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One of the highlights of the 2016 Presentation of the Child Jesus (PCJ) Parish Fiesta was the 3 km Family Fun Run event. The activity aimed to give an opportunity for families in PCJ to bond and have fun as the whole parish celebrated its annual fiesta. What made the Fun Run unique was that participants need to be from the same family with at least 2 members. At least 2 family members should cross the finish line at the same to win a race. Around 160 participants registered to the event and participants came from the enclaves as well as the developing communities.

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The program started at 5:30am with some exercises led by gym instructors at Anytime Fitness, one of the event sponsors. Fr. Rodel Paulino, who was also a Fun Run participant, blessed the event with an opening prayer before the starting gun. The event was organized by the Marriage and Family Life Ministry. Volunteers from the Commission on Youth and other parish servants helped made the event possible.

Cash prizes were given to top 3 finishers and special prizes were given to the next top 10 finishers, biggest family, youngest participant and oldest participant.

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It was definitely a fitting event as the theme for this year’s fiesta is “My Parish, My Home, in the Year of Mercy.” A lot of families felt at home with the parish as the whole family bonded together. Some families walked, some families ran, but everyone definitely had fun!

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-April Dionela, Marriage and Family Life Ministry