By RTN. JOE PALABAO
CAGAYAN DE ORO - More than six hundred (600) Rotarians, guests and dignitaries are expected to attend, starting today until Sunday (May 11-13), the 2018 District Conference under the leadership of Governor Rosalinda 'Linda' Rosales-Deleste, at the Atrium Limketkai Center and at the Grand Ballroom, Luxe Hotel, respectively, in this city.
The RI District 3870 DISCON 2018 is projected as the biggest, the grandest and the most spectacular Rotary event, this year. Its Kick off pre-conference activity was the DISCON 2018 friendly Fun Golf tourney hosted by the Rotary Club of Kalayaan and was held at the Pueblo de Oro Golf Club, yesterday, May 10.
“This would be a one true blast” according to PAG Gilda "Gigi" Go, DISCON Chair 2018. “A DISCON that each one will remember for a long time. Fun-filled activities, exciting surprises, new learnings from well-renowned speakers, good food, and a grand Fellowship Night where the Rotarians will meet old friends and make new ones while experiencing the World Famous Brazilian Carnival,” she added.
City mayor Oscar Moreno will give his Welcome Message. The Address of District Governor Rosalinda Rosales-Deleste entitled "Making a Difference RY 2017-201 and a Glimpse of the District Accomplishments, follows. PDG Fe "Bing" Juarez will introduce the Keynote Speaker, Rotary International President's Representative (RIPR) Muhammad Faiz Kidwai.
The most anticipated Event is the Fellowship Night where men and women Rotarians will wear Brazilian Carnival - inspired costumes. A jaw-dropping dance contest with a whooping php 50,000 grand prize will highlight the evening’s merriment.
Six distinguished and renowned speakers will grace the Conference: Ma. Salve Duplito, a TV Anchor and a Resident Financial Adviser of On The Money will talk on "Choosing the Right Financial Investments"; Ma Concepcion "Menchie" Silvestre, the Executive Director, Alagang Kapatid Foundation, ABC 5 will share on "Beyond Help, Compassion". Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. will speak on " Leadership with Integrity". The Senate President Aquilino Martin Pimentel 111- will tackle "Federalism in the Philippines", while Secretary Herminio Harry L. Roque -Presidential Spokesperson will speak on " The Challenges That Confront the Filipino Nation From a Global Standpoint; and ARMM assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong –would give a message on - "Peace and Conflict Resolution in Mindanao. The Inspirational Message will be delivered by Misamis Oriental governor Yevgeny Vicente "Bambi" Emano.
The most-awaited part of the DISCON also is the Governor's Ball . Female Rotarians will be wearing their formal evening attire while Male members are required to wear coat and tie /bow tie. The evening will be filled with the spirit of camaraderie as Rotarians enjoy with co-members from other Rotary clubs, the the Governor's address, and fine cuisine.
Governor's Ball attendees will have a feel of the admired leadership of Governor Linda Deleste whose feat in achieving resources is famous, and kindness is her trademark according to colleagues. “She is sympathetic and works hard for the betterment of RI District 3870, and would leave a legacy of greatness,” a District member opined.
Secretary Roque, on the other hand, expressed admiration of Rotarians “who have committed themselves to serving communities and people, especially the underprivileged.” He says he is deligthed to have the privilege of speaking before the DISCON 2018 on a timely topic of "The Challenges That Confront the Filipino Nation From a Global Standpoint."
“The Government, too, is centered on addressing these challenges. The President's programs and policies remain focused on bringing comfortable life for all Filipinos, especially the poor and marginalized sectors. This vision is no different of Rotary and this reason he urges the Rotarians to continue to look for potential collaborations in these areas, in keeping with the motto of Rotary "Service Above Self, Roque added.
Sec. Roque urges Rotarians to inspire and strengthen its resolutions”to be of service to our countrymen. Continue to touch many lives, uplift communities, and become the Government's indispensable partners in making a difference to the lives of many people the Rotary way.”
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