Rotary Int’l in RP is 100 years old! PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 July 2018 13:58

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Joshua said to all the people… `But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord’…”  (Joshua 24:2, 15, the Holy Bible).

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ROTARY INT’L IN THE PHILIPPINES IS 100 YEARS OLD! Last Saturday, July 14, 2018, Rotary International (RI) held a silent celebration of sorts to honor the 100th year of the establishment of its firs-ever presence in the Philippines and in the whole of Asia, through the chartering of the Rotary Club of Manila (the mother of all Rotary Clubs in the Philippines and in the whole of Asia).

The highlight of the celebrations, of course, was the recognition of Rotary International’s brand of work in the whole world which has been immortalized in its motto of “service above self”, helping and aiding the poor and the marginalized, through its 1.5 million or so Rotarians in the Philippines, in Asia, and everywhere else.

International President Barry Rassin and his lovely wife, Lady Esther Rassin, travelled all the way from the US to the Philippines to led in the weeklong festivities that also featured the chartering in 1919 of the Rotary Club of Manila. In his remarks to Philippine Rotary leaders led by District 3810 Governor Rudy Bediones and spouse Sharon Hughes Bediones, Rassin took note of the valued role of Filipino Rotarians in Rotary, which was first put up in 1905 in the US by lawyer Paul Harris.

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FILIPINOS “LEAD THE WAY” IN “THE BEST” OF “ROTARY SERVING

HUMANITY”: Indeed, the important contribution of Filipino Rotarians in helping others without expecting anything in return can not be denied.

From providing free polio vaccines so the disease can already be  eradicated, to giving so-called “Gamit Aral Bags” (kits containing educational materials) to millions of minor school children especially in calamity-stricken regions of the Philippines, Rotary Philippines was there to lead the way.

This is the reason why I am thankful that my wife, former Judge Angelina Domingo Mauricio, our daughter, Atty.  Maria Luisa Dominique Mauricio of the Office of the Solicitor General, and myself, have been, and still are, members of Rotary, through the Rotary Club of Intramuros of District 3810 of RI. To say the least, we proved we can be the change in Rotary serving humanity, as we reach within to embrace humanity, so that the best service is made available.

As Rotarians, we were able to join forces with other members of Rotary who left no stone unturned in spending their own money and using their other resources, and giving long hours of work, just to be able to help the needy (and there are plenty of them in thePhilippines, of course!) and the people who no longer have anyone else to turn to. This brand of service was pursued more earnestly by my wife and I when we both became presidents of the Rotary Club of Intramuros at different periods.

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MS. JANINE GUTIERREZ IS PART OF ROTARY’S BRAND OF SERVICE: We also are grateful that we (especially our daughter, Luisa) have friends who gave valuable assistance to us in doing Rotary work. I make special mention here of Ms. Janine Gutierrez (who was a classmate of Luisa from their elementary and high school days), and please allow me to reiterate what she, Janine, did when my wife was Rotary Club president.

Let us read what I wrote, also in this column, on November 25, 2016: “Ms. Janine Gutierrez, one of the most bankable stars of GMA Channel 7, is not just an amazing movie and TC actress in our country, but she is also someone who has a big heart for helping others, especially the poor and those badly needing care and attention like the pediatric (or children) cancer patients of the National Cancer Institute of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila.

“Last Friday, November 25, 2016, Janine went to the PGH  upon the invitation of All Star President Judge Angelina Mauricio of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, where she agreed to be prime reader and story-teller of children’s stories for the very young kids who have been confined at the hospital on account of their debilitating cancer ailments.

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JANINE GUTIERREZ SPENDS TIME WITH CHILDREN SICK WITH CANCER: “Janine arrived at the PGH… in time for the opening of the program for the afflicted youth, and she did not leave until all the activities intended for the day were completely finished… She also took charge of distributing early Christmas gifts to the children, who were totally mesmerized and awed by her, prompting almost al of them to embrace her and have their photos taken with her. What was greatly exceptional here was that, Janine did this pro bono, without expecting any single centavo as her compensation…”