, dental, urology and prostate healthcare, to the community They also took on several special cases, including that of a young patient whose brain was exposed, as well as cleft lip and cleft palate patients. To help their parents out, children Adrian Christopher, Patrick Bernard and Charlene Lorraine screen the patients and prepare their records, and are also in charge of packing medicines for them. This contributes to the easier facilitation of check-ups and enables their parents to attend to as many as 200 patients in two hours. Charlene also prepares presentations, posters and other materials to urge other kindhearted people to help them out.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Lim Family (MINDANAO – Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City)

  • Anton Mari, 47 – Father
  • Marie Joyce, 45 – Mother
  • Jan Carlo Anton, 9 – Son

The Lim family is united in their mission to reach out to those in need through projects geared towards education and providing medical assistance. In 2010, Dr. Anton co-founded the Yellow Boat Foundation, whose initial undertaking was the building of boats for children living in coastal communities so that they would not have to swim just to get to school. Through the years, the organization’s projects also extended to providing educational assistance, livelihood opportunities and medical health programs. They have also built dormitories for deserving students, including those who had to hike for five hours each day. Dr. Anton and Marie Joyce are also the pioneer volunteers of the Tzu Chi Foundation in Zamboanga. This group provides medical and surgical missions, as well as educational programs to poor communities, especially the elderly and children. They also set up the Tzu Chi Great Love Eye Center for people who cannot afford eye treatments and surgeries, and has helped more than 2,000 patients so far. Dr. Anton also initially treated Kabang, the hero dog who rescued two children from a potentially fatal motorcycle crash. He sought help from various organizations to help Kabang, who had suffered severe facial deformities and infection, get much-need medical treatment and surgery outside the country.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Duque Family (London, United Kingdom)

  • Michael, 40 – Father
  • Glenda, 39 – Mother
  • Helina Michaela, 13 – Daughter
  • Christopher Glenn, 10 – Son
  • Mark Gabriel, 3 – Son

Based in London, United Kingdom, the Duque family is proof that kindness and generosity are inherent in every Filipino, no matter where in the world they may be. In 2003, Michael established the Philippine Nurses Association of the United Kingdom (PNA-UK) to address the challenges Filipino nurses face in the UK. The organization worked with the Philippine Embassy and various health and government sectors, as well as nursing and trade union groups, to develop what is now known as the Overseas Nursing Program (ONP). This provides Pinoy nurses with workshops and trainings that tackle immigration and fair labor practices, finance and investment issues, and employment opportunities. Other members of the family also play an active role in the organization, taking on coordination, logistics planning and preparation of materials for the various talks. Glenda conducts baking workshops, while the Duque kids look after the younger children of the organization’s members, and arrange playgroups and cultural programs.

Learn more about their story by watching this VIDEO

Carmona Family (Oriental Mindoro)

  • Cirilo, 75 – Father
  • Vilma, 70 – Mother
  • Glenn Cireneo, 47 – Son
  • Cheselden George, 46 - Son
  • Cirilo Jay, 43 – Son
  • Ivan Willis, 38 – Son
  • Tullip Majette, 36 – Daughter

The Carmona family may be separated by physical distance, but they are united by their common desire to make a difference in the lives of others. For 12 years now, they have been bringing holiday cheer to poor communities in their native Oriental Mindoro, giving away special Christmas packages to various families. The Carmona children, who are working in Laguna, Spain, Bahrain and the US, fund the project, while their parents Cirilo and Vilma pack and distribute the packages. The Carmona family also harnesses the power of social media, mobilizing their Facebook contacts to help in their advocacies. They were able to collect encyclopedias, books and reading materials for five public high schools, as well as computer sets and school supplies for other schools in their hometown. Moved by the sight of Mangyan students who received their diplomas barefoot, the family also raises funds to provide indigenous communities with slippers.