Pres. Jun Jun Dayrit, PP Reggie Nolido, Community Service Dir. Chris Ferareza and Dir. Peter & Pam Manzano with their 3 kids took a quick trip to Mt. Pulag last week for the ceremonial turnover of the rehabilitated Mt. Pulag Elementary School to school officials.
Badly damaged when Typhoon Lawin tore through northern Luzon in October 2016, the school has been rehabilitated and now looks like new. The reconstruction was made possible with donations by the Club—to the tune of P109K—and by a host of other donor organizations. The Club’s donation consisted of the balance of our disaster relief fund built from contributions from our members.
Although the formal turnover took place only last week, the reconstruction of the structure took all of summer and was completed in time for the reopening of classes in June.
Aside from the school building, Pres. Jun Jun, PP Reggie, Dir. Chris, and Dir. Peter also brought other gifts: from the Club, two brand-new 40-inch LED TVs, three DVD players, and educational CDs for the school, and 160 raincoats and pairs of boots for the students; and two TV/monitors from Louie Aseoche. The TVs were purchased from Abenson at a discount, courtesy of Wilson Lim.
With Typhoon Gorio conspiring with habagat to ruin the planned trip to Mt. Pulag, Pres. Jun Jun et al had second thoughts about pushing through with the trip. But by 2PM on Friday the 28th, they decided that it was a go.
They wheeled out of the RCM Clubhouse at 11PM on the 28th and arrived back in Makati at 8:00PM on Saturday the 29th—a tiring trip that took all of 21 hours, 6 of them on the road, in a van, with brief stops for leg stretches and meals: breakfast in Baguio, late lunch hosted by
Pres. Jun Jun at the iconic Rose Bowl Resto in Baguio, and the turnover ceremony on Friday morning which, owing to the inclement weather, was moved from the school grounds to an inn. All said, they traveled some 600 km to Pulag and back.
Hats off to these stouthearted and caring men and lady for braving foul weather, enduring cramped legs, and giving up sleep and the comfort of home to render “service above self.” This, it must be said, is the stuff RC Makati Rotarians are made of.