Our Club History

The Zonta Club of Pasig was SOM-ed by now past International President Olivia Ferry. The charter was presented to its 25 charter members on December 4, 1985, with Susan Figueras as its President.

The other presidents who followed were: Asuncion Reloza, Erlinda Pastoral, Remedios Samson, Paz delos Reyes, Nora Vinluan, Virginia Reyes, Mabel Abano, Teresita Abiva, Florita Tan, Maria Blanca Lokin, Evelyn Ranada and Solita Tan-Gatue.

Through the years, the club’s thrust has been the espousal of Zonta mission-focused projects and cause. The Club has SOM-ed four Zonta Clubs, organized five Z Clubs with 2 active ones, YWPA activities, livelihood training for women, and health education. The Club has been in the forefront in the fight against abuse and trafficking of women and children. The four Zonta Clubs of Pasig are ZC of Greater Rizal in 1989, ZC of Metropolitan Pasig in 1992, ZC of Urban Manila in 1994, and ZC of Tacloban in 1998. Its two current Z Clubs are the Z Club of Rizal High School and Z Club of Eusebio High School.

The Club’s livelihood for women thrust includes setting up the Napico Livelihood center which produced 148 graduates in reflexology, with job placement in 1998-2000; embroidery and high-speed sewing machine training in 1992-1994; jewelry making and meat processing seminars for the women of Barangay Ugong in 2011. The club holds a medical-dental mission each biennium to promote the health of residents of the communities. In the past years, the medical and dental missions were complemented with free x-rays for female students of Rizal High School, free TB treatment, testing and treating of 3,600 pupils for impaired hearing, the donation of 35 hearing aids, and launch of the “Malusog na Sanggol” program in various barangays in Pasig in 1998-2000. Furthermore, it has distributed audio-visual cassettes to 57 day care centers in 2000-2002, and 400 birthing kits for pregnant women in 2006-2008.

Education is a constant thrust with continuing college scholarships, currently for two students in Ateneo and U.P. The Club also gives out books each biennium to schools in Pasig. It has also distributed audio-visual cassettes in 2001 and 600 computer books in 2003.

The Club has received several recognitions in the past for SOM-ing a new club, for increasing its club membership, for organizing a Z Club, for maintaining a quarterly newsletter, and for having the most beneficent community service projects.

The Zonta Club of Pasig, Inc. was SOM-ed by the 2006-2008 International President Olive Ferry in 1985 when she was then SOM Chairman, and past club president of Z Makati. Through the years the president of Zonta Pasig have been recipients of awards, both area and district, thru the projects which services the Pasig Community as follows: Medical mission, Livelihood projects, Som-ing of Zonta Clubs, Scholarship, and from 2008 till present we started and continue the advocacy drive against Human Trafficking.

Zonta Club of Pasig Inc. has received awards from both area and district levels. Most recent award won the District 17 Most Outstanding Zonta Difference Award, 3rd place in Hongkong, and 1st Place at the International District Convention at Nice, France.

THROUGH THE YEARS

1985 – 1986. The twenty-five charter members were inducted December 4, 1985. Charter President Susan Figueras steered the fledgling club’s efforts which included livelihood training at the Sta. Rosa de Lima Parish Church premises.

The charter officers and directors were:

President

Vice President

Secretary

Asst. Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurer

Directors

Susan Figueras

Nona Ricafort

Remedios Samson

Erlinda Pastoral

Mary Anne Colayco

Luz Biton

Angelica Aquino
Ma. Socorro Honorio
Asuncion Reloza

 The 25 charter members were:

Teresita Abiva
Angelica Aquino
Myra Aquino
Ma. Cecilia Arevalo
Luz Bitong
Jacquiline Boncan
Lourdes Capito
Mary Anne Colayco
Paz de los Reyes
Imelda Dy
Teresita Endriga
Susan Figueras
Teresita Fonacier
Norma Francia
Ma. Socorro Honorio
Rosario Jalandoni
Erlinda Pastoral
Ma. Aurora Pineda
Milagros Puyat
Carmelita Recto
Asuncion Reloza
Nona Ricafort
Remedios Samson
Patricinio Saulog
Marina Tantoco

1986 – 1988. Pediatrician Asuncion “Chona” Reloza as the second club president led by example and headed doctor volunteers on monthly medical clinics in Barangay Ugong and later on, in more needy Barangay Kalawaan. Relief goods were brought to Pasig flood and fire victims, and an “Adopt a Class” project was started at Rizal High School. The club also participated in the Fourth District 17 Conference held December 3-5, 1987.

