In RC Makati, there are “angels”– two kinds, actually. The first are the children in our project sites, adopted communities, and select charitable institutions to whom the Club gives presents at Christmas time under our Last Angel Gift Giving Project. The second are the Anns –and the Rotarians—who go out of their way at Christmastime to bring cheer to the little angels to make their Christmas a truly merry one.
This year, there were 1,059 names in the nice-boys, nice-girls list compiled by the Last Angels Committee chaired by Ann Mache Ackerman (as immediate past First Ann) who prudently kicked off the campaign for donations early. Thirty-six members answered the call, bringing in a collective contribution of P261,000 to fund the project.
It is an annual exercise in generosity our members have come to look forward to taking part in, year after year since 1998, when then First Lady Angela Quila oversaw its maiden run after it was conceived by Ann Brin Panlilio.
It took all of 12 days—from November 27 to December 19—for the committee to deliver the gifts to over a thousand eager kids in 16 sites scattered throughout Metro Manila and a couple of places in Batangas and Rizal.
The first stop was at the Marcela Agoncillo Elementary School in Binondo, Manila, one of the sites of our feeding program, on the 27th of November, where 113 kids received Christmas presents from the project’s frontliners—Pres. Jun Jun & Cecille Dayrit, IPP David & Mache Ackerman, Feeding Program Chair PP Freddie Borromeo & Ann Jojo, and Community Service Director Chris Ferareza, among others.
The 1st of December saw 96 kids queueing up for gifts at the Santiago Zobel Elementary School and Pedro Palacio Elementary School in Calatagan, Batangas. The two schools being long-time feeding program sites, the kids were treated to additional gifts from the Borromeos.
For three consecutive days, the Committee carried on with the gift giving exercise despite the demands of Christmas at work and at home, not to mention the challenge of the horrible traffic in the metro—on the 7th, they were at the Philippine Institute for the Deaf in Nagtahan, Manila, serving 77 pupils; on the 8th, at the Marillac Hills in Alabang, a temporary home for girls and women in crisis, with 195 girls; and on the 9th, in Brgy. San Andres in Manila with 51 kids, who also received Gardenia bread, Krispy Kreme donuts and juice from RCM Business District through their Charter President Mache Ackerman. Also on the 9th, they rounded off the day at the RCM Clubhouse where members of our RCC Bukluran gathered some 100 children from the Guadalupe Viejo neighborhood for their gifts.
After a three-day respite, the Committee was back on the road to resume the work. The 12th brought them to Hospicio de San Jose to deliver presents to 51 wards, who were treated to a Jollibee meal by PP Carlo Rufino; to the Makati Social Development Center in Brgy. Tejeros on the 13th, serving 71 wards of the Club’s Bantay Bata Project; to Brgy. Rawang in Tanay, Rizal on the 14th where 60 kids enrolled in the feeding program received gifts from the Club and from PP Freddie and Ann Jojo; and to the Stepping Stone School campus in Sucat, Paranaque, where 103 kids received presents from 14 Rotarians and four Anns.
On the 18th, 29 wards of Bahay Maria in Bel-Air Village in Makati received gifts from the Club, with additional presents from Ms. Fionna Borromeo-Casillan, daughter of PP Freddie and Jojo. During the RCM staff Christmas party on the same date, children of the staffers were also given gifts.
On the 19th, PDG Robert & Yvonne Kuan took the project to Sagada in the Mountain Province where they treated 50 kids to presents from the Last Angel Committee and some 100 kids to personal gifts from themselves.
On behalf of this year’s “last angels,” we thank the following donors for their generosity: Pres. Jun Jun Dayrit, IPP David Ackerman, PP Joe Alejandro, PP Felix Amparo, Louie Aseoche, PDG Pepito Bengzon, PP Cesar Campos, Roger Collantes, VP Mike Escaler, Dir. Chris Ferareza, Eddie Galvez, PRID Paing Hechanova, Manny Javelosa, PDG Robert Kuan, Julian Lim, PP Rene Limjoco, Wash Lou, Peter Manzano, PN Bimbo Mills, David Nithyananthan, PP Reggie Nolido, PP Tito Panlilio, PP Fred Parungao, Porsche Pena, Andrew Prieto, PDG Tony Quila, Ed Rojas, PP Carlo Rufino, PP Charlie Rufino. Johnny Siy, Philip Soliven, PP Sonny Tambunting, Derrick Tan, Bom Villatuya, PP Eddie Yap, and Sam Young.