DISCON 2014 of RI District 3820 opened with an amazing spectacle of colourful dance numbers that depicted the different fiestas in the Philippines. As Rotarians filled the seats of the Grand Ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel garbed in traditional Filipiniana attires, the First Class Presidents and their Club Secretaries converged outside. Not long after, the grand entrance parade started, starting off with District 3820 dignitaries, including the guest of honor, RIDE Guiller Tumangan and RIPR Muhammad Ridlo Eisy and Spouse Roxanne.
Next, the First Class Presidents were acknowledged one by one, among them our own President Teodora “Doray” Lucero together with Secretary Priscilla “Precy” dela Cruz, who marched with the RY 2013-2014 club banner.
After the frenzy of dance presentations, the crowd settled down as Governor Danilo “Danny” Ona banged the gavel to herald the opening of the DISCON. After the Invocation and the national anthems of USA, Indonesia and the Republic of the Philippines, the traditional roll call of clubs ensued.
Upon the start of the plenary session, it was time to get down to business. DG Danny Ona presented the State of District 3820 Address or SODA, wherein he announced the numerous achievements of the district under his leadership, notably the very good performance in the club’s contributions to RI. Next, RIDE Guiller Tumangan gave a talk on District 3820 status on membership, among others. Individual talks on Vocational TeamTraining (VTT), Youth Exchange Program (YEP) and New and Probationary Clubs were given by the program heads PP Jenny Salud, PP Precy dela Cruz and DC Lewi Tolentino, respectively.
As the highlight of the first plenary session, PDG Mike Lirio introduced the Rotary International President Representative, PDG Muhammad Ridlo Eisy, who talked about his role as RIPR and his affinity with the Philippines, which is very much similar to his home country.
After an hour-long break, it was time for the much-awaited Hollywood Night! In true Rotary fashion, ladies and gentlemen came in adorable Hollywood-inspired get-ups and as a tradition of sorts, Musical-Dance competition was held, wherein 9 clubs competed. It was a tight contest judged by Lady Dot Gancayco , Lady Mariz Alvarez and Ms. Melanie Marquez. The judges were so impressed with the numbers that they nearly ran out of superlatives to describe the contestants : marvellous, fantastic, beautiful, and yes, even my three A’s. In the end, RC Balayan won 1st place (depicting Ms. Saigon), RC Lucena College Junction grabbed the 2nd place (depicting Grease), and RC Lipa for 3rd place (depicting Chorus Line)
Day Two started with the breakfast for both incumbent and incoming presidents at McDonald’s, while back at the Grand Ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel, Rotarians started off with community singing. A series of talks followed, starting with RRMC Oyan Villanueva, a DISCON staple, who talked about membership. Next, the honourable Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma rendered a very inspiring presentation about membership and leadership. RRFC Mac Hermoso followed with an informative presentation about the status of TRF.
DRFC Teotimo Reyes Jr and PDG Rafael “Paeng” Tantuco gave talks about our District’s TRF and Program Fund Contributions, respectively. This was followed by a video presentation of notable contributors in the district.
Written by : Rtn. Myrna Valle