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DG LIZA VICENCIO ELORDE
District Governor for RY 2019 – 2020
Rotary Club of Manila Premier
Liza Vicencio Elorde is a businesswoman by profession and manages several companies in the Philippines, foremost of which is the Elorde Group of Companies that include the vast Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Paranaque. The family operates a sports center, handles international boxing promotions and management of professional boxers and owns several boxing gyms in the country.
Liza earned her Bachelor of Science Major in Zoology degree at the University of Sto. Tomas in 1980. She also earned units in Law at the Ateneo de Manila University. Liza was a consistent honor student during her Elementary and High School days at St. Paul College in Paranaque and was a great Debater, Declaimer, eloquent Orator, writer and Interpretative Reading Champion throughout her life as a student. She was also President of her high school Student Council and occupied positions in the Zoological Society of her college years.
Because of her brilliant mind, leadership style, amiable personality, and in depth love for service in every way she can, she would get positions as Chairman, President, Trustee, Director and many more in organizations and companies that she joins in.
She is the 8th among the 11 children of the late Macario T. Vicencio, a journalist and former President of the National Press Club of the Philippines and Purita Tan, a businesswoman, who hailed from Nueva Ecija and Northern Samar, respectively.
Liza Elorde is married to Johnny Sarreal Elorde, a businessman and son of the great boxing legend Gabriel “Flash” Elorde and Laura Sarreal. Johnny was a former amateur boxer in the Philippine team and was a gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games. He handles a stable of boxers and is the promoter/ manager of several boxing champions in the Philippines.
They have 3 sons, graduates of Dela Salle and Ateneo Universities, Juan Martin “Bai” married to Anna Lorraine Morales, Juan Miguel “Mig” and Juan Nicholas “Nico” who are all into sports. Bai is the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Lightweight Champion, Mig is the current WBO Asia Pacific Jr. Featherweight champion while the youngest Nico, is a professional basketball player in the PBA playing as point guard with the North Port Batang Pier Team. The three also have their own businesses.
Liza’s love for service brought her to the world of several socio-civic humanitarian organizations such as the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines, Lions Club, and Rotary International. Among these, it is Rotary that she served the most for the past 11 years now and saw the membership as Rotarians also in his spouse Johnny and his 3 sons and daughters in law.
She became the Changemaker President in RY 2011-2012 and because of a great year that saw the unprecedented growth in the performance of her previous club, the Rotary Club of Manila 101, she earned the Most Outstanding President and Most Outstanding Club (Governor’s Honor Roll) award and more than 40 best and highest awards including the Outstanding Leadership Award, Changemaker Award, the Over All Humanity in Motion award and the much coveted Best in Oral Report during the midyear presentation, not to mention other awards that she reaped in her own club when she was just beginning her life as a Rotarian.
Her flagship project that prominently gained impact in rotary’s public image both in print, radio and television was the “Laya Ka Na Lola” (Freedom for the Grandmothers) project that worked for the release of the grandmothers who have been incarcerated at the Correctional Institute for Women for so long a time . The appeal Liza requested, was to free the grandmothers who are in their twilight years so they could spend the remaining years of their lives with their families. Her efforts was instrumental in the law that former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed which granted pardon for prisoners who reach the age of 70. There are more than 100 prisoner grandmothers now that have been released because of this project. Her “Boxing Kontra Droga” signature project to help the out-of-school youth get involved in sports and shy away from the use of illegal drugs have been making rounds in different TV and radio stations and print media, an advocacy that have helped Filipino boxers become world and international champions.
With the recognitions she received during her club presidency, the Governors of each Rotary Year from the time she became club president invited her to be part of their team and she then served in different capacities as District Officer and also earned awards as an officer until she ran as District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) in RY 2016 in her newly chartered club, the Rotary Club of Manila Premier headed by Charter President Senator Manny Pacquiao and was declared winner to serve as District Governor during RY 2019-2020.
While being active as a Rotarian, she joined membership in several Rotary Action and Fellowship Groups such as The Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) , the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM), the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) and the Mediation Beyond Borders (MBB) .
She was also honored as an awardee in the Ulirang Ina Foundation, Inc. in 2017 and in 2018 she and spouse Rotarian Johnny received recognition from the World Boxing Council as an outstanding couple for their contribution in the field of developing world boxing that was given in Kyiv, Ukraine during the World Boxing Convention.
While preparing for her role as District 3810’s Governor, she attended the Pre-Gets in Taiwan, the Gets at Yogyakarta, Indonesia and the International Assembly in San Diego with incoming governors and their partners all over the world. These were all trainings mandated by Rotary International for incoming Governors to complete.
Liza Elorde and spouse Johnny are Major Donor Plus contributors to the Rotary Foundation. Liza also is a member of the Paul Harris Society and instrumental in the Arch Klumph Society contribution of CP/Senator Manny Pacquiao in the amount of $250,000.00.
District Governor for RY 2019-2020 Liza Vicencio Elorde believes in the saying that “PEACE is more than just the absence of Violence. PEACE is ensuring that there is justice for all”. And as she embarks on promoting PEACE and CONFLICT RESOLUTION as her area of focus during her Rotary Year, she also sees a better future for her CHAMPION PRESIDENTS and TEAM as they “CONNECT TO THE WORLD” in a spirit of humanitarian service and CHAMPION the causes of Rotary !