History of the ROTARY CLUB OF MANILA BAY
In 1994, a diverse group of thirty-one young, dynamic, and energetic professionals, who were brought together by their belief that “Service to Humanity is the Best Work of Life”, wanted to render service to their fellow men beyond the Jaycee movement. Group meetings were continuously held beginning September 1994 to explore the best way and manner to continue serving humanity. After months of meetings and consultations, the decision was made to join the Rotary Family by forming a new Rotary club.
This group of thirty-one, joined by eight other kindred spirits, organized themselves into the Rotary Club of Manila Bay by electing on June 8, 1995 at the Manila Diamond Hotel, Dr. Ali Laghab, an Iranian Doctor of Medicine based in the Philippines, as Charter President, and Atty. Alexander Padilla, former Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, as President-Elect. Charter Officers and Board of Directors were securities broker Mark Dayrit as Vice-President; labor practitioner Dindo Garciano as Secretary-General; real estate broker Ma. Lourdes Abela as Treasurer; and as Directors, LTFRB Chairman Dan Lantin, human rights lawyer Erin Tañada, 1990 Bar Topnotcher Atty. Koko Pimentel, Insurance executives Laz Larrauri and Mon Ilustre, maritime lawyer Atty. Louie Bantog, health practitioner Dr. Bobby Macatangay, marketing man Abel Manliclic, and feng shui expert Aldric Dalumpines.
The Rotary Club of Manila Bay was chartered on August 1, 1995 as Rotary Club 30960 under Rotary International District 3810. The charter induction of its Officers, Directors and members followed on September 28, 1995 at the Manila Diamond Hotel attended by the “who’s who” of RI District 31810, the largest Rotary district in the world.
The following distinguished personalities have provided the Rotary Club of Manila Bay with outstanding service as Club President:
The Rotary Club of Manila Bay (RCMB), RI District 3810, enters its 13th year of service starting July this year. RCMB has conducted a host of successful projects including the donation of dialysis machines to the Hospital ng Maynila, the giving of 84 wooden pushcarts for livelihood and cleanliness, giving of free wheelchairs to the disabled, free training seminars to public school teachers, anti-dengue campaigns and many more literacy and livelihood projects. Its most ambitious project is the “District 3810 Rotary Bay Pacemaker Bank” that has given free pacemakers to more than 70 indigent heart patients to date, with more scheduled for this year. And on its 14th year of service this year, RCMB in partnership with five Hawaii Rotary Clubs, R.I. District 5000 and the Office of Congressman Erin Tañada, will provide deep wells to 23 barangays of District IV, Quezon Province thru the “Clean Water Please Project.”
The history of the Rotary Club of Manila Bay continues to be written by the dynamism and dedication of its members.
RC MANILA BAY’S STATEMENT OF GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We treat each other as members of one big family who all value honesty, openness, mutual respect, and consensus building. We welcome to our family those who have similar aspirations regardless of status, condition in life, race, religion, or political affiliation.
We continue to be attuned to the needs of our members and our fellowmen through our attendance and participation in regular club meetings, planning sessions, and service projects.
Our continued membership in our group and our active participation in its service projects are our life-long commitment.