Misplaced? This was the question which three Rotarians had in mind when all these years they have been serving the Pasay area but in fact, they all reside in Manila. They have exerted their efforts, their time, and their talents in bringing about noteworthy changes in the lives of the destitutes in Pasay City. Scholarship grants for the poor and deserving students at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasay, Pasay City East High School and Pasay South High School; leadership projects for the youth in both the school and community; humanitarian programs for the elderly, the street children, and the less fortunate adults in the depressed barangays of Pasay City, were just among the activities they have undertaken for more than a decade.
Yes, Victor “Vic” Acebedo, his loving wife Jocelyn “Jo” Acebedo, both of RC Pasay South and Cristina “Cristie” Cabuhat of RC Pasay Central have been dedicating their quality time with the people of Pasay City since they became members of Rotary. Cristie, who served as president during RY 2000-2001, even garnered awards for RC Pasay Central, among them were: Overall Outstanding Rotary Club President, Overall Outstanding Rotary Club, Most Outstanding in Youth Service, three (3) certificates of merit from Rotary International and five (5) more trophies in different avenues of service from R.I. District 3810.
Towards the end of RY 2006-2007, after PE Vic attended the PETS for the Leader President, there was a turn of events. PE Vic accepted the long-term idea of organizing a new club in Manila. Moral support came from different Rotary Clubs and there were club presidents who offered to sponsor the Rotary Club of Manila-Taft which PE Vic has started to form. Of these Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Intramuros, the home club of Gov. Lyne Abanilla, was chosen to be the sponsoring Rotary Club. Upon the resolution of the Board. RC Intramuros Pres Batas Mauricio recommended PP Florencio “Floren” Naguit as District Governor’s Special Representative.
Friends of PE Vic, Jo and PP Cristie were invited to the club meetings at Jakarta Piano Bar, on Benitez st., Malate, Manila. Rotary information were discussed among these prospective members while the charter papers were being prepared for approval by the Rotary International. The club officers were elected as follows: Victor “Vic” Acebedo, Charter President: Joselito “Lito” Legaspi, Charter Vice-President/President-Elect: Cristina “Cristie” Cabuhat, Charter Secretary: Mary Giselle “Gisele” Teñido, Treasurer: Joel “Joel A. Sarza, Sergeant at Arms. Service Directors: Jocelyn “Jo” Acebedo, Club; Felicidad “Fel” Llamas, Community; Elizabeth “Pie” Javier, International; Reujenson “Reujen” Lista, Vocational; Rosemarie “Marie” Sindayen, Youth.
Since a new structure has been created by Rotary International starting RY 2007-2008, the service Directors were changed into: Dir. Jo, Club Administration; Dir. Reujen, Public Relations; Dir. Pie, International Service/ The Rotary Foundation.
On April 18, 2007, the Rotary Club of Manila-Taft was chartered by Rotary International. This is the 2nd newest Club established during the term of Leader Governor Lyne Abanilla in RY 2007-2008.