#mayforever: Rotary shows seniors love on Valentine’s

Padada, Davao del Sur – Love is in the air this February for our senior citizens.

The Rotary Clubs of del Mar and South Digos sponsored a cultural program last Valentine’s Day 2016 for our seniors. In partnership with the historical organization Recuerdos de Padada and the local government unit, the organizing team lavished the old-timers with classical song and dance numbers. The aptly-themed throwback program showcased the history of the town of Padada in the early 50s and 60s to the surviving generation of the pioneer settlers. The organizations also honored the lifetime contributions of the first generation of Padada citizens who became the pillars of the now thriving community.



Held at the SC Green Knights Hall, the organizers regaled the participants with songs, dances and photos of young Padada. Keeping in theme with the event, the Queen of Bisaya Movies, Gloria Sevilla attended the event despite her busy schedule filming. The film artist, along with her daughter, attended the event as the celebrated actress traces living relatives in Davao del Sur. More than 250 people attended the event.

The Rotary Club of del Mar also donated to the Senior Citizen’s Association of the town twenty (20) wheelchairs, canes and walking sticks.The items are to be leased to the members on a need-only basis. The distribution system is to ensure that the items are maximized for the benefit of the community. The donation comes after a medical mission conducted last February 12 at the same place courtesy of South Digos Rotary.

Rotarian Victor Svistoonoff, a visiting member from California pitched the idea to South Digos President Teodorico Dofiles II. Victor, a club board member and  Filipino-American traces his maternal ancestry to the town’s first municipal treasurer, Inocentes Adolfo. Inspired with the need to provide the town with important services, he and his mother raised the funds from abroad to donate. Raising around Php 100,000.00 ($ 2,000), he is leaving the items to the senior citizen’s association to lease. Each individual will use the item on a need-only basis to serve the general community and be treated as common property.



About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit Rotary.



Contacts: Ardeen Roy C. Diamante (0909-7525-439/ardeend@gmail.com)



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