The 1986-1988 officers and directors were:

President

Vice President

Secretary

Asst. Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurer

Directors


Ex Officio Director

Asuncion Reloza

Erlinda Pastoral

Remedios Samson

Luz Bitong

Angelica Aquino

Ma. Cecilia Arevalo

Jacqueline Boncan
Milagros Puyat

Susa Figeras, Past President

1990 – 1992. Despite her duties as Area 5 Secretary President Remedios “Remy” Samson ensured that the club’s good works continued.. The club was included in the Zonta Area Roll of Distinction for its free medical and dental clinics, and in the Roll of      Merit for membership growth of six new members.

The club also received a special award from the Pasig Association of Barangays for its scholarship program, livelihood projects and free medical and dental clinics. Remy would later be appointed Area Parliamentarian.

The 1990-1992 officers and directors were:

President

Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurer

Director

Ex Officio Director

Remedios Samson

Pas de los Reyes

Mabel Abaño

Anita Salonga

Ma. Cecillia Arevalo

Ester Rosca

Teresita Endriga

Erlinda Pastoral, Past President

1992 – 1994. During President Paz “Pacing” de los Reyes’ term, a second baby club was SOM-ed, the Zonta Club of Metropolitan Pasig. Community service expanded and included book donations to the Pasig Public Library, the start of an embroidery livelihood and learning center, and weekly visits to adopted pediatric ward of the Rizal Medical Center. A benefit dinner dance was also held to fund projects.

The biennium officers and directors were:

President

Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurer

PRO

Directors


Ex Officio Director

Paz de los Reyes

Mabel Abaño

Marlene Villegas

Ma. Aurora Pineda

Nora Vinluan

Elena Alikpala

Ester Rosca

Anita Salonga
Evelyn Ranada

Remedios Samson, Past President

1994 – 1996. The club received the Most Outstanding Club of the Area award for the biennium during President Nora Vinluan’s term for such club achievements as SOM-ing a third clug, the Zonta Club of Urban Manila; a P10,000 donation to an 11-year old leukemia patient in need of platelets and medicines, helping with the city’s Christmas street lighting project, outreach to lahar victims; scholarship program, the RHS Z Club activities, increased membership, and celebration of “Zonta Week in Pasig.” Each day for one week in November, a Zonta activity was held, with the grand finale of a “Search for the Young Woman in Public Affairs.” The Pasig Zontian Vocal Ensemble was also organized.

The 1994-1996 club officers and directors were:

President

Vice-Presidents

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurers

Directors


Ex Officio Director

Nora Vinuluan

Mabel Abaño and Marlene J. Villegas

Virgina Reyes

Ester Rosca

Ma. Therese Macapagal

Dimples Cabal and Nenita Sundiang

Teresa Abiva
Elena Alikpala
Teresita Endriga
Aurora Pineda
Anita Salonga

Paz de los Reyes, Past President

1996 – 1998. President Virginia “Leni” Reyes, continued the club scholarship program, vocal ensemble, supplementary feeding, medical and dental missions, weekly visits to the Rizal Medical Center, re-started quarterly newsletters, held a book collection drive, and SOM-ed its fourth baby – Zonta Club of Tacloban. It also opened a 1,000 sqm Zonta Multi-purpose Hall at Napico and started livelihood training. The “Mithiing Kababaihang Kabalikat ng Pasig,” project searched for and recognized with a P10,000 award, the most deserving Pasig policewoman, metro-aide, midwife, nurse, teacher and social worker. The club inducted its first Honorary Member, then Senator Gloria Macapagal Arroya.

