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PAMANA Kapihan Series #2: Our Love Story

  • Saturday, April 06, 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street, Madison WI 53713


  • This is for current, paid Family Membership Members. Lapsed, unrenewed or unpaid membership applications or Individual memberships are not included. Family Membership can be renewed online or onsite.
  • $10/couple. Payment will be collected at the door. Non-members can apply for Family Membership online or onsite.

Registration is closed

Have you experienced significant ups and downs in your relationship?

Learn how most couples go through the stages of Romance-Disillusionment-Joy in a relationship and how one intercultural couple learned to navigate them successfully.

This workshop activity is for married couples, engaged couples or couples in a committed relationship.  The event is part of the Kapihan Series (Coffee Shop Discussion), an open and honest sharing of our personal experiences touching on topics that are relevant to PAMANA members and friends. Last year, we have shared Our Migration Story.  This year, we will focus on Our Love Story. With the help of our workshop leaders, we will explore the different stages of relationship and discuss the touches of culture in love, marriage and other meaningful relationships.  Prepare to fall in love with your spouse/partner all over again.

*Attendees are requested to arrive 30-45 minutes before the event for check-in and socialization.

  • Fee:  Free to PAMANA Family Members
  • $10/couple to nonmembers (Payment collected at the door.)
  • Snacks, beverage and materials are included with registration.
  • Childcare will be provided.
  • Workshop Leaders:   Bruce and Gie Best
  • Limit:   25 couples
  • Registration & Cancellation Deadline:  April 5, 2019
  • All participants will be required to sign a Liability Release and a Photo/Video Release before event admission. 
  • All couples attending must pre-register. No walk ins are allowed.

About our Workshop Leaders.  Bruce and Gie Best have been married for 45 years and have 10 years experience presenting at Worldwide Marriage Encounters Weekends.  Gie has a BA English undergraduate degree from Stella Maris College Philippines and served as Tagalog language instructor for the US Peace Corps.  She earned a graduate studies degree in Bilingual Education and taught English as a Second Language at Indiana University. She also finished graduate studies and Certification as Career Development facilitator at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Bruce earned his BA Economics degree at Indiana University. He volunteered to serve in the US Peace Corps in the Philippines. Bruce has an MS Agricultural Economics degree from the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna. They are proud parents to two married adult sons and doting grandparents to six grandchildren.

For questions, contact one of the event planners:  Jenny Ybanez or Marechiel Santos-Lang.

The Kapihan Series is a program of the PAMANA Cultural Education Committee.

PAMANA Cultural Education Committee:  Jenny Ybanez (co-chair), Lynelle Harrison (co-chair), Gie Best, Rina Courtier, Agnes Salvo, Marechiel Santos-Lang, Chris Santos-Lang and Noli Ybanez.

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