THE Couples for Christ - Gawad Kalinga (CFC-GK) Misamis Oriental chapter celebrates its first year anniversary this Sunday that would highlight various festivals representing different regions in the country.

With the theme "One God, One Family, One Nation," the whole day affair enjoins all "kin in God" for a fellowship with one another in unity as one body in


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The celebration would start with a motorcade with routes from LimKetKai Center going through major streets in Cagayan de Oro City.

A praise parade follows at Corpus Christi School in Barangay Macasandig.

The program proper in the morning includes a community worship and special presentations from the nine CFC-GK sectors from as far as Gingoog City and Lugait town in Misamis Oriental, as they display their interpretation of the various festivals such as Sinulog, Ati-Atihan, Dinagyang, Kaamulan, among others.

The program proper in the afternoon would start with a Mass and giving of honors to the pioneers of the chapter and GK Founder and chairperson, Tony Meloto.

"This celebration is one of the great events of the community in the province. Show of oneness, camaraderie, fellowship and thanksgiving," said PAD Jun del Fierro in a press statement.

CFC in Misamis Oriental was established in 1993 when it split with Kahayag sa Diyos community. Since then, it grew to become a vibrant community serving in almost all the parishes of the province in the area of evangelization thru its Christian Life Programs (CLPs) and values formation activities. Such growth is exemplified by the establishment in 2002 of the first CFC-GK provincial mission center building in the Philippines located at Zone 1, Kauswagan, just a stone-throw away from GK Pasil, the first GK Village in the province set up in


It was also in 2002 that CFC in the province embraced GK, which basically sprang from the CFC community's aim at bringing glad tidings to the poor - the social dimension of its work.

Formally launched as GK777 in October 2003, the province now has 28 GK villages, giving homes to 728 families, four Sibol school buildings, eight Community Centers and four medical clinics, and still growing.

As an integrated area development program, GK builds communities, not just houses.

Various activities are being undertaken to make each site a functioning and truly livable community - from education to health care to job creation to productivity to values and spiritual formation.