PASIG CITY, Feb 12, 2015 – “What is most important subject you have to learn in life? To learn how to love.”

In response to Pope Francis’ invitation to the youth “to learn the most important subject in life”, two university professors are offering on Valentine’s Day a program on “Keeping Lasting Real Love Really Last” on Feb. 14 at the living room of the Administration Library Building (ALB), University of Asia and the Pacific, Pearl Drive, Pasig City.

EDUCHILD or Education for the Upbringing of Children aims to help parents raise their kids in a loving family environment. (Photo: EDUCHILD)

The love standard

The program is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. with preliminaries. This will be followed by “Small Talk on Love, Life, and Everything in Between” at 9:30 a.m. The second talk “What Happens Monday Morning?” will be at 11:30 a.m.

The initiative of Antonio Jose N. Torralba, Associate Professor, of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Peter Dimaculangan, of the Office of Student Affairs, University of Asia and the Pacific will feature husband and wife team Tibo and Vangie Evalle of the family foundation EDUCHILD.

“Tibo and Vangie are quite ordinary and yet they live their married life, from their spousal relationship to parenting very well,” Torralba said in giving the reason for the choice of the couple as speakers at the forum.

“Their children are a testimony to them. In short, their qualification is the sterling yet ordinary standards of love and life that everyone else can attain,” Torralba added.

In the forum the Evalle couple will share experiences on courtship and marriage from their own life and from numerous encounters with couples and families through their involvement with EDUCHILD for the past 25 years.

‘Rapid Survey for Mind and Heart’

An Open Forum, or a “Rapid Survey for Mind and Heart”, will be held between the talks.

The Valentine’s Day treat is scheduled to end at 12:00 p.m. with “Pabaon” or a brown bag lunch for participants.

EDUCHILD stands for Education for the Upbringing of Children.  It is a non-profit organization formed by parents to help fellow parents in the delicate task of rearing a family. By teaching couples to approach their particular family situation in an atmosphere of loving and open communication, the organization has helped thousands of couples strengthen their marriages and promote happy families.

Interested parties may call Antonio Torralba or Peter Dimaculangan at the University of Asia & the Pacific, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Tel (02) 637-0912 to 26, loc 262. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCPNews)