17 June 2021

Marikina City Lions Club formally turned over the 11 units of houses built with love, unity and selfless dedication to its beneficiaries recently.

23 families benefited from the biggest humanitarian project of the club for Lion year 2020 to 2021, located at Road 1 Bukang Liwayway, Doña Petra, Barangay Tumana, Marikina City.

Lion dignitaries from MD 301 PID Michael So, District 301-D2 IPDG Generoso D. del Rosario, 2nd VDG Roehl Castro and Cab. Sec. Jamir Caaway attended and witnessed the turn over and blessing of the Lions Ville.

‘This project is a testament to the hard work, commitment and passion to serve of our team to the community.’ Coun. Ziffred A. Ancheta, club and Liga ng Mga Barangay at NCR president said.

He added that indeed, as Helen Keller once said, ‘Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,’ in recognition of the generous donors and the efforts and initiatives undertaken by the lions and leos to complete Lions Ville.

Meanwhile, according to project manager Lion Lizette G. Piñon, ‘The beneficiaries can now live a comfortable and decent life after staying at Iwahig Court that was used as their temporary shelter after their houses, made of wood were consumed by fire few days before typhoon Ulysses struck the city on November 2020.’

The construction that started last February 6 was inspired by the initial funding from GAT Area 5 Leader PCC George Ong Tan and FL Rosita Lim Ong Tan.

The couple once again stirred the spirit of ‘bayanihan’ among the members of the club, together with the barangay council and staff of Tumana and the beneficiaries as they pledge for another financial support for the cementing of pathways and drainage system of the Ville.

Based on records, Lion Wheng Tejada and Lion Joven Mendoza reported that the houses, with a lot area of 15 square meters each were awarded with a symbolic key to the following head of the families: Joven De Leon, Melissa Candelaria, Norman Manlapaz, Danilo Rolda, Hilbert Rolda, Bryan Rolda, Vilma Borbe, Rolando Borbe, Decelyn Dela Cruz, Christian Borbe and Ariel Anduque.

The Marikina City Lions Club was built through the following sponsors: Taguig Rep. Allan Peter Cayetano; AnaKalusugan Partylist Rep. Michael Defensor; Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando; Bulacan Rep. Jonathan Sy Alvarado; Batangas 2nd District Rep. Raneo Abu; Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Lray Villafuerte; Marikina 2nd District Rep. Stella Quimbo and former Congressman Miro Quimbo; City Government of Marikina; Tumana Barangay Council; DG Raymundo O. Abuel, Jr. and FL Ma. Theresa Abuel; PCC Rodolfo See and FL Leticia See; PDG Ruth Chua; Lion Jacinto Piñon and FL Lilia Suzette Piñon; Lion John Paul Lim; Lion Patrick Viccera, Lion Cristina Cabrera; Lion Edgardo de Guzman; Quezon City Dynamic Lions Club; Odawara Shiraume Lions Club; Manila Amity Lions Club; United Architect of the Philippines Marikina Chapter; Olga S. Patulot; Arlene G. Maala; Ramiro and Evangeline Centeno; Jeanna Ocampo Faeldan; and Dr. Melvil and Leah Martires.

‘The Marikina City Lions Club sincerely hope that this Lions Ville will serve as a safe haven to build memories to each families where they are loved, cared and respected for,’ Ancheta closes.