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Zonta in the Philippines

The Zonta Club of Manila was the first of the clubs in the Philippines. It was founded in 1952 by some of the country’s outstanding women leaders that included Supreme Court Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma, Senator Geronima Pecson, Josefa Jara Martinez, Ambassador Trinidad Legarda, Victoria Lopez Araneta, Senator Pacita Madrigal-Warns, and Senator Helena Benitez. Except for Sen. Benitez all of them have passed on.

From that initial group, the Zontians in the Philippines of District 17 have blossomed into 4 areas and 29 clubs promoting justice and universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedom especially for the lives of millions of Filipino women and their children.

It was a proud moment for the Philippines when Olivia A. Ferry of the Zonta Club of Makati and he Environs became the first Filipina and first Asian to become president of Zonta International in its 87-year history. Ms. Ferry was recently installed as president at the close of Zonta’s 58th Convention in Melbourne, Australia, and will preside over the affairs of Zonta International from 2006-2008.