ROTARY CLUB OF MANILA STA. ANA

CLUB HISTORY & PROFILE

Santa Ana is a district of the City of Manila in the Philippines, located at the southeast banks of the Pasig River, bounded on the northeast by Mandaluyong City, Makati City to the east, southwest is the Manila district of Paco and to the west, Pandacan. The original name of Sta. Ana before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores was “Namayan”, a small settlement that was ruled by Lakan Tagkan and his wife Buwan (meaning Moon). The small Muslim kingdom’s domain stretched from what is now Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, and the Manila districts of Pandacan and Paco. When the Spaniards acquired the territory of what is now Sta. Ana, that served as the seat of “Namayan,” the area was awarded to Franciscan missionaries. When the Catholic missionaries asked the natives the name of the area, pointing to the banks of the Pasig River, the locals responded with “sapa” or the Tagalog word for marshes. The Franciscan missionaries henceforth dedicated the district to Saint Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and called it, “Santa Ana de Sapa,” or Saint Anne of the Marshes. (ref.: Wikipedia)

Today, Sta. Ana belongs to the 6th congressional district of Manila with thirty two (32) barangays from Zone 96 to 100, Barangays 874 to 905. Based on the 2000 national census, Sta. Ana has about 35,000 households and an approximate 83,000 registered voters based on the national elections of 2004. It is home to three private educational institutions, St. Francis School, St. Mary’s School and the Sta. Ana Branch of the O.B. Montessori Center, Inc. It also has at least three big public schools, the Sta. Ana Elementary School, the Villamor High School and Mariano Marcos High School. It has a public market, a police station, a fire station, a centuries old Roman Catholic Church, a local district of the Iglesia ni Cristo, and churches of other religious groups. Contrary to common impression, the Sta. Ana Racetrack and the pre-war famous Sta. Ana Cabaret (which had long been closed) are not located in the District of Sta. Ana but are actually within the territorial boundary of the City of Makati.

In the summer month of April 2008, a small group of Rotarians, who trace their roots from the District of Sta. Ana, Manila, notably PP Marianito “Nito” Siasat, Rtn Alberto “Tata Bert” Candidato and Rtn Enrique “Eric” Candidato, with fellow Rotarian PP Nicandro “Nico” de Leon, realizing that there is yet to be formed a Rotary Club of Sta. Ana, Manila, embarked on a mission to form one. They were immediately joined by their friends and other associates, Rtn Jose “Joe” Albaniel (a “balik-Rotarian”), Aldwyn  “Aldwyn” Santos, Domingo “Boy’ Benitez, Jorge “Toto” Erana, physician Rtn Pauline “Pauline” Lecaroz (also a “balik-Rotarian”) and accountant Rtn Wilma “Wilma” Soledad (another “balik-Rotarian”). In the following weekly organizational meetings that ensued during the months of May and June at the Philippine Columbian in Paco, Manila, the group was joined by other business, professional and community leaders who somehow trace their roots from Sta. Ana. Heeding the call to join the Rotary movement were lawyer Bonifacio “Bong” Cabatit, doctor Rex “Rex” Barbosa and businessman Roman “Rom” Gonzalvo, all alumni of the Villamor High School and who all grew up in Sta. Ana; businesswomen Josephine “Jo” Arboleda, Vilma “Vilma” Gutierez and Carolina “Carol” Lao-Maalay, lawyer Joaquin “Jake” Telan, entertainment practitioner Rodolfo “Rod” Ducusin, banker Dolores “Dolly” Del Valle and visual artist Daniel “Dan” Tayona. Finally, two other Rotarians, PP Bienvenido “Bien” De Guzman, a government servant in the City of Manila, and international trader Rtn Jurgen “Jurgen” Von Grabowski completed the cast of 22  enthusiastic individuals committed to the Rotary’s motto, “service above self”, and who are to be the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Manila Sta. Ana.

On July 1, 2008, the group formally submitted its Charter documents to District Governor Josefina “Josie” Ang at the SMX Convention Center during District 3810’s Handover Ceremonies. On July 31, 2008, DG Josie Ang visited and addressed the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Manila Sta. Ana to announce the official Sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Manila San Miguel and the appointment of DS Ronnie Co as RC Manila Sta. Ana's DGSR. Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Manila Sta. Ana proudly welcomed DG Josie Ang and other district officers. The club held its first general assembly on August 12, 2008 and elected their first set of officers for the Rotary Year 2008-2009. Elected were “Nito” Siasat as its Charter President and “Eric” Candidato as its Charter Secretary. While awaiting their Charter papers, the club regularly met every Tuesday evening at the Philippine Columbian Association in Plaza Dilao, Paco, Manila even as a provisional rotary club. They invited guest speakers and conducted their regular meetings the way Rotary Clubs do, so as to introduce and familiarize their new Rotarians to the workings of a regular Rotary Club. They held fellowships such as bowling practices, cocktail parties, square dancing and karaoke sing-a-longs. They also participated in district yearly activities such as the Alay Lakad 2008 and the District Fishing Tournament where the club even emerged as the most-awarded club in the tournament. They held their first civic project of distributing toothbrushes to poor street children in Onyx, Paco, Manila and to nursery students at the Sta. Ana Elementary School. The club has also contributed to D3810 Bantay Bata Children’s Village Project. The club has committed to support the scholarship program for poor but deserving students at the Villamor High School by the Villamor High School Alumni Foundation, Inc. beginning school year 2009-2010. The club leadership of the RCMSA, which already has 3 Paul Harris Fellows in its roster, also envisions that all its other charter members become at least sustaining members of the Rotary Foundation. The club also started establishing links with other Rotary clubs, both local and international, most notably the Rotary Club of Kapolei in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. On September 25, 2008, Rotary International handed down its official recognition and Charter to the Rotary Club of Manila Sta. Ana as Rotary Club No. 80394.

 

The club has a healthy and balanced mix of professionals and business leaders in its roster of charter members, as shown by their classifications, as follows:

 

Name

Classification

Marianito “Nito Siasat Environmental Consultancy
Enrique “Eric” Candidato Project Management
Nicandro “Nico” de Leon General Construction
Pauline “Pauline” Lecaroz Physician/Medicine
Jose “Joe” Albaniel Efficient Energy Utilization Consultancy
Jurgen “Jurgen” Von Grabowski International Trading
Alberto “Bert” Candidato Kitchen Equipment Consultancy
Aldwyn “Aldwyn” Santos Process Control Engineering
Vilma “Vilma” Gutierrez Industrial Equipment Marketing
Rodolfo “Rod” Ducusin Entertainment/Media
Dolores “Dolly” del Valle Banking
Rex “Rex” Barbosa Physician/Hospital Management
Roman “Roman” Gonzalvo Food Service
Bonifacio “Bong” Cabatit Jr. Law/Credit and Collection
Josephine “Jo” Arboleda Corporate Giveaways/Event Management
Doningo “Boy” Benitez  Industrial Equipment Consultancy
Jorge “Toto” Erana Investment Consultancy
Daniel “Dan” Tayona  Visual Arts
Bienvenido “Bien” De Guzman Government Service
Joaquin “Jake” Telan Corporate Law
Carolina “Carol” Lao-Maalay Travel Agency Management
Wilma “Wilma” Soledad Accounting Consultancy

                             

The Club meets every Tuesday, 7:00 o’clock P.M. at the Philippine Columbian Association, Plaza Dilao, Paco, Manila.