Director Lisa Del Rosario Dumlao
Josephine Monterey Santiago was born on July 13, 1971 to Corazon (+) and Celso Monterey in Manila. She was married to Jaime “Joel” Felix Santiago, Jr. (+) on December 2, 2000 with whom she had two lovely daughters, Jamie (20) and Jodie (17). Jo, as she was fondly remembered, graduated high school from the University of Santo Tomas – Pay HS (1988) and a degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering at AMA Computer College in 1997. She also attended a post tertiary special course facilitated by Harvard University in the field of Leadership Foundational Principles. Jo has made a deep profession of her faith and was a member of a victory group in Victory Katipunan. She also co-organized Youth Reunited, a Christian Fellowship which encourages everyone in the life of Christ. She owned and operated 3JMS Trucking Services single-handedly until she succumbed on August 21, 2021.
Josephine lived a life of love, service, and compassion. She was elected as the Life Changing President of the Rotary Club of Chinatown Circle and has since assumed the role of not only a President but the Mother of the Club. She was a friend to many of her fellow LCPs and was remembered for her quiet and unassuming demeanor. Since her membership to Rotary International in 2017, she has held various key officer positions and has been an active participant to various club projects.
Less than a week into her LCP role, Josephine held the first Bloodletting Drive of the Club for RY2021-2022. She was able to garner the support of 17 other Clubs of District 3810 that the project was elevated to a District Level Project. Project HOPE (Help for Progressive Education of children with special needs), a tie-up project with C.H.I.L.D. (Center for Help In Learning and Development) and Pedro Guevara Elementary School in Manila, was a project close to her heart. Her vision was not only focused on donating educational materials, but in sponsoring at least 5 children with special needs in their therapy to cope with their learning disabilities. Her passion in the project has gained the support of more than 35 Clubs within a day of her publishing the ProgMat. Other noteworthy projects she had lined up were the simultaneous and Nationwide Bloodletting Event in 9 Field Battalions of the Army Aviation Regiment (AAR), Seedlings Planting of 500 fruit-bearing trees in Rizal with the City of Pasig as the major Partner, the Webinar on the relevant issues such as the West Philippine Sea Conflict, the Coastal and Underwater Clean-up in Batangas (a 2nd Year Project of the Club) and the Telethon for End Polio Campaign.
The Rotary Club of Chinatown Circle will always be proud to have had Josephine in their membership and will continue her legacy through her projects.