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Delgado Family shares tales of struggle and success

The Delgado family of Hamtic, Antique was declared as this year’s national winner for the Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino (NPP) 2023 by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Initiated by the National Committee on the Filipino Family, the NPP was facilitated by DSWD to recognize and award exemplary Filipino families who have significantly contributed towards nation-building and the development of the family as the foundation of Philippine society.

This also aims to develop a pool of ambassadors to promote Filipino values.

The family of Benedicta Seguera Delgado and Joaquin Delgado through the endorsement of the Provincial Social Welfare Office Larry Petinglay represented the province at the regional level and successfully went through the national screening. 

Of the 13 regions joining the search, Benedicta, who is fondly called by her friends “Benny” was never expecting to get the prestigious Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino award.

Delgado Family receives recognition as Region 6 winner of the Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino 2023 in Iloilo City on Septemebr 27, 2023 with her children, grandchildren, DSWD 6 Director Carmelo Nochete and other officials.

“Earning the title is no easy feat, it entails a lot of determination,” she said referring to the documentation and submission of requirements.

She credited the skill, knowledge, and being technological savvy to her children and grandchildren who prepared the requirements of the search.

Family photo taken in 2013. (Photo from the Facebook of Benedicta Delgado)

When asked about her family’s secret formula for earning this recognition, she is quick to say, “Abaw malisod ang amon pangabuhi kauna, nagakaun lang kami ka linugaw sa bahaw, linugaw sa gabie para lang mag-insakto ang amun kita (Our life was really hard then, we used to eat porridge for breakfast and dinner to make both ends meet),” said Bene.

“Indi gid hulas ang kabuhi namun (It was never easy), we have 10 children, one suffered an unfortunate accident and died at a young age, so we have nine of them to fend and send to school,” she narrated.

“Our salary then was P200 each per month and most of the time our paychecks are pawned to private individuals especially when we need cash for the education of our children,” she recalled.

Delgado family started from very humble beginnings as Maam Benny lost his father at three years old and Sir Joaquin who came from an indigenous community had to work as scholar for his single aunts to go to college.

Despite the hardships, all her nine children were able to finish college, earned their degrees, and have stable sources of income.

As a result of their hard work, determination, and faith in God, this model family was able to produce two medical doctors (youngest and eldest daughters), a nurse working abroad, five are in the teaching profession, and a graduate of marine transportation course turned successful farmer.

Ma’am Benny lauded the support and cooperation of their children who have also sacrificed a lot to achieve their dreams.

They used to work even on weekends or during summer time to earn extra income and for studying hard in order to acquire a scholarship for their college education.

Most of them went to government schools with no tuition fees, freeing their parents from the obligation to pay every end of the semester.

She also shared their experience when Sir Joaquin was diagnosed with a certain health condition that needed a medical operation.  

With gratitude, she said, “I have two doctors and loving children who cared for their father, thus I thanked God for this provision.” 

When asked about her most fulfilling experience as a mother of successful children, Ma’am Bene beamed and said, “I was happy with the way my children are creating their own families, our sons and daughters-in-law are all good and loving.”

Parents Joaquin and Benedicta Delgado harvest the fruit of their hardwork and determination, both holding a trophy and plaque of appreciation as the 2023 Natatanging Pamilyang Pilipino Winner of Region 6

Ma’am Benny and Sir Joaquin are blessed with 18 grandchildren, some are in school while others have careers of their own.

Aside from her work as a teacher, Ma’am Benny is also engaged in many volunteer works such as a member of the International Service Team of the Boys Scouts of the Philippines, a catechist of the Parish of Sta. Monica of Hamtic, and Board Member of the Philippine Red Cross Antique Chapter, among others.

Both of them are also members of BCBP (Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals ) of Antique Outreach.

Now that both of them are in their 70s, they are still doing volunteer work as leaders of the local association of senior citizens and a group of retired teachers. 

Benny was also OSCA Head (Office of the Senior Citizens Affair) of Hamtic for 4 years (2014-2017) and the President of HMSCAP (Hamtic Municipal Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines) from 2018 up to present.  Likewise, President of HARPSTE (Hamtic Association of Retired Public Schools Teachers and Employees) - 2014 up to present.

Ma’am Bene retired as a Public Schools District Supervisor while Sir Joaquin was a Master Teacher.

Bene in one of her trips abroad as member of the International Service Team of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

She also enjoys telling stories to her grandchildren about her foreign travels to 16 countries, most are official trips due to her engagement in various groups and some are her personal tours.

Her advice to other families, she encouraged every parent to set a goal as a family and be determined to pursue the dreams of their children.

She also cited perseverance, love for God, patience, and serving others especially the last, the least, and the lost also their formula for a happy family life.

The National Awarding for NPP is this Friday as part of the National Family Week this September themed as “Pamilyang Pilipino: Pagtugon sa Nababagong Pananaw at Panahon.”

As a national winner, the Delgado family received a cash incentive of P50,000.00.

Ma’am Bene and Sir Joaquin attended the awarding program with their children and grandchildren. (AGP/PSM/PIA Antique)

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Pilar Mabaquiao


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