Chartered Date: May 14, 2001
Club No. 55526
Towards the end of the 19th century, the country was engulfed in revolutionary ferment; it was in Cavite where some of the most memorable battles between the Spanish colonial army and Filipino freedom fighters occurred. Once of the prominent military leaders who led the charge against the enemy was Gen. Mariano Alvarez.
More than a hundred years later a group of professionals and businessmen in this fast developing and youngest town of Cavite bearing the name of the gallant revolutionary general met on October 22, 2000 at the Blumen Resort in Dasmarinas, Cavite in what was dubbed as a “Family Day” Armed with an unwavering commitment and cognizant of the idea of developing acquaintances as an opportunity for service, they decided to join Rotary under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Damarinas.
Working collectively in tandem with the very supportive DGSR Francisco Roque Jr., Pres. Nestor Sapida and other officers and members of RC Dasmarinas, Calixto Constantino G. Nalda, Manolito R. De Guzman, Rolando Alvaran, Cynthia De Guia, Bienvenido Dimailig, Manuelito Batino Jr., Buenaventura Bilazon, Tobias T. Agunday, Willy C. Aloya, Leonardo Loyola Jr. and Loreto Seguido, thus the groundwork for the eventual emergency of what they named Rotary Club of GMA Metro.
Pleased with the initial out come, the meeting was henceforth made regular and set every Thursday over lunch at Tolghts Bar and Restauranct. With the pooled effort the groups were able to affiliate the following people: Walter D. Echevarria Jr., Bernardo M. Abadiano, Suzan P. Lanzador, Alexander Mance, Editha A. Magtibay, Lorreto V. Ferrer, Patricio F. Sequinia, Adriano Ocava, Rolando M. Llao, Severino Aranda, Arfel A. Jacinto and Alicia A. Ranchez. Prior to its chartering the clubs has undertaken community service projects such as job generation and participation in medical and dental missions, translating into action the served Motto “Service Above Self”. Gathering the steam, the club met again this time with DGSR Francisco Roque Jr., DAD Rodring Camia, SODG Joel Tinitigan and DG Cesar Genato who unselfishly shared their time and effort in imparting indispensable Rotary information and organizations strategies.
There were stumbling blocks along the way but the group took them for stepping stones. As when Julius Ceasar crossed the Rubicon and exclaimed, “The Die is cast” there was no turning back for the fledging club.
On February 22, 2001, District Governor Richard Marquez and Party paid a memorable visit to the proposed club. His inspiring words and mere presence further reinforce the member’s commitment to be service to society with Rotary as the main vehicle. On the same day the club held its first ever election of officers, unanimously chosen was Calixto Nalda to be the helm as Charter President of the club in its inaugural year.
On May 14, 2001, Rotary Club of GMA Metro was submitted to Rotary International together with the membership fee of the Charter Members. In turn Rotary International approved the club which was later known as the Rotar, Club of General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite which met every Thursday this time over dinner at the 3rd Flr of the De Guzman Bldg. Dr. Bulihan, Silang Cavite. The club was formally welcomed into the folds of the Rotary family on July 11, 2001 at the Villaluz Resort and Restaurant in Silang, Cavite. Its charter member and officers was inducted by the new District Governor Rudolfo “Rudy” Estrellado, RY 2001-2002.
The club then adopted a logo designed by Adriano “Ady” Ocava and Alexander Mance which symbolizes both the affinity to the particular community and spiritual commitment of its members. Rotarians believe in an uplifting God, thus the sun above the logo is shining its rays to the 27 Barangay of General Mariano Alvarez. Rotarians also believe that they are deeply immersed in human history, thus the hum-shaped map of General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite that characterizes the youngest town of Cavite.
During the Rotary Year 2005-2006 under the stewardship of 101 President Orlando Panganiban relocated to 2nd Flr of the Chowking Restaurant, Governors Drive, General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite where regular weekly meetings are now held over dinner.
RC General Mariano Alvarez is definitely on its way to prove what one writer wrote. “There is a loftier ambition than to merely stand high in the word it is to stoop down and lift mankind a lift higher”. After all as Rotary proudly proclaims, “Service Above Self”.