 

The 1996-1998 Club officers and directors were:

President

Vice-Presidents

Recording Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurer

Auditors

PROs

Directors

Ex Officio Director

Virginia Reyes

Anita salonga and Marelene Villegas

Ma. Socorro Honorio

Lilia Lardizabal

Teresita Abiva

Yvonne Cortez

Teresita Yupangco

Myra Aquino and Norma Javier

Mabel Abaño
Ma. Therese Macapagal
Teresita Endriga
Consolacion Concepcion

Nora Vinluan, Past President

1998 – 2000. President Mabel Abaño’s term featured free x-rays for 1,200 female first year RHS students, with free treatment for those with TB, quarterly medical-dental clinics at Bgy Kalawaan; testing 3,600 pupils in four schools for impaired hearing, treatment of 300 cases, and donation arrangements for 35 needed hearing aids. The club supported a supplementary feeding program in Bgy. Bambang, the “Malusog na Buntis, Malusog na Sanggol” program, its college scholarship program, and reflexology training for 148 women with a referral network to help them find jobs. Five more Z clubs were organized, and Z Clubbers joined in the Area mini-olympics. Membership rose 20%; support for the vocal ensemble continued; and a quarterly newsletter reported on club, Area and District involvement and activities.

The biennium officers and directors were:

President

First Vice-President

Second Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Asst. Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurers

PROs

Directors

 

Ex Officio Director

Mabel Abaño

Anita Salonga

Teresita Yupangco

Evelyn Ranada

Elenita Gutierrez

Evelyn Garcia

Frances Monje

Myra Aquino and Ester Dee Rosca

Pacita de Guzman and Marlene Villegas

Teresita Abiva
Yvone Cortez
Ma. Socorro Honorio

Norma JavierVirgina Reyes, Past President

2000 – 2002. President Teresita “Tita” Abiva arranged donations of audio cassette tapes for all 57 Pasig City day care centers, 1,200 textbooks for Pasig grade and high schools, an electric fan and karaoke for Bgy. Pinagbuhatan, rice for the Bgy. Kalawaan flood victims, and assistance for avoidable blindness through Mercy Ship Philippines, Inc. The micro-lending project funded 5 housewives with P5,000 each. Its projects earned the club a Service Award at the Bangkok District 17 Conference. We joined the Kapihan and the Search for YWPA candidate. The vocal ensemble sang on UN Day and Zonta Rose Day. Fellowships included the Mercy Ship Christmas party, “Halloween Happening at Hutu’s Hut” and the fund-raising affair “Dancing to our Hearts Content.”   On International Women’s Day, the club presented a gold-plated medallion to its Honorary Member, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who had become president of the Philippines.

The 2000-2002 club officers and directors were:

President

First Vice-President

Second Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Asst. Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurers

PRO

Director

Ex Officio Director

Teresita Abiva

Frances Monje

Naomi Ruiz

Ester Dee Rosca

Marlene Villegas

Milagros Aguila

Myra Aquino and Luz Bitong

Nora Javier

Ma. Therese Macapagal

Anita Salonga

Mabel Abaño, Past President

2002 – 2004. The Club helped at the District 17 Manila Conference, with President Nita Honorio doing the souvenir program, Tita Abiva handling the kits, Nora Vinluan and Nahnee Monje overseeing the workshops, Kim Lokin modeling, and 2/3 of the club registering.   The District newsletter was edited by Nita as District Newsletter Chair. Club activities included an osteoporosis seminar cum fashion show, medical-dental clinic, Valentine gift packages for deprived families, newsletters, the “Malusog na Buntis, Malusog na Sanggol” and Tumbok Lusog” projects, donation of 600 computer books to six high schools; sustained college scholarships, Z Club activities, general meeting incisive speakers, the “Mad Hatters” and similar fellowships, participation at District and Area seminars, workshops, the Youth Summit for Peace, lobbying for bills against violence and trafficking of women and children; topping Area 5 clubs’ raffle sales, Ligtas Tigdas immunization in one school, YWPA, UN and Rose Day celebrations, and the Kapihan. Its activities earned the club an Area Achievement Award.

