TUKLASAN FOUNDATION INC. a marriage encounter community

"The primary goal of Tuklasan is to promote and propagate the Family Life Apostolate, in line with the objectives and plans of the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines, focusing on the grassroots level of Philippine society".

From Matthew 19:5

And God said, "For this reason a man will leave his father & mother and unite with his wife, and the TWO WILL BECOME ONE"



Marriage Encounter finds its roots from Barcelona, Spain. Three years after having been ordained priest in May 31, 1959, Father Gabriel Calvo designed the “Encuentro Conjugal” in 1962 and had the first seminar for 28 couples from the workers of factories in Spain. In 1965, the “Encuentro Conjugal” weekend seminar was brought to Mexico. Crossing borders of land and language, “Encuentro Conjugal” became “Marriage Encounter” when it was brought to the United States in 1966. By the year 1967, Marriage Encounter was introduced at the Christian family Movement (CFM) convention held in the U.S.A.


convened at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana and couples were invited to participate at an ME Weekend. Among the couples were Luis and Asuncion Sison who attended an M. E. Weekend a week later. Meanwhile, Father Ruben Tanseco, S. J. an active CFM leader in Manila then taking his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling at the University of Detroit, Michigan took his M.E. Weekend in Detroit. Together they formed the first M. E. Ecclesial Team, which administered the first M. E. Weekend in the Philippines, held in Angono, Rizal from October 3- 5, 1969. The seminar held under the aegis of the Christian Family Movement produced eleven (11) couples and four priests. Among the priests were Fr. Jess Fernandez, Fr. Pat Lim, and Fr. Aureo Nepomuceno.

On June 3, 1981, Father Jess Fernandez, who by this time had conducted a great number of successful M. E. Weekends, formed the Marriage and Family Encounter Association (MAFEA), a dynamic organization that conducted M. E. weekends almost every week. The formation of MAFEA faced some questions from other forerunners of the movement. Through the intercession of His Eminence, Jaime Cardinal Sin, a decision was made to move MEFP outside the CFM and to create four sectors under it. It was at this point that MAFEA changed its name to “Tuklasan” and became one of the four created sectors under the newly formed MEFP, among which are St. John, under Father Pat Lim, St. Andrew under Father Nepomuceno, and Alpha Omega-Magis Deo under Father Ruben Tanseco.

Tuklasan persevered in the training of its own local M. E. Teams. It has M. E. teams in Aparri, Tuguegarao, Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Bataan, Bulacan, Tarlac, Zambales, Legaspi, Calbayog, Davao and Cotabato. The provincial series of Tuklasan are already autonomous and have their own team couples and priests. Today, training of team couples for the regular M. E. Weekend and One Day Tuklasan and family teams for the Family Encounter Weekend is continuous. Tuklasan now has a pool of team couples and family teams ready to serve with full devotion to the apostolate.

Today, Tuklasan is the largest sector of the MEFP with as many as 25 series apart from the provincial outreach. It has the most number


By the grace of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the love of Our Heavenly Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, We pledge:

To dedicate ourselves, as a little Church, to the goals and objectives of the TUKLASAN Foundation;

To bear witness, in our couple and family life, to the enduring presence of God’s saving action in His Son, in and for the world;

To spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by living out the Paschal Mystery in our lives;

To strive for unity in our marriage relationship, as a living image of God, through our continuing dialogue, as against the world’s plan for our marriage;

To be open and apostolic, as a couple and as a family, in service for the world and in the world;

To help the TUKLASAN Foundation grow in the Philippines realizing that:

We are a Christian community called to witness to the LORD.

Our mission is to be a believing and evangelizing community, a community in dialogue with God, and a community at the service of man through the FAMILY LIFE APOSTOLATE, especially the Marriage Encounter.

May the Holy Family – Joseph, Mary and Jesus – bless us and keep us in their care. Amen.

JOHN 15: 16-17

"You did not choose me: I chose you & appointed you to go & bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give whatever you ask of Him in my Name. This is then, what I command you; LOVE ONE ANOTHER."



Pag-ibig ay di pag-ibig. kung ito’y nagbabago,
Ang tunay na pag-ibig ay matatag
Di nabubuwag

Huwag hayaang sa pag-ibig,                            
Mamayani ang ligalig                              
Pagka’t pag-ibig gabay at ilaw sa                          
Gabing mapanglaw.

Refrain1       :
Di ba’t tayo’y tinipon dito ng Diyos                      
Nang pagsasama natin ay maisaayos
Di ba’t buhay ng lahat ay gaganda
Kung puso’t diwa natin ay magkaisa.
Ang tunay na pag-ibig                            
Sa pagsubok di padadaig,
Ang pag-ibig alalahanin matatag                                         
Dahil matiisin                              
Ang pag-ibig ay maligaya
Pagka’t puno ng pag-asa                                
Ang pag-ibig ay dalisay                                
Di naglililo kailanman.

Di ba’t tayo’y tinipon dito ng Diyos
Nang pagsasama natin ay maisa-ayos                      
Di ba’t buhay ng lahat ay gaganda
Kung puso’t diwa natin ay magkaisa ...magkaisa