Congrats, Liza Elorde, “Ulirang Ina 2017” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 May 2017 13:50



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…  A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies…” (Proverbs 31:10, the Holy Bible).


CONGRATS, LIZA ELORDE, “ULIRANG INA 2017”: As a Rotarian who became the president of the Rotary Club of Intramuros Manila in 2006-2007 and 2011-2012, I am particularly proud when Rotarians who also became presidents during the times that I was president (whether for the first time, or for the second time) manage to shine in other areas of life, particularly on their roles as parents, or as fathers and mothers.

This is the reason why I am publicly congratulating, through this column which circulates nationwide (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) and worldwide, through Facebook and other social networking sites, as well as through Canada’s The Philippine Courier, Ms. Liza Vicencio Elorde, for her having been chosen as an “Ulirang Ina Awardee 2017”, by the Ulirang Ina Ama Awards Foundation, Inc.

Elorde is currently the senior deputy governor (SDG) of Rotary International District 3810, and is being considered by many to become the undisputed leader of the District in the days to come. She was a Rotary Change Maker President like me—who served as Rotary Club president for Rotary Year 2011-2012, with conceded leadership qualities and exemplary dedication to fulfilling “service above self”.


LIZA ELORDE: RAISING CHILDREN TO BECOME CHAMPIONS: Liza, of course, has every reason to be considered an “ulirang ina” or, in English, a “virtuous” mother. Herself the daughter of a famous newsman, the great journalist Mac Vicencio who was once the president of the National Press Club of the Philippines, she raised her sons, Juan Martin “Bai” Elorde and Juan Miguel “Mig” Elorde, not only as fine boxers, but also as socially-aware businessmen.

Bai is the current WBO Oriental lightweight champion, while Mig is the WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight champion, on account of their victories against their respective opponents during a boxing bout last February 25, 2017. Bai and Mig’s father (and Liza’s husband) is Johnny Elorde, himself a former boxing champion.

Johnny is the second of three sons of the seven children of the late WBC-WBA junior lightweight champion, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde. After he and Liza got married, they successfully built the “Elorde Gym” empire, which has now branched all over the Philippines. Johnny and Liza also signed a historic agreement with the Sports Foundation of Papua New Guinea allowing “Elorde Gym” to train boxers in that country.


CHARM, CONFIDENCE, APPROACHABILITY TYPIFIES LIZA: Liza is also credited of having convinced Sen. Manny Pacquiao to join Rotary International, first as an ordinary club member, and later on, as the charter president of a newly-organized club, the Rotary Club of Manila Premiere. This Rotary Club has just been organized this year, yet it has already chalked up many firsts in Rotary service.

I will not be surprised if Liza also had a hand in Pacquiao’s giving some US$250,000.00 cash donation to the Rotary Foundation this year, which made him a member of the highly elite and totally exclusive Arch Klump Society of Rotary International. Only Rotarians who have given a cash donation of US250,000.00 in any given year can become members of this group.

I am sure it wouldn’t be difficult picturing Liza as the top Rotarian someday of District 3810 of Rotary International, which covers Manila, Pasay City, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro. Surely, she exudes charm, confidence, and total approachability as a Rotary leader, which is very much unlike other pretenders who already assume an air of snobbishness even if they are absolutely nothing yet!


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