Some enchanted evening, a few starlit nights ago, the demure but big-hearted socialite and entrepreneur Marissa Fenton was inducted as president of the Inner Wheel Club of Manila (2013 to 2014).
This civic organization has been in existence since 1949 founded by the Rotary Anns (wives) of the members of the Rotary Club of Manila (RCM), the oldest Rotary Club in Asia. Rotary International was founded way back in 1905 and is one of the most organized well-funded, socio-civic icons of humanitarian endeavors.
Needless to say, these tireless and creative women banded together to handover, celebrate and induct their new officers plus their new members. The committee chairman for the event Yoly Ayson, together with co-chairmen Fortune Ledesma, Letty Hahn, Fanny Blanco, Monette Guevara, Tess Tumangan and Dolly Gupit combined wit, intelligence and resources of course to put a show worthy of the cause.
Debonair Cocoy Laurel was the main attraction, who sang with so much feeling and intimacy you could easily be infatuated with him. Performances by Iwi Laurel and Nicole Asensio, ballerina Alessandra Laurel Lopez, together with the lovely Carla Guevara, rendered songs and dances that tickled the hearts with tales of candy-colored memories and dreams.
However, it was the passionate and enthusiastic dance numbers of the newly inducted young members together with Inner Wheel CLub past presidents and directors, “Fernando’s Hideaway” & “Copacabana” that rocked Shangri-La’s ballroom to a higher level of energy.
This just proves that professionals and ingénues can blend in harmony to give an outstanding array of delights if the heart is right.
Muchas Gracias are also in order for the gallant gentlemen who joyfully danced with these women like Mari Lacson, Sonny Tanchangco, John Gaddi, Paqui Campos, Dr. George Sarakinis and husbands of the Inner Wheel Family and of course Director Jeremy Vallejo.
Mabuhay and thank you Lord for the success of the event. Beyond all these, may you touch the lives of all the marginalized and less fortunate in our country in your forthcoming and future projects. Congratulations Marissa and more power.