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The DisCon 2017 of Rotary International 3830 was successfully held from March 24 to 25 at the PICC Plenary Hall in Manila!

The successful two-day event was marked with fruitful meetings and fun gatherings. The occasion was started with a welcome reception for Rotary International President Representative Basker Chockalingam and spouse, Mala in the evening of March 23 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel.

Also present were CNN Hero Efren Penaflorida and Stephen Rodgers who delivered their keynote speeches on the second and final day of the conference.

Founded in Chicago USA by Paul Harris on February 23, 1905, Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. (source: wikipedia)

The purpose of the group’s District Conference (DisCon) is to provide opportunities for networking, inspirational addresses, and discussions of Rotary-related matters. The event also recognizes the service programs, projects, and public relations achievements in the district in order to inspire Rotarians to become more involved. The conference also gives Rotarians and clubs a vision of Rotary beyond the club level and provides a memorable fellowship experience.

I attended the grand closing ceremony of DisCon2017 of Rotary International 3830 last Saturday (March 25) at the PICC Plenary Hall together with my daughter Sky.

Headed by Disrict Governor EDNA SUTTER, the closing ceremony pays tribute to Rotary International President Representative Bhaskar Chockalingam and many others who have made the DisCon 2017 a successful event. Insurance BroKing Isidro “Sid” Garcia was also honored during the event.

Bhaskar Chockalingam

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But the highlight of the culminating event is the live performances of broadway icon and our very own Lea Salonga accompanied by the Abs Cbn Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.

The concert opened with a medley of various movie themes and Disney favorites from Ryan Cayabyab and the Abs Cbn Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lea Salonga performed a fantastic repertoire of familiar tunes from Broadway to Disney and other more contemporary tunes.

It is really amazing how Lea was able to preserve her voice, she’s still as powerful than ever – not even a single note, missed! Definitely, a national treasure!


Classical singer and ALV Talent Circuit artist Gabri Panlilio, who also watched the concert with her mom Ms. Rosa Maria Dolor-Panlilio said in her Instagram post,

“Every performance of this amazing talented woman is truly a “reflection” of “shining, shimmering, splendid.”

Lea Salonga and Gabri Panlilio

Here are some videos of Lea Salonga performing live at DisCon 2017:










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