Lyne Alano Abanilla, “Ulirang Ina 2018” PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 May 2018 13:42

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?’…” (Isaiah 49:15, the Holy Bible).

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LYNE ALANO ABANILLA, “ULIRANG INA 2018”: I am congratulating in all earnestness Madam Lyne Alano Abanilla, former Vice President for Classified Ads of the Manila Bulletin, former District Governor of Rotary International 3810 (which covers Manila, Pasay City, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro), and at present the country director of the Physicians for Peace Philippines, on account of her having been unanimously chosen as the “Ulirang Ina ng Pilipinas” for 2017.

Lyne was given this “outstanding mother” of the year award by the Ulirang Ina Ama Awards Foundation, in glittering and fitting ceremonies which took place at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel on May 13, 2018, made more meaningful by the personal presence, participation, and felicitations of Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and former Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr.

According to an information bulletin issued by the Ulirang Ina Ama Awards Foundation, it conducts a yearly selection of women who can be considered as having shown extraordinary savvy in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities, first as the matriarch in a Filipino home, and second, as a responsible citizen in society. The choice and subsequent awarding for Lyne coincided with the 25th year of the Foundation’s annual selection this 2018.

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A MOTHER THAT TOOK GREAT CARE OF HER KIDS, HER WORK, AND OF SERVING OTHERS: Records of the Ulirang Ina Ama Awards Foundation indicated that Lyne Alano Abanilla (who, like me, is a member of the Rotary Club of Intramuros Manila) was recognized as the “ulirang ina ng Pilipinas” because the Foundation saw that she raised her three children well enough, notwithstanding that she had to take care of them all by her lonesome, starting from their formative years until they have fully grown up.

It didn’t seem to matter to Lyne that as her kids were growing up, she was a mere rank-and-file employee of the Manila Bulletin in her early years with the newspaper. Despite that financial handicap, Lyne managed to send her children to college, enabling them to finish their collegiate degrees on time. Indeed, this could have been one of the reasons why the owners of the Bulletin entrusted to her greatly responsible positions in the newspaper, like being the Vice President for Classified Ads, up to the time she retired from it in 2015,

And all the while that she was doing a delicate balancing act between her role as the mother of her three children and her role as an officer of the Manila Bulletin directly dealing with its greatest source of income, its classified ads, Lyne did not hesitate to take on more charitable, though clearly punishing, work for ordinary and hapless Filipinos, first as the president of the Rotary Club of Intramuros and, later, as the District Governor of Rotary International District 3810.

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“MOTHER OF COUNTLESS CHILDREN”: As a Rotarian, Lyne Alano Abanlla led in the pursuit and eventual accomplishment of charity projects for the poor and the marginalized Filipinos---like the distribution of “Gamit Aral Bags” for thousands and thousands of elementary school students particularly in calamity-stricken areas, and the giving as well of prosthesis, or artificial legs and limbs, or hands made of wood or plastic, for Filipinos who underwent amputation.

Because of what she was doing as a Rotarian, Lyne got the attention of Rotary International leaders from the United States, who unhesitatingly elevated her as Rotary’s public relations officer for the South Pacific. She held this position under four successive presidents of Rotary International, starting with the year 2006. Because of her outstanding performance as Rotary International’s public relations officer, she received countless awards through the years.

At present, Lyne’s time is mostly taken up by her charity projects (again!) at the Physicians for Peace Philippines. She is focused on ensuring the good vision or eyesight of elementary school students, to make sure that they could read and understand well. Lyne is literally crisscrossing  the four corners of the Philippine archipelago for this project. Indeed, Lyne is the mother not just of her children at this point, but of the thousands and thousands of young kids whose vision she is helping correct.

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

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