Communication can be a challenging part of any relationship. This is the topic discussed during the “Look Who’s Talking” Building Great Communication talk last March 2, 2019, at Vatican Hall of Mary the Queen Parish, Greenhills, San Juan.

The program started with an opening prayer and opening remark given by Bro. Gilbert Cheang, Chapter Head of CFC Mary the Queen Chapter. It was followed by a Family Is a Gift segment where the attendees won prizes from Family Is a Gift and Ablaze Communications.

The speakers began the session with the definition of intimacy as real connection where each is open and feels safe. They also mentioned the different kinds of intimacy, emotional, sexual, recreational, intellectual work, spiritual, artistic, conflict, crisis, financial, commitment and the main topic of the session communication intimacy.

During the session the speakers emphasized on the rules of Imago Dialogue that one person should speak at a time and the other should listen. Imago Dialogue is a “form of couple and relationships therapy that focuses on relational counseling to transform any conflict between couples into opportunities for healing and growth.” They added that one of the main purposes of the dialogue is to turn the ME into WE.

The attendees were given time to try the dialogue within the session and were advised by the speakers to try it even with their children. After the session, the attendees said that at first they were reluctant with the dialogue, since there was a need to repeat what the other person said, but eventually this made them feel that the other person was really listening and paying attention.

The speakers were Mr. Manny Panagsagan, Corporate Information & Technology Department of Meralco; he’s a Mining Engineer who moved to the IT industry in the 1980s; Bachelor of Mining Engineering, Mapua Institute of Technology; Sector Head of CFC Metro Manila Central A and his wife Atty. Grace Panagsagan, Senior Partner, Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño Law Office; professorial lecturer, U.P. College of Law; Bachelor of Laws, U.P. College of Law; CFC leader together with husband Manny; mother of three; certified scuba diver.

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