Celebrating Vocational Month by: Dir. Cora Ocampo

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The Rotary Club of Baguio celebrated the Vocational Month of October with an awarding ceremony held last 27 October 2012 at the Training Center, Baguio Country Club. The yearly event is done to acknowledge the commendable performance of individuals, community, private and public organizations in Baguio City.

This year’s theme was “CELEBRATING BEST EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES” and the club awarded 3 institutions and 2 individuals in recognition and appreciation of their contributions towards employment of persons with disabilities and the effort of the individual with disabilities to dedicate herself/himself towards professional development.

The Vocational Committee chaired by Rtn. Naas Demyttenaere spent months searching for deserving awardees and finally came with with the following Awardees for 2012:

1. Autism Society Philippines, Baguio Chapter, a group that provides workshops, trainings and literacy programs that enhances the potentials of children and adults with autism
2. VISMAR Massage, an establishment run by a group of visually impaired individuals offering massage services

3. Bay-Sports Manufacturing Inc. owned by Ludwig Bay, who has been employing hearing impaired workers since 1999

4. Mrs Lourdes Tomad Biag, a business woman struck with polio at a young age who, through hard work, perseverance and frugality, was able to own 2 taxis, 3 jeepneys and a small retail store as a means of livelihood for her family

5. John Lacbaoan Paredes, a visually impaired instructor at the Saint Louis University School of Teacher Education



“About Intrepid and Industrious Rotarians, red fire engine trucks and pedestrian Overpasses” written by PP Chris Peralta

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When my beloved Rotary Club of Baguio comes up with something new in the club, it most likely will catch my interest, attention and participation. Our Service to Community needs new and different projects to sustain the enthusiasm of our members, and this “Adopt an Overpass Project” is one of them, I feel.
This “Adopt an Overpass Project” seemingly came quite as a surprise, only discreetly announced via a text message. Club Secretary Baby Kaur, dutifully sent a text a day before the holding of the event, encouraging all to join in on the cleaning of our adopted overpass at the Magsagsay Ave, Abanao Street, Harrison Road intersection. Then, the following day during our regular rotary meeting, Rtn Glenn Flores again repeated the call for club participation from the podium, saying as a matter of fact, that we already had something like a hundred people signed up to help out in cleaning the said overpass. And so this is when I said “okay, count Maya and me in”, just because it was something that we have not really done before. Indeed the kid somewhere still in me RE-AWOKE, reminiscing and remembering the times during childhood when playing and wading in water and getting wet to getting fully soaked, was a whole lot of FUN.
President Libby Fernandez was at her busiest, because she did her utmost best to go from one group of volunteers to another, encouraging them on and thanking them for pitching in, in this endeavor organized by the club. And by no means it was a small task because we were doing the whole length of the G-shaped overpass. But a big task always becomes lighter and much more manageable with everyone offering a helping hand, and towards this end, the likes of the Sunshine Volunteer Fire Brigade truck of the delRosarios were there, our own Baguio City Fire Protection brought in their big red fire engine truck, to supply all the needed water to wash away the grim and dirt of the overpass. Recognition also has to go to enthusiastic rotarian couple Mark and Gail Flores who brought in pressure pump sprayers and their own kasama, Rtns Peter Wasing and Karl Flores who brought over a complete cleaning retinue from their respective barangays, the triumvirate of Jun, Baby and Lani who gathered a half a dozen young people who turned out to be Interactors of Baguio City High School, Science section, classmates of Rtn Jun Bondoc’s kids. Baby and company also brought in all the brushes with handle, Zonrox disinfectant, powdered soap and scrubs, tabo, pails and pansit merienda with juice for everyone. We were also given a huge box of Burger MacDo with the violet colored printed wrappers coming from MacDonald’s Hotel Veniz. Another big group were the Rotaractors and Barangay Lucnab officers who came in with Marticio Paguli in one long jeepney. Rtn Jun Cardona, Fery Malit and her painting contractor brother Dick Malit, EIC Marcel Badua and Rtn Gary Lo Ang were present, Rtn Glenn Flores came complete with scaffolding, heavy duty generators to run the spotlights, and his very own working crew providing the muscle and manpower needs. PE Uwe, PP Bert Talco, PP Mike Pearson along with daughter Gabby Pearson, VP Chris Faelnar with son Ico Faelnar in toe, Maya and yours truly were all busy (is this the truth????) doing their share of the cleaning, or maybe to put it more correctly, doing their share of the playing!!! Well, to end this all, I guess if there was no fun in it, then we wouldn’t even be there at all. A bientot!


Do You Just Belong?

Are you an active member,
the kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented,
that your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings,
and mingle with the flock?
Or do you stay at home,
and criticize and knock? Read more »


Good Character – What Is It?

Abet Licuben, Isidoro Teddy Mallari Yumang, Sam Fernandez, Geromina S. Arellano, مارك مايسون فلوراغي سالديبار, Adolfo Calip, Khora Balingit, Mark Garcia liked this post

In the setting of Rotary, the prime general qualification for membership under the RI Standard Club Constitution (which all Rotary clubs are mandated to adhere to), is that a person must be of good character. But what is good character? There has come a need for us at RCBaguio to draw a more concise definition of the term. This article is presented to give a working definition. Read more »


President’s Corner – 23 June 2012

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Standing ovation was what our Club Evaluators earned for delivering their very interesting evaluations in last Saturday’s meeting. EIC Mark Flores, our Junior Evaluator delivered a 6-page speech which was prepared only the night before the-day, in contrast to PP Raffy Chan, our Senior Evaluator who prepared his 1-page evaluation for several weeks. Their speeches elicited different reactions, smiles, laughters, frowns, cheers and even tears. Read more »