PHILIPPINES—On November 5, eight couples from the Quezon City congregation came together at the Malacañang Complex to delve into the lives, legacies and historical facts surrounding the leaders of the Philippines. They also played games and ate traditional Filipino food.
Malacañang Palace is the official residence and office of the president of the Philippines, a complex including mansions built during the Spanish colonial period which now house exhibits on the current and former presidential administrations.
Member Enrique Anastacio said, “We learned a lot of historical facts regarding the Malacañang Palace and the past and present presidents of our country who occupied it. We also enjoyed the lunch and the question-and-answer portion for the couples.”
After a few hours of the educational tour, couples enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant called Cabel, a family-owned, two-story house that was converted into a restaurant. They fellowshipped and feasted on traditional Filipino food originating from the three main islands of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
“The activity was a delightful and relaxing experience,” member Herman Dy said. “It was not only an educational and fun fellowship, but it enabled couples to get to know more about each other and share sweet stories through laughter-filled games. It is always a blessing to attend such activities that allow brethren to continue to strengthen and build up friendship.”