Family Congress 2012 at Valle Verde Country Club

How is the Filipino faring in the 21st century? How are media, the Internet and social networking sites affecting today’s children? These are some of the issues to be discussed in “Family Congress 2012” to be held on Feb. 18, 2012 at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City. The Congress has as theme “BFF: Building the Filipino Family.” The event is jointly organized by the Love Institute, Galileo Enrichment Learning Program and FID Events Services.

The Congress aims to reaffirm the value and relevance of the Filipino family in the face of changing times. The Love Institute has enlisted esteemed experts in their fields to talk on issues concerning children, relationships and families. Guest speakers include psychologist Dr. Honey Carandang, educator Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, inspirational speaker Francis Kong, and parenting and relationship experts Allan and Maribel Dionisio.

Workshop topics to be discussed during the Family Congress include “Bridging the Facebook Fad: How Can Parents Manage the Invasion of Media and Technology,” “Built for Forever: Preparing Singles for a Lifetime Relationship,” “Being Friends Forever in Marriage: Learning the Art of Fighting,” and “Teaching Parents to Talk to Kids and Teens about Sex and Relationship.”

The Love Institute was founded by marriage and family counselor Maribel Sison-Dionisio and corporate trainor and relationship counselor Pia Nazareno-Acevedo.

Says Nazareno-Acevedo, “Love Institute was born out of the acceptance of the fact that there is just not enough systematic knowledge available out there for all those who take their love relationships seriously.”

The company offers various classes and seminars on relationships and love in a small group setting to set the foundation of loving relationship and balanced individuals. One-on-one and couple counseling sessions are also offered, as well as individual evaluations and assessments (compatibility, self-esteem, life plan, etc) to provide the individual with their needed life skills and knowledge.

Both Sison-Dionisio and Nazareno-Acevedo took graduate studies in Family Ministries at the Ateneo de Manila University. They both have extensive experience in counseling and training, which they put to use at Love Institute.

Galileo Enrichment Learning Program is headed by Ma. Rowena J. Matti, who has had an involvement in the education industry since she was a child when her mother founded the Sacred Heart School in Malabon. Galileo offers enrichment programs to children ages three to 12 by making learning a happy experience. It offers programs in Math and English.

FID Events Services is headed by Fides M. Reyes whose expertise in PR and events organizing has been strengthened and refined by over 30 years of experience. She is passionate in the ministry of strengthening relationships within the family. She serves at the Light of Jesus Community of Bo Sanchez as pastoral head and part of the creative media team.

Participation in the Family Congress is priced at P1,500 per person, inclusive of seminar fee, congress kit and meal.

However, there is an early bird fee for those who will register before the congress. Participants who register by Dec. 15 only need to pay P1,300 per person, while those registering by Jan. 15, 2012 will only be charged P1,400.

There is a special group rate for families joining the Congress. For every six paid participants, a seventh member will be admitted for free in the Congress.

For inquiries about the Family Congress, e-mail You may also call the Love Institute at 436-4143 and 0922-8944143, or Galileo Enrichment Center at 810-8506.



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