The biennium officers and directors were:

President

External-Vice President

Internal-Vice President

Recording Secretary

Asst. Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Asst. Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Asst. Treasurer

PROs

Ex Officio Director

Ma. Socorro Honorio

Frances Monje

Yvonne Cortez

Luz Bitong

Evelyn Ranada

Rose Co

Sonia Dy and Elenita Gutierrez

Milagros Querubin

Carmencita Bautista

Lydia Reyes and Gilda Salonga

Teresita Abiva, Past President

 

2004 – 2006. President Frances “Nahnee” Monje led the club in raising over 300,000 for projects and activities at its Anniversary Fund Raising Dinner. The biennium was also marked by a medical/dental mission, relief donation to typhoon victims in Quezon Province, participation in the Young Women in Public Affairs Program with a search and choice of a candidate; attendance and participation in Area and District activities including ZISVAW Colloqium, donations of bedsheets to PGH, Komiks Production for Campaign on Violence against Women, the Zonta Rose Day, International Women’s Day, and UN Day.

 

The biennium officers and directors were:

President

External Vice-President

Internal Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Assistant Secretary

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

PRO

Auditor

 

Frances Monje

Yvonne Cortez

Elenita Gutierrez

Florita Tan

Zenaida Lazaro

Rose Co

Milagros Querubin

Luz Bitong

Lydia Reyes

Teresita Yupangco

2006 – 2008. President Florita “Baby” Tan was installed September 2006, and since then the Club has undertaken a number of projects. General membership meetings and fellowship were well attended. Livelihood projects with seminars and training in Reflexology and Therapeutic Massage was the main focus of the biennium. Scholars are continuously being sponsored throughout a four-year college degree. Php130,000 worth of hearing aids were given to 13 deserving students. Seminars on how to handle disabled children were scheduled to educate teachers and mothers. Calamity aids were distributed to typhoon, fire and flood victims. Gifts were given to 100 poor children of Pasig. “Alay kay Nanay” was a project which provided clothes and food to 100 mothers of poor barangays. 400 Birthing Kits were distributed to pregnant women of four barangays, accompanied with lectures and talks by local physicians. Provincial Hospital Wards were visited. Members attended all UN and Rose Day activities. A Heritage Trip to Batangas and a successful, well appreciated fundraising at The Club Mwah culminated her term.

The biennium officers and directors were:

President

External Vice-President

Internal Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Assistant Secretary

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

PRO

Directors


Ex Officio

Florita “Baby” Tan

Kim Lokin

Carmencita Bautista

Dolores Bohol

Norma Francia

Wilhelmina Enriquez

Erlinda Lapid

Luz Bitong

Lydia Reyes and Ofelia Soliven

Nora Vinluan
Ma. Socorro Honorio

Frances Monje, Past President

2008 – 2010. The term of President Kim Lokin focused on the club’s common goal of advancing the status of women and children worldwide. The fundraising activity of the club, “Mardi Gras” allocated the proceeds for the continuation of its numerous club advocacies like providing scholarship to the poor but deserving Pasig students, annual medical and dental mission in partnership with Z Club, Rizal High School in Pasig and the partnership with the Visayan Forum Foundation – a world renowed and multi-awarded organization that fights human trafficking especially here in the Philippines.

The biennium officers were:

President

External Vice-President

Internal Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Auditor

PRO

Ex Officio

Ma. Blanca Kim Lokin

Lydia Reyes

Ester Dee Rosca

Zenaida Lazaro

Elenita Gutierrez

Marlene Villegas

Luz Bitong

Milagros Querubin

Carmencita Bautista

Florita Tan, Past President

2010 – 2012.   Biennium 2010-2012 was led by Pres. Evelyn Ranada. Apart from continuing the club’s long time scholarship program, under her helm the Z-Club of Eusebio High School was chartered, adding to the club’s existing active Rizal High School Z-Club. During this term, the club conducted its annual medical and dental missions and held livelihood seminars on jewelry making and meat processing. The club co-sponsored with ZC Makati Ayala a fun run dubbed Run for Trafficking Race in support of the Visayan Forum Foundation, founded by ZC Pasig member Cecile Oebanda. It was during this term that the Visayan Forum- Angelo King Foundation Center of Hope was inaugurated, a safehouse facility which protects victims of human trafficking and help them rebuild their lives, which the Zonta Club of Pasig has continually supported. It was also this term that the club celebrated its Silver Anniversary; having been chartered on December 4, 1985 by IPP Olivia Ferry with Susan Figueras as charter President, with a nostalgic celebration attended by the int’l, district and area notable and dedicated Zontians who continue to inspire, motivate and support our club’s advocacies and services towards advancing the status of women worldwide.

The biennium officers and directors were:

President

Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Auditor

PRO

Directors

Ex-Officio

Evelyn Ranada

Marlene Villegas

Elenita Gutierrez

Shelly Lazaro

Ma. Socorro Honorio

Luz Bitong

Nora Vinluan

Annabelle Adriano

Lydia Reyes
Norma Francia
Gilda Salonga

Ma. Blanca Kim Lokin, Past President

 

2012 – 2014.   The Zonta Club of Pasig, during the term of President Solita Tan-Gatue, accomplished much to fulfill the Biennial Goals of “We care, We contribute, and We mentor.” Together with the Officers and Board of Directors of the Club, were many service projects which contributed to the objective of making the “Zonta difference.” The club members helped empower women through the following service projects –

  • Advocacy Program through the drive against Human Trafficking thru the Z Club of Rizal High School and Eusebio High School; through the resilience program for unwed mothers and pregnant teens who were victims of rape and abandonment in cooperation with the Center for Family Ministry at the Nazareth Home for a period of three months.
  • Health Program through Medical/Dental mission to 200 women and children of the community at the Pasig grounds of Rizal High School.
  • Livelihood Program through cosmetology, massage therapy, cooking of “Native Kakanin” at Brgy Ugong, Pasig City.
  • Feeding Program for 300 children of Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Pasig City for a period of 5 months in cooperation with Caritas Manila.

 

Zonta Club of Pasig received the Most Outstanding Zonta Difference Area Award – 3rd Place at the District 17 Conference in Hongkong last September 2013.

President

External Vice-President

Internal Vice-President

Treasurer

Auditor

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

PRO

Directors

Ex Officio

Solita Tan-Gatue

Dolores Bohol

Zenaida Lazaro

Luz Bitong

Ma. Socorro Honorio

Nora Vinluan

Shelly Lazaro

Ma. Bianca Kim Lokin

Norma Francia
Gilda Salonga
Connie de Silva
Ester Dee Rosca
Teresita Abiva

Evelyn Ranada, Past President

2014 – 2016.
The biennium officers, directors and chairpersons were:

President

External Vice-President

Internal Vice-President

Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

PRO

Directors

Ex Officio

Ma. Blanca Kim Lokin

Carmelita Salvador

Cecilia Oebanda

Dolores Bohol

Zenaida Lazaro

Milagrosa Querubin

Ma. Socorro Honorio

Elenita Gutierrez and Mabel Abano

Frances Monje
Ester Dee Rosca
Marlene Villegas
Evelyn L. Ranada
Melisa Bernardo 

Solita Tan Gatue, Past President

Committee Chairpersons

Local Service

Membership

United Nations

Fellowship

Z Club and Golden Z Club

Jane Klausman Women in
Business Scholarship

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Frances Monje, Evelyn Ranada

Ma. Blanca Kim Lokin, Marlene J. Villegas

Dolly Borlongan, Carmelita Salvador

Carmencita Talampas
Ma. Corazon Recto
Dolores Bohol

Solita Tan-Gatue, Cecilia Oebanda
Mimi Noble, Zenaida Lazaro

Nora Vinluan, Myrna Delfin