Monico and Rosamunda Domingo have lived a modest life in the fishing village of La Paz for more than 70 years now. Though husband and wife were only able to finish their high school education with Tata Monico working as a fisherman and carpenter and Nana Rosamunda, a housewife and fish vendor, they successfully raised their six children to become respectable members of society.
The life of Avelino and Felicidad Mangaoang were no different. Tata Avelino would tend to his field early in the morning and work as carpenter for the rest of the day while his wife Avelina would sell fruits and vegetables to make both ends meet. Fortunately their perseverance and hard work paid off and they were able to rear and educate their ten children and give them a comfortable life.
Cesar and Francisca Asuncion also had their share of trials in raising their own family. Cesar began as an employee of a private company in Cagayan but eventually ventured into a business to support his growing family. Just when their small venture was starting to flourish, a fire accident damaged their home. He had to relocate his family in Cavit and bear being away from them to continue his work. Today all their five children are happily employed in their chosen vocation.
The Domingo, Mangaoang and Asuncion families are this year’s top three model family and will be honored in a culminating program on Friday, Sept. 30, 2005 with Mayor Michael V. farinas as guest of honor and speaker.
This annual celebration being conducted by the city government which started in 1992 aims to recognize families that uphold positive Filipino values and place great concern for population development.
The steering committee composed of representatives from the Population Office as lead agency, City Health Office (CHO), City Social Welfare Office (CSWO), Department of Education (Dep Ed), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Association of Barangay Captains, Zonta Club, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the model family of the previous year visited the various nominees in their homes to validate information contained in the nomination forms submitted by their respective barangay captains.
As part of the yearly activity, the Population Office also conducted a pop quiz at the city auditorium with Ashley Ryan Vidal of Shamrock Elementary School and Mary Grace Dimaano of the Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trade as the winners in the elementary and secondary level respectively.
Aleli Aggasid-Batara, (PIA Ilocos News)