Zamboanga Zontians shine in international convention PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 September 2011 00:00

Officers of the Zonta International of Zamboanga City may not have won any awards during the 16th Zonta International District 17 Conference held last August 26-28, 2011, at the posh Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City, but we made an impressive presence by being friendly and sociable to fellow Filipina nd foreigner Zontians at Sofitel Hotel site of this year’s gathering of Zontian women. It was an opportunity to meet fellow women around the globe who have the passion to serve fellow women and their surrounding communities.

We became proud also when a young Zamboangueña and the first Filipina, Arizza Ann Sahi Nocum, became the first Filipina to received the prestigious Zonta International Award, the Young Woman Public Award this year. It recognizes her work as the administrator of KRIS (Kristiyano Islam) Peace Library founded by her parents Zamboangueño Armand and Ann Nocum at Manicahan, Zamboanga City.

The opening day, August 25, had a colourful fiesta dance opening with Zonta Clubs of Cebu led by District Governor Dr. Flor Miel. It was followed by the traditional flag parade of Zonta banners. Zonta Zamboanga banner was carried by its pretty president Rowena Tan.

Fellowship night had the fabulous Bayanihan Dance Troupe as performers. A fashion show also wowed the audience.. Zonta Zamboanga past President Dr. Bernie Santiago was regal and queenly in her Arabian inspired costume. Zonta Governor Georgitta Puyat gave the welcome remarks. Second night, August 26, had Zonta International President Dianne Curtis as the special guest speaker.

Manila City Mayor Alfred Lim was the event’s inspirational speaker. A photo exhibit of the different Zonta Clubs projects was  also one of the attractions of the event. The conference ended with a formal dinner.

We went home carrying in our spirits this year’s theme “Women Empowering Women: Re-focusing on Zonta’s Core Mission” as our guidepost to lead us into greater heights